Remember how I said I keep trying to write a blog post about bundleware, but I always get annoyed and it turns into rambling junk? (I mentioned this briefly in my previous blog post)
Well, I just received this email from Yazzle.net or something.
Dear Getpaint, [sic]
I represent Yazzle.net. My company is looking for new business partners to bundle our free bonus software. We want to pay you up to $0.80 for every download you bundle our bonus software with. We pay several of our partners over a thousand dollars a day. We offer products relevant to your site demographics. We believe that you can dramatically increase your revenue and simultaneously improve the experience of the visitors to your website.
Please give me a call at (phone number removed) to discuss or contact me at (removed) on aol instant messenger
(contact details removed)
So apparently they’ll pay me "up to" $400,000 per month*. Err, tempting? But honestly, would I really want to do business with someone who thinks my name is "Getpaint?" Anyone who says they’ll pay "up to" a certain amount is probably just using that figure as a bait, and the real payout is probably 10% of that.** Although even $40,000/month is a nice figure.
When you download Paint.NET, you want and you get Paint.NET. I don’t think it’s appropriate to bundle Sudoku and ringtones, that’s just ridiculous to be honest. Plus, I refuse to do business with spyware/adware providers. I have more respect for weed dealers*** (well, as long as they’re like Nancy Botwin from Weeds on Showtime, anyway). If I ever bundle anything with Paint.NET it’ll have to be something that’s actually relevant and useful in the context of Paint.NET type stuff.
* Calculated from a rough average/estimate of 500,000 Paint.NET downloads per month.
** I have no facts to back this up, just good ol’ fashioned cynicism. I’d never heard of Yazzle.net before they e-mailed me.
*** This is not a pro-drug endorsement, I’m just trying to make a point. At least a weed dealer is providing something that the customer actually wants. Spyware/adware is usually snuck on to the user’s system without their honest consent.