The following is a quote from a post on a theme blog:
Hello, I plan on posting a thread about this on digitalpoint, but I thought I would put the information here as well. I am selling two sponsor links to this theme which will appear in the footer where it says â€œSponsor Oneâ€ and â€œSponsor Twoâ€. I will be selling each link for a BIN price of $120 and a starting bid of $20! (BIN for both links together is $180).You may say, why would I pay this price for one link at the bottom of a theme?!Your answer: This theme will be promoted on many wordpress theme sites (Iâ€™ll list them below) and will be seen by many wordpress bloggers who will hopefully choose to use it on their blog. Each person that chooses to use the theme is another link that you have to your site, which helps for both traffic, and page rank.Sites that This theme will be Promoted on:
The winners will also get a link on my homepage
I will also submit it to smaller sites and sites that require it to be approved before appearing on the site. I will update the winner of what sites I submit it to.
The license for the script is Creative Commons 3.0 which will allow distribution of the theme, but the person using it is required to leave your link in the theme. Creative Commons License
Any questions, you can leave a comment or email me at ******@******.com or the same address for MSN messenger
Iâ€™ll leave you with the theme screenshot, Happy Bidding!!
This post, not linked of course, brings in a new perspective for me. I have been largely silent about the the whole “sponsored theme” controversy going on in the WordPress theme world. However, the post above left a really, really bad taste in my mouth.
It should serve as an educational tool for unaware WordPress theme users who use sponsored themes for their blogs. When you download a sponsored theme and install it on your WordPress blog, the sponsor is not only enjoying the increased visual exposure through the link at the bottom of your blog, they are also leeching off the Google Pagerank of your blog. However, you as a theme user may choose to use a sponsored theme and choose to leave the link at the bottom of your page alone since that completely depends on personal tastes and choices. I choose to promote the developer of the theme for this blog and have chosen to leave a link to his blog intact at the footer of this page.
Sponsored themes are here to stay. Many people download them and do not remove the links from the bottom of their WordPress pages. There are many advertisers looking to purchase such links and some theme authors are regularly creating themes just for the sponsorship money. I had felt in the past that they were a necessary evil which at the least, helped development of new themes for WordPress users and if there were appropriate disclosure, they might have been tolerated. However, I was thinking about changing a few of the disclosure rules for sponsored themes on weblogtoolscollection.com and the post above strengthened my desire.
I will not be the theme/sponsorship police. I do not intend to chastise sponsored theme developers nor do I intend to attack their form of income. All I want to have happen is for WordPress users to have a steady flow of new, cool and useful themes and plugins and for theme authors to have a steady stream of WordPress users. That is my primary goal. We intend to try and bring the community together.
However, I want to educate the users and readers of this blog and let them decide what is best for their needs and suits their opinions. In that spirit, all themes with sponsorship links will be labelled as such when they are published, non-sponsored themes will be published first and we require sponsorship disclosure to be made to us when authors make us aware of their new themes. If this disclosure is not provided and the theme has sponsored links, the author will be barred from being able to post their new themes on weblogtoolscollection.com until further notice.
In addition, any postings such as the one above, is a surefire way of never getting your news published on weblogtoolscollection.com again.