I haven’t mentioned FreeIQ up until now, I actually have some mixed opinions about it, and until I have those sorted out in my own mind, I am not planning to do a full review.
However today actually marks quite a significant landmark, what I believe is a major step forward in their content delivery plans.
Premium Digital Content Delivery Platform
FreeIQ provides a digital content delivery platform and affiliate market place, and up until now, everything I have seen available was quite “low end” or small scale products intended for very much a small niche market.
I recently mentioned that I purchased a ticket to go to The World Internet Main Event, but I won’t actually be attending, I purchased for the bonuses.
However the content is going to also be available via the internet, delivered through the FreeIQ platform and available to conference ticket holders free of charge.
What is more, they have just announce that the conference will be available separately for quite a reasonable one off fee, also through FreeIQ, and will actually be available just one day after the event.
That isn’t quite a live broadcast, but is very ambitious for what I am sure will be very useful content.
If you are looking for a way to deliver premium content recorded at an event without having to worry about the technical problems of setting up a membership site to deliver the content and some really solid server infrastructure just to handle the load, with the bonus of having access to thousands of affiliates, I think FreeIQ will probably turn out to be a very viable platform.
Take a look at the Digital Version of The Internet Marketing Main Event
One Of The Problems With FreeIQ
I would like to call this “viral separation”
As an affiliate I am provided with videos I can embed in my site.
Get the Flash Player to see this player.
Here is the code for the default video
Here is the code from my landing page.
For the observant among you, there is a difference in the code, thus the video I show is somehow linked with my affiliate account.
The video player however doesn’t seem to have a link to visit the sales page for the premium content, I have to provide that manually.
When someone visits the page, they can also pick up the video (with my link) to share on their blog, but there is nothing forcing them to also use the separate link through to the page, and within the player there is no link to encourage a visit.
As a content producer, I would love my affiliate to be able to provide my free content on their sites, and if visitors decide to share it, it shouldn’t require a visit to the site.
In addition, for further information, I shouldn’t need to provide a manual URL, it should be included in the player automatically.
I know why this might be the case, the manual links pass link juice back to FreeIQ, however that is to the affiliate’s own landing page, so they benefit.
It is possible to gain the SEO benefits whilst still maintaining a “Butterfly Effect”
I Can Has Cheezburger do something very similar with their attribution for images, that is very simple. Their images are hotlinks
<a href="http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/09/05/teh-cloning-machine-was-suksesful/"><img src="http://andybeard.eu/wp-content/uploads/128297925696563750tehcloningmach.jpg" alt="128297925696563750tehcloningmach.jpg" /></a>
The thing they don’t do very well is alt tags so they only rank for very few phrases, because the links from images pass very little SEO value, and their posts have very little content. Then again, they don’t really need SEO traffic, and they will always rank for searches on their own brand.
They could improve the viral nature by including a self-replicating viral link