As you know AvaZinn.com is celebrating 15 years online come November 1, 2014. The flagship site of Ava Zinn, yours truly, has had two successful ventures, INNewsCenter (launched November 1, 1999; closed June 30, 2011; and planning revival on November 1, 2014), and Vote for the Girls International (United States, United Kingdom, and Australia versions launched April 28, 2010, June 1, 2013, and April 2015, respectively).
But unfortunately, producing the YouTube videos and getting the clips uploaded have become a financial burden for Ava Zinn, yours truly. Nearly $38 a month goes to keeping the sites in operation (and that comes out of my pocket, sadly) alone. Then the moderator salaries and obligations to keep Vote for the Girls moderators that can range up to $1,000 a year (counting iTunes downloads by downloading a studio performance by a female contestant also coming out of my pocket) and online advertising (pretty much restricted since I tried putting flyers and basically selling my heart out which hasn’t been working).
On Vote for the Girls USA (the original version I launched a year before) alone, back in May of 2011, I tried offline advertising to get people to vote for Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart in the American Idol 10 finale… Unfortunately for me, despite the well-known “VOTE FOR LAUREN AND HALEY” the most successful campaign, I felt that it wasn’t enough and thinking ‘this isn’t gonna work,’ then I realized that eventually when I auditioned for the 11th season of American Idol auditioning in front of the producers, they had no idea I went undercover and here it is in 2014 what turned out to be two things I think I believe that despite changes on Idol since then–
- VoteForTheWorst.com basically ruined Idol and without that particular site or had I began watching Idol prior to American Idol 6, there would not be a Vote for the Girls franchise
- since my American Idol audition at Heinz Field and the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Vote for the Girls became very popular in both Indiana and Pennsylvania. But recently, I think the site has lost steam after Alex & Sierra’s win on The X Factor 3 last year.
Then earlier this year, I tried to advertise Vote for the Girls online with mixed results on Facebook, Twitter, and Google with little success. What I realized now is that when I launched this site in November 1999 (then on a GeoCities site, then Tripod, followed by Aeverine.info, and to the current AvaZinn.com), as well as INNewsCenter (which had its own URL and I’ve decided not to do the same for the 2014 revival but rather AvaZinn.com/INNewsCenter but keeping the INNewsCenter YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages.) And as I did back when Vote for the Girls first started, I posted Crystal Bowersox voting information on both the INNewsCenter and my Facebook page (which serves as an alternate Facebook profile since the Vote for the Girls page wasn’t in existence yet.) Had I run ads (usually cost $500-$1,000 per week) on Google, Facebook, and Twitter and had they ran on Vote for the Worst’s site, (and this is one thing I think I’m doing wrong with Vote for the Girls in 2014) then Crystal Bowersox, Lauren Alaina, Jessica Sanchez, Angie Miller, and Jena Irene would have won American Idols 9-13, respectively instead of those dreaded white guys with guitars.
So, I am officially looking for sponsors for Vote for the Girls US (as well as other adaptations in other countries) that will compensate me for running their ads on the You Tube channels involved, as well as the Vote for the Girls Pledge on the US site.
As for my fellow Hoosiers, fans, friends, and followers, once you make the Vote for the Girls pledge, you CANNOT and WILL NOT vote for male contestants not approved by yours truly because this is a lifetime commitment and I will not accept any excuses like, “If the girls performed better, they’d earn my vote…” or “Oh, Vote for the Girls, I’m not gonna follow that stupid tranny bitch…” or some other excuse.
At the end of the day, what it all comes down to is money, and lots of it. Another factor of what I think will make Vote for the Girls franchise become successful is opening a sports bar or some chain such as Buffalo Wild Wings. That, in addition to the web hosting and moderator salaries, and everything else related to the Vote for the Girls franchise operations.
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