I’ve finally decided to try and tackle the Torah.com project, which I had put off for 2+ years. My fear has been that I couldn’t do the site justice, and no matter what I build on it, the content will offend certain people with different beliefs. I am not a Torah or Judaism expert, so I couldn’t contribute much to the site, and it’s not something I could just go out and hire writers.
I had a bit of an epiphany the other day, and I want to share how I plan to move forward in the next couple of weeks.
I plan to build a site that is very, very similar to DomainQuestions.com. I have found that many people visit Torah.com because they have questions about the Torah, and at Torah.com, they will be able to ask their questions.
To ensure that people know if answers are coming from legitimate sources, I plan to invite a diverse group of rabbis to become “Torah.com Rabbis.” Each will have his or her full profile listed and a special icon will designate the person’s title. This should help spur discussion and allow people to see who are experts and who may not be experts.
I plan to moderate the discussions to avoid anti-semitism or other negativity that is bound to come up. I will use a WordPress plugin to keep all questions in queue as pending review until I approve each.
I am currently generating a bit of revenue from the two affiliate links on the landing page, and I will create a few banners on the new site to also drive revenue. I may implement a special WordPress plugin that links specific words to affiliate pages, but that will be down the road.
So… what are your thoughts on this plan? It’s taken me quite some time to move forward, but I think it’s a good idea. I’d love your feedback.