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Which one you are OK with on the forum?

Sponsorship from dealers
13 (38.2%)
Coin-related Affiliate Program
0 (0%)
Google Text Ads
2 (5.9%)
Ask for Donation
19 (55.9%)

Total Members Voted: 34

Voting closed: May 14, 2016, 06:27:58 PM

Author Topic: Dear members, please help me make the decision!  (Read 13876 times)

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Offline snowball

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Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« on: May 04, 2016, 06:27:58 PM »
Hi All,

The forum is growing fast as you can see at the stats page: http://china-mint.info/forum/index.php?action=stats
The hosting plan will soon need to be upgraded again.  My current hosting cost is $760/year.   After the upgrading, the yearly cost will be between $1000 to $1200.   I think it is time to add some ads or find some sponsors to financially support the forum.  

Here are the 4 options that I could think of:

Option 1:  3 dealer friends who are willing to sponsor the forum for $25/month or $300/year.  Sponsor's website link will be located at the link area at the bottom of the forum.  China-mint is a 13 year old website with very high google ranks on many coin related keywords.  Having a link here will dramatically increase your search engine ranks.   :001_smile:

Option 2:  I will search for up to 3 coin-related sites (mostly Pay Per Order program) as the sponsors of the forum.  The links location will be also at the bottom of the page.  

Option 3:  Google Text Ad at the top of the forum.  See sample on my old china-mint index page: http://china-mint.info/index2.html    The ad link starts with the word AdChoices.   This is a Pay Per Click program.  

Option 4: Add a Paypal donate button somewhere on the forum.   Members who make any amount of the donation will be given a special ranking.  :001_smile:


I personally prefer #1 or #3.    #1 will guarantee the hosting cost got covered.   #3 is the most easy way to do so, no extra transactions or paperworks.


It is not an easy decision to make.  So, I need everyone's help.  This Poll will run for 10 days.  
If you have any other suggestions,  feel free to let me know.



thank you!


best,


snowball

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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2016, 06:34:51 PM »
I'm not allowed to see stats... Either way we'll see ads, which ever one reduces your overall cost is best. The only thing about google ads is are you sure you'll make enough to cover the additional costs? Are you running a vps?

Otherwise, I'd say hook up your friends first.

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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2016, 06:40:04 PM »
I'm not allowed to see stats... Either way we'll see ads, which ever one reduces your overall cost is best. The only thing about google ads is are you sure you'll make enough to cover the additional costs? Are you running a vps?


thanks.
Yes.  The site is running on VPS.  The hosting provider is https://www.liquidweb.com/vps.html   It might need to move to the 2nd lvl with 2GB memory and 100GB storage soon.    

You should be able to see the stats page now.
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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2016, 06:42:49 PM »
I, and many other forum members, would likely be willing to donate a small sum on a yearly basis to help you offset the costs of the forum.

If, for example, 40-50 members donate $25 bucks, that is the forum's yearly cost.

Donations could be anonymous, or donating members could be given a special ranking similar to "hero member."


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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2016, 06:45:50 PM »
I, and many other forum members, would likely be willing to donate a small sum on a yearly basis to help you offset the costs of the forum.

If, for example, 40-50 members donate $25 bucks, that is the forum's yearly cost.

Donations could be anonymous, or donating members could be given a special ranking similar to "hero member."



Thanks!

So, it is option 4. 
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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2016, 06:46:44 PM »
My suggestion is similar to option #4, right? Maybe no need for a 5th option.

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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2016, 06:47:46 PM »
My suggestion is similar to option #4, right? Maybe no need for a 5th option.

Yep.   N31 :001_smile:
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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2016, 07:02:49 PM »
i agree with mirk, a paypal donate button sounds like a good solution. and that does not prohibit you from also integrating option 1 or 2 if dealers or coin sites want to have their sites promoted here.

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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2016, 07:40:56 PM »
i agree with mirk, a paypal donate button sounds like a good solution. and that does not prohibit you from also integrating option 1 or 2 if dealers or coin sites want to have their sites promoted here.

Thank you!    :001_smile:
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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2016, 08:01:52 PM »
Just got back online a few minutes ago. First of all thanks for sponsoring this forum all these years.

I would be leary of dealing with Google as they like mining for personal information etc. Moreover I believe we should continue to maintain some independence from pressures and consequences of being taken over or "sponsored" by such entities.

The combination of two options as suggested by forum members above seems to be the best compromise for now:
1: Have about three reputable MCC sellers/dealers part sponsor in 1-3 yearly cycles.
2: Allow forum members to donate towards hosting of the site; the Paypal payment approach is the most convenient. It can be either anonymous or words such as "Site Sponsor" or whatever reads better appended under the forum member's handle.

Best to have the sponsorship run from January to December to keep things simple.

Anyway, whatever the final formula I am sure many of us are ready to pitch in to support the forum and maintain its autonomy and objectivity.

Best wishes.
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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2016, 08:44:43 PM »
I would support

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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2016, 09:03:23 PM »
Thanks for yours and others effort all these years.

Option#4!!!!!!

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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2016, 09:15:34 PM »
This site has saved me lots of cash so I will help play it foward.  I will help donate.  I love this forum.  Thank you snowball for all that you do.  I got your back. 

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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2016, 10:25:41 PM »
I would go for option 4, as I know that I would support
I have learnd a lot here, and still learning

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Re: Dear members, please help me make the decision!
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2016, 10:37:57 PM »
Thank you, guys!!  I am really appreciated your support!!     N39 N40 N24
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