No Issue No Commercial Advertising

Discussion in 'Suggestions & Support' started by Oldhippie, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. will711

    will711

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2013
    Messages:
    10,297
    Likes Received:
    51,209
    Location:
    Pocono Mts.
    How about Beer :cool:
     
  2. Oldhippie

    Oldhippie

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,973
    Likes Received:
    5,234
    Location:
    Ashby Ma
    Scotty, anytime you need some funds to keep a server/ice going, I hope you call it out and ask. I know I would gladly open my wallet and I'll bet many others would as well.
     
    BrianK, the GOAT, Chvymn99 and 3 others like this.
  3. lukem

    lukem

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2013
    Messages:
    9,870
    Likes Received:
    47,348
    Location:
    IN
    That's right in our wheelhouse.:drunk:
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2013
  4. StihlHead

    StihlHead

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2013
    Messages:
    715
    Likes Received:
    1,269
    Location:
    The wild west
    There are many variables for the costs of a site like this, depending in if you buy or lease the hosting SW licenses, SW management, and the size of the forum. The larger the forum gets, the more money it costs to manage it. The SW tools, servers and data storage are the main costs. If you pay someone to do site management the costs go up as well. Also legal fees can be an issue, especially with defamation cases, even of they are superficial. The total costs can vary from as little as $200 a year to $10,000. One vBulletin site with a dedicated server with 1.5 million posts, 23k members and 600-800 constant online users runs $220 a month.

    If the goal here is to become a huge site, then the overhead is going to be large. That is the bane of the other large for profit sites though; they want more users to make more advertising dollars so they make more money. It becomes a cancer with growth as the only goal. They also get huge and become harder to manage as they attract hackers, politically motivated one time posters, and spam. If the site wants to stay efficient and cheap, then more members is not the goal, and hence the costs are greatly reduced. I am a member of many forums that have no advertising, and are paid for by the owner, membership dues or by donations. They are smaller sites, and remain that way.
     
  5. Kinsman Stoves

    Kinsman Stoves

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2013
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    288
    Location:
    Brookfield, Ohio
    I also have another business I run during the summer, since stove sales takes a nose drive when it is warm out. I am more than happy to post pictures of my products. Some of you perve on my site and FB page.

    Eric
     
    Pallet Pete and DexterDay like this.
  6. the GOAT

    the GOAT Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2013
    Messages:
    1,399
    Likes Received:
    2,641
    Location:
    Maine
    IF there are site sponsors please make sure that it is clear to the casual user that they are selling something -- on some sites dealers like to post undercover with an obvious bias to their product. The average user doesn't always know they are reading a sales pitch.
     
    DexterDay and Jack Straw like this.