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#101 Shellie


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:10 PM

If the advertisers were really smart, their ads would include kilts or cupcakes! :)



Sorry o/t but I laughed so hard i choked!  HAHAHAHA



Susan, Thank you for everything! These boards have been a life-saver for me and I had no idea they cost money to keep up with.

#102 LolaT


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 11:17 PM

Well, as long as it helps you finish Advanced Language Lessons, then I guess it's OK.  :tongue_smilie:


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#103 Nan in Mass

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 08:06 PM

I think it is amazing that you haven't had to add ads sooner.  (Say that ten times fast lol.)  I appreciate the ads-only-if-not-registered part.  If we need ads, we need ads, but I really appreciate you trying this option first.  Maybe it will be sufficient for awhile, at least.


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#104 Snow


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Posted 29 April 2014 - 12:31 AM

Yep, agreeing it's just fine and I would also pay a fee. The support I get from these boards is invaluable. Thank you!

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 11:01 AM

Yes, these boards have been very valuable, and this seems a very prudent course of action. I also like the Amazon affiliate idea.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 04:35 PM

I wholeheartedly agree with this.  I had no clue it costs that much either!! (Which is good to know because I was considering putting a forum on my own site.. definitely going to have to rethink that!).  That said, I"m with Mom31257 that I have no problem seeing advertising--especially if it won't include annoying pop-ups or pop-outs (the kind that fill part of the screen when you accidentally mouse over them). 



I had no idea it would cost that much to maintain the boards, so I believe you should do it. This site has been an invaluable part of my homeschooling experience, so advertising even after signing in would be fine with me. 


Thank you for the sacrifice you've been making in order for these boards to be here.


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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:52 PM

I think it's great! The banner ad at the bottom, would be perfect for ads, too. I don't think it'd detract from the site. It could be half width, with yours remaining say... on the left... and the other on the right.... I bet you could totally get everything paid for... and we'd be just as happy! :)

#108 ThelmaLou


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 09:19 AM

Great idea. No reason for you to be paying that kind of money. Thanks for all you've done to support these boards. They're a goldmine of information!

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 01:52 PM

I think the ads on the front screen are just fine (though yes, please check for malware). I also second asking for a donation spot. Would you please post a thread of instructions on how to contribute $$ for those who wish to do so? Please give an option for making out checks -- some of us don't do PayPal yet.
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#110 mathnerd


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 11:25 AM

I am just now seeing this thread. It does not seem fair that you need to spend so much on the upkeep of a site that benefits so many of us. I am an "afterschooler", but have extensively used resources and tips from WTM since I discovered it 3 years ago.

I think that it is reasonable to display ads for visitors who are not logged in - every time I google questions on a curriculum or try to compare 2 different curricula, WTM discussions pop up on my search. If you don't mind, I have a few suggestions for you to monetize WTM and it's forums:

1. Affiliate for selling curriculum of publishers directly from WTM website (I would personally buy all my books and pdfs through your links if that would help you). There could be special categories for the recommended curriculum and then others for other books.

2. Online classes from PHP (I have seen another thread about this being in the works)

3. Subscription to WTM boards - I suggest that you use a business model similar to the one used by the app company whatsapp - free for 1 year and from then on, a very nominal amount like $1/year. I believe everyone can afford that amount.

4. Donation button on your site - please do this at the earliest. A lot of us have already requested it :)


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 10:20 PM

Thank you for working to make this a great site.


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 06:16 PM

Good for you, SWB!


You provide a great service here, and you should monetize it. Your approach of only advertising to visitors is very generous, and if it is sufficient to cover your costs, then that is great. I wouldn't hold you back from fully monetizing the site if you needed or wanted to. You've got more important things to spend money on than subsidizing us yakking about hs'ing and dogs and whatnot!


Anyhow, there is always AdBlock and AdBlockPlus. ;)



#113 Pod's mum

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:18 PM

Thumbs up from me. Donation button is a good idea too and if you do do the amazon affiliate link, could you do a Book Depository affiliate link too.


As a non-US reader, I use Amazon for further 'product research' but go to Book Depository (UK) to feed my habit.

Love the boards, thank you.


Like many others I joined after years of lurking.

I began lurking after several searches for obscure curriculum topics lead me to your old boards.

This would still have worked with pop-ups, though I would have joined much earlier to avoid them. Go for it. And do add the donation jar.

Is it Wiki that started a once a year donation drive? I have donated to that for the reasons that I like it, use it and want it to stay in its uncluttered form.

All three reasons apply here. If you are going to do that maybe make your drive when most are doing their big annual purchases.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:31 PM

Just as a quick follow-up...I often read the boards quickly without logging in-I'm not finding the ads at all distracting.  I hope they are helping with the costs. 


If I could get rid of one ad it would be the one that sits next to the initial post in a thread but it really isn't worth worrying about.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 12:38 AM

This site is an invaluable tool for me in so many ways! Ads sound like a great way to help...I also like the idea of a future tip
jar to defray the cost!

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 10:01 AM

I'm fine with it. I don't even mind a banner ad, or a side banner ad while logged on. I am pretty use to ads being the thing. ;)

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 12:43 PM

sorry posted to wrong board

#119 momof3gifts


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Posted 05 October 2014 - 01:25 PM

I think that's a great way to help pay for the boards and to give people an incentive to sign in.