The goal of NSOP is to cover the costs to run the forum, not profit. I'd prefer to avoid ads and banners (at least for logged in users). Affiliate links work very well to generate some income for the site as they're subtle and are also used on a volunteer basis. These links earn the forum a percent of a sale generated by going to that site through our link. If you buy something at one of the affiliates using the forum's link, the forum gets a very small % of the sale. It's not much (2%~3%) but it adds up with all the gear everyone buys over time.
Here is a list of our current affiliates, click the link and shop as you usually would:
- Host Gator (use this thread for coupon codes)
here's how to use them to support the forum:
- click the link for the site you're going to purchase from
- THEN search for what you want and add it to your cart.
- checkout (this is where you login if you're member of that site)
- that's it!
Hopefully this is an unobtrusive way to fund the forum's costs without slowing the board down or being a distraction.
Thanks for helping!