I don’t usually ask this - But, several of our advertising supporters have dropped off, and we need to get some relevant banners up on the top right to keep the site running smoothly.
To be completely transparent, you may or may not know that I own the web hosting companies Serversaurus & Dynomesh which power everything - Both Cyclebucket & FoA push a lot of bandwidth every month, not to mention the dedicated virtual machine FoA resides on. We essentially sponsor these sites, as they use real resources.
Anyway, I’m essentially asking: If you work in a bike store, have contacts in the cycling industry who might be interested in advertising with FoA, or if you’re a small make of cycling related things that would like to advertise, please get in touch with me. I’m happy to negotiate on cost, and I really don’t want to do something awful like litter the site with irrelevant Google ads (one of which does run in the footer, but only for users not logged in). You can also support FoA indirectly, if you need web hosting by using one of the above hosts.
Email the shit out of anyone semi cycling related (chrome, knog, bo gear, t.level etcetcetc) with a short blurb on why they are lucky to be offered a chance to sponser a site with x number of views, by their target market. You’ve just given them an easy in to where they want to be, they’ll be thanking you.
Don’t limit yourself to small or large companies, just email away.
Hey mang, a few ideas here
For my theater group, we sell chocolates/charge for our shows. Maybe host an alleycat and everyone gets to pay $10 to keep the site going? Few people on here donate some prizes, some kind person buys a slab, all cities host at once, an adjudicator sends you the dough made! Because selling chocolates wouldn’t exactly work for you, I imagine.
Also, over at JDMSTYLETUNING.com.au, you can be a ‘supporting member’ who has donated some $ like $20 or whatever, and they get some stickers and a fancy title on the forum, and like access to a secret circlejerk section I think.
So I dunno, maybe sell stickers like I would sell chocolates. Whack them on EBay an sell them through there for that kinda stuff.
Also, I’ll set up a business soon and hit you up ASAP, I promise you. Recovering saddles/bag repair/occasional couch things. I just need to, y’know, get off my arse and do some things.
But fuck, I feel like I’m obliged to help you out cos I loves you so much, so yeah.