SIGNUP LINK: http://stoptazmo.com/payments.php
I know many of you are going to hate that we are doing this or even wonder whatís going on, but the thread title really explains all of it. We are opening a premium service. Itís not going to be like other sites, so I ask all of you, before you pass judgment on us to at least read this entire thread to hear what I have to say.
In the Anime Community, premium memberships and asking for donations have been widely abused. Just look at NarutoMania and NarutoFan, they each rake in thousands per month when they really donít have a need for such money, our premium service is really a last resort option, and really you cannot compare what we are doing to what they are doing.
I am going to break this down to make it simple for everyone to understand why I am opening Premium Membership and what you can expect from it.
Why we need premium membership?
Every month I am forced to spend close to $900-$1000 or so on servers for this site for downloads alone. The last few months that we were accepting donations we pretty much made no money from it. The last month we accepted donations for a full month we made between $130 and $200, I cannot remember exactly at this moment, but itís no where near the goal that we needed. I do not have the money to continue to pay $800 out of pocket or so. Even this month, after 11 days we have only collected $60 in donations. We have tried every sponsor out there, and it just does not cover what we need, we need our users to support us, we need premium membership so I am able to pay for the servers. I have my own bills and I cannot afford to continue to pay for everything, and even now we are going to need a new server and I cannot see myself paying for another 100mbps server. We need premium membership so we can keep growing.
What about the people who donít pay?
The only difference between the people who do pay and the people who donít pay in terms of downloading will be that premium users have download manager support (Links last for 7 days), and they have the ability to burst to higher speeds at times. They also do not have any ads on the download pages. There are no Manga series or Anime series that only paid users get to access. We are NOT selling access to Manga or Anime, we are only giving users additional features such as Download Manager Support, No Ads on Download Pages, Premium Member Forums (For Suggestions for site features/Help), Avatars, Larger PM Box, Manga Requests/Feature Requests and you get to say that you are a supporter of the StopTazmo Community.
As you can see premium members only get additional features, we are not selling access to Anime or Manga. I do not wish to disrespect translators or any of the people who are spending all their time working on getting releases out there.
Where can we expect our money to go to?
We have a lot of bills and upgrades we need to take care of. I would like to get a second 100mbps server and add an additional 600+ Manga series or so. Even right now I am working on getting another batch of new series uploaded.
The way things are looking now are as follows: $1500 or so at least for Download Servers, and we need more money to buy better servers and upgrades for StopTazmo.com, which I expect to run thousands, maybe $5,000 or so. The more members we receive the more downloads we can offer. Itís really my goal of being able to have every Manga series available on this site for members to download.
Can we trust you?
I have been running this site since October 2004. Itís now September 2007. I have for about 3 years now continuously added new Manga updates every 2 days, excluding a few days were I had emergencies I needed to take care of. I ran this site for a good 2 years or so asking for nothing, and only within the last year did I even begin to think of accepting donations, it is not my goal to profit from this, it never was, if I really was a bad guy I would be doing what many other webmasters have done by now, setup a premium membership, remove 90% of our downloads for free members and force you to upgrade.
Assuming you earn more money than you spend what do you plan to use the money for?
Iíve done a lot of talking with the moderators, and we agreed that we would like to use the additional money to deposit into a bank account so that we can save for a few months, so that we can each get cars such as the one in the link below for us to drive around in.
Porsche Carrera GT - $440,000
I am just kidding. Now, being serious, the money will be placed into account for when itís needed, and I honestly do not expect to get too many premium members to signup for this service, so I do not expect us to break even from our Premium Service. If we do, disabling new signups is always another option, and donating the additional money to the people who are doing all the hard work is another.
How can I signup?
Iím glad you asked. You can signup by going here: http://stoptazmo.com/payments.php
We only accept Paypal, and once you pay you should be instantly activated, if not, contact me with your subscription ID and I will take care of you. The cost is $5/m for 30 days of membership.
I hope by now all of you understand, we are not in any way like other premium membership sites, we do not force you to pay to download or get anything that is hidden from the people who donít pay. All you get is additional features, your voice in maybe new Manga series being added, new features being added, avatars and a much bigger PM box. Thoughts/Suggestions/Questions? Post Below.