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Thread: Latest StopTazmo News [03/22/2013]

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    Exclamation Latest StopTazmo News [03/22/2013]

    New Changes at StopTazmo

    1. Guests are now limited to 100 downloads per day.
    2. Members are now limited to 250 downloads per day.
    3. Premium users have no restrictions.

    We've had to make these changes as I've seen that there are individuals who download, and I kid you not, over 4,000 times per day. I'm sure these individuals use a download manager, but the problem is this limits the bandwidth that others have access to since we only have 100mbps lines to our servers. Even if you reach your download limit though, you can still read Manga online through our Manga reader without any kind of restrictions.

    Donation/Funding Status

    At this point we require $480/m to keep running and so far there have only been 4 donations this month (03/22/13), in previous months we would be around 20 donations even if they were small. We also receive subscription payments, but since people cancel each month, donations are what keeps us running. At this point (03/22/13) we have received $265 in funding this month. I cannot keep paying the bills alone so any help is appreciated.

    Your Feedback Required: How can we get you to donate?
    I figure I should hear it directly from your own mouths, if you are not registered please head to http://stoptazmo.com/downloads/contact_us.php, otherwise post here. What do we need to add/change/remove to get you to donate to keep us online?

    Thoughts on Shutting StopTazmo Down
    I have to admit that I've been strongly considering shutting StopTazmo down the past week and I'd like to let you know why. In the last year at least if my memory is correct, we have never broken even, every month I must transfer money from my credit cards to pay the bills. ST has been open since 2004 and for a long time we actually brought money in, I still remember the feeling of ordering pizza and having a big fat bank account, that ST has prevented those fond memories from returning for a long time and I am tired of eating ramen noodles.

    Another thing that I think people fail to consider is the amount of time I spent on this site, every day I spent between 30 to 60m, so assuming that I spent an hour a day, 30 hours a month, at a wage of about a minimum wage of $8/h, I should be making 30 hours/month * $8/h = $240/m off this site, but instead this seems to be close to what I am investing. As I've gotten older I have many responsibilities and a great need to pay my own bills and I think that I am at a cross roads and I am not sure if it's worth continuing with keeping StopTazmo running. Not only that but for a great deal of time I made constant updates to our download scripts, even this past month I spent about 10 hours developing the API's due to us losing a merchant account to accept donations publicly and I just have a feeling that it's more efficient in the long run to watch TV than it is to invest in coding to build a better StopTazmo.

    One reason I've begun restricting the number of downloads free and normal members have access to is because I am thinking that although we might get a few hundred thousand unique visitors every month, perhaps it would be better if we had only 100 visitors to ST that contributed towards the site rather than 200-400k unique visitors each month that donated nothing. I know that not all of you are rich, I'm in the same position but I know with our sheer amount of traffic we could have more than 4 single donations this month. I'd though like to thank our subscribed members for helping us though.

    Possible Changes in the Future
    1. We may begin to require you to login to an account to download, while making the Manga reader publicly viewable regardless of whether or not you are logged in. The reason for this, if I do go this route is because I really would like to encourage our visitors to become members, making it easier on them to join in on forum discussions. I know that many people come here only to download and I'm ok with that since that is what we are all about, I'd just like to see more community involvement. This is not set in stone but something I am seriously considering.

    2. It might come to the point where we are forced to close down. Right now we are having serious issues collecting donations which I need to pay the servers early next month. We have the majority of our bills due within the first 5 days of the month and to be honest I am not sure if I intend to renew the servers. I just am not sure if it's worth continuing to run this site or not.


    I know this is a long post but I'd like to ask for any feedback from anyone of you. If you are not registered, again you can head to http://stoptazmo.com/downloads/contact_us.php to send me a message.
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    Have you considered using ads?

    Given the traffic the site gets (especially the more popular manga series) a couple of ad banners could probably provide some useful pocket change.
    Just a thought.

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    I wouldnt mind ads as long as they werent intrusive... not that I read enough manga to even care anymore. However if you do have to do the dirty and shut down will you shutter the forums too? I know they can't be that expensive to maintain...


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    I've tried all the sponsors out there but for the most part Anime/Manga traffic is seen as garbage, it does not convert. It's the same for many other Anime/Manga webmasters I know, all have the same problems. The truth is I've been thinking very hard about simply closing the site down, kind of lost the passion to keep the updates coming. I feel like I'm getting too old to keep this site running. Our primary servers are due on the 1st of April, still unsure if they are being renewed, have to see our donation status but I think we are close to $300 at least so that would pay a chunk of the server costs.

    I do have one option of last resort. A few months ago I took a look at our traffic, it seems that there are really only 1k series that get any kind of traffic. I could always just take the top 1k, kill off the rest, get rid of the media servers, ban public downloading except by premium users, and perhaps try to fit everything onto the server that is hosting our main site. That might be an option but it would involve setup costs. That might get our expenses down to $150/m or so since I'd have to upgrade servers from what is hosting our site now to cope with the traffic. I might be able to go even further, ban any Manga reading by non-premium users but I figure that would kill the site for sure.

    Still not sure what I should do, but I know I can't keep bleeding money. Any thoughts would help me.

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    plz dont shut stoptazmo away.

    hm i admit that i really like the changes in stoptazmo... keep up the good work, kevin
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    Cool 4more years

    Can u pls wait ,maybe 4 years? then maybe i can donate. . .maybe i'll make a dollar acc. when i'm already a grown-up, so please

    (because,the money we are using here,in our place, is PHP ,not dollars)

    also,i like that, that we should log-in so that we can download. there will be lots of people that will join

    .& i really love STOPTAZMO >/////<
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