News Okinawa.Org Revenue Drop

A lot of businesses in Okinawa are suffering due to COVID-19. We can't say that we are one, as some are going bankrupt, but we have been slightly impacted.
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We offered our community an ad-free experience for those that chose to sign up. At the time, our revenue was stable displaying ads to visitors only.

However, in the past couple of days, we've noticed a dramatic decline in revenue and have narrowed it down to businesses in Okinawa and Japan (the USA for those using VPNs) choosing to advertise less as well as bidding on certain keywords at lower rates than normal. Meaning, what used to be a hypothetical $0.75 click could be a $0.10 click.

We promised all members an ad-free experience and will deliver such if the poll results show that's what you want—we will not bait and switch.

However, Okinawa.Org's mission is also to help those in need that reside in Okinawa with the funds that we do receive as seen on our About Us page's mission and vision statement.

Today, we're opening a 3-day poll to introduce a couple of options to all members until revenue stabilizes again (this is a private poll and nothing will be held against you):​
  1. No ads​
  2. One or two non-intrusive ads (as opposed to ~7 for visitors)​
  3. A yearly donation/subscription service that unlocks many hidden site-wide features, not to exceed $10​
Okinawa.Org is, and will always be, community-driven. We will take this poll into serious consideration as we consider ourselves a democracy: the final say in which option we present at the end of this poll will be up to you all as members.

If there are overwhelming votes to suppress ads, we will respect that choice and ride it out as we have already made the commitment to not show ads to our valued members.

Please take a moment to take our poll so that some system, if any, can be implemented within 3 days. Also, leave a comment below with an opinion, or, just to say "Hi" to all of us behind the scenes at Okinawa.Org.

This venture was started as a hobby and we will continue to run it that way as we are in no way hurting. Though we are only asking to make up for the difference in order to fulfill our mission and vision statement, except shifting to help those in need in the local Okinawa community impacted by COVID-19 with supplies already purchased.​
 
The views expressed on this page by users and staff are their own, not those of Okinawa.Org.
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Our plan was:

No ads
Self-explanatory—we will continue to show no ads to logged in members.

Non-intrusive ads for members
Instead of the 5-7 ads that we show guests, depending on which page they are on, we will show 1 or 2 located at the top and bottom (bottom would be the sidebar for those on tablets or PCs).

A donation-based system
One time payment that can unlock a lot of features that at this point, no registered members have. We will also give either a medal or banner for those that choose to donate. The features that donors will receive can be up for discussion.

We were considering anywhere from $5 to $12 for a year. These funds go to support our mission, as all overhead is already covered.

We invite you to take the poll or leave a comment on how you think it should be implemented more in-depth.
 
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Okinawa

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I don't mind seeing adds for Okinawa or even whole Japan. May come in handy one day.
Depending on how the outcome goes, we may have a happy medium where nobody would feel obligated to do anything and we would still keep our promise of being "ad-free".
  • In user preferences, ads can be turned on or off. They will be on by default for current members and a guide will be written on how to disable them. However, new registrations can elect to disable them from the beginning.
  • A donation of $X per month, $Y per year, or $Z permanent donation to have, at this point, a "Donor" banner. This will be further discussed on what features a donor can unlock, besides hiding ads, which will remain free.
    • If you have any ideas on what you would like back from the forum for a donation, please let us know and a range that is acceptable for 1-month, 1-year, and a permanent donation (a lot can be done as many features are disabled and accounts are limited in some aspects to prevent spam; though we believe a donor wouldn't bypass spam guards).
 
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Hand sanitizer and masks are like gold right now.

Hand sanitizers & masks for donation

This was a small purchase (estimated $40, but some products were donated by generous people) to be distributed to those in need. We will also be donating Lysol wipes and other cleaning products to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Okinawa.

Like we say, everything above and beyond overhead is literally given back to our community, Okinawa, at this point.

It's Sunday, so they won't go out to respective places until tomorrow. We're merely just showing a preview of what a difference we're attempting to make around Okinawa with our ad revenue.

Stockpiles of food will also be donated to shelters, once inventoried.

We will be as open as we can about recipients and amounts, but are not taking receipts for any sort of tax write-off.
 

island cyclist

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Hand sanitizer and masks are like gold right now.


This was a small purchase (estimated $40, but some products were donated by generous people) to be distributed to those in need. We will also be donating Lysol wipes and other cleaning products to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Okinawa.

Like we say, everything above and beyond overhead is literally given back to our community, Okinawa, at this point.

It's Sunday, so they won't go out to respective places until tomorrow. We're merely just showing a preview of what a difference we're attempting to make around Okinawa with our ad revenue.

Stockpiles of food will also be donated to shelters, once inventoried.

We will be as open as we can about recipients and amounts, but are not taking receipts for any sort of tax write-off.
For a Donor banner, can you accept cash ?
 
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Okinawa

Okinawa

Okinawa.Org Staff
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Official Account
I don't mind seeing adds.
They'll be implemented shortly as well as a guide on how to disable them as we want to give everyone the freedom of choice to donate in some way or another in order for us to reach our ultimate vision. However, we also want to provide free, up to date content, about Okinawa that's locked behind private walls in groups to the public at large without restriction as well as an outlet for freedom of speech.

We will continue to provide that material (and service if you so choose to use the forums) and leave it up to the individual member to decide whether they want them enabled or not. :)

But thank you in advance if you leave the two that will come up.
 

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