Forum Biz/Spam Ways to support the forum!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Mark Wein, Sep 12, 2011.

    Sep 12, 2011
  1. Mark Wein :mad:

    Hey folks!

    We've actually discussed this before but I figured I would put a sticky thread up with what pays for the operating costs for us, which include a dedicated server and daily backup service. That alone runs about $2300 a year not including raffle prizes.


    1. Skimlinks - this is a service that is invisible to you on the forum but we make a small commission from selected websites if you click on a link here and buy a product there. The biggest fundraiser since we've applied for this have been things that you guys have bought from Musicians Friend through the "Stupid Deal of the Day" threads here. Pretty much any link you post in the forum and then click on to make your online purchase will pay a small (around 2% on average) commission.

    2. The "Donate" button:

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    3. The MWGL gift shop! http://www.cafepress.com/mwgl - shirts and all kinds of junk. We make about 20% of the sale so its a $3-4 profit for most items. Not huge but it helps!

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    In addition to that, the occasional "Like" or posting of a thread on Facebook or other music forums also helps get the word out about new lessons, webcasts, Recordingfests and other events here on the forum which in the long run helps to grow and strengthen the community here.

    Also, if you are looking for a book to work out of to strengthen your core concepts on the guitar then "Foundations for Guitar" is also available in hardcopy and electronic versions. I can also work out "bulk" deals for Guitar teachers that wish to use the book with students.

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    Paperback book:

    Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Foundations-Guitar-Book-Mark-Wein/dp/061519883X

    Lulu.com (I actually make twice as much in royalties if you order through the publishers website and not amazon): http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/foundations-for-guitar-book-1/2659416

    Electronic Versions:

    Ebook for computers: http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/f...ngContext=product_view/more_by_author/right/1

    iBookstore for iPod, iPhone and iPod Touch: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/foundations-for-guitar/id442311784?mt=11
    The online video or "Subscription" version can be found here: http://markweinguitarlessons.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=7

    Contact me directly for wholesale pricing for teachers or a test and evaluation copy if you can send a business card or website as "proof of instructor-ness" :)

    - Mark

    :msm:
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2013
  2. Sep 12, 2011
  3. Denverdave Resident Ragamuffin

  4. Sep 13, 2011
  5. Mark Wein :mad:

    additional spam added to the op :)
  6. Sep 13, 2011
  7. Mrs.P The Wonder Wench

    I was wondering why your sig didn't have the lulu link, since that is where I first went when I was going to buy your book, until I asked you first.
  8. Sep 13, 2011
  9. Mark Wein :mad:

    I discovered early on that the average stranger online was more likely to buy something from Amazon where they could get free or cheaper shipping combining it with other purchases than buying an unknown guys book on an unfamiliar website. Now that I'm a little less unknown I'm hoping to change that :)
  10. Sep 13, 2011
  11. reverend1 n00b

    What if I want a signed book?
  12. Sep 13, 2011
  13. Mark Wein :mad:

    I'd say you're silly for wanting someone like me to sign a book, but I could do that. :p
  14. Sep 13, 2011
  15. Mrs.P The Wonder Wench

    Gotcha!
  16. Sep 13, 2011
  17. Mark Wein :mad:


    :thu:
  18. Sep 16, 2011
  19. Mark Wein :mad:

    moar spam in the OP:

    3. The MWGL gift shop! http://www.cafepress.com/mwgl - shirts and all kinds of junk. We make about 20% of the sale so its a $3-4 profit for most items. Not huge but it helps!

    [​IMG]
  20. Sep 22, 2011
  21. Chad Obviously not a golfer

    You should start a thread and just post links to popular online stores that work with this. Then when ever we need to shop from one, we come here, click the link and do our normal online shopping. I know I would take the extra step to come here before buying something in order for you to get you 2%.
  22. Sep 22, 2011
  23. Mark Wein :mad:

    I think it needs to be a link to a specific product. Maybe just a thread for people to post their links in? I'd imagine most online retailers that we'd use would be included.
  24. Sep 25, 2011
  25. Peeker flying asshat mobile

    aha!

    now i can get me one of them shirts!:D

    reminds me, cafepress owes me money...
  26. Sep 27, 2011
  27. baimun funk shui




    Pfft....




    ... of course not.









    He wants Jack to sign the book. :jj:
  28. Sep 27, 2011
  29. Mark Wein :mad:

    OK. That I can understand :weebz:
  30. Sep 27, 2011
  31. And they'll ship from within Canada. No doodies to pay. (I think that's how we should spell that word...)
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  32. Oct 19, 2011
  33. Mark Wein :mad:

    <script type='text/javascript' src='http://g.skimresources.com/js/search/11343X695003.amazon.js'></script>
  34. Dec 28, 2011
  35. Mark Wein :mad:

    We also get a spiff if you buy Guitar Pro through our site now....in all of the current lessons and "Lick of the Week" podcasts I've been including Guitar Pro files so that you can loop, slow down or otherwise alter the lesson to make it easier to practice...click the banner below!

    <a href="http://www.guitar-pro.com/en/index.php?pg=download&affiliate=markwein" title="Guitar Pro 6: Editing tablature and standard notation" target="_blank"><img src="http://affiliate.guitar-pro.com/img/links/004.gif" alt="Guitar Pro 6: RSE Realistic Sound Engine: realistic audio playback" border="0" width="125" height="125"></a>
  36. Dec 31, 2011
  37. Dexter Inferno Serious error

    I really need to remember to get that shirt. :weebz:
  38. Jul 16, 2012
  39. Mark Wein :mad:

    can you bump a sticky?

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