When I changed arcadepardise.org's webhosting to a bigger and better plan, I decided to try out putting up Google AdSense ads. Not that I was looking to generate huge revenue (or "tha mad skrilla, yo" as the kids today say), but I figured it'd be nice if it helped to at least cover hosting costs and stuff. Lo and behold, it hasn't exactly been the winning financial strategy that I hoped it'd be. My average click-through rate has been 0.5%, and last month I made a whopping $1.18. WOO-HOO party!!!
I'm guessing the reason for this is that once someone has arrived here at arcadeparadise.org, they've probably already decided to build their own arcade cabinet (or maybe their own YDKJ controllers). They're looking for plans and instructions, not places selling pre-made arcade cabinets, which is what most of the ads were. Yeah, I probably could spend countless hours fine-tweaking and filtering the ads through Google, or I could try to be more specific and set up a bunch of affiliate ads for places that perhaps would be more likely to appeal to people building their own cabinets, but that's really starting to sound like some kind of "business plan" which kinda goes against what I've meant for this site to be all along.
So I've decided to try out the "donations" method instead.
Everything here - including instructions and downloads to plans and artwork - are still provided free of charge to everyone (for personal use) and they always will be. Arcade Paradise started out as a fun hobby for me, I still have a lot of fun doing it, and I want to keep it that way in the future. So, if you feel that this site has helped you out and you'd like to throw a few bones this direction as a token of appreciation, it'd sure be mighty nice. If you'd like to make a donation, please click the fancy PayPal button below and share the love. :)
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