Here’s a chance for you to help AnimeBlogger.net out and all it’ll take is a small amount of your time. We’re doing a demographics survey to get a better idea of the make up of AB’s audience. When trying to sell ads it’s important to have this information as companies will ask about your visitors demographics, so having this information will help us when it comes to selling advertising directly. Even if we turn the management of the ads over to a company who specializes in such things, we’ll still need to know our audience demographics. (Ad companies want demographics because they use them to target ads to the audience(s) more likely to purchase the product(s) they’re advertising.)
The survey is short, only 14 questions long, and should take you no more than a minute to fill out. All results are completely anonymous, we aren’t asking for any personally identifying data. You can find the survey here.
Also don’t forget about our donation drive, we’re already more than halfway to our minimum goal of $1600! A big thank you to everyone who’s donated so far, it’s appreciated more than I can possibly put into words. ^_^
AnimeBlogger.net has always been supportive of new writers all over the world to establish their blog for free. As we continue to expand and include new bloggers to the anime blogosphere, we have reached a point where advertising dollars are not enough to pay for the hosting services.
Hence, we have decided to appeal for donations to cover the taxes and hosting fees of AnimeBlogger.net. The first goal is to raise US$1600 to cover three months of hosting and the taxes applicable to AnimeBlogger.net. When we have secured that amount, we are looking into adding another server in order to accommodate more writers, which is where the second goal comes in. If we reach our second goal of US$2200, we’ll be able to add another server.
If you are wondering how you can donate to us, there are various ways. First, you can directly donate to the site via Amazon or Paypal from our donations page. Second, you can buy AnimeBlogger.net merchandise. As an incentive to those who donate, everyone who donates more than $5 will be entered to win a prize. Currently we have a sponsor that’s paying for two AnimeBlogger.net shirts for winners. You can also contribute any anime-related items as prizes for the lucky draw.
AnimeBlogger.net needs your help. Everyone is integral to the support of AnimeBlogger.net. Every little bit counts to hit our target, be it $1 or $100. You will make a difference. Thank you and please continue to explore our anime blogging community!
We encourage you to let others know about AB’s donation drive, and to help with that we have a Wordpress plugin available that you can use to put a donation meter on your sidebar. The donation meter shows the the current donation amount in green, a bar extends out to the first goal in red, then the second goal’s in yellow. The plugin pulls its data from our servers so it’ll update itself as we get donations in.
To install the plugin on your blog, first download the plugin. (You can also view the source of the plugin.) Next extract the file from the zip archive and upload that file to your wp-content/plugins directory. Then you activate the plugin and add the following code to your sidebar wherever you want it to appear:
< ?php dd_display(170); ?>
The number specifies how many pixels wide the donation meter should be, so change the 170 to something slightly less than your sidebar’s width. The plugin outputs all the necessary code, with the header being an <h2> and the meter itself enclosed in <ul> tags. (We chose these because they’re the most common.) If you need to change these you’ll need to edit the plugin code to do so, but it’s really straightforward. Finally, there’s a set of sayings that the plugin will randomly put below the donation meter itself, here’s the default ones:
$sayings = 'Just a bit more guys!';
$sayings = 'It can\'t hurt to help!';
$sayings = 'Be a pal, a PayPal!';
$sayings = 'We need money. Badly. ';
$sayings = 'Keep us in business.';
$sayings = 'Feel good; lend a hand.';
Feel free to change these or add new ones if you’d like. (Note: single quote marks in the text will need to have a \ in front of them.)