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End of Year Report from the WebMaster of CampRoss.net
A big THANK YOU to all of the regular visitors to Nichiren's Interfaith Coffeehouse! The website now receives more than a 1000 clicks a day! At the beginning of this year, the Coffeehouse had received just over 250,000 clicks (combined total from 1997-2001). In 2002, this more than doubled to 619,000!
As anyone can see below, I went kind of crazy this year adopting webrings.... I have done this for three reasons:
(1) I have found WebRing to be an invaluable source of traffic. The increase in traffic to my personal websites every month is very much related to my use of WebRing as advertising. I hope other webmasters find it just as valuable....
Over the years, I have been successful at keeping the costs for my websites to a bare minimum. Currently my annual cost amounts to just over $200/yr for four domain names (CampRoss.net, LotusSutra.net, BuddhistInmates.net and Ryuei.net) and the cost to remove the banner advertisements from the crosswinds server which houses the Coffeehouse. Up until now I have been paying these costs myself. However, it appears that in 2003, I may actually break even... or better, which is my goal for next year.
In 2002, 70 items were purchased from Amazon.com totaling $1303, which translates to $75 in referral fees for me. To those of you who made a purchase from Amazon.com via the Coffeehouse, THANK YOU! I have taken these fees as credits and am building a nice library of suttas, commentaries and other books referenced by Ryuei on the internet.
In June 2002, I began a new project to experiment with alternative revenue streams. I created my first adult oriented webpage with free dating resources which has turned out to be quite successful. By sending adult-focused traffic to this site, in six months I have already surpassed the revenue Amazon.com generated in twelve months. I suppose the old axiom Sex Sells is true after all.... Anyway, it is because of the ease in which Adult Friend Finder succeeded, that I decided to put some extra effort into their other programs as well. I have since adopted a couple dozen adult oriented webrings (mostly in Dec). Thus my dating webpage has now become the new homepage for my adult webrings, keeping them completely separate from the family oriented webrings listed at CampRoss.net. I have also created three new dating webpages with less or no adult content:
Asian Friend Finder
European Friend Finder
Friend Finder for Grads & Dads
Adopt one last WebRing for the year. This 87th ring is for Free Software.
(2) It is a way of doing my part to keep the internet clean of broken images and links.
(3) I am an internet junkie. ;-}
Adopted five new rings today:Jesus Ring
The Taoism Ring
New York State WebRing
The Original Michigan WebRing
Heart of England: Shropshire, Hereford & Worcester
|Adopted my 81st ring, The European Links Ring, a very large and original WebRing created in 1996.
|Adopted the Realm of Tao WebRing, a medium sized ring created in 1997; the 63rd ring administered by CampRoss.net.|
|Adopted Asian Models, a large old ring (from 1996) with quasi-adult content, and my 62nd WebRing.
|Named the new Ringmaster Vietnamese Ring, my 60th ring and an original webring dating back to 1996, which was put up for adoption by its (original?) ringmaster one week ago.
As people can see below, I have been busy adopting rings on many topics. WebRing has a new system in place (since October) which allows an automated adoption process, based on a point system. Not too long ago, it took several months to adopt a single webring. Now, it only takes one week.|
|Adopted my 45th and 46th WebRings today: World Buddhism and The HIV Awareness Ring.|
|Adopted my 44th WebRing: A Ring of Christianity. With this, I now have rings which cover most of the broad spectrum of human spirituality, both East and West. Check out the WebRings at CampRoss.net!|
Finished two new photo galleries of my recent excursions, photos courtesy of Rocky.
Myokakuji Temple 9/22/02
SF Dharma Circle 8/1/02
|720th anniversary of Nichiren Shonin's death.
Found a great new resource for Nichiren Buddhism in Japan today: Nichiren.ac. Added links to six new Nichiren schools in the Coffeehouse: Hokke-shu, Fujufuse-shu, Daiei-kai, Daijokyo, Honge-myoushu and Hosshi-shu.
I also found many more temples and webpages for Nichiren Shu.|
|Was mildly amused by a new discovery... Remember Bruce's old homepage NichirenBuddhism.org which is listed on hundreds of sites as the official Kempon Hokke Kai (and/or Shu) Homepage? It is now forwarding to TaroGold.com, a World Tribune staff writer promoting his first book. LOL....
Finished updating the webpage for Kempon Hokke Shu, adding a few of their temples to my new Directory of Lotus Sutra Schools.Finished updating the webpage for the Independent Movement, adding 5 countries, including 14 states (plus DC) to the Directory!|
|Finished updating the webpage for Nipponzan Myohoji and adding their temples and peace pagodas to my new Directory of Lotus Sutra Schools. It now includes contact info for NM in 8 countries, including 6 states (plus DC) in the USA!|
|Finished updating the webpage for Rissho Kosei-kai and adding their contact info to the Directory of Lotus Sutra Schools. It now includes contact info for RK in 13 countries, including 8 states in the USA!|
Surpassed my goal to double the number of clicks (page views) this year in the Coffeehouse, from 250K to 500K. THANK YOU!