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Every so often various members contact me asking how they can support RDF besides giving a donation. Being ad-free is no easy task, and we rely on donations from members as well as non-intrusive affiliated links floating around the forum. All finances are put toward the server maintenance costs and expenses from radar/lidar testing (renting units, test courses, gas reimbursement, etc). Besides participating in debates and discussions, there are a couple other ways you can help us out.

1.) Looking to purchase something (anything) from Amazon? Simply click the following link (the image) prior to purchasing and you will help us out:

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Our community is constantly getting larger - we figured we'd toss some outside-of-the-box ideas at you so the same people don't have to keep donating in order for this place to survive (don't worry though, we aren't going anywhere :)).

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Thanks xyd! This is great. I'm glad to see a solution to the VPN was found.
 

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Great info on how to contribute more to the forum. I'll switch my van and remember to visit this site before going to amazon. I encourage people to donate too though. Think about how much the info we all get on this site is worth. It's really priceless and I think most people could justify a donation. Just my 2c
 

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I know you want to keep the site "ad free" but if you put that Amazon link (and maybe the IPVanish link) somewhere in the header or footer where we can all find it it would increase the chances people will use the link. Maybe a small, non-intrusive banner on the bottom of the page? I'm sure no one will mind that if it's static without all sorts of scripting, animation etc.

Also, the auto-linking of Amazon in my post above is directly linking to Amazon instead of going through the RDF referral link. You may want to change that. :) EDIT: After editing my post to add this, the link changed to something going through go.rdforum.org, is that how RDF gets the referral credit?
 
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Amazon is an excellent choice for more than one reason.
 

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I know you want to keep the site "ad free" but if you put that Amazon link (and maybe the IPVanish link) somewhere in the header or footer where we can all find it it would increase the chances people will use the link. Maybe a small, non-intrusive banner on the bottom of the page? I'm sure no one will mind that if it's static without all sorts of scripting, animation etc.
Second this!!!!!
 

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I know you want to keep the site "ad free" but if you put that Amazon link (and maybe the IPVanish link) somewhere in the header or footer where we can all find it it would increase the chances people will use the link. Maybe a small, non-intrusive banner on the bottom of the page? I'm sure no one will mind that if it's static without all sorts of scripting, animation etc.

Also, the auto-linking of Amazon in my post above is directly linking to Amazon instead of going through the RDF referral link. You may want to change that. :) EDIT: After editing my post to add this, the link changed to something going through go.rdforum.org, is that how RDF gets the referral credit?
I think we would only consider doing that as a last resort kind of thing - we aren't hurting or anything, but testing does start to pile on the costs.

Yep, the go.* URL is affixed to all outgoing links - it has actually been done like this for a while (since 2011) - it's for the skimlinks service.
 

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Great idea. I put it in my signature
 

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Just ordered through the link. Whats the roi?;)

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I also copied the link and put it on my favorites bar in IE. that way I can go through it to amazon, even if I'm not currently on RDF. :eek:
 

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Just ordered through the link. Whats the roi?;)

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Under 30 orders a month should be anywhere from 4-6% depending on the item and the channel ordered (Amazon, Market Place, Etc.)
 

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And depending if the affiliated code works in the first place. I've seen many networks that don't credit affiliates certain times.
 

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And depending if the affiliated code works in the first place. I've seen many networks that don't credit affiliates certain times.
Yeah, And Amazon is very picky. If you are going to buy a big ticket item maybe PM XYD so he can give you a direct link to the product with the referral code embedded. Sometimes after you browse many products the referral code can drop off. I buy so much from Amazon that I setup a website that is a mirror of Amazon and I used to go in my own website to buy my stuff I needed so I could get the 4-6% discount. After they realized it they cut my commission off on my own items.
 

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Yeah, And Amazon is very picky. If you are going to buy a big ticket item maybe PM XYD so he can give you a direct link to the product with the referral code embedded. Sometimes after you browse many products the referral code can drop off. I buy so much from Amazon that I setup a website that is a mirror of Amazon and I used to go in my own website to buy my stuff I needed so I could get the 4-6% discount. After they realized it they cut my commission off on my own items.
Good idea and effort though :p
 

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I must not have been paying attention - missed this... Good info and I will plan to move my VPN over when it rolls over to July.
 

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Are you sure your amazon link is correct in the first post? It just says amazon.com come with no type of affiliate code.
 

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Are you sure your amazon link is correct in the first post? It just says amazon.com come with no type of affiliate code.
Yes.
 

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Are you sure your amazon link is correct in the first post? It just says amazon.com come with no type of affiliate code.
Just used the link last week with no issues......
 

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