Low End Mac (LEM) has been online since April 1997, helping Mac users around the world get the most out of their current hardware. It began as a hobby, grew into a business, and is now in a real financial crisis. (Fun raiser update: We’ve received $592 in donations from 35 supporters over the first week. Thank you!)
I started to publish LEM full-time in January 2001, when it looked like site income could replace my 9-to-5 job. We’ve been through several rough patches since then, some good times, and another very rough patch in recent years, forcing me to take a part-time job – and a full-time job about a year ago.
We have been running a deficit all year, which means our family income has been subsidizing the business – just the opposite of the way it should be. Average monthly income in 2013 is down 75% from 2012. Part of this is because I have a full-time job. Part of this is because we have less new content. Part of this is due to switching to WordPress and losing our high Google rank for a lot of our content. Part of this comes from losing some lucrative affiliate programs in 2012. Also, site traffic is down 60%, which means less ad income.
We’re working to turn things around with new content and updated price trackers. Because I have a full-time job with benefits, LEM no longer has to pay for health insurance. But we still have the other bills to pay: internet, phone, taxes, utilities, and so forth. We’re falling behind by an average of $350 per month with nothing for office supplies, let alone software or hardware.
We’re asking those who enjoy Low End Mac to support it.
Spread the Word
Tell your Mac, iPhone, and iPad using friends what you think of Low End Mac. If you have your own website or blog, consider adding a link to http://lowendmac.com/ If you use Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinedIn, or Pinterest, follow us there and share our link with your friends and followers. This should also help improve our Google rank, which is important to rebuilding site traffic.
If you run a business and would like to buy ad space on LEM, please contact Backbeat Media.
Spread the Wealth
We accept donations through PayPal, Chase QuickPay, Dwolla, and snail mail. This year’s goal is $3,000 in one-time donations before the end of 2013 and $500 in monthly support. This will cover our deficit for 2013 and help lay the groundwork for a successful 2014.
- PayPal (links open to PayPal website) is the most popular method for donating funds to Low End Mac. You can also sign up for a regular ongoing donation by using one of the Subscribe options below.
You can use the Donate button below if you wish to make a one-time donation of any amount:
- Another option is Chase QuickPay, which requires that you have a US bank account and either a mobile phone number or a valid email address. You can send money using the Web or with the Chase Mobile iOS app (Android and Blackberry apps also available). Reference the email address (praying it won’t get spammed), and Chase will notify you when we have received your donation. And unlike PayPal, there are no fees. (You do not need to have a Chase account to use QuickPay.)
- A fairly new option is Dwolla, which is a one-to-one payment system. Money can transfer directly between Dwolla accounts, between bank accounts, and between a Dwolla account and a bank account. Money transfers in a flash (it takes 3-4 business days to move PayPal funds to your bank account). Dwolla is free for transactions under $10; there is a 25¢ fee for transactions $10 and above – a bit more than Chase, but cheaper than PayPal, which takes one-third of a $1 donation. Our Dwolla ID is 812-572-0170.
- If you prefer not to send funds electronically, you can mail donations to Cobweb Publishing, Inc, 215 Ivanhoe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
Please click on some of the ads and affiliate links on our site and learn more about the businesses that support Low End Mac.
If you sign up for eBay via this link, we will also receive a small fee.
Yet another way to help is through affiliate programs. If you shop through any of the following links, the vendor will recognize that your purchase came through Low End Mac and send a small fee our way.
Thank you for your support.
Dan Knight, publisher, Low End Mac
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