Its been a long time since I've done a general site update on whats happening behind the scenes, so I thought I'd give you a heads up. Recently we've taken on a new sponsor, Bozo's Tackle and will be doing give aways and promotions to help Phil get exposure to the W.A market. (glad we found them because they're bloody good lures)
Whilst we have taken on a new sponsor, we have also lost a couple - Ocean to Outback Generator and Engel Hire, along with Southern Cross Charters (will be back after the ban)
To supplement the costs of the site, I will also be taking on a non fishing related site - to be announced shortly (its a pretty cool site if your into trying to get web bargins ;) ). I know I have said that I wouldn't do this in the past, but when the tax lady gives you the word up, its time to listen. Theres going to be 2 banners, one like the typical ones at the top of the site and one at the side. The adverts are animated, but they're not that bad (if you find them annoying, please let me know though)(no different from any other site out there these days)
I am also considering moving to full names for new members, similar to other W.A sites for authentication purposes. Now we have a solid and quality membership base, I don't think that changing names will matter too much. I'd like your opinion on this though, so please feel free to let me know.
I'm also looking to start up a mailing list to get old members that have lapsed back to FW. It will be a general fishing report on whats been happening on the site with some of the best photos/reports. It will have an opt out option as well if you don't want to get the emails again, but thought I'd give you all warning that you will probably receive one sometime in the future. (a similar sort of email to this thread but with pics)
On the general site front, you will notice that logged in numbers have been high of late, excellent news which has resulted in the highest hits day again yesterday. Some seriously good numbers that should have potential advertisers taking notice. Hopefully the more advertisers we can get, the more benefits and discounts we can get for you guys.
We did have a bit of downtime over the weekend, on Friday and Saturday night due to a Russian search engine spamming the site with connection requests. Pretty much the same spam bots that used to hit us before, but with a better server, we can handle it a lot better these days and I have since banned that IP address.
The southwest fishwrecked comp has been put off until after the metro bans finish, there may be a freshwater part of the comp held before then as a general meet and greet. The 2010 Exmouth fishing competition has got 13 teams confirmed, 4 nearly confirmed and 5 lightly penciled in. There is nearly $1000 in cash prizes up for grabs, 10 Weezel poppers worth $600, and a custom built game rod from Mako Matt at the Tackleshack. Theres still 7 months until the competition and I am also looking into regional grants to boost our prize pool. There are also a few other sponsors waiting for closer to the date to announce their prizes.
The fishwrecked-reeltime magazine has also had great success in the last 6 months with issue 4 coming out soon. Just quietly it looks to be a ripper (I can't wait to show you some of the U/W marlin pics I got) ;) Hopefully you will all sign up and get the latest issue to your mailbox next month.
I think that pretty much covers it, the site is going gangbusters and its thanks to your great support over the years.
Andy Mac, Tim, Colin Hay.
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