How This Site Works
PC911 is completely free. There is no charge for any of the content, nobody sells any e-mail addresses or reader information, nobody makes any money off of this site. I maintain the site because it's fun and I enjoy helping the readers and sharing my knowledge. Simple as that.
However, there is a monthly cost involved in maintaining the site. I rent a dedicated server at a professional web hosting company. This service currently costs me about $200 per month. For that I get a powerful server, lots of bandwidth, reliable hosting, 24/7 support, a fast connection to the Internet, etc. As a result, this site is running very reliable and has had no unplanned downtime for several years now.
How The Bill Gets Paid
Previously I paid for the web hosting from the revenue made from banner advertising on the site. Unfortunately the main sponsor, Maximum PC, shut down its affiliate program, and I no longer have regular ad revenue to rely on. We do hope to try Chitika, supposedly the best affiliate program around. But, we won't have results on how that has performed for a while.
There are several existing affiliations with vendors that I support. You will see their banners at different spots on the site. The way it works is that you click on a banner to go to the vendor's site, purchase something, and PC911 will receive a small percentage as commission. Both parties benefit: You end up with a good quality product that PC911 is comfortable to endorse, and PC911 receives revenue to help maintain the site.
How You Can Help
There are other ways to support the site without having to make a purchase. One way is to make a small donation via the Amazon Honor System.
Clicking the blue Click To Pay button on the banner will take you to a page on Amazon's web site where you can make a donation to support PC911. The amount is completely up to you. Whether you donate $1 or $100, every contribution is appreciated. The transaction is done via credit card, and it's easy, secure, and fully refundable for 30 days in case you change your mind.
Another way to contribute is via PayPal. You can send your contribution to macrobeat (at) hotmail #dot# com.
If you don't feel comfortable using your credit card online even with a reputable company like Amazon, or don't have a credit card, you can also snail mail a contribution to:
Checks should be made payable to: Alex Byron - PC911
Note: PC911 is not officially registered as a not-for-profit organization, therefore donations are not automatically tax deductible! However, your contribution may be deductible as a business expense if you are using technical information from this site to repair or maintain computers in your business. Please check with your accountant for details.
Your Support Is Important
With your contribution you ensure that PC911 can continue to be your computer help site of choice. PC911 is very proud to have such a loyal audience, and hope that you decide to contribute. A small click for you - but a big help to computer users around the world!