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The Tartan Army Message Board Costs 220 A Month To Run

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 05:29 PM

The Tartan Army Message Board costs 270 per month to run. This is entirely self funded from banner advertising and the "Help Fund the TAMB" links. We are independent of the Scottish FA and all fan groups including the Association of Tartan Army Clubs.

So how is the board funded?
In 2004 we introduced advertising to the board and this has funded the board to this day. Our income each month comes from 3 sources:-
  • Google banners - about 80 per month
  • Affiliate Banners and text links (Expedia, Amazon, Toffs etc) - about 60 per month
  • Banners from Tartan Army Footsoldiers (Football Heaven, Cragiebrown, etc) - about 20 per month
How can I help?
You can help by buying stuff through the "Help Fund the TAMB" link at the top right of the TAMB. This doesn't cost you anything extra as each of the companies pay us commision.

220 A month seems an awfy much for a wee message board?
The TAMB is viewed by over 30,000 people each month and as such requires it's own dedicated webserver. This alone costs 260 per month to run. Add to that the cost of leasing the TAMB forum software and the various domain names it quickly eats up the cash.

What happens with any surplus cash?
In 2006 the TAMB had built up a small cash surplus and we decided to launch a competition for the "Tartan Army Youth Devlopment Award". 5 Teams bid for the cash and after a vote on the TAMB, 2 teams received full funding to buy new strips and the other 3 received 100 each towards kit.

Like to advetise on the TAMB?
More informations on advertising is here - http://taboard.com/Advertising/