Some folks get confused (or even a little angry) when they realize they have to fork over a small amount of $ to get full access to this website.
The reality is that the website's monthly membership fee is exactly what makes everything you see here on My Fishing Cape Cod possible.
Today I want to take a moment to explain a bit more about the "pay for access" concept. Here are my top 3 reasons why charging for access makes perfect sense.
1) No Banner Ads!
Most fishing websites are supported through advertisements. When you visit these types of websites, you will see all sorts of ads begging for your attention.
I believe banner ads take away from the online experience. Advertisements are distracting and often annoying. Personally I just don't like them.
When I started My Fishing Cape Cod in 2012, I quickly realized I did not want to populate the website with a bunch of ads. I knew banner ads would annoy visitors to my website and detract from their experience.
By charging $9.99/month for full access to this website, you are essentially paying to maintain the "advertisement free" browsing experience.
Imagine if you could pay to have advertisements removed from the entire internet? How much would that be worth to you?
I know I would pay at least $25/month to never see an advertisement again!
2) Paying for Access Eliminates all the "Haters" and "Bashers"
Have you ever tried posting a question to an online fishing forum, only to receive a bunch of rude and disprespectful replies from "haters and bashers"?
Have you ever read the nonsense and profanity left in the comments of videos posted on Facebook and YouTube?
Here on My Fishing Cape Cod you will encounter exponentially less "hating and bashing" due to the simple fact that our members pay a small amount of money each month for full access to our website.
Even our 1.00 dollar 30 day trial is enough to scare away almost all the haters and bashers out there. As soon as you start charging money for something (no matter how small that amount of money is) the haters and bashers go away.
This is particularly true in regard to online fishing forums.
There are several 100% free online fishing forums out there, but often if you post a question you will receive sarcastic or degrading replies - especially if you are new to fishing and are just getting started.
Because of our monthly membership fee, I can say with confidence that our forum is one of the friendliest and most helpful fishing forums on the web.
3) Maintenance, Additions and Upgrades
Each month I invest thousands of dollars on hosting, software, technical support, email services and more just to keep My Fishing Cape Cod going.
I also invest between 20 and 60 hours per week maintaining and upgrading the My Fishing Cape Cod website, social media network, and all our other services and opportunities.
As our membership base grows, I am able to create and improve upon everything we offer. This means I am consistently re-investing membership dues in an effort to create a better and more valuable experience for members.
For example, the table below highlights just some of the additions I have made to My Fishing Cape Cod over the years.
What MFCC offered in 2012
- Written fishing reports
What MFCC offers in 2017
- 1,000+ written fishing reports
- 500+ videos
- Courses and educational materials within the new My Fishing Cape Cod University
- A weekly podcast during the season
- Intercom customer support software
- Weekly group fishing trips
- My Fishing Cape Cod TV (coming soon on Comcast SportsNet New England)
- Members-only forum with thousands of forum posts/reports, as well as private messaging
- Weekly email newsletter/updates
- Active social media networks on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
- Off-season events, breakfasts, and appearances at regional fishing shows and clubs
- The My Fishing Cape Cod Derby
- Guest blog posts from members of the MFCC community and other local experts
As our membership base grows, I can continue to add more services and improve the overall MFCC experience.
Simply put, none of what you see in the table above would of been possible without the revenue generated through our small $9.99/month membership fee.
I hope this helps explain a bit more about how My Fishing Cape Cod works the way it does. If you have any questions, just let me know by commenting below.
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I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!