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Cobalt Financial Update

Discussion in 'News & Announcements' started by joshwenke, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. joshwenke Active Member

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    For those of you who are interested, I threw together a PDF of the approximate fees/income of 2014 so far.

    Please note that I didn't go in-depth through all the receipts, so the numbers may be slightly off.

    Feel free to contact me with any questions, I'd be happy to let you know what any of the numbers mean or any of our expenses. I only spend the money we have saved on absolutely essential things for Cobalt. The only non-essential thing was about $6 in April for a plugin development lesson from a friend – but it was for Cobalt so I think it's alright.

    I think 2014 has been awesome in terms of donations, we've been growing and able to get more cool things (plus all of this new plugin work once 1.8 comes out - those fees are NOT included in this chart since we haven't finished/released everything yet. I've been working with a few other plugin developers to get bugs tested, so it will be pretty expensive. I'm hoping we can finish up the summer with a few more donors or even special donations. Otherwise I am more than happy to chip in whatever we don't have to make sure 1.8 is super awesome.)

    The January column in the graph represents some donations over Christmas and mid-December as well, since I didn't add those to our previous financial report.

    Keep in mind that the month of July isn't finished yet (Month to date is displayed in the PDF) so that's why it's so low. And also cause no one donates over the summer :p

    Again, feel free to contact me if you've got questions or any thoughts.

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  2. Denon123 Experienced Member

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    If I had the money, I totally would donate more to get the server cooler things! D:
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  3. GrassyMoss Experienced Member

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    Just a question, how come donations are lower in the summer?
    I would have assumed they would be higher, since there is more player activity because of school breaks and such.
    --- Double Post Merged Jul 24, 2014, Original Post Date: Jul 24, 2014 ---
    If you added one large ad to every page on the site, (near the top), I'd say you could make about $25 per month from that, if the Cobalt site has an average view-to-hit ratio.
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  4. lucytemple Experienced Member

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    You always make things big at Cobalt and I like that!

    Seems the server is pulling itself up from 2013 (I think that was the year we had quite low income) and I'm glad people are donating!

    People probably donate in the winter months because it has been Christmas and maybe at Spring because of Easter (some people prefer money rather than chocolate like me haha).
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  5. joshwenke Active Member

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    Honestly, I don't know! And I wish I did. We have more Christmas donations than the whole summer combined.

    I've never liked the idea of ads... Even though we could make some money from it. After hearing stories from friends who haven't had a lot of success with Google ads or similar platforms, I jus haven't pursued it.
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  6. OYA139 Experienced Member

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    Ads are like the Bain of existence unless REALLY needed unless there's a way to say which ads we get. I wouldnt want the community of cobalt seeing the fake pirate game ads that go to those Russian pornography sights like mentioned before btw *just* :)
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  7. boesball Experienced Member

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    The donation sale was popular.
    --- Double Post Merged Jul 24, 2014, Original Post Date: Jul 24, 2014 ---
    Imo, it's the lack of mention. I would suggest going to the mine craft forums or something like that and really getting hype is smart. Don't wait for the money to come to you, you go to the money
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  8. tarwars077 New Member

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    Josh I cant log onto the server for the past 3 weeks because it keeps kicking me because I was in minigames last so I cant get in. my real name is tarwars007 I screwed up on my other sign ups.
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    help
  9. boesball Experienced Member

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    try doing the ip: creative.cobalt-mc.com
  10. AngeloWolf_ Experienced Member

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    Ummm This should be in the "Help" Posts... And minigames is down for repairs or whatever josh is doing with them :p (along with Survival and creative) try connecting to server.cobalt-mc.com or hub.cobalt-mc.com

    That should do the trick, otherwise you need to ask josh :p

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