The short version: NoFap, as it runs right now, is not sustainable. NoFap needs your financial support to survive. If you can afford $10 per month for some perks, click here to access your account upgrades page. Current Goal: 26 / 50 subscriptions. Click here to sign up. Summary: I remember when I made this post, I was hesitant. I had no idea what the community would think about me reaching out and asking for help. What happened? Overwhelmingly, the community was very supportive. Not only did we start raising about $1000 per month for NoFap expenses, but my notifications and inbox because flooded with supportive messages. It did feel amazing, as running the site has an exceptional burden while at the same time an incredibly gratifying experience in my life. So where are we at now? I am still paying out-of-pocket for NoFap’s expenses, but not by much. I could probably get away with no out-of-pocket spending if certain things are cut, but I choose to by choice since I want to see the website improve and help more people. Every dollar the site brings in goes towards paying our hosting costs and other expenses. If we meet our expenses, money will be reinvested back into improving the website. What kind of stuff does NoFap need money for? NoFap needs money for everything that we do, for the most part. The network brings in one million unique visitors per month, which in a niche, is an insanely high amount of traffic to handle. Since it is only myself and other volunteers managing everything, it is important that we have the best tools available that allow us to be as effective with our time as possible. Google Apps for Business and FrontApp allow us to handle the ridiculous amount of email that we get. Multiple servers keep our website online (4 different servers, in fact). There are associated legal expenses, web development costs, graphic design, web design, an accountant once per year, bookkeeping software. This isn’t even mentioning non-required expenses such as those associated with the television show that we filmed, equipment for recording podcasts and videos, travel for NoFap-related things, emergency development to deal with hacking / DDOS, etc. Right now we spend under $2000 per month, which is a pretty low amount for how much traffic we get and the impact we're having on the world. What does monetization do? Premium is good for those who subscribe. We are offering a number of perks (listed below) to make those who chose to make the financial sacrifice to help the world, also are applying that sacrifice to help themselves. Additionally, making this sacrifice makes your commitment a little bit more tangible. NoFap Premium doesn't only help the users who are subscribed, but make NoFap better for the entire user base. For example, Premium is the only reason our new redesign was possible. Despite only a small % of the community subscribing, everybody gets to reap the rewards of a much better professionally-designed user experience. We are interviewing Dr. Todd Love this month, sending him a professional-grade microphone, and releasing the content for you guys and the world to consume for free. So although not everybody can afford or has the desire to subscribe to Premium, all users of the site received tangible benefit of its existence. Not many people might remember this, but there was a time when NoFap’s servers caused delays and loading errors. Your subscriptions allowed for us to continually scale up resources as traffic increases. Premium is good for me. I can’t bear the weight of all of this on my shoulders alone. As explained in the other thread, I have experienced significant personal detriment because of all of the requirements of upkeeping NoFap. If I can delegate some things to people (web development, for example), I can easier invest some time and energy into myself - exercise, sleep, eating well, etc, which will in turn make me more effective in my work here. Premium is good for the world. The world needs NoFap, and if NoFap is financially sustainable, more and more people will be exposed to it and its messages. Ultimately, the better NoFap is, the better we are equipped to help the highest # of people possible. NoFap Premium You can pledge 10 or 20 dollars per month for NoFap expenses on your user upgrades page. At this time, there are no additional perks for contributing 20 instead of 10 dollars - it is up to you and your financial situation. Although we need "only" 0.037% of the community to sign up to break even on expenses, YOUR single subscription means a lot - you can't rely on the community pulling your weight because believe me, most people reading this will not make the choice and sacrifice to sign up. As of right now, only 0.2% of the community is helping bear the costs. I don't blame them for it, 10 dollars a month is a lot to ask for, especially in the beginning stages where we don't as much we can offer in exchange. I understand that. Every sign-up counts and I urge you to make the leap if you are financially secure enough to consider it. This isn't like voting in an election: in this case, your support truly counts and you can't rely on other Fapstronauts to pick up the tab on this. If you can afford it, we need YOUR support. Unfortunately, bolstering the Premium perks costs both time and money (which we lack both of), so we can’t really offer you very much in exchange for your money right now. However, as the site grows, we will be increasing perks in the future. This will be an ongoing project and I want to provide you as much value for your money as possible. This is open to suggestions, so please tell me what you would like to see. NoFap Premium Perks Join my personal accountability group. We will be meeting every week through the power of the internet. Software TBA but a link will be sent out to your email every week. Get some interaction in-person with the amazingly mediocre founder of NoFap itself (ha!). I’ll be hosting a regular accountability group online, providing some guidance to the discussion. Additionally, I’ll probably be bringing in some special guests on occasion, experts in the porn-recovery industry, to provide their feedback. The first group of people who support NoFap financially will have the option of displaying a special recognition that lasts forever. This will be called founder flair, which isn’t actually implemented yet, but will last for the life of NoFap. You'll be immortalized on NoFap's website forever for helping us establish sustainability. Your username will appear in a distinguished color, and you’ll get a spiffy icon underneath your username as a badge of your dedication. This feature is optional, as some users would prefer to remain anonymous. Premium subscribers won’t see advertising. We will be displaying highly-relevant and screened ads (not from networks) to users to help offset the costs associated with running one of the largest porn-recovery websites. For Premium subscribers, we will not be displaying any of this advertising. Premium subscribers will get access to our live chat room. Chat with other premium members and the moderation team in NoFap’s exclusive live chatbox! The chatbox is an excellent way to connect with your fellow Fapstronauts for encouragement and support. Additionally, the chatbox provides an excellent means of support when you are in danger of relapse. We're currently rolling this out only to moderators and Premium supporters until the site is sustainable, then we might be able to afford servers to roll this out to everybody. There will be many more perks to come, we’re only getting started. We have some big plans, including providing additional accountability for our monthly challenges.