By now, you all know the story of how SCMO started out as a college project and became one of the web's preeminent fishing web sites. As our popularity has grown, so has the amount of server space, software, time and effort needed to keep it going. Like your local PBS station, we remain committed to providing the best possible experience for our visitors, and will continue to upgrade, update and improve this site. But, as those pledge drives always say, your generous support is appreciated. Here are some ways you can help SCMO continue its mission of conservation and education:
The best way to support SCMO will always be by being an active participant. Send us a new Fish Tale, submit a Trip Report, email us your favorite fishing photos or join a discussion at the Marlin Club. This site will only be as good as the content it provides, and our visitors are the number-one source of new content.
We realize that not everyone has the time, talent or desire to write articles or take photos. We also understand that for some, the best way to support SCMO is with a check. The easiest way to do that is by joining the MarlinNut Angling Club, our member-supported section. Not only do you get access to our premium content, but your membership fee will help us keep this site going. Another way to provide financial support is by donation using the PayPal button on the front page of the site. You can donate to SCMO using your favorite credit card and the secure PayPal transaction system. If you choose to donate $50 or more, we'll throw in MNAC membership as a way of saying "thanks".
SCMO may not have the massive traffic some other sites enjoy, but we have something they can only dream of - a targeted audience. Compared to your typical angler, billfishermen are better educated and better employed. They have higher salaries and more expendable income - and are willing to spend it on their favorite hobby. Running a banner ad at SCMO will let you attract their business without having to wade through a lot of looky-loos and wannabe's who will not help grow your business. The best part is that while you improve your bottom line, you help support your favorite fishing web site at the same time.
If you'd like to see some kind of tangible return on your money, we understand - and can make that happen. You can buy some cool SCMO merchandise or whatever you want from Amazon.com (just click on the logo on the front page), and we'll get a percentage of the transaction price. You get good stuff, and we get support. It's a win-win situation.
If nothing else, tell someone about us. Share us with your fishing buddies and coworkers. Use our Tell a Friend feature to pass our URL along to friends and relatives. Become a fan of our Facebook page and share us with your friends there. Word of mouth is always our best advertising.
Our message to you is this: This site belongs to all of us, and if it's as important to you as it is to us, we ask that you demonstrate that importance by supporting our efforts, financially or otherwise. If you need more information regarding any of the programs mentioned above, let me know. Thanks for your continued support.