AA-004 • Donations
Help me help lots of people learn the guitar and keep it free for those that can't afford to donate!
There are lots of ways that you can help me "Teach The World To Play" :)
I hope you are enjoying my site. I'm sure you'll agree that there is a whole lot of content here, and as you can imagine it has taken me many hundreds of hours of work to put it all together.
The site is used by over 25,000 unique visitors a day and the videos hosted on YouTube have have had well over 100 million views. That is a whole lot of guitar lessons. And they are free... kind of...
When this site started to take off I was really encouraged by the emails I was getting from all around the world from people that could not afford proper lessons who were loving the web site. I also believe (perhaps naively) that good things travel and that maybe the good will that I offer here will spread and people will "pay it forward" and I can make a small contribution the the greater good, help make this planet a little better to live on for all of us... It became my aim to keep as much free on this web site as was possible, and it's going pretty well so far, but it does need financial support to survive.
So I run it on an honour system. It is the only way that I can help people that can't afford lessons, people without credit cards - which in my estimates are about 1/4 of users, people on income support or the disabled. So if I started charging I would not be able to help the people I want to help, and that sucks.
If you can afford to donate then you should not consider the site free!
Unfortunately at the moment less than 0.05% of users make a donation. I'm pretty sure that at least 50% of users would be able to donate the cost of a book or a private lesson once a year at least - and this site site gives you WHOLE lot more than that. You can try it all out for free as long as you like... and then donate and help me make more cool lessons! If you have enjoyed the site then I would really appreciate a contribution - don't leave it for everyone else... Those of you with a good job and few guitars should really put your hand in your virtual pocket!
Many people have suggested that I should run the site as a subscription site. And my reply is that - if you can afford to pay a subscription then do it - you can set it up easily below! Only takes a few minutes and a few clicks - and you help me bring the joy of music to many many people.
It really warms my heart and drives me to keep the site free. And those "thank you's" pass to you good donators too - for making it all possible.
How much should you pay? Well I have more content than most pay sites and they range from about US$20 to $35 per month. So if you signed up for $15 a month that would seem like a good deal.
I have some big plans for the future of the site and hope that I get enough donations to make them all happen.
If you really can't afford to donate - then have a look at the option below and maybe you can help out with some of those. Or practice real hard - get yourself rich and famous and then make a donation!
by making a donation you can also win a private lesson!
On the first Sunday (or thereabouts) of each month I will check through my donations and email the winners of:
• The largest donator in the previous month gets 2 hours private lesson in person or by skype.
• One random one-off donator will be offered a 1 hour private lesson by skype (paypal/ bank /cheques).
• One random monthly donator will be offered a 1 hour private lesson by skype.
Private lessons with me are hard to come by these days, and other than when I am doing a teaching tour, this is the only way to get one!
I see every donation that comes through I used to reply to each one personally, I feel like my time would be better spent making new lessons and developing the site (or practicing myself!!), so I hope you will understand - if you really want a reply, then please email me and let me know you have donated and I'll do my best!
My thanks in advance :) I greatly appreciate your support!
The address is: donation at justinguitar dot com - if you go to your paypal account and send money to that address it will come to me - or click on the buttons below!
People who donate monthly are special to me, because you show that you believe in what I will do, not just in what I have done. Right now there are less than 150 monthly donators (November 2011) so you have a 1/150 chance of winning an hour lesson too...
Simply select a currency (from GBP, USD or EUR) and then fill in the amount you would like to donate each month. Hit the subscribe button and you will be taken to paypal to confirm. You can stop any time you like of course, from your own paypal account.
* Please note that subscribing does not give you access to any "subscription only areas" (there aren't any!!), but helps me keep the site running and making more new lessons!
If you don't like or want to use paypal, you can send cash or UK / US cheques to my studio.
I had a couple of cheques bounce recently, which is embarrassing all round... I'm not going to get cross about it of course, but I have pay all the bank charges, so if you do send a cheque, please make sure you have sufficient money the your cheque account! Note that it sometimes takes a me month or two to make it into the bank with cheques, there's always long queues and it's difficult to find a parking space, so it might delay...
Please make cheque's payable to Justin Guitar Ltd.
39 Stanley Gardens
Direct bank transfer is popular these days, saves tree's, money and time. You can usually send a message too in the notes but please email me and let me know too (subject: DONATION) cos bank paperwork is something I generally try to avoid ;)
Account Name: Justin Guitar Ltd
For those in the UK: Sort code 400213 account 31758225
Other Ways to help our justinguitar.com community grow :)
If you can't afford to donate you can also help me with the following... If you think of something else you can do then please get in touch.
If you plan to buy any books from Amazon (.co.uk or .com) then please click through from my site (use the search links in the side bar) to buy from there (check out the Recommended area). There are search links on every page under the menu too. I get a small percentage which has up until now helped pay the hosting for the site. Check out my recommended stuff too - I'm not pushing it to you, but I have only recommended stuff I really think is great, so it may well be worth a look.
I also have an amazon wishlist thing so you can buy me things I want / need through Amazon! Please email me and tell me though so I can email you back and say thanks. There is some odd things on there too - cos my family use it for xmas prezzies and stuff ;) so you don't have to buy me pots and pans or a vacuum, lol...
Please email me and let me know - so I can thank you!
Spread The Word
The more visits I get the more I can charge for the few ads I put up - more time I get to do lessons. Easy. It also means more people will benefit from the site. :)
Spreading the word can take lots of forms:
1. Tell your friends.
2. Tell your local music store - ask them to tell others too...
3. Tell your guitar teacher (if you still have one...) and ask them to help too.
4. Tell your school teachers (there are lots of schools all over that use this site)
4. Print out my POSTER (480Kb) and put it up in your school or college, music shop, local store, wherever people might see it.
5. Print out my page of SMALL CARDS (340Kb), cut them up and distribute wherever you can...
The best way to reach lots of people is through the media. Know someone in radio, your local paper, or a tv station? Then mention to them that there is a guy giving free lessons on the web - really free, no subscriptions and no pushing justinguitar products down your throats :)
Send some emails to people at TV and radio stations and ask that they check out the site - there ain't much free in the world these days - does make an interesting story...
And musical charities and foundations that you know of - drop them an email and tell them about the site, so they may promote it to people too!
If you know of any web site review magazines or web sites - please submit my site!
If you work in PR and can help at at discounted or free rate - please get in contact. I really need to get my PR going, and I am rubbish at that!
Link To justinguitar.com
Got your own web site? Adding a link to this site helps in many ways. Link to your favorite page or just to the url.
We've also got some banners you can add too - you can find them here - Justinguitar Banners.
Use The Internet
Tell people on other guitar forums about this site - but do not slag off other sites, that is not cool. Just let people know that they don't have to pay to get quality lessons. Keep it real - hang out a bit - you might even meet some cool new people too and learn some stuff :) They might well delete your post pretty soon, but worth a try - don't be rude and don't be too persistent - it might give our community a bad name...
Just be honest - if you like what I do here - let people know :)
You might try making www.justinguitar.com part of your "signature" by typing it under your name at the end of your posts - rather than just blatant promotion.
Thanks again - take care and I wish you many years of guitar fun!