Yes the points are well received. However here are some facts:
The site is 15 years old - we have asked hundreds of companies to advertise over this period - none have.
We paid to have the site redesigned to get parks to advertise - none did.
We tried to raise revenue by making it more social - everyone complained no revenue was earned.
We tried adding banners from related affiliate sites - we were never paid.
We sold books for camps Australia they never paid us and instead set-up a competing site.
We added google banners (content of which we cannot control) we earned a few dollars a day.
We change from a $100,000 site to a site I built in 4 hours and our revenue went up significantly.
Over the 15 years the forum has been busy 2 - 3 times. Each time it was taken over by people who felt they could do it better and recruited our members across to their forum. All failed but each time we lost our core members. For the last 2 - 3 years it has struggled despite having reasonable traffic.
Without the support of a magazine or some media company or group members are hard to build; less then .05% of people who come to the site actually sign-up. It is a repository for info some contribute most don't.
I have tried many different things over the 15 years and I have learned a lot about the internet, people and this business. I have not given up on the camping site but I can say after 15 years and thousands of dollars it is not something I can continue to fund without some form of revenue.
I find it a little ironic that a $100 site earns more then a $100,000 site but hey the internet is a funny place.
So I hear what you say and if anyone wants to put down the $100k or so to get to the 700 unique visitors a day coming to the site then best of luck but for this forum it is going to have to earn its keep for a while before the next upgrade. That does not mean I do not appreciate your constructive comments and yes even the criticism.
PS- if you really want to help click on a few ads now and again and ad 10 cents a day to the cause.
The admin guy.