Info for Upgrading Membership and Badges
Thank you to our newest Crown Jewels for helping to keep our website free!
Platinum : Aviatorlady, Chelsealady, daybird820
Diamonds : Mycrazylife222, WonderPunker, Tall lulah
Rubies : historylady, WILLOWCIN, Totalhysta
Crown Jewels : lpc, CinaCan333, Serenity411life
Will you be our next Crown Jewel?
Upgrade your Membership NOW! ---> Click Here <---
Enjoy added membership benefits as an Upgraded member: Crown Jewels
Crown Icon - A crown icon badge denoting your special status.
Smilies - Special smilies available for your posts that only Crown Jewel members can use
Avatar - A personally selected icon/graphic to accompany your username on the website forums
Journal - Write about your journey through your hysterectomy experience using the HysterSisters journals
Photogallery - Upload your photos to share with your friends and family.
Advertise - Once a month you can add your business or product to the advertising forum
Warm Fuzzies - Get that warm fuzzy feeling knowing you are helping to keep HysterSisters.com free for our members joining tomorrow!
Hyster Sisters Crown Jewels help keep our website free for all to enjoy! For more information on the wonderful benefits, visit this page: Crown Jewels. You will be glad to be a Crown Jewel! Upgrade your Membership NOW! Click Here
Member Badges New!
Member badges are extra icons that show up on your Hyster Sisters membership profile and posts. The icons symbollize your additional contributions to Hyster Sister while they decorate your user profile. Collect them all! We sorta look at the Members Badges like Hyster Sisters jewelry. Are you properly dressed without them? :-)
Complete our Member Survey and receive this member badge free! Click here to complete the member survey now
Tell Others with a Link
Link to Hystersisters.com from your website or blog and receive a badge for your profile! Click here for complete instructions.
Hyster Sisters has been online since 1998! For a gift of as little as $5.00, we are thanking you with a special gift icon for your membership badge collection. Click here for more info about giving Hyster Sisters a gift.
Hyster Sisters encourages you to purchase a Crown Jewel for another member. Head to the Hyster Sisters Store and purchase a scholarship for another member (put her name in the COMMENTS section during checkout) and you add this member badge to your collection. Click here for more info about giving a scholarship to another member.
You're An Angel!
This special badge is given as an "attagirl" to another forum member. Let them hear your applause for an extra special reply by giving them a "You're an Angel" badge! Click here for more info about giving this badge to another member.
Ovarian Cancer Badge
This special badge is a gift to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. For a gift of $10.00 or more, you gain this badge while we send your gift to NOCC. Click here for more info to gain this ovarian cancer badge.
New! Badges available for purchase during limited time:
- Available for purchase February 1 - 14
- Available for purchase April 1 - 14
- Available for purchase June 1 - 14
HysterSisters Birthday Cake
- Available for purchase August 1 - 14
- Available for purchase October 1 - 14
- Available for purchase December 1-14
Purchase your Hyster Sisters Crown Jewels and Members Badges at the Hyster
Sisters Member Control Panel for safe, fast checkout!
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More info from the site's owner
"From time to time I'm asked why we run fundraisers asking members for voluntary subscriptions and how the money is used.
Hyster Sisters Financial Support
This page might help explain that the owner of this site is a public school teacher by day and keeps this site going by evening and summers. She's spent her own money to keep this place going all this time (since 1998) with a little help over the past few years from amazon.com and other advertising. In the past two+ we have finally gotten to a point where the site pays for itself..from the Crown Jewels membership and whatever profit there might be, goes back into tech support, upgrades for software on the server and increased traffic.
All hostesses are volunteers on the website. Tech support is by hire, contracted by the job. We have one contracted tech support that watches over the server monthly, making sure our server is secured, safe and backed up. We hire others as the need arises for everything from software upgrades to coding help on the message boards. (like the main page integration we recently did.)
This site is not a "non-profit" organization because of an early decision with the owner's attorney as the name of "Hyster Sisters" was trademarked for the book and the site. The goal was never to build a big site, but to offer hyst support online.
From a free hosting site in 1998 to its current location on two dedicated servers co-located at a data center in Dallas, Texas, this server costs on a monthly average between $1,800 - $5,000 per month in fees, traffic costs, tech support and sometimes more than this...depending on the server's needs.
Why so much? We are a big site. At the end of the first year, HysterSisters was receiving about 100 unique visitors per day. Now we receive between 8,500 and 11,000 unique visitors per day who stay and access many of our content pages and enjoy support on the website. Traffic costs money. Upkeep costs money.
The costs are maintained by the site's owner who works daily with a great group of volunteer hostesses to make sure the members and guests find a kind online community for hysterectomy decisions and support.
Who is this owner? She is the keeper of the keys to the website of Hystersisters.com and that would be me. :D
I hope you are enjoying your membership at HysterSisters.com. If you have received a smidgen of help and support here, we ask that you purchase Crown Jewels.
Every Crown Jewels purchase helps to give a gift that keeps on giving for the next group of women looking for help. $27.00 is a great deal, I think. Upgrade your Membership NOW! Click Here
Women to women support online...at a bargain price.
Blessings galore, Kathy"
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