Medellin Guru needs the help of readers to remain ad free. For 2.5 years, the Medellin Guru website has been ad free with no sponsors or advertisements. Medellin Guru is now on Patreon, which permits donations to support the site.

Medellin Guru has been a labor of love since it was launched in July 2017. But as the Medellin Guru site has become more and more time-consuming and popular, I am asking for a little help from all our friends and readers to keep Medellin Guru going.

Medellin Guru is now the most popular English language blog in Colombia. However, the success of Medellin Guru has resulted in dramatically increased costs.

  • Over 100,000 visitors to the website monthly for each of the past two months, which is up 50 percent compared to a year ago.
  • Over 5,000 email subscribers.
  • 12 events in 2019 that averaged 175+ attendees.

We do not receive a single cent for the free weekly Medellin Guru email newsletter we send to thousands of subscriber every week. Also, we not receive a single cent for organizing and holding the largest monthly event for foreigners in Medellín.

Unique visitors on Medellin Guru surpassed 100,000 in Nov and Dec 2019, source: Google Analytics

Unique visitors on Medellin Guru surpassed 100,000 in Nov and Dec 2019, source: Google Analytics

The past two months in November and December 2019, we had over 100,000 visitors to the Medellin Guru website each month, which was our highest traffic so far.

Also, we have over 16,500 followers on Facebook and respond to hundreds of questions from readers monthly via chat and email for free.

In addition, we are working hard to keep the content on Medellin Guru up-to-date. In the past 52 weeks, we updated a total of 435 articles. Things change all the time in Colombia.

How Medellin Guru Has Done Things Differently

What is different about MedellinGuru.com than many other travel blogs? Unlike many other travel blogs, for the past 2.5 years you wouldn’t find advertising, sponsored content or paid trips on this site.

Every company, place, restaurant, tourist spot, transportation company or attraction covered on this site has been personally visited or used by me or one of the other writers on this site or guest writers.

And we pay our own way. Unlike many other websites, we only feature companies and places we use and/or are frequented by other expats – not ones that have paid us for advertising or paid for us to write a sponsored article.

Our resistance to advertising and sponsors has helped Medellin Guru become the most popular English-language blog in Colombia. Also, keeping the content up-to-date has helped the site become increasingly popular.

We do to use some affiliate marketing on this site to help pay for costs of this site. This means if you decide to click through and purchase something via a link on this site, Medellin Guru receives a small commission and you support this site. This is at no additional cost to you.

However, with increased operating costs for Medellin Guru, we will be forced to add advertising to the Medellin Guru website in the next few months. But with readers’ help, we won’t have to do this.

Jeff Paschke, the founder of Medellin Guru

Jeff Paschke, the founder of Medellin Guru

Medellin Guru Needs Your Help!

If only 5 percent of our newsletter subscribers donated only $2 per month, we won’t need to add any advertising.

Also, some readers in the past have asked how they can donate. So, Medellin Guru is now on Patreon, which permits donations.

The future of Medellin Guru relies on your support. Please become a patron and support Medellin Guru remain ad free and help us hire more staff to support the growing site.

Support Medellin Guru on Patreon

Medellin Guru on Patreon

We have structured six different membership levels on Patreon with different benefits:

1. Friends – $2 per month (only about the cost of a beer or coffee)

  • Access to patron-only content on Medellin Guru
  • A big think you for your donation!

2. Supporters – $5 per month

  • Access to patron-only content on Medellin Guru
  • Priority email responses from Medellin Guru. If you have questions we will find the answers.
  • Ability to recommend topics for priority coverage on Medellin Guru.

3. Patrons – $10 per month

  • Free Medellin Guru Expat Consultation via Skype or In-Person.
  • Access to patron-only content on Medellin Guru
  • Priority email responses from Medellin Guru. If you have questions we will find the answers.
  • Ability to recommend topics for priority coverage on Medellin Guru.

4. Promote Events with Medellin Guru – $20 per month

  • Promote Your Events: Medellin Guru will promote your events in our weekly events calendar on the website, our weekly Medellin Guru email newsletter sent to over 5,000 subscribers and our Medellin Guru Events Group on Facebook with over 2,000 members.
  • Access to patron-only content on Medellin Guru
  • Priority email responses from Medellin Guru. If you have questions we will find the answers.
  • Ability to recommend topics for priority coverage on Medellin Guru.

The “Promote Events” level of membership is intended for those that have events in Medellín and want Medellin Guru to help with promotion of your events.

At the Medellin Guru November 2019 meetup at 20Mission Cerveza with over 210 attendees

At the Medellin Guru November 2019 meetup at 20Mission Cerveza with over 210 attendees

5. Sponsor of Medellin Guru Events – $30 per month

  • Sponsorship of Events: your company will be featured as a sponsor of our Monthly Medellin Guru meetups, the largest monthly foreigner events in Medellín.
  • Access to patron-only content on Medellin Guru
  • Priority email responses from Medellin Guru. If you have questions we can find the answers.
  • Ability to recommend topics for coverage on Medellin Guru.

This “Sponsor of Medellin Guru Events” level of membership is intended for companies that want their company featured as a sponsor of our monthly Medellin Guru events.

6. Sponsor of Medellin Guru – $50 per month

  • Sponsorship of Newsletter: your company will be featured as a sponsor of the Medellin Guru newsletter in our weekly newsletter sent to over 5,000 subscribers.
  • Sponsorship of Events: your company will be featured as a sponsor of our Monthly Medellin Guru meetups, the largest monthly foreigner events in Medellín.
  • Access to patron-only content on Medellin Guru
  • Priority email responses from Medellin Guru. If you have questions we can find the answers.
  • Ability to recommend topics for coverage on Medellin Guru.

This “Sponsor” level of membership is intended for companies that want their company featured as a sponsor in the Medellin Guru weekly newsletter as well as our monthly Medellin Guru events.

Medellin Guru needs your help! Become a patron on Patreon

Medellin Guru needs your help! Become a patron on Patreon

Support Medellin Guru on Patreon

The Bottom Line: Patreon – Medellin Guru Needs Your Help to Remain Ad Free

Has Medellin Guru helped you? We are asking for the help of readers.  I believe that Medellin Guru is important and if you do too, or want to receive one of the benefits mentioned above, please become a patron using the button above.

I really want the Medellin Guru site to remain ad free and totally independent. Medellin Guru has helped thousands of foreigners over the past 2.5 years. And I would absolutely hate to add advertising. Also, we would like to add staff to help with the growing site.

The bottom line is we need the help of readers for Medellin Guru to remain ad free.

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