For the past two years or so I have wanted to get away from depending solely on advertisement revenue to support this website and its authors.
Currently, 100% of all revenue comes from advertisement which is way too high, considering that this is directly influenced by how many visitors the site gets.
If a search engine decides to change things around, which Google and others have done quite a bit in the past two years, then it may impact the revenue of the site and thus may endanger its very existence.
I did not want to create yet another subscription service at first, at least not in the common sense of the word. A paywall was not something that I wanted for the site, but I knew that there was not really an incentive to become a member if visitors did not gain anything from it. Or so I thought.
The idea was born to accept donations instead. Users who regularly visit the site, who appreciate what it offers, may now give something back to make sure that it will continue to exist and produce great contents that you won't find on other sites.
We try to be unique in what we do, which is the core reason why you won't find many "new iPhone", "new gadget" or "rumor" types of posts on this site.
Giving something back ensures that we can pay for our server, the domain name, and for the authors without having to worry about traffic or advertisement money at all.
I'm almost certain that it is not possible to sustain the site just from that. I would be delighted if that would be the case, but it is unlikely that this is ever going to happen.
What can be achieved however is to reduce the dependency on advertisement and search engine traffic. My hope is that it is possible to reduce it to a point where I do not have to worry about that at all anymore. Even if all traffic from search engines would die, I'd still be able to maintain this site and keep on doing what I'm doing.
Anyway, I tried to design this as "fair" as possible for all users. The result is a single subscription option that accepts any donation starting with $1. Payments processors are PayPal or BitPay at the time of writing, with additional ones being considered if demand is there. All users who donate get the same privileges, which currently are:
- No ads on the site when you browse it when you are logged in.
- Less risk of comments landing in spam or moderation.
Additional features will be rolled out in the future, including a members only discussion forum.
Attention: if you pay with Bitcoin, make sure you use the contact form up top to let me know about your payment, as no information are submitted in the process itself.