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A Move To Advertising


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Hello all. 

 

Originally my plan was to keep EHW ad free for everyone as nobody really likes advertisements and I include myself in that category. However, with the recent massive  increases in the cost of living in the UK, I am now considering bringing advertising to the site so that the site can start working towards being a self sustaining entity. After taking a long hard look at finances, it is clear that my monthly "Free" pool of money is decreasing. As I say, this is mostly due to the increase in the cost of living plus some personal factors that I cannot get into.

 

As we all are aware, sites cost money to run on a monthly basis with the hosting, Security/CDN, Remote backups, SEO etc etc, this does not include development work to bring features to the community to make it a better place to be.  

 

I will in the coming weeks begin looking into advertisements, this will include your standard ads (Google) and hopefully some sponsor places ads. 

 

This was not the sort of move I wanted to make but for the site overall, it will be a beneficial move. It likely goes without saying that anyone who is a Premium Subscriber will not see the ads. Ads will only be viewable by standard members, or if you are logged out. 

 

More info to come.

 

All the very best,

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1 hour ago, ENTERPRISE said:

and hopefully some sponsor places ads. 

New Caselabs, Heatkiller, Bitspower, EVGA..... One can dream!

 

I saw this coming and you kept it add free for a few years and that counts for something. We get it. If Ads keep the site running, then it is a necessary evil. 

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Now I have a real reason to stop forgetting my platinum upgrade lol, but I totally get it.  Keep up the good work!!

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Do you also plan on advertising the site, not as in ads on the site but as in advertising to attract more users? 

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Totally understand E, and we thank you for keeping it ad free for as long as you did. But gotta pay the bills somehow.

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4 hours ago, UltraMega said:

Do you also plan on advertising the site, not as in ads on the site but as in advertising to attract more users? 

I talked to him about that i think it planned but not right now.  Would be nice to get more people 😀

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1 hour ago, bonami2 said:

I talked to him about that i think it planned but not right now.  Would be nice to get more people 😀

Good people though. I'll take quality over quantity any day. 

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1 hour ago, Avacado said:

Good people though. I'll take quality over quantity any day. 

That true but it hard to get these days. We need hard rule.

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4 hours ago, Avacado said:

Good people though. I'll take quality over quantity any day. 

We can put you in charge of admissions! :lachen:

 

No seriously though I do agree, quality of content and users > numbers.

 

And E, no big deal mate, you do what you need to do to keep the lights on.  I think we all at least appreciate the fact that you're honest with us in the move, and that's really all we can ask as end users. 🙂 

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16 hours ago, ENTERPRISE said:

Hello all. 

 

Originally my plan was to keep EHW ad free for everyone as nobody really likes advertisements and I include myself in that category. However, with the recent massive  increases in the cost of living in the UK, I am now considering bringing advertising to the site so that the site can start working towards being a self sustaining entity. After taking a long hard look at finances, it is clear that my monthly "Free" pool of money is decreasing. As I say, this is mostly due to the increase in the cost of living plus some personal factors that I cannot get into.

 

As we all are aware, sites cost money to run on a monthly basis with the hosting, Security/CDN, Remote backups, SEO etc etc, this does not include development work to bring features to the community to make it a better place to be.  

 

I will in the coming weeks begin looking into advertisements, this will include your standard ads (Google) and hopefully some sponsor places ads. 

 

This was not the sort of move I wanted to make but for the site overall, it will be a beneficial move. It likely goes without saying that anyone who is a Premium Subscriber will not see the ads. Ads will only be viewable by standard members, or if you are logged out. 

 

More info to come.

 

All the very best,

E

i guess my little nudge in PMs earlier finally helped you see the light. if you need any assistance just ask, ill offer what i can give you.

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6 hours ago, PCSarge said:

i guess my little nudge in PMs earlier finally helped you see the light. if you need any assistance just ask, ill offer what i can give you.

 

It was more of a reminder of something that has been on my mind towards the beginning of the year ahah, but it is good as I am not moving on it lol.

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I'm glad to see you take the steps necessary towards sustainability for the forums. I can tell based on your posts you had a certain goal but I believe you can navigate sustainability with a good experience 🙂

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