Three pop ups is too many for a member not signed in.
All of my PCs will have pop up blockers by then. Will your website lose money? How many visitors does this website get per week?
To answer your question, we average about 400,000 hits a day, our worst day being 300,000 over a year ago. These numbers are small compared to sites like Anandtech, TomsHardware, SharkyExtreme, and Slashdot, but significant enough that we generate a small amount of revenue from these ads. How much revenue? Not enough to keep us in the black. Unlike those aforementioned sites, most of our hardware isn't sent to us for free. We don't get to keep most of the drives we review. We have to pay, out of our own pocket, the shipping fees. When I say "we", I typically mean Ian because he's the one primarily writing reviews, so he's the one taking the hit.
On top of that, we have to pay, out of our own pocket, the cost to keep the server up. We, apart from our full time jobs, spend time maintaining the server, maintaining the site, writing code for the site, writing reviews and articles, and answering questions in the forums. Why? Because we enjoy it. If we could do it for absolutely 100% free, we would.
We are aware that people use pop-up blockers. We ask that you don't, but we don't ban you if you do. We hate pop-ups as much as the next people, but we have to offset
our rising costs somehow, and at the moment, advertising is our only means to do it. Note I said offset because we aren't in this to make money, but we don't want to lose our pants running a free service that people still complain about. Using our free search feature, you can search our free forums and find many other posts offering free advice on how you can successfully block all our pop-up ads and rid yourself of these annoyances. We put in the work, out of our own free time, to keep this site up on a daily basis. You can at least put in the work to block all the ads.
ChrisX wrote:The second question is how many is prepared to pay for it? Is there enough members willingly want to do this?
Quite honestly, it doesn't matter to me how many people are willing to do this. I will write the code anyway, because I enjoy working on this site. If 2 people end up subscribing, great. If 100 people end up subscribing, even better. If no one ends up subscribing, oh well. It was a nice break from work. (Yes, I enjoy coding for fun. I'm a geek
) Obviously, there will be more benefits to subscribers than just ad-free access. Details are still being worked out.
Allow me to rephrase what has already been said, probably much more ineloquently. If you don't like it... tough. You seem to have this notion that, as a member, you are among a special crowd with special privileges to this site. But anyone can be a member. For free. Ok, maybe you are special. Just like everyone else.