Readers often ask how they can help support the site, especially those who use adblockers. We rely on advertisements on this site to pay for our hosting fees and also to pay each of the writers, unlike other sites we don’t use bank account or credit card affiliate links that usually make up the bulk of a site’s revenue in this space. I don’t particularly care if readers use adblock or not, chances are those readers are more likely to share the site and contribute in the comments section.
I came across something new today called Brave, basically it’s a browser with an in built ad blocker. It also blocks trackers and because these are blocked sites should load faster.
You’re also able to set up a monthly subscription (you set how much you want to pay, this can also be zero). These funds are then split between the sites/youtube channels you visit the most (and you can also hardcode your own values). I guess it’s a bit similar to patreon in that respect, but a bit more automated and easier to split funds between multiple sites/channels. I’m a big fan of primitive technology on YouTube for example, so I might decide to give them 50% of my monthly budget and then split the remaining 50% based on the sites I visit most.
Believe it or not I actually had the idea for a similar thing 4-5 years ago but I was too lazy to do anything about it. The only thing I’m not a huge fan is the fact it’s a separate browser download (update looks like this browser add on will work as well, yay!). I’d prefer to just add the adblocking and payment system as a chrome plugin, but that’s not possible. It looks like most Chrome plugins are compatible though. Another thing that’s annoying is that to set up payments/subscriptions you need to deal with cryptocurrency.
How it helps us:
- If you sign up, download the browser and use it for 30 days we get paid $5
- You can opt to give us an ongoing contribution if you so choose
The aim of this site has always been to help people save and make more money. I don’t want any reader to feel they need to donate to this site because truthfully we make enough money from ads and things like our Amazon links. This is why we’ve never accepted donations before and frankly I’m a bit hesitant to post this at all. I’d rather readers put money towards their savings instead, although I have less of an issue with it if I know readers are just putting $1-2 a month in and this is being shared by other content creators they love as well. The biggest help to us would just be downloading the browser that’s free and giving it a go (as this gives us $5).
We won’t be setting up other ways to donate or a patreon or members only content or anything like that either, so don’t worry. Just thought that this would be an easy way for some readers to support the site. If you’re not interested, I completely understand that and thank you for your time.