Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th May 2009 16:43 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes As you may know, the global economic depression has hit the media hard, due in large part to the fact that ad rates are in the toilet. OSNews is in the same boat. Despite the fact that we still have good advertisers, our income from advertising this year will only be a fraction of what it was last year. We probably won't make enough to cover our costs. Other news sites, as they've seen revenue decrease, have responded with more, and more intrusive, advertising. We don' t want to do that. We feel we have a covenant with our readers. If you'll be respectful of our need to run ads, we'll be respectful of your need to read the site without having ads shoved down your throat. Please read on, for more discussion of our ad "covenant," and a plea for help, including a plea to all Adblock users to please unblock OSNews.
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Some hard figures?
by moleskine on Tue 12th May 2009 20:59 UTC
moleskine
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2005-11-05

Well, out of interest, how much does it cost annually to run this site, and how much of that is hosting fees (as distinct from any other costs you may have)? And divided by your users, now much is each user costing you per year? I realize this may be a sensitive matter you can't or don't want to answer - in that case, fine, no problems. But a figure in hard green dollars usually helps to put things in perspective for most people whereas talk of an ad here or an ad there doesn't really mean anything, so folks tend not to respond helpfully.

If someone is told "each user of this site costs us $25 per year", for example, at least they have a target to aim at.

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