This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.
I think it’s been well established that I hate ads on HillRunner.com as much as anybody.
That said, I have to pay the bills somehow and I don’t think it’s fair to ask Club HillRunner.com members to carry the full burden. So, as much as I hate ads, I’m bringing them back.
As you may (or may not – I’ll explain below) have already noticed, ads have returned to some of the most heavily visited parts of HillRunner.com. They will return to more areas as time goes on. However, not everyone will see them with the same frequency – or at all.
Here’s the deal:
Club HillRunner.com members: Whenever you are logged in, you will continue to have a completely ad free experience. You’re already supporting HillRunner.com through your membership fee and I thank you for doing so.
Registered, logged in members: Whenever you are logged in, you will only see half as many ads as you otherwise would. I appreciate your loyalty and the time you took to sign up.
Guests: I truly appreciate everyone who visits. I’m not trying to punish you. However, I do have to pay the bills so you will see the most ads.
How to reduce or eliminate the ads:
I already laid it out above. If you want to reduce the number of ads you see, you can do so for free by registering and making sure you’re logged in.
If you want to completely eliminate the ads you see on HillRunner.com, you can do so for as little as $1 per month by joining Club HillRunner.com.
I am still committed to keeping the ads to a minimum. I will always ensure HillRunner.com will not become one of those sites where you feel like there are more ads than useful content.
I hope I’m finding a balance that everyone can appreciate and respect. If you have any questions or comments about the new ad policy, please don’t hesitate to let me know.