Introducing TechSpot Elite: an optional subscription to remove ads, plus other benefits

Julio Franco

TechSpot Editor
Staff member

Browsing the web without ads is nice. We get that. But as you can imagine, TechSpot costs quite a bit to run – we're a small team of editors and writers, we buy hardware and software to put tests together, pay for web development, multiple servers (we like speed, too!), and so on.

Today, we are asking you to consider supporting TechSpot by becoming a subscriber. We've often been asked if we'd offer such an option, so here you have it -- TechSpot ad free and guilt free. The tiers are as follows:

  • Free: Continue reading TechSpot supported by ads. All content remains free as usual. Enjoy a clean experience that very few tech sites offer. We won't overwhelm you with ads or ugly pop-ups. Reader experience comes first.
  • One month of TechSpot Elite ($3/month): Pay month to month and get an ad-free TechSpot experience while supporting our work. You get a 'TechSpot Elite' badge next to your username. No ads, no trackers. 15% discount on the TechSpot Store. Early access to dark mode.
  • One year of TechSpot Elite ($24/year): Just $2/month. Support the tech site you love with a small contribution and we'll remove ads and offer all the same perks at a discount.

In announcing Elite, we want to reaffirm our commitment to readers. This is not a paywall. All content will remain free and we're simply giving you the option to contribute to our efforts.

Our promise: All proceeds we receive from readers' contributions will go toward funding more content. That means: more tech features, more reviews, benchmarks and analysis.

Along with TechSpot Elite, we're debuting a new dark mode that looks simply gorgeous. As an additional perk, Elite members will receive early access to this new feature. Just select it from the user menu.

Clearly TechSpot couldn't exist without its readers, and we're very proud of what we've built over the years. 2019 marked a new milestone for us when we received a record 9+ million readers in a single month (!). Thank you for your consideration and support. A brief FAQ follows below...

What do you mean ad-free?

You'll see zero, zilch, zip, nada, no ads whatsover.

How do I pay?

Register/login to your TechSpot account and visit the account upgrades page. We're using PayPal so it's easy and secure to subscribe. We won't ask for any other information and all financial data remains with PayPal.

Why are you doing this?

Today most of our revenue comes from advertising and a smaller portion from affiliate commissions. Around 30% of our readers are ad blocking today. Ultimately our intention with Elite is to foster participation and engagement from our readers.

What if I ad block?

About 95% of our income comes from showing ads on the pages you read on TechSpot. When you visit our site with an ad blocker turned on, we cannot show the ads and cannot charge our advertisers. If we can’t show the ads, we earn NO revenue. And no revenue means no TechSpot. Those who like to ad block, have the alternative to do so without penalizing us in the process if you go Elite.

Tell me more...

While designing TechSpot Elite, our first decision was to make it clear the site's content would remain free and that this would be an opt-in program. We believe TechSpot's value proposition comes in multiple forms: unique reviews and tests (that help you make better decisions when buying new hardware and save you money), informed and easy to digest tech news coverage, clean and fast downloads, superb tech features and explainers. We trust our readers will recognize this value and will consider a subscription.

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Edito

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I see myself paying for it... I visit this site every single day so why not... And I don't know what it is but something is changing in me lol the other day I subscribed to a Patreon to support a youtuber that I watch everyday it's a small fee to support the content I enjoy so let's go for it...
 

0dium

TS Enthusiast
Sed my account for years and Techspot refused to log me in. Not gonna pay anything, I can live with ads
 

CharlzS

TS Rookie
You mean without logging in on the site?
Yes, without creating a Paypal account. Paypal offers a 'check out as guest' option without creating the account. I understand requiring the PayPal account to be charged for monthly, but don't think it necessary for an annual sub.
 

Julio Franco

TechSpot Editor
Staff member
Gotcha. We did RDR2 last and the Fortnite refresh... Here are the latest ones:
https://www.techspot.com/features/gaming-benchmarks/

It's not that we don't run those articles anymore, but new titles that are truly challenging the hardware are harder to come by, so instead we round them up on the massive GPU benchmarks like this one (from yesterday):

https://www.techspot.com/review/1982-radeon-5600xt-vs-geforce-gtx-1060-vs-gtx-1070/
 
Yes, without creating a Paypal account. Paypal offers a 'check out as guest' option without creating the account. I understand requiring the PayPal account to be charged for monthly, but don't think it necessary for an annual sub.
It did offer me a "subscribe with credit card" option. The other one was "log in with your Paypal account".
Nice to see that there are already several subscribers btw. :)
 
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