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Published: December 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Many readers have suggested that I introduce a paid, but ad-free way to read freefincal articles. So here it is! No one likes ads and some of my oldest readers will tell you that the site was ad-free for a long while and I even tried crowdfunding but that not enough to manage hosting costs (which keep increasing due to traffic), domain fee, plugin fees, email sending costs, software and data. And I am not counting the internet costs. computer usage and my time and effort.

So ads are the simplest and practical solution. To every reader who has complained that the ads are annoying, I have recommended the use of ad-blockers. In fact 40% of all freefincal traffic use ad-blockers.  Well, it is what it is and I personally do not a choice or problem with this arrangement.  Readers, however, want a choice and I am ready to offer it to them.

Some readers have told me that they feel guilty for using ad-blockers. Yes, that is justified guilt as 60% of the traffic is paying for 100% of costs. So they want a way to pay and read freefincal content. Other readers have said that they do not want to use ad-blockers and want to pay for ad-free content.

Okay, if that is what some of you want, then I am happy to offer a choice. Let me see how many will take it up.

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