NEW: Supporters can now browse Anime-Planet ad-free!

Discussion in 'Site Announcements' started by sothis, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. sothis

    sothis Forum Moderator Anime-Planet Founder Developer

    Posted by sothis on Apr 13, 2021
    #1
    Founded in 2001, Anime-Planet is a site created by fans, for fans. Though millions of users a month use the site, we're staffed by a small team of volunteers including the founder, developers, and content moderators.

    Until now, we've relied on a very small amount of ads on the website to cover Anime-Planet's hefty ongoing costs, given the community's size and growth. But with most folks using ad block programs nowadays and ad revenue performing poorly across the web, last month we launched our official Patreon page for Anime-Planet as a way for the community to help support feature development and rising site costs.

    We thank our Patrons greatly for your initial support over the past month, especially since there weren't any tangible website benefits yet. We've spent the last month working with the Patreon API, and are excited to announce new features available starting today, including the much-requested ad-free browsing feature.

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    Bronze "ad-free" tier

    We've added a new, low-cost tier for those who want to support the site and care most about the ad-free browsing experience. It's called Bronze, and is $5 USD/month on Patreon. Silver and Gold tiers also have the ad-free browsing experience included as a benefit.

    Bronze patrons also will receive a bronze avatar outline that appears in the site and forum, as well as a "Bronze Supporter" forum banner underneath your avatar in the forum.

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    New Silver and Gold tier benefits

    Our existing Silver and Gold tiers now have extra benefits as well:

    • Ad-free browsing
    • The avatar outlines

    Silver and Gold tiers also have access to other exclusive benefits, such as pre-release feature sneak peeks and a feedback program to influence site development, a special Discord supporters channel, ability to choose a custom Discord color, and more.

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    Notes

    • Ad-free browsing works for the entire website, except for video players. These are owned by our industry partners, including the ads within, so we can't control what appears in there.

    • We are continuing to brainstorm and work on other benefits for the community!


    Support feature development and the community

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    Thank you, as always, for your support of Anime-Planet <3
     
  2. a0dbxza

    a0dbxza Silver Supporter

    Wonderful <3
     
  3. JacksonSehm

    JacksonSehm Silver Supporter

    :duck:
     
  4. Nexurent

    Nexurent New Member

    I'm glad to see new features being added and the site expanding. This has been my favorite anime database site to use since I started watching anime. :)
     
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  5. xesxen

    xesxen Squashes bugs Developer Bronze Supporter

    Posted by xesxen on Apr 13, 2021
    #5
    Hohoho :megusta:
     
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  6. ChalamiuS

    ChalamiuS Squisher of Bugs Developer Bronze Supporter

    Have to say, that outline looks pretty nice. =w=
     
  7. Kari5

    Kari5 Database Moderator Silver Supporter

    Posted by Kari5 on Apr 13, 2021
    #7
    I feel so pretty!
     
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  8. Manthika

    Manthika New Member

    Pretty exciting news, I also like the border flex that supporters will get, lol
     
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  9. Civan3931

    Civan3931 Member

    I just wish this was without ads without costs if you I’m taking about.
     
  10. womandalorian

    womandalorian New Member

    SHEEEEE
     
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  11. Clotilde

    Clotilde Well-Known Member

    :drinking:
     
  12. kamiofdreams

    kamiofdreams Database Moderator Silver Supporter

    Lookin' Pretty Awesome!
     
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  13. Grizz

    Grizz Database Moderator

    Posted by Grizz on Apr 13, 2021
    #13
    Nothing on the internet is free. Websites are expensive to run and only get more expensive the more popular they are. Ads are the only option to avoid forcing the costs on users but ads don't pay very well anymore.
     
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  14. Madoka

    Madoka Bronze Supporter

    This. Also remember that half the net is using software to block a lot of ads where they can so it does make revenue even lower, i don't deny using ad-blocking software either (I'm trash i know, but i do leave the ads on AP on my exceptions list, as with the other few sites i enjoy), so using Patreon is the best way to get some revenue.

    Also, not to sound like a suckup but Sothis and the dev team from the years i have used the site have done everything to make it user friendly and add new features regularly, which requires time and money.
     
  15. abbyishere4manga

    abbyishere4manga New Member

    So cool!
     
  16. Bloodlord739

    Bloodlord739 Well-Known Member

    Same.

    Also I love that the first screenshot in the post is about pouting faces. And here I thought I was the only one that loved waifu pouts lol.
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  17. ChalamiuS

    ChalamiuS Squisher of Bugs Developer Bronze Supporter

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  18. Madoka

    Madoka Bronze Supporter

    I didn't know there was such a thread, please excuse me as i enter a temporary state of bliss by browsing every page of this!
    Nothing wrong with pouting faces!!!
     
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  19. Trix0n

    Trix0n Silver Supporter

    Yayyy, this is awesome! I love my new border.

    Keep up the great work, I'm so excited about all the changes that have been coming out!
     
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  20. Bloodlord739

    Bloodlord739 Well-Known Member

    While were hovering around the subject I also like munching and eating faces XD
     

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