Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a while since I wrote anything on here, so apologies if you’ve been worried 🙂
Textise goes from strength to strength. In 2017, 228,810 users viewed the site 3,935,222 times, which is extraordinary. Not every view was a text conversion because included in that number are visits to the home page, but it’s still a really healthy total. Of course, you can imagine my disappointment when we didn’t quite make 4 million visits, but bearing in mind that last year I was moaning that we didn’t quite make 3 million, it’s not so bad.
I’ve made a few changes recently, and more could be in the pipeline. One thing you might have noticed is that there are more ads, both on the home page and (occasionally) on the text-only output. As you can probably imagine, running Textise takes time, energy and cash, so adverts allow me to claw a (very) little back. I’ve increased the ads very reluctantly, to be honest, because I don’t like them much myself, but revenue from subscribing web sites hasn’t increased as much as I’d have hoped and costs do tend to go in one direction only (up, they go up).
One option I have is to offer subscriptions. Subscribers would be able to use the site ad-free and, I think, have access to extra features like PDF conversion or web article identification. If enough people subscribed, the cost per user could be kept pretty low.
I’m wondering how many people would be interested in becoming subscribers…
And, if you’d subscribe, how much you’d be willing to pay on a monthly basis…
I’d really appreciate your feedback on this, so get voting! I run Textise on a part-time basis at the moment but, if more money were coming in from it, I’d be able to devote more time to new features and performance improvements.
Please leave comments on this post if you have questions or want to add to the discussion.