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Become an F1 Fanatic Supporter and go ad-free

F1 FanaticPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

F1 Fanatic ad-freeI began F1 Fanatic in 2005 as a handful of hand-written HTML files.

Today the site runs to thousands of pages of articles, thousands more forum pages and tens of thousands of images. We have live discussions during races, quizzes, videos and much more.

But hosting, developing, writing and everything else associated with running F1 Fanatic isn’t free. And doing it well – or at least trying to – doesn’t come cheaply.

Adverts are a necessary evil of running a popular website. No-one likes to see them, but on F1 Fanatic they are by far the greatest source of income. No ads means no revenue, which means no F1 Fanatic.

But now, following a request from a number of readers, I’m launching a new way for you to put something into the website and get something back in return.

Become an F1 Fanatic Supporter

By becoming an F1 Fanatic Supporter you can contribute ??1 per month towards the cost of running the site, and in return your F1 Fanatic account will become ad-free.

This will allow you to browse the site with no external ads, giving you more screen space and quicker-loading pages.

If you would like to contribute towards running and improving F1 Fanatic, and get to browse ad-free in return, simply fill in your F1 Fanatic user name below and click Subscribe.

You will be taken to an external page hosted by PayPal to complete the transaction (you do not require a PayPal account).

Sign up here now

We aim to process all new subscriptions within 24 hours of payment.

If you have any problems trying to become an F1 Fanatic Supporter, please send details using the contact form.

You can find out more about becoming an F1 Fanatic Supporter here:

If you have any other questions, please ask below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Posted on Categories 2012 F1 season

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109 comments on “Become an F1 Fanatic Supporter and go ad-free”

  1. I’ve signed up. Not to get rid of the ads. To be honest I don’t mind them at all. F1 Fanatic is my favourite website, so hopefully my €15 ish per year will help some.

  2. Just subscribed as well, for NZ$2.14 per month, it’s pretty awesome value and it will help you keep the site running so more than happy to help

  3. Good stuff. Can’t say the ads bother me in particular on your site, but it’s certainly a great incentive to contribute.

    I’m not that crazy about PayPal’s functionality, but to those who have qualms about providing card information and so on: if you have a PayPal account, you can link a bank account to it, and then it basically works like a direct payment from your bank account. I haven’t run into any problems with this feature.

  4. Now that F1Fanatic has a sweet User Profile system, have you thought about maybe adding a “I’m a F1Fanatic” badge on to donators profiles, might appeal to the “epeen” nature of the visitors? @keithcollantine

    1. Now that’s thinking.

    2. I was thinking of what other small perks could be afforded to supporters as well – not that it’s in my hands or anything. I would never want to see certain articles only available to people who have paid, but perhaps they could get early access to new features while they are still in development? I know there are already beta testers here, but in case more were needed, it would be a good pool to use.

  5. I’d like an annual paypal subscription as well please Keith. I don’t want to cause you any more admin work than you already do just to satisfy a few of us but if it’s do-able then I’m in. For the moment I’ll put up with the ads and make a donation. Any chance of an iPhone app?

    1. @thecollaroyboys Will try to make an annual option available, but not until next week at the earliest.

      As for an iPhone app, that would mean incurring a development cost to create something not all users of the site would be able to use. It would have to recoup that cost and then some. It wouldn’t have any extra functionality because I wouldn’t want to exclude non-iPhone users (such as myself!). So I’m not convinced it’s a worthwhile proposition at the moment. The entire site should work on most major smartphones, and as inexpensive, fast wireless internet connectivity becomes more widespread I think the major advantage of an app will be diminished.

      1. Let us know when the annual is available – I’m in. And a twleve quid a year is really very inexpensive, quite a bargain really. Fair call on the iphone thing – keep focused on the content which is excellent as always.

  6. Sign me up! I don’t see many adverts as it is, not because I have an ad-blocker or that on, but because I primarily read articles through an RSS reader, and really only click through to the site to read comments. Maybe making an investment in the site will encourage me to be a more active member of this community. Thanks, @keithcollantine!

  7. I have signed up. F1F is the best F1 blog I’ve ever come across and AUD1.65 per month is peanuts if it helps Keith to maintain and grow the site. An annual subscription would be preferable but happy to continue on a monthly payment basis if yearly cannot be done.

  8. @keithcollantine Just signed up. Been using the site daily for a couple of years now, I think this is a great way to support F1Fanatic and allow it to continue to grow. As a few have said before though, if there was an option to pay for one year all at once I would prefer that. It’s not a huge deal, just personal preference really. If/When there’s a way to pay yearly I’ll most likely switch to that. Until then though I’ll be paying monthly. Thanks again for all the work that’s put into this site.

  9. Signed up – used to use Adblocker until Keith bought to my attention how detrimental it was to the site, happy now to have a way to remove ads and still contribute. Astonished how reasonably priced it is as well – that’s like three issues of F1 Racing Magazine, for a whole year’s worth of content.
    Another vote for annual subscription here, though.

  10. antonyob (@)
    23rd May 2012, 12:06

    tried this 3 x now and it keeps just asking for my bank details even though theyre already in…

  11. Great addition to the site. £12 a year for all this content? That is peanuts.
    Will it really cover the loss of add for a user who visits the site on average once a day for a whole year?

  12. Count me in. I’ll sign up over the weekend!

  13. I’d happily pay more! Signed up just now

  14. A great idea! I will sign up when your annual payment becomes available.
    Just a point in regards to your ad revenue situation, there are no ads on your mobile browser. I generally check F1F on my pc when I get home (I prefer to view the pics ands vids you provide on the big screen), the ads are there but they don’t bother me, but the majority of following and commenting I do is via phone/iPad which means Ad-less browsing. This is a large market I believe you are missing out on. If you can incorporate ads into your mobile site, I believe you may begin to reap some benefits of your advertising. The downfall would be a clunky mobile site, but it would encourage regular users to pay the measly fee you are asking for subscription to avoid. Keep up the good work :)

  15. I don’t see any ads at present either!

  16. Keith,
    Pay it on a monthly basis is a bit annoying, so please, tell us when will be available annual subscription fee.
    I’ll pay it without any problem, and maybe you should ask the subscriber if he wants ads-free or stay as today.
    I have no problem in having the ads you use, as they are not aggressive, and I do not want to devaluate your figures when you negotiate with advertisers.

  17. Ahhhh, no ads :)

    Best site update ever Keith!

  18. I’d also prefer an Annual fee.

  19. Good to see all those positive responses. Many of you think the same about this site as I do. The quality of this site is so good I visit it every day. I just have to read *all* the articles.

    I’m still waiting for the yearly subscription although I’m not bothered by the ads anyway.

    A question to the other visitors: Is this the first website you give your money to? (it is for me…)

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