June 12, 2012
As you may know Pixoto has been funded by our founders and early stage investors – but the time has come for us to start to generate revenue to pay for additional staff to help support out community. We have already launched our PRO membership and starting today we will display a single paid advertisement on select pages. We don’t think the ads detract significantly from the quality of Pixoto’s community and content and we hope you agree. While we are currently using Google’s AdExchange platform to power our ads we hope to sell this space directly to photography related companies who’s products should be of interest to our members.
That said we think our paying members shouldn’t be subject to ads and they shouldn’t appear next to their images or profiles. So:
PRO Members now have these additional benifits:
- No ads are displayed for PRO members on any pages
- No ads are displayed on the detail page for PRO member’s images
- No ads are displayed on PRO member’s profile pages
Our plan is to use proceeds from PRO accounts and Ads to fund additional hires (including a category and community manager).
Thanks for your support!