Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Free plan becomes Unlimited once again!

When we first announced our intention to bring in paid plans way back in 2011, I optimistically wrote "The unrestricted basic service will always be available for free", based on the idea that we'd be able to make the free service ad-supported.  Many companies were contacted over the next couple of years, much was discussed, and many good leads were had - but ultimately we were unable to find someone who could deliver aesthetic, contextually relevant, family safe advertising in emails, whilst maintaining the privacy of user email addresses.  And so, reluctantly, the decision was taken to cap the Free plan.

Since the introduction of the paid plans, many people have reached out to us to let us know that they really miss having an unlimited free service, something which I completely understand - Blogtrottr was built around 'free', and taking that away always felt like we were removing something fundamental.

So, we've gone back, rolled up our collective sleeves, and tried again.  And this time, we've come up trumps - we've teamed up with an exciting new company, LaunchBit, whose innovative approach allows us to bring you good quality, relevant advertising that should genuinely be of interest.

So, effective immediately, there is no more Free plan cap.  And what's more, that allows us to raise the Lite plan subscription limit to 250!

We'll be slowly introducing these adverts into Free plan emails over the coming weeks.  Needless to say, paid plans will remain advert free!

Users who wish to change plans can do so at any time by logging in and visiting the plans page.

12 comments:

  1. Sam, these are awesome news. Congratulations!

    The "free" idea of a mail-based RSS feed is one of the greatest things I have come up with in the recent months.

    I have one question regarding the coming schedules.

    As far as I understood your previous statement, the paid plans will have flexible schedules. In contrast to the flexible ones, will the free plan have at least new 2-days and weekly schedules?

    Regards,

    Robert

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    1. Hi Robert,

      Good to hear! We've not firmed that up quite yet, but you never know :)

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  2. Awesome news, ads in the feeds was what I expected from this service and I was a little disappointed when a cap was added. I believe ads with the option to "buy them out" is the past way to run a service. Keep up the great work.

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  3. Great news indeed! I do hope all goes well now and that a solid business model comes out of this.

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  4. Wonderful news! I don't need the extra features, but I do have more than 25 subscriptions, so the prospect of going from free to over $5 a month was quite unappealing. Ads are fine with me when I'm getting a free service (well, as long as they don't have annoying content or presentation).

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  5. Perfect! And make sure there's an easy way to donate to you guys, I feel a lot more supportive of this again :-)

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  6. Thanks ... the Lite plan now works for me, and the price seems about reasonable for the new features.

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  7. Thanks! This is the best RSS client out there

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  8. Hi Sam, I'm a happy user of Blogtrottr, but currently only on the free plan. I really want to thank you with a cuppa, don't you have any donation button or something?

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    1. No donation button at the moment I'm afraid, but the offer is much appreciated!

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  9. Hello, I have full monthly plan - could I make a payment for one year - it should be better and cheaper option for me. Thanks.
    Martin

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