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We're always working really hard to bring you new and exciting features to Eye on Spain. We also make plenty of mistakes so we want to use this blog to keep you up to date with what's new (and what's wrong) with EOS.

Sneak Preview - Ad-Free Eye on Spain
Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 3:18 PM

Notice something different about this home page?

Sneak preview Eye on Spain home page


We've been running a lighter ad-free version of Eye on Spain internally for the past couple of weeks.  We appreciate that many regular users get annoyed with so many ads but they do keep the site going!

However, when we originally designed the site we did make a provision to swtich off the ads but we never used it.

But it seems many users would like to have the option to do this for a small fee....which we'll let you know what it is once we've checked everything is working great.

The interesting thing is that on the lighter version we're testing at the moment, the byproduct has been that the site runs considerably quicker without all the ads and the unnecessary extras that go along with them.  Pages seem to load instantly!

It's also taken us a bit of time to get used to the lack of clutter on the pages!!

More info to follow soon....

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jdwhy said:
Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 7:11 PM

Hi, Great in principle but there is so much blatant advertising in the posts themselves, e.g. inspectahome, that it will hardly make any difference to the user experience removing the paid ads.

Simon said:
Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 9:18 PM

The ads do bother me and there do seem to be quite a lot on EOS so I will be more than happy to take up this extra service. I think this is a great initiative from EOS.

Mark said:
Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 9:37 PM

The Google ads are the worst. The site regularly fails to load because the Google server is slow serving the ads. Because they are sited so high up the page, it also prevents the rest of the rest of the content loading.

Trish said:
Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 10:01 PM

It would be nice to see the Google ads out of the way. How much are we going to have to pay for this Justin?

Stephen Reid said:
Friday, October 29, 2010 @ 1:14 PM

I like the idea of an annual get together over a few days perhaps in September when there is less accomadation pressure. I would love to actually meet people who are as odd as myself with an interest in Spain.

dr david ashby said:
Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 1:38 AM

hi there justin
i would pay for an ad free eye on spain as i prefer no ads and i realise you need subs to exist what price are you looking at for this service.

Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 1:59 PM

Yes, I much prefer this 'lighter' ad free version as well.
However, even on this, I notice that there are 4 ads at the top...Distressed Sales Marbella, Free tax calculation, Cash4Overseas Property, Spain Qrops Pension.
These take up all the space on my first 'screen', so I have to scroll down til I get to the proper area to read. No big deal you might say, but they do get in the way. Far better to put them at the END of the pages.
Why can't you put ALL the ads at the end..?? At least then everybody will know where to look. This would also remove your perceived necessity to make a charge for receiving the 'lighter' version.
Sorry, but if one has to pay a fee, albeit a small one,...I'm out.

Justin said:
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 9:58 AM

Clive, the ad-free option isn't live yet! You're looking at this blog with ads. It's the image in the blog post which shows how the site looks without ads.

Bugs said:
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 1:05 PM

I agree that a site without ads is much better and I do like the idea of it being faster to load. Would I pay though? Probably not.
How about putting them at the bottom as someone else has suggested. Running a website isn't that expensive in terms of raw cash. Even needing a big server to accomodate the d'base. Mine costs me less than £70 a year. The income from the click throughs from Google Adsense should pay for this so come on Justin do it for free!

Justin said:
Monday, November 1, 2010 @ 8:56 AM

Bugs, unfortunately the costs of running EOS are significantly more than 70 per year....if only!

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