what about offing something like you 3 or 5 dollors a year and you get a ad free site
Three to Five extra dollars per month for an ad-free site? This assumes there will be enough individuals out there willing to pay more for a magazine sub just to have an ad-free website. This would cause MaxPC mag to incur the following costs:
Tracking the individuals who have the "Premium" subscription.
Issuing those "Premium" subscribers a password to the Ad-Free site.
Producing an Ad-Free site that would require hosting on a separate server or, at the least, having a different address.
Hiring extra personnel to manage the above.
Having just an ad-free site wouldn't draw enough subscribers. The Mag would have to add additional content and services to increase the "premium" subscription marketing target audience.
Why go through all that trouble for a business model that WILL NOT see a profit? This is MaximumPC magazine. Her subscribers enjoy a hobby/lifestyle that means being well informed on how to maximize your computing dollars while achieving the highest performance possible. These individuals utilize free applications on a regular basis that get them what they desire and enjoy doing so. If you have any questions about those apps, see my first post in this thread.
Not trying to be rude DG, but an ad-free site for a "premium" subscription model just doesn't work fiscally. It ain't gonna happen IMHO. I don't even work for MaxPC and I can see why it won't work.