As you know, start.me is a free service and will always remain a free service. That’s a matter of principle to us. Nevertheless, we offer a paid subscription called start.me PRO. There are more than 2,500 people who decided to pay for a free product. Why? Well, that’s a good question, and the answer may interest you. It is not a single reason, but there are a number of them. Today, I will highlight the 5 most common reasons for people to subscribe to start.me.
1. People go PRO to support us
The number one reasons for people to subscribe to our PRO plan turns out to be to support start.me. That is actually how our paid subscription plan first came to be. It turns out start.me has quite a lot of fans and ambassadors who like to use start.me and want to contribute. Subscribing to our paid PRO plan does that.
These contributions make us less dependent on income from advertising, which in turn helps keep start.me a more pleasant product to use. All to many free web services sooner or later start filling up with banners. Thanks to our PRO members that won’t happen to start.me. Thanks for the support!
2. To get an ad-free experience
Just like most free services, we use income from advertisements to pay our bills. Those bills include hosting fees and the salaries for the people that help keep start.me running smoothly and respond to all the questions we receive. Although we try to make the banner advertisements we use as unobtrusive as possible, some users really prefer an ad-free experience. For instance, people who use start.me professionally or in their classroom.
Upgrading a free account to PRO will remove the banner ads from all pages created and published by the subscriber. As a result, visitors to a page created by a PRO member will be ad-free as well. Remember to thank those users!
3. Because they want extra PRO features
As a matter of principle, we don’t put any features you need to use start.me as a personal startpage behind a paywall. We feel that free should not mean ‘crippled’. Yet, when people upgrade to our PRO plan, we do offer some extra features.
These features are very useful, especially to those who use start.me professionally, but are not needed per se if you just want a good personal startpage. Some of the goodies include widgets for charts and photo galleries. And there is the Broken Link Checker, of course.
4. PRO users like it fast!
I won’t go into the details. But these improvements do make a very noticeable difference. Our PRO members experience performance improvement from the lack of advertisements as well. And, not to forget, we offer live RSS feed updates to all PRO members, meaning dedicated computers are running 24/7 to keep these feeds up-to-date!
5. To be the first to get support
No support request goes unanswered. We try to make sure emails we receive are answered as quickly as we can. To that end, we have a whole team of support people that assist you as soon as they can. But for some, it is really paramount questions are answered as soon as possible.
That is why we offer priority support to our PRO members, which in short means their emails will be answered before all others. Generally, we get very positive feedback on our support. But for some, especially those who use start.me professionally, every minute counts and that is where our priority support service comes in handy.
Well, you don’t have to. Please consider upgrading to our PRO plan only if there are benefits to you. And of course, feel free to upgrade if you want to support us. Even though we are in fact the largest personal startpage service in the world, that does not make us billionaires. Not even close. We really need your support!
- Author: Michiel de Wit