Yes, you read that right! From today April 28, 2021 is Wereldreizigers.nl excluding affiliate links and sponsored posts, free of advertising. It is a difficult but very conscious choice. We have faith in our product (a cool website full of travel tips and travel knowledge), and of course in our readers who will hopefully support us through 'buy me a coffee' donations.
Why no more advertising?
The honest answer is that we just hate all those intrusive popups and advertising banners. And we're pretty sure we're not the only ones who find it annoying. It all starts with the cookies.. You know, that annoying cookie pop-up that is unfortunately required by law in the Netherlands. And then you scroll on… and between each paragraph you get an annoying flashing advertising banner on your screen with products that you once searched or that advertisers want you to see.
If you've just started reading, a banner suddenly pops up from the bottom up on your phone… and another 'sign up' pop-up… and another commercial break, and another, and another.
Super annoying, isn't it?
We think so too. So let's just stop it!
Leave your readers alone
Under the motto 'Leave your readers alone', we promise to leave you alone from now on. We will not ask you every time you visit us if you want to subscribe to our newsletter. We are not going to bombard you with flashy banners anymore and we promise to disturb you as little as possible while reading our blogs. Promise!
How do you earn money then?
What we still earn money from are the so-called paid blogs, or Advertorials. These are easier to recognize on the website because they are labeled as 'sponsored'.
Sometimes we write a blog on behalf of a customer, for example a webshop, which contains a link to their website. These blogs are generally informative and intended to actually inform you, which is a requirement. However, there is a commercial character behind it, because of course there is a link to a website or webshop.
In addition, you will find on Wereldreizigers.nl every now and then affiliate links to webshops such as bol.com and websites such as Skyscanner or booking.com. When you book something through these affiliate links, we receive a (very small) amount, a small percentage of your purchase. It is a kind of profit sharing with the seller. You will not notice anything of this, your purchase amount will therefore not become more expensive.
Don't you miss a lot of income without advertising banners and pop-ups?
Yes, we are definitely missing out on a large part of our revenue by omitting banners, popups, and ads. It concerns hundreds of euros per month. However, we hope to partly collect this amount through voluntary donations, in other words a cup of coffee! ☕
We now know (8 months later) that donations by definition yield a lot less money than the advertisements, but we like to take the difference for granted. This website is intended to inform and inspire, and not to make a lot of profit with it.
Of course we need money to keep our heads above water. We use this money, for example, to occasionally reward bloggers and pay the server costs. We sincerely hope that when you have really benefited from an article, you show your appreciation.
How can I support you then?
You can simply support us by buying us a 'cup of coffee' every now and then. In various blogs we have added a piece of text, as shown below. Did the article help you? Have you saved a nice place to visit? Then donate a cup of coffee!
Via the payment link you can simply make a small donation with your own banking app or internet banking. For you it is a few euros and 30 seconds of work, for us it is vital. Can't do without you Wereldreizigers.nl namely do not exist in its current form ❤️