Thursday, July 25, 2013

Passionfruit Bummer

Many bloggers use Passionfruit for blog ads, and I had just got on board last month.  Sadly, the days of FREE Passionfruit for selling, swapping and serving ads are now limited.  We're now on a countdown and have until September 1st for free use of the all new Passionfruit 2.0, as they're calling it.  All of the upgrades are really great, in fact.  But as of 9/1/13, a paid account will be required to use most of the Passionfruit services.  You can read all about it in their latest blog post HERE.  

Being that I had just started offering ads last month, I'm not sure that I'll continue using their services for selling ad space.  I haven't been offering paid sponsorships long enough to even have more than a small handful of sponsors at a time.  So maybe I'll just continue to use it for our own advertising use (that will still be free, covered by a fee when an ad space is purchased)  - I'm not sure yet.  I could always change my mind later, of course.  As I said above, the new upgrades are all great.  It just probably isn't for me yet.

Do you use Passionfruit?  Will you be upgrading to a paid account in September?
Speaking of FREE AD SPACE, though, if you join the Meet & Greet Blog Hop, you have a chance to win just that here at my blog and over at Created by Laurie.  That's Free Ad Space for 30 days, with two blogs.  =0)  What are you waiting for?  Come join the fun!  Just click below to read how you can enter to win some free ad space.


Have a great Thursday, everyone!  I'm still going to be working on catching up on tons of emails and other stuff.  Yeah...I'm still way behind on just about everything!

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Melissa Graham said...

I was extremely disappointed when I found out about all the new upgrades not being free. I too had just started using in a few months ago. I am just now starting to get ads through it. I don't know that I will be paying to use it unless I get quite a few more ads coming in.

Jenny B said...

You and I are totally on the same page. I posted about this too and I feel the same. I think I'll need to scrape together the money to buy a subscription though, while it's still $50.

Debbi Huntington said...

I'm a day late and a dollar short, as usual. I had never heard of Passionfruit. lol

Unifyhandmade said...

I heard about this! I'm so disappointed, too. I don't even charge for ad space so I'm definitely taking it down from my blog.

Memories for Life said...

That's too bad. I can't image most people will be willing to pay the fee.

Handmade Cuties said...

I've heard of passion fruit (the edible one) but not the ad service. Too bad for the fee especially when the free service was working well for you. Jayne

Denysia Yu said...

I actually already pulled passionfruit from my blog. I feel like it's no longer worth it to charge people who use the service $9 a month, or $50 a year. I think it would be good if they offered a lifetime service. I might be willing to sign up for that.

tiffany khyla. said...

It really is a bummer that they're making everyone pay now. I'm not sure that I'll actually continue to use the service or not. It's really convenient, but my blog isn't big enough to actually justify any sort of money exchange.

Thara Vidyaratne said...

Is it sad that I only heard about Passionfruit now? What a shame :(

I'm really behind when it comes to the blogging world, do you know of any other platforms similar to Passionfruit? I'm using Commission Junction at the moment.



Cropped Stories said...

I know it is a major bummer! I'm in the same boat as you (I just started selling ad space this month)! I have great timing! I do, however, plan on upgrading and paying! I really like their services and so far haven't had any problems with them.

Meredith Crawley said...

Extreme bummer! The one site that has helped many of us, has now lost a lot of customers. I am not sure if I am going to be paying for the services, but maybe if I would break even on ad's.

Vivid said...

Oh no! We're just about to start advertising too - what a shame! Do you know what alternatives there are? Is there anything else we can use? Thanks for the heads up :)