How This Site Is Financed
The first thing to note about SaveMoney.my is that it is completely free for our readers to use. In fact, there is absolutely nothing that we ask from our readers, aside from that pesky blackout screen when you visit the site for the first time asking you to type your email in (even then you can just click anywhere else and it will go away). Everything on SaveMoney.my is absolutely free to use!
The site has not been generating revenue since it started in April 2012, but it is getting to the point where there are so many users on the site at a given time that the server costs alone can bring us down! That’s not to say we are not grateful that you find our articles interesting of course; thank you very much for all your support!
Unfortunately this does mean that we have to start finding a way for this site to be able to finance its own running costs.
Google and Nuffnang Ads, what’s up with that?
We want to use Google and Nuffnang, not just because most people do as well, but mainly because running these Ads will add a third-party (i.e. the good folks at Google and Nuffnang) in between us and advertisers. Meaning that the editorial team never comes into contact with advertisers directly, so no one, and we mean NO ONE, can pay to make us post up nice things about them or their products; if we happen to do so it is because we find it to be so!
At the moment you will see a grey box at the top of the screen on the right of the SaveMoney.my logo, so no ads are in effect yet, but even when they come live, we hope they will not detract too much from your enjoyment of our articles.
Does running ads compromise the independence of the site?
We don’t think so, as mentioned before we have absolutely no discretion over what goes up on the Google and Nuffnang Ads; sometimes you might see advertisers for bank products (i.e. banks like CIMB, OCBC, Standard Chartered, etc.), mobile phone plans (i.e. from networks like Maxis, Digi, U Mobile), and sometimes totally random things like deal sites (Groupon, StreetDeal), or online shopping websites (Zalora, Tech Hypermarket, Lazada, etc.).
As always, we do not endorse any of the products shown on the Ads, and are not responsible for what happens after you click through to the advertisers because we are not affiliated with them in any way (but clicking them does help to pay for the growing costs of keeping the site running and helps us provide you with free articles and tools!).
We never talk to any of these advertisers (and we don’t really want to) so they will never be able to affect the way an article is written (i.e. always from the viewpoint of the best way to Save Money for you).