Too many Premium Articles


I normally check Thurrot site 2-3 times in a day. Previously I would get some good stuff to read. But past few weeks/months, specially after Mehndi has come on board, I see very little Open/Free articles.

I am afraid that a long time Thurrot/Supersite reader, I may completely stop coming to this site if this site does not balance out Free/Premium articles. Not everything on the site can be Premium, c’mon.

And I’ve realized most of Mehedi’s posts are more of what is happening around in the Tech than Analysis and good lengthy articles.

All I want to tell Paul and team, please look into balancing out Premium/Free articles, or as I said above, a Fan like myself and couple of my other friends who regularly come to this site may eventually just flee away onto other tech sites.

Comments (23)

23 responses to “Too many Premium Articles”

  1. pecosbob04

    Ya gotta stick the flounce!

  2. Cdorf

    I disagree with this post and here's why.

    I too have followed Paul since the early days- when he moved I kept following- when he opened up premium I applied. I felt there wasn't enough premium content in the beginning, shh dont tell Paul but I would have renewed anyways... As they are finding the sweetspot please note that most of the premium articles are for editorials, commentary, and behind the scenes. To me all of that is worth the cost of admission. Team Thurrott is still delivering news items in the free section (I know cause sometimes I am not at a PC with my login and I still check for the latest news). These guys aren't a big trade publication that can afford to make everything advertising driven. If you just want the news you are just fine without paying and adding Mehedi has helped them churn out even more news. If you want all three of their expert opinions, and analysis you pay. Seems fair to me.

    Keep up the good work guys!


  3. scj123

    I thought I would throw my comments in on this, I have been reading Pauls work since the start of the SuperSite, and this has just improved on what was a brilliant site. I am loving the writing by Paul, Brad and Mehedi and for the effort they put in to keep this going, then yes they deserve to get paid for it, they put in more hours than I do. On the question of premium versus free content, is the balance right, for me I try not to notice and feel like I just pay for the site, all the articles are of the same quality, and I would continue to pay whichever way it goes.

    You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you cant please all of the people all of the time. Just keep doing what your doing.

  4. Mehedi Hassan

    It's Mehedi, not Mehndi.

  5. reservoirmike

    The biggest complaint I think is access to Paul. Let's face it, 95% of the readers on this site followed Paul from the SuperSite. They are here to read his articles, to hear his voice. Now he is locked behind the paywall, and the increase in what is being touted as Premium articles, often falls short of Premium expectations. That is why you see so many threads complaining about it. I realize paying for Paul is by design, but as Brad has stated previously, most of the readers of this site are non-Premium. If they are here, as I am, to read Paul and don't find the content compelling enough convert to Premium members, that is a problem.

  6. Brad Sams

    Back in July you told us that you didnt think that there was enough premium we ramped it up, now we are doing it too much?

    I understand there needs to be a balance and we are always working towards achieving that goal; appreciate the feedback.

    • cddouglas

      In reply to brad-sams: sometimes people just enjoy complaining I think. No matter how you balance the mix of stories, there will be some who will never be happy or pony up the $7 or so a month. Which is like what, 2-3 cups of coffee? I loved reading the free articles here enough that I decided to join as a premium subscriber and it's well worth it. Thanks for all you guys do.

    • irfaanwahid

      In reply to brad-sams:

      Brad/Paul, don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate all the work done here and it is the first site for my news feed in the mornings.

      I did say there were few articles back then.. and yes, now they are too many to balance out. I also said I was seriously considering paying for the site.

      My issue is there are couple of other good sites and writers who do give similar if not same analysis on the current news/annoucements whatever.

      Yes, I did love to read yours/Paul’s view.. but if I’m able to read similar analysis elsewhere that makes me somewhat satisfied with that topic/discussion hence makes me not subscribe to Thurrot Premium.

      I can understand you guys maybe still trying to look at that sweet spot.. my issue was basically simple.. past few days coming to this site was not more than landing and going away.

  7. RamblingGeek

    I just think of it as a Magazine subscription, we all used to purchase a Magazine back in the day... paying for it isn't really any different.

  8. PincasX

    What is worse than the number of premium articles is the number of forum threads complaining about premium articles.

    This is really easy, advertising doesn't pay squat so non-premium members, like you and I, don't contribute in a meaningful way to the income generated by this site. Paul and team have to make a living and expecting them to give up revenue because you don't want to pay is ridiculous. The reality is that you, myself and every other free member could stop showing up and it would likely make no difference to their revenue stream.

    Rather than complain about not getting things for free, ask yourself why you won't pay for the premium content. It really isn't terribly expensive. I would presume that knowing what would turn you into a premium user would be far more constructive feedback for the people that run the site than stomping your feet and threatening to take your toys and go home.

  9. jimchamplin

    It’s what? $7 a month? That’s not a lot.

  10. Jules Wombat

    Which one is Paul?