As UESP has continued to grow and evolve over the years, the site that began on a $10/month virtual server plan now costs several thousand/month to maintain and continues to climb. Although there is no immediate danger of the site going down due to lack of funds, we believe it would be wise to make the site as self-supporting as possible.
The site is currently supported from advertising from Longitude. Donations from our generous readers and editors has been discontinued since advertising is currently capable of covering all the site's expenses. We started a Patreon Campaign in 2020 that lets people support the site directly and receive a bunch of rewards for doing so.
Feedback and comments on this topic are always welcome. If you encounter an advertisement you feel is not appropriate for the UESP you may Report an Inappropriate Ad.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay if I block ads?
Yep, but we hope that the ad placements and content are subtle enough that you won't be bothered by them. Ads supplied by Longitude go through screening in order to remove inappropriate ads in either content or mechanics (no auto playing or click hijacking ads are permitted).
Is the UESP going to turn into another ad-infested site?
Our intention is to use just enough advertising to make the site self-supporting. For users with an account, advertising will never be put in articles, on the top of the page, or at other obtrusive locations – even if this results in a lack of enough income to support the site. Anonymous users will see a small number of additional ads at the top of the page. In addition, annoying ads, such as blinking images, are out of the question.
If the feedback from the ads is overly negative or they turn out to be too intrusive or annoying, we will simply not use them anymore. Also, we're open to alternative methods in supporting the site, such as a yearly donation drive or anything else you can think of.