the site was always ad supported. That was working fine will google decided to change the way their system works and our revenues from ads were almost cut.
So I'm giving people the honest truth here. The site is run by two people. The other Michael who is the owner/designer/semi-PHP guru. Then there is me who does mainly development. Now we have never made 1 cent off the site. We do it in our spare time as almost a hobby. We do have a lot of plans for the site. It will never go pay for what you are using now and the goal is to always keep it free.
I have some plans for very advanced features that pro photographers might be interested in using but we will always upgrade and add new features to the free section.
My goal is to make this my full time job. My problem now is I don't have the needed time to make a lot of these things live. I know if I were to work on the site full time people would see some amazing things.
We are planning on adding more features for people that donate but they aren't features the average photoblogger would miss if they did not donate.
Running a image hosting site is again very expensive to store all the images and provide backups in case of a disaster so we can bring back up the service with little downtime. We hope to get dedicated advertisers in here so we don't have to worry about adsense's pay per click or pay per impression.
So if anyone has a few million dollars laying around and wants to make history let me know