Who pays for GreyHen? Well, the simple answer is that I do. GreyHen is primarily paid for out of my own pocket, because it's my hobby. I make money from my day job as a programmer and use it to pay for GreyHen. However, GreyHen also has a Patreon, and I'm hoping that generous donors interested in helping bring porn to the masses will chip in to help GreyHen grow. You can check out the Donors page to see exactly who has helped, and by how much.
How much does GreyHen cost to maintain? As you can see below, right now GreyHen does not cost a lot to maintain. However, eventually I plan on moving the site to better hosting, and perhaps even a dedicated server - before doing this, however, I would like to have money coming in from Patreon, so that I'm not spending hundreds of dollars of my own money for no reason at all. Patreon not only provides a way for others to support the site, it lets me judge how many people are truly interested in seeing the site grow - if this number grows, then I have no problem spending more money out of pocket to keep them happy.
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Why not run ads? I'm not interested in running ads on GreyHen for a number of reasons. First, ads don't really make much money - GreyHen likely wouldn't even cover its current server costs. Second, there are many ads which decrease browser performance, and some link to malware; this does not make for a good user experience. Third, ads mean that when you're looking at the site, there's unwanted material taking up screen space - this is even more important when you're looking for material that caters to a fetish, and seeing something strange or unrelated in an ad could put you off. Finally, advertising companies don't want to advertise on a porn website, so I'd have to go to porn-specific advertisers, whose ads are even more likely to have the aforementioned problems. All in all, it would be a bad deal for everyone involved, except perhaps the advertising company.
Why should I donate to GreyHen? The main reason I would cite for donating is to support GreyHen's goals- quick and easy access to exactly the type of porn you're looking for. Your money would likely go towards a server upgrade, which would increase the speed and storage space, which would help people get porn quickly. In future, money may also go to two other places: first, to me, so that I can quit my job and dedicate all of my time to GreyHen; second, to artists, so that GreyHen can give back to the community. These secondary objectives are a long way off, though. To see a full breakdown of GreyHen's historical operating costs, check out our Costs page.