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Site Stuff: Avoid the price hike!

One last time: Our price increase will take effect at midnight on Monday, April 9!

One last time!

Our price increase will take effect just after 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 9 — that’s tonight! — and it will see our prices move to $4.99 for monthly, $39.99 for annual and $87 for the three-year Lunatic. (They’re currently $3.99, $29.99 and $66.)

Our discounted prices for students and senior citizens, as well as our free subscriptions for active-duty military, will remain the same.

This will be only the second price increase in the site’s existence — the other was in September 2016 — even though the original prices were set when Dejan was the only writer. We’ve obviously grown a lot since the beginning, now covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt football and Penn State football full-time, all games, home and road, plus so much more. And through all that, again, the prices have stayed pretty much the same.

Even with this increase, we’ll remain way below most subscription sports sites, whether in Pittsburgh or anywhere, as this illustrates:

By printing this, we’re not making a commentary on anyone else’s prices. Their businesses are their businesses, and everyone’s got a different outlook. We’re just trying to offer you a fuller perspective on where our prices stand.

We appreciate the tremendous support we’ve gotten from you, from our sponsors and partners, from the teams and colleges we cover. It wasn’t easy being the first venture of our kind, and it isn’t easy continuing to grow to the goals that we — and you — have come to expect. We’ve talked about an increase since this past September, and we finally felt this was the right time.

Also, and this is important: If you’re already with us, you can avoid the price increase by upgrading, or extending (if you have a three-year subscription) at the current prices at any time between now and April 8.

We did this in 2016, too, and it proved to be hugely popular with our existing subscribers, so here’s how it works:

1. Tap on My Account.

2. Once you’re there, tap on the blue button marked Upgrade Subscription (monthlyannual, three-year) or Renew (gifts, three-year)

3. On the page you see next, tap on the level to which you’d like to upgrade or renew and purchase.

4. Please allow 24 hours for your account to fully update.

Your upgraded level will be added on top of your existing subscription. So, for example, if you’re currently on a one-year plan with six months remaining, and you upgrade to the three-year, you’ll be subscribed for the next six months plus another three years (but at the current price).

Hopefully, this way, as many current subscribers as possible don’t have to experience any price increase for years to come.

We thank you yet again for your support. We can never say that enough.

Anything you need, email us: Help@DKPittsburghSports.com.

THE PIRATES ARE SPONSORED!

On our site, that is.

StepOutside.org is back for another season, this time sponsoring all our Pirates coverage for the next three months. Tap or click on their banners on the site or app to find outdoor activities that your area has to offer.  Many thanks to Chief Marketing Officer Chris Dolnack, for growing this first partnership ever into one of our biggest.

If you, too, are looking to promote your brand, increase sales or awareness, we can can get the word out in display, audio, video ads and even in person. Contact me to learn more. No account is too big or too small. Everyone is equally important in our family of partners.

Wow, that sounded like something Saul would say … but it’s true!

OUT AND ABOUT

It always amazes me when and where I meet subscribers. You all come from all walks of life and random places.

For example, a couple of weeks ago, I was at the funeral home for the showing for the grandmother of a media friend. This friend, whom I’ve known for more than 25 years, took the time to call his nephew over and introduce him. The nephew lives in Columbus, Ohio, and is a big fan of Pittsburgh sports. He subscribes to the site to get his Pittsburgh fix.

Friday night, I stopped for dinner after doing some work at the local baseball fields on new dugouts — I do silly things like that. While at the local establishment, a guy I’ve known for years came over and asked me how things are going with the job.

Turns out, he’s a subscriber, as well. We spent some time talking about my mock draft.

Bottom line is that DKPittsburghSports.com subscribers are everywhere. You’re not only in the Pittsburgh area, but all over the country — and world. And we appreciate all of you. — Dale Lolley

STUPID ANDROID AD

If you’ve seen an annoying popup ad on our Android app this week — and we heard this from a few readers — know that we’re working on finding and fixing it. That’s not something we’d ever, ever willingly allow, not on any platform, but there are some surreptitious ad agencies out there that find a way to penetrate Android, and it’s a constant battle to keep them out.

Just letting you know that it’s not you, it’s not us, but we’re working on it. — Dejan Kovacevic

APP CHECKUP

Both of our apps are free and updated regularly. Get your app or update your existing app by tapping the appropriate button below:

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If you’ve got issues with either app, please help us out by emailing specifics to Help@DKPittsburghSports.com, including your device, platform and operating system. — Dejan

BACK TO BUSINESS

• Subscriptions are at 38,440. That’s minus-35 over the past week.

• We’re at 436 in the Lifetime Lunatic category, with an unprecedented 23 sold in the past week. If you’re interested in upgrading to any level at any time for any reason, click or tap My Account in the menu, then click or tap Upgrade Subscription.

• We had 581,346 page views, according to Google Analytics. Our five most-hit articles — exempting live files — were a column on Penguins-Capitals at 9,768, a column on Sean Rodriguez occupying Andrew McCutchen’s stall at 7,523, a Hertz Drive to the Net on Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal in Newark at 6,843, a Grind on Matt Murray worries and snow flurries at 6,758, a Grind on no protest at PNC Park at 6,646.

• We’re at 28,080 (+146) followers on Facebook28,080 (+58) on Twitter8,579 (-9) on Instagram. And yes, those really are identical numbers for the first two. Never happened before.

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