Have Your Pi And Eat It, Too
pi-hole.net is a small operation and does not use advertisements, so the only source of revenue come from your donations, which keeps Pi-hole free and open source. But now there is a way you can support us, block ads, and support your favorite free Websites:
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So How Do Content Creators Get Paid?
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