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A couple of weeks ago I tried out a new revenue feature on SayAnythingBlog.com called Google Surveys. Basically, visitors to SAB would every once in a while have to answer a few survey questions before they could see blog content.

The reactions were…mixed. Some of you really, really didn’t like the surveys saying they were far too intrusive. But others thought the surveys were fine, and expressed a strong desire to help support the blog.

Those two reactions represent the fundamental challenge in online publishing: How to monetize content without alienating readers.

So, keeping that in mind, I’m going to try something new. It’s a paywall, of sorts. Maybe call it a soft paywall.

Basically, every once in a while you’re going to see a pop-up asking you for money. You’ll also see a page view counter on your screens from time to time.

If you pay, these nags will go away. You can sign up for a monthly subscription, or you can pay for them to go away for a set period of time.

  • $10 = no nags for a month
  • $60 = no nags for six months
  • $7.50 per month = no nags for as long as you’re subscribed

Whichever option you choose, you can pay more if you wish as a sort of donation to a good cause.

I’ve never done anything like this before (apart from the aborted attempt with Google Surveys). This blog has always been a labor of love for me, but I also think it provides a valuable service for you readers. There is very often news and viewpoints here that you won’t get elsewhere.

I’d like to keep doing that. And, as more revenue comes in, I’d like to do more to enhance the content here.

If you’re not interested in paying to support the blog, that’s fine. Just ignore the nags. But if you’d like to help keep the servers on and the posts coming, consider spending a few bucks a month.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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