Linked by David Adams on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:07 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Online advertising has been a hot topic for the past week or so, with Ars Technica trying out an interesting, somewhat desperate experiment wherein they blocked access to their content for people using Adblock. Of course, if this were to become some kind of movement among publishers, it would probably just spark a technological cat-and-mouse game that would surely be reminiscent of DRM cracking or iPhone jailbreaking. But in their post-mortem, Ars states that it was a worthwhile awareness campaign, and I hope that's true. But I thought it would be a good idea to try to bring the collective OSNews brainpower together and crowdsource the idea of how to raise money for a web site in an age where advertising is increasingly un-viable.
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by sprewell on Sat 20th Mar 2010 20:23 UTC in reply to "Random replies"
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Thom, I agree with you that the current news format is not worth that much, but my conception was for a separate paid section with the higher-quality content David said he'd like to pay for. However, if you feel the news links have some value too, you could charge say a cent for every news post and make 30% of them available for free. My point is the whole site will never go behind a paywall, as you have to advertise your content. ;) However, most of the internet WILL go behind a paywall, as it's the only model that makes sense, but when it's micropayments most won't care because the amounts will be so small and the system so easy to use.

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