Google unveils Contributor, a subscription service to remove ads from your favorite sites

Google unveils Contributor, a subscription service to remove ads from your favorite sites

Webpages have to make money somehow. Unfortunately, they tend to rely on two things people hate: ads and paywalls.

Today Google is launching a new tool for publishers that does away with Google-sourced ads, while not forcing users to pay before accessing content: Contributor.

Another conference. “Great.”

This one’s different, trust us. Our new event for New York is focused on quality, not quantity.

When users visit the Contributor website, they can choose which publishers to donate $1, $2 or $3 monthly. Once subscribed, visitors will see advertisements replaced with a thank you message instead.

Contributor Google Image

Contributor is clearly still in a trial phase though – the initial launch will include only 10 partners, among them Imgur, Mashable, and The Onion. In the meantime, there is a waitlist for websites looking to sign up.

Given the extent some people will go to to remove ads and circumvent paywalls, Contributor could end in a win-win situation. While some will surely continue to use AdBlock or alternatives, others will be happy paying a small monthly fee to still support the pages they visit.

After all, many already pay to remove ads from music and video, and YouTube creators are already set to receive a crowdfunding tool of their own.

Granted, publishers have been using crowdfunding resources for a while now. But Google ads are everywhere. For publishers,  it’s a no-brainer to monetize users without annoying them. And for users, it could be a hub to help out all the pages you care about at once.

➀ Google Contributor [via Gigaom]

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