Thursday, August 30, 2012
Can bloggers realistically charge for their content?
There are packages out there that would allow bloggers to charge selectively for access to content.
There is, for instance, Wordpress-member (or wp-member), which says it does not block out a whole site, but can be applied selectively. The link is here.
There’s a 2011 article on “four ways to charge for content” which is more like, “four questions to ask yourself before charging for content”, (website url) here.
And from Social Mouths, in March 2011, there is a blog post saying that “free is boring” but you can still make your free content “remarkable”, on the way to deeper goals, link.
It’s pretty unlikely that “ordinary blogs” could make a go of charging. But it sounds like the “paywall” model is working for some newspapers, especially the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.