Google has a new product for publishers that enables them to receive payment from readers who would rather pay for content than see ads. It's called Contributor by Google.
The user chooses a monthly contribution from $1 to $3. When they visit a participating site, part of the contribution goes to that site. They'll see pixel pattern or a thank you message where they'd normally see ads on these sites.
Initial partners include Urban Dictionary, The Onion, Science Daily, WikiHow, Mashable, and Imgur.
Google bills it as a way to "support the people who make the web."
Publishers can contact Google at firstname.lastname@example.org about getting involved. Users can request an invite.
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