Google Launches 'Contributor' To Get People To Pay For Publishers' Content

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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 about getting involved. Users can request an invite.

Via GigaOm

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