Introducing a new way to monetize your writing: via micropayments and the Web Monetization protocol 💰

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This is our very first step toward helping writers generate income from work published on our platform.

We decided to start with Web Monetization because the technology aligns directly with our principles — it's an open protocol, friction-free for paying users, and built entirely around privacy.


Enabling Web Monetization on your blog lets members (and subscribers to any other Web Monetization provider in the future) automatically send you micropayments as they read.

See this in action as a Coil subscriber on blogs like Sim Show:

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You can also offer exclusive paid content in your posts, unlocked via Web Monetization.

Innkeeper Games is experimenting with this (and all things ) on their blog:

You'll also find Web Monetization support in the next version of (v0.13):

We still need to add support for exclusive content, but we're waiting to see if users need it. There's much more infrastructure needed for this feature in order to verify payments, including additional backend applications out of our control. But if users will find it useful, we'll include the feature and fully document everything.

@write_as I really wonder whether it's possible to do something like Flattr with this:

I really like that approach as it keeps content available in the open for everyone, but sets up an automated tipping jar where everyone with the Flattr extension throws in a fraction of their budget when interacting with the content.

WM as you describe it looks more close to the "maybe paywalls become less bad if we automate them? :breadthink: " approach.

@schmittlauch I think this is actually close already -- the paywall is totally optional. Just adding the "monetization" meta tag to a site means visitors automatically start "tipping" when they arrive, so you can keep content completely open if you want.

I do like the idea of explicitly tipping, though (whether through WM or another way). I think we need a combination of ways to pay. But I believe that part of the tech is still in development.

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