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Would You Pay $1/month To Read Articles From Your Favourite Bloggers?

catalinmpit profile image Catalin Pit ・1 min read

I would pay up to $10 per month to read quality, concrete articles. However, I would not pay more than 10$ per month.

I am curious to see what other people think too.

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Shaiju T

If the articles create value then I think people will pay. For example if you write article on, how to host a website. So If you explain all the steps in simple manner then the article creates value.

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Nimrod Kramer

I saw a very good use case of such "paid content" model done by an awesome guy named Lenny Rachitsky. This guy used to work on growth for Airbnb.

He started by issuing one article per week (to a mailing list) about growth and product management. Every article was fantastic. It was practical, insightful and full of valuable resources that you probably haven't seen before. At first the newsletter (which wasn't the standard thing you'd see in a newsletter... it was an article) was for free.

Then, he started to engage the community by letting them ask questions. Every week he would pick a question and turn his answer into a full-scale article. His secret source is that he could get insights from industry leaders of the top tech companies in the world. The more he grew the more leaders wanted to give their angle to answer his community's questions.

Now his newsletter has a free version and a paid version. He shares his growth once a while and it's insane. Additionally, he opened a closed Slack group just for the paid subscribers. I'm there and it's extremely valuable. Amazing people and endless insights I wouldn't be able to find elsewhere.

He charges $15 per month or $100 per year and has a few thousands of paid subs. Borrom line, this price is people pay him for one article per week.

I recommend you to follow him a bit to get some inspiration.

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Francisco Quintero 🇨🇴

I think I would. I've already started paying for The Correspondent (testing month) and then will try with The Athletic ($1/m per 6 months, initially).

The thing with that model is that it allows people from non-dollarized countries to support media and content creators.

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Kyle Prinsloo 🚀

For some, I wouldn't mind paying up to $50 per month, but in general, I think $10 per month sounds quite reasonable :)

Also depends on the value of the content in terms of actionable steps to increase revenue or self-improvement or if it's just an interest.

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Shannon Crabill

It depends. What would $1/mo get me? One article from the same author? Or an article from a pool of authors? What type of content, etc?

This does bring up a concept of hey, someone put time and energy into this, shouldn't they be compensated for that time?

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JoelBonetR

I just cancelled some subs such Disney +, Curiosity Stream, Spotify... while keeping Amazon Prime only. I was subscribed to many things I actually don't truly need / use due to lack of time or because I'm wasting my time with another things.

Having the option to put adds on the articles it could be fine to get some cents from that as a person who eventually try to write quality posts for beginners but I also don't expect people on pay a subscription to read what I'm posting, most of readers are young people learning to code here due to lack of resources to invest in a college or similar so why charge them any quantity when adds are an option?

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Mirko Vukušić

In theory, I would. In practice, it ends up being too segmented, I change authors/interests and platforms where I get content change. Same is now with movie streaming. Now you have to pay Netflix and HBO and Disney... it adds up quickly.
On the other hand, content creators need income or we will not have quality content. I'm really hoping for some universal content tipping like Brave rewards or similar. Simple, with a click. Patreon and similar are too complex for the masses.

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Sharan

It depends, Obviously.
Money is not the same around the world. $1 may be a 100 bucks somewhere else. If the article provider or blogger accepts the minimum payment with regards to the location then I would definitely pay.
I am from India, $1 is around ₹75. It is like $75 in us. You wouldn't pay $75 per month right? I won't obviously. If it was around ₹30, I definitely pay for resourceful content.

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JuaNicolas

$1 feels too cheap to have good things, but, where I'm from, with $1 can be excessive for a subscription (netflix basic is $1)

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Pacharapol Withayasakpunt

No, but I would pay 5 or 10 for selected Patreons.

1 is too little and too creepy.

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Médéric Burlet

no I really don't understand why articles should be paid. If a revenue is needed by an author time for a book imo.

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Swastik Baranwal

Yes I would if I had the money.

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Aman Mittal

I think somewhere between 5 to 10 per month is reasonable for me.