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DEV is now Web Monetized

peter profile image Peter Kim Frank Updated on ・3 min read

Earlier this month, we announced the Grant For The Web x DEV Hackathon to help drive community experimentation around Web Monetization.

While hackathon participants have been building away this past month, we here at DEV have also been hard at work in implementing the Web Monetization standard. If you'd like more of the technical details, here are links to two of the relevant PRs in our open-source repo: PR1 and PR2.

Today, we are happy to share that DEV itself is Web Monetized.
Additionally, DEV authors can now enable their own payment pointer to receive micro-payments when Web Monetized browsers visit their profile and posts.

Check out Ben's post for some additional thoughts:


Web Monetization + Grant for the Web

Web Monetization is a standard that provides content creators with an alternative solution to get paid for the content they share on the web. When a user visits a monetized web page, their browser (if it supports Web Monetization) may send micropayments to the site. There are many creative possibilities that are enabled by this technology — for instance, the web page can reward the monetized browser with an enhanced experience. We encourage you to check out some submissions to the GftW Hackathon to see some other interesting applications of the technology.

Grant For The Web is a $100M fund aimed at boosting open, fair, and inclusive standards and innovation in Web Monetization. The organization is a collaboration between Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Coil. They are providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 to provide grantees with an opportunity to innovate even further on the technology. We hope that many DEV Hackathon participants choose to extend their projects by applying with an official GftW project proposal.

Getting Started

In order to start generating micro-payments with Web Monetization on your DEV content, just following these steps:

  • Set up a wallet (here are a few options). We recommend UpHold.

  • Once your wallet is set up, you'll receive a Payment Pointer address

  • Add this address in your DEV settings

  • That's it. You'll now receive a micro-payment every time a monetized browsers visit your your profile page and posts.

If you're interested in supporting creators and the broader monetized ecosystem, you can pay a monthly fee to a Web Monetization provider. Currently, the only provider for sending payments is Coil, but more providers will pop up as the ecosystem expands.

Disclaimer: we have partnered with Coil as our recommended Web Monetization provider, and we'll benefit if you sign up with these referral links.

Earnings for all parties involved will likely be quite small to start, but there’s a bright future ahead as more people and platforms begin to adopt this standard. Soon, we hope that a large percentage of DEV authors will have enabled their own payment pointer, providing monetized browsers with a way to directly reward their work.

As a friendly reminder, our hackathon ends Sunday, June 14 and the Grant For The Web proposals are due June 22.

Good luck, and happy monetizing!

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Vaibhav Khulbe

What a wonderful step to support creators! 🎉

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Gabriel Laroche

Wow amazing! It's nice to see the web slowly move away from privacy sucking advertising and towards a more privacy focused and intuitive way of paying for content. I love that Dev/Coil is at the forefront of this

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David Murphy

Its just the old subscription model update with more modern terminology. It's all about the producer not the consumer. I would like to see a similar model applied to newspapers combined with advertising (ie you pay or you accept adverts) because that may allow improvements in the quality of journalism, but I don't see it happening here. Most of what I have read here seems to be junior coders trying to big themselves up when what they write is mediocre at best.

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Lukas Lukac

Incredible step forward Dev community! Welcome to Web3, Blockchain world! Streaming micro payments is one of the most important inventions of the last few years to hopefully shift value from advertisement companies back to content creators and consumers, users. If anyone wants to learn blockchain development I am building a free newsletter 200+ devs strong and growing: web3.coach

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Felix Terkhorn

I'm particularly excited about the healthy crossover this can foster for people using LinkedIn (your friendly social behemoth, a wholly owned sub$idiary of Microsoft) and dev.to simultaneously.

As a social media skeptic, I begrudgingly returned to LinkedIn to pursue work. It's hard to beat the effort/reward payout on that site if you're looking for visibility.

As a technician, I feel like I can enjoy dev.to more directly. The community is more tight-knit, the site isn't trying to appeal to every profession in the universe, and if I want to, I can spend time scrutinizing the source. Not to mention the fact that there's an enormous amount of good content that isn't constantly interrupted by worthless ads - - far better than what LinkedIn currently offers, IMO.

This grant helps bring a little bit more of that healthy sales mindset to a site I really feel at home on. Great work!

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Paula

I'm very excited about this! Thank you and good luck to everyone involved in the hackathon.

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Igor Irianto

Btw, for those who wonder if it works - I made my first $0.05 since I set this up (roughly a week ago). Sure, 5 cents can't get me anything, but this is a very good start. Keep it up!

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Ben Sinclair

I made £0.02 in the last two months! It just arrived today! And they took £0.01 in commission!

THE FUTURE IS NOW.

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Michael Kohl

It's so exciting to see this again and that we support it!

I had monetized one of my old blogs with Flattr, and while I didn't get rich off it, it at least paid for the hosting costs (this was the early 2010s so before thing like Netlify, etc).

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Guney Ozsan

I was about to mention Flattr. Perhaps such examples cannot exceed some certain threshold (of user base) unless they become native part of the platform as in music streaming or say Apple arcade. Web monetization sounds promising closing such gap.

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Michael Kohl

Absolutely, something that becomes an actual open standard with various wallets, payment models (Coil, etc), extensions and so on has a much higher chnace of succeeding. But we still shouldn't forget prior attempts :-)

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Guney Ozsan

Micro royalties helped a lot flourishing indie music creation against mainstream ad based publishing. I hope this also boosts the number and variety of voices heard around the web. I suppose this is very important nowadays where web is getting less open with less memory thanks to non-crawlable closed social networks becoming dominant over open forums.

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Heriberto Roman

Anyone else from NYC and noticed this message from Uphold during registration? Did you go through with the process or did you bail?

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Bruno Paz

Amazing work!

Maybe 6 months ago, asked Ben in the chat if there were any plans of introducing some way of monetizing the content on dev in a way that could benefit the writers while still having a good experience for the readers (Unlike Medium for example) and the response was a "Yes!". That´s also how I got to know Coil.

And now here it is. Faster than I anticipated!!

Of course, it´s a long way to go until it becomes a viable income source for creators but I really love the idea behind the Web Monetization standard and paying creators by just using the Web Browser.

It´s nice to see platforms like Coil, Dev, Twitch, and Youtube leading the way.

Would love to see this implemented in GitHub, so you would gain money when someone visits your repos. The possibilities are endless.

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Corey McCarty

I'm super excited about this. I believe that it will bring better content as there is more reward for doing such.

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Kamran Ayub

This is so cool, I've already added the meta tag to most of my sites today.

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Peyton McGinnis

So excited!! 🎉🎉

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Waylon Walker

🎉 Great work DEV making so much progress focusing on content creators.

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Ségolène Alquier

I'm definitely curious to see how it works and what changes it will bring to the content creation world! ✨
Really cool initiative 👏

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Chris Bertrand

Fantastic! Great addition to the platform folks!

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Damien Cosset

I can finally quit my job and become a full-time writer on dev.to?

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David Murphy

Do you have anything useful to say? Do you have the experience to supply quality articles that will benefit peopel enough to pay?

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Adhithya Srinivasan

Awesome to start with

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Mohammed Asker

UpHold is blocked in my region. Are there any other alternatives?

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Muhimen

Didn't he mention the other options here?

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Mohammed Asker

Oh, right. Didn't noticed it properly. Thanks for pointing out!

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Muhimen

You are most welcome. 😁

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Stephen E. Chiang

Does anyone know the best practice in regards to gdpr, especially in eu when using the pointer meta tag?

Do we need to

a) inform user like we do with Google AdSense?
b) let them opt out?

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Gaurav Saini

I know the answer to this is going to be an obvious one, but can anyone sign up for this?

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Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

Translation: You will maybe get micropayments from people using the Puma browser (<0.01% market share). Let's manage expectations.

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Chris Frewin

If you subscribe to Coil there's also a Coil browser extension for chrome / firefox etc.

I think this whole thing is really cool! Finally a relatively actionable and concrete example of this whole crypto / micropayment / electronic payment stuff that is more often times than not, in the end, just fluff.

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Julian Garamendy

My Uphold account seems to have several currencies. I can generate an "Interledger Payment Pointer" for any of them. Should I do it for USD?

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Peyton McGinnis

Yes, if that's your preferred currency.

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faenor

Sounds similar like Brave Rewards

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David Murphy

not sure why this is better for the consumer. Advertising shifts the cost elsewhere. Also, I fear this will encourage more mediocre posting. Most of the articles here are mediocre dm many downright wrong ad misleading. There are also some great articles but they are few and far between.