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Discussion on: 6 strategies for using content monetization in your platform.

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Oliver Sauter Author • Edited

Hey @chrislarry ,

we have now found the cause of our challenges, and they were burried in a misunderstanding on how the WebMonetization implementation currently works. It became clear now that the WebMonatization currently only supports a stream of payments for as long as the user is active on a page, or decided to start/stop the payment stream.

Given this I have to revisit some of my analysis on where things can be used:

  1. WM can be used for automated micropayments, but only in a very limited fashion since it basically only takes the visit duration into account. (given that the meta tag is injected right from the start and not on demand). There is no ability to influence the weight distribution of the funds, unless you are a wallet provider.
  2. One-off fixed payments are not possible unless providers like coil enable those, since also here the distribution algorithm is on the provider side.
  3. Multi-recipient payment can work quite well by using the probabilistic rev-share approach and develop a distribution algorithm service side (e.g. by determining how many items someone contributed to a Memex collection of curated papers and websites)
  4. Subscriptions are also not possible with WM right now because you can't make big 1-20+€ payments in on go (see 2.) and the wallets need to also support collecting more funds and notifying users about insufficient funds for additional subscriptions.

Would be great to know where WM has challenges to be implementing those features so the community can think/work along.