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Discussion on: Weekly Discussion: Converting users to Web Monetization

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Dr. Carol JVF Burns

When users click on my math lesson audio read-thrus, if they're not monetized (by either COIL or PayGo) then they see this drop-down (I've only included the COIL-relevant parts):

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"Reason #2: We Need To Change the Web Mentality
In the early days of the web, advertisers largely paid for web content. Ad income was reasonable, and pages didn't have to be too annoying to get those ads to users. Those days are long gone. It costs money to put content on the web. Want a web filled with high-quality, unbiased, annoyance-free web pages? We need to pay for it. No longer can we expect to have it all—for free.
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I'm experimenting with two start-ups that I think are promising: COIL and PayGo. If you're able, please consider supporting my site—and the web-at-large—by checking them out."

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Jemima Gibbons

Thanks Carol. That's really useful. I like your approach and tone. Do you have any way of knowing the impact of these messages? (eg: how many of your users have signed up to Coil after seeing this prompt?)

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Dr. Carol JVF Burns

Absolutely no success, unfortunately. (So maybe this message is something not to duplicate! Hah!) But, I've tried a variety of messages, with equally no success. I have basically no COIL traffic other than my own, even though I get (when school's on) about 80,000 users each month. Based on the affiliate program data, I have only one known person who converted to COIL (this is in over 6 months) due to my messages. Sorry for the dismal stats. This is all since January 2021. But I still think COIL is one of the most promising ideas to save the web, so I'm continuing with it (together with Pay-for-Read thru PayGo).