Since basically day one, the area under articles on dev.to has looked like this:
We now include two-to-three of those boxes under each post. They include much more info and interaction possibilities than the previous implementation allowed.
They include mostly the really good from the site's history. We plan to increasingly make use of that space for other types of content going forward. For instance, we’ll have content tips about how to use the site, notices about new features, suggestions on members to follow, etc. We’ll also be allowing sponsoring organizations in our community to promote posts from their own engineering team.
This offering is part of an ongoing effort to hone a sustainable business model that best reflects the professional ecosystem of the dev world. As we continue to get closer to open sourcing, we’ll remain transparent about our thoughts and intentions along the way.
Alongside our plans for supporting promoted org posts, you now have the ability to opt out of seeing any sponsor material across the site, as well as the option to control whether these blocks can show up near your own posts. We want to ensure you have full control over your experience as it relates to our monetization efforts.
This is just the first version, and we’ll constantly be improving the new area and adding useful functionality. The emphasis will always be on delivering relevant and quality content.
Thanks for being along for the journey as we try to improve the experience for everyone and grow a sustainable business.
Please let me know if you have any questions!