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Discussion on: What's your experience on monetizing DEV posts?

catalinradoi profile image

I feel that monetization is really bad for a website. It will bring lots of low quality posts.

When people do things for free, I feel they do their best and they do it because they feel it matters. When money comes in...

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Gary Bell

If people opt to donate, then low quality posts won't get anything. I don't see there being too much of a worry really.

catalinradoi profile image

I did something somehow similar back in the day...

I had a website and I only posted High-Quality articles, mostly on science subjects. No religion, ancient-aliens, bullshit.

The content was very, very good. High-Standards, every article had research behind it.
We were doing for the love of science.

Then we decided to let other people post.
Again, very good content. We found a lot of people willing to post for free, with similar mindsets with ours.

Then we've put ADS... and shared profits with the editors. Guess what. Those great editors, posting only high-quality science articles, started to go deep into pyramids, conspiracy theories, ancient-aliens, 'cause this stuff brought in a LOT of traffic => lots of money....

... you got the idea.

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madza profile image
Madza Author

Agree, there is a fine line between posting for the readers (high-quality content) and posting for money. 😉