Contributor by Google now available for web users in the United States

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Last week Contributor by Google was made available to internet users in the United States, according to the tech site Ubergizmo.

Basically, in order to no longer see ads, users pay $2, $5 or 10 a month. The more you pay, the fewer ads you see. Instead of ads you see checkered grey and white boxes. Publications invited to take part in the beta test include Mashable, The Onion and Imgur.

People who think consumers of media will pay to see ads go away are misguided, said Forbes contributor Robert Hof in an article earlier this week.

Surveys he cites found that fewer than 10 percent of consumers are willing to pay more than $5 a month to get rid of ads online.

There’s also this story from The Register in the United Kingdom that supposes that Contributor by Google is proof that no one will pay for news.

It seems like a pretty smart move by Google. More than 40 percent of internet users 18 to 29 have used AdBlock Plus. In a world where so many people block ads, money from Contributor is better than none at all.

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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  1. I think this is a viable alternative to “more ads” and another way to keep top-notch content creators motivated.

    I was appalled, however, when I clicked on “Learn More” (on my blog’s newly-placed Contributor badge) that a photo of Paul Edmondson, the CEO of HubPages, is shown endorsing? Google Contributor.

    I hope Mr. Cutts will consider removing his image and replacing it with an ethical website owner instead – one who doesn’t have outstanding complaints filed against him or her with the FTC and Consumer Affairs.

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