Google has launched a new tool, Contributor which is a subscription service that lets you pay money to remove ads from certain sites.
Most of the publishers display ads on their website to make some money and in exchange of free content, users’ needs to view these ads. But Google is now trying to reinvent this model with a new system calling Contributor. In the contributor website, users can choose which publishers to donate $1, $2 or $3 monthly from the list of publishers available. Once the users have taken the subscription plan for any particular website, visitors will see advertisements replaced with a thank you message instead.
Contributor is in the beta phase and the initial launch will include only 10 partners, among them Imgur, Mashable, WikiHow, and The Onion. “When you visit a participating website, part of your contribution goes to the creators of that site. As a reminder of your support, you’ll see a thank you message – often accompanied by a pixel pattern – where you might normally see an ad.”
Publisher can also join the waitlist for Contributor here.
One of the most interesting features of the Contributor is that after the Google Contributor payment is made, a user will no longer see the advertising from Google on the pages of the website, they will just see a message from the publisher, thanking them for their contribution. The AdSense block on the website will be replaced by a pixel-pattern image. In case of mobile versions of the site, ads may disappear altogether.