Comments on: How to build a paywall http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/14/how-to-build-a-paywall/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: million hits secret review http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/14/how-to-build-a-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-55126 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:03:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4697#comment-55126 What would most people do without the presence of the awesome ideas you discuss on this blog? Who has got the perseverance to deal with critical topics just for common visitors like me? My spouse and i and my buddies are very blessed to have your blog among the kinds we often visit. It is hoped you know how significantly we get pleasure from your effort! Best wishes through us all.

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By: TaxLawyer http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/14/how-to-build-a-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-16751 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:49:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4697#comment-16751 The paywall is very stupid. I don’t have a credit card, and never will. I pay cash for everything, or write a check. I don’t ever want to be in 25% interest hell. So I cannot access those sites with a paywall. But this is okay, because anything worthwhile gets cut and pasted to one of the sites I read for free. Talk about cutting of one’s nose to spite his face!

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By: politicalcalcs http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/14/how-to-build-a-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-16749 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:18:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4697#comment-16749 Why bother with a paywall at all? The Miami Herald came up with a rather unique alternative for monetizing its operation that might be a model for other news organizations to consider.

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By: jomiku http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/14/how-to-build-a-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-16737 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 18:44:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4697#comment-16737 I grew up in Detroit and read those papers online. I would pay a little for access, because I am not going to see the physical paper unless I make a special trip for it (and thus a rational recurring cost would be a sensible economic choice for me). I’ve never understood why papers don’t charge out of area readers for access. I’ve also never understood why they couldn’t get in front of classified advertising – especially the huge paper groups – so I’m not genuinely surprised. If you’ve ever used Craigslist, you know it could be improved on manyfold and yet papers have, if anything, even worse systems.

Then again, I just tried the Boston Globe “Reader” app for a few days and canceled it because it was just plain lousy. It not only had authentication issues but proved harder to use than the full fledged website even on a small screen device. And it didn’t give me access to local ads so the experience relied completely on my paying for the app, which seems illogically disconnected from the way that newspapers carry ads in regular business.

You’d think that after so many years an industry that relies on information would have a better handle on some of these points but they don’t and that is their fault, not the internet’s.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/14/how-to-build-a-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-16730 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:33:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4697#comment-16730 Is it me, or do the current attempts at charging for content seem even more lame than those of a decade and more ago? Back before the turn of the century, it was at least excusable to be clumsy about it, because it was new. There is no excuse for what we are seeing today.

I will pay for content, and I believe many people will. But I *will not* set up separate accounts on the several dozen sites that I might wish to read, thus greatly multiplying my chances of having my credit card number stolen, receiving junk email, and contending with numerous subscription renewals. Give me a single account that is usable across many different content sites, and decrement that account based on what I read on those sites.

To those of you seeking to get people to pay for content, is this so difficult to understand? I recognize that you have other motives (you desperately want my name, demographics, and contact info for yourself, for example), but what you are doing today will get you nothing.

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By: dbrauer http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/14/how-to-build-a-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-16721 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:41:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4697#comment-16721 Felix – thanks for the name-check and very gentle disagreement.

I agree; paying up on some level is a matter of honor that loyal readers should recognize. JO’s shoplifting analogy is apt. However, such practices are more common online than in candy stores, I’d wager, and most retail outlets take minimal loss-prevention approaches, at least.

I think publishers should expect some minimum level of protection (though of course, that’s up to them). I don’t honestly know how expensive it is to defeat the JavaScript workaround – it might be quite easy.

Like you, I’d prefer a cooperative model, and maybe you’re right that more cooperation, not enforcement, is the way to go. Then again, I was gnashing my teeth yesterday at not being able to read ESPN Insider’s coverage of the NBA free agent follies … and almost considered paying up. The price was too high, but the solid paywall made me at least think about it.

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By: impedant http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/14/how-to-build-a-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-16718 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 10:29:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4697#comment-16718 (I meant to say also: the rest of the problems with the FT site losing subscriber cookies/etc are just really bad implementation problems)

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By: impedant http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/14/how-to-build-a-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-16717 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 10:27:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4697#comment-16717 The subscriber link-sharing problem is fixable. When a paid-up subscriber views an article they get a “share this article” link, which is a custom URL specific to them and that article. Then the site imposes a maximum number of page views on that custom URL.

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By: BarryKelly http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/14/how-to-build-a-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-16715 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 09:16:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4697#comment-16715 For sites that work with headlines from Google News, there’s an even easier way of skipping past paywalls. The way those sites work is by checking if the HTTP referrer is Google. A browser extension like RefControl for Firefox lets you specify the value of the “Referer” (sic) field in HTTP request.

So, I have nytimes.com, ft.com, wsj.com all set to use http://news.google.com/ as the referrer. I never hit their registration / paywalls, and instead go through to the article.

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