We received notice of this via the AdSense newsletter on November 5. It certainly would be handy to be receiving more revenue as a result of this initiative. Google has set up through this an interesting extension of its advertising by pitting the advertisers against the readers who do not wish to see advertisements. This is how the AdSense newsletter described this.
We are encouraged to promote to this service by inserting an advertisement like that to the right. By clicking on that, you can become a Contributor and support websites such as this. You can learn more about this by visiting the Google Contributor website.
Unfortunately it only applies to customers with a US billing address. The rest of us arrive at this page where we can let them know where we are and they will inform us when it is available.
If nevertheless you would like to know more you can visit the FAQ for users for more information. Here are some of the top-of-the-mind questions you may have and the answers that are provided:
- What is Contributor? – Today’s Internet is mostly funded by advertising. It’s a model that has enabled millions of online users and website creators to enjoy an open web. But what if there were a way to directly support the people who create the sites you visit each day? Introducing Contributor — an experiment in additional ways to fund the web.
- How does Contributor work? – Contributor uses Google’s existing ads infrastructure to show visitors thank you messages in the ad slots on your pages. Contributor bids for these impressions in the Google ad auction using an algorithm based on the user’s monthly budget.
- What do Contributor visitors to your website see? – Visitors who have signed up for Google Contributor will see a thank you message in some of the ad slots on your pages, which may be accompanied by a pixel pattern.