Should You Charge Users to Contribute?

Now that user-generated content is becoming what you might call “table stakes” for local sites and a must-have strategy element for pretty much any new site, “second order” questions arise. Along those lines Ahmed, a frequent reader and commenter on this blog, proposes charging users a member/subscription fee to be able to post content.

He’s not arguing for a subscriber fee to access the content, only to post it (in order to raise the overall quality of content). It’s a totally counter-intuitive suggestion but very interesting and worthy of more thinking/discussion than I can do right now.

You can read his post here.

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Here’s a related post from Nielsen BuzzMetrics’ Pete Blackshaw discussing human nature really but in the context of recommendations/referrals online.


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