You may recall Google Contributor, which was a service by Google that allowed users to pay a monthly contribution to see fewer ads online. Your money would directly substitute the money earned by the site for advertisements. Contributor was discontinued in late 2016, with Google saying that an improved version would become available in “early 2017.”
Today, the company launched Funding Choices, the successor to Contributor. Currently in beta, it allows sites to show a customized message to visitors using an ad blocker. The message asks users to either enable ads for the site, or pay for a pass through Contributor that removes all ads on that site. Unlike the original Contributor, Funding Choices hides more than just AdSense ads
If you’re reading this and thinking, “I really wish Android Police would do this,” then you’re in luck. We’ve been part of Google’s internal beta, but we’re not quite ready to roll it out. Just know that we are definitely working on it.
The new Contributor site doesn’t seem to be live yet, but there will likely be more details there soon.
The new site for Google Contributor/Funding Choices is live, and offers some new insight into how the service actually works. According to the signup page, each page without ads that you view on a site costs a small amount, with publishers apparently able to change the price (most of them seem to use $ 0.01 per page right now).
So assuming $ 0.01 per page, $ 1 gets you 100 pages without ads, and Google is offering a $ 5 pass to start out with. Not bad pricing at all, as long as sites stay around the $ 0.01 price point.
Google also offers a list of sites supporting Google Contributor, which currently includes Beliefnet, Business Insider UK, ComicBook, Eurogamer, Grub Street, Hot Air, Parkers, Patheos, Popular Mechanics, Townhall, Twitchy, and World Wide Gaming.