Are you a blogger chasing the cash? Stop right here then, because today we have a plugin that can give you a good boost towards achieving your dream!
A website is nothing if it isn’t recognisable on the brand level, has little visitors, and generates no waves in the community.
Pay with a Like promises to help you with getting more leads and higher rankings, leading to more brand awareness and profits.
We all know how much value Google sees in social media activity and inbound links for your site. And having masses of traffic to your site usually results in you making a nice profit. Pay with a Like helps you with the first step of drawing in users to your site. Once you have them on your site, you can then use other promotional means to convert them into paying customers.
With this plugin, you need to rethink the traditional pay-per-view model. Instead of exchanging hard earned cash for the privilege of reading your content, all your users need to do is share your content on social media. This can be done via platforms such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Google+. You’re basically then charging a Like.
I must also mention that I liked the idea of the WPMU DEV Dashboard, a plugin that gives you instant access to update notifications and the WPMUdev forums from within your site’s dashboard. This plugin greatly improves your workflow with the WPMUdev products.
Instead of opening up new tabs to find plugins and themes, you can now browse and filter them within your dashboard. Excellent stuff, this is further proof that there is a big team with a clear direction at the back of WPMUdev. When downloading and using plugins, I also look at the kind of commitment the author is giving to supporting the plugin. This is why for the crucial plugins on your site, it is probably better to look at premium plugins rather than free ones, as you can depend on somebody giving you support not when he has some free time, but as a full-time job.
Anyway, back to the Pay with a Like plugin, you can be creative with this plugin, protecting all kinds of sections on your site. Just get your users to Pay With A Like and it will promote your site whilst rewarding them for sharing the love 🙂 For example, you could also protect new posts for a week and then open them up, building up those links while the content is fresh.
Some ideas of the things you could start protecting:
- Your band’s latest audio track.
- Your company’s latest super saver discount code.
- A special download or image…
- News articles
- Member’s Only content
- And much much more!
The downsides of this plugin?
Well, if your visitors don’t have any social accounts (which is admittedly rare nowadays), they will have no option but to go back out of your site and search somewhere else, as it won’t be possible for them to view your content. So think about what kind of visitors you have first before implementing this plugin.
Another potential problem is that access control to the full post is done through a browser cookie, Consider a user that opens your page today with one browser and gains access to your content by tweeting. Then the next day he decides to revisit your post through another browser, only to find that access is blocked again, because the second browser has no way of knowing that he tweeted the previous day. Again, this should affect only a very small portion of visitors, but it’s something to keep in mind. I myself use Firefox and Chrome simultaneously so it actually happened to me while testing this plugin.
Yet another potential negative side of the plugin is that some social networks implicitly or explicitly look down on such practices. This is probably the biggest concern for me with this plugin, although I don’t see how anyone using this plugin could be penalised by the social networks themselves. More likely, it will be users who don’t like such tactics who might look at you and your site in a negative light.
This is quite a controversial plugin, the idea is very innovative for sure, however there are still some concerns about its usage and whether it might bother some readers.
Personally, I think if it is used right there is nothing wrong with Pay with a Like. I suggest that you open a sizeable chunk of your post so visitors can read and decide whether they really like the post. Then to access the final part of your post they can pay with a like. In this way, the like is genuine as they are actually happy with the post’s content.
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