Paywall FAQ: explaining the TradingCode.net paywall
In this article we look at several questions that you may have about the paywall on TradingCode.net. Is your question not answered here or want to share your thoughts? Send me a message at [email protected].
In this article:
- General questions about the paywall
- Why is there a paywall on TradingCode.net?
- Where does the money go to?
- Can I read some content, without having to subscribe?
- Why use a paywall and not another way to make money with the website?
- Why not accept sponsorships from the companies that you write about?
- Why not use a one-time fee instead of a recurring payment?
- I don’t like the paywall at all. Are you going to remove it in the future?
- Questions about CoinTent and payments
- My question isn’t answered here. How do I contact you?
General paywall questions
Why is there a paywall on TradingCode.net?
My goal with TradingCode.net is to provide in-depth programming tutorials that cover a broad range of subjects. I even hope that someday anything that you may want to know is described in accessible articles, so that as a reader you don’t need to figure things out on your own.
But in order to make that possible the website needs to generate revenue. And earning money with free articles has been challenging: in the twelve months before to adding the paywall in December 2015, I’ve earned a gross total of $50. But in the same time period I’ve also invested almost 1900 hours in the website (here’s a breakdown of the monthly time spend).
So while I love working on TradingCode.net, the website unfortunately does not bring in enough revenue when the content is given away for free. And so I added a paywall to TradingCode.net.
Where does the money go to?
The money received through the CoinTent paywall goes to monthly costs (like hosting and software), recovers a part of the costs already made, makes further investment possibles, and is a small compensation for my time. Because TradingCode.net currently doesn’t bring in a full salary – even though I work on it full time – your support also makes the website possible in the first place and allows me to make more helpful content.
Can I read some content, without having to subscribe?
Yes. The paywall is a so-called metered paywall and allows everyone several free articles per month. That’s done deliberately so that if you only want to read about something specific, you don’t need to subscribe.
Why use a paywall and not another way to earn money with the website?
Before adding the paywall, I tried to earn money with affiliate marketing and placing banners. One issue is that people typically visit TradingCode.net to learn more about the platform they’re already using, and aren’t looking to buy a platform, change to a different data feed, or open a brokerage account. So banners advertising those things aren’t a good match here. Paid programming services are another option, but if I would do that full time there is considerably less time to write more articles for TradingCode.net.
Why not accept sponsorships from the companies that you write about?
Sponsorships are a good idea since they make my work available to much more people. I did reach out repeatedly to see if TradingCode.net could work together with those companies, but truth be told I often didn’t even get a reply. And so landing a paid sponsorship deal isn’t what I consider possible.
Why not use a one-time fee instead of a recurring payment?
For readers, a one-time fee is surely much more attractive. But to support my continued work, a one-time free requires a lot of new users every month – also since a small percentage is in the market to pay for content, regardless of the payment model. Unfortunately, I don’t see the numbers to make that approach possible on this website nor elsewhere on the web (like the MultiCharts forum).
I don’t like the paywall at all. Are you going to remove it in the future?
I understand that because the paywall raises the costs of trading while trading is already expensive, especially when you’re just starting out. But I’m currently happy with the paywall since it brings in more revenue than banners do, and it allows me to get paid by my readers directly. That makes it a honest and transparent approach, as opposed to promoting products and services of others.
While I often think about better approaches than a paywall, I haven’t found much better alternatives to earn some money for my work. That makes a paywall for now the best option for TradingCode.net.
Questions about CoinTent
What is “CoinTent”?
The paywall is operated by a company called CoinTent. They give website owners other ways to earn money besides advertising, which is becoming more popular with advertising revenue dropping and adblockers becoming more popular. For a fee, CoinTent handles the paywall technology, payments, and customer support for me so that I can focus on writing content.
More information about CoinTent can be found on their website. If you have questions about the paywall, payments and billing, or log-in issues, you can contact their helpful customer support directly at [email protected].
How long do subscriptions last?
Subscriptions last for a month or a year. So when you subscribe to a monthly plan on November 14, you have access to all TradingCode.net articles till December 14. And when you invest in a yearly subscription on June 20, then you have access till June 20 of the next year.
Do subscriptions automatically renew?
Both the monthly and yearly subscriptions automatically renew. To prevent your subscription from renewing automatically, it needs to be cancelled before the end of its time period. See cancelling a subscription for how.
What’s the refund policy for subscriptions?
Refunds are issued by CoinTent’s customer support in full, with charges up to the recent 2 weeks being accepted for a refund. To get a refund, contact their customer support at [email protected].
My question isn’t answered here. How do I contact you?
Send me a message at [email protected] with your question or thoughts and I’ll get back to you.