5 Free Ways to Support Content Creators

5 Free Ways to Support Content Creators

You who read this article on this blog, who read my tutorials about Joomla, who download my white papers, have you ever wondered how long it takes me to design, create and deliver all this to you? Probably not and that's why I'm here today.

Be aware that creating a blog post takes a lot of time and effort. These efforts include the imagination to find the best original subject, the time to write it, reread it, correct it, improve it, enrich it, illustrate it, format it, etc. Sometimes I even decide to translate it if I have enough time and courage to do so. Typically, it takes me a full working day to write an entire article or tutorial (sometimes more, rarely less).

And this working day is entirely dedicated to you because this article is written with passion for you, to entertain you, to transmit information or knowledge to you. As I am resistant to advertising for myself and my readers, you do not see any ads in my articles and on my site. So I made the choice not to be paid to publish my content on my site and on a blog. However, this does not mean that my content is worthless or that I work for free, but simply that I have chosen another more respectful mode of operation.

Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.

Andrew Iskander

Since entering the age of over-information, more and more of us are devouring the content we find on blogs, social networks, forums and other websites. Our flood of information and knowledge does not seem to have limits. On the other hand, content creators are in a perpetual quest for visibility via blogs and social networks to offer news, information (such as this article) or knowledge (such as tutorials) to as many people as possible. And visibility is hard to find in this over-exposure of over-information.
Today, content delivery is based on a simple and highly inequitable business model:

  • Content creators like web-eau.net,
  • Publishers like Facebook, Google, etc.
  • Readers like you and me.

More often, content creators pay publishers to get more visibility through the advertising they display to the readers. In this scheme, only publishers are the winners (and very largely).

Sometimes, but it is rarer, creators monetize their content themselves without going through publishers (the best example is that of the eBook). Unless you are a star in your sector, the income generated is generally quite low.

The last option is to distribute its content for free in exchange for visibility. This system is called freemium and it is an economic model like any other. I have adopted it for a few years and I continue to think that it meets a real demand from Internet users. On this subject, I encourage you to read Free, a book by Chris Dickinson.

Indeed, it must be admitted that not everyone can afford to pay to access a tutorial. Not everyone wants to create yet another account just to read an article. And admit that it is particularly horrifying to have to undergo tons of advertisements under the pretext that it is "normal" today. Well no, I'm sorry, but I do not find it normal to subject all this to Internet users!

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind

Heny James

The question then arises as to how it is possible for readers to thank and support the content creators who reject advertising. To answer this question, I offer you 5 Free solutions that will only cost you a few clicks of your time. Suffice to say that you can use and abuse it!

1. Liking and sharing their content

Did you like this article on web browsers because it helped you choose a more privacy-friendly one? Did you find this tutorial on Joomla very complete? The first and easiest thing to do to thank the author for giving you all this useful information is to like their content. Whether on the content page or on social networks when you see it appear in your news feed, a simple like is already a first Thank you sent to the person who created this content for you.

If you have learned something interesting and think it can be useful to your friends as well, you can share this content as well. In 2 clicks, your friendly networks will have access to this article and will be able to benefit from it thanks to you! Don't forget to add a nice comment to your networks to personalize your sharing.

By doing all of this, you are thanking the person who took the time to create that content that you enjoyed, giving them kindness and visibility.

Love finds a way, indifference seeks an excuse.

Ukrainian proverb

2. Leave a comment or a review

The second thing you can do if you really liked the content is to leave a comment for the author. You certainly cannot imagine the smile of satisfaction that a simple but adorable Thank you for this article can bring. As far as I am concerned, your comments are also essential for me to know what types of content you prefer to read. Yes, comments are very helpful, don't hesitate to abuse it.

And finally, don't forget that just like likes and shares on social networks, comments (on blog articles or videos) can allow certain publications to move up in the news feed.

3. Talk around you

Because not all of us are social media enthusiasts, word of mouth is still the best advertisement, even in today's Internet age. If a friend of yours recommends a restaurant, you will be tempted to go for lunch to have a good experience, too. And you will be grateful if the meal is excellent. In the same vein, if you recommend my blog to your friends because you find relevant information there, you will give your friends the opportunity to discover and appreciate my content. Just think about it and because it's free, don't hesitate to do it when the opportunity arises.

4. Participate in their sponsorships/Affiliates

Some content creators generate a few euros thanks to the affiliation (like me). If you are unfamiliar with this principle, affiliate links allow content creators to earn a commission from the sale of any products or services listed on their website or blog. For this to work, you just need to click on the affiliate links present on some pages of my site when you need to buy a template or change host. It doesn't change anything for you but I see your support and put together, these commissions can improve the ordinary at the end of the month.

Kindness is a boomerang; indifference too.

Corinne Hofmann

5. Give them a tip

Thanks to the magic of the internet, today it is possible to tip content creators. Be careful, I'm not talking about making a donation via Paypal (I accept them too, don't worry) but rather to tip!

Concretely, how does it work?

Using the Brave browser, you can choose to watch ads (and even decide how many ads you see). By doing this, you will accumulate BAT (acronym for Basic Attention Token) in a virtual wallet. And you can then support the content creators verified by Brave by paying them a one-off or a monthly tip. Quite simply and without spending a cent out of your pocket!

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How to support web-eau.net in few clicks with Brave Browser

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Conclusion

You probably know several content creators like web-eau.net. If you like what we do and want to support and encourage us, read and share our content, tell your friends about us, like our posts and support us with tips. It will cost you nothing more than a few clicks and we need it way more than Facebook or Google. And we will be able to thank you a hundredfold. Thanks in advance.

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Credit main illustration: undraw.co created by Katerina Limpitsouni

Daniel Dubois

Daniel Dubois

Passionné par le Web depuis 2007, Daniel défend la veuve et l'orphelin du web en créant des sites respectueux du W3C. Fort d'une expérience de plusieurs années, il partage ses connaissances dans un état d'esprit open source.
Très impliqué dans la communauté Joomla depuis 2014, il est actif au sein de plusieurs projets, conférencier et fondateur du JUG Breizh.