πŸ“’ Community Q&A - How should we monetize Hashnode/Devblog?

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πŸ’‘[Devblog] Buy us coffee

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I'd be more than happy to pay a couple dollars a month. I believe a lot of developers who have been with hashnode for a while will be happy to do this. This should be an option anyway I think. Providing premium features is always a good idea because we don't want to have a barrier to entry for anyone but we also need to make sure hashnode is still around. Personally I think this is the best option, but recruitment would probably be the most profitable.

πŸ’‘[Hashnode] Marketplace

This is a good idea. Anything like that or fiverr.com would be cool to see. Especially considering it would be focused for devs. Would that mean that groups or companies could also offer services on the marketplace - I imagine it would just be individual devs for now. If this option is chosen then definitely go down the route of transaction fee.

πŸ’‘[Hashnode] Recruitment

I like this. Hashnode could charge a flat 5% of the salary (+ $50 per advert?) and make enough money and also undercut every recruiter out there. I know hashnode charge $300 now? for posting a job advert. And because Hashnode is specialised for developers I like how targeted this is - it helps everyone involved. So this should definitely be done.

πŸ’‘[Devblog] Training and Courses

For me this would be a no - just because I don't believe in paying for training or courses unless they are highly specialised and proprietary, e.g. how to setup a cisco contact centre with a hybrid cloud model and remote agents.
However, I can see the appeal and I know some would use it - just not sure how many. But it also does something weird to talking about ideas; I don't wish to be locked out of discussing points in an article or something just because it's behind a pay wall.

πŸ’‘[Devblog] Revenue Sharing via ethical ads

No. As a general rule I'm really against the idea of any ads. I believe this will detract from the community and the experience that hashnode are building. Inserting any kind of ads would damage the flow and look of the blog posts regardless of how ads may be inserted.
Additionally - were devs - who doesn't have ads blocked or turned off in their browsers lol. Finally, I wouldn't consider it a viable business model option from a value perspective - yes revenue can be made from it but not much.

Other ideas

  1. Partnerships with software companies working off a commission based sales model.
  2. Host events/conferences or allow users to come to you to create an event within a city somewhere and charge for setup/door fee.
  3. Sell merch - tshirts, hoodies, stickers (devs love stickers)
  4. Hashnode could offer courses on how can i haz gud dev blog and the like.

Overall thoughts

I'm glad Hashnode is sorting out monetization. I want Hashnode to grow and continue to be around. Overall, Hashnode have many options to monetise the site and the end result will probably be an amalgamation of some or maybe even all of the above (apart from ads :P). I hope my thoughts help with choosing a direction. :)

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Ah, I see what you did there - sneaky! haha. I look forward to seeing how this grows. Let me know if you wanna pick my thoughts anymore - happy to help. :)

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