Google Contributor Program to Shut Down in January 2017 by @MattGSouthern

Those involved in the Google Contributor program are receiving emails stating the service is shutting down in January 2017 as it undergoes an upgrade.

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Google Contributor was first launched to all publishers in November 2015, and allowed users to make monthly financial contributions in exchange for seeing fewer Google ads on websites. If a Google Contributor visited a website that was displaying Google ads, the website owner would receive a small portion of the proceeds.

Participants in the program were required to contribute a minimum $ 6.99 per month up to a maximum of $ 14.99. The money was used to “bid” on ad spots just like any other ad auction. If the Contributor won the bid, they would see a block with a thank-you message and the ad publisher would be compensated as normal.

As of mid-January, Contributors will no longer be billed and the program in its current form is coming to an end. A new Contributor program is on the way “early next year”, with no further details other than it will be an improvement over the old one.

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