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Monetization - it’s official now!

Today is an important day for all NING - the beta phase of our monetization feature has finished and it goes live! We are thankful to everyone, who has tried the feature, tested it and told us about everything that was good and that was not. Thanks to you we have improved monetization feature a lot and now are ready to present it to everyone.

From today any creator can start using the feature, by clicking on the Monetization icon (after Content Management) in the Setting of the network (upper left corner).

By the way, if you have not heard about it - here you can read everything https://www.ning.com/monetization/

So, let’s start monetizing networks!

If you have already used the feature - tell us what you think about it.

If you have questions - ask us!

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  • Before you guys did all this 'Monetization' do you not think the amount of time spent on this would have been better used to get the platform more completed. I've been waiting a long before starting a new site for the activity builds to be finished, push notifications, storage plans to be updated etc etc. There was so much promise when you guys took over and we started getting new updates but everything seems to have grown to a halt. You have shown plans of what you are planning to do but it's been a long time coming. Why would people want to pay to join a platform that has so many things not yet there ?

    • Hi there!

      I understand your concern, however, we have hired a separate team to work on e-commerce feature only and all other features/bug fixes are being held by the main team of developers/admins/project managers. Also, we haven't stopped working or postponed any of our goals for the sake of the monetization feature.

      I won't deny that most of the recent updates were related to the e-commerce, but such drastic development of this feature is dictated by the high number of requests not only from the prospective customers but also from our current Network Creators. And it sounds reasonable since most of the people want to gain some profit from something, to where they invest so much of their own time/effort/money. We, as a platform, want to offer different solutions for all types of sites. Starting from the donation campaigns to gather funds for maintaining the site (which is totally optional and a common practice) to the paid membership for private clubs or pay-to-access option for online courses/DIY guides/etc. 

      According to our statistics, this is one of the top-requested features, and we hope that everyone can find it useful in one way or another. 

      Best regards,

      The NING Team

    • Agree I stopped promoting my site the main functions they are forever putting on hold for this monetized thing 

  • Okay, I have been very quiet about this invasion of monetisation, even though in response to repeated enquiries from Ning personnel about how would I like my site to be monetised. I said I never intend to monetise my site. So, I have patiently ignored how when making every new post one now has to scroll down past all the whited out monetisation functions - even though people wonder what it is. But now quite by chance I hover my mouse over a group in the groups panel and the words ''Buy Access to this Group'' appear. I mean...what the hell!? This is NOT what I want associated with my site AT ALL> I do not want donations, money, monetisation etc etc AT ALL and to have that appear is really not nice if people are visiting. Please stop this

    • Hello!

      We apologize a lot for such misunderstanding. ''Buy Access to this Group'' tooltip for all groups was not implemented intentionally, it is supposed to show up only if the group content is hidden behind the paywall. Since you do not have paid groups on your site it is clearly a bug and I have already passed it to the developers. We will remove this tooltip as soon as we can and I will let you know here in comments once it is done. 

      Please, accept our apologies for the inconveniences. 

      Best regards,

      The NING Team

      • Thank you for your help. Sorry I was a bit short tempered, I just got a shock when I saw th tooltip over every group image.

  • Needs to be an option of a monthly flat rate fee. Ning 5% fee is too high as it dose not include the payment gateway fee. 

    • Hi there!

      Small insight for you, we are working on the loyalty program that would allow changing the fee for the separate network. As usual each loyal program has teh conditions under which it could be applied, basically, right now we are determining this conditions in order to offer win-win solution to network creators.

      Best regards,

      Ning team.

      • Sounds complicated.

        • Hi there!

          Maybe so. Let me provide you with the possible example, please keep in mind that it's not how it would be it's just the scenario provided for better understanding.

          Let's imagine you wish to have 2% fee instead of standard 5%, you are contacting us and telling us about this, our agent is checking the conditions to obtain such fee rate, and let's say according to them you have to process through Paid access $1000 a month (just an example of the price) or you have to be on Ultimate plan or both. If you agree to the conditions we are making the necessary changes and voila you have the 2% fee instead of the 5%.

          Hope this example has helped you to understand the idea better :-)

          Best regards,

          Ning Team.

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