Google Contributor is making some changes to how you pay for the service. Now rather than choosing how much you want to pay each month right out of the gate, you’ll pay $6.99 per month by default. However if you aren’t using up that amount in it’s entirety, Google will refund users the amount that was not used at the end of the month. You can of course increase the amount above $6.99, but that seems to be the new minimum.
However if you were an early adopter, Google will allow you to keep your current rate and will give you a free month this month. They are even giving those same early adopters a refund for any credit that they have ever paid that went unused.
For new subscribers, Google Contributor will cost $6.99 per month with a refund for any unused credit. That $6.99 should remove between 400 and 2,000 ads each month. How does it work exactly?
- As you use the web, Contributor removes as many ads as possible. (Contributor works in any web browser where you are signed in with Google).
- Each time an ad is removed a small portion of your contribution funds the creators of the site.
- At the end of the month your remaining balance is automatically refunded to you, and then you are billed for the next month.
Google is offering this same refund with their Project Fi service as well, and at least in my opinion this new system is a welcome change. If you haven’t signed up for Google Contributor, I highly recommend doing so. It removes ads from each webpage while still providing ad-supported sites (like this one) with the income those ads would have created.