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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

paywall now allows 3 free pageviews per week

UPDATE: I’ve had to drop the paywall again. Now nonsubscribers get three new pageviews per week. Everything else below still applies, so you can continue to explore the site in some limited ways without incrementing the counter.

Just one new subscriber in the last few days. This is not good. Are you people trying to kill me? If so, it’s working.

(More info on the subscription drive here.)

Inspired by this exchange between readers — one of whom needs a push to subscribe — I’ve changed the paywall a bit. It used to give nonsubscribers 20 free pageviews per month. Now it gives you seven free pageviews per week. So that’s actually eight more views per month, on average, than before.


• If you enter the site by clicking on a link from somewhere else — such a link to one of my reviews on the IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes, or because someone recommended it on Twitter or Facebook — that page you land on won’t count as a pageview.

• If you return to a page you visited before — like maybe you got involved in a conversation in comments — that page won’t make the counter tick.

• Some pages won’t ever make the counter tick, including:

the home page
the “all recent posts” page
the “all reviews” page
the “latest comments” page
(and some of the pages associated with explaining the paywall and getting help with Tinypass).

I’m doing my best to make this as painless as possible. But I need more subscribers — a lot more.


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  • LaSargenta

    Don’t make it painless…they are ridiculous.

  • bbear

    Arrgh. Trying to subscribe, getting a “network error.” :( Clicked it three times, error comes up all three times, reluctant to try again, as I don’t have that much money in my debit account as it is. :( Will try through paypal.

  • bbear

    Bah! Didn’t work. Will try again in a few hours.

  • At what stage are you getting a “network error”?

    If, for some strange reason, multiple subscriptions go through, I will of course refund them. But I see nothing unusual on my end, and no new subs.

  • bbear

    Just tried again. Success this time!

  • LJS

    I am a subscriber, but I recall being surprised and frustrated the last time you changed the Paywall mid-month. You’re going to have folks who suddenly can’t get access to things and don’t know why.

  • Anyone who had already run through their 20 pageviews for the month can’t have been expecting to get more for free… and yet, they will, because the counter now resets weekly, rather than monthly.

    So I’m not sure what you’re getting at. What am I missing?

  • LJS

    I foresee some confusion. In my case, I had been limiting my page views (the subscription was a holiday present) — then mid-month I started getting the paywall unexpectedly and couldn’t figure out how I’d run thru the views. (You probably have stats on how folks use their views — in my case, I didn’t click thru to anything that cost a view unless I really wanted to see the review or comments.)
    If the paywall sets on Sunday and you changed it that day, you’re going to get folks who say, had 10 views left and suddenly find the counter is at 7 being confused. It might be worth a line or two on the paywall page to explain why the counter has changed.

  • If you email me, we can figure out what’s wrong with your subscription. If you’re a subscriber, you shouldn’t be seeing the pageview counter at all.

  • Madison KinSmed

    Not sure why a page I was already on counted as a new page for this week…

  • I don’t know what you’re asking or the specifics of how you are using this site, so I can’t say what the problem, if any, might be.

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