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50 paywall examples to inspire your subscription strategy

A paywall blocks users and asks or requires them to pay for subscription in order to access content. And with digital reader revenue strategies on the rise across the globe, paywalls are popping up across publisher’s websites.

Here are 50 paywall benchmark examples to inspire your own paywalling efforts!

Best practices to takeaway:

โœ… Consider a soft conversion strategy, such as registration, to increase engagement prior to presenting the paywall

โœ… Ensure users have the chance to discover the value of your premium content

โœ… Communicate a strong value proposition

โœ… Include brand colors, selecting a single color to represent subscription

โœ… In a freemium model, label premium content to reduce frustration

โœ… Integrate other funnel steps into the paywall (such as the offers, payment or data collection) to reduce clicks and potential friction points

โœ… Work on optimizing paywall visibility rate, aiming to balance frustration and engagement (we found 80% to be optimal, but A/B testing is recommended to find the best visibility for your publication)

โœ… Make subscription easy, such as by offering Subscribe with Google or account creation through Facebook/Google

โœ… If you’ve already collected key data points (such as name or content interests) make use of it to personalize the paywall and experience (e.g. when you present users with the paywall) – i.e. a dynamic model