As a Coil Member, you get unlimited access to all web monetized content everywhere on the internet. Many web monetized sites provide Coil Members with premium experiences, including access to exclusive content, ad-free browsing, and more! And for some sites, it's a simple and direct way for their readers, watchers, and fans to support the site.
First, sign up for a membership. For now, memberships must be paid by card in US dollars. We accept most cards issued by the major credit card networks. We're looking to expand our payment options in the future.
Add the Coil Extension to your browser. The extension checks whether the site you're visiting is web monetized. If it is, the extension tells us to start streaming payments to the site. The Coil Extension page provides download links for our supported browsers and explains why we request certain permissions.
When you visit a web monetized site, the Coil Extension tells us to start streaming payments to the site. Payments occur in real time, and continue for as long as you actively consume the content. No matter how much you browse, you only pay $5 USD a month.
Here's a few ways you can find web monetized content.
- Check out our Discover page.
- Follow us on Twitter.
- Watch the extension's status as you browse! There's hundreds of web monetized sites out there. Did you know the Internet Archive is web monetized?
Some web monetized creators, publishers, and platforms even offer special perks to Coil Members. Here's a few examples.
Coil keeps your data safe by implementing sender-side and wallet-side privacy features. With sender-side privacy, we hide your identity from our servers. We don't need to know who you are, only that you're authorized to use our service.
With wallet-side privacy, your browsing history and the identity of the person receiving the payments are hidden from Coil. Your identity is also hidden from the receiver's wallet provider. All the provider knows is that there are micropayments coming in from Coil.
When sender-side and wallet-side privacy are used together, Coil can only tell that an authorized user is visiting some site that uses a particular provider as its wallet.
You can find more information about these privacy features in our CTO’s blog post, Doubling Down on Privacy.
When you have the Coil Extension installed and interact with a Twitch or web monetized YouTube channel/video, we can see the URL. However, we don't associate your identity with the URL. Since Twitch payments aren't delivered in real time, we need the URL to associate payments with the correct partner/affiliate account.
When you install the Coil Extension, you’re asked to grant certain permissions for the extension to operate.
The browsers that support our extension don't offer a single permission that allows our extension to work. Instead, we have to request more permissions than we need or use. We strongly encourage you to check out the Browser permissions section on the Coil Extension page to get a better understanding for why that is.
- Can I use cryptocurrency to pay for my membership?
- Do I have to install the Coil Extension?
- As a member, will I still see ads?
- Does my membership renew on the first of the month?
Not at this time. All memberships must be paid by card in US dollars. We accept most cards issued by the major credit card networks.
We have plans to accept crypto and other payment methods in the future, and it’s very important to us that whatever methods we offer provide a great user experience. For example, there isn’t a great standard for recurring payments with crypto, nor is there proper messaging (e.g., showing appropriate transaction details in your transaction history).
We are working on a set of protocols called Open Payments that will not only bring crypto payments up to par with credit cards, but actually make it an even better experience for seeing and canceling recurring payments from your wallet and so on.
If you're on desktop, it's likely you'll need to install the extension. The extension tells us where to send payments. Some sites don't require the extension because you sign in to their service using your Coil account (like Cinnamon) or you link your Coil account to their service (like Imgur Emerald). However, most web monetized sites don't offer this functionality and require you to have the extension so we can pay them.
If you're on mobile, the Coil Extension is included within the Puma Browser. There's nothing extra you need to install.
It depends. Coil isn't an ad blocker, but a web monetized site could be set up so that ads are disabled for Coil Members.
Not necessarily. It renews based on your sign up date. If you signed up on October 17, your membership will renew on November 17.
- Do you pay all the sites I visit?
- How much do you pay out as I interact with web monetized content?
- What happens if $5 USD is paid out before my membership renews?
- What happens to the remainder of my membership fee when Coil pays out less than $5 USD before my membership renews?
- Can I see how much a particular site has made from my membership?
- Can I see how much of my membership fee has been paid out?
- Can I blocklist certain sites so they don't get paid when I visit?
No, we only pay sites that have implemented Web Monetization. Web Monetization is an open standard, meaning it's free for anyone to implement.
The payout rate starts at $0.36 USD an hour. After you've streamed $4.50 of your monthly membership fee, the amount tapers to a lower rate to try and stretch the remaining $0.50 until your membership renews.
Some payout options support exchanging payments to different currencies, like XRP or Euros. The final amount a site receives will then depend on the exchange rate at the time of conversion.
You'll continue to have access to web monetized content. Once we've paid $4.50, we'll continue to make payments to web monetized sites, but at a lowered rate.
We originally paid out more than $5, but it led to malicious actors creating fake accounts to visit their own websites and extract money from Coil. Because of this, we no longer pay out more than the membership fee.
The remainder will go either:
- To the website or creator in our pilot Affiliates program who referred you to Coil, or
- To Coil to help cover some of our costs (salaries, servers, Grant for the Web, etc.)
We want you to support web monetized content, so we encourage you to use your membership as much as possible!
Not currently. Preserving your privacy is important to Coil. To show how much each site has earned from your membership, we'd have to track which web monetized sites you've visited.
In the future, we may implement a feature that allows you to track your visits to web monetized sites locally on your own devices.
Not currently. We only show when the Coil Extension is actively streaming payments. Our goal is to make sure your experience is the same regardless of how much you've used Web Monetization so that there's no need to keep track.
Not at the moment. For now, the only way to prevent payment to a web monetized site is to disable/sign out of the Coil Extension.