Coil articles and links

You need a free creator account to post articles and links.

You don't need to pay for a Coil Membership to monetize your content and receive payments. A membership is only needed if you want to browse members-only content and support creators of other monetized sites.

Articles posted to Coil are automatically monetized. As a creator, every Coil Member visiting your article will earn you money, no matter if the content is public, members-only, or split.

Link posts let you promote a web monetized page. You'll receive an error if the page isn't monetized. This means you must monetize your YouTube channel or personal website before posting a link. Content on Cinnamon is automatically monetized.

Published articles and links are automatically posted to the New section on the Explore page.

Create an article

When you post an article to Coil it's automatically monetized. There's no configuration necessary on your part. Every Coil Member reading your article will earn you money, even if the article is public.

Simply click + New Post and select Article.

You can post any kind of content you want except for what's prohibited by our Terms of Service.

Your article is automatically saved as a draft as you write. To come back to your draft later, click your profile icon in the upper-right and select My Posts > Drafts. When you've finished your article, click Publish in the upper-right. Your article is automatically posted to the New section on the Explore page.

Post types

Public

Public posts are available to anyone on the internet. These posts are great if you just want to get awareness for your content. Plus, you'll still earn money when Coil Members visit your public posts. Public is the default setting for articles.

Private

You can change the entire article to private by clicking the Lock drop-down menu at the top of the page. Private posts are great if you want to write exclusively for Coil Members. Only the title will be visible for users without a Coil Membership.

Split

Split posts combine the best of both worlds. They have a public part and a private (members only) part which makes them ideal to share with potential Coil Members to grow your paying audience.

To create a split post you start off with a public post. After you've written the public part you can add a lock divider from the (+) menu. Everything added below that lock divider will only be accessible by Coil Members.

Header & thumbnail images

The header image is responsive and scales based on the size of your browser window. Your header image is used to generate the thumbnail for your post on the Explore page. If you don't include a header image, we show a generic image on Explore:

Follow these guidelines when creating your own image.

Attribute

Recommendation

Ratio

16:9

Max Resolution

3200 x 1800 px

File Size

Below 500kB

File Formats

GIF, JPG, PNG, SVG

Using the image below as an example, everything in the blue square makes up the post's thumbnail and everything in the red rectangle will show as your post's header.

Embed options

The (+) menu lets you embed images, audio files, videos, and links into your article.

Coil uses Embedly for embeds. You should be able to embed content hosted by any content provider supported by Embedly into your article.

Video Embeds

There's a difference between embedding a video and embedding a link to a video.

When you embed a video, you're paid for the time members watch the video from within your article. It's the article that's monetized, not the video itself.

If a member clicks an embedded link to your video and leaves the Coil site, the Coil extension stops paying. There's one exception: if your YouTube channel is monetized, you'll continue receiving payments while Coil Members watch your videos directly through youtube.com.

Character formatting

The Character Formatting menu appears when you highlight characters in the body of your article.

Embed a code snippet

There are two ways to embed code snippets into a Coil article. For short snippets, like in the example above, you can highlight the code and then click the code snippet < > button.

Which turns it into a snippet like this:

We recommend embedding larger snippets via GitHub gists.

  1. Click the Embed drop-down and select Share.

  2. Copy the share URL via the Clipboard button.

  3. Paste the URL into your article and it will auto embed.

Link posts

Link posts let you promote a web monetized page. You'll receive an error if the page you link to isn't monetized. This means you must monetize your YouTube channel or personal website before posting a link. Content on Cinnamon is automatically monetized.

When posted, your link is automatically added to the New section on the Explore page.

  1. Click + New Post and select Link.

  2. Enter a title for your link.

  3. Paste the URL of your page/video into the field and press Post.

FAQs

Payments

Do I have to pay to publish on Coil?

No. Anyone with a Coil account can publish content for free. The only time you need to pay is if you want to support other creators and access their exclusive content.

Do I get paid for public articles?

Yes, you get paid for all content when Coil Members view your articles, even if they're fully public. The difference is that if you have members-only content, then only Coil Members can see it.

Why doesn't Web Monetization work when I view my own Coil articles?

Web Monetization is not enabled when you view your own articles.

Posts

What kind of content can I post?

You can post any kind of content you want except for what's prohibited by our Terms of Service.

Can I add a tag or category to my post?

We don't support tags or categories at this time.