The favored single-page web site builder Linktree has launched its Fee Lock function into open beta, permitting customers to gate content material behind a paywall and ship it to customers by e-mail.
The function, introduced on the Linktree weblog (opens in new tab), permits customers to gate particular hyperlinks containing paperwork corresponding to PDF recordsdata behind a one-time buy as much as a most of $150 USD, which is bound to entice extra creatives emigrate to the platform.
It’s unclear in the meanwhile whether or not the cost cap can be eliminated as soon as the function exits beta. And earlier than customers get too excited, the function isn’t obtainable to these on a free plan, and may’t be used to promote grownup content material.
It is a step in the appropriate route for Linktree, which has lengthy courted the enterprise of solo creatives.
Nevertheless, different ecommerce platforms corresponding to Patreon or Gumroad, nonetheless supply extra strong function units, corresponding to the flexibility to host weblog posts, whole storefronts, or cost a subscription charge both month-to-month or when a brand new piece of content material seems.
One notable lacking function that customers on platforms like itch.io already profit from, for instance, is the chance to make a product solely obtainable for a restricted time, and in restricted quantities.
If customers need this performance, Linktree presently recommends including a disclaimer to a paid hyperlink that it’s going to solely be obtainable for a restricted time. It is unknown whether or not such a function can be correctly carried out sooner or later.
Linktree’s attraction is the simplicity of a single-page structure, and the truth that it may hyperlink out to all the above companies and, after all, no matter a consumer pleases.
Its profiles are sometimes featured in social media bios as an efficient advertising and marketing instrument and an alternative choice to bogging a web site down with commercials. The flexibility to monetize them straight will make it faster and simpler for followers to help their favorite creators.
Linktree customers can get began including paid content material to their web page by linking their Sq. or PayPal account to the service.