Monetization ideas for Chrome extension.

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Hey there. I'm a programmer and I have released a few different pieces of software. My most popular is a free Chrome extension that adds a bunch of features to a popular image-sharing website.

I'm just looking for some ideas on how I could monetize the extension. A few things I can't do are ads and instituting a mandatory charge to use it (but I could charge for "premium" features).

Without ads, I'm not sure what other ways I could monetize this thing and come here hoping maybe I can get some ideas I may have never considered.
#chrome #extension #ideas #monetization
  • I've always wondered why people make these things, too. There has to be a monetization end to it somehow, or it wouldn't be so big.
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  • Profile picture of the author samelliss
    It's interesting that you say this because it is something that i have run through my head a couple of times before...

    I believe that they do it from brand awareness, and eventually could use that to lauche a chrome extension that is revenue driven.

    However i am not 100% sure, so this is just a logical guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author stewie-Y
    Thanks for the replies. I will keep trying to come up with ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author adamdicker
    There are many way to monetize the chrome extension like ads, donation, and freemium. But the best way is adds because you earn money in short time. I am also a developer and i used many way to monetization but best way for me is adds. This way is tricky but best.
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny Silver
      A year passed and nothing changed I thought that adding ads script in the extension- is the most profitable way!
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  • Profile picture of the author gooroo
    Premium features would probably the most common way to monetize.
    Donations, also common.

    You could create a service that gets delivered to a user through your plugin, you could monetize the service completely or make it both free-premium, depending on the features. Buffer does it the same way.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedark
    I have built some chrome extensions too but I am no longer maintain them for lack of passion.

    However, few days ago I got an ( probably automated ) message in my Inbox ( probably not spam because it was not sent directly to spam folder ) about an opportunity to monetize chrome extensions.

    I don't want to promote that business because I don't know anything about it, but since you search for something that they might seem to offer, I will post their name. It is called Adsverge.

    I think that best way to monetize your extension is to have a link on it that will bring users to your site. This site will be built around the extension and you can offer other products or services ( premium ones ), or you can promote affiliate offers.
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