Hello, it's a pleasure to be here and to share my problems with you.
I'm Jerome maker of Thread Reader (https://tttthreads.com)
Thread Reader is a bot/website that helps people to unroll long Twitter threads to an easy to read/distraction free webpage.
It's three months old and has a good traction, that service is free and was needed by many people, myself included.
Today my question is, how can I start to monetize this service?
My goal here is not to become a millionaire, but more to pay for the server and effort I put inside.
So let me give you some numbers: a very bad day the website will get 15k sessions (30% returning users) not too bad for me, but the thing is, on a very good day it goes up to 70k sessions! (that is 500 people live at any second)
From my point of view today there is multiples way to monetize:
Advertising: but I'm against it in general plus on that particular website the content comes (kind of stolen let's be honest) from other people and I don't feel very comfortable to do that.
Crypto-mining: tried it (and I did things nicely) but now it is detected as malware by AV (it was not very lucrative too)
Donation: this is not too bad, I got about 400$ mostly Paypal and also 6$/mo with Patreon but it is not reliable.
Premium features: not sure I'll find something people will be willing to pay for.
In your experience, what monetization technique did you use (with success or not) and if you were me, what would you do? (abandoning the project is an acceptable answer)
Thank you for the help