IP.Content should have a feature where certain groups are given a weekly / monthly limit to the number of unique articles they can view. This is a great feature for membership based sites. Below is a quick example.
- Person registers free account
- Then the member views all the free articles in IP.Content
- He sees a private category and wants to buy access via Nexus
- After purchase, he is allowed to view X unique articles in the private category every day, week or month.
- I was thinking of limiting # of views, but I think leaving it only for unique articles is enough.
- Optional (at your discretion): Once a unique article is viewed, it is associated to the member's account so if he is to decide to view the article a month from now, he isn't penalized points. The option would be to have more restrictions.
- Example restrictions:
- Max number of article views per week (or month)
- Max number of unique article views per week (or month)
I purchase subscription for a private category. The max unique articles per month is 5. The max article views per month is 50. So in that given month, I can view up to 5 unique articles, as many times as I want granted the total number of views does not exceed 100. The next month, the 5 unique articles would then be associated to my account allowing me to view 5 other unique articles on top of the previous month's 5 articles. Granted, I can only view 50 times a month.
Why should this be implemented?
Because IPS hasn't built a full system yet for online marketers to use and monetize their sites with. IP.Downloads is great because it allows restrictions, sort of like a "drip system." IP.Nexus is great because it allows diversity. IP.Content would benefit online marketers that want to create a restrictive membership site so their members do not simply download all of the articles and files in 1 day and leave. A membership site prospers when the members stay and are actively using the services provided.
At the end of the day, helping your customers make money will increase the probability of them renewing support and purchasing future IPS products.
Staff, If you read all this, please state your remarks, e.g., good idea, will think about it, we can't do this, etc.