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So you have a website, and you want to make money from it. But how? Here’s a great place to get started.

Paywall

Chances are you have run into a paywall somewhere before, and you were probably frustrated because you filled out 12 blocks of information before even getting to the payment. Well, ours is simpler and more beautiful. Using the Piano paywall, you can choose which sections of your site are restricted or not restricted and give your users a metered preview period. Use paywall if you would like users to have to pay to see something on your site. Its that simple. Check out the Paywall article for all the features and customizations you’ll be able to use.

Downloads

Piano Downloads allows you to easily upload individual files and present them for sale using the Piano API or a simple, Piano-hosted, sale page. Uploaded files are stored on a high-availability storage server (file size limit of 250 megabytes, please) and access is controlled by the easy-to-use Piano system you’re already familiar with.

Want to see it in action before you start? Click here to see a demo page we’ve set up. The price says $1.50, but you’ll be able to download it for free since we’re using Sandbox mode.

Video

You can charge for video with most video hosting platforms – Brightcove, Wistia, Ooyala, Vimeo, and more! Piano can protect your videos and live-stream broadcast content and help you charge for access in several ways, from VOD to PPV, channel subscriptions, and more, outlined here.

Our partnership with Brightcove allows you to sell videos hosted with them right from your site, or on a landing page that we provide you! Brightcove is a paid service for media companies starting at $499 per month, and you can take advantage of their 30-day free trial by signing up here.

Applause

If you are looking for financial support from your audience, but don’t want to restrict access to any part of your site, then check out Piano applause. It behaves exactly like Paywall, but your audience will always be able to close the curtain that asks them to contribute. This product is a great way to remind your fans that you need their support, and you can even change the site experience for those that have donated. Learn more here.

 

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Welcome to Piano!

We're happy you found us! You may already be using Piano, or just starting to learn about it. Either way, we're excited to see you here. We love valuable content as much as you do - that's why we work day and night to make sure you can support your content business with beautiful and simple software tools.

Who are we?

Piano is a dedicated and professional organization comprised of professionals from journalism, advertising, design, and banking. We came together because we believe that in this digital world there should be more than one bookstore, more than one music store, and more than one video store. We are based in New York, and love to hear from our customers in person or on the phone.

What we offer

Piano is a flexible platform that can help you with things like raising money for charity, selling a web series, or creating a payment solution like the New York Times. Chances are, if you have a website, and you are trying to make money from it, Piano has a solution for you. Want to find the right product for you? Visit our Choosing a Solution page.

In addition to these software products, Piano offers you AND your users outstanding customer support from our New York office. We care about you and our product, if you ever have a suggestion or a problem, just email support@Piano.io or give us a call at +1 646-350-1999 and dial 0 for "Human Being."

The first step - signing up

Signing up for a publisher account is FREE and you are not committed to ANYTHING. If you are deciding between software products other than Piano, we encourage you to just type in a few things and sign up for an account so that you can poke around the publisher dashboard. Seriously... just sign up for an account. It's free, and you'll like what you see: https://dashboard.Piano.io/register

When you sign up for an account, you'll automatically be in trial mode. After you update your business information, then you can submit your application for review. It usually takes us less than 24 hours to approve/deny an application. For more information about our approval process, check out the Registration & Application section.

Getting paid

Thirty days after a transaction takes place, you can withdraw the money. We have this waiting period to protect you (and us) from dealing with refunds, chargebacks, and business disasters. You can get paid by check, direct deposit wire transfer, DWOLLA, or Paypal.

How does Piano make money?

"Wait, is it actually free?" Well obviously it's not free. We take a percentage of each transaction to cover payment processing fees. Please contact support@Piano.io for our fees. You may find yourself thinking I could be charged directly by the payment provider if I used Stripe or PayPal..."  But unlike those payment gateways, we let you control access to content, customize site experiences, set business rules, manage user accounts, view analytics, and provide end-user customer service.

Enterprise clients

Piano offers professional services and enterprise pricing to clients that meet a certain threshold. You know who you are, and if you are interested in talking to our enterprise sales team, just call +1646-350-1999 and press 1 for sales. In addition to our software, we also offer consulting services that we like to call Content Monetization Planning.

 

 

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