NY Times: Pay Features Gather Steam on Web
NY Times: Yahoo, which has rolled out 17 paid services to consumers in the last year, has been among the most aggressive businesses in getting people to pay for online services and information they had formerly received free. Its revenue-generating services include an online games area, for which subscribers pay $8 a month, and a premium e-mail service, for $30 a year. But with each passing day, Yahoo is getting more company.
All across the Web, consumers are buying newly offered information and services. Beyond the long-established vices of pornography and gambling, the Web now offers a variety of paid services that include dating tips, weather alerts, college classes, financial advice, diet counseling, career help and high school reunion information, with fees ranging from pennies a day to hundreds of dollars a month. (get the full story)