Arc – A CDN to monetize, cache, and accelerate your website

Description

Arc (https://arc.io/) offers websites a new currency to make money: unused device bandwidth from users.

How? While users browse your site, Arc uses the latest HTML5 APIs to turn their browsers into little servers in a peer-to-peer Content Delivery Network (CDN). Your users, and users on other sites with Arc, cooperatively load content from each other instead of from slower servers. We rent this fast, people-powered CDN to you and other websites, and you get paid for the bandwidth your users share while they browse your site.

This plugin adds Arc to your website. Once installed, your users get a faster experience with Arc’s CDN and you start making money. Estimate how much money you could make here: https://arc.io/#estimateEarnings. See Arc’s CDN prices here: https://arc.io/#pricing.

Screenshots

  • See how much money you've earned.
  • Configuration is easy and just takes a few minutes.
  • This is what Arc's widget looks like on your website.

Installation

After installing this plugin, complete the installation on this plugin’s settings page (Plugins > Arc). Configuration is easy and just takes a few minutes.

FAQ

How much money can I make with Arc?

Estimate how much money your website could make here: https://arc.io/#estimateEarnings.

Most websites can both pay less for Arc’s new, peer-to-peer CDN and simultaneously make money. Some websites, like content-heavy sites, buy more CDN than they earn in Arc revenue. Other sites, like those with many users, earn more in Arc revenue than they buy in CDN.

How does the widget work?

Arc creates a communal, distributed CDN with the latest HTML5 APIs — WebRTC to connect browsers, ServiceWorker to fulfill requests, IndexedDB to cache data, and WebCrypto to do it all securely. And it never impacts the user experience. Ever. Arc uses only a small portion of spare bandwidth, imperceptible CPU, 100MB of browser cache, and only runs when a device is both powered and connected to Wi-Fi.

Where does the money I get paid come from?

Arc is a two-sided market. On one side of the market, websites buy a fast, low-cost peer-to-peer CDN. On the other side, websites make money by contributing bandwidth to the the peer-to-peer CDN. Arc’s widget provides access to both sides.

How do I get paid?

You get paid via PayPal — daily, weekly, bimonthly, or monthly.

You can configure your PayPal payments on the payouts page, here: https://portal.arc.io/earnings.

Reviews

April 8, 2020
I think about a Arc as half CDN (Content Delivery Network, the best way to speed up a site) and half passive income source. Like installing solar panel on your house. Visitors sustain your site with a currency other than their personal data (ads) or money (subscriptions): unused bandwidth. Widget is both discreet and transparent at the same time. According to the company, less that 0.1% of visitors opt out. Recommended for sites that don't make enough in ad revenue, especially if you have a lot of media content (images and videos)
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Contributors & Developers

“Arc – A CDN to monetize, cache, and accelerate your website” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.1

  • Added settings page to link an existing Arc account.

1.0

  • Initial release.