Monetization is not a new concept, but the way money is used with online services has adapted considerably in recent years. This concept essentially describes using cash for the trade of goods or to pay for services. Because online services are increasingly prevalent, a closer look at how monetization is impacting online services in a wide range of industries and niches may be beneficial.

Online Subscription Services
If you are like many other people, you pay for at least a few monthly subscription service fees for games, entertainment, news services and more. This is enabled through advanced payment processing technology. Online game payment software, for example, enables you to pay for games inside the game conveniently. This same online payment experience is prevalent in other platforms and industries as well, and this gives consumers a fast and easy way to pay for a service that they may have previously been using as a free trial or that has an expired subscription.

One-Time Fees
Convenient online payments are also collected for one-time fees. For example, these non-recurring charges may be used for the purchase of a single movie to be viewed online rather than an entertainment platform’s subscription. One-time fees may also be used to complete online transactions, such as to buy tickets to a movie theater show or concert. E-commerce, such as when buying holiday presents online, is increasingly convenient thanks to online monetization.

Online Payments for Recurring Bills and In-Person Services
While monetization has enhanced the way online products and services are paid for, this has also changed the way people pay for recurring bills. For example, you may set up automatic payments to be made for your auto insurance or utility bill when you log into your account online. If you have recently received in-person service from a professional, such as plumbing service in your home, you may pay for these services by using a mobile payment process.

These are among the most common ways that online payments are changing how people pay for various goods and services. Because the ability to accept payments easily is essential when creating a business model, the online payment process may have enabled the development and increasing popularity of some online businesses. For example, monetizing a video game with in-game paid features may have not be possible or practical without the ability for consumers to pay for these services in a convenient and fast way. This technology is expected to continue evolving in the years ahead.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.