Usage of Web Monetization 2019 vs 2020

I wanted to check the adoption rate of Web Monetization, so I ran two queries in httparchive.

Results

2019-10-01: 134 pages out of 4,325,232 = 0.0031%
2020-10-01: 415 pages out of 5,506,819 = 0.0075%

So, very few pages using it; more pages are using the nonstandard and obsolete no-op basefont element (0.0092% of pages). Year-over-year increase by ~142% (only two data points though!), so if that rate continues it takes 6 years to get to >1% of pages, after 10 years >50% of pages.

Queries

SELECT COUNT(distinct page) AS num FROM `httparchive.response_bodies.2019_10_01_desktop`
WHERE REGEXP_CONTAINS(LOWER(body), r'<meta name=["\']?monetization["\']?')

134

SELECT COUNT(distinct page) AS num FROM `httparchive.response_bodies.2020_10_01_desktop`
WHERE REGEXP_CONTAINS(LOWER(body), r'<meta name=["\']?monetization["\']?')

415

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As @nhoizey pointed out on twitter, the regex doesn’t account for pages that use the content attribute before the name attribute.

I reran the query for 2020, with r'<meta\s+([^>\s]+\s+)*name=["\']?monetization["\']?'

500 instead of 415, or 0.0091%.

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That’s 20 % more, it’s huge! :sweat_smile: