Today we and GitHub announced the integration of the Tidelift Subscription with the just-launched GitHub Sponsors program. This is a great endorsement of our vision, and a big opportunity for you to increase your reach and income. We’ve shared more about it in a blog post, but here’s the most important information specifically for lifters.
What is happening?
Your GitHub projects can now provide a direct link to your project’s page on Tidelift via a “Sponsor” button next to “Watch” and “Star"—it looks like this:
Once you enable and configure it, clicking on that “Sponsor” button will show your users a link to the Tidelift Subscription!
Enable it now!
You should go turn it on! To do that, enable the sponsor feature (docs), and then add one line with your package repository and project name in the new
.github/FUNDING.yml file. Gulp, for example, has done it like:
Connect your users
This is a new—and potentially high-traffic—way of connecting users with the Tidelift sales and marketing teams. When you do that, we talk to them about the value they’ll get from subscribing to Tidelift—and that builds the income you get from us!
Let users know
At Friday’s lifter event, we talked about how to connect with your users about Tidelift—and today’s announcement is another great opportunity to spread the word about how Tidelift supports your work.
Some ways you and your fellow lifters have already done this:
- Tweet about Tidelift and encourage your users, either from your personal accounts or from your project accounts, like this one from pytest
- Blog about us, like this one from @nedbat
- Mention Tidelift in presentations, like this one from Project Lombok
We’re also open to experiments in this area—please let us know what you’ve done or what you’re thinking of doing. We’re always happy to help on the forum or in email.
Tell other maintainers
On Wednesday, we published a complete list of projects currently eligible for income from Tidelift. With this new GitHub integration, there is no better time to search for projects whose maintainers you know, and tell them that they can make money with Tidelift. The more maintainers that are part of the Tidelift Subscription, the better for all of us!
Again, if you have any questions about any of this, including how it works or how you should talk about it with your users, feel free to ping us here or in email. Thanks!