Can I ask payment for a copy of my base?

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Just discovered the possibility of sharing your bases on Universe.
Is it possible to ask users for a payment before making a copy?

Or is there another way to allow people to copy your base for a remuneration?

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In the Universe, the answer is no. They can copy whatever you published to the Universe.

However, you could create a basic version in the Universe, then link to a Premium version in the Universe description somewhere else.

Here’s an example where I’ve done this with my Book Tracker

Hannah - - Automated Backups for Airtable

Thanks Hannah! I’ll check it out. Also using Gumroad, that should make it easier for me.

You’re welcome! Good luck.

Hannah - - Automated Backups for Airtable

Wow, just discovering the Universe. It looks great. Hannah, do you find you get a lot of visibility and sales by publishing your base on the Universe? And does it redirect to the Premium? I saw you use a link, which might help you identify the source of the sales. Keen to hear your experience on this!

Hey Cecile!

Glad you discovered the Universe! So many awesome templates and ideas.

I typically write blog articles for the templates for SEO purposes. I wrote an article about the Book Tracker and I think it’s helped drive downloads. I also get Airtable referral credits and it seems it’s from that article (I should probably track that better!)

I have a Notion template that has done decent because of an article on my site.

When the Universe first started, there was more traction. I don’t see as much as I used to, but it’s still the #37 top template (that’s increased from about #50 a year ago)

I’ve had the Free version of it out since 2018. I recently revamped it and added the Premium version, so not a lot of data yet. I do use the bitly link, so I can keep track of clicks and where it’s coming from.

Hannah - - Automated Backups for Airtable