At Tidelift, we're working with maintainers to jointly create a product. As with any product offering, we need to tell people the product exists.
We could do this by spending a bunch of money on ads, but we think it makes sense to save most of that money for maintainers. Projects themselves are in the best position to tell their users about the Tidelift Subscription.
We encourage you to do this in the way that feels right for your project.
Marketing requirements for lifters
Every project is different and we’ll work with you to determine the placement that will reach the most users, generate more leads, and result in revenue growth for your project.
If your project is on GitHub, one way you can inform your users that your project is part of the Tidelift Subscription by adding the GitHub Sponsors button and linking to your Tidelift project page. This is an accessible, visible place to inform developers that your project is a part of the Tidelift Subscription.
If your project is not on GitHub, active users of your project likely visit your project site, repository, or documentation, so these are ideal places to tell them how to get commercial aspects for the project while supporting your work by purchasing the Tidelift Subscription.
One reason for this is that it proves you're a maintainer of the project and that there's a consensus among co-maintainers to participate in Tidelift.
But the main reason is that we do need to tell potential subscribers about the product, so they can support you by buying it!
Financial benefits of talking about the Tidelift Subscription
- Each subscriber increases monthly earnings for all the packages they use—including yours, but also all of your dependencies and likely other packages in your ecosystem.
- You can earn referral bonuses. We track how we learned about each subscriber in detail. Even before packages have a monthly income available, maintainers can sign up to get a package-specific custom URL on tidelift.com. When our sales team signs a subscriber that arrived via your URL, we'll send you $250.
To obtain a custom URL for your package and earn referral bonuses, apply to lift that package (search for it here). On approval, we'll create the package's landing page.
Beyond the minimum requirements
Increase your monthly earning potential by letting your users know your package now offers an enterprise option. Instructions are available in the dashboard after completion of the required marketing task.
Assets and brand guidelines
When you use our brand, the lifter agreement and Code of Conduct apply. Please don't use our name or logo in ways that confuse people or reflect poorly on Tidelift. We do not want you to do anything abusive, spammy, or unethical. In fact we will work hard to keep people from doing those things; if you notice them, please let us know.