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Marketers have believed that content must be given away to attract customers to buy something else the company offers. After all, with Google systematically giving away content across the web, there has been far too much out there for free to be able to charge for the same product. Google's search engine has become the main source to find new information online. This is starting to change though.
By giving away content for free, people can't make money producing it anymore and the quality has decreased. Publishers able to provide a better product than can be found for free have an opportunity to charge for the content itself. At the same time, social media has become mainstream and people have began to rely more on what their friends' recommendations than what Google's search engine produces.
Only excellent, high quality content will provide the necessary value to charge for it and only the best content will be shared through social networks.