If Glitch wants to stay floating above the sea for next years without drowning at the next outage. Here’s what I would do :
Run ads ? I personnally wouldn’t mind ads as long as Glitch stays free. We got a BLM on our view every single time we code. I wouldn’t mind if the banner was used later to place ads instead. Maybe not ads on projects, but maybe make it so users can voluntarely place ads on their projects and projects to help Glitch and maybe give a custom “ad currency”, one view one “ad coin” ?
Ad coins : Maybe we should be able to use the ad coins in exchange for project upgrades ? (more uptime, more requests, etc…)
Additionnal features : I talked about a glitch translation service in an other feature ideas post (Paid plan is great, that's why we also need a better free plan. ( and 10 ideas for Glitch's future features)) maybe get a portion of the paid translations ?
Boost gifts from other users (kinda like how sub gifts work on Twitch)
What would the “ad coins” allow ? If a project takes off, it allows the creator to make its project grow along with its limits. Basically Glitch gets money from ads and rewards projects that help Glitch financially.