I see a lot of donation buttons on peoples blogs. I’m thinking that most bloggers don’t make much with that option. The ones i’ve conversed with have told me that they usually don’t make anything from people donating. So i was thinking that they should get rid of it. Why put up a donation button when no body in their right mind will donate to your blog. I’ve never donated my hard earned cash to a blogger, and i’m guessing that none of you have either. If i’m going to donate, it’ll be to save the whales or fight polutions, not pay some make money blogger. Honestly, have you ever donated your cash to a blogger? Didn’t think so.
Instead of the tired ass donating method, why not implement another way to monetize your site. Basically, you’re asking for a donation. A tip. Well, let’s think about this for a moment. Who do you give tips to. Waitresses, taxi drivers, the sax player on Michigan Blvd. Tips costs money. If i was walking down the street and some guy performed a cool magic trick and i had some loose change in my pocket, i might consider giving that to him as a tip. But online, i’m not going to paypal a dollar to a blogger for writing a good post. No way. I don’t expect any of you to do that either. I think i work hard at writing quality posts, but i’m not ever going to ask you to hand over a few dollars to show your appreciation. That’s kinda cheap. Low class if you ask me.
Instead, why not set up something where your readers can pay you without paying you. Huh? Confused? Let me explain. There are affiliate commissions where you get paid for signups. If someone click on your link and signup for a dating site, or new social networking site, you’ll get paid for it. So i was thinking that this could replace the old donation method of monetization. Why not? Better then having your readers pay out of their pockets. Let the affiliate advertiser pay. Your readers show you some appreciation for a job well done, and you get paid, and it didn’t cost your reader a dime. Win win situation. Even the advertiser wins. They get a new signup.