Although bloggers may not use advertisements on their sites, donate links or widgets are something you might see.
I include a donate page on some of my blogs and am always grateful for those who have used it (you know who you are. :)), but…I don’t expect my visitors to make a contribution.
Unless I’m hired to design a custom header or ADvatar, the information I offer is free.
I don’t mind seeing donate buttons considering how blog, plugin and theme authors are providing valuable information, for free. I see it as a way for them to be compensated for their knowledge, talent or services.
But the question is, do they work?
Or, do they make the blog, plugin or theme author seem greedy or needy? Or, make it look like they’re panhandling?
Based on what I’ve seen, I believe donate badges or pages can work, however unless we put the donate link in front of our readers, chances are they won’t see it, nor will a reader realize donating is an option.
I used a plugin named “Buy Me A Beer” which also had an option for “Buy Me A Coffee”. A click on the button would take you to the blog author’s PayPal account where you could enter the amount you’d like to give. (The plugin appears to be retired.)
I liked the plugin, but when I cleaned up my blog, I removed it and opted for a “Donate” page.
If donating is something you’d like to add to your blog, setting up a donate widget would be easy. Just find an image of a glass of beer, cup of coffee, tip jar, or…, add your own copy, code it to link to your PayPal account and voilà, there it is.
Or, set up a “Donate” page and include the link and button PayPal provides.
Do you use a donate page or widget on your blog? If so, are readers using it?
Do you, or would you donate to a blog, plugin or theme author?
Or do you view a donate button/badge as a form of panhandling and ignore them?
Care to share?
P.S. The coffee cup image in this post is free for you to use. Just right-click on it and hit “save as”.