If you run a website, blog, or another personal interest platform, you may have thought about putting a donation button on your page. There are many reasons you might consider adding a donation button to your site; to pay for the costs of hosting and running the website, personal financial help, or just to see if you can receive “tips” for your content, for instance.
A lot of bloggers and content creators can be hesitant to put up a donation button at first because they lack the know-how of adding the button to their page or wonder if it will be worthwhile to do so. But bloggers, don’t fear – it’s quite simple to install a donation button on your site and this article will guide you through the steps.
General Information about Adding a Donation Button to your Website
The first step in getting a donation button is deciding which online banking service you want to use to collect your donations. There are many options available. Some of the most popular sites to go through are GoogleWallet, Paypal, and Razoo. When choosing a banking service, keep your needs in mind: what percentage of the donation will the service take, how easy is it to transfer your donations from the online site to your banking account, how easy is it for donators to use the site?
Make certain that you are using a trusted site and read the fine print before signing up. Make yourself knowledgeable on when your funds will be available to you and what methods you can use to spend them. For example, when working with Paypal your funds are available immediately on your account after they are donated and can be used for online transactions that accept Paypal. But if you are transferring your funds from Paypal to your bank account, it can take 3-5 days for your money to show up in your bank account.
Some platforms, like Paypal and formerly Google Wallet, have the option of using a platform specific debit card that use the funds available in your online account directly. Be sure that the service that you use will integrate well with your existing site and will work with your bank.
You should also have an idea of where you will be putting your donation button. Will it have its own page with lots of info about what donations will be used for? Or will it be in the sidebar or at the end of blog posts? Keep this in mind when you are customizing your button so that it aesthetically fits in with your content.
4 Steps to Get a Donation Button on Your Website
Making an Account
After choosing the online banking service you would like to use, create an account with the service if you do not already have one. If you do have an account, consider the possibility of making a second account (if this is allowed) to keep your donations separate from your other income or spending money. Be sure to link your bank account to your new online bank account if you will be transferring funds in the future.
After creating your account, visit the “Merchant Services” or “Create a Button” site of your chosen banking service. Go to the donations section and find the “create a button” option. On some platforms, you can customize the button with different colors and text.
Choose the Details
Create the button by specifying a name and dollar amount(s) that you want people to donate. If you leave the dollar amount blank, the donor can specify how much they want to give as they check out. Some platforms let you create a recurring donation option or a subscription so that potential donors can choose to give you an automatic monthly gift. This option might be a good addition for your page if you produce regular or scheduled content.
Inserting the Button
Copy the button’s HTML code and paste it onto your website where you want the donation button to appear. Consider personalizing the page or area around the button with a reason why people should donate to your site and what you will do with the money.
Getting People To Donate
After adding the donation button to your site, you have to gently direct people to donate. By creating valuable or entertaining content, you can draw people into your site and occasionally remind them that donations will help you keep writing more blog posts or continue updating the content at a better or faster rate versus if they did not donate. If your site provides a useful service, let potential donors know that the upkeep and hosting of the site is an expense that you would appreciate support with. Using casual humor consistent with the content of your site, you can connect with donors on a personal level and help them to feel more comfortable with donating money to you online.
As you’ve read, adding a donation button to your blog or site is really very easy. If you provide entertaining or highly informative blog posts to your audience, shouldn’t you receive some compensation? Your audience will most likely be more than willing to help support your site and putting a donation button gives them the option to help create the content that they want to see.
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