Running your website for free
The use of Donation buttons.


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How to make money from your website through voluntary donations.
Introducing donation buttons into your content.


Using Donation buttons.

If like me you own a website that provides free content then I advise that you add a donation button to start receiving voluntary donations. This is not as silly as it sounds, think about it. You are providing a free resource of useful, and to many, very beneficial information that they can learn from and use free of charge. For example, if you read this article and use the information in it to your advantage, in this case, to make some extra money then why wouldn't you want to show your appreciation in the form of a small voluntary contribution to my site, i.e. a donation. By adding a donation button to your page you are giving your visitors the opportunity to do just that, and yes, believe it or not, it does work. Not all people are ignorant or unappreciative of your efforts and they are more than willing to show their gratitude and help you as you have helped them. You may argue that the internet is full of free advice. So why would anyone want to make a donation to you when they don't really have to as there is so much free information available, but you need to ask yourself two things.
1: Just how much of it do they actually benefit from?
2: What have I got to lose. After all, if you don't ask, you certainly will not get.

In order to receive donations you will need to set up a PayPal account. as this seems to be the easiest way to get started. To set up your PayPal account Click Here, Once you have set up your PayPal account you will be able to receive donation payments via credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal. PayPal also provide an easy to use Button factory where you can build your donation buttons. All you have to do to build your donation button is follow the simple instructions on the screen then copy and paste the prepared code into your web page. When a visitor clicks the donation button they will be sent to a secure pre prepared generic donation form that you can put your website name onto where they can enter the amount they wish to donate. They will also have the option to donate monthly should they wish too.

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

Click on the banner to sign up for a new PayPal account and start receiving voluntary donations today.

You do not have to stick with the generic button gif provided. Just create a new gif image and give it the same name as the one provided and save it. You will be asked if you want to replace the existing file with a file with the same name. click yes and you are done.

I feel I must warn you that there can be problems when receiving voluntary donations and this has happened to me once.

Warning!

I once received a donation of £3.00 GBP and a few months later a notification from PayPal arrived in my inbox stating:
"We were recently notified that one of your buyers filed a chargeback. This simply means they asked their credit card issuer to reverse a payment made to you purchased on 20 Dec 2010. The buyer claims that this purchase was made without their authorization to use the credit card. Their credit card issuer needs additional information from you about this transaction to help resolve this."
I provided the necessary details and awaited their response. To cut a long story short, the buyer was issued a full refund and I was charged a reverse transaction fee on the credit card on top of the refunded amount. This resulted in me losing money which I was not happy about but it was completely out of my control, as despite presenting a strong and detailed account of the transaction I still lost the case.

I suppose there will always be the odd occasion when this may happen. Mainly due to the ignorance of the person making the donation who at the time may or may not have felt obligated to do so despite it clearly being a voluntary donation without obligation.

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