I recently was asked if I had a “tip me” jar/ button on my site. The question seemed like it was hanging, so I wasn’t certain if it was a question about if I had one, or if the person meant about my thoughts on having one.
Donation buttons/ tip jar buttons/ buy me a beer button: Oh, that brings back memories. For myself, I use to have one for many years. I still contemplate bringing one back if I could find a better way to entice people to chip in a few dollars if I’ve helped them.
I took it down because it was a waste of space. If people want to contribute or send money because you’ve helped them, they’ll reach out to you. I’m not in the habit of asking people for money. In fact, that’s actually a really hard thing for me to ask, because it’s a tough topic for many people. I won’t refuse it if you want to send me money. (LOL!) I don’t think anyone would. I usually run into people who buy me a meal or a drink, just to thank me. Frankly, having that drink or meal with that person is more meaningful than sending me $5-$50.
However, to circle back, it just doesn’t work for me to put a donation button or tip button on my website, unless I can throw some type of project that will benefit people, and be something that won’t need additional funding in the future.
This is just my opinion, for my own website.
Is it Okay to Have a Tip Jar or Donation Button on my Blog?
I wasn’t certain what the original question was leading to, so I’ll insert an answer in the case that it really meant to ask for you, my readers. If you were asking if you should have one, then I don’t think it would hurt to have it, but it’s not necessary. It’s okay to have one on your website.
Like I said, I’ve had one before. Other people out there have their own tip jar or donate type button. Some people, rather than having a tip jar, they offer something in exchange for donating. That actually may be a better way of asking for a donation.
However, just because you place a button or a link to ask people to donate or send you money, doesn’t mean they will do it. You may never see a dime, or you could see a little money, but when it’s sent, it will be a “once in a blue moon” kind of deal.
Now, if you’ve been wondering if having a tip jar or donate button on your blog is called begging, that depends on how you word asking for money. If you’re constantly trying to put attention to the tip jar on your website, then you may seem desperate. However, if you’re not, and someone is accusing you of begging, just ignore them. They aren’t worth your time, and like to cause drama.
What are your thoughts about having a tip jar or donation button on your blog? Do you have a tip jar on your website?
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