3 Ways to Add a Tip Jar to Your Blog

3 Ways to Add a Tip Jar to Your Blog

I drop spare change into the tip jar at the local coffee shop.

Sometimes I put a dollar bill in the trumpet case of the guy belting out a jazz tune on the corner of a busy city street.

I even tip the guy who drives me from the remote parking lot at the airport to the terminal.

This week, I tipped a photographer whose photo I downloaded from one of those free stock photo sites. It was exactly what I was looking for!

I’m a big fan of about a dozen bloggers, and I wouldn’t miss anything they write. I’d contribute to them, too, but they don’t have a tip jar at their blogs.

I don’t either. That’s because I generate revenue from several dozen products in my store and from training and consulting. Some bloggers dislike tip jars because they think it looks like the blogger is panhandling. Others, especially those who have an emotional connection with readers, find a loyal audience is sometimes willing to help pay the bills.  

A good example is Jim Hopkins, who wrote the popular Gannett Blog about news and other behind-the-scenes goings-on at newspapers in the giant Gannett chain. He told me he made $5,000 in one year from the tip jar at his blog. I wrote about it here.

Hopkins, started the blog after he was laid off. He has since stopped blogging because Gannett has spun off many of its newspapers and is primarily a TV giant with only a side interest in newspapers.

Tip jars are ideal at blogs that are raising money for a worthy cause, issue or charity.  

How to Add a Tip Jar to Your Blog

If you have a Blogger blog, you can find instructions here on how to add the tip jar to the sidebar of your blog. The five simple steps should take just a few minutes.

You can add a PayPal tip jar using instructions here.  

If you’re a Plus or Pro user on Vimeo, you can use a tip jar to ask for donations from people who love your videos, and then embed the video into your blog post. You cannot accept tips on commercial or political videos. And you can’t use it to accept donations for a political cause or payment for goods or services. Find full instructions here and a helpful and a step-by-step video here. 

More Ways to Monetize Your Blog

Tip jars are just one of more than two dozen ways you can make money from your blog. Learn about 26 other ways during the webinar I’m hosting from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time tomorrow—Thursday, March 5. Register for “27 Ways to Monetize Your Blog.” 

None of my tips will let you quite your day job, or even go from fulltime to parttime. But they’ll help you add a few small streams of revenue. Who can argue with that? 

Authors: Free training for fast, easy blogging

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When it’s time to write a post for your author blog, how many times do you find yourself thinking about something interesting or funny that happened in your personal life?

It might be the litter of adorable puppies that you took in last night from the local animal shelter.

Or the certificate you just received for finishing the American Red Cross course in First Aid/CPR.

Or a something painful you survived, like hip replacement surgery.

And how many times have you asked yourself, “Why would my readers care about THAT?” 

You’d be surprised.

Readers LOVE Knowing More About You

When I write about something personal, like how I finally found a treatment for my voice disorder, or how I know all the words to Talent Roundup Day from the “Mickey Mouse Club” TV show in the 1950s, or the childhood photo of my sisters and me that I gave them this past Christmas, my readers respond!

They comment. They share the post on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. They email me with long stories about their own fears, discoveries and funny things that happened to them.    

If you’re an author, how about sharing what sparks your creativity? For me, it’s a sink of dirty dish water. I wrote about it here and readers loved it!  

Free Training Thursday, Feb. 26

That’s one of seven types of blog posts readers love. Joel Friedlander—a good friend, fellow author and prolific blogger—is hosting a webinar with me from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Feb. 26, on 7 Fast, Easy Ways to Pull Readers to Your Author Blog.

In addition to the blog post on creativity, we’ll discuss six other types of posts readers love. We’ll also share dozens of helpful tips that will save you time and money blogging.

For example, we’ll give you two websites where you can subscribe to receive free stock photos every week. You can use them for your blog or other marketing materials. Register here for the free training.   

Who Should Attend

This is perfect for beginning or veteran bloggers, regardless of whether you write fiction or nonfiction.

Not an author? You’re invited too! We wouldn’t want you to miss out on the fun.  :-) 

Dog Tweets–Learn how to maximize your media leads

Here are my Top 10 tweets from this past week, great for retweeting! If you missed these, follow The Publicity Hound on Twitter.

twitter birdLearn how to maximize your #media leads! ow.ly/J1Vnr

Website Tools that Will Maximize Your Engagement ow.ly/J8FyN #mondaymemo via @SusanGilbert

Book #publicists crushed that Jon Stewart’s leaving. He helped authors sell books. ow.ly/J8dSL

How to Create Your Guest #Blogging #Strategy [with a 5 step template] : @problogger ow.ly/JhVXR

4 Steps to Create Share-Worthy #Content for Social Media ow.ly/JhYjB

How to Set Up Multi-Product Ads on #Facebook [Quick Tip] ow.ly/JhYs3

How to Get Featured in #Mashable by @larrykim ow.ly/J9fQg

How Buyer Personas Come to Life with #Content Creation by @VerticalMeasure ow.ly/JhYhd

This Week in #ContentMarketing: A Net Neutrality Win | Stop Talking So Much About Yourself ow.ly/J8M1W

RT @MariaPianelli: 3 Heartwarming #Publicity Campaigns We Love — @LaunchSquad #LaunchBlog bit.ly/1zLX9c3

Dog Tweets–7 Writing Strategies to Boost Traffic on Your Blog

Here are my Top 10 tweets from this past week, great for retweeting! If you missed these, follow The Publicity Hound on Twitter.

twitter bird7 Writing Strategies to Boost Traffic on Your #Blog ow.ly/IJCux

RT @PRforAnyone: Five Tips For Integrating Social Media Into Your Communication Plan buff.ly/1q9BlZw #PR #socialmedia

How to Get a Juicy Quote for Your Press Release via @Cision ow.ly/IU9hl

RT: @AuthorMedia Here’s the secret that will set you free: you don’t have to produce a #newsletter every week… bit.ly/10tMchN

11 ways to keep your #pressreleases from being ignored via @PRDaily ow.ly/ITewu

RT @MeghanMBiro: My 5 Best Tips for Keeping Your Email Inbox Clean bit.ly/1EU5GkZ via @RebekahRadice

How to ask 10 #influencers in your niche a question and turn their answers into shareable content. #contentmarketing ow.ly/ITlkV

Free #infographic tools to get you started showing off stats. Find out what I discovered! @tigerlilyva11 goo.gl/V7t7hc via #sbzclub

4 Things to Know About Media Outlets Before You Pitch via @Cision ow.ly/IUbNr #pitchingthemedia #pr

RT @MeghanMBiro: Who Are Your Mentors Online, Choose Wisely My Friend? goo.gl/w9z8c5 via @RandyHilarski

Dog Tweets–23 compelling reasons your business needs a blog

twitter birdHere are my Top 10 tweets from this past week, great for retweeting! If you missed these, follow The Publicity Hound on Twitter.

23 compelling reasons your business needs a blog
Setting up a blog for your business requires a lot of valuable time and effort, and the hardest part is starting. Help is on the way. This post lists 23 reasons you should be blogging. It should be sufficient incentive for you to start blogging ASAP.

Holiday Newsletters for Business: How-to Stay Connected and Engage Readers
The holidays are a great time to say thank you, and an enewsletter can be a great way to say thanks and give credit to those who contributed to your success.

Business Blogging Etiquette: How To Properly Use And Share Other People’s Ideas
You can publish a blog post in an instant. But pause first and commit to using ethical practices and building good relationships across the web.

Define Your Niche In 5 Easy Steps
As a blogger, defining your niche might be the most difficult task you face. However, it is the most important one.

Blogging Challenge: Find a Blogging Buddy
Having a blogging buddy can help you make sure you’re blogging regularly. The challenge is to work on developing mutually beneficial relationships. Sometimes this takes time, and you often have to give more than you receive, especially at the beginning.

Publish, Release, Launch: Some of The What and When of Book Publishing
Why is a published on a certain date? For marketing and publicity reasons, to get books out there when they will be featured most prominently, and when the media are interested in what the titles and authors have to say.

How to Calculate the Value of Your Blog
Understanding your blog’s value can help you determine if you want to invest more on its development, adjust your blogging strategy to make it more effective, or simply cut back on your investment entirely.

How to Carve Out Your Niche in the Proverbial Rabbit Hole
It’s the deep niche that differentiates you from competitors. Opportunity presents itself because you know where you fit in within the niche.

Making the Sale: How to Sell More on Your Website
Think of your website as a brick and mortar store. If Macy’s or Barnes & Noble created roadblocks to buying, they’d hurt the sales process. Authors often assume that a website store is different. It’s not.

Google Makes Mobile Optimization a Visible Search Advantage
Google has updated search results for mobile users to highlight websites that are optimized for mobile. Pages with mobile optimization will be tagged with a “mobile-friendly” label in the search results.


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