You’ve probably seen many sites on which webmasters try to increase their incomes by adding PayPal Donation buttons to their sidebar.
This is particularly true of programmers who give their software away for free – and ask only that you donate so that they may continue to improve their programs or create new ones.
There’s no problem with asking for money.
Where there IS a problem however, is in using the word “Donate”.
Sometime back, I was talking to a fellow affiliate marketer who first had his PayPal account frozen, and then ultimately lost all the revenue therein, simply due to the fact that he had a PayPal Donation button on his site.
Because “donations” are reserved for recognized charities.
My friend’s business wasn’t a charity and Paypal took serious issue with the fact that he was respresenting himself as such by using the word ‘Donate’.
That’s not to say that you can’t accept PayPal payments from your blog readers.
What you can use is a text link or button graphic that reads ‘Buy me a beer‘, ‘Buy me a coffee‘, “Support our Blog” or anything else that comes to your mind — just don’t use the word ‘donate’.
So, tell me, are you going to be scrambling to get rid of your Donate buttons now?
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