Here is another way of collecting donations from your fans in the form of CASH. Depending how big is your fan base you can collect thousands of dollars a month this way. Here are 5 steps how to set this all up:
1. Register PayPal account if you don’t have one
This is how you will collect your donations. All donations will be transferred to your PayPal account. Then you can wire transfer them to your bank account or use PayPal’s debit card to withdraw from any ATM. PayPal charges about 3% from the amount of transaction.
Note that PayPal does not allow adult related transaction so you should be very careful how you promote this service (more on this below).
2. Register ChipIn Account
ChipIn is that site that specializes in donations. ChipIn connects directly to your PayPal account so all money will go there. This is where you need to set up your profile with a picture and create an entry for donation. In the entry you specify what amount of money you are trying to raise and why you need these money so bad. You need to come up with an attractive title and short description of your donation campaign. For example you can write that you’re collecting donation for a new car, or perhaps you’re moving to another place and need money. Just use your imagination and you’ll come up with a lot of different ideas.
Once you fill everything in, ChipIn will create a page with a special link for you:
In adition ChipIn will provide you with the widget that can be easily put on your web site or blog:
When your blog’s fan clicks on ChipIn button it will take him to PayPal login screen. Once he logs in and enters the amount of donation, money will be instantly transferred to your PayPal account.
3. Start promoting your donation campaign through Social Networks
If you have an account on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks this is the best place to promote your donation campaign. For example on Twitter you can post a tweet with a link to your donation every day. As long as you have a solid fan base your fans will spoil you with donations.
Because Facebook and Twitter are non-adult oriented social networks all your donation transaction will be considered non-adult as well. That’s why you can safely collect money through your PayPal account.
4. Start promoting donation campaign on your blog
If you have blog you can write a short article about the donation with link to your special ChipIn page. When one of your fans makes a good donation you can write another post thanking this fan. This will make other fans to make donations as well which you can turn in some sort of competition.
Also blog is a perfect place to put ChipIn widget in the top part of the sidebar so everyone sees it.
5. Incentivise your fans to make the donation
One trick that really works is when you promise a free gift for the donation that exceeds certain amount. For example you can offer autographed poster of yours or a photo set that you will mail to everyone who makes the donations greater than $30. This will incetivise your fans to make a donation and very often they don’t ask for the gifts in return.
Collecting donations is a great way to collect extra cash from your fans. It will take you few hours to set this all up and it could bring you thousands of dollars. To really take advantage of donations you need to have a solid fan base. That’s why it’s so important to have different places on the Internet where you are present (Twitter, Facebook, etc) and of course your own web site or blog.
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