First of all, I want to say that I am not a greedy person.
Second, I am very grateful for the extra pocket change that Associated Content pays me per month for my work. Plus, extra kudos for making the payments by PayPal and getting them out to me in a timely professional manner. Thanks AC!
But pushing that all aside, I gotta’ be honest. I want to make as much money as I possibly can for my writing because the articles that I write for AC are good and I put alot of hard work into them.
Lately, a little idea has been brewing in my head about this subject so I am going to put it out there folks.
In my personal opinion (which I know may mean diddly squat to some of you out there) I think Associated Content should allow their writers to put a tip jar or as PayPal calls it a “Donate” button on their AC pages if they so choose to.
It’s simple to do this. All a AC writer would have to do is to go to the PayPal website, open a premier account (which is free) and then create a “Donate” button. PayPal provides the HTML code in which a person must copy and paste to the website that they want people to donate to. Donors can then click the “Donate” button to make donations or tips, i.e. give money to you for your articles.
However, in order to do this either AC would have to create an area where their writers could paste in the PayPal HTML code or the AC staff would have to do it themselves.
But either way, it would be a win-win situation for Associated Content, PayPal and AC writers. Albeit, some extra work.
Below are some specific reasons why.
-The quality of the writing on AC would not only improve but diversify because additional income is a powerful incentive.
-The number of partners would also increase due to the improved quality and diversified writing.
-If Associated Content decided to advertise the fact that they are allowing AC writers to put a “Donate” button on their AC pages the number of writers will definitely increase. Let’s face it, the more writers AC has, the more income they can make.
-The “Donate” button program may also give AC writers that extra boost of confidence which can take their writing to a whole new level plus the incentive of added income may be just what the doctor ordered to get rid of the dreaded writer’s block that some AC writers may be facing.
-Gives fans, faithful readers, those individuals truly inspired by an AC writer’s work or a mere web surfer who happens to stumble upon an AC writer’s article by accident and is helped by it an outlet to show their appreciation monetarily.
-Puts AC veteran writers and newbies on equal ground when it comes to earning additional income.
-PayPal is a safe and trusted website which accepts payments in 22 currencies from 190 countries. How cool would it be to be an AC writer who lives in Des Moines Iowa and have someone read and decide that they want to tip you for an article that lives in South Africa. Wow!
-PayPal’s income would increase too due to the fees that they could charge when a sender uses a credit or debit card to send money to AC writers.
-PayPal would also benefit by aligning themselves with a reputable site like Associated Content.
-PayPal also accepts donations or tips made with credit cards and debit cards right away! Plus, their donors don’t need a PayPal account to make their donations! Plus, there are no monthly, set-up or cancellation fees only low transaction fees. AC writers could gets daily or weekly tips or donations and not have to wait monthly to get paid.
-The “Donate” button program would also put a little power in the AC writer’s hands which is always nice. (Associated Content decides what to pay the writers for their work since it is their website but by allowing the AC writers to put a “Donate” button on their AC pages, the AC writers have a little more control over how much money they can make for their work which is always a nice thing.)
-But the best thing about this program would be the massive amount of money that could be made on one article. For instance, back in November 2004, a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich said to bear the image of the Virgin Mary sold for $28,000! Who knows, something like this could happen to an AC writer too! If you get that one reader who clicks big time with an AC article, the sky’s the limit! Alot of people forget that there are a tremendous amount of people with means who read Associated Content too. It’s possible that their idea of tipping $5,000 for an AC article may be peanuts but to people like me that’s alot of money.
Another example: Unfortunately there are alot of sick people in the world. What if a doctor, medical care provider or parent of the sick individual stumbles upon something in an AC writer’s article that really helps the sick individual? The money that these individuals could tip an AC writer for their help could be astronomical!
That’s why this “Donate” button program is such a win-win situation for Associated Content, PayPal and AC writers!
I also had another idea that Associated Content might want to think about in considering whether or not to allow AC writers to put a tip jar or “Donate” button on their AC pages.
Associated Content could put a separate page on their website. The page could be called “The PayPal Associated Content’s Tip Jar Honor Code Society.” (PayPal could also put a version of the page on their website too. Plus, AC just might want to simply approach PayPal on an exclusive partnership on this whole “Donate” button venture. Since AC writers already receive their payments from PayPal it seems like the perfect partnership between these two giants.)
The society would be comprised of AC writers who gave a specific portion or percentage of the donations or tips that they received from their “Donate” buttons to Associated Content and PayPal. It would be a beneficial partnership based on honor between PayPal, Associated Content and it’s AC writers. Associated Content and PayPal would be receiving this money based on the AC writer’s word which is one of the most invaluable things on earth. The AC writer could give whatever amount of money that they wanted to PayPal and Associated Content, even if it is only $1.00, they would just have to be honest or honorable about it. Or the AC writer has the option of not giving any money to Associated Content or PayPal and keep all of it. It’s up to them.
The names of the AC writers and the amounts that they gave to Associated Content and PayPal could be published monthly on the webpage too. Plus, special awards can be given out as well.
Associated Content could also create unique status titles for it’s tippers/ donators too. For instance, an “AC Partner Tipper.” This could be a featured line of text in green on article(s) that the partner gave a tip or donation to along with the name of the partner. For a partner, this could mean more name recognition for their product or service. This could really pay off for the partner if the AC article receives alot of page views.
People let’s face it, bartenders who work in bars and restaurants get tips for their work as well as waiters and waitresses, why shouldn’t the AC writers get tips or donations for their work too. After all, they deserve it! The AC writers work hard on their articles! Associated Content deserves some cash too for all of the hard work that they do too! (Again let me say to AC, good work guys and gals!) PayPal deserves to earn more money too! (Thanks, PayPal for all of the safe timely payments that you have given me over the years! I really appreciate it!)
So people, now that you have heard my opinion, I want to hear yours. Be sure to leave me a comment on this article and let me know what you think. Or if you really like my idea and would like to see it implemented, leave Associated Content and PayPal messages too. Make some noise!