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Tipjoy – The New Way to Give Tips and Make Money

November 17th, 2008 posted by · 7 Comments

Giving tips online for digital goods and content isn’t that new, but now there’s a new way of going about it.

Tipjoy is a tipping service that allows Internet users to simply make one click to tip you and you automatically earn 10 cents. Here’s how it works… let’s say I read a really good blog post and learned something of value. I would then click the tip button (if the blog owner has Tipjoy installed) and that blogger gets 10 cents (or whatever higher amount I feel is necessary).

Tipjoy then sends me an e-mail at the end of the month reminding me to pay my bill and I make one lump sum payment via PayPal. The money gets allocated accordingly to each blog I’ve tipped during the month and everyone is happy.

Users who wish to donate deposit a small sum of money at the beginning of the month from their PayPal account into their Tipjoy account. The average is about $5-$10. During that month the user can browse through blogs and read what he/she finds interesting. If appropriate, a tip would be left and that blog owner would get their money at the end of the month. Think of it as a friendly gesture to reward bloggers, who make up a majority of the Internet today.

How do I make money?

Having the Tipjoy widget installed on your blog literally takes 30 seconds to do. You set the default amount you wish to receive as a tip and then wait for those generous tippers to come along. :)

I’ve decided to install it on my blog to give it a try. As you can see, it’s on the right in the sidebar. By default I set the amount to 50 cents and will donate any money I make from it to charity. While some may buy a coffee, I’m not that big on my Starbucks, so charity is my choice.

Not quite sure if it’s for you? Check out the FAQ page first.

Give it a try, it’s free to join!

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7 Comments so far
  1. ryan MyAvatars 0.2

    hey i just read your post about “briing” are you still using it?

  2. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    I’m using it as an alternative phone number, but not as a money maker.

  3. Tom MyAvatars 0.2

    Are people donating money anyway? I find it hard to believe that someone would give money if you just ask for it.

  4. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    That’s part of why I’m testing it out. I’d donate money to blogs I enjoy reading… help out my fellow bloggers, etc. :)

  5. ryan MyAvatars 0.2

    in regards to briing, how come?

    i was interested in using it but i dont like the idea of a 10 second ad playing, seems really unprofessional. maybe if you could insert a message before the ad, like have your “secretary” say welcome to the desk of joe bob please hold or something then the ad played, that’d be pretty cool

  6. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    Ryan: I don’t receive enough phone calls for the system to make me any worthwhile money, besides there are many better ways to make income than that. I use it simply for a convenient alternative for a phone number.

  7. Taris Janitens MyAvatars 0.2

    Interesting widget!! I’ll have to check it out!!