Learn the Easiest Way to Add a PayPal Donation Button to Your Blog

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If you spend time on social media and visiting other people's blogs, you have probably noticed donation buttons on many of them. Some may be obvious with a "Donate" call to action, while others could be a simple linked line of text that says, "Buy me a cup of coffee."

While the words and appearance of may vary, the purpose is the same: the blogger is asking people who read and enjoy the blog content to donate a little money to help them keep the blog going.

The Costs of Blogging

Though it's relatively simple to set up a personal blog with little if any expense, any public blog that is kept updated with new content regularly (probably one of the reasons you like the blog and return to it) and has traffic that amounts to more than a few people each month, has a cost to maintain. Whether it's the cost of registering the domain name, paying for the web space and the bandwidth visitors use when they visit, or simply the time required for the blogger (or bloggers) to produce the content you read, blogs aren't free.

If you run your own blog, you are likely aware of the investment in time and money required to keep it going.

Accepting Donations With PayPal

You can easily set up a donation button using PayPal. Just sign up for a PayPal account and follow the simple instructions on the PayPal Donations web pages to obtain the code that will link to your PayPal account.

Next, simply copy and paste the code into your blog (most people do this in an easy way by putting it on the blog's sidebar so it appears on as many pages as possible).

Once the code is inserted in your blog, the donation button will appear automatically. When a reader clicks on the donation button on your blog, they'll be taken to your personal PayPal donation page. Whatever money they donate will be deposited directly into the bank account you chose during your set up process through PayPal.

If your blog runs on WordPress, you can easily add a PayPal donate button using a WordPress plugin. Like the button method above, this plugin adds a widget to the sidebar of your blog page that you can customize with text and other settings.

The donation process through PayPal is easy for donors to navigate, and all donations you receive go into your PayPal account, where you can see all the details on each. 

Setting up PayPal for donations doesn't have an initial cost, but when you begin receiving donations, PayPal charges a small fee based partly on the amount donated.

Also, as a personal fundraiser, you shouldn't expect to receive a lot of money in donations; however, if you were to raise more than $10,000 and aren't a verified nonprofit, you'll likely be asked to show how donations are used.

It's important to understand that a donation button is not likely to bring much revenue, but it's simple enough to add to your blog that it's worth the few minutes of effort it takes to get it up and running.