There are many people who blog just for a cause or without any intention of making money, but no matter for what reason you are blogging, if you are a self hosted blogger (Hosting your own blog), you need to make payment for hosting bill every month. Depending upon your traffic and hosting requirement, your hosting bill could be as low as $5 or could be as high as $500. A good way to handle your hosting bill for a non-profit blog is by asking users to make a donation for running your server. You can use various methods like PayPal donate button or similar services to receive the donation for maintaining your blog. Most of the time, you will see such notice on forums, where forum owners encourage users to donate a small amount to maintain the server cost and running the forum.
If your blog or forum is new, a user will not be very comfortable making the donation, as it’s hard to be sure where this donation money will be used. A good idea is to use a donation button, which directly pays for your hosting bills or add funds into your hosting account, which could be used only for paying hosting bill. Dreamhost which is the first hosting company I ever used, offers it’s customer to create a hosting donation button, which you can add on your blog/website or forum, and users can donate money via it. The benefit is, this money can not be cashed out and could be used only for paying your Dremahost hosting bill. If you are an existing customer, you can read this guide to get the code for hosting donation button. New users can check out Dreamhost $97 coupon code, which will let you grab 1 year unlimited hosting with one domain for just $22. You can find details about it here.
How to get code for Dreamhost hosting donation button:
- Login to your Dreamhost hosting panel, and new users can sign up for 14 days free trial here.
- Click on Dreamhost> Donations to you on the left sidebar.
- Note: You can’t raise donation for adult related websites according to DH policies.
Now, follow the steps mentioned to grab your donation button code for hosting bill:
All the fields are self-explanatory, and all you need to do is to create two pages (Thank you page, and for cancelled donation), to thank users for their donation, and encourage users for cancelled donation. Once you have filled out all the filled as shown in above image, choose the donation button you wish to use, or you can add your own donation button. If you are relying on these donations to manage your server cost, I would recommend you to use a custom image with catchy headline.
Click on create donation button code now, and on the next page you will get HTML code, which you can add on your blog sidebar or at a prominent space on your forum. You will also get a direct link to donation page, which you can send via Email newsletter or add at the footer of your RSS feed. If you are not interested in adding donation button, you could occasionally send direct donation link to your subscriber via Email, Facebook or other channels. Users can donate money via PayPal, and dreamhost will charge a processing fees of 5%, before applying the amount towards your bill.
Over all, if you are running an ad free blog, and using Dreamhost to host your websites, it’s a good idea to raise money for your hosting bills. Specially if you are adding value with your website in any ways, there are users who love to make a donation.
Do let me know your experience with donation buttons on your blog or forum? How well it works for you, and is it because of the value you adding on your blog or for a cause?