Making (a little) money online
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Since TidBITS published my article yesterday, I've received over $30 US from readers who liked the piece and donated through TidBITS's new PayBITS donation/tip jar system. And that's for an article that doesn't actually help anyone do very much, just tells a story about how I did some things.
I'm quite shocked. Thank you to those who donated. I'll be sure to turn the money around and send some to people and sites I find helpful.
The TidBITS article has also boosted traffic to this site from an average of 50 visits a day to over 650 since the issue was published about 24 hours ago. So far, eight people have decided that what they read was worth giving me some money. Of course, TidBITS has thousands of readers, so the donation rate is far lower than the 1.2% that implies -- but then again, I didn't expect anything at all.
As an added bonus, setting up a PayPal account properly to accept PayBITS donations now lets me accept credit cards, which is quite neat.