How to add a donation button to your blog website

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One of the biggest obstacles a beginner blogger faces is the monetization issue. Between unclear approval requirements and unstable affiliate earnings, there’s a lot that new bloggers have to do in order to make a decent living.

If you are new to the blogging world and haven’t yet been able to monetize your platform then this article would be a lot of help.

Because today I will teach you how to add a donation button to your blog site. I will specifically be integrating this button to a WordPress website but this method can be used on pretty every other platform as well.

Once the button will be added you can receive a donation from your readers. The donation price starts from 5$.

You can choose to remove it once you start making a stable income with your blog (I suggest you do so you don’t look greedy)

So let’s see how you can add this button, I’ll be describing the whole process step by step down below.

How to add a donation button to your blog Step 1: Start a Buy Me a Coffee page

So the platform that we are going to use today is called “Buy me a coffee”.

There are multiple reasons why I choose to use them over popular rivals like Patreon, but that’s the topic of another day.

Anyways the first step is to head over to the official Buy me a Cofee website you can do so by clicking here.

You will be taken on a page like this.

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Once you’re here you can simply type out a name into the search bar (remember, the name has to be unique since it will be used as your referral link).

After you put down the name click on the “Start my page” button.

How to add a donation button to your blog Step 2: Sign up for an account

You will be redirected to a sign-up page from where you can sign up for a buy me a coffee account.

I suggest using a google account since it is the quickest method.

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You can select a relevant Gmail account and quickly sign-up. Also, I try using a not-so-busy Gmail account since you’ll be receiving all of the important updates there:

How to add a donation button to your blog Step 3: Answer some questions

Next, you will be redirected to a page where you’ll need to go through some steps and clarify some important questions. Let’s look at each of the steps and how you should go through them

First question: Are you a creator?
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You should select the option “Yes I’m a creator” since you’re a creator seeking donations.

Second step: Choose a link
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Write down a link name, this name will be used as your unique donation address so remember to keep this short, concise, and easy to remember.

Third step: Integrate a payment gateway
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Next, you will need to integrate a payment gateway through which you will receive payments.

Buy me a coffee provides three options for this, they are PayPal, Stripe, and Razorpay. You will need to sign-up for a business account with any one of these in order to get started.

If you don’t have an account with one of these already then I suggest you go through this guide on how to open a business account with Paypal, razorpay, and stripe

How to add a donation button to your blog Step 4: Generate button

After integrating payments you will be redirected to a page like this:

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From here you can edit your “buy me a coffee” page and personalize it.

In order to generate a donation button click on the icon on the top right corner of the page.

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Now click on the option “My Dashboard” from the drop-down that appears.

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You will be redirected to a page like this:

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Scroll down to the section labeled as “Integrations to take it to the next level” and click on the “Website Buttons” option

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Now click on the button “Generate Button” from the popup that appears.

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Now copy the HTML code that is generated and add it to an HTML widget of any popular WordPress page builder.

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How to add a donation button to your blog Step 5: Add the button to your website

Now log back to your WordPress website. Navigate to the left side of the page and click on “Pages” > “Add a New page”

Give the new page a name.

Now click on the plus icon appearing over one of the widget sections and select the “HTML” element.

Now add the code to it and publish the page.

And Voila! You now have a donation button that your readers can use to make donations

Conclusion.

Adding a donation widget to your website can help you earn a bit extra than you normally would. Unlike a button, this widget stick to the bottom of the page and display’s a custom message

The buy me a coffee website is a great tool to earn a bit extra. It should not be overused though or else your readers might feel annoyed.

The buy me a coffee website has some powerful features that you can use to incentivize users into donating money to you. In return, you can provide them with exclusive content in formats but not limited to Pdfs, Imgs, SVGs, also other file types.

You can also make use of the powerful membership feature to earn recurring commissions

To sum this off I’d like to thank you for your support and also thank you for reading this blog post. Hope you found this guide helpful and have a nice day (;

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Phil Joseph
Part-time blogger, freelancer, and student. The go-to guy for any advice related to digital marketing and CMS web design.
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