OK, I’m new to blogging. I don’t expect to make any money…I mean, I would love to but I have realistic expectations. So when I ask my online friends about generating income, the first two things that pop up are Flattr and Google ads.
A little more about these two things (my understanding):
Flattr: social micropayment platform. When you like something, you ‘flattr’ them. Every month you have a set amount to give away and it is split between the people you have flattered.
Google Ads: “Offers a contextual advertising solution to web publishers. Delivers text-based ads that are relevant to site content pages.” When there is an interesting ad, you click through and people are paid through impressions and clicks.
I happen to belong to two networks, one who uses ads and the other who uses flattr.
So far, I prefer flattr. I love this system because I get to give directly to the creator of the content. With ads, I might click on an ad because it seems interesting, not because I like the page content – and then I give ‘click credits’ to that creator, not based on their work but based on related ads.
Similar to the folks at science3.0, I had a good August when it comes to flattr and I made more money than with my ads on other sites even though this genegeek blog has less page views.
I have shared my love of flattr with friends in various parts of the world. There seems to be two camps of people:
- Yeah! I can give kudos directly to creators. It’s OK that I have to spend a bit of money to play and I hope to break even.
- Why should I pay money to have other people show that they like me? People should pay me first and then I’ll have money to share with others.
So how do I get my friends who prefer ads to see that flattr could be a more lucrative system? As a scientist, I like to design experiments. I’m going to add some google ads to this blog – let me know if disapprove (no other blog has ads). Yes, my flattr did well in August but the buzz of flattr is wearing down among my friends so maybe it will slow down. It isn’t a perfect experiment but by putting the two systems on the same blog, it is a more fair comparison.
I will keep it up until the end of October and then let you know of any income from the two streams.
Side note: As a HUGE generalization, my friends in Canada and Europe have embraced flattr but friends in the US don’t like the idea of paying into the system first. I wonder if this reflects views on other aspects (like healthcare)? As a Canadian, I don’t mind paying for others to get well so that the opportunities will be there for me if I need them.