How Do I get Paid
For My Website?
So how, exactly, does a writer
get paid for what s/he offers on a website?
You don't hear "the check is in
the mail" when you publish your own content online.
The checks usually show up like clockwork (or,
more to the point, computers) or, more often, it
just slides right into your bank account right
Advertisers & Affiliate Partners
Advertisers such as Google
AdSense pay by check or
direct bank deposit. (For me, my Adsense earnings
are automatically deposited in my bank account
less than 30 days following the last day
of the previous month. That is, my earnings for
May are in my bank account before the end of June.)
Affiliates also pay by check or
direct deposit. My earnings from Commission
Junction are deposited directly every month, and those from
Amazon.com every three months.
Storefronts & Shopping
What if you sell your own products (books, photos,
mini travel guide print-outs, MP3 music or lecture
recordings)? Many large commercial websites offer "virtual
and shopping-cart services. You list your products
or services, people click on a few buttons, put
in their payment info, and you get money. You
may receive a check, or a credit on account,
or a direct download into your bank account. Yahoo! has storefronts,
as does PayPal (see
below). Your own web-hosting company may already
have the mechanisms in place. You may only need
to activate them.
The largest person-to-person payment system, now
a division of eBay, has a storefront
and shopping cart system, with credit card payment,
all set up. People wanting to pay
you need not have an existing PayPal account.
They can pay by credit card; or you can send
them a "bill" via
email, and soon the money is in your PayPal account.
to your bank account at any time. Click on the
PayPal logo below for details:
If a shopping cart is not what you need, and you
need to accept credit cards only occasionally,
a simple system for accepting credit card payments
US$35 per year, plus a small transaction percentage
Before I signed up with PayPal and ProPay, I asked
people who bought things—books and
itinerary consultations—to send me a personal
check. I have accounts in the USA and the
UK, so the check could be in either US$ or UK£,
and 99% of my customers had no problem with this
(Canadians and Australians are used to sending payments
in US$). I don't recall ever getting "burned" (ie,
a check was returned).
I've even had some people send me cash in the mail.
This is not recommended, especially if the letter
will pass through an unreliable mail
in the world. I don't recommend it, but it happens—and,
as Yogi Berra so rightly said,
"cash is as good as money."
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