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« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2019, 12:41 »
Thanks for the article and info.  It's always nice to see how other people are doing.  And I have no problem with you having a donate button.  Most people do nowadays.  Cheers.


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« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2019, 14:48 »
There's no need to explain yourself. You provide useful information, and that has value. If people don't want to donate they don't have to donate. Any opinion as to whether you have the right to ask for donations is none of their business.

You're right. My intention to justify was more about potentially opening up a side-discussion on other ways to monetise a blog, as well as a cry for help since it's not my area of expertise (and I'm a self-confessed tech-phobe), so if anybody has experience they would like to share, please post and/or get in touch directly via PM.

Updated with final Sept numbers. One surprise Pond5 clip sale came through Saturday and a strong finish to the month at SS with a clip sale and a bunch of ODDs in the past two days. No late-month Alamy :/


« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2019, 23:24 »
Hey Alex, I didn't mean to be rude or insult you.

Not really an expert, just the basics
depending the WP plan you have you can add some basic paying options.
If you are with the premium plan you can add individual items for sale, art or text.

You can also put "selected" ads by Adobe affiliate program, read more here.

You can highlight and ask people to join agencies with your affiliate code,
if I am right most agencies have this option and newbies like me
would be happy to use it (before it is too late and join agencies...).
I think there is an option and for customers also? Not sure onthat.

You havn't missed the train in Youtube, Crafted shutter got 1890 subs in 6-9 months period I think.
We are visual people, perhaps it would be fun to post video news monthly, if you have the time.
...after all you got the script (text) ...and the gear!!!
Yutube success comes from steady even monthly uploading and engagement,
comments and views. You already master that, so it can make the difference.

Wordpress blog platform and commenting is kind of too quiet, some people call it outdated.
You can also consider writing some articles on Medium.

Some info is more sensitive I beleive, you do give valuable info, some is more generic / common I guess,
but some is detailed or higher level. As a personal opinion second one must be payed, not asking donation.
It devaluates the info itself, just like giving away or selling photos for 0,00001c.

It is the time saving part that people have to pay I believe. If it saves my time googling, worths to be payed.
If it answers correct and documented a question I got it is like consulting (consider this, private 1:1 payed consulting)

Plus your unique POV and personal writing style that I like and actually is the reason reading (e.g. turd of the month :D )

Good luck and earnings! :)

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« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2019, 23:32 »
double post.

« Reply #29 on: October 06, 2019, 13:39 »
I love the "Donate now" part...
Are you also into the same charity regarding homeless people appearing in your portfolio?
Did you also gave them remuneration "as low as a price of a coffee"?

You're just being an assh***.  He is providing a service, giving it away free, and asking if you would mind paying a bit for his efforts. If you want to be a cheapskate idiot, be my guest.

Personally, I just sent him $20.  I think his efforts and what he provides is well worth it.

Which I certainly cannot say for anything I recall you ever posting...

« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2019, 20:02 »
Quit trying to criticize everything you don't agree with. I personally have had contact with Alex by email and he is a great, helpful guy.
Keep in mind that for 100 people reading and enjoying the content, there will be a couple of criticizing posts. The negative always seems to outweight the positive. Human nature, I suppose.
Alex, just keep doing what you are doing, man.


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