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Posted by on Dec 17, 2008

I have finally decided to add the ScratchBack widget to my blog, after lots of soul searching and time. That, plus having conversations on John Dilbeck’s blog 21st Century Affiliate Marketing; actually, we had that conversation twice, of all things. It was also recommended by Lynn Terry when I asked her the question on one of her Tuesday call-in programs. Sire then wrote about it in talking about adding a tip jar. And, of course, I can’t forget Dennis talking about it on his post about starting to monetize his blog (that’s twice I’ve mentioned Dennis in a blog post in the last couple of days; think that’ll earn me any points in his best blog review contest? 🙂 ).

The initial debate was whether it was smarmy or not to ask people to pony up some cash if they either liked what you had to say or liked your blog. The secondary conversation was whether people would look at your blog, see that a lot of people come by to make comments, and might decide to not only give you a tip, but get a little bonus out of it also with an exclusive link that, if few people participate, could stick around for a very long time, or if many people join in could give the person giving you a tip great prominence in the blogosphere.

Then I thought about whether or not my blog was worthy to have such a thing. That one would take a little bit of false modesty on my part, and the last thing I want to be is fake. So, I’ll say this; yes, I think I’ve written some posts that are deserving of receiving a tip of some kind. Yeah, I said it! Maybe the posts that only contain videos are more of a lark than anything else, but I know I’ve put some value out there, and have written some things that are much different than the norm for an internet marketing blog. Okay, yes, I talk about more than just that, but in my mind, that makes it unique. I mean, the post I wrote last week on razors has received 17 comments and had more than 40 people read it; I’m thinking that’s not so bad for an odd topic post. And y’all also saw my November report and the increase of visitors and readers. Just to mention this, I’m also right on the cusp of being in the top 100,000 on Technorati; that’s not bad either.

Anyway, enough of that. I decided to add it, and now I’m going to talk about the process. First, you go to ScratchBack and sign up for free; can’t beat free, now can you? Of course you’ll create a username and password; that’s pretty standard stuff. The next step is to come up with a name for what you want to call your widget. Now, you need to know that the name is only for you on ScratchBack itself; you won’t see that printed anywhere once you add the widget. I was disappointed by that, but for now, that’s how it goes.

After that, the most important thing for you to do is decide how much you want to sell those links for. They recommend $5.00 or more, but I decided to go with my favorite number right now, which means that if you tip me, or purchase one of those links, it’ll only cost you $3.00 right now, but that may change. One major thing people need to know is that all links are automatically “nofollow“, and there’s nothing you can do about that. Because of this, those who worry about Google and paid links have nothing to worry about, and because it’s javascript (yeah, I remember my own rant about javascript, but one has to take new chances every once in awhile, right? I already added one of those Widget Bucks ads back, if you hadn’t noticed), it definitely won’t mess with your Google page rank, or anything else Google. Yeah, it’s not true link love, but it’s still love nonetheless.

Next you go in and select the widget template you want. I decided on this one because of the arrow, believe it or not. The only other possible choices were between the one that was closest to the color scheme of this blog, or the minimalist one that only has some words, then the listings. Mine has that arrow, but it’s also black, and there’s never anything wrong with the color black as far as I’m concerned.

After that, it creates the script, which you’ll put into a text widget on your WordPress blog, and you’re pretty much ready to go. I say that because you don’t want to forget the most important step afterwards, which is going back into ScratchBack and going into My Profile to put in your Paypal email address, since that’s the only way you can get paid. Now, what I’m not sure of is if you get paid immediately or whether you get paid once a month, but at this point I’m not worried about it. And the payout rate, at least for now, is a 90% – 10% split for you, although they do say that later on it’s going to go to a 50% – 50% split. By that time, I should know if it’s valuable or not and whether I either up the ante or get rid of it altogether.

Oh yeah; you also have the right to delete a link you feel may be offensive, and the money is non-refundable, so it’s probably best to say, as I’m saying now, that adding something that’s inappropriate won’t stay, and I’m keeping the cash. You get two settings, one where you get to approve a link before it shows, the other where the link just shows; I’m picking the second for now, because I’m doubting that those who visit my blog, spammers notwithstanding (they’re not paying for anything anyway, so no worries there).

Anyway, there you are, and there I am. You’ll notice that when you got to the third paragraph of this post that you were right next to the ScratchBack widget; that’s not bad from where I’m sitting, since most of my posts are easily long enough so that it will always be seen. And even this post is more than 1,000 words; man I’m wordy! Anyway, this is one time I won’t have to keep you up to date on how it’s all working, because you’ll see it for yourself. Let me know what you think, and of you try it yourself, make sure to tell everyone about it.

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Make Money Online:

I found the SB widget a few days ago,
I really like the fact that links are “no follow” so one cannot be penalized by Google. How Excellent!

Make Money Online´s last blog post..Make Money Online by reselling website templates

December 17th, 2008 | 3:00 AM

Thanks for the comment, Amit; man, that was fast! Truthfully, I don’t worry much about Google penalties, as long as, hopefully, I’m putting out enough stuff that people want to read anyway. But for those that worry greatly, it’s a nice thing.

December 17th, 2008 | 3:08 AM

Mitch, of course you are deserving of a tip. You put so much into your blogs and you blog with so much conviction that you deserve a tip more that any person I know. And just to put my money where my mouth is, I am going to be the first person to give you a tip.

Sire´s last blog post..Wassup Blog’s Mean Woman Blues

December 17th, 2008 | 3:25 AM

OK, I tipped and it’s not there. No drama, I just remembered that you have to approve it. Which is cool because you don’t want links from a whole lot of porn sites now do you?

Sire´s last blog post..Wassup Blog’s Mean Woman Blues

December 17th, 2008 | 3:31 AM

Thanks a lot, Sire; I appreciate that. And I thought I’d selected it to go ahead and auto approve, so I just went in and made that change.

And, for everyone else, while there I saw that one gets paid every 30 days as long as you’ve reached $25.00. Woo-hoo, big bucks! LOL

December 17th, 2008 | 3:39 AM

Only 8 more tips to go Mitch. 🙂

Sire´s last blog post..Wassup Blog’s Mean Woman Blues

December 17th, 2008 | 3:56 AM

Well, nine more tips at least, but hey, it all starts with the first step.

December 20th, 2008 | 11:36 PM

Bribe? Me?!?!? Maybe a little bit of coercion, but never a bribe. And thanks for the good wishes; we’ll see how it all goes.

December 18th, 2008 | 6:36 PM

Yeah, yeah,… semantics! lol

December 20th, 2008 | 11:36 PM

Thing is, I never talked about Text Link Ads on this post, yet it’s been referenced a couple of times, so I’m kind of confused at this point.

December 20th, 2008 | 11:37 PM

Thanks Dennis; I appreciate it more than you will ever know, and I hope you get big props out of it also.

December 21st, 2008 | 5:46 PM

By the way, I still didn’t mention TLA, so I have no clue why people started talking about it on this post.

December 21st, 2008 | 6:33 PM

Hmmm,… maybe some folks need to calm down then, since not all link sales has to do with Google and the like, especially Scratch Back.

December 21st, 2008 | 6:57 PM
John Dilbeck:

Good afternoon, Mitch.

Am I correct in assuming that you’re back home for the holidays?

I’m enjoying learning how each of us monetizes our blogs and it’s been great being a part of several discussions on the topic.

I hope you’ll be getting regular payments from ScratchBack.

Act on your dream!


December 22nd, 2008 | 1:18 PM

Thanks John. Yes, I am back home for the holidays, but it’s amazing how much one has to pack into so few hours around this time of year. It’s messing with my writing time; oh well,…

Yes, the discussions have been fruitful, and I’m happy to have been a big part of them also.

December 22nd, 2008 | 2:52 PM

I have tried before this ScratchBack thing. But did never earned any money.

Hussein´s last blog post..I Love Google Adsense and Western Union

December 26th, 2008 | 9:56 AM

And yet, I’ve made a little bit of scratch already. I may or may not make a lot of money from it, but as the blog grows, who knows, right? Truthfully, I think that’s the most important piece; keep writing good content, keep trying to make your blog grow, and those advertisers and people who want to give you shout outs may eventually come.

December 26th, 2008 | 11:39 PM