|Paid links may be taboo, but there’s a new way to leave a cash tip when you like what you read.|
You might notice the large orange “Are You in My Top Spots” box in the upper right of my blog, The Web Optimist. That, my friend, is a new take on paid links.
What makes this any different from other paid links? It’s the concept behind it.
This little widget is called ScratchBack and it’s really a tip jar (as in cash money), just like those little cans you see next to the register at Starbucks or wherever. Visitors to your site can leave a tip, currently $1 on my blog, and get a link to their site or blog. It basically takes those Make A Donation boxes through PayPal to a whole new level. In exchange for the donation, you get a link acknowledgment of it. The way I have mine set up is that as donations are made, that person is in the top spot. The next person to leave a $1 tip gets that top spot and pushes others down.
And, yes, it requires a PayPal account.
Do I expect to make money with this? No, especially not at my introductory price of $1. As I write this the widget has been up for several days and no one has left a tip.
But, I think the timing of this concept was fortunate. It should make Google happy.
So, Google, wanna make me happy? Leave a tip! 😉