You may have seen the "Buy Me A Beer" icons or something similar on other blogs, allowing you to 'leave a tip' or make a donation to the publisher.
It was suggested that I should have a Tip Jar here on ClickNewz, so I set out to test the various scripts and plugins to add this feature to my blog. Ironically, BlogClout.com linked to one of my entries this morning, and following that link lead me to their free wordpress plugin.
Fortunately they had an option to let you 'buy me a coffee' instead of a beer. I'm not much of a drinker, and the only way I'd let you buy me a beer is in person - and if you're driving. Even then I wouldnt recommend it. Besides, I dont drink and blog 😉
The plugin was incredibly easy to install and customize. You can see it in action in two different places: in the sidebar on the right side of the page (labeled Tip Jar), and at the end of each blog post. Both have a coffee cup icon instead of a beer mug, which was included with the plugin script.
The plugin integrates the donation option automatically into your blog using widgets. You can also insert the code manually if you prefer. Once you activate the plugin you will have a customization screen under Options in your dashboard where you can edit your preferences.
You can choose whether to leave the amount blank or set a specific dollar amount. I chose to set the amount to $2.00 initially, which is a nice contribution for useful information in my opinion. It would be worth it to test the responses on various amounts versus leaving the amount open for the reader to fill in themselves.
At the very least, you'll want to make a suggestion on appropriate amounts so as not to leave your visitors unsure to the point of ditching the option.
You can also choose a custom thank you or confirmation page. This is a nice personal touch in my opinion, and I would recommend you create one yourself if you are using this plugin or one like it.