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    Asking visitors for money...good or bad?

    Hi,

    Not sure if this is the right forum, but this post pertains to making money, so here's where I posted it.

    I'm seeing more and more donation request on web sites these days where people use paypal or amazon honor system, etc, to ask visitors for a few bucks to help cover expenses. Ezboard (large forum provider) launched their Community chest program where board admins can collect donations from forum members to cover the cost of upgrading the message boards to premium, ad free services.

    I'm very interested in getting opinions from everyone here about this. Asking your visitors for money seems like a cheap, easy way to try to make some money, or at least cover expenses, but does it work? Are there success stories? And, doesn't one run the risk of making themselves look unprofessional, desperate or unbusiness-like by doing this.

    Opinions please.

    -- aneria

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    If you're running a non-profit site and providing good content/services, it's probably worth a try.

    You don't want your site to look like one of those ads in the National Enquirer!
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    Howdy!

    Like you said, it is a cheap and easy way. It makes you look cheap and easy...

    A company doing this is basically asking for a handout. If their service is worth it, then charge for it. If not, don't treat your business like a charity case.

    GOOD LUCK!!

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