As of this morning, I’m just shy of earning $400 from my referrals through Spanning Sync. This is now beyond just just hobby and has now become fairly serious. $400 more than pays for the software, which was my original, modest goal. I’ve now more than paid for the iPhone with the income.
We could certainly use the money, as could everyone these days. However, I feel like karma has been generally kind to me and my family of late, and so I am pledging half of all the money I bring in on referrals and such to two charities. I never set out to actually make money on blogging. I always figured that if I could pay for hosting with AdSense and Amazon referrals, I’d be pretty happy. With this kind of revenue, especially accumulating in the last month, I feel like I need to do some good with it.
25% of all income through the site (whether it’s Spanning Sync, Amazon, Google, whatever) is going to Kiva, which makes micro-loans to entrepreneurs all over the world in an effort to help people lift themselves out of poverty. I tried this out with a modest loan a few months ago, and the money is being paid back, slowly but surely, which allows me to re-lend that money as it becomes available. It’s not like it’s just being given away. I’m a big believer in helping others to help themselves. I’m happy to be in a position to give others a leg up.
The other 25% I’ll be donating to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. There is ALWAYS a disaster happening, and this week with the onslaught of Hurricane Ike in Houston and Galveston, a co-worker and two good peers in the E-Learning community are besieged (or even evacuated) with their families. I’m pretty sure they are going to be okay, but their community is going to be cleaning up the wreckage for months.
I may change up the Red Cross with other efforts every month. There are a lot of needs.
At any rate, I’m hoping that if you’re going to buy stuff from Amazon or calendar synchronization software from Spanning Sync — or if you need hosting for your website from Dreamhost — that you’ll consider getting them from here. And if you’re collecting referrals on your own site, maybe you’ll consider doing something similar.