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by Aaron Silvers. Average Reading Time: almost 2 minutes.

img-0136.jpgAs 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.

  • Nice idea, Aaron. I know we’ve chatted about this before. A bit of social responsibility, karma, whatever you want to call it, is necessary. I’ll be posting something similar in the coming days around my ridiculous gains on Spanning Sync and what I feel my response should be and will be.

    Cheers.

  • Nice idea, Aaron. I know we’ve chatted about this before. A bit of social responsibility, karma, whatever you want to call it, is necessary. I’ll be posting something similar in the coming days around my ridiculous gains on Spanning Sync and what I feel my response should be and will be.

    Cheers.

  • Thanks, brother. I’m just humbled as I glance at the number of people who’ve bought Spanning Sync off my site(s) — I’m at $660 that should be coming in, and that’s just crazy wonderful to me. That needs to be spread around where it can do some good.

    I happen to like Kiva because it’s the kind of good that can keep recycling — and you turned me onto Kiva — but there are so many organizations that could put this kind of money to use. I think come November, I’m going to share that money with the Salvation Army. I’m not a big fan of religious affiliations, but they do so much with every donation that actually helps people. I can appreciate what they do and with what means they have to do it with.

  • Thanks, brother. I’m just humbled as I glance at the number of people who’ve bought Spanning Sync off my site(s) — I’m at $660 that should be coming in, and that’s just crazy wonderful to me. That needs to be spread around where it can do some good.

    I happen to like Kiva because it’s the kind of good that can keep recycling — and you turned me onto Kiva — but there are so many organizations that could put this kind of money to use. I think come November, I’m going to share that money with the Salvation Army. I’m not a big fan of religious affiliations, but they do so much with every donation that actually helps people. I can appreciate what they do and with what means they have to do it with.

  • AS –

    As I mentioned, I’ll be posting about this ASAP (I’ve had a draft of it for 2 weeks now), but yes, Kiva rocks. I’ve had nothing but great experiences with them, and helping out a fellow entrepreneur in a low-income society has a very good feeling.

    I also pitched in to the Charity:Water project – http://www.charitywater.org/ – another awesome cause.

    You are right, there are plenty of places to donate, and so much good to be done from most of them. It’s hard to pick, so I try to spread it around.

    Cheers.

  • AS –

    As I mentioned, I’ll be posting about this ASAP (I’ve had a draft of it for 2 weeks now), but yes, Kiva rocks. I’ve had nothing but great experiences with them, and helping out a fellow entrepreneur in a low-income society has a very good feeling.

    I also pitched in to the Charity:Water project – http://www.charitywater.org/ – another awesome cause.

    You are right, there are plenty of places to donate, and so much good to be done from most of them. It’s hard to pick, so I try to spread it around.

    Cheers.

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  • Just to follow up: http://www.briandusablon.com/2008/10/15/social-responsiblity-care-for-mankind/

    I’m with you.

    In addition, do you know about 1% for the Planet?

  • Just to follow up: http://www.briandusablon.com/2008/10/15/social-responsiblity-care-for-mankind/

    I’m with you.

    In addition, do you know about 1% for the Planet?

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