This page contains all the currently existing ways to support Math ∩ Programming, and as people suggest new ways. I also want to be as transparent as possible as to where your money goes in terms of merchant fees for the transactions, and how much I get in total.
Funding transparency reports:
Here are all the ways you can support this blog, in increasing order of difficulty.
Whitelist your ad blocking software for this domain. As of April 2013, this blog serves ads which fund this blog (as opposed to WordPress, which has been serving ads on my blog since it started anyway). The ads pay per page load, not per click, so simply whitelisting this domain in your adblock software while you read will implicitly generate a small amount of revenue. I have no idea if actually watching an ad results in extra funding. I have promised, if I get enough sustained support on Patreon, to eliminate ads.
Share. Sharing my blog in your social network will lead to higher traffic, and this will indirectly lead to funding for this blog in a variety of ways.
Become a Patron: via Patreon. When I first signed up they said they would take 2% off the top of my monthly donations, capped at $1 per month. Since then they’ve changed it to around 5% for their fee plus 5% – 6% for the processing fee. My average cut for 2016 was around 89.5% of the total monthly donation. Patreon is by far the most profitable method of support.
The benefits of being a patron include early access to posts, yearly gifts for top Patrons, and if I get enough support I will drop ads from the blog.
Contact me through 21. I have a public profile through which you can contact me for $5. If you like, you can use it to donate. 21 adds a 10% fee, and I pay a small fee to transfer bitcoin out of the profile.
- via PayPal. 2.9% + 0.30 USD of each transaction goes to PayPal.
- via Square Cash. Square takes 2.75% per donation.
- In Bitcoin. My payee address is 16V1aMGfm81cLzLuGvc2jqRFaS37EUzjWt. Fees are very small, at roughly $0.02 USD per transaction, depending on the market.
I used to sell merchandise but I don’t anymore. I need better designs and very few people buy the merchandise.
Use affiliate links and Amazon Store
I use affiliate links at the end of posts to link to math books that are related to the post. If you use these links and buy something, I get a small cut. The referral rate is 4% but will increase over time if people use it a lot. This usually results in roughly $1 per referral, though I have no idea how that results from the 4% quote.
I also made a little Amazon store with curated items that I particularly like. I will be adding more items over time, but right now it contains my favorite books that one might not naturally stumble across when looking for good math books. The same referral rates apply.
If you have a different preferred way of transferring currency that isn’t mentioned here, please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to accommodate.
Thanks so much for your readership. It honestly keeps this blog going strong, and regardless of your choice to support or not to support, I appreciate every reader who stumbles across this humble blog and enjoys it.