Every month we give monetary awards to the web publishers who’ve received Tips through TipTheWeb.org. We have made some important changes to our award redemption options which are described in this post.
We made two major changes:
- Added the option to redeem an award by transferring the award amount to your account and use it to fund Tips that you make.
- Lowered the minimum for redeeming an award via PayPal to $10.
Award Redemption Options
- Award Amounts
- Tip Funding Balance
- 5¢ — $100
- Amazon Instant Gift Card
- $1 — $1,000
- PayPal Transfer
- $10 — $2,500
TipTheWeb Tip Funding Balance
Awards from 5¢ — $100 can be redeemed instantly by transferring the Award amount to your TipTheWeb Tip Funding Balance and use it to fund the Tips you make.
Amazon Instant Gift Card
Awards from $1 — $1,000 can be redeemed instantly as an Amazon Gift Card and be used right away or the next time you make a purchase on Amazon.com.
Awards from $10 — $2,500 can be redeemed by transferring the money to a PayPal account.
Note: for awards over $2,500 a check can be written and mailed to you.
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We’re trying to build a better Internet by enabling community supported web publishing. Giving people a way to financially support the web publishers that create the best content online encourages them to continue creating high-quality, genuinely useful content while keeping it freely accessible to everyone.
To do this, we make monthly, monetary awards to the web publishers who receive Tips through TipTheWeb.org, these awards are for the full value of the Tips they receive, 100% of the money!
We want to explain exactly what an award from TipTheWeb is, how we determine the amounts and who receives awards, how awards can be redeemed, and how we process donations into awards based on user’s Tips.
Wait, donations and awards? Isn’t TipTheWeb a payment system?
Nope. We’re a non-profit organization that uses donations from users to support web publishers. When you tip something online, you aren’t identifying a specific person (like you do when you write someone a check), you’re identifying a specific link/URL and telling us how valuable that content is to you. We use that information to help us figure out which publishers should receive awards, and how much those awards should be.
How Tips, Donations, and Awards Fit Together
A Tip is not a payment; it’s simply an amount associated with a link/URL, think of it as a bookmark with an amount field.
We keep track of all the Tips you make while you’re browsing the Internet and tipping the stuff you like. You can come to TipTheWeb.org whenever you want and fund your Tips by making a donation to TipTheWeb. We use the money people donate to make monthly awards to the publishers of the web content that you (and other TipTheWeb users) tip.
Receiving an Award from TipTheWeb
$0.05 – $1000 USD can be redeemed instantly as an Amazon Gift Card for use on Amazon.com. What you get is a code which represents value stored as a digital Amazon Gift Card which can be applied to your Amazon account at anytime; the next time you make a purchase on Amazon, the money will be deducted from your Gift Card Balance first.
$100 USD or more have an additional option of being redeemed through a PayPal balance transfer; we will transfer the amount of your award, in full, to your PayPal account.
$100 minimum for receiving awards through PayPal? TipTheWeb pays no fees when processing awards as Amazon Gift Cards, in fact our partnership with Amazon allows us to receive a small bulk discount, which helps cover operational costs. It’s especially important for us to avoid transaction fees for small awards. We hope this won’t be an inconvenience— we figure smaller amounts will end up getting spent on Amazon anyway :-) but we are very interested in how you feel about this minimum, let us know.
You Can Receive Awards Too!
To receive awards, you’ll have to sign-up for TipTheWeb and claim the places you publish online. We try to make this extremely fast and easy for you, and it’s totally free to sign-up and use every part of TipTheWeb.
We understand that not everyone owns their own .com domain name, so we’ve integrated with some of the most popular places to publish online, and we’re always adding new integrations. These are some of the places online you can claim and where people can tip what you publish:
We’re interested to hear about other places you publish online that you’d like integrated with TipTheWeb, just let us know.
Once you have a TipTheWeb account you can claim the places you publish online; you might even be pleasantly surprised to find Tips waiting for you from other users of TipTheWeb!
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