What is Tipalink?
Tipalink offers a way to tip web pages on the Internet.
You can tip the address of any web page (e.g. "https://www.domain.com/web-page").
Tipalink provides a way to monetize websites and web content.
How does Tipalink work?
Tips can be given on the link of any web page, also known as a "web address" or URL.
When you make a tip, Tipalink scans the web page for a unique Profile ID. Profile ID's are assigned to users who have created a Profile. Users add their Profile ID to a website/web page(s). This lets Tipalink know who should receive the tip.
Tips are added to a user's Tab, which works much like a bar or restaurant tab. When a user pays their Tab, the tips are transferred to the Profile owner's account.
How can I receive tips?
You can receive tips on any web page that has your Tipalink Profile ID and you can receive tips on your Tipalink Profile web page.
Activate a Profile
After you create an account, activate a Profile and you will be assigned a unique Profile ID and a Profile page on Tipalink.com.
Add your Profile ID to your website/web page(s) and any tips they receive will be credited to your account.
Your Tipalink Profile web page can also be tipped. So even if you don't have a website, you can share your Profile Page web address and receive tips on it.
Add the Tipalink App
Add the Tipalink App to your website(s) to make it super easy for your visitors to leave tips without leaving your website/web page(s). This is the preferred method for accepting tips.
Once the script is installed to activate the Tipalink App, you can add Tipalink Buttons that will open the App as an overlay on top of the web page being viewed.
Link to the Tipalink Home Page
You may also create links on your website/web page(s) that point to https://www.tipalink.com.
When a visitor follows the link the "Web Page Address" field of the "Tip a Link" form on the home page will be pre-populated with the address of the page from which they just visited.
If you wish for a different address to be pre-populated, then add a query paramater named "link" and set its value to the url:
<a href="https://www.tipalink.com/?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.domain.com%2Fweb-page">Tip on Tipalink!</a>
Tips are transferred to your account credit when a user pays their Tab. You can make a request to withdrawal your tips and the funds will be transferred to your payment account*. Keep some credit in your account and use it to pay tips to others.
* - subjected to minimum withdrawal amount
How do I give tips?
Use the Tipalink App on websites where it has been activated. This lets you tip web pages on the website without leaving it*.
Chrome Browser Extension
If a website does not have the Tipalink App, then you can use the Tipalink Chrome web browser extension to activate the App on any web page.
If you are directed to the Tipalink home page from a link on another website, then the "Web Page Address" field of the "Tip a Link" form on the home page will be pre-populated with the address of the page from which you just came.
Tipalink Profile Pages also have a tip form directly below the Profile Image.
All users with a Tipalink Profile are assigned a Tipalink Profile Page with a web page address that matches their Profile ID. If a user you'd like to tip has not effectively shared the link to their Profile Page and you know their Profile ID, then you can navigate to it directly by typing "https://www.tipalink.com/[ProfileID]" in the address bar of your web browser (e.g. https://www.tipalink.com/UP-XXXX1234-1).
Pay Your Tabs
You can tip any web page and those tips are added to your Tab. Pay your Tab to transfer tip to the Profile owners' accounts.
- Tips accumulate in a user's Tab, which can be saved to their account
- Tabs can be paid immediately or periodically**
- Tabs can be pre-charged with funds for faster tipping**
* - if the web page is not secure (HTTPS) the Tipalink App will open in a new tab
** - subjected to minimum amounts
Why Tabs? Can I tip immediately?
Combine Multiple Small Tips into a Single Transaction
Tabs make it feasible for small tips to be made. Payment processing fees include fixed minimums. By combining multiple small tips into a single transaction, the cost of payment processing fees as a percentage of the total transaction drops. For the same reason, there is a minimum amount that must be reached before a Tab can be paid.
Add Account Credits for Faster Tipping
Tabs also allow users to pre-charge their accounts with funds that they can use to tip quicker. By adding funds to your account before you tip, no extra payment processing step is required when you close out your Tab. Your account credit will be applied automatically.
Pay When You're Ready
You can let your Tab accumulate with many tips and pay it at your convenience. Your open Tab is saved to your account. A history of your closed out Tabs and the tips you've made is also saved to your account for your reference.
What if a web page has no Profile ID?
You can still tip a Link that does not contain a Tipalink Profile ID. A notice will be included on your Tab alongside such a tip. These tips will be held by Tipalink until someone adds their Profile ID to the web page to verify their ownership and register the Link.
How are Links registered?
Profile ID's Verify Ownership
Profile owners are assigned a unique Tipalink Profile ID that they add to their website/web page(s) to identify and verify their content. Once installed, the address or "Link" to these web pages can be registered to the Profile.
Link Registration and Management
Links are automatically registered when the first tip is made. Profile owners can also pre-register Links through their account on Tipalink.com. Registered Links can be managed by Profile owners, which includes setting minimum and maximum tip values.
How do I add my Profile ID to a web page?
There are multiple ways to add your unique Tipalink Profile ID to your website/web page(s) in order to verify ownership of your content and allow their links to be registered to your account:
Be sure to replace 'UP-XXXX1234-1' with your Profile ID!
Add the Script
Add the Tipalink script with your unique Profile ID to your website/web page(s).
<script src="https://api.tipalink.com/tip.min.js" async data-tipalink-profile-id="UP-XXXX1234-1" ></script>
See the next FAQ item for more information about how to add and configure this script.
Add a Meta Tag
Add the following meta tag with the your unique Profile ID to your website/web page(s):
<meta name="tipalink-id" content="UP-XXXX1234-1" />
This meta tag should be added to the <head></head> of the source code for the website/web page(s).
This option is for those who have access to the source code of their own website(s).
Include in Content
Include your unique ID directly in the page content of any web page under your control.
This option is useful for those who can edit the content of a web page, but may not have access to edit the source code, such as third-party publishers and blogging platforms.
How do I add the Tipalink Script to my web page and configure it?
Add the following script with your unique Profile ID to your website/web page(s):
Be sure to replace 'UP-XXXX1234-1' with your Profile ID!
This script should be placed in the <head></head> of the source code for the website/web page(s).
Opening the App
Once the App is activiated, it can be opened over the web page by clicking on a Tipalink Button. By default, a single small button with the Tipalink logo will be added to the bottom right-hand corner of all the website/web page(s) on which the script is installed.
Setting the Default Tip Amount
Add the HTML attribute "data-tipalink-amount" to the script tag with a value equal to a number to set a default tip amount for all Tipalink Buttons on the page. Users can modify the tip amount after clicking the button. If this attribute is not present or its value is left empty, then the default tip amount as configured in your Profile settings will be applied.
Disable Global Button
Add the HTML attribute "data-tipalink-hide-toggle=true" to hide the global Tipalink Button that is added by default to the bottom right-hand corner of the website/web page(s) on which the script is installed.
If you have a WordPress website, you can simply install the Tipalink WordPress Plugin.
Add the Tipalink WordPress Plugin to easily add and configure the Tipalink Script on your WordPress website.
How do I add Tipalink Buttons to my web page?
Tipalink Buttons let your web visitors tip you without leaving your website/web page(s). When clicked, they open the Tipalink App. Tips are automatically added to your Tipalink Tab.
You must install the Tipalink Script with your Profile ID to add Tipalink Buttons to your website/web page(s).
By default, a single small button with the Tipalink logo will be added to the bottom right-hand corner of all the website/web page(s) on which the script is installed.
Any HTML element on your web page(s) can be configured to be a Tipalink Button by adding the Class Name or the ID value of "tipalink-tip" to it.
<input type="button" class="tipalink-tip" value="Tip" />
Add the class name "tipalink-tip" to any HTML element.
You may also transform any HTML anchor tag to a Tipalink Button by appending "add-tipalink-tip=true" to the query string of the web address supplied for the `href` HTML attribute value.
<a href="https://www.domain.com/web-page?add-tipalink-tip=true">Tip this web page</a>
Add the query string "add-tipalink-tip=true" to any HTML anchor element.
Button Default Tip Amount
Add the HTML attribute "data-tipalink-amount" to the element with a value equal to a number to set a default tip amount, which overrides any default amount that may be set in the Script tag and the default amount configured in your Profile settings. Users can modify the tip amount after clicking the button.
<button class="tipalink-tip" data-tipalink-amount="5.00" />Leave a Tip</button>
Add the attribute "data-tipalink-amount" to any HTML element.
You may create standard links on your website/web page(s) that point to https://www.tipalink.com. The "Tip a Link" form on the home page will be pre-populated with the web address of the page from which the visitor arrives.
<a href="https://www.tipalink.com/">Leave a Tip on Tipalink!</a>
If you wish for a different address to be pre-populated, then add a query paramater named "link" and set its value to the url (e.g. https://www.tipalink.com/?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.domain.com%2Fweb-page).
What is the Tipalink App?
The Tipalink App lets website visitors leave a tip on a web page without having to leave the page*.
It's a website application loaded in a embedded HTML iframe on all website/web page(s) where the Tipalink Script is installed.
You must install the Tipalink Script with your Profile ID for the Tipalink App to load on your website/web page(s).
The Tipalink App is opened by clicking on Tipalink Buttons. It's displayed as an overlay with the web page shadowed and partially visible in the background. It can be closed by clicking anywhere off the main body of the app (i.e. on the shadow) or on the white "X" displayed in the upper-right-hand corner.
The Tipalink App works in all major modern browsers and devices, including mobile phone browsers. No browser extension is required to install it.
* - if the web page is not secure (HTTPS) the Tipalink App will open in a new tab
Who is Tipalink for?
Tipalink can be used by anyone to send and receive tips on web pages across the Internet!
Monetize Web Pages
Tipalink is for anyone who would like to help monetize their web pages.
- ...and anyone with a web page under their control!
Support Web Pages
Tipalink is for anyone who wishes to support the owner/maintainer of a web page by leaving a tip for:
- ...and any other web page you come across on the Internet!
How Safe is it to Use?
Tipalink takes security and privacy very seriously!
All services are provided using the secure HTTPS protocol (https://), which encrypts all data transmissions and protects against eavesdropping, content injection, and cookie stealing.
The Tipalink Script is safe to install on any website: https://api.tipalink.com/tip.min.js. It loads the Tipalink App in an embedded HTML iframe overlay that is completely seperate from your website and thus all comminications are managed using CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing) standard browser security features.
All payments are processed through secure third-party payment processing services. Tipalink does NOT store credit card numbers.
What makes Tipalink different?
Users decide what content to tip, how much, and when to pay their tab.
Users can tip an individual person or organization by tipping the link to the web page of their profile or home page.
Users can tip a project or campaign by tipping the link to a web page describing it.
Users can tip specific creations of writing or artwork by tipping the link to an article or image.
Users can tip as little as $0.10 per link.
Users can tip and pay their tabs as often as they wish.
NO Subscription Required
No monthly subscription is required. Tabs can be paid when you want and as often as you want.
If you DO want to set up a subscription, then you can purchase account credits on a monthly schedule and use them to pay your tabs.
NO Software Required
No browser extension or special browser is required to tip.
Anyone can give tips on web pages using the "Tip a Link" form on the home page of Tipalink.com.
You GET PAID real money, not tokens. Turn likes and upvotes into tips!
Use Tipalink without having to download a new browser, browser extension, or phone app. Tipalink.com is mobile-friendly and works on both desktop and mobile browsers.
It is not necessary to create an account to give tips. Although, doing so allows you to save your Tabs to pay at a later date, manage your account activity, and tip faster.
An account and Profile is required to receive tips.
What does it cost?
Tippers pay NO fees!
FREE to Join
It's free for anyone to create an account and it's FREE to activate a Profile to start receiving tips.
NO Charge for Tipping or Paying Tabs
Tippers are NOT charged for tippping links when they pay their Tab.
Beneficiaries are NOT charged for receiving tips when a Tab is paid.
Users are NOT charged for purchasing credits that add funds to their accounts.
Beneficiaries recieve 100% of their tips into their Tipalink account as account credits when a Tipper pays a Tab.
In fact, there are NO fees for paying Tabs.
Fees for Funds Withdrawal
Users are charged a service and payment processing fee when they make a request to withdraw funds from their Tipalink account credits. This is the ONLY time a user is charged a fee.
This fee is 10% for all funds withdrawal requests greater than or equal to $15.00 and then increases linearly to a maximum of 20% for withdrawals as low as $5.00.
A service and payment processing fee of 10% is added for all funds withdrawal requests greater than or equal to $15.00.
The fee increases for smaller withdrawals due to the payment processing costs incurred by our payment processing providers.
Here are some examples of fees for withdrawal requests:
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This fee is added as an additional deduction from a user's account credit. It is not subtracted from the amount requested to be withdrawn. For example, if a user requests to withdraw $15, then they will recieve $15 in their payment processing account and their Tipalink account credit will be debited an extra line-item of $1.50.
The service and payment process fee is not subtracted from the requested withdraw amount.
The minimum amount that can be requested to be withdrawn is $5.00. Tipalink encourages users to make withdraw requests of at least $15.00 to reduce their costs.
The vast majority of these fees go to helping Tipalink pay the payment processing costs incurred in sending and receiving tips make by our users.
DISCOUNTED Fees for New Users
Users with a Profile less than 60 days old will be charged a processing fee of only 5% when they make a request to withdrawal funds from their Tipalink account.
This equates to approximately covering the cost of the payment processing fees we incur up front when Tabs are paid and those incurred during distributions of withdrawal requests.
We're Here to HELP
Tipalink strives to keep fees low to help maximize the benefits of the service we provide to our users. These fees exist to cover the costs of doing business.
Compare this to some well-known non-profits where less than 50% of donations ultimately end up in the hands of beneficiaries (source).
Tipalink exists to help users monetize websites/web page(s) on the Internet.