Startup #60 – Ad Tip Jar

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Today’s idea is a browser plug-in that can be used to tip an interesting site using their existing advertisting.  Here’s how it would work.  The plug-in would be a single “Leave A Tip” button that lights up when it detects AdSense ads on a page.  If you enjoy the site’s content, you can click the button and it would psuedo-click the ads, opening them discreetly as new tabs.  The great thing about this (besides being ridiculously easy to implement) is that you’d be able to reward sites that provide good content without implementing some sort of complex micro-payment system.

Sorry for phoning this one in, it’s been a long day!  Too bad, ’cause I actually kinda like this idea.  🙂


8 responses to “Startup #60 – Ad Tip Jar

  1. Nice one! I think my idea takes that one step further, by leveraging compensation from the ad network as opposed to coming directly out of the user’s pocket. Cool to see that this basic concept exists, though, thanks for the link.

  2. What you are proposing is not quite legal though 🙂

  3. Good point, forgot about that. 🙂

  4. Thank you eugene for the link. We are building the exact idea described here but without the click fraud.

    We’ll be live soon and then you can put a “Like it? Tip it!” button on your site. We’ll handle the complexities from there on, so you can focus on making cool stuff and getting people to give money.


  5. Thanks for the comment, Alper, I checked out the site and look forward to using it. Also, congrats on your nomination for the Next Web Awards! Quite the honor.

    As I mentioned in the post, this idea was written up at the end of a long day, so I didn’t get to include anything about the fact that you couldn’t actually do this ’cause of the click fraud angle. A great thing about maintaining this blog is that I can brainstorm ideas without the burden of focusing on legal issues. I have a ridiculous amount of respect for guys like Alper who are out there in the trenches actually building the next web instead of just blathering endlessly about it.

    By the way, love the privacy notification. I love you too, man!

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  7. Hello

    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!


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