Update: I have written a new post about how much money I made on Flattr in July.
Last month I wrote a review of Flattr, the new social donation micropayments service that aims to bring morality, optional purchasing or a new revenue method to web content consumption and publication in the 20teens. The service is still in beta – granted, but I thought I would be bold and publish what anphicle.com generated for the second half of the month of June.
What I Gave
First, as under Flattr’s rules you are required to spend to accumulate, I shall outline what I spent. After adding some funds to my account by PayPal, I lowered my monthly spend to the minimum EUR2. As I joined on the 15th of June which is exactly half way, Flattr automatically calculated that it is only fair I spend half that amount, so my outgoings for the 15 and a half days was EUR1.01c. I’ll be honest I didn’t find that many interesting things to Flattr. I found 3 things via the Flattr homepage that sort of interested me and I Flattred them because it was irrelevant to my monthly spending who received what or how much. The people I Flattred each received EUR0.34cents from me, plus whatever other people gave them.
What I Earned
In the same 16 days I received 4 clicks on my ‘things’, 3 of which were about Flattr and so got a thumbs up from Flattr developers and associated people. The amazing total I received for all 4 likes was 18cents. That’s an average donation from each of my flattrers of 4.25cents each.
I should write better headlines, Flattrs are currently sold on the headline, as readers from search traffic or other sources are not registered on Flattr. The headline given to each thing is the only shop window. Currently, on the homepage at the moment the things with no likes at the moment have these headlines:
- New Website
- Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…
Nobody is likely to click on any of these. Writing an attention grabbing headline such as ’10 Facts Every Westerner Should Know About The Middle East’ also lets people know the subject of the thing as well as grabbing attention.
Currently, Flattr is full of a certain type of person, nerds of The Pirate Bay type. Talking about tech or copyright law is a surefire way to get traffic. ‘Henrik-Alekandersson.se’ has 77 Flattrs and is listed high up on the homepage. His site about civil privacy and the web is exactly the kind of things that appeal to Flattr users, hence the high number of likes. A post in the ‘Newest things on Flattr’ section talks about a supplier of bandwidth for the Pirate Bay and legal issues. The point is in my opinion, Flattr needs to hurry up and finish beta, open up and get a really good user base from all genres. They also need to make content easier to discover and Flattr. The homepage is full of stuff that doesn’t make sense.
Do I expect to still be using Flattr in one years time? At this rate: No.