Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Vimeo Tip Jar: Make Money On Your Videos

Do you post your videos on Vimeo? Did you know you can get paid for doing just that?

Vimeo has two different options…you can add a Tip Jar to your video or you can sell your videos on demand. Both come with some restrictions but either may work for you. In this post, we’ll talk about the Tip Jar.

Tip Jar

Tip jar is for Vimeo Plus or Vimeo PRO members only. It is a way for your audience and fans to show you they like your videos by making small cash payments to you.

It’s easy to add Tip Jar to your Plus or PRO account.

The first thing you need to do is to have a PayPal account and then connect your Vimeo account to your PayPal account. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can easily set one up. There is no cost to you but you will have to have either a valid bank account or credit card. There are some restrictions for non-US citizens so be aware of that. You will need to have your PayPal account verified before you can get paid in PayPal for your tips.

The first step is to activate Tip Jar by connecting your Vimeo account to a PayPal account. Then in your Account Settings, scroll down to the Tip Jar section of the page and check the box next to “Activate Tip Jar.” Then you’ll be requested to connect your account to your PayPal account.

Once you’re connected to PayPal, you can activate Tip Jar on individual videos in their Advanced Video Settings by checking the box next to “Activate Tip Jar” and then clicking “Save Changes.” Once Tip Jar is activated on your video, your viewers will see a “Tip this video” button underneath the video player on Vimeo.com. They click it, give their credit card information and you get a tip!

Some Restrictions

Tip Jar is meant to express appreciation, and to support the Vimeo video creators you love. If your video is a commercial or political video, you can’t use Tip Jar. You also can’t solicit or accept donations for a political cause or payment for goods or services.

Also be aware that if the videos are embeddable, the Tip Jar will not go with them. Viewers can only leave tips by visiting the video on your video page on Vimeo.com.

In our next post we look into using Vimeo’s video on demand service and if that would be a good option for you.

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