In case you haven’t heard, PayPal has released a new, super simple way to get paid. Instead of logging into an account, sending an invoice, etc., you can request payment for something with a PayPal.me link. I set mine up yesterday. It looks like this:
Any PayPal user can use the link above to send me a payment. (Note: If the sender doesn’t have a PayPal account, the sender would have to set one up. The service doesn’t work with non-PayPal users.) Since I didn’t specify an amount, the sender could send me $1, or $3.50, or $5, or $6.99, or $9.75, or $30, etc. However, if I wanted a specific amount, I could set up my link to look like this:
PayPal.me/CaraRiggles/1 (Go ahead. Try it. But, just so we’re clear, if you follow all the way through, you will be sending me $1.00. No, I won’t mind, but you might!)
In that case, the payment form would pre-load the amount of $1.00. If I wanted $20, I would just add a 20 to the end of my link, instead of a 1.
As soon as someone clicks a PayPal.me link, the payment form loads right up. It is quick and simple.
For instance, I just used PayPal.me to pay Dennis Becker for his new PayPal.me report. He didn’t set a price, so I sent him $3.00. I clicked his link, the form loaded, I set the payment at $3.00, I left him a quick note thanking him for the PayPal.me Report (so that he’d know what I was paying him for), and I hit enter. Since I have my PayPal account set up to log in automatically (on my computer) with LastPass (a password program), it was all nearly instantaneous. (Go ahead. Click the hotlink to Dennis’ report. You can buy it, too. And, remember, you get to name your own price. Dennis usually sells similar reports for $7.00, but he is demonstrating how quick and easy it use to use PayPal.me to get paid any amount. Doing that with his report payment was a brilliant way to demonstrate! Also, I am not an affiliate. I just wanted to share so that you can buy, too, if you are interested.)
Think of the possibilities? As a blogger, I routinely participate in giveaway events. When I go to pay for them, I have to log into my PayPal account, click the send payment option, remember the payee’s email address and enter it, set the payment amount, indicate what I am paying for, etc. It’s all so time-consuming. OK, really, it’s not that time-consuming to do it once. But what about over and over again?! It’s so much easier to pay with PayPal.me!
While I have not requested payment with PayPal.me, it takes literally 5 seconds for me to type http://PayPal.me/CaraRiggles in order to request a payment. Think about it! That’s fast!
Here are just a few of the ways you can use PayPal.me to take payments for goods and services:
Download products (ebooks, digital music, e-reports, etc.)
Social Media Promotions
Collecting money for a group gift (birthday, anniversary, baby shower, graduation, funeral flowers, etc.)
Go ahead! Think of some more ways. It’s fun to think of all the possibilities!
If and when you decide to set up a PayPal.me link, be sure to give it some thought first. Don’t just throw up any old group of characters and say, “Hey, that’s cool. People can pay me at “Imadork”. At this time, you can only select ONE PayPal.me link per PayPal account. (Who knows if PayPal will change that in the future!) I have a personal account and a business account (for an old business and I really need to look into changing that). I could’ve used my blog name “TotallyTemberton” or my shortcut name “cararigs” but I decided upon my full name “CaraRiggles”. It’s totally ME, right? Even more so because I am probably the only Cara Riggles in the world (except, oddly enough, for my sister-in-law who’s middle name is Cara, but she goes by her first name and she is married now, so she wouldn’t go by Cara Riggles anyway). But I digress! If I am going to ask anyone to pay me for anything, it might as well be paid to me… my name… Cara Riggles.
Since you might have a common name or you could use something representative of your business, which could possibly be a very popular keyword or phrase, you wanna go over to PayPal quick like and get your preferred name! Trust me on this. Nearly 6 years ago when I started blogging, I did a lot of research into possible blog names. Every time I thought I had come up with something clever, it was already taken. It was frustrating! It’s the same way with domain names. I own several of them and I can assure you I did NOT get the first name I wanted. There are a lot of people in this world and a lot of them do stuff online. The best, easiest, most obvious things are gone, gone, gone. Even the worst, hardest, most obscure things can be hard to come by, too. People are creative, indeed!
Up to this point, I have only pointed out some basics of using PayPal.me. I am not going to go through it step-by-step and give you screenshots because it is really so easy. You just don’t need all of that! (And if you do, buy Dennis’ report. LOL!)
I do want to warn you of potential mis-uses. Please be cautious when using a PayPal.me link to pay someone. Internet Patrol has already pointed out how scammers can use PayPal.me to scam people. If something doesn’t seem right, investigate! Don’t send money to strangers “out of the blue” with whom you have no previous connection. Obviously, as a blogger and social media user, I “meet” a lot of strangers online. I will send money to some of them. But, I will always have some sort of connection that links me with them, such as a blog opp, a digital product that I am purchasing, etc. I “know” Dennis Becker because he has an online presence, I subscribe to his email newsletter, I have received some of his products, I “know” other Internet Marketers who “know” him, etc. But, if a guy named “Dennis Becker” randomly asks me for money, I am not going to send him any without making sure he is THE Dennis Becker that I know. And, even then, I will make sure I know why I am sending the money!!!!!! Got it?!?!
I hope this not-so-short and sometimes rambling epistle helped to familiarize you with PayPal.me, it’s ease-of-use, and it’s possibilities-for-use.