Until recently, most of the income I needed to fund this website came through advertising, but this is decreasing because more people are blocking advertisements. This is understandable because advertisements are becoming more and more intrusive.
Even though I try to keep the advertising on my own website as unintrusive as possible, it doesn't stop the blockers affecting my site.
This puts me in bit of a paradox because on the one hand, I want to continue moving towards free content and free applications but on the other hand, I have to pay for the website to be hosted and developer fees for the free applications that I write.
There are two ways you can help the upkeep of this website: making a donation and using micropayments.
Making a donationThis method has been around for some time - you simply decide how much you would like to donate and click the button:
MicropaymentsA micropayment is a financial transaction involving a very small sum of money and usually occurs online.
Micropayments are becoming increasingly popular so I have decided to give Flattr micropayments a try.
The way it works is that contributors first add an extension to their supported browsers. They then decide on how much they would like to contribute each month.
Flattr records the number of times they visit participating websites and their monthly payment is proportionately shared out between these websites.