Saturday, February 19, 2011

Paypal Buttons Revisited

A couple people have asked me how to make it so paypal will not show your email address when you use a donation button on your blog/site.  So in response to these questions, here's how.


First things first, if you havent seen my previous post on paypal buttons, you may want to check it out.  Just click here.  Now there is a setting to not display the payment as going to your email address, but if you have a premium account, or personal account, the email address may still appear in the page header.  So to fix this, you need a merchant account.  Steps to upgrade are as follows.

Log in to your current account.  In the menu bar go to the menu for "Profile" and choose "more options"





on the next page scroll down and you should see this option, it was the second to last section for me.



You'll be taken to a page where you can select to upgrade your account.  click the button.
It'll ask you what type of business.  I actually own a type S corporation but since I assume most of you dont, I went with "Individual/Sole Proprietorship" and suggest you do the same.
Then it asks for details...you can fill it out however you want, or just copy my choices and change the name to whatever you like.  Just make sure to leave the email field blank, since the point of doing this is to have it stop displaying your email.

After you fill out the form and submit it you should see this:

 I didn't have to change my button on my blog or anything it just automatically started working.  So if you set up your button the same way, by following my earlier post, yours should now display a business name as well.  Not too hard, right?  I just clicked on my donate button and now i see this:


Hope this helps answer some of those questions.  Let me know  what you think and feel free to keep giving me topics you'd like to see next.

22 comments:

  1. Yeah this is good information mouse. I had to actually google this up when I was asked to set this up for my aunt's church.

    Good stuff.

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  2. The turn towards general blog-help is an interesting one, and very informative. Thanks for all the tips you've given!

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  3. Nice tips, maybe I will implement it for my blog

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  4. Thanks for this info, might add it to mine!

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  5. Thanks for advice, I'll use it.

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  6. I've wondered about doing this - great blog, you always post useful info

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  7. personally i just added a dummy email to my old paypal account and used that to for the button, but this is a great tut,

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  8. Cool. If I get a paypal button on my blog I'll be sure to use the guide :)

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  9. @kal,
    yeah, whatever works for you. :)

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  10. If I had a valid reason to assume people would actually send me money, I would definitely take advantage of this, lol

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  11. I don't think I'll put a button on my blog ever but I'll remember this if I ever decide too, good information to know.

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  12. i had no idea that it showed your email! yet another thing from your site that i did, thank you!

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  13. this is awesome. greatest blog ever

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