BlogAid | December 31, 2004

Help support the Tsunami and Earthquake relief efforts by pledging the proceeds of any advertising or affiliate schemes you have on your site for the month of January to your country’s Tsunami Earthquake appeal.

Posted at December 31, 2004 2:29 PM


Ryan Brill said on December 31, 2004 3:00 PM

Or even take it one step further, like I’m going to, and personally match your blog earnings, dollar for dollar!

Thanks for taking the initiative to set this up, Andy.

Gordon Mackay said on December 31, 2004 3:05 PM

Great work, Andy. A truly honorable request that I am sure that many people will contribute to.

Steve p Sharpe said on December 31, 2004 3:15 PM

Great work Andy!

My blog is fairly new. I don’t have any advertising. But I am willing to donate some money.

Should I add my name to the list?

If so, how are the final payments going to work?

Best Wishes


Amit Karmakar said on December 31, 2004 3:15 PM

Done amd done. Thanks for passing it on Andy and ofcourse for taking the initiative to do this.

Jez said on December 31, 2004 3:36 PM

Nice idea, hope you get a lot of people signed up. Unfortunately I do not have a website with advertising.

But slightly off topic, are there any confirmed reports of the large earthquake in Antartica before the Asian one.

I wonder if there is any link or it was coincidence two happened within 48 hours of each other both on a large scale.

Andy Budd said on December 31, 2004 5:45 PM

Hi Steve, the idea really is that people pledge to donate their site earnings to their country’s Tsunami Earthquake appeal. Obviously there is no way to enforce this, but hopefully making a public commitment will encourage people to donate when the time comes.

I did consider taking the donations myself and then passing them onto the Disasters Emergency Committee in the UK, however I’m concerned that this could get too complicated, having to set up as an official charity, dealing with tax issues etc. I’m currently looking things thought to see if there is an easy option. I just don’t want to take donations myself if they end up getting taxed or the payment provider charges for each transaction.

StJohn Mackay said on January 1, 2005 4:25 AM

Thank you Andy and everyone. I’m British, Phuket has been my home for five years, I am fortunate enough to have survived – the generosity of British people is appreciated by everyone here. Best wishes for 2005.

Mark Poblete said on January 1, 2005 6:41 AM

Wonderful idea, Andy. Keep up the fantastic work and thanks for helping us as we all try to do our part, admittedly small as it might be.

Judi Sohn said on January 1, 2005 3:32 PM

Awesome idea, Andy. I’m thrilled to participate.

Question: On February 1, I’d love to blog exactly how much my site visitors helped me donate but I don’t want to run into trouble with Google. They’re very strict about publishers pointing out ads on their sites and doing anything to urge people to click. I don’t know if it’s okay to say how much my blog makes in a month. I worded my blog entry about it carefully. This is such a good cause, I wouldn’t want anyone to lose their AdSense ads by taking the appeal too far.

Dominic said on January 1, 2005 4:47 PM

To get around the AdSense disclosure problem, I’m pledging all my article sales as well. That way I’m not disclosing how much my site gets from Google (not a lot). Since their corporate mantra is “Don no evil,” I doubt Google would be dumb enough to go after anyone in this case. But you never know.

Anyway, if you make a matching donation or incorporate revenue from other sources, you’re not breaking the terms of your Adsense agreement.

I agree, it would be nice to be able to publish how much all of raised and donated at the end of the month.

Stephen Coles said on January 1, 2005 10:01 PM

Beautiful idea, Andy. Thank you.

A small typo:

I agree to pledge the earnings … to my countries local Earthquake and Tsunami appeal.

should read:

I agree to pledge the earnings … to my country’s local Earthquake and Tsunami appeal.

Even better, replace that phrase with:

I agree to pledge the earnings … to an organized relief effort.

and place links to some alternative relief organizations. See Apple’s front page .

Ben Padnos said on January 2, 2005 5:00 AM

We’ve set up a website that makes it even easier for people to generate funds for the tsunami relief effort. Please check out

Very simply, when users click on search results generated from, the site earns revenues on a pay-per-click basis. All click revenues generated from these searches will help fund the victims of the Earthquake/Tsunami disaster. People can continue performing searches on the web as they normally would, only proceeds from their activities on will help the cause. So, we’re encouraging users to use the search engine instead of Google or Yahoo!

Our goal is 1 million searches in the next 30 days. Anything you can do to help spread the word about will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much for your help!

Sinta said on January 2, 2005 6:10 PM

This is a fantastic idea. Thanks for helping out. I already pledged the earnings from text ads from my site. Cheers!

Gordon said on January 3, 2005 1:26 AM

Great idea. I’ll donate to this and have linked to it as well. Every little helps.

F.S. said on January 3, 2005 2:26 AM


Great service. I run a small blog and would like to donate some money, I don’t have any ads that I earn with, so how would I donate?

According to Life.

John P. Hoke said on January 3, 2005 1:21 PM


I pledged my income from my ads and affiliates, yet the form I filled out on the blogaid site did not seem to “take” and my site never got listed…

Either way, great idea - THANK YOU!

Steve D said on January 3, 2005 2:42 PM

Very cool Andy. I found this one this weekend, but I like the personal donation idea better:

John P. Hoke said on January 3, 2005 6:25 PM


Found the problem, it appears the script is choking on the apostrophe in my blog’s title, once I submitted it w/out the “’” it showed up fine :)

Andy Budd said on January 4, 2005 8:06 PM

Thanks everybody who’s left comments on, emailed me about, promoted and most importantly, pledged their site earning to BlogAid.

F.S. & Steve D- Programs like AdSense or Amazon Associates are very easy to set-up, so you could just have them on your site for the month of Jan. The point of BlogAid is that it allows web site owners an easy and affordable way of donating to the relief efforts as the money made from advertising is usually a nice little extra you could do without, rather than an important part of ones income.

However if you don’t have advertising on your site (and even if you do) that shouldn’t stop you from making a personal donation uinstead/as well. Both myself and my girlfriend have made individual donations and I know that some of the people who have pledged to BlogAid have agreed to match what their site makes with donations out of their own pockets so to speak.

John P. Hoke - Sorry about that John. I knocked the site up pretty quickly and didn’t have time initially to do the necessary error checking and input validation as I wanted to get the site up ASAP. However that particular issue should be fixed now, so if anybody has pledged but their names not come up on the pledge list, could you please try again.