Alive and kicking – summer doesn’t mean a thing

August is often the “dead” time on the internet. People are vacationing, weather’s too nice to stay inside, internet is slow and boring. Alas, good people have been busy as ever clicking the flattr buttons.

We looked at tweets and gathered data on how much people have been earning thanks to Flattr. It’s a random sample, there are sites that make more, and sites that make less, but it’s an interesting glimpse into flattrosphere.

User Revenue Clicks Rev per click
@Fnordfunk € 43,77
schockwellenreiter.de € 23,58
Vidde € 10,17
@maryannjohanson € 10,13
kooptech.de ~ € 10,00
flattr4hungary € 5,73 13 € 0,44
goowell.de € 4,62 9 € 0,51
daburna € 4,52 10 € 0,45
@UNOIKI € 3,15
@unpluggedmusic_ € 2,57

“So, is it possible to get meaningful support using Flattr?” I hear some asking. Yes, of course. In August over 20 sites made more than €100 with top 5 earners making well over €1000. These are sites with thousands of readers, podcasts of equal size.

Interestingly enough one of the largest German technology-software-internet blogs Basic Thinking Blog announced Flattr dead (machine translated English version) today and we’re flattered.

Paraphrasing the ever witty Mark Twain: “The rumor of our demise has been greatly exagerated.”

11 thoughts on “Alive and kicking – summer doesn’t mean a thing

  1. I actually surprisingly got €14 myself this month.

    Where 1 click on my profile was worth €10! Imagine that we have a 10% cut first! Someone must have really loved me this month :)

    Oh oh! Time to hunt and find Rise Against and flattr them, definiltely!
    looksie here!

  2. > It’s a random sample, there are sites that make more, and sites that make less, but it’s an interesting glimpse into flattrosphere.

    No, it is not interesting. Those are the same lame, pre-selected, non-representative samples you publish on FlattrChattr every month.

    If you want to defuse Basic Thinking’s argument that Flattr is dead, and show that instead it has “healthy growth especially in the long tail”, you need to give us some numbers about active users and total aggregate monthly donation amounts.

    I believe that Flattr is far from dead (but probably growing very slowly) but it is becoming hard to argue that point without any hard data. And your silence is suspicious.

  3. As Thilo says, i also believe that flattr isnt dead, but growing very slowly. Painfully slowly. Flattr needs two things at this very moment:
    A) An easier way to make micropayments/microdonations for non registered persons (overcome this hurdle)
    B) Marketing action. There has been a huge -free- hype about flattr on blogs, this vanished by the time of course. So it is even more important to spread the word about flattr (by giving good examples, handouts, maybe partner programms, non-technical flyers for non-technical targetgroups (since most geeks already know flattr and have integrated it afaik).

  4. @Thilo there’s nothing “pre-select” about it. We publish everyone that responds to our call out, and the people we see and find who tell the world about their revenue.
    People who publicly share what they make. And we still state quite strongly that it’s up to them, not us, to share what they make. If they want to.

    I ask you: who would be a representative sample, Thilo?
    And why are they not representative?

    We’d really appreciate more specific feedback on what you feel is lacking here.

  5. Much has been said already but it bares stressing that on a very idealistic level it’s not the amount of the flattr but rather the fact itself that carries the value. For a majority of people who set their content up on Flattr it’s the very first cents that they’ve made with their content, ever. They don’t necessarily do it to get rich, that’s not the idea, it’s more about getting positive feedback that someone appreciates the time and effort they put into creating their content.

  6. > I ask you: who would be a representative sample, Thilo?

    I don’t need a sample, I want some numbers about total active users and total aggregate monthly donation amounts across the whole service.

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