IndieKarma is a rather interesting micropayments idea to help bloggers and website owners gain a little cash from their venture. The idea is that the owner embeds a widget on their home page and every time an IndieKarma member visits the site, one penny is deducted from their account. The big question is, will one of these schemes ever really take off and transform the web funding issue once and for all? Would readers for example, be willing to pay a penny every time they visit the Ferret? Who knows? This is definitely something to watch for the future (and don’t let the failure of BitPass put you off).
With indieKarma, your visitors can create an account, seed it with one dollar through PayPal, and start contributing to your site in just minutes. By default, each time they visit your site, we debit one penny from their account and credit yours. After a first visit, users my elect to edit thier donation amount – perhaps more, perhaps nothing at all. This allows your visitors to voluntarily (and painlessly) support the content they enjoy.