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EBYLINE PAYMENTS

Description

Paying contributors to your WordPress site used to be a hassle. Not anymore. Introducing Ebyline Payments, a plugin that allows editors to pay blog contributors easily and safely, all within the WordPress Admin.

** Why Editors and Freelancers trust Ebyline Payments: **

  • Easy install and setup
  • Make payments via credit card to contributors directly in the WordPress interface
  • Import Ebyline projects directly into your WordPress site
  • Contributors receive payments via PayPal
  • Browse history of any payment for any post
  • Never worry about your personal information. We keep it 100% secure in our encrypted payment system
  • Totally tax compliant – Never worry about missing a tax form or filing
  • Works with any theme you use

Screenshots

  • All Posts View
  • Edit Post View
  • Confirm Payment
  • Payment Sent

Installation

  1. Install Ebyline Payments either via the WordPress.org plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server.
  2. After activating Ebyline Payments for WordPress , click on the Ebyline tab in the sidebar.
  3. Have an account? Log in and you’re good to go.
  4. Need to create a publisher account? Just fill in your publisher information and click “Create Account”.
  5. That’s it. You’re ready to send payments to your contributors.

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Install Ebyline Payments either via the WordPress.org plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server.
  2. After activating Ebyline Payments for WordPress , click on the Ebyline tab in the sidebar.
  3. Have an account? Log in and you’re good to go.
  4. Need to create a publisher account? Just fill in your publisher information and click “Create Account”.
  5. That’s it. You’re ready to send payments to your contributors.
FOR THE EDITOR
  • How do I pay someone?

    1. To pay a contributor, click on “Posts” in the left menu.
    2. Locate the post that you want to pay for.
    3. If no fee is listed for the post, click on “Edit Fee”, enter the fee amount, and click “Save”.
    4. Click the “Pay Now” button, which will take you to the Ebyline Platform.
    5. Click “Register Now” to create a new account. (If you already have an account, log-in and skip to step 7.)
    6. Enter your publication and billing information and click “Create Account”.
    7. Confirm that the fee amount and payee are correct, click “Pay Now”.
    8. Payment will be issued to the contributor and you will receive a confirmation.
    9. Fee will be listed as paid.

    Payments are queued for processing once per week at 12am (midnight) Eastern Time on Thursday night/Friday morning. One charge will be made to your credit card for the full amount of all payments processed during the prior seven day period. Payments will be forwarded to your contributors’ PayPal accounts immediately after your card has been successfully charged.

  • Does this cost me anything?

    There is a subscription fee of $50 per month or $420 annually for having an Ebyline Plus account. In addition, there is a transaction fee of 10% charged for payments processed through Ebyline Payments. This fee covers processing payment to your contributor and all tax related reporting required for the payment. There is no cost to your contributor for being paid through Ebyline, and Ebyline covers the cost of any PayPal fees, so your contributor receives the full amount contracted for their post.

  • What payment methods are available?

    Payments are accepted from editors via credit card only (MasterCard, Visa, and American Express). Payments are issued to contributors via PayPal only.

  • Can I use Ebyline to manage my stories?

    Yes. Ebyline can handle your workflow as well as payment processing. Simply log-in to your Ebyline account at Ebyline.com/login to create assignments, manage workflow, and process payments. The Ebyline platform also has a contributor database and Pitch Board to enable you to find new contributors to work with.

  • Can I import my Ebyline projects into my WordPress site?

    Yes, existing Ebyline users can import the last 60 days of completed projects directly into their WordPress account. The projects will be imported in “Draft” mode, allowing you to quickly edit and update the posts for publication. Simply log into your WordPress account, Install the Ebyline Plugin, and use the “Import” feature located under the “Tools” menu.

  • Which WordPress user types can approve payments?

    Only WordPress “Admin” users can approve payments for users.

  • Which WordPress user types can set and edit fees?

    “Admin”, “Editor”, “Author”, and “Contributor” can set and edit post fees.

  • How can I see information about previous purchases?

    Previous purchases can be viewed from the Ebyline website. The transaction screen displays all your purchased projects and you can also see if a project has been paid to the contributor.

    1. Log into your Ebyline editor account at www.ebyline.com/login
    2. Click the “Transactions” folder at the lower left of the screen.
    3. By default, you will be shown all purchased projects for the current month. Use the date selection tools at the upper left to expand or change the time frame.
    4. You can also enter the name of the contributor in the “Keyword” search field to display purchased projects for a specific contributor.
    5. Click the “Export to CSV” button at the upper right to download the list in Excel compatible form.
  • How does the tax reporting work?

    Ebyline reports payments to contributors in accordance with the State of California New Hire reporting guidelines. In addition, for contributors meeting current IRS reporting thresholds during the tax year ($20,000 and 200 separate transactions), a 1099-K form will be issued no later than January 31st of the following year, as required by law.

    1099-K forms are issued electronically through the PayPal platform. Per IRS guidelines, 1099-K forms will not be issued to confirmed foreign contributors or domestic contributors who do not meet the reporting thresholds.

  • Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

    Contact Ebyline customer support via email at support@ebyline.com or via phone at 877-405-4030 or 818-570-2175.

FOR THE CONTRIBUTOR
  • How do I get paid?

    Payments processed through Ebyline Payments are queued for processing once per week at 12am (midnight) Eastern Time on Thursday night/Friday morning. A deposit for the full amount of all payments processed to you during the prior seven day period (Friday to Thursday) will be forwarded to your PayPal account immediately after payment has been received from your editor.

  • What payment methods are available?

    Payments are issued to contributors via PayPal only.

    You must have a PayPal account in order to receive payments from Ebyline Payments. PayPal is a separate web based service that collects money for you from online sales (such as when you sell something on eBay, or if you have an online store), and securely transmits those funds to the location you specify, such as your bank account.

    With Ebyline Payments, when an editor buys your work, the editor sends the payment to us; we handle the tax and reporting issues, then we send payment directly to your PayPal account. Therefore you must have a PayPal account to receive payment for your work. In PayPal, you can specify where you want the funds to be sent (i.e., bank account, a check, etc.)

    Creating a PayPal account requires a few steps, but once completed, using the system is very simple. For more information on creating a PayPal account, click here: https://ebyline.zendesk.com/entries/21115412-How-to-Set-Up-Your-PayPal-account

  • What does this cost me?

    There is no cost to contributors to receive payments via Ebyline Payments. Ebyline covers all associated costs for you to receive payments through PayPal, and you receive the full amount you have contracted for your posts.

    Editors pay Ebyline a subscription fee to access the Ebyline platform and database, and a processing fee which covers the costs of processing payments and tax reporting.

  • How can I see information about previous payments?

    Previous payments can be viewed from the Ebyline website. The transaction screen displays all your sold projects and you can also see if a project has been paid for.

    1. Log into your Ebyline account at www.ebyline.com/login
    2. Click the “Transactions” folder at the lower left of the screen.
    3. By default, you will be shown all sold projects for the current month. Use the date selection tools at the upper left to expand or change the time frame.
    4. You can also enter the name of the editor in the “Keyword” search field to display projects sold to a specific editor.
    5. Click the “Export to CSV” button at the upper right to download the list in Excel compatible form.
  • Can I get more work using Ebyline?

    If you are interested in finding new editors to work with, you can complete a profile on Ebyline which is searchable by editors using the platform. In addition, you can submit your profile for consideration in becoming an “Ebyline Approved Freelancer”. If approved this will give you access to jobs posted on Ebyline’s Pitch Board. For more information, review these guides:
    https://ebyline.zendesk.com/entries/22311088-How-to-create-a-great-Freelancer-Profile
    https://ebyline.zendesk.com/entries/20859582-Updating-your-Freelancer-Profile
    https://ebyline.zendesk.com/entries/21495824-Becoming-an-Ebyline-Approved-Freelancer

  • How does the tax reporting work?

    For contributors meeting current IRS reporting thresholds during the tax year ($20,000 and 200 separate transactions), a 1099-K form will be issued no later than January 31st of the following year, as required by law.

    1099-K forms are issued electronically through the PayPal platform. Per IRS guidelines, 1099-K forms will not be issued to confirmed foreign contributors or contributors who do not meet the reporting thresholds.

    For more information on tax forms, click here: https://ebyline.zendesk.com/entries/21572740-1099-Misc-tax-forms

  • Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

    Contact Ebyline customer support via email at support@ebyline.com or via phone at 877-405-4030 or 818-570-2175.

Reviews

Easy PayPal payments via Ebyline

Unless PayPal creates their own WordPress payment plugin, this is the next best thing. I am able to process payments for contributors with minimal effort and see the payment details right in my WordPress account.

Another cool feature is that the Ebyline platform has a database of thousands of contributors. So when I need someone to write about a niche topic, I can access their database and find an expert. I can also create projects and payments directly in Ebyline, so when I use designers, photographers, or videographers for site content, I can process their payment along with the payments for my WordPress contributors and I don’t have to make separate payments, create private posts in WordPress, or track things in multiple places.

WordPress does have a disclaimer on the plugin that it hasn’t been updated in over two years, but honestly that’s because everything works perfectly how it is. I definitely recommend it, it saves me a lot of time and I no longer need to have spreadsheets to track what is owed to contributors.

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Contributors & Developers

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Changelog

1.0

  • Initial release.

1.0.1

  • Added a Help link in the Ebyline meta box.

1.1.0

  • New feature: import completed projects from Ebyline.