How to Make a PayPal Payment Link


If you sell products or services online, you'll probably want to offer your customers the option to pay you via PayPal -- a Web payment option that is popular for its security and ease of use. Through PayPal, users can fund payment with their PayPal balance, or with a valid credit card that has been confirmed by the site. To accept PayPal payments, you must establish a business or premier business account with PayPal and obtain a personalized HTML code for your website.

  • Log in to your PayPal account with your email address and password. If you have a personal account, you must upgrade to a Premier or Business account. You can upgrade your account by clicking on "My Account" and then "Profile."

  • Click on the Merchant Services tab at the top of your PayPal screen to view your options as a PayPal merchant.

  • Select the "Buy Now Button" icon to create a payment link for your website.

  • Choose a button type from the drop-down menu in Step 1. Options include "Buy Now," "Donations," "Gift Certificates" and "Subscriptions."

  • Enter the name of the item or service you are selling in the "Item Name" field. For tracking purposes, you may also choose to enter a unique Item ID.

  • Enter the cost of the product or service into the "Price" field. Select the currency type from the drop-down menu beside the pricing field. If the item or service you are selling will have different price points, leave these fields blank for now. You'll have the option to create a drop-down menu with different prices in the next steps.

  • Customize your payment button link by adding a drop-down menu with pricing options, a drop-down menu without price or text fields. A drop-down menu without the pricing option could be used for selecting clothing sizes, for example.

  • Enter the shipping cost into the "Shipping" field" along with the tax rate, if applicable.

  • Select to use either your secure merchant account ID or your primary email address. Using your merchant account ID will prevent spammers from seeing your email address in the payment button code.

  • Customize options, as necessary for inventory tracking, profit and loss, shipping addresses and order cancellation instructions. These optional features are located in Step 2 and Step 3 of the "Create a PayPal payment button" creation page.

  • Click on "Create Button" to create a PayPal payment button for your website.

  • Copy the HTML code provided by PayPal and paste it into the website page where you want the link to appear. When pasting the link, make sure your Web tool is in HTML view and not display view.

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