Behind the scenes, I've tried to monetize my blog. It's what you do with a blog, right? Bloggers write because they love it. They share meaningful posts full of information for their readers because they want to become an authority on their topic. At the end of the day, bloggers would like to make a little bit of money for providing valuable information.
Not many bloggers will live off the income from a blog's advertising, affiliate links or whatever. At the very least, they want to feel like they're doing something worthwhile and make a few pennies in the process.
I removed the random ads from the blog recently. Not because I'm an artiste who doesn't want to sully her art with something as pedestrian as advertisements. (Can you feel me rolling my eyes? They almost fell out onto my desk!) The reason is because I'd like to control what I advertise. Books, reading, creativity. Those are the things I'd like to advertise on my blog because it feels like those qualities speak to my niche.
Instead of random ads that may or may not appeal to readers of my blog, I've added in some specific affiliates that will add value.
Createspace is a great resource for self-publishers who want to put their work out there in print. I'll be using it when I publish my short novel.
I'm waiting for one more affiliate to approve me. I'm so excited about this one, and it figures it's the last one to leave me hanging! I'll let you all know when I hear from them.
Do you struggle to monetize your blog? What tips would you suggest for new bloggers like myself?
**The pictures imbedded in the post are not affiliate links. You can find those links on the right hand side. If you're interested in what they sell, consider clicking the link so I can make a few pennies.**