How many blogs have you been to lately that sell ad space? It seems like I have been seeing more and more lately, and it got me thinking,
“Is it worth it?”
One of the main questions I get asked when I talk about my blog is – “Do you make any money!?” That’s easy;
It’s difficult to explain sometimes, because people don’t understand that I do this because I want to. Because I have a passion and a hobby and I love networking with others that have the same thoughts.
Yet, there are times when I think, “Jeebus, I spend X amount of hours on my blog; networking, promoting.. it’s hard work!” Does that mean that I should get paid for it? Or could I earn a (small) amount to help keep my blog going?
Shoooooot, blogging is expensive.
For the first 6-8 months, I didn’t even know you could possibly make money blogging. Sure, I knew there were “tour sites” that were paid to organize blog tours, book blitz etc. But that’s their job. And I sure as heck didn’t know that people paid reviewers. I wouldn’t – but to each his own. Then I stumbled upon Affiliate sites.
I have a Book Depository and Amazon affiliate links (and more recently with my host), but how many people actually click on those links? Not many, that’s for sure. I use these links in ALL my purchase links, yet I haven’t really “earned” much. Maybe $3.00? I will sometimes go and look for my favorite books and post on Twitter/Facebook; but then the fear of being labeled as a SPAMMER comes to play.. And I stop. ➡ Topic for another day.
So this brings me to Advertising. My husband as asked me several times why I don’t advertise on my blog. I don’t really have an answer. But I do think about the outreach that I have and wonder if I am even a good candidate for it. I think about whether or not people will stop coming to my blog because I advertise.
I wonder if I would be wasting my time and if it’s even worth it.
Do you advertise on your blog? Why or why not? If so – how has it been working out for you?
Do you click on/purchase anything from ads on other blogs?
I’d love to hear from you!
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.