M is for Monetize

FA498330-24D7-4C45-969D-3286237640C7You love blogging, right? You put a lot of time, effort, and energy into your blog, and you’re proud of it. I bet you’ve even said to yourself at some point, “How cool would it be if I could make boatloads of money from my blog?” I know I have.

A lot of bloggers dream about being able to quit their day jobs and to make enough money blogging to live on. But the hard truth is most of the millions of bloggers today don’t make enough to support themselves just with their blogs. One survey I came across indicated that, of those who attempt to monetize their blogs (i.e., make money blogging), 81% never make even $100 from blogging. And the vast majority of bloggers who try make just pennies per day.CDB8DF21-34C8-4870-874D-A6225DFACDFAThere are schemes that people use to try to make money blogging. There are ads, or click bait, where you can make small change if people who read your posts click on ads that appear on them.

There is “affiliate marketing,” where you can earn a commission on a sale when your readers buy products or services companies.

If you have a specific niche or expertise, you can offer courses or coaching for which you can charge fees.

You can sign up for subscription services like Patreon, where you can offer memberships for “patrons” to gain access to your creative content.

Or you can be like me, someone who blogs because he loves blogging and has no interest whatsoever in trying to monetize his blog.

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29 thoughts on “M is for Monetize

  1. Ruth April 15, 2019 / 6:06 am

    I’ll always be a hobby blogger – I find blogging to be a fun, easy-going leisure activity, and I feel that trying to make money from it would make it a not-fun necessity, far too much like work… 😦

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  2. Nova April 15, 2019 / 6:36 am

    I love how you’ve linked every previous post on the bottom! Nice touch:)

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  3. Sadje April 15, 2019 / 7:26 am

    I have ads on my blog but you’re right, it’s just pennies. My aim was to earn $4 per month to cover the cost of my plan.

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  4. newepicauthor April 15, 2019 / 7:30 am

    I have seen those buttons that say “buy me a cup of coffee”, but I have no desire to click them.

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  5. msjadeli April 15, 2019 / 8:53 am

    A couple of weeks ago I looked at the setup for monetizing. What stopped me cold in my tracks is when they said you have to keep your content from being offensive to the sponsors. FUNK DAT. I don’t care how much money they might pay me, I’m not censoring my content.

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  6. John Holton April 15, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    Perhaps if I had started my blog at a different time I would have considered monetizing it, but I started it to have something to do.

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  7. leigha66 April 15, 2019 / 6:03 pm

    I don’t have anywhere near enough followers for that. In a perfect world a publisher would “discover me” some day on here just writing my thoughts out… but I like to dream a lot! LOL

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  8. drtanya@saltedcaramel April 16, 2019 / 1:15 am

    I wish we could all blog just for the love of it.
    My blog currently is just a hobby but I would love to make writing my full time job if I could make good money from it?

    Any ideas people ?

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  9. XingfuMama April 16, 2019 / 7:54 am

    It seems like the world is moving more and more towards the idea that we don’t have friends, we have “contacts” which actually means “marketing targets”.
    I finally started paying WordPress so that the annoying, and sometimes downright bizarre, ads didn’t show up.
    It seems like something is going to have to give soon. I find myself ceasing to read when there are so many ads that I have a hard time finding the story I want to read on sites that are clearly monetized.

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    • Fandango April 16, 2019 / 8:17 am

      That was one of the reasons I started paying for my WordPress site, too…to get rid of the ads. They are very intrusive.

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  10. Marty Augustine June 23, 2019 / 5:51 pm

    I write because I enjoy it. I never got into it for the money, but I hoped it would come,. The unfortunate the reality is, I made 7 cents last month on my WordPress monetization. Ads are great, but if no one views my articles, well…

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