June 7, 2012

Dolla, dolla bills!: Armchair BEA

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Maceration of Money

You know, I have my ups and downs with this topic. There were times when I would say to myself, “This is it! Today is the day! You are going to make some money on this blog! Let’s do this thing!” Then I get gung-ho about it for a couple of weeks until it all sort of fizzles out.

Poo.

I think I’ve reached some middle ground now. Money would be nice but I’m not going to stress out about it. If you notice to the right and left of you (also the top), you’ll see a couple of ad bars. I’ve had various success with them. Blogher is probably the best one I’ve dealt with. I’ve actually got real cash money from them. So, that is success to me! I’ve just signed up again for Lijit. I was doing Lijit for awhile way back when but I never made enough to get sent anything. Recently, I was contacted again by them and with a bit of prodding was convinced to give it another try. We’ll see.

I’ve tried affiliates too. At first it was Amazon, but I found their monthly “you didn’t make any money, what’s wrong with you?” emails depressing so I switched to Book Depository. I haven’t made any money with them either but at least I never hear about it. I did a couple of other things that I can’t remember that weren’t successful. Them’s the breaks. I’ve tried to sell ad space but except for a few inquires the only person who made any offer was selling p0rn.

I hope I’m not discouraging you. Sorry. But if I was doing this for the $$$ I would have stopped long ago.
There have been other benefits of course. I’m spreading out a bit from my blog. I’m writing reviews for Project Gutenberg Project, I’ve guest posted on other blogs (including Historical Tapestry this week), and a couple of my posts were featured on the Blogher website. I figure this will all lead to something. You must be prepared when opportunity comes knocking!

So, what about you? Find anything that works?

22 comments :

  1. Nope, I've heard before that the affiliate thing is not going to make me rich, and besides, I would have to pay for wordpress in order to allow ads etc. on my blog. I probably wouldn't break even. :-)

    I think the way to make money with a blog is to find another hobby (not reading) and work with that.

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    1. So, I guess you're saying, "don't quit your day job!"

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  2. This topic really isn't for me but good tips for if I ever change my mind

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  3. I have no interest in monetizing my blog.
    Like you said, if I was blogging for the money I would have quit long long ago.

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  4. All questions I've had! Thanks for the answers.

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  5. You didn't discourage me at all. In fact, you've helped me to relax a bit about it all. Your information on ad bars is very helpful. Thanks!

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  6. I go up and down to with blogging and with amazon. They were taken out of my state and I think put back..I have no clue so I have stopped using them.

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  7. I love the title of this blog post!

    I don't monetize my blog, either. It seems like much more work than it's worth. That's so rude that Amazon sends emails like that! Geez, like they don't sell enough WITHOUT blogger help.

    One of my Sunday Salon posts attracted BlogHer and they asked if they could post it on their site (and were willing to pay a bit for the privilege). I thought about it but decided against it. I would prefer my blog posts to just be on MY blog, I think, and not elsewhere on the web. I also get these weird requests from random people (spammers?) asking if THEY can do a guest post on MY blog about all sorts of random topics, but I generally ignore those. They never offer me money, though ;-)

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    1. I get those too! It's so weird. Why would I let some random stranger post on my blog?!

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  8. Sounds like you're making great progress.

    I didn't even know Amazon sent out those emails. Probably because I have a secondary email that I never look at and that's where they'd go. I do the affiliates and a few other things and add more as I get around to it.

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    1. Yes, every month. I still get them but put them in the trash file.

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  9. I don't monetize with my blog but Amazon would send e-mails like that, lol. Glad it's working for you at least!

    ~Kailia

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  10. I think a lot has to do with luck, if the right people happen to find your blog, and at a time you're doing well, perhaps you'll benefit. That's 3 clauses just in that one sentence.

    Regarding affiliate links, I've always been sceptical of those actually working, because if readers clear their browser history and cookies whether or not they buy the book within the specified time the shop might not make the connection between the blog who sent them and the customer.

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    1. Yeah, I'm not sure about affiliates either but I keep tossing them out there.

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  11. I haven't found anything yet that seems to work for me. I agree that the monthly Amazon mail saying "you have not earned anything" is not very motivating. It would be easier if they just wouldn't send anything. Maybe I will try TBD instead. Most of my books these days are from The Bookdepository anyway.

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    1. Yes, I wish they wouldn't send anything either. They know how to make a person feel bad. lol

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  12. I'm really weird about advertising. I think of my blog as a personal space, not a moneymaking venture and decided early on that I was too lazy to link up to Amazon. BlogHer is not offensive to me, though. It seems like a good thing. But, they've never contacted me and I didn't even know what it was about till Andi informed me, recently. Very cool that's worked for you!

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    1. I'm pretty sure I signed up for Blogher on my own. I do know that there is a waiting list too.

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  13. I don't use advertising but I always think about it. It's good to see both the good and the bad of it.

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  14. I realized a long time ago that I wouldn't be likely to make much money blogging the way I do. Everything I've heard about affiliate programs makes me think it's too much work for an almost non-existent payout. Jenny and I did talk once about doing them and donating what we earned to a literacy cause. But we're just not interested in the extra work. And advertising isn't allowed on a Wordpress.com blog, and I'd rather not bother with the expense and hassle of self-hosting. I know it's not that expensive or difficult, but I'm all for keeping blog management easy so I can focus on the things I like doing, which is reading and writing and commenting.

    All that said, I really don't have a problem with others' efforts to monetize. If the content is good, I'll read it.

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    1. I haven't seen a dime from affiliates so, yeah, if you don't want to do them, you're not missing out!

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