Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Money From Blogging Consideration

For a while now, some people have asked me if I have considered trying to make money from blogging. And while I had looked into it a little, I must admit that I never looked too much into the concept because I wasn't sure how. I also have a minor concern about feeling like I'm selling out in a way because the easiest ways to earn a little income is with links and such posted on the blogs to send people to other sites or products. On the other hand, it would be nice to get a few dollars from blogging to help pay for the Internet in order to make the blog posts. I am not looking to make a large income, just a little bit every now and then would be nice.

I'm curious what other people on the blog world think about a couple of options. Here are the questions to consider about them: Does it change how you view the blog you are reading when you see them used? Do you use them and if so what has been your experience?

Adsense - (similar options) This is the advertisements that get placed on the side or different parts of the page. From what I've looked at so far, this is one of the most common options people take. The ads can be geared towards the specific audience but it's still advertisements placed on the page and I know with web sites sometimes those ads can have a negative affect on a viewer.

Amazon Affiliate - This is the link to an item from amazon and you get a small amount of the profit if they decide to buy after following the link. While it wouldn't work for most of my blogs because I don't talk about products and I won't be posting links to items for no reason, it wouldn't be too bad I guess to post a link to a book on the book review blog except I'd rather people buy books from other locations. Amazon has its use but it also has the negative impact on the industry from what has been going on lately in the publishing world.

What do you think?


Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm not a fan of blogs who use Adsense, especially when they comment on mine just so I'll comment on their and generate them some income (and more ads they have, the greater this feeling). It feels like the person is blogging for the wrong reasons (social networking). This is especially true when the blog is filled with the ads.

The Amazon affiliation doesn't bother me. But I don't use them, even though I regularly blog about writing books.

Dawn Embers said...

Stina Lindenblatt - Interesting. I'm one who always forgets to link my own blog when commenting on others so I never really thought about that. I can see how that would be an eyebrow raiser. Thanks for the comment.