Why am I using ads and affiliate programs?
I’d like to be paid for my work. I know you understand that feeling. My blog is an extension of my art and if I don’t make money from my blog, that’s like working for free. At the most it would be cutting into the money I earned from each painting. I don’t want to have to sell twice as many paintings just to run my blog.
What does this mean for the future of the blog?
I’m not sure yet. I have only used Adsense in the past and I’m learning as I go. I haven’t been trusting of affiliate programs in the past so I understand any worries you may have. If I can lay any of those worries to rest, I would like to say:
I promise everything I post about will be something I use myself, just like it has been without any affiliation. The posts will be my honest opinion and I will not in any way abuse your trust for a dollar. I appreciate anyone coming to this site. I love my blog. I’ve blogged for 13 years without earning a dime. I do it for the joy of the thing.
I’m not 21 anymore. I have student loans to pay. I have dogs to feed. I ask that you understand this is part of my living and bear with me during the learning process. I see the affiliate program as a way to tell you about great things and help myself in the process. I already mention a lot of great items/links/etc. without getting paid a dime. I will let you know every single time I get paid for something so you can choose to use my affiliate link or purchase another way. Or frankly, skip the post entirely.
These are the ads on the sides and bottom of my page. Google pays me to put these on the site. I don’t get a specific say in what goes here I can narrow the topics down, but that’s about it. They don’t pay a lot. For 2,500 visitors for the month, I’ve made $0.63. I would have to have over 2 million visitors to make over $600 a month. That’s a lot of work for $600. That number alone is why I decided to join a popular affiliate program.
I’m considering selling some ad space to individuals. These will pay more than Ad Sense and they will definitely reflect the topics of this blog. I will have control over them and I will verify each one before it is placed.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.