Those of you who have been around for a while have probably noticed that subtle changes have appeared over the last several months. These are because I decided to monetize my blog. This means that I am now including affiliate links in some posts and in ads on my sidebar so that I receive a small commission (very small. this is not a get-rich-quick way to make money.) if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I also do compensated reviews, which means that I receive free products and/or am paid to do a review for certain companies. (On the flip side, I also talk about products on my blog that we purchase and use with no affiliation with the company at all, other than being a customer.)
I debated about monetizing for a long time, but I finally decided to do it. Here’s why:
- I prayed about the decision (and what God was leading me to do with my blog) for over a year before I started.
- I talked the decision over with my husband. Many times.
- The more I learn about SEO and everything required to provide a company with a good review, the longer it takes me to write the reviews. I now spend hours on a review.
- The more time I spend on a review, the more time I am away from my family. I see nothing wrong with getting paid for the time spent when the company will benefit from my efforts.
- I always write my honest opinions about the products I promote/review.
- And now you’re wondering why all of my reviews are so positive? It’s because I don’t agree to use/review/promote products I wouldn’t buy for my family anyway.
- If it’s a product I haven’t heard of before, I do some research ahead of time to see if it’s a good fit for my family, my homeschool, and my readers before agreeing to review it. In other words, I make sure it’s a product I would spend my own money on!
- I don’t ever ask you to take a look at anything that I haven’t personally used and found beneficial for my family, homeschool, or blog.
- I put a lot of work into my blog and try to consistently bring quality posts to my readers. As my blog grows, so do my expenses. It’s nice to have some income to offset those costs.
- As with most families, having extra income is helpful for mine. One reason I decided to monetize was to help with medical expenses and therapy costs for my daughter. (I became an Avon Independent Sales Representative for the same reason. Yes, I stay busy.)
Whatever your thoughts on monetizing, I ask that you keep your comments respectful. This is a very personal decision and not one that I recommend for everyone. I am trying to blog and monetize with integrity, and I felt that it was important for my readers to know why I made the decision.
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