Making Money Via Blogging Without Turning Off Your Readers
The purpose of this post is two-fold:
- To keep my followers updated on exciting changes in, and how I feel about, advertising here at The Caffeinated Day Tripper.
- To welcome other bloggers, advertisers, critics and experts into a conversation regarding how best to balance the needs of the blogger versus the needs of followers.
You just want to immerse yourself in something about which you are passionate: Fashion, food, exciting but affordable day travel…
You love to write, or snap photos, or share valuable advice with family and friends. You think, “If only I could combine all of these inclinations.” Then it hits you…a blog!
You start planning out this amazing blog utopia.
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It’s a pretty picture, in your mind: Stunning graphics, clean themes, exciting video, photo galleries, slide shows! You begin looking into hosting platforms. Sure, some are free (www.blogger.com and www.wordpress.com, for example) and perfectly fine, if you are just beginning, but you do get what you pay for. For the most part, they offer limited customization, cookie-cutter themes and what about the almighty plugin? The functionality and (well, I’ll just say it) SUPER-BITCHIN’-COOLNESS that plugins add is impossible to resist!
For starters, you’ve got to have an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Pack, XML Sitemaps to help Google (and, yes, others) index your posts, something to reduce the file size of your images so your page can load faster (reducing your bounce rate) and that Anti-Spambot plugin that keeps “Hot Thai Masseurs” from commenting, “We enjoy this. Please Click Here For Free Exciting Offer!” on your post, 8 Reasons to Go Air-boating With Your Family in Florida’s Everglades.
Awkward! (And, sadly…true story.)
Also, how can a real blogger live without their own domain name?
You have a name, right? Wow, me too! Okay, now imagine your incredibly awesome, lovingly-chosen-by-your-adoring-mommy-&-daddy, name with a .com after it. Are you kidding me? That’s killer, right?
What about space? How much does your free provider offer as opposed to a paid service? You have GOT to have tons of space for all that slick content you’re going to offer!
You start looking at the limited possibilities available with some services and wishing you could bring a bit more to the table for your followers.
How Do You Become Profitable (Or Break Even) Without Pestering?
Let’s also talk about *looks around and whispers*…monetizing. I know talking about making money blogging can be a bit like putting on an itchy wool scarf but the reality is that a lot of bloggers, eventually, need to earn a little cash, even just to break even and pay the costs associated with providing a professional blog that features high-quality content. That is what’s most important, right?
That’s where this post comes in.
How I’m Handling The Dilemma of Making Money Blogging
You’ve probably already noticed that I use Google AdSense ads and search tools on the blog. Yesterday, I also opened up The Caffeinated Shopper: An Online Shopping Mall For Travelers and Hikers, powered by Amazon.com.
Here’s the thing. I’m trying to walk that delicate balance between providing interesting content and, well, paying for it. What I don’t want to do is bog you guys down with a bunch of pop-ups, ill-placed ads and flashing gizmos. So, I’m trying the store out. I’ll do my best to hand-pick quality Travel and Hiking Gear & Essentials (maybe even a cute travel-related gift item or two for the Day-Tripper in your life) that can actually better your experience here. I want to offer a more targeted solution so we can help one another out. That includes my fellow travel bloggers!
So, if you need anything for your next trip, stop in and take a virtual look around. See something you like? Consider buying it through our store. If you don’t, no worries. In the end, what’s most important is that you enjoy your time here, learn a little something, find a new adventure and return to interact. I value your time spent here at The Caffeinated Day Tripper. I know how busy you are!
Are you a blogger, walking that fine line between becoming profitable and pestering?
How do you handle the costs of running a blog via potentially alienating your followers? Have any advice for new bloggers on making or saving money on services?
Are you a fan/ follower of blogs who wants to offer your opinion on what sort of ad you’d prefer to see? Are you an advertiser with other ideas to offer?
I love hearing from readers so, please, leave your feedback in the comment box below!
Thanks for all of your support, as always!