I’ve been thinking a lot about the expenses that go into running a blog. For me, that means self-hosting and giveaways, primarily. The former is a bit more costly but only comes around once a year, the latter builds up quickly.
Running a blog isn’t always cheap.
At least, not for the things I use. Anything I can do to offset the costs of blogging, buying books that I talk about, etc. is a good idea in my book. So I considered monetizing the blog.
One problem: I HATE ads. I don’t like seeing them all over the place and I’m not likely to visit a website again if I see a bunch because they can be annoying. But I remembered affiliate links and thought, “Oh, those aren’t obnoxious. I could do that.”
A few weeks ago, I signed up for the Amazon Affiliate Program, meaning that when I link to a product on Amazon and someone clicks on it, I receive a (very) small commission for any purchases they make within a certain time period. I already link to Amazon for book purchase links, this would be easy money!
Except not really.
Affiliate commissions are SUPER small and you have to get decent traffic to make very much. Often, it’s not worth it. NovelKnight is at a place where I’m starting to get enough traffic to make a difference so I thought it couldn’t hurt to try it out. In the last few weeks since signing up, I’ve made enough to ship a giveaway prize to someone.
This made being an Affiliate worth it.
If I could make enough to offset some giveaway costs, I could host more giveaways. I could do more things for my readers. It’s not a lot of money, but a little bit helps.
I’m shopping affiliate in 2018!
I realized that if I could make a little money from the work I put into my blog, so could other bloggers and I bet there are others who are affiliates too! I went to Twitter and asked who out there was an affiliate for a bookseller and started to get a few names to save for later.
Shopping through affiliate links costs NOTHING.
I can click on someone’s link, buy the books I planned on getting, and keep on rolling at no additional cost to myself AND those purchases will help support someone else in the community. Plus (this may be different per site) some affiliate programs give a person commission for ANY purchases you make through their link within a certain time frame so even if you don’t buy whatever product they linked, you can still help them out.
Is it worth making the effort to shop affiliate? Personally, I think so. Blogging is hard. We put in a lot of time and work to do what we do. We’re a community and this is just one more way to support each other!