Book Blogger Taboo?
I notice every once in awhile when I hop on the twitters people say monetization like it’s a dirty word. They act like monetization is the most taboo thing a book blogger can participate in and that one should be ashamed of it. I can’t help but laugh derisively at that. I mean, okay I will be the last person to say I’m not judgmental, because I totes am, but WHO THE FRICK ARE YOU to judge someone for wanting to make cashmoney on the side.
Fun Hobby Or Full Time Job
Sometimes blogging feels like a full time job. If you are a successful blogger and I’ll leave you to determine your metrics for that, you likely put in AT LEAST 14 hours per week blogging. You deserve to be compensated for that. Not criticized. Not to mention all the hours spent reading. Then add in the time promoting your blog and creating community and whoa Nelly it seems like you do more work on your blog than you do at your job.
What Are My Book Blogging Out Of Pocket Costs?
Further I am sure SO MANY OF YOU can relate to spending out of pocket money on your own blog. I will give you the figures for what I have spent, because I am such a full disclosure kind of girl. I spend $56 a year for hosting my blog. I spend $10 a year on my domain name. I spent a one time cost of $87 for my Thesis theme which has helped my SEO tremendously. And I’ve probably spent around $200 this year on shipping. (Sorry I just am unable to muster pity for people who whine about shipping one book within the US media mail for $3, cheapass).
So, I am recouping my costs and I will be damned if I hear another person complaining about other people monetizing. When you pay my blogging salary, then you can complain to me about my ads. Before that, I shall laugh in YO FACE.
How Am I Monetizing?
Blog ads. You have to apply to join, but when you are accepted you just put in your data and source and set your own ad prices. Then they create HTML for ad strips for you. Those ad strips do measure your stats, so if you click on mine it will tell you approximate weekly impressions. Then people will submit ads to you and you simply click yes or no for the ad and that is IT. (FYI if you want to advertise your blog or book here my prices are low and my stats are relatively high for the book blogging niche).
Amazon Affiliation: When I review a book I always link to Amazon and get a 4-6% commission if people buy ANYTHING on Amazon after clicking the link. Also, I try to be funny in that affiliate section. So far I have made a grand total of $17.
I’m certainly NOT getting rich off of blogging, but I am slowly and steadily saving my way towards one of these because it will TOTALLY enhance my blogging experience plus is a HUGE upgrade from my tiny netbook.
So, a few takeaway questions I wanted to ask you:
What are you doing to monetize your book blog?
Do you think monetization is selling out?
Any interesting success stories?