Every so often I see bloggers expressing some apprehension about stepping out of their blogging niche, so I thought it was worth chatting about. The business-focused blogs If the main purpose is to make money, niche matters. Brandon Gaille The graphic above is from blogging guru Brandon Gaille. If you want to make money, these… Continue reading Should You Stick to a Blogging Niche?
Recently, fellow blogger Stoner on a Rollercoaster had a very non-productive experiment with running advertising on her blog, so I thought I'd write about my own experience. The short answer, though, to the question in the title is nope, not much. So, let's start with what the different options are to (not) make money. Word… Continue reading Can You Make Money With Advertising on Your Blog?
It's been almost 7 months since I upgraded to the WordPress business plan, so I thought I'd reflect on how it has changed my blog, both good and bad. Plugins The business plan lets you install plugins to perform specific functions on your site. Basically, you load the plugin onto your site, tweak the settings,… Continue reading Reflections on Upgrading to the WordPress Business Plan
Not long ago someone left this comment on a post I'd written: "I guess you have to decide what you want. Money, hits, likes or trying to help others." This isn't the first time I've seen it cast in a somewhat negative light that people were trying to grow their blogs, so I thought it… Continue reading It’s Okay to Want to Grow (and Monetize) Your Blog
How easy is it to monetize a blog? Hint: It's not. Not in the slightest. Many of us spend a great deal of time blogging. Some of us (like me) may not have much in the way of income, so monetization seems like a reasonable step to try. But anyone who tells you that it's… Continue reading How Easy Is It to Monetize a Blog?