Some of you may have noticed that my affiliate links from Amazon are no longer around. Here’s an explanation. If you’re new to the blogging game, give this a thorough read.
There’s quite a few bloggers out there that make money with affiliate sales. Pat Flynn and Michelle come to mind. And they’ve made a ton of money. Other lesser known bloggers are advocates and claim they make a decent income off of affiliate sales.
I’m not one of those people. On this blog, the only affiliate I was connected with was Amazon. At the newbie blogger, I’m set up with bluehost and studiopress through sharasale. Of the three affiliates, I’ve brought in $0 and there’s multiple reasons why.
1. I’m not a salesman
I’ve never been in sales as a professional. That probably matters. I don’t even know how to sell shit.
2. I don’t want to sell anything
The only reason I signed up for affiliate marketing is it’s what I thought I was supposed to do. Everyone else is doing it. I should probably be doing it. Well, piss on that. I’m going to do what I want. The purpose of this blog is to help my readers save money or stop spending entirely on certain things that they don’t need. So trying to sell anyone anything at all seems counterproductive to my end-game.
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What about ads?
The ads I’m going to keep. They don’t really bother me all that much. They’re easy to set-up and use. I don’t think they’re too big of a distraction to my readers, either. It’s also really obvious that they’re an ad. I don’t feel quite as sleazy because I don’t feel obligated to pimp them and post an FTC required disclaimer for using them. Speaking of which:
So what’s the plan now?
I’m going to keep writing this blog with ads only. Blogging is awesome. I love it. But it costs money to maintain and the start-up costs were pricey, so I want to at the very least break even so that I can continue doing it.
There are plenty of money making opportunities out there. However, because I’m still new to the blogging game, they’re likely not going to present themselves until after I’ve paid my dues, so to speak.
What I’m talking about are mainly freelancing opportunites. The longer the blog and myself are visible on the web, the better my portfolio is going to look. I’ll become a name that matters. And that’s a good thing. In July, the blog will be six months old and I think that’s right around the time that I’ll start to push myself as a freelance writer and editor.
I’m done doing what everyone else is doing. At least for the most part. When I first started blogging, “they” said that most bloggers don’t even reach the six month mark. It sounded like horseshit to me, but I’ve already seen some of the folks in my “class” start to abandon their blogs. This is kind of sad and disheartening, but I guess “they” are right about some things.
The newbie blogger is another site that I own. Bloggers like to blog about blogging. How to start a blog, why start one, how to make money, etc…
There are reasons that these people stray from their usual niche and content to bring you this information. One of the reasons is that blogging is awesome. It’s a shitty way for most people to make money, but it’s an amazing creative outlet, especially for introverts like myself. Another reason is that webhosting companies pay their affiliates very well.
Personally, I decided to make another site for this purpose as to not distract my readers from the meat and taters content. I mean, that’s why you guys are here, right? You want to know how to save dat money. How to cut back. How it can make you happier in both the short run and the long term. Telling you how to make money as a blogger isn’t the likely reason that you’ve come here.
Building the newbie blogger was a wonderful learning experience and it is just as much a part of this journey as WAPH. It required research and provides me with another piece for my portfolio, which at this point, I need. However, the combination of my distaste for affiliate marketing as well as low traffic numbers means that the newbie blogger is likely not going to see a second birthday. The initial thought kind of bothered me, but the more I think about it, the more it seems like the right move.
We’re All Poor Here has been my baby from the get-go and it is off to a great start. The traffic is on the rise, the support from the blogging community has been great. I have no real complaints as far as that goes. The more I start to mold this blog into what I want, the happier I am to sit at my laptop and write every day.
Working on and worrying about affiliate income was only slowing me down. Given the speed of life, anything that’s slowing you down needs to go. And that’s for anything that you’re doing. If you’ve got a part-time or full-time job that is doing nothing but slowing you down, crushing your dreams, and sucking the vitality from your soul, it’s time to move on. The same goes with people. And I wouldn’t be a proper minimalist if I didn’t say the same goes with “stuff”. To me, affiliate marking goes in the “stuff” column. It has taken enough of my mental space over the last few months.