Gasp, right? A blog without ads? How am I supposed to make any money?
Okay, so I didn’t remove all of my ads. I still do sponsored posts. But I had Google Ads on my blog for a quite a little less than a year, which is about half of my blog’s lifetime up to this point. I posted them in my sidebar and in my most popular posts, and I was actually getting quite a few clicks on them.
But a few weeks ago, I decided to take them down. All of them.
And here’s the (first) problem with Google Ads: you can’t cash out until you’ve made $100. It would have taken me an astronomical amount of time to get the money for the ads based on how much traffic I get on my ads.
Not only that, but they’re tacky. No one likes being bombarded with ads when they go onto a website. And that’s coming from someone in marketing.
But neither of those are the reason I finally decided to cut the advertising cord on my blog.
You’ve worked so hard to get people to your blog. Why are you giving them an opportunity to leave? They better be paying you good money to have their ads there.
And here’s the thing: you don’t make a ton of money with Google Ads. Remember my figure about making less than $20 in 10 months? Yeah, not exactly thrilling.
So, how do I make money with my blog?
Because, let’s face it, blogging ain’t cheap. But it’s fun, and I’d love to make an income from it.
There are two main ways I’m making an income from my blog now: design services and Etsy.
Etsy is the easiest, because I’m able to make a passive income from it. This means I make something once, and people can pay for it and download it all at once. I don’t actually have to do anything.
I’m in the process of filtering out my handmade Etsy products so it can be almost entirely devoted to passive income.
The second way is through my design services. I’m working with clients to build websites, design graphics, and monetize their blogs / websites just like I have been. It’s not nearly as passive, but it’s awesome to help clients realize their potential.
For example, I helped Angela from The Full Tummy (plus And Possibly Dinosaurs) not only set up and design her website, but also create a meal planning printable to offer her readers for free. We worked together to figure out the best format for her website and printable, and she ended up really happy with the final products.
If you’re interested in working with me on website and design projects, drop me a line!
I’m really happy with my decision to remove ads on my blog. It was a hard decision because it’s so non-traditional, but it’s been a great change for me.
Sure, I lost out on $20 of ad revenue because I’m not going to get to the $100 minimum for withdrawal. But it’s not worth it to encourage people to leave my site for a minimal payout.
I’m pretty sure that’s part of Google’s business plan. Jerks.
Do you have ads on your blog? Why or why not?