Making money off your blog: There was a recent controversy about bloggers charging authors for reviews (You can read about it here) which leads to this week’s question: Almost all of us blog as a hobby in our spare time, usually for free but is there anything wrong with making money off your blog?
In all honesty, I wish I could make an income off this hobby, only because I would love to do it full-time. But, then it would become a JOB and we all know how jobs can turn things we love into MUSH. So while I do wish I could blog for a living, I am kinda happy it’s not in the cards.
Should bloggers charge for reviews? Make you wonder about the honesty of their reviews?
As with any situation where money or goods change hands, people immediately expect deception. I would be very, very sketchy about someone who is paid to write reviews, and all of their reviews were strictly positive. Now, if the honesty would remain in tact, then no, I honestly would have no issues with it. However, honesty is hard to come by when someone is paying you to promote them. If it were me, I’d remain honest, but i have a feeling I’d get less people willing to pay me. That is the sad fact of it all.
What about advertising on a blog? When a blogger does allow book related advertising does it turn you off? Do you have a problem with purchase links (Amazon for example) that earn a blogger a small commission if a person purchases a book through that link?
I think advertising is fine but I don’t click on any of the links, most of the time. I hope they do work for the bloggers looking to make a buck (which usually goes back into the blog) but advertising usually annoys me and therefore, I ignore it.
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