Holy moly it’s February! I don’t know where January went, but winter will soon (maybe?) be on its way out, and then it’s time for spring.
So, at the end of last year I decided to enroll with the ad network Foodie Blogroll. I figured it would earn me a bit of extra money from the blog, I could have between one and three ads up at a time, and I figured, I’m already blogging, so why not make a small profit from the traffic?
Well, after the first month, it certainly wasn’t much traffic – or money – but I’m going to stick with Foodie Blogroll for the time being, and just see where things go.
The main benefit to joining an ad network is that you don’t have to do the legwork of finding advertisers or sponsors, which takes a ton of time and relationship-building.The negative is that you don’t make much money, especially if your traffic is low, or if you could be doing better with private sponsors or with sponsored posts.
Over time I’d like to work with brands I love, especially local or Vermont-based companies, and see if we can create a mutually beneficial relationship through blogging. There are lots of possibilities, and while sometimes it seems overwhelming, especially because people start blogs every day, the landscape of blogging is continually changing, and we can use our voices to make change and work with products and businesses.
- Foodie Blogroll: $.50
- Samples / Giveaways: $51.90
- Affiliate Earnings:
- Spreadshirt: $46.90
the gross total: $99.30
So…January was a month of lower gross profit than November or December, but I did get more samples, which is always fun (what frugal Vermonter doesn’t love getting free stuff – free food! free books! free clothes!). And the t-shirt sales are still steady, which is great.
I have a few other projects in the works, so stay tuned for more on those.