Why I Have Stopped Trying to Monetize

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As a blogger, you often seek out help when setting up various parts of your blog, like domains and hosting, writing posts, the works. Hell, I even write these posts myself. And these very posts got me to try I do something I would not enjoy: monetization.

At the time this came up, it felt like the natural next step for blogging. I had the consistency, I had steady views, so it seemed like the next thing to up my game. Also, who doesn’t like having money from something you enjoy doing.

In order to keep this from becoming an atrociously long post, trying to monetize my blogs was such an energy suck. My issues didn’t come from bad companies or affiliate sites, but from just getting too tired and annoyed to make it work out in my favor. Getting views and comments and follows is hard enough, adding the element of trying to make money as well was a pain. Also, I felt like I had to make special content I could attach affiliate links to but still sound like me. It was a very forced process.

So, I made the decision that I wasn’t going to force monetization anymore. I’m not going to scroll forever on affiliate sites to join ad programs that may or may not fit. I’m not going to make content for the sole purpose of making money on it.

I will still work with companies and people that want to work with me. I would much rather work with people who reach out to me directly, or reach out to companies and people myself that I am excited to work with. I would rather write content about products and services that actually excite me and will happily vouch for, rather than hunt for something just to make a profit. Making content I enjoy writing will never outweigh making profitable content.

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  1. Mia Sutton says:

    I don’t blame you! I used to do similar things to try and monetize and it never really worked out for me due to the lack of time and the lack of desire to write about certain things because I *HAD* to. I really only ever do book reviews now where I get a free copy of the book, but it’s always one that I’m interested in, so that it doesn’t feel forced.

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  2. I have been going back and forth and back and forth on whether to start monetizing. I am pretty positive I would hate it. Thanks for this post. I’m glad I am not the only one…

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  3. Karin Rambo says:

    You definitely shouldn’t force something that doesn’t work for you! I also think some blogs are easier to monetize than others. With a lot of the “mom” blogs, it actually makes sense because the “campaigns” fit in well with their content. I’m a minimal fashion blogger so really the only thing that works for me is affiliate links and I’ve found a happy medium with that. Like you, I’ll still work with a company that reaches out to me, but I just don’t have the time to be contacting a bunch of shops asking for a partnership.

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  4. Shann Eva says:

    Yes! I completely agree. While I work with some companies that approach me, I find it too stressful to apply and try and make campaigns work for my blog. At least, right now. I have limited time with the kids still at home, so I want to focus on writing quality posts about things that matter to me.

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  5. Chrissy says:

    I’m totally with you. I had to sit back and remind myself that this was never going to be my full time job and that in order to keep it a FUN hobby, I had to stop stressing myself over stuff that I hated doing because then it became a job, and I already had one of those!

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  6. Jenny says:

    I feel ya girl! I usually only work with people who contact me and only apply to things that would fit in my niche.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  7. I feel like I got sucked into the whole monetizing thing. Even though I told myself I wasn’t going to. Then I remembered I started this blog to share my life, sure some extra money would be nice but it has to fit and Im not going to jump though fire rings to get there. Ya know.

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  8. I totally understand why monetization isn’t all its cracked up to be. I found that trying to monetize makes me lose focus, I let my portfolio of articles on my blog speak for itself instead.

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  9. Corsica says:

    I’m new to blogging but this does stress me out a bit. I’m glad you see what does and doesn’t work for you. I loved reading this!!

    Corsica | kissesfromcarolina.com

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  10. I was the same way. I always changed my “niche” in order to get a ton of followers and likes, but that’s not what blogging is about. I finally have stopped and my blog has a little bit of everything. I’d love for you to check it out!
    Keep on blogging. 🙂

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  11. Such an interesting P.O.V. I’ve never tried to monetize my blog, but I am using it to promote the YA novel I’m writing. It may help gain attention, it may not. But it’s worth a shot! Awesome post.

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  12. Anup Satpute says:

    its Sound Good, me too. thank you

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  13. This was certainly an interesting read!

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