Over the past week a group of bloggers (see links below) joined together to post their thoughts on monetizing a blog. I eat this stuff up because I love making money from blogging, but there are certain things even I wouldn’t do for a buck.
This morning I received an email with an offer. A company asked if I would post a link to their website on my blog for a 6-month duration. In exchange for my driving 6 months worth of business to them, they would compensate me $5.00. Yes, you read that right… $5.00. And just to be perfectly clear…. that is $5.00 for the entire 6 months… not per month.
I was floored.
I am not a newbie blogger. I’ve been doing this for a while. If you actually look at my blog, you’ll notice that there is NO advertising on it. I’m not opposed to advertising for the right company, but it would need to be a great fit for them AND for me. I don’t do links for $5.00. I don’t even know anyone who does. I’m assuming that there are people who would jump at this chance, but you don’t need to be a math genius to figure out that $5.00 breaks down to about 80 cents a month. I’m sorry… can someone please tell me what the hell you can purchase for 80 cents these days?
I’m well aware that there are some (gasp) bloggers that have no integrity. I’m not one of them.
So companies/brands/PR people if you want to work with me, I am definitely open to talking. But know this… my time and my blog space is worth more than a few cents. A lot more.
If you want to read more about monetizing your blog, check out these posts.