Recently I have been pondering things, such as monetization and ad revenue and ways to make additional money using what few skills I have. It hit me that my site, while not super popular, does do pretty well. I mean, over the last few months I have been getting 20-30 unique visits a day roughly. In May for example, I hit 410 Unique Visits, and so far for June I am up to 629.
That’s no small feat.
Sure it’s not as nuts as some sites get. I am not where near what even the site I write reviews for, Vox Ludicus, gets on a daily basis even when we post nothing. But it’s still something.
Sadly, being on the Free WordPress system limits my options. I cannot use Google Adwords, or Project Wonderful or anything to attempt to generate revenue. I am unsure if I can use Patreon or even if that would be something smart, or hell if I could even post a donation link to Paypal!
So how do I make money, even a small amount, with my writing? I dont know how to freelance for example. All I have that belongs to me is this little corner of the web.
Well the obvious answer would be to start by getting myself my own domain and site hosting. There are tons of options out there, and some are not too costly. The old “you gotta spend money to make money” adage would apply here. I would have to pay monthly for site hosting, but I could possibly generate small amounts of money via ads, which could then pay for the site hosting?
I could also have total control over my site, from how it looks, to its domain name, everything. Have ads if I wanted (unobtrusive of course) and all that jazz without worry.
I am concerned however that doing such a move would cause me to lose my audience, my followers, and traffic connections. I know that the WordPress tutorial says that they help with all of that, but I am unsure. Also I would be on my own for support for the most part, and I would have to make sure to monitor things closely.
Have any of you moved to your own site? Why did you do so, and how has it managed? I mean, I honestly am unsure if I would even have access via my own site with a WordPress Install to people I follow….