Haha. This cartoon is hilarious. But, if you start thinking about it critically you actually might find that… …
Ok, we’ll stop right there.
We’ve been having some great discussions lately (and more to come!) about monetizing blogs, making money, revealing stats, etc. for us in the evangelical and christian space.
My question is two-fold: Do you/Have you used affiliate programs? If so, what’s your “success” been like?
I’ve used a number of affiliate programs and am currently experimenting with how they will work in the upcoming redesign of this site. In addition, I’m going through my financial records and seeing truly how “successful” they’ve been, and to be quite honest I’m not really liking what I’m seeing so far.
Here are some of my short-thoughts about why it’s been hard, and why it may be hard for “us” to do this:
- I typically advertise products that, generally speaking, don’t really market well to the christian and evangelical space.
- I don’t “market” it often, if at all. It’s been a very passive process. In fact, this is more due to my anxiety about over-marketing in general. I don’t want to be “that” guy.
- I’m not really interested in doing it much. The income could, I suppose, be somewhat substantial, but I don’t think that’s what my business is built on.
- A general distaste for affiliate marketing. Not sure where I got this but I have it.
- The products that would be interesting to our vertical and market don’t have affiliate programs. (Here’s a big opportunity for people and businesses…!)
And there’s more. But, enough of me, what about you?