Welcome to the new blog design! If you have been reading CHK for a while you may have noticed a little (OK a huge) change around here that took place over the past few days. It’s been on my to-do list for far to long and I finally made the decision to knock that goal off of my list and jump right it and I’m so glad that I did!
It was a lot of work, in fact I spent so much time looking at coding that I thought my eyes where going to bug out! 🙂 I can honestly say that I now know why bloggers pay others to design their blogs for them but… it just wasn’t in my budget to do that.
Even though it was a lot of work, I enjoyed it a lot too. It gave me the chance to evaluate everything that is on the blog and why I I felt they were necessary components to include.
This place is my online home, a place for me to share my heart and God with others so I wanted the design to reflect that as well. I wanted something that was clean, easy to navigate and helped point you, the reader, to the content that I am so passionate about. I hope the new design does that for you.
There are still a few tweaks that I need to do but after working so many hours last week, I choose to take a few days off and just let it be. 🙂 With the new design I also wanted to share with you something that has been on my heart lately, why I chose to monetize (meaning that I make a small income) CHK.
I share a lot of products and eBooks on this blog and my social media channels, as well have ads placed on my sidebar. Every so often some get annoyed with it and I have even gotten an email or two about why I share so many resources or why the ads were present. I don’t mean to annoy or offend anyone but when I started this e-ministry over a year ago I knew that I would monetize this blog.
In choosing to monetize this blog I had to create careful standards of the types of products or resources that I would promote or allow to advertise here. I wanted to stay true to the mission and purpose of CHK and I wanted to stay true to myself. I’m not a sales person or a natural born advertiser who is always looking to make a quick buck and I don’t want to come across that way either.
Today for total disclosure and transparency, I wanted to share with you why and how I monetize this blog. First let me share why I chose to monetize then I’ll share some ways that I do seek to earn a small income from CHK.
I choose to monetize because…
1. It Costs Money to Maintain CHK
There is a certain amount of money that is required to maintain and support this ministry. I have to pay hosting fees, which is sort of like rent, every month that allows this blog to remain live on the internet. There are a few free blogging sites but I really wanted to own my writing and have complete control over how CHK appears.
I also have to pay a yearly domain name fee and there are a few other services that I pay a monthly or yearly membership to that helps this site run smoothly. I also had to save up and purchase this new theme and design that allowed my to redesign the blog to the look it is now. Knowing that we live off one income I knew that in order to justify those costs I would need to earn an income to offset those costs.
2. It Allow Me to Work from Home
Both my husband and I believe that the place for me to be in this current season is at home with our kids. So while I left my full time teaching job, I wanted to find a small way where I could earn an income yet still remain in the home and keep my family as my number one focus.
I didn’t want to sell a bunch of stuff nor spend a lot of time on the computer doing things that wouldn’t add value to my life. As my family started to grow so did the desire for me to start writing again. I needed some sort of creative outlet to nurture that desire so after much prayer, thought and research blogging came to be the clear choice. And in my reading other blogs and learning what they were doing I realized that you could potentially earn a small income from doing it as well but I didn’t want sell my soul and move away from mission of this blog either.
Which leads me to explain a few of the different ways that I do earn a little income from this blog…
1. Affiliate Advertising
Anytime I recommend an eBook, Bundle or other product, I am usually promoting a product that I have teamed up with. I don’t necessarily earn anything just by sharing the product but if you click through and purchase the eBook through the link I share, I earn a small income. (This is why at the top of certain posts that I have included a sentence like: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here.)
I only share books that I have personally read and loved or that I am planning on purchasing myself and reading. The same with other products I share. I don’t just share to make money and I certainly don’t share just anything. I’m careful to share only things that I think would add value to your life or, if it’s a deal, that would help save your money.
2. Placing Ads on CHK through an Advertising Network
There are a few ads that are placed on the sidebar, or in the footer that contain rotating ads that a third party advertising network places on my blog with my permission. While I do have filters set up to determine which type of ads I feel are appropriate for this blog, there have been occasions where an ad will be placed that doesn’t match my values.
3. Selling My Own Ad Spots
One way that I do have complete control of what type of ads get placed on my sidebar is to sell my own ad space to bloggers like you. For a small fee, you can have your blog or shop displayed on my sidebar and mentioned in my monthly newsletter and on social media accounts for a month. For all the details about how to advertise with me, you can head here.
4. Sponsor Posts
Occasionally I will accept a sponsor post from a company or product and write a post, in my own words and with my own opinions, that highlight the sponsor’s brand, message or product. I am very choosy about what type of sponsor posts I accept and have actually turned down more than I have accepted.
5. Selling My Own Products
With the redesign of CHK, I have also opened my very own printable shop and have also been writing my first eBook which I hope to have finished to sale this fall. While I do still have many free printables that I offer (and will continue to do so), I also have some that I have spent a lot of time on creating that I feel are worth selling for a small amount of money. I know that inspirational prints aren’t for everyone but they are something that I enjoy creating and hopefully others will enjoy as well.
In sharing why and how I monetize my blog, I wanted to be completely open with you about my heart and my intentions. I also wanted to share with you that while I am earning a small income, it’s definitely not the reason why I blog. I spend a lot more time and energy here writing posts from my heart and working behind the scenes then I have ever been compensated for.
Thank you for supporting this blog simply by coming back day after day to read, share and encourage. Through God’s grace, you have helped me grow this ministry and earn a small income to help me maintain this blog and help support my husband and family.