Hey guys, welcome to my third post on monetizing a food blog! In my still relatively new series, called ‘Monetizing a Food Blog’, I try to explain to my trusty readers all the steps I’m taking to try and make this food blog pay for itself! Oh, and I won’t hesitate to share any great tips, tricks or – yeah – mistakes.
So here goes…
As opposed to what some people like to believe, monetizing a food blog is hard work! It’s not just baking cakes, taking cute pictures and posting about it. It’s so much more than that!
This month, for the second consecutive month – well, third actually, since Google Adsense never paid me my February earnings – I didn’t make any money from my blog. But truthfully, I’m the only one to blame this time. It’s not like it’s exceptionally difficult to find ways to monetize your blog, it’s just that you need to find the time to do it.
In my last post on ‘Monetizing a Food Blog’ I talked about the whole Google Adsense debacle, right? I explained that, since I got myself banned from Google Adsense, I wanted to find some good Google Adsense alternatives. I did a bit of research online – I’ve even found a great blog post about GA alternatives, but that’s basically all I’ve done so far. I’ve been lazy!
Oh, and sick, which also kind of got in the way of monetizing…
But um, yeah, like I said, I’ve also just been lazy, spending sunny afternoons frolicking with the Rocking Rebel, making flower head bands and channeling our – well, my – inner hippie…
Oh, and get this: we thought Lucy how to swim! We tried to teach her how to swim about a week ago, but that time she only swam for about ten seconds. Or, um, three… Anyway, I don’t think she really grasped the idea of swimming that time.
Wait, is trying to get out of the water as fast as possible the same as swimming?
Anyway, moving on…
This time, she definitely got the hang of it, though! Look at her! Doesn’t she have the most gorgeous eyes ever?!
We tried teaching her how to swim by throwing a stick in the water, which kind of worked… Kind of…
But in the end we decided to get into the water with her.
Sunny pic, right? Trust me, the water was freezing! Brrr… just thinking about it now makes me shiver all over again! No wonder Lucy didn’t want to go in at first! And me recovering from that whole throat thing and all.. By the way, if you’re wondering what’s in the plastic bag I carry on my belt, it’s sausage. Makes sense, right? We had to lure her in somehow…
I’m so glad we finally got Lucy to really swim! Paddling and everything! She looked so happy once she finally figured it out!
But yeah, like I said, the monetizing project was kind of neglected in the process…
So, my plan this coming month?
Well, I’m just going to work my ass off! Apparently, a blog just won’t monetize itself! In the end, I’m the one who has to push buttons and type things and make everything work out somehow… Time for me to get some of that CPM- and CPC-advertising going!
So wish me luck!
Farah @ The Cooking Jar says
Good luck next month. I find myself in the same boat as you although at least now I’m aware that CPM is better than CPC for food blogs. It’s a tough business.
Thanks Farah. It’s definitely harder than it looks 🙂
Arkib Terkini says
Nila..Keep working hard as you have done..
For sure you you can do it, and you blog looks very nice. 🙂
Thank you so much Arkib! That just made my day 😉
Just saw this post. You’ve got a wonderful blog! You’ll make money with it (if you haven’t already!). Keep plugging away!
Thank you so much Stef! I guess I’ll just keep trying, right? 🙂
The Tough Cookie says
Hi Katy, yeah that whole Google Adsense thing was pretty unlucky… I might try appealing again in the future, but for now I’m on Blogher, which is pretty decent too. I’m also writing for Serious Eats these days, which is not only fun, the pay is not too shabby either 🙂