I’m going on a mini rant here, based on a comment from Travel Blogger Buzz that I just read, here it is:
My blog has not seen a single phucking penny from advertising as many blogs (especially in networks such as Boarding Area and Saverocity) get paid every month for all their page views.
Some points I’d like to address here. We don’t pay monthly. I decided to pay quarterly because it is such a trivial amount of money, especially when you compare it to the amount of work that goes into this site. Every quarter when I mail out checks, there are always quite a few that are less than $10. Total payouts across all the bloggers here tend to be under a few hundred bucks a quarter. In terms of the ‘house take’ on that, we give our bloggers 100% of the ad revenue they make, I personally don’t take my share as I use it to pay the bills.
Also – TBB does get paid monthly for page views, they have Media.net ads on their site. The answer to this fact is likely to be “oh its not much”. As for the pushing of credit cards – apparently it is OK to push these links while complaining about others. The justification for this not being hypocritical is that the site doesn’t make much money otherwise.
I’m not going to lie, every time I see a post or tweet about how you can support him I get a little mad, because it’s a competition for clicks. People who feel bad for Buzz elect to throw him a credit card conversion, and that impacts my bottom line on credit card conversions.
Credit Card Links
We have the same portal as TBB, but you don’t hear me asking for clicks as much simply because I don’t think you guys want to hear it. That said, we still get a few conversions every quarter, which is great because we give 100% of the money to charity.
Let’s break that down:
- TBB whines about no money.
- Saverocity makes less money (net).
- TBB pushes links
- Saverocity does not push links
- TBB keeps the money from his links
- Saverocity gives it all away to charity.
- TBB uses Saverocity as an excuse to ask for more money
- Saverocity gets all pissy about it
In Q3 we will be supporting Miriam’s Kitchen. I will donate an amount equal to 100% of our credit card revenue to this charity. Oh and before you go off thinking that charity is personal and whatnot, yeah, we also personally donate to charity, the money Saverocity gives goes to a charity that the readers vote for.
We have the same amazon links, but I don’t put the banner on the side bar so that other people (like TBB) can get some love from that, I even use their links. When you think of Amazon shopping, who do you think of.. us, or another blogger in the space?
I’ve removed all commissioned links from my blogs, that includes several that paid over $100, and one that paid $500. I just pulled them to prevent conflicts of interest, and avoid the need to whine that they weren’t being clicked enough.
We get offers daily to hold sponsored posts and other such stuff, I reject them. I also had one network approach me offering about 3-4% of an IRA if I would convince people to roll it into a Gold IRA. Imagine that.. $1M IRA would pay me $30-40K… it would also screw over the person involved, so I told the firm to take a hike.
We do make some income from some great people on the Forum who upgraded their accounts and have a monthly subscription. This amount is much appreciated, but before you latch onto it as a source of discussion, the expenses outweigh this.
Setting the record straight
I’m not asking for any sympathy here, the decisions to run lean in the past were mine, and I’m happy with them. I’m just asking that people STFU, and kindly don’t use Saverocity (or any other blog for that matter) as an excuse to ask for more money, at the expense of charity. If you aren’t making any money blogging its probably because blogging doesn’t pay very much money unless you have a big site, and even if you have a big site you can elect to make little to no money by putting the readers above all else. So if you blog on a big network and you get a pay cut, go get a real job… if you feel you work hard on an indie blog but don’t earn enough, go get a real job.
Deal with it.
PS the answer to accepting that you aren’t making any money doesn’t have to be that you quit, it can also be that you just quit complaining about it, and write for the pleasure of it. My reward for last quarter for putting in hundreds of hours of work was this letter, and it was well worth it: