I created BloggingInc to help people start, grow and scale blogging business faster through in-depth guides, tutorials, and resources on all things blogging.
One of the common question I have been asked throughout the year is — how do I make money with this blog. So I am creating this page to answer How is BloggingInc funded, and Why it matters to you!
How Is BloggingInc Funded?
I have always believed in being transparent and honest with my blog readers. In my opinion, this is the best way to build a loyal community.
Running a decent sized blog like BloggingInc that helps few thousands user every day requires some sort of recurring investment. Such as server costs to keep the blog live, design costs, content creation, marketing tools subscriptions, and one or two cup of coffee to work another 10-12 hour day -to serve my audience.
So it is obvious, that I have to earn money otherwise I would have to shut the blog down. Below are two primary source to fund this blog.
Approx 65% of our total income comes from affiliate commission.
So, what is affiliate commission?
An affiliate commission means that if you click on one of the links on my blog and purchase a software, product or service, I will earn a commission – at no extra cost to you.
How the links may look like?
When you click on one of these link, you are tagged with a special cookie to track the referral. If you end up buying the product (before cookie expire), then the vendor pay me a referral fee.
The referral fess vary for each product. For a blogging eBook that you may buy at Amazon, I might earn $1-$2. For a premium web hosting, I might earn $25-$50.
Now there are three question that might come in your mind:
- Will it Cost Me More Money?
No absolutely not. The entire commission comes out of the vendor’s pocket not yours.
Sometime our affiliate partnership may help you save money.
I constantly talk with good companies for any special offer they can offer to our blog audience. While some company do not give positive response (considering BloggingInc is not a big site right now), but few companies happily offer discount codes & links for our blog audiences.
Please check out my Deals section to find discount coupons on your favorite products and services.
2. Do You See My Personal Details?
I don’t see any personal information of a referred buyer such as name, email address, billing address, credit card information, etc.
The only thing I see in affiliate dashboard is that an anonymous buyer made a purchase from my link on a particular date and time.
3. Does the affiliate commission make me biased?
If you choose to buy a product which me and BloggingInc contributors recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and testing, our work is often (but not always) supported through an affiliate commission.
However, if you return the purchase (as most of the provider have usually 15-30 days return policy) because you are unsatisfied or the recommendation is bad, I’ll make nothing.
There is no incentive for myself or our contributor to recommend inferior product — in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
The most important thing to me is the trust I have from you. This is why I (or the person who is writing & researching the article) always test the product before making recommendation.
For example; I usually recommend GreenGeeks hosting to anyone who is starting their blogging career. BUT, this recommendation is not based on word of mouth. I have personally signed up to every popular hosting service and tested their speed, uptime, features and support.
Thus, it is important for you to know that the words on this blog are mine (or contributors) and are not influenced by any sort of compensation. I only recommend products that I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.
Recently I realized that there are many pages on our blog that don’t have any possibility to monetize with affiliate links.
So, I signed up with a premium ad network called “Ezoic” to show targeted display ads on those pages. Every time you see and click an ad on our blog post, I earn anywhere between $0.5 and $0.50.
Here is an example of ad you might come across on our blog post:
Our ad management company try their best to show ads without hurting your user experience. This is why you will get to see only few ads on a page based on your interest.
That’s all about how BloggingInc is funded.
If you’ve found BloggingInc contents helpful, I hope you will keep supporting our blog, so that I can continue working toward our mission.
If you have any question regarding the above, then please don’t hesitate to contact me via ‘contact us’ page.