1. Terrin at momblah.com
    May 18, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

    Wow! I have been struggling with monetizing my blog for a while but simultaneously trying to niche down and get to know my target audience. Thank you for posting those questions about my message… I have a lot of work to do before getting in over my head about money. 🙂

  2. Veronica
    May 18, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

    Trying to launch my blog and this has been a question for some time.

    Now, you mentioned that you should not start monetizing right from day one when you don’t even have an audience. Well, I’m wondering then if having referral links to programs and resources I use would be considered a No-No for me? I haven’t launched my blog yet, thus no audience, but my content already includes some referral links, as well as some freebies I created. Is that a bad idea?

    • Ruth Soukup
      May 18, 2017 @ 4:19 pm

      It’s never a bad idea to include referral links where it makes sense, even if you are just starting out. The problem comes when your sole focus is trying to monetize before you’ve had time to refine your message and grow your audience a bit. It’s certainly not going to hurt you to have those links in place, even if you don’t have a lot of clicks on them just yet! 🙂

  3. Lois Pepple
    May 19, 2017 @ 5:33 pm

    I am in the group of readers who have not yet launched their blogs. As I am working on my content and planning out the hows (what it will look like; how often to post; and the whos (who exactly is my audience) of the blog, I can see that what I am teaching/encouraging, and modeling for parents and children (to promote family literacy and quiet parent-child bonding time) lends itself to one type of monetization immediately.
    Even though there is no audience yet, and I don’t know how long it will take to build it up, since I will be promoting specific books, I see an opportunity (a need even) to affiliate with whichever booksellers will work with me, to allow readers to click on a title from a list of age, grade, or genre specific books, so they can shop for said title.
    Is this an appropriate monetizing activity for a brand new blog?
    At this point, I have no product or service to sell, and I believe selling such would be more appropriate at a later date, when I have a somewhat loyal readership, and hopefully, a growing audience as well.
    Thank you for your practical content and for sharing of your own experiences. I enjoy reading your blog and applying what I learn as I am working toward launching my own.

  4. Jessica
    May 21, 2017 @ 12:14 am

    This is great advice! It helped clarify so much for me, but I do have a question.

    I’m an author. I write fiction and nonfiction books about intimate relationships. I’m really new to blogging and honestly haven’t launched yet, but hope to soon. My question is this- being that I’m so new to the blogging world, should I wait to publish my books? I have three different manscripts that have been edited and could realistically be published within the next few months. Since I currently have no following other than the people who read my first book (they aren’t on an email list), do I need to hold the new books until I have an email list? Will launching a blog with products hurt my brand and dissuade people from joining my list? Thank you!

  5. Nadine
    May 25, 2017 @ 10:36 am

    Hello Jessica,

    My name is Nadine. And I want to start a blog to help writers start their blogging platforms. Here is my advise. Start your blog first!! I am assuming that you are selling on amazon. Amazon, as of yet, will let you put a link in the very first part of your book. This will allow you to capture their email. Which will later be your bread and butter. Offer your reader’s an incentive like, a character outline, or any sort of extra content that your readers might enjoy like an pre-story chapter. If your have the tools or money some authors offer a free audible version or a video interview with the author. Get creative with your incentive. But make sure you get them to click that link inside your books that will lead them to your website. Then you can get them on your email list so you can make a valuable connection with your reader and turn them into your biggest fans! Please, let me say it again, get your web site up first! You will be glad in the end. Blessings

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    June 17, 2017 @ 6:13 am

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