Monetizing your teaching blog

WordAds… ah, go on then.

I didn’t want to make money from my blog. I had my reasons for that, which were basically…

  • I’ve always felt bad, kinda guilty about the idea.
  • My content is random and rambling – I couldn’t see it as a way to generate income. I’m surprised people read this stuff tbh.
  • I didn’t want money to change my content. As it stood, I wrote what I wanted, when I wanted. I was worried that monetizing might lead me towards more clickbait.
  • etc

What changed?

Last year I ordered lots of books, subscribed to different sites, and spent quite a bit on training courses. I wondered whether my blog could help pay for resources I needed/wanted, as the cost of these was mounting up. I upgraded to WordPress Premium, which cost about 80 dollars for the year (there was a deal on I think) and activated WordAds – nothing ventured, nothing gained. I was just hoping for enough income to cover my subscriptions.

Why WordAds?

I’m lazy. I have WordPress.com, so activating WordAds is just the click of a button. WordAds is okay – I don’t think it’s too in-your-face for readers but if it is then let me know!

How has it worked out?

I guess so. The revenue for the year has come to over $500.

I wrote off nearly $200 of that straight away to pay for WordPress Premium for a couple of years. You can’t monetise without having a premium account.

When I got the first payment I split that with the four people who had guest-posted for me. Well, I offered to – one didn’t get back to me, one was my wife, one said ‘buy me a coffee or two when we catch up’ and the other one said donate it to charity, which I just have.

There was about $200 left, so that’s gone on resources. So far it’s paid for…

So, I guess things worked out. Cool!

Things to consider

I’ve tweeted about this before and chatted to a few bloggers about the ins and outs. Overall, I’d say it’s worth monetising if the option is available to you, but with caveats.

  • Remember – it may not be much money but it’s still tax deductible.
  • I guess you need to have some regular blog traffic to make it worthwhile. ELT Planning gets around a 1000 views a day, WordAds brings in $40 or so dollars a month.
  • Don’t get clickbait-happy – WordAds for small blogs like ours won’t make you rich!
  • Don’t forget to reward your contributors if you can. Then again, it’s your money so do what you want with it!

So, does old-school blogging bring in much money? Not really. It does provide writers with a platform for their bad puns though – far more important!

Image by Andreas Breitling from Pixabay 

6 comments

  1. I don’t blame you for monetising your blog Pete. It is good to consider create Amazon Affiliate links to earn a little more money for books you recommend and other teaching resources. Much like a supermarket slogan, every little helps.

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  2. Hi, Pete, I really appreciated your insights and your sharing some stats. 1,000 views a day seems huge to someone like me who gets giddy when I hit 70 😁. Well done for monetising your blog, and I hope it keeps growing more and more.

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    1. Cheers for commenting! Is your blog monetized too? Best of luck with growing your audience too – your focus on pronunciation is a good niche I think, not enough people blogging about that 🙂

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  3. Thank you so much for taking a look, and for your encouragement! So far I haven’t thought about monetising it as it’s so small, but would like to do so in the future. Take care!

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