Making money online through blogs, social media???

Since ramping up my presence in the social media arena, I’ve noticed something. There are a lot of people who use social media to sell something. Ok, we all need to make a living and getting customers can be difficult and frustrating sometimes. But isn’t social media about being social?

Then again, perhaps I’m just being naive. You can buy promotion on all of the biggest social media platforms. They are businesses and they exist to make money, so why should you not use it to make money also?

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And is this a really a bad thing? There seems to be two sides of the coin when it comes to making money through blogging or social media. Some people believe that blogs should be ad free and that there is something wrong with using them to make money. Obviously these people derive their income some other way or they have some nice mother or significant other who takes care of them.

On the other hand, there are many people who use their blog or social media accounts to supplement income or even use it as a full-time business. It’s becoming more popular and that makes sense because so many of our jobs are increasingly being taken away by technology and many more jobs are shifting to being online rather than in an office somewhere. If the means is there should it not be used in that way? We all gotta eat and pay bills? The landlord doesn’t give a f**k where you get your rent money from as long as you get it and don’t mess up the property doing it, right?

The only thing is that it can get old having so many people trying to sell you stuff and not be social. I love instagram, don’t get me wrong, but it seems to be the worst (or the best?) place for people trying to sell stuff.

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32 comments

  1. For me, blogging is “just” a pastime, as I earn a living elsewhere, though I don’t begrudge others their attempts to make it lucrative, even when, strictly speaking, they don’t “need” the money.

    Then there are others like my friend, who derives her income from her blogs. I’m a bit astounded, still, people can do this, but my friend and others prove it’s possible.

    That’s the market’s hidden hand – rewarding those who couch their appeals for money in the most pleasing, creative manner. And so it is with many aspects of life, not just blogging.

    Creativity and discretion, vying for influence. Thus the minuet unfolds…

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  2. I’ve got ads running on my blog. The thought behind them was to recoup charges for the service provided by WordPress. Unfortunately, in six months the return has been around $10 – I’m now contemplating disabling them, as they do get quite annoying.

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  3. On wordpress I think one of my blogs has wordpress ads, to be honest I have no clue how it works.
    I think making money depends. If it’s your business good for you, I hate blogs that pretend to be just blogging but really are all about advertising different products, but that’s just me….

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  4. Personally I hate Ads. And some websites are so full of Ads that it’s kind of unbearable to stay on the site. Honestly I don’t hang about on sites full of ads or go back as my purpose when going online is to read stuff and not to see Ads. Ads are the main thing that make me stop visiting a site. It’s like going on a site and being hit by different sales people from all angles. Ad Free sites are bliss.

    I recently upgraded from a free WordPress site to a paid one with a domain name to disable ads. I haven’t a clue how anyone makes money online. I’ve spent money to have a site and I am terrible at making money. Ha. I started my blog to be creative, challenge myself and teach myself web skills and try to connect with other people into travel and creativity and spirituality and nature. Maybe in the future I will magically be able to generate income from the things I love doing or writing about. But Ads are a no go for me. Good Blog post. 🙂

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    • I agree, which is why I decided to take down the majority of my ads. Too much of a nuisance and I don’t feel like the ads pay enough anyway to make it worth it.
      I’m terrible at making money too. I wish we didn’t even have to worry about such a thing at all but unfortunately we do 😕

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