When should you start monetizing your blog? That’s one of the first questions that most people have when starting their blog. Some people think that the best thing to do is to wait until they have an audience, so that they don’t scare away possible readers. Others think that you should start monetizing right away. I’m one of those people. I think that it’s never too early to start monetizing your blog.
Why Monetize from the Beginning
One reason to monetize from the beginning is because it makes you look like a business owner. When people come across your blog and see ads and other products that are being sold, they see that it’s a business. They aren’t surprised or upset, and they expect it from then on. If you wait a while and then monetize your blog, some people may feel surprised or misled once you add it. While you probably won’t lose readers because of it, many people will notice it and some will be unhappy about it.
Don’t worry if you haven’t introduced monetization into your blog, even if you’ve been blogging for a while. If you haven’t yet, do it now. Think about all of the people who have never visited your site yet, but will in the future. They will never know that the site used to be different. And most of those who do remember won’t mind, and will forget after a while.
One of the reasons it’s a good idea to monetize your blog early on is that it makes you look more professional. You’ll look more like a business owner, and less like a hobby blogger. Other types of businesses try to make money from when they first open their doors. Why shouldn’t you as a blogger?
If your goal is to earn an income from your blog, it makes sense to approach it that way from the start. When you’re designing how you want your site to look, you’ll include how you’re going to monetize it. That way it will look more like the monetization belongs there. If you add it in later, you may have to make a few other changes to the look of your site. This way it will look more natural, and not like it was added in later.
Another reason to monetize early is that if you’re just starting out, you’ll see what works and what doesn’t. You’ll make changes as you go and as your site grows. Every blog is different, and you’ll have to see what works…