My failed experiment in becoming a "Professional" Blogger
I threw the rule book out and stomped on it. Since this site started I have been signed up to every advert and affiliate network going to try and make it as a professional blogger. Nearly 6 months down the line, this experiment has failed, and I have decided to take down the adverts that were on my website.
Since I started blogging, I always felt like it was a good outlet to connect and meet new people. But in the last 5 years, it has become so commercialised, and companies are pressuring bloggers to sell their products for little reward. Some bloggers have made it and are lucky enough to support their families and entire staff through their writing, and despite trying my very best to emulate their success, I have come to realise it doesn't feel right to me or the kind of person I am.
If I wanted to sell I would be in advertising, but I'm a person who writes from the heart and wears their heart on their sleeve. Some of you have contacted me and told me that my honesty and struggles have helped you as well, but it has come at a cost and therefore, I didn't feel I could be as honest with you as I have been in the past and that hurts.
At heart, I am a writer. I'm a messy, complicated person dealing with more things than I can really share here, but I am grateful to you all for being so patient with me throughout my ups and downs.
So, I stopped prominently displaying advertising on the sidebar and in individual posts. It just wasn't working for me, so I am now focusing on creating excellent quality content and working with companies that align with my goals and recommending products I use in my everyday life. If I don't personally use it or wouldn't buy it, I'm not recommending it.
I realise that this is a risky decision to make as for every new blogger it's gospel that you stick some Google Ads on your site and start rolling in dough. In reality that doesn't happen. Right now my numbers are about 480 page views a month which is amazing for me, but I have struggled to regain the numbers from my old site which was in the 1000 range.
I'm not really sure where to go from here, but I'm continuing to write what I feel passionate about. One day, I hope to get to the point where I can support my family with my writing in shaa allah (God willing), but right now I think it's not a possibility.
Right now, I'm looking for work, so if you know of anyone who needs help with writing or social media, please let me know in the comments below!