I don’t use advertising but even if I did most bloggers barely break even! I have the Amazon store which has made me $3.54 in three years, lol. And I can’t even access that because Amazon doesn’t pay out until you hit $25. I use it much more for its convenience as a way to highlight book recommendations than because I hope to recoup my blogging costs. So, my blog doesn’t pay out in $ – it costs me $100 a year to blog. But the pay out in non-monetary terms is very great for me. My blog is my counselor, my baby book, my mirror, my sounding board, and my mommy community. I have gotten so much from my blog that it is well worth the expenditures but there comes a point when the financial strain is too much. Thank goodness there are free options for blogging.
So I’m back with wordpress.com. I wanted to break down my decision making in case it ever helps anyone else:
- Option #1: Blogger.com – Blogger is owned by Google and I puffy heart the heck out of Google. My blog was on blogger for some time before someone flagged it as inappropriate or having adult content. Google adds a warning page to an “adult” blog. There is no customer service so disputing this false claim was nearly impossible. They say they review these but it has been over a year and my blog is still flagged. I can’t abide by the randomness of this process. I don’t want to be afraid of posing a breastfeeding picture and having someone deem it “obscene.”
- Cons: Google has no customer service. Their only help is the forum which are mostly user-supported and rarely have a Google staff member’s input. Flagging of content is user-driven (e.g. anyone can flag any blog for any reason) and because the system is automated it becomes a guilty until proven innocent type of thing.
- Pros: Complete freedom. If you can code it you can make it. There is also a huge community of developers making plugins that add a nearly never ending stream of customizations. You can advertise anyway you like and you content can be anything you like as well.
- Cons: That freedom comes with increased security risks and your host may or may not offer security. If you are not tech-savvy you can “break” your site and need expert help to fix it.
- Pros: Wordpress.com is completely free and has excellent customer support. Their security is second to none and they will help you with details.