(This post was originally published in 2012. Any edits reflect site changes made since then).
Let’s say you have a favorite blog (or two or three of four) that you read on a regular basis. Maybe that blog is this one (if so, great!). Maybe it’s another one (how dare you!). There’s a good chance your favorite blogs are run not by corporations or even small companies with multiple staffers, but by one person. Take this site, for example. I’m responsible for everything myself, from domain and hosting fees (which run close to $3500 a year) to content creation, editing, marketing, site design, some ad sales (last month, I joined an ad network that has taken over the bulk of my ad management and in one month also doubled my ad revenue!), and all that jazz. My mom, an English teacher, pitches in with copy editing, and Drew helps with random other stuff (he even does dictation for the Dear Miles columns since Miles is unable to type them himself).
I love what I do and I plan to keep doing it even if I stop making money. But money is good. For one thing, it means I can hire a part-time nanny, which frees time in my schedule to invest in this site. And if I can contribute financially to my family while staying home with my kid, that sweetens the deal even more.
That’s where you come in. I know I’ve asked for your help before, and I will continue to remind you from time to time how important your support is and how much I appreciate it. Here are a few ways you can lend your support to DW or whatever blog(s) you hope to see stick around for a very long time.
1. SHARE THE CONTENT. This one is huge. The main way for many sites, including this one, to make money is through ad revenue. I don’t make ad revenue unless I have readers. I don’t get new readers unless they know this site exists. The very best way for people to learn about this site is by people like you sharing content with your friends, co-workers, blog readers, and fellow internetters. So if you like what you read here and want to see the site grow and succeed, share stuff on Facebook (like DW [and my posts!] on Facebook; more likes mean more people see the posts, which increases traffic, which increases revenue, which enables me to keep the site going), Tweet my posts, pin stuff on Pinterest, submit content to Reddit and Digg and Fark and whatever other aggregator site you like.
2. Purchase stuff through affiliate links. I am an Amazon affiliate, which means I get a commission on any Amazon purchase you make through my affiliate link, which you can find in the sidebar. It doesn’t matter what you buy: As long as you go through my affiliate link, I get a commission on whatever sale is made. In a typical month, I make around $200 through Amazon affiliate commissions, which pays for a week — or 14 hours — of babysitting and helps in a big way (thank you!!).
3. Hit the “support” button. Many bloggers, like me, make it easy to send a small donation to keep the site going (you can find my support tab in the top menu bar). If you’re someone who might offer to buy me a drink in a bar if we happened to meet some time, consider sending five bucks to my Paypal account and I’ll have a drink on you the next time I’m out (and not pregnant…). I haven’t done a donation drive this year, but I still receive monthly donations from those who have signed up for auto payments, and it is very appreciated (and you don’t have to wait for a drive to donate!). There have been a few months this year when those donations meant being able to pay for unexpected tech support and other surprise bills. (Now that ad revenue has increased, I’m hoping a little cushion will help me pay for a mobile site upgrade in the coming months; your donations will also help with that).
Again, thank you so much to everyone who has and continues to support this site in ways big and small. It means more than you know. I hope to be doing this for a very long time and your support keeps me going, both financially and emotionally. Thank you!!!
iwannatalktosampson October 11, 2012, 1:23 pm
Addie Pray is going to die when she sees this.
I have some exciting news (not a pregnancy). I lol’ed at this.
I have one regret about law school. I spent THOUSANDS on books and didn’t use the amazon link through this site because I caught on to the amazing situation too late. Sorry. 🙁 I am planning on buying all my Christmas gifts through amazon this year though. So hopefully that makes up for it.
Addie Pray October 11, 2012, 2:03 pm
i just pooped my pants a little i was so excited. who’s that hottie bobottie with a mug!!
Addie Pray October 11, 2012, 2:06 pm
ps, some of the cool kids are buying TWO mugs. (ya ya, one is yours, MG. maybe if you’d stop skipping yoga every morning i could give it to you…)
MaterialsGirl October 11, 2012, 2:26 pm
oh WHATEVER 🙂
i will have you know that miss AP has texted me everynight at 9pm to be like ‘wahwahwah MG, I’m soooo busy at “work” and I have to get in at 6am tomorrow. NEXT WEEK I PROMISE
Addie Pray October 11, 2012, 2:12 pm
Wait, so what’s your exciting news? That you regret not purchasing law school books through Wendy’s amazon link? Because that’s not very exciting.
Wendy October 11, 2012, 1:28 pm
Yes, thank you! That’s why I post reminders like this. I know there are people who would be more than happy to support me (or whatever bloggers they like), but don’t realize the different ways they can help. Buying stuff through the Amazon link is soooo helpful! It doesn’t cost the buyer anything extra and I can get as much as 7-8% commission on purchases, which goes a long way in covering overhead costs here. Thanks, again!
bethany October 11, 2012, 1:44 pm
Thanks for the Amazon reminder- I’m going to bookmark your link, so I use it more often!
I <3 Amazon!
ChemE October 11, 2012, 1:59 pm
I just bought a kindle book, hope that works. I always forget to click your link, I buy from amazon way too much, but I will try to make sure I do!
the_optimist October 11, 2012, 1:31 pm
Wendy, I have a question. Do you benefit at all if I click on an ad for, say, Mango and then buy something at the online store there? Also, definitely using the Amazon link from here from now on!
Wendy October 11, 2012, 1:48 pm
I do benefit any time a reader supports one of the site’s advertisers.
the_optimist October 11, 2012, 1:51 pm
Good. Just making sure 🙂
quixoticbeatnik October 11, 2012, 2:50 pm
I just bookmarked your Amazon affiliate link! I always forget to go through here to Amazon, but this will make it so much easier. Especially since I like looking at Amazon and may need to buy stuff soon!
Wendy October 11, 2012, 3:23 pm
csp October 11, 2012, 2:54 pm
just bought a book 🙂
Wendy October 11, 2012, 3:23 pm
theattack October 11, 2012, 3:18 pm
I don’t buy things online frequently (the whole unemployed thing, ya know), but I’ll definitely use your link when I do! I’m also excited to hear about the new and exciting things you mentioned!
Fabelle October 11, 2012, 4:23 pm
Yeah, I don’t usually purchase stuff from Amazon, but since Christmas is coming, I’ll make sure to find some gifts for people through your link 🙂
katie October 11, 2012, 5:12 pm
WHY IS MY DW MUG NOT HERE YET I WANT IT HERE NOW NOW NOW NOW
Wendy October 11, 2012, 6:08 pm
I just got mine today, so I bet yours is arriving in the mail today, too.
katie October 11, 2012, 8:59 pm
i sure hope so! this is getting crazy. ive been waiting for so long. and drooling over pictures on facebook and all of AP’s bragging isnt helping!!
jlyfsh October 11, 2012, 9:20 pm
i’ve gotten brave and started liking things on facebook, next step sharing! i’m so thankful i found your site when you moved on to your own. i look forward to reading your opinions and interacting with the other commenters on a daily basis.
on a side note, i am now a little less itchy than i was earlier this week and my eyelids are no longer swollen. i won’t have confirmation until we get to do some allergy testing in a few months (ugh my dermatologist told me it would be months before i was no longer reactive :(), but i think it was because of a glade candle. my dermatologist said this will probably be the end of most candles, at least store bought. anyone know somebody who makes hypo-allergenic candles that needs some business?
katie October 11, 2012, 9:33 pm
i would check organic/hippie/speciality stores. everything in them are natural/hypo-allergenic type things. unless your allergic to the raw materials, like soy or hemp or beeswax or whatever they use to make the candle, they would probably be fine for you.
glad your doing better!
how did you come to the glade conclusion?
jlyfsh October 11, 2012, 9:45 pm
yeah we don’t have any stores like that where i live 🙁 i’m probably going to have to go online. the candle was the only new thing i did and the reaction occurred within hours of being exposed. it could be something different entirely, but if it isn’t that it’s a big coincidence! and thanks i feel sort of normal for the first time since sunday today 🙂 i know it could have been worse but it was still pretty miserable!
katie October 11, 2012, 10:08 pm
the internet wont let you down on that, im sure you will find some good ones.
yea, my boyfriend sometimes likes to use those glade plug in things, and they always make my nose feel funny when its really strong. i have a feeling that all of that “good smelling” chemicals that we put into our lives (laundry detergent, air fresheners, cleaning supplies, febreeze, cheap candles, cheap perfumes, ect, ect, ect) are bad for everyone. i try not to use them as much as i can… like i get the detergent that has no dyes or perfumes, and i get organic cleaning supplies with essential oils in them and things like that. i try. lol
jlyfsh October 11, 2012, 10:54 pm
i try and do the same thing although i’m allergic to lavender, pine and fir oils which tend to get used a lot so my options are limited! and i usually buy the same vanilla pillar candles but i just had to have that cinnamon candle, haha.
Amy October 12, 2012, 11:58 pm
Glad for the reminder- just bookmarked your amazon link! And, as a bonus, my boyfriend just asked me today if I’m a compulsive online shopper, because ups has been here every day this week!
Miel July 2, 2015, 11:36 am
Wendy, actually just today Paypal told me today my automatic payment for this month could not be completed. I don’t know if the problem is on my side or yours… I mean, paypal should be able to access my money just as usual, so I don’t know what happened. Any clues ?
Dear Wendy July 2, 2015, 12:08 pm
I got that message, too, and I don’t know why it is. I am getting payments from other people, so my assumption is it might be something on your end. I wish I could tell you exactly what. I’m sorry for any inconvenience!
Jane63 July 2, 2015, 12:30 pm
Thank YOU, Wendy! My life is a little brighter by being able to come here & be a part of such an outstanding community! You work hard and do a great job! Thank YOU.