Book Blogger Confessions: Making money off your blog…
Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month (clearly I’m a bit late with this), where book bloggers “confess” and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions. Just keep it respectful – no bashing authors or other bloggers!
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Question: Making money off your blog: There was a recent controversy about bloggers charging authors for reviews. Almost all of us blog as a hobby in our spare time, usually for free but is there anything wrong with making money off your blog?
Should bloggers charge for reviews? No. Honestly, I find the concept kind of insulting for those of us who blog simply for the love of reading and sharing what we read. I understand that there are publications and companies that do charge for reviews, but I think this brings up too many ethical questions for blogger. If I only read books that I absolutely love, or believe that I will absolutely love based on extensive research or because it fits into my very specific literary criteria, than I risk never reading, reviewing, or experiencing something outside of my literary comfort zone and expanding my view.
The reality is that I won’t like every book I read. I won’t connect with characters or authors or content. Sometimes it may mean I regret reading the book, but that’s rarely the case. It just means that I will not my perspective, and that I will be fair, but not insulting or slanderous, in my review, recognizing that it is my opinion. Adding money to the mix complicates things.
What about advertising on a blog? I am okay with advertising on a blog as long as its not distracting, and as long as its honest. I like Jon Acuff‘s policy, before he had an entire team committed to advertising: he would only advertise products he liked or would actually use. If a blogger is going to advertise, I would hope they would only be willing to advertise products they would use.
Do you have a problem with purchase links (Amazon for example) that earn a blogger a small commission if a person purchases a book through that link?