There are many ways to monetize a blog. These methods include sponsored social media posts, corporate sponsorship, donations, affiliate ads, selling a product, offering a service, display ads, and Google Adsense. As a blogger, my prime motivation to blog does not come from a desire to earn money. I blog for other reasons. My goals are to improve my writing, connect with readers, express my views, learn more, and maintain a new habit. Thus, earning money is very low on the priority list.
Thus, since I am not quite motivated by money in maintaining my blog, I feel the best way to monetize my blog would be through donations. There are many ways to link a blog to a donation service. The most reliable link I have found from experience is PayPal. Not only is this method of donation safe and secure, but it is also relatively easy to navigate. I’m a big proponent of using PayPal for all online transactions and would therefore feel more comfortable if donors used the same method.
As my blog is about science and practical advice, I feel that most of my readers would be those interested in learning more about science and its applications. Thus, I feel I may have a fighting chance in obtaining some donations from readers who really found some of my posts helpful and useful. They may donate as a means to encourage me to continue writing. After all, maintaining a quality blog can be quite intensive and often requires hours of work each week.
Another reason why I would choose to monetize my blog through donations and not any other methods is that donations are the fastest, most direct way to obtain money from readers. Other methods require a partnership of some sort and therefore require a middle man. While it is true that using other methods to monetize my blog may enable me to reach a larger audience, I don’t wish to distract my current readers with additional distractions and nonsense on my blog page.