Welcome to Shanaya Tales – My Bookish Lifestyle Blog. On here, I write about Books, Blogging, Parenting, and other Lifestyle Topics like Health, Fitness, and Travel.
When I first started the blog, I never expected to connect with so many wonderful like-minded individuals, or have the readership I have now. It’s kind of amazing and humbling at the same time. However, it would all never have been possible without you, my readers, and for that I owe you a deep debt of gratitude.
Which is why, I want to keep things as transparent as possible between us, so that you know exactly what goes on behind-the-scenes in order to keep this blog up and running.
Running a Blog: Costs and Returns
Every blog has a certain set of fixed costs each month (domain charges, hosting fees, plugins etc). And for the first 3 years of Shanaya Tales, I took them on without any expectation of return. My blog was my creative release, my pet project, and I spent on it, like I would on any hobby.
However, during the past one year, I have put considerable time, effort, and money, to revamp the site as well as the site’s content to ensure that it’s user friendly, and that it provides real value to those who choose to spend their time on the site. Because your time and trust, my dear readers, is not something I take lightly.
At the same though, it did not make sense for me to NOT monetize the site, considering the time and energy I was spending on it (and taking away from home and family). And so I did.
In the following section I’ll share with you, the 2 avenues (as of now) through which I monetize Shanaya Tales.
1. Advertising – I am part of Google Adsense. It’s an advertising program, which compensates site owners on the basis of ad impressions and clicks, at no additional cost to the reader.
2. Affiliate Marketing – I also have an Affiliate relationship with a few companies like – A2 Hosting (my current web host) and Bluehost (my former web hosting company). This essentially means that I may get compensated if you buy a product through a link I shared on my site, at no additional cost to you.
Shanaya Tales is also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Which is why, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases, at no additional cost to you.
Questions? Suggestions? Comments?
Please feel free to leave your questions, suggestions, and comments in the comment section of the posts, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!