My blog used to be fairly popular. I personally wrote articles every week and sometimes everyday. I was tracking the number of unique visits per day using Google Analytics and the statistics looked great. We were getting thousands of unique visitors each week, and I started getting emails from advertisers. I remembered thinking;
Wow, we can make enough money to pay for hosting, maybe even enough to fund some product giveaways and buy lunch here and there!"
Looking back, I wish I had never tried to monetize my blog because it started to erode the quality of the user experience.
I fell victim to the allure of advertising money, and my blog quickly became overrun by annoying clickbait and popup ads.
Fast forward to present day, and I am proud to say that my blog is completely ad free!
My savior? The advent of micro-tipping using Bitcoin, specifically the wonderful world of ChangeTip! I first encountered ChangeTip whilst surfing Reddit and quickly became obsessed with sending people bits via Reddit and Twitter! It was the most fun I'd had using social networks for a long time. It felt like I could reach through the screen and make a positive difference in someone else's day.
I browsed the ChangeTip blog and realized that I could in fact remove the horrible clickbait advertisements from my blog and replace them with a simple tip button. I wrote an article on my site and quickly received enough tips to pay for registration and hosting in 2015!
The removal of pay-per-click ads from my blog felt like a breath of fresh air. I now feel that the site has returned to focusing on the important things: the content; the content creators; and most importantly, the user experience!
Installing the ChangeTip Wordpress plugin made the whole process super easy, and I would definitely recommend it to any website or blog owners out there.
Hats off to the ChangeTip team and the magic that is micro-tipping with Bitcoin
If you would like to learn more about ChangeTip please visit their site.
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