Links May Be Monitized

October 22, 2013

in the generous life

I’ve been filtering through the survey results on The Generous Wife (you will hear about it from time to time).

The posts will remain short, sweet and daily.  :)   And, because this is a personal blog, you will still hear about Jesus, my life and Widget the wonder dog.

That said, I received mixed reviews on monetizing my blog, so I thought I would explain.

My husband and I want to offer much of what we do for free (because we don’t want money to be a limiting factor). That said we still have to make a living ~ to pay for electricity, food and the occasional dog treat.

Where the money comes from:

Paul and I work for two ministries that are donation supported and we have a smattering of small income producing efforts.

House2House – we are working ourselves out of this job (as we move more into helping people with their marriages). We have been the nuts and bolts of this organic church ministry for eight years, running conferences, handling the website, bookkeeping and more. We’re now down to a few hours of work a week.

The Marriage Bed – my husband and I started this website about 16 years ago as a safe place for Christians to get information about married sexuality. We had a very rough start in our marriage, found no help and built this site as we began to find answers for ourselves. It quickly took on a life of its own and we have gathered a great team of people to help write articles, run the forum and deal with technical stuff.  Donations for our support can be made through this ministry as it is a 501(c)3.

We also use affiliate links on our blogs. We are very picky about what we promote and we only share products we like or we think would be useful to our readers. If you click on any of these links and buy the product, we get a commission.

The Health Co-Op – we have friends that were doctors in England. When they came to the US they got into helping people with their medical bills. Over time their business grew and they have now created a health co-op (that includes Samaritan Ministries). It is Affordable Care Act approved. We’ve used the program for over a year and are very happy with it, both in cost and service.

Gospel Guidance – this is an online service where you can get third party help. They are members of The American Association of Christian Counselors and are very invested in giving quality help.

Shop and Support TGW – this is a page that I link to every now and then. If you are shopping online and start on this page, anything you buy from merchants will give us a small commission. It doesn’t effect your purchase price so it’s a painless way of helping TGW financially.

Heavenly Special Teas – this is just a great product that I use and thought would be fun to offer others. If you’re a tea drinker then you will enjoy her quality teas.

Other bits:

I also sell on Ebay and through Just Between Friends. This is mostly about my love of books. I’ve loved them since I was a kid (my dad was an English teacher and we always had great books around the house). I’ve enjoyed the homeschooling adventure for a number of years and, well, books just keep showing up at my house, so I had to do something about the growing numbers.

My husband and I also run a small publishing company. It makes a few dollars and helps a few authors. We are working to move everything to Amazon (because they do an amazing job).

Well that’s it. I will continue to monetize the blog, but please know that I will only offer great products (in the least annoying ways possible).

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Carol Gunckel October 22, 2013 at 6:24 am

Thank you for your blog, I have been reading it for a few years now. You have provided me with great tips and ideas about life in general, ways to improve my relationship with my husband and others.
I like that you suggest books or other resources that I have the option to pursue or not. The ones I have pursued have enriched my life or helped me in some way.
I just wanted to say thank you for your service and for caring!
Many Blessings,
Carol Gunckel

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Gaye October 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

Thanks for sharing this information. You and Paul provide a lot of helpful information and resources that I and many others appreciate greatly, but you also have to make a living. I think you do the monetized stuff in a very low-key way.

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rockhisworld October 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Hey, I understand what you are saying. I think it is great that you offer links to good products and that you get a little kick back from it. I do not feel pressured or annoyed at all by any of the monetizing (Is that really a word?) that you do on your site. I plan on using your links to do some of my Christmas shopping!

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Nathan N. October 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

That is really neat that you have been a part of House2House . God moved us into a house church setting about 3 years ago. We continued to attend a small institutional church for about a year longer before God moved us into being solely involved with house church. I grew up in church, but the last 3 years have grown me more relationally than all the previous years combined. It is not an easy place at time. Conflict cannot easily be hidden when you know people that well and when there is no script to play by, but it is so worth it.

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Lori - The Generous Wife October 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Nathan, it is an interesting adventure. My husband and I attend a local community church and several small groups as well. I love watching God work through His people.

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Lori - The Generous Wife October 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Thanks, all, for your encouraging words. :)

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