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.
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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