Homesteading Blogs and The Google Affiliate

homesteading blogsThe days are certainly getting longer, and Wendie and I are enjoying our quality time binge-watching Netflix and reading our favorite homesteading blogs. It's fun to see other perspectives and methods and how we match up. The various ways homesteading bloggers chose to share their voices and images truly excites us about sharing our own adventures.

Winter has almost passed here in New Hampshire, and we are talking these days about how to divide our time between writing daily, the homestead chores and our other businesses.

We know we will be able to make it work, so today we're going to think out loud about homesteading blogs and the Google affiliate, concepts that don't provide substantial income but do connect us with our virtual neighbors.

Online Modern Homesteading

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Blogging isn't a new concept for either of us. For me, I've had an active blog career for about fifteen years, writing about business, marketing, insurance, family life, writing, comic art and just the plain weird in one niche or another. 

None of those blogs ever made it big or drew a large audience, but did well enough to teach me about the skillset.

Few bloggers make real money doing this, and relying on it for income hasn't been a motivation for me for a long time. Maybe I'll see enough to cover my site registration fees as a Google affiliate, maybe enough to cover swim lessons for a month or maybe I won't. It doesn't really matter. We're doing alright.

Homesteading Blogs and the Google Affiliate

google affiliateSo I suppose the logical question is why I still do it? When you look between the paragraphs or over on the side column, you inevitably see well-placed, highly targeted ads suggesting that you click them. Maybe things would look better if they were removed, but still, there they are. Why? I think for me, it's because they are more of a mark of legitimacy than a selling feature. The ads are quality, and are there only because as a Google affiliate, or as an affiliate marketing Amazon, the advertisers see value in my writing. The higher the quality of writing, the higher the quality of ads.

It sounds strange, but yes, I think of them as badges of accomplishment. If Disney shows up in the column then I'm doing something right. They're my own little SEO indicators. The end goal, of course, is to reach you, the audience. If I'm writing well and the SEO is in place then I can rest comfortably knowing I'm doing a swell job. Weird concept, but it works for me.

Blogging and Homesteading Today

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The only homesteading families we know are in the same situation. They write wonderful homesteading blogs, nearly all are a Google affiliate and are an affiliate marketing Amazon items. Our budgets are well managed, though thin, so a little extra cash to justify the time and energy isn't so bad a thing. All of the homesteading folks I've come across are through blogging, and though yes, the lessons and articles can be repetitive, there is always a fresh voice and sometimes a new approach to an old idea.

Our children aren't pioneers, expecting a Little House on the Prairie approach to life. They are engaged with the world and with homesteading today. That means social media and extracurricular school activities and 4-H and a plethora of experiences that taking care of the chickens every day for 18 years can't provide.

For us, as a modern homesteading family, we can comfortably budget swim team fees and art club supplies. We host more sleepovers now that we did back on the urban homestead and are closer than ever to our kids. We haven't removed ourselves from the community but rather are approaching it on our own terms.

Modern Homesteading and Keeping a Daily Blog

modern homesteadingWith warm weather comes more responsibilities on the homestead. We have the daily gardening routine to look forward to, a continued landscaping effort to further make this piece of land our home, bees to tend to, chickens to protect while they free-range, grass to mow, neighbors to help, school activities to attend and a thousand other little happy things that we've made the choice to do.

All of this, and writing a daily blog. Now, not every blog is written the day it publishes, or even the night before. As a practice, we try to have a few in 'the bank' in case we get distracted. We'll schedule topics sometimes, or just go with something spur of the moment from the gut, like this particular piece on homesteading blogs and the Google affiliate. It wasn't planned, but seemed a good blog post to put out there.

We recently started putting out a call for guest blogging to bring in fresh voices. On a similar note, we've made huge jumps in our design and blogging platform by launching our very own Blog Hop, a blogging community action that allows groups of similar niche'd writers to share their latest endeavors in one location. Each hop lasts a week, and becomes a central hub for like-minded homesteading bloggers to showcase their thoughts. We're certainly looking forward to it.

Affiliate Marketing Amazon Products

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Which brings us back around to affiliate marketing Amazon products and being a Google affiliate program member. The idea is to drive traffic. It's an old retail concept that the store that has the most customers is the best, and therefore sees more traffic as a result. As a homesteading blogger, the more traffic received and more exposure and value in the eyes of Google and Yahoo and Bing, promoting the blog to a larger reading audience.

The larger an audience we have in our homesteading blogs community, the more we have to share and to learn. It's the goal that is varied, though, from one homesteading blog to another. 

Some writers put a great deal of effort into their blogs so that they rank high in searches and therefore see more traffic. The more traffic, the more affiliate marketing Amazon product income can be made from ad revenue and sales funnels (we won't get into that.) For us, the motivation is increased readership. There's little financial gain, so it comes down to the satisfaction of more folks sharing their ideas and comments and feedback with us. Our goal is to ultimately learn more.

Urban Homesteading

urban homesteadingTo think it all started only a few years ago on a little quarter-acre urban homesteading lot in a city that was loosing its charm for us. Those first six ISA Brown chickens and a tenacious shade garden taught us so much that to look at us today, it's almost as if we know exactly what we're doing.

But it wasn't an overnight transition, and certainly, we're not done yet. We will still enjoy reading all of the homesteading blogs we can find and yes, continue on as a Google affiliate. We will also keep affiliate marketing Amazon products. It's what bloggers who want to look influential do.

This is the balance we've found, and please know how much we love sharing this whole journey with you! Are you a homesteading or off the grid blogger and Google affiliate? Are you affiliate marketing Amazon products? What are your homesteading blog experiences? We'd love to hear from you all!