I have talked to bloggers on both sides of this question. Some think very strongly one way or the other whereas other bloggers seem to be indifferent. How you feel and what you feel lead to do is up to you. I’m simply going to voice my opinion and give you some things to think about.
When I first got into Christian blogging, this is one of the first things that I noticed; Blogs that do not accept awards. I was a bit surprised by this. If you have a good thing going and someone feel compelled to nominate you for an award, why not accept it? After pondering this one a bit, I can see why you would choose to do this.
As Christian bloggers, our goal should be to lead others to Christ and help fellow Christians strengthen their walk with Christ. Everything we do should be for HIS glory, not ours. If you choose to accept awards on your blog, I think this is fine. If you choose not to, I think that is fine to. Mainly because the award reflects your blog site and the difference your writing is making. Well, as long as you’re not going around flaunting your awards and telling everyone that you are be best blogger in the world.
Marketing, optimizing, & ranking
A couple months ago, when I added the FOCB Top 50, I was shocked by some feedback I received. Long story short, we lost one member because they did not want to be associated with anything that had ranking or paid attention to ‘the numbers’.
I think a lot of this goes back to the previous point about awards. Some bloggers feel that nothing should matter other then the writing itself. Yes, your blog posts and writing to glorify God is of utmost importance. But there are other factors involved.
Most website ranking systems (ours included) focus on the popularity of a site. If a site is popular, has a lot of people coming to it, and is easy to find online then it will have a high rank. If a site has very few readers and is hard to find in the blogosphere then it will have a low rank. Let me put it another way. Let’s assume that you are a wonderful Christian blogger and you write wonderful content that anyone would enjoy to read and it helps them grow closer to Christ. Now if you have a high ranking site, then people will find and read your posts and in turn, grow in their faith. If you have a low ranking site, very few people will ever find and benefit from your posts.
Make sense? No, Christian blogging is not all about the numbers. Yes, paying some attention to the numbers does make a difference.
Should a Christian Blogger make money on their blog?
Now for the big question, is it acceptable for a Christian Blogger to make money on their Christian blog? I have heard a lot of debate on this issue.
Are you blogging for the LORD, are you blogging to make money, or can you do both?
Blogging for the LORD
Without a doubt, this should be our primary goal! Everything we do, in every aspect of our life, should be done to glorify God! I recently asked the question on our forum; where do you find inspiration for your posts? Several of our members weight in with basically the same answer. God inspires their posts (by various means) and gives them the message to write about.
Writing what God inspires us to write and knowing that He is glorified by our writing should be all the reward we need. We don’t need to make any money, were doing it for God!
Blogging for money
If you spend some time looking around online, you will find some VERY profitable blogs. Granted, most of the big ones aren’t Christian blogs, but the point remains. There is even one site that provides training for bloggers that advertises being able to earn a six figure income, from blogging! Sounds a bit farfetched, but I believe it could be possible, in the right niche, with the right resources and hard work.
Even if you’re not looking for a six figure income, it is possible to earn some money blogging. Offering advertising spots on your site can bring in a little money each month. Offering eBooks or other resources for sale can make you even more.
Blogging for money AND for Christ
How do you accomplish both? Is it ok to do both? Should you? Wither or not you should on your blog, is a personal question you will have to ask yourself. Is it ok to, I think so, as long as money is not your primary goal. Some think it is wrong for a Christian blogger to accept any money from their blogging efforts. I think this is equivalent to saying your Pastor is working for God’s glory so he should expect a pay check from the Church. It is ok to pay your Pastor, as long as he is doing the Lords work, and putting God’s kingdom first. Motive can be everything here.
Keep your focus on Him and blogging to glorify God and grow His kingdom. If you are able to make some money to help pay for your hosting, design work, etc, etc, I say go for it.
What do you think? Do you make any money on your blog? Do you think it is ok to do so? Let me know in the comments below.