A few weeks ago, a storm of manufactured controversy caused some major advertisers to pull out of YouTube.
My gardening videos are ad-supported, so this is not good for us. I’ve seen a drop in revenue since the trouble began and it seems to still be falling, even though my subscribers keep going up.
That’s not as bad as what just happened with Amazon Associates, though. If you read that article by Peter Grant, you’ll see that it may be getting even worse for writers in the near future.
As you may know, the main way I make money on this site is through Amazon links to books and tools I have found useful. I get a small percentage of the sale of any items that get linked through this blog, giving me about enough money to cover my electric and water bills each month. Amazon just cut its rates almost in half on books and some other items, so my commissions have fallen as well.
At the same time, book sales are down across the board. I’m not sure why, but it seems less people are reading and less books are selling.
I’m in the midst of writing another book right now and hope that will take up the slack. We’re definitely not going to starve (hey, I live on a farm!) but it’s not good to see multiple income streams decreasing at the same time. Sometimes I really miss my plant nursery business. That was a solid revenue stream that I could increase by attending more plant shows and farmers’ markets.
In our new location, I don’t have a work permit so I am tied to what I can make online.
Since multiple people have asked over the last few years if they could leave a tip, I finally set up a tip jar via paypal.
I suppose if you looked at this site as a daily magazine of gardening inspiration, the content is valuable. Instead of writing for magazines all the time, I post free info here. Maybe I need to rethink my life.
If you do shop on Amazon, you can use this link when you do and a few bucks will come our way.
Some interesting new source of income is bound to come up soon. I’m just feeling the smackdown from YouTube and Amazon right now.
Stay tuned. I’m sure I’ll be doing something different and exciting soon. I’ve got some ideas, I just need to make them happen. T-shirts, for instance. They are coming!