However, they won't start supplying reports for me to KNOW how many free downloads have been made until the 1st of March. I don't know how many to expect, as I can't get a report for the past. In the month of January, there were nearly 50.000 product clicks, and 500 purchases. I don't and can't know how many of the 49,500 difference resulted in free downloads. Even if half of them, it would exceed the limit. What could I do to not lose all income? When the magic number of 20,000 free downloads is being neared, stop listing any more for the month? List a lot fewer books so it's less likely to be neared?
I'm sorry if that gives a very mercenary impression. If you're new here, you might not know how this blog and affiliate linking developed. When I first started this blog last April, I didn't even know about affiliate stuff and searched and listed books for several months just to help other people; I wanted many of those books myself anyway. Then a kind reader told me about being an affiliate, and I joined, but didn't tell readers, so any income was very minimal, and accidental. I figured it was roughly $1 an hour, or less. As I started listing more books, taking more time, I finally told people, and was very blessed by their support when they would make an Amazon purchase after one of my links, just to be kind and help out. I am SO grateful to every single one of you who helped in this way. THANK YOU, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!
Next, If you've read the Q and A page you'll know that currently I get up between 4 and 6 am and spend 3-6 hours a day on this blog. It is tiring but I have been very committed--(and perhaps a little obsessive--such as no days off except when I was away and with no computer, which equalled only a few days out of all that time. ) Although I have been getting tired and burned out lately, I'm really attached to the blog and the books. I love books, and this has been such a big part of my life for so many months.
The affiliate income lately is still probably less than a quarter of minimum wage, so I'm not making a fortune, in case anyone was wondering. Why does any of the income matter? That income was what helped me to make the time I spend finding and listing books make at least a little sense to my family--and myself. For example, it was enough one month to buy the kids an airplane teeter totter--and I can't tell you how great it was to just be able to decide to get them that! Even when it's been very low, the hope of it helped keep me going on bad days too. I am honestly really upset about this sudden change and the future of the blog, and am not sure what to do!
..........not to mention I also just began the Preparedness Fair (including many, many hours of research, inviting people, and paying a year's subscription for the program to do that). Without a book blog with lots of readers, there is no audience for the Fair and I don't see a good way to build one to help it grow. I would love to continue it but without a new idea or some help to publicize it it will die a lonely death. Well, it will die a death and I will be lonely! :D
Any ideas on either issue would be EXTREMELY welcome.
- And if you've benefited from this blog and got a bunch of free books and would like to help at all, I would be so grateful to you if you could pack all the Amazon shopping you planned to do in the next while into the next 3 days! As of March 1, I won't get any more guaranteed commission. This involves clicking on one of the Amazon links on this site BEFORE purchasing anything else.
-------------Now, a few hours have gone by to reflect and come up with some ideas.
The only way I can see to continue listing free books and still get any compensation is to cut down on the number of books downloaded. I can try to list the "cream," and quit listing the least popular ones,* the poorer or questionable quality ones, more ordinary or less specialized ones.
As I was approaching a bit of a burn-out anyway, this could coincide with a need to cut down on the time. Of course, telling the cream from the skim takes time too. And of course the Fair was going to require quite a bit to get built up, so I don't know if saving any time would actually happen in the end result.
Input is very welcome.
And THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you who have loyally and regularly come here, and to those who have made a point to support my efforts by making Amazon purchases. YOU ARE STARS!!!
*perhaps using the results of the poll, which I had no idea would be so handy!