This post is sponsored by QUID. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own.
The most popular question I get asked when telling people that I am a blogger is: “Can you make money blogging?”
The simple answer is yes. There are many ways to earn an income blogging and many bloggers are the sole income providers in their household. The long answer is what readers don’t see – the hours spent writing posts, editing videos, posting photos, engaging on social media, looking for sponsored work, taking classes, coming up with ideas.
Earning money blogging is no easy feat and you will find that your income might be up one month, and back down the next.
One of the ways for bloggers to earn money is through advertisement. Now, if you’re anything like me, and spend HOURS (and I mean dozens of hours) taking, selecting, and editing photos to create an aesthetically-pleasing website, the last thing you’ll want is add distracting and colorful ads all over your blog.
If I told you that I found a new way to monetize your blog, which does not involve advertising, and taps into your readers’ inner wish to recognize you… what would you say?
Shall we take a look at QUID?
Let’s go. Here are my 5 favorites on QUID Payments and why you should consider it as a new and easy way to make money as a blogger!
1- Cool Concept
The idea behind QUID is to add a simple and simplistic tool on select, or all, pages on your blog, to collect payments. I actually prefer to think of those payments as support donations.
Essentially, unless you are selling something, you are giving your readers an option to support you with small amounts. If the payments are set as “optional” (discussed below), there is no pressure or hassle for your readers to contribute. Allow them to quickly and easily contribute just a few cents to a few dollars as a Thank You for the value they get out of your site! It’s that simple!
QUID is super flexible in many ways!
First, decide whether you want to set your payment as “required” or “optional.” Being a content creator, I see those payments as a donation from my readers, who want to chip in and reward my efforts, or recognize the value I create for them. All of my payments are of course “optional” but you could charge for a recipe for example, or printables, etc.
I also like that I can choose to turn on the payment button on each page or post. If you host your blog on the WordPress platform, once you have installed the plugin, scroll to the bottom of your article draft and select to show a QUID payment option, or not! If you want to see the button in action, scroll down right now!!
Lastly, I love the ability to choose the look of the payment tool! On each page or post, customize the payment option in the form of a button, slider (my favorite!), or penny wall!
As I was saying above, monetizing a blog can see its ups and downs. You might be able to sign 3 or 4 deals one month, but only 1 the following month.
What I truly love with QUID, is the consistency I see in the payments. They are based on 2 metrics: your blog traffic (the higher your traffic, the higher your chances at getting donations) and the relationship you create with your readers (how much do they want to reward you for your efforts can depend on how much you are helping them, and creating value for them).
But month after month, you will find that the payments you receive through QUID are pretty consistent, though hopefully growing! 🙂
4- Easy Set Up
Setting QUID up on your blog is a matter of minutes and you don’t need to be a coder!! Sign up online right here and enter your information as well as your bank account information and send in a couple of ID verifications. Once you are all signed up, QUID will generate an API key.
Head over to WordPress and install the free plugin, then go to Settings > QUID Setting to enter in the API keys, and voila!
Next, type up a post and scroll to the bottom of your page where you can set all sorts of options for your payment button!
5- Cheap Option
In this post, I have been discussing QUID for content writers, which we are as bloggers. Note however, that if you are a non-profit, QUID waves the monthly fees. Note also that, if you are a podcaster, you also have the ability to add a donation button!
Back to the cheap part of it… Here are the pricing options:
I am using the Starter version of QUID, which allows me to use the the payment solution free of charge up to 10,000 transactions per month.
QUID keeps 7% of all transactions, which is at least 30% cheaper than other payment processors for transactions under a dollar!
My Best Advice
Value, value, value!
Make your readers want to thank you for bringing answers to their questions or solutions to their pain points!
If they find value in your writing, they will come back and decide to donate at some point!