#ad (on the off-chance the FTC considers any of the below links as needing #ad in this post). Have You Linked All of Your Social Media Sites to Your Blog?
Thanks to Jamie Gates of https://applegategenealogy.wordpress.com/, I learned about Ko-fi; here’s her Ko-fi page https://ko-fi.com/D1D1IFSE. I signed up for it and here’s my Ko-fi page: https://ko-fi.com/A0A0N8BL. At some point, I will upgrade to the Gold version ($6/month or $60/year although it’s normally $9/month or $90/year). Offering rewards for Ko-fi supporters is a good way to get people to support you provided you make it worthwhile or interesting.
I haven’t linked most of my social media sites to my blog. I do have my blog posts automatically post to Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, and a few other places. This point came to me as I was writing about Meg Dowell’s 12 Things All Writers Need to Remember in 2019 List. Meg had links to several of her social media sites, but she didn’t have all of them linked. For example, I found her Facebook page by doing a search using her Patreon nickname.
There are plenty of social media outlets out there: Facebook, Twitter, Patreon, Ko-fi, YouTube, Twitch, Vimeo, MySpace, etc. In a quick search, I found this link, https://makeawebsitehub.com/social-media-sites/, that has over sixty (60) social media sites. While Wikipedia used to have a great image that had a ton of social media sites, it seems to have removed the image – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites which has many I have never heard of. To narrow it down a lot, Wikipedia has a list of social media sites with more than 100 million active users, a more manageable list as it only has a bit less than 30 sites on it, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_virtual_communities_with_more_than_100_million_active_users. Don’t rule out all of the social media sites on the first Wikipedia list as some of them may make sense for you to join. A great example is Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/; it only has 13 million users, but if you are a writer, author, book lover, or book reviewer, it’s one you should join. I belong to PatientsLikeMe, https://www.patientslikeme.com/, and it only has a bit over 109,000 members.
I have a Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/EmperorNortonXVI/creators, but I don’t have any Patrons sponsoring me yet. For Patreon, it’s best if you can offer different levels of rewards for Patrons. The more somebody is willing to pay, the higher the reward should be. For example, these 35 Patreon members earned over $150,000 each in 2016: https://blog.patreon.com/top-earners-2016. While that’s not typical, it’s easy to earn between a few hundred dollars/month to $1,000+/month. Something like about 31% of Patreon members earn over $100/month so it’s not going to make you rich. However, there are ways to improve your income. The biggest thing that is true of any social media outlet, including blogs, is connecting with your audience. The more you connect, the higher the odds of getting people to support your endeavor, be it a blog, Patreon, YouTube, Instagram, or elsewhere. While your total income from different social media sites may be small from each site, it can add up. That’s not including things like affiliate links that can potentially boost your income even higher. At least a few genealogical bloggers make a sizeable income from their affiliate links.
I have a YouTube channel, but don’t have the necessary equipment to do anything with it yet. At some point, I will rent or buy a decent enough audio/visual system to start making either audio or videos. It may be easier to go with audio only initially as it would be cheaper to buy or rent a decent audio system than it would to get a decent video recording system.
I do need to create links to my various social media sites and I would recommend other bloggers do the same. You can do it in your About section if you have one. If your blog platform allows it, you may be able to create links or buttons that take your readers to your social media sites.