This post was inspired by an earlier post that I noticed recently – Trying to cover my WordPress Premium cost with WordAds. — susiesopinions.
I plan on going with a paid plan at some point – most likely starting with the Premium plan initially as that’s least out of pocket for site monetization options, but will look at Ko-fi, Buymeacoffee, PayPal and Donate buttons, affiliate links (clearly marked as such), and Patreon as ways to generate income to cover costs as I am not a fan of ads, plus ad revenue can vary widely.
My goal is to make my blog ad-free as too many potential readers are anti-ad. I don’t care for ads, but that’s not going to stop me from reading or following a blogger who has ads. My ultimate goal would be to go with the eCommerce version, but that’s $45/month, billed annually and adding one or more of the various places like Teespring, Cafepress, or Etsy down the road. I would probably create separate pages for the other items.
I considered some of the WordPress third party vendors, partial list below –
Each of the various third party vendors have their advantages and disadvantages. Most offer a fairly cheap introductory rate, but once your initial rate ends, then the annual costs tend to be a lot higher.
It would be rough, but I could swing the $8/month Premium plan on WordPress for the first year. In about four (4) years, my income should improve as my pension hits a milestone that will offer a semi-decent monthly boost.
I ruled out the cheaper WordPress options, Blogger ($3/month, billed annually) and Personal ($5/month, billed annually) as those don’t allow site monetization.