Christian blogs that make money
Christian blogs that make money might seem like their focus is not in the right place. But is that really true? Is it wrong for Christian bloggers to monetize their blogs? In today’s post, I talk about this in-depth and give my analysis on the issue as well as give you some tips on how to make money blogging.
It’s an idea that I’ve seen floating around the internet throughout my blogging tenure (which spans many years in case you wondered).
Christian Blogs That Make Money…Is This Good Or Bad?
Or maybe I should say “Should Christian bloggers make money from their Christian blogs” because all bloggers who are Christians don’t necessarily market their blogs as Christian, per se.
I often read these statements with a mix of emotions: disbelief, incredulity, and then, inevitably, guilt.
Is it really wrong, as in a sin to make money blogging? Is that the implication of what these statements and blog posts are saying?
Am I wrong for wanting to work full time as a Christian blogger and turn this into a business?
When I read some of these statements my heart sinks…temporarily…but still sinks nonetheless.
Maybe you too want to blog full time as a Christian blogger and you’ve felt the same way when you read similar comments online.
You have all of these dreams and goals of taking your blog to the next level but that guilt holds you back.
I wanted to write this post for you and share some ways you can make money as a Christian blogger without guilt.
If you are feeling guilty for wanting to turn your Christian blog into a full-time business, then please keep reading because I think you will find this post encouraging.
5 Reasons To Feel Good About Making Money From Your Christian Blog
1) Businesses Are Good Because They Employ People.
Unless you do odd jobs here and there, chances are you work for a business (if you have a job).
Whether that’s a small business or a large corporation, these jobs allow us a way to provide for ourselves and our families (and a way to give back to others).
Many successful bloggers not only make money for themselves but they also have a team of people they employ (I should know…I’ve applied for one of those positions).
How amazing would it be if more Christian bloggers were so successful that they could not only provide for their families but could also hire a team of people who could then provide for their families?
Talk about job satisfaction…That’s something to feel great about!
2) You’re in good company.
She was so successful that she was a homeowner (no small feat for a woman in any era) and she was clearly the leader of those who lived in her house.
In Acts 16:15, it says “she and the members of her household were baptized…”
First of all, it is awesome that she helped influence them for Christ but also, by the verse saying “members of her household” it appears that she was running the household, which leads me to believe that at least some of those in her household, were her servants.
Now, I don’t want to say that this is absolutely true because the scripture doesn’t say that so I definitely could be wrong.
That’s just how I interpret it. However, my point is, all signs point to Lydia being a successful and prosperous businesswoman.
Her success allowed her to own a house which allowed her to host such esteemed guests as Paul and Silas.
I mean, can you imagine Paul and Silas staying at your house? I’m afraid I’d get all “Martha” over here and miss the true significance of the moment but anywho.
Bottom line? Lydia rocked and is a great role model for all Christian women entrepreneurs.
3) The Bigger The Platform, The Bigger The Influence.
The bigger your platform is (which is your blog), the more influence you can have for Christ.
I know some Christian bloggers are going to college campuses speaking to the students there about Jesus.
You only get these opportunities when your blog has a certain amount of influence and clout.
And how desperately do college students need to hear about Jesus…even the “Christian” schools?
And are those Christian bloggers making money? You better believe it!
But does that somehow diminish or lessen the impact they are making for the Lord? Nope, not at all. In fact, it is just the opposite.
4) If You Make Money From Your Blog Then You’re Adding Value To The Lives Of Others.
I heard this from one of the bloggers I follow and it’s stuck with me because I’ve found it to be so true.
He said the amount of money you make is a direct reflection of the amount of value you are adding to people’s lives.
Some may balk at this and I admit it’s not true 100% of the time but few principles are. However, the concept or idea behind the principle is.
When you add true value (and I’ll add, transformation) to people’s lives, they will pay you money and they will not feel swindled, cheated or regretful of it later.
In fact, they will thank you for adding value to their lives.
I’ve personally paid $2300 for a course (not a typo) and I don’t regret it in the least.
In fact, I thank the course creator for adding so much value to my life because he truly did.
That course creator doesn’t know it, but God placed that course in front of me to help change the path I was on.
If you start your blog and you’re reaching into the lives of others with your posts, books, and courses, those who truly see the value of your hard work will gladly give you their money in exchanges for your high-quality products.
5) Your Ministry Blog Can Sell Products and Do It With Integrity.
I think the reason people are leery about making money from their Christian blogs is because they see it as a ministry.
I understand that. I think though what people sometimes forget is ministries sell products all the time.
A ministry I’ve bought from more than once is called Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram.
I know Chip and his ministry have helped me walk closer with the Lord and brought me through some dark moments.
I’ve bought their DVDs and CDs and never once did I think “Hey, this is a ministry…these should be free”.
No, I thought “Hey, these could really help me get through this rough patch…I’m going to buy them and find out”.
I know that producing quality content costs money and they have to sell products or they would either have to rely solely on donations or cease to exist.
Neither is ideal.
If you see your blog as a ministry and you want to sell products that you know will help people with their problems, there is no reason to feel ashamed of that.
What Are Some Ways Christians Bloggers Can Make Money?
So let’s talk about some of the ways that you can make money as a Christian blogger (or any kind of blogger!). I’ll talk specifically about ways that I earn income from my blog.
1) You can earn money from placing ads on your blog
Many bloggers get their first bit of income from placing ads on their blogs.
It might be from ad networks like Adsense or once you have more traffic, you can apply for a more premium ad network like Mediavine or Ezoic.
I hear bloggers say over and over again not to use Adsense because you don’t earn enough money from it, it slows your site down, you might violate their terms of service and not get into Mediavine later on (both Adsense and Mediavine are owned by Google).
I personally use Adsense but I will probably stop soon just so I can be on the safe side once I apply for other networks.
My advice would be to know the risks and decide for yourself if its worth it.
2) You can earn money from selling affiliate products in blog posts
Another way you can make money is by selling affiliate products on your blog.
Affiliate products are just you promote a product that someone else created and you get a commission from the sale of that product.
I talk about it at length in these blog posts:
3) You can earn money from having a shop either on Etsy or on your own blog
Another way that you can earn money blogging is by having a shop on your blog through Shopify or by using Etsy.
What you would do is write blog posts that solve a problem that your readers have…and guess what would be the solution to their problem?
You guessed it…what you were selling in your shop. It’s of course more complicated than that but it gives you a little idea of how it works.
4) You can earn money from selling ebooks
Another way to earn money from your blog is to selling ebooks related to your blog niche.
So if you had a blog about marriage, then it would make sense for you to write an ebook about marriage because your audience is clearly interested in that.
5) You can earn money emailing your email list
The last way I want to share with you is making money from your email list. You can gain email subscribers by asking people to join your email list or by offering an optin freebie in exchange for their email address.
Then once you have people on your list, you can email them weekly, monthly (some bloggers even email their list daily seems like).
In your emails, you can offer exclusive free tips, discounts on your own products, or let them know about affiliate products.
Many bloggers say that their email list is their biggest income earner.
Conclusion: Is Guilt Holding You Back From Making Money As A Christian Blogger?
I hope that if you’ve had a desire to make your blog a full-time business but guilt has been holding you back from striving toward that dream, this post has put you at ease that you are not wrong for having this dream.
In fact, more than likely, if your intentions are good (and I believe they are), this is a dream that God has put on your heart.
Don’t let guilt hold you back from your dream if you’ve prayerfully considered this and come to the conclusion that this is the path you should take.
You see, I dream big. I always have. I don’t know any other way to dream and frankly, I see no point in dreaming any other way.
Not only do I dream about the impact my blog could have for Christ but I also dream about the impact your blog could have for Him.
Sometimes my dreams get so big they overwhelm me and I have to take a step back and focus on what’s right in front of me.
Then I start by taking one step at a time but the big dreams are always looming there in the back of my mind.
Do you dream big for your blog? Do you want your blog to influence people for the kingdom of Christ?
Will you allow God to take you as far as you can go with your blogging platform?
Then don’t be afraid of making money from your blog. It’s almost inevitable that the bigger the impact your blog makes, the more money you will make. That’s just how it works.
Just be sure that making money isn’t the main motivation behind your hard work. That’s when it becomes dangerous.
As long as you keep Christ first in your blog, feeling guilty about making money from it should be a thing of the past.
I hope you have been blessed by this post.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you in the comments.
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