You may not know this, but almost every action you take online makes someone money.
There. I said it.
It’s time we all realize exactly what happens in the online world, so that we can make better decisions with both our actions and our finances.
When you load up Facebook in the morning, they make money from advertisements and your personal data.
When you load up a random slideshow from xyzSite.com about the latest “Disney Princesses like you’ve never seen them before” image gallery, that site is making money.
When you click over on a link to shop on Amazon, usually someone is making a commission.
When you click over to take the latest online quiz or name test site telling you which celebrity you look like, not only is that site making money but you are freely giving it all of your information that it gets to use and sell to third parties as “market research.”
Congratulations! We live in an age where someone somewhere makes money off of almost every movement you make online.
And the big guys are winning.
That’s why they are the big guys. They are smart marketers, and know how to leverage the masses to increase revenue. It’s called Free Enterprise.
So what is the point of this article? Well the point is that most blogger websites are now struggling because it’s hard to get people off of the social platforms. In the past couple of years, I’ve seen website views go down AND revenue go down with almost every single blogger that I have worked with.
And these are not the “big guys” just trying to make a buck. These are Moms, Wives, Dads, Husbands, Friends, Family, and the average Joe just trying to make some extra money by having a little corner of the internet where they share willingly. Most aren’t in it for the money, but to help and hopefully pay some bills in the process.
But now many are just barely covering their hosting fees (Hosting Fees: It actually costs us money to keep a website up and running… my bill is currently around $150 a month just to keep NaturalThrifty.com up on the net).
So this is my plea to you… Support Small Business Owners – both online and offline!
Stop supporting sites that make you click through a million slideshows just to find the one thing you were looking for.
Stop shopping on Amazon through some big guy’s link, but instead shop through your blogger friend’s link.
Most of us will drop hundreds of dollars on shopping this Holiday Season through a 3rd party website without even batting an eye, but then get annoyed when a friend of ours posts about their own blog content, ebooks, or products.
What is wrong with this picture?
We should be celebrating, encouraging, and financially supporting those we care about more than we do the celebrities and big businesses that we have zero connection to.
So the next time you plan to do some shopping on Amazon, or any other website for that matter, consider doing so through that friend of yours that has a blog. You might just help them cover their Hosting Fees.
Or better yet, you’ll be paying it forward to those that work hard to provide you with excellent content that those 27-page slideshow websites never do.
UPDATE 11/14: I’ve had a lot of people message me to ask how they can support me this holiday season. I appreciate you all reaching out to me to ask! You can support me by purchasing Safer Skincare through me here, essential oils through me here, or you can be sure to do all your Amazon shopping through me here.