Do you offer products for free or do you charge your customers? The debate is not a new one. It forever comes to the forefront of blogging forums at one time or another. Which is better? Offering free product and printables to your readers or having them pay for the product you create? Which is more professional? Which grows your following? Which do your readers prefer? Blah. Blah. Blah.
Well, as many of you know, I LOVE offering free printables here on Cornerstone Confessions. If I can share something with others, and it can benefit my readers, I want to share it, no matter the cost. I’ve had several blogging friends tell me that I should be attaching a price tag to several of the printables I provide here on Cornerstone Confessions, like my copywork pages, Magic School Bus Lesson plans and the like. While I do offer a few premium products on Cornerstone Confessions, for the most part, the products I offer on Cornerstone Confessions are free.
Why do I do this?
Personally, I know what it is like to be a mom on a budget so if I can help another mom that is trying to organize her home or teach her children with little money in her pocket, I want to be there to help her, and help her with quality and not just quantity. I figure I earn enough extra via the ad views my readers see while downloading a free printable. The ads provide a service to both the company providing the advertisement and my readers who get a free product.
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But that is not everyone’s marketing philosophy. Some prefer that I remove all external ads from Cornerstone Confessions so that the pages load faster, readers are less distracted, I appear “more professional” and the like. And, I understand where the are coming from. That said, financially, I can’t afford do it both ways, no matter how neat a ministry this is, because blogging involves both time and money.
So my question for you today is…
Which would you choose?
Would you like for Cornerstone Confessions to continue offering free printables, knowing that the external ads in the sidebar is what makes this possible?
Or, would you prefer I remove the external ads, knowing that in exchange, printables here on Cornerstone Confessions would then have a small price tag?
Or, is there a third option you think I should consider?
Which do you think is more professional? Or preferred? Or your favorite? I’m all ears. Tell me what you think in the comments below! And thank you, in advance, for your honest input!