I have exciting news: The Jaguar and Allies has been named a top 25 wildlife blog by Feedspot.com.
Feedspot is an online directory that reviews blogs and ranks them. It’s a service that helps blog owners get more visibility, while also making it easier for readers and companies to sort through the best content in particular subject areas.
I’ve followed my friend Chape’s excellent fitness blog since I started on WordPress. In April of last year, Chape’s blog was rated as the 73rd best in the fitness category by Feedspot; which, given the massive number of fitness blogs on the planet, was a massive achievement. The ranking changed Chape’s life, and proved to be a huge boon for his personal training business. Now, Chape’s ranking has improved to 64th best.
Inspired by Chape’s example, I set out to have my own blog scrutinized. I submitted my blog to Feedspot, and the next day they said that my blog had, “High quality and useful content on wildlife,” and that they would be happy to include it in their list of the top 75 wildlife blogs. However, they asked me to $2/month for a subscription.
At this point I hesitated, but I decided to go through with it. I thought that my blog would squeeze in at the bottom of the top 75 list, because it’s tiny. So, imagine my surprise when I woke up yesterday to see that Feedspot had rated my site as the 24th best wildlife blog out of the “thousands of top Wildlife blogs in our index!”
The vast majority of the blogs above me are run by organizations with teams of people, not just one guy who blogs in his spare time. I also have never made a dime from my blog (quite the opposite, actually), and I’m not a biologist: nearly everything I know about wildlife is self-taught. Thus, the fact that my blog made it into the top 25 is huge!
I have no idea what comes next. My blog is diminutive in comparison to most of the others in the top 75 list, so I need to gain more followers.
The good news is that I’ve barely begun to unlock this site’s potential; however, the bad news is that I can’t afford to invest more time and resources into this blog unless I can find a way to get paid for it.
When I first disclosed this impasse in December of 2018, readers gave me various ideas. My friend Amanda told me about Patreon, whereas the multi-talented Jixi Fox said I could just remove all of the Creative Commons (CC) images that were preventing me from monetizing this blog.
I’ve looked into both of those ideas; and, while I’m truly grateful to Amanda and Jixi for their suggestions, I’m not sure either of them are ideal. Apparently no one makes a living on Patreon, and removing the CC images on my blog would seriously harm its quality.
The only other possibilities I can think of are allowing people to pay me to write about them (I wouldn’t use CC images in sponsored posts), or trying to break into a field like travel writing. While the latter option would not involve monetizing this blog, it’d give me plenty of ‘behind the scenes’ content that I could post.
I have to give these ideas more thought and research though, because I don’t want to get sued.
No matter how I resolve my integrity vs. survival conflict, I’d love it if you could share my blog on social media; the 24th best wildlife blog out of “thousands” deserves more than ~2,900 followers (2,220 when you subtract my Facebook friends).
Thank you for your support!