I want to use Ghost for a blog starting in a few months. I had wanted to start it years ago, and I used to hang out on the old slack channel and chat about it before there was a forum, but life got in the way.
I don’t want to just start a blog purely for fun though. I have no expectations of making a living from blogging but it would be nice to bring in enough cash to pay the $29 a month plus a few other amenities. Let’s say $100/mo and I’ll be satisfied.
More would be better, and here’s where this thread comes in - there are a ton of bloggers out there who make cash (usually very little, but sometimes more) and they mostly use WordPress. There’s a lot of comparisons out there for Ghost vs Wordpress and which is best for what, but so far I haven’t found a list that clearly states whether or not Ghost can use all the monetization tools that are available to WordPress.
With that in mind, here are what I’ve been told are the best monetization methods for a typical blog:
- SEO optimization - Ghost has this built in, but is it manual (I put in my keywords) or does Ghost pick them out for me? Is it at least 80% as effective as the plug-ins or whatever people use with WP?
- Amazon Affiliates - I have no reason to think this wouldn’t work with Ghost.
- Ads - The best ad companies are apparently MediaVine and AdThrive, and a blog must be approved for those. Is there any reason they wouldn’t approve a Ghost blog with high traffic? Because I have the impression that most blogs are still WP and I don’t know if companies like those (who can afford to be picky) might only accept WP blogs for some idiotic reason.
- Ability to sell things directly such as an eBook, Printable, or whatever else - I personally have no intention of doing this, and I’m fairly sure that Ghost can work with Shopify now, but I wanted to check that this area is covered.
I’m personally planning to just do #2 and hope to get a little out of it after a year or so… but on the off chance I love it and want to do more, I wanted to check that the rest of these options were viable.
Thank you for your time! Please let me know if any of the above isn’t possible on Ghost, because I’m fairly sure it is… but I want to make sure!
Other things I have planned I think I’ve managed to find examples of on the forums. I saw someone saying that parent/child tags were a thing? So if I had a tag for “novels” I could do sub-tags for fantasy, mystery, thriller, romance, etc… which was a desire but not a deal-breaker, so hopefully that’s available. And I saw someone explaining a method for doing spoilers, even if it wasn’t really built in… Man, I’m excited. I LOVE GHOST!.