in most cases, it isn’t a true labor of love. There are things you have to do in order to have the funds for things you need, including things like food, utilities and paying the rent (so to speak.)
If you have an online site, it doesn’t come to you for free. Neither does design or images or copywriting…there is a price.
Hosting costs money, monthly or annually fees are usually assessed.
In some instances, the site maybe offered for “free” but then your viewers pay with their attention on ads that help support the website.
We (my friends and family) talked this weekend about how much “better” the ads are getting. Too good, we think. But sometimes way, way off. That may be simply a matter of the site getting support from one or a few advertisers who chose that site to support for a reason.
I like that Wundergound.com puts it right out there, to be honest with their viewers why that image is there in the first place.
So, the website takes their funds, paying the rent on their hosting and design and creative and research and industry data – all used to make the site a better resource. Hopefully. Otherwise we stop visiting. Unless we really need to know the weather tomorrow.
~ Dawn aka Hat Girl