Hi Ron_Bar! I’m a blogger. I have 174 patrons; I am typically making about $800/mo, but I’m by-work, not by-month, so it fluctuates; I made over $2k in March.
I took a look at your blog’s site and the good news is: you’re not doing the basics. There’s some real simple stuff you can be doing that should help.
First of all, when someone lands on your blog one of the things they should see is a Patreon logo and possibly some sort of call to support (like “Support this blog on Patreon”), which are links to your Patreon page. Or maybe to an intermediary page - Patreon redesigned our landing pages in a way which I think is counterproductive, so you might want to have a page on your site that explains why people should support you with money. (I am currently considering a redesign to do this.) Such a page might explain:
• Why your site is awesome and a great source of what your provide.
• How paying you for it makes you able to make more of it.
and then, always, an explicit ask. People like to be asked. So conclude with something like, “So if you could chip in by becoming my patron on Patreon, I’d really appreciate it!” with a big old link “SUPPORT THIS BLOG ON PATREON” to take people to your Patreon page they can pledge at.
Likewise, and in some way even more important, every time you post something that’s patron-funded, SAY SO. On my blog, EVERY POST that is patron-funded gets a giant footer with a banner image advertising my blog and a statement explaining that this was a patron-funded post – thanking my patrons and inviting other people who want there to be more of my writing in the future to pledge me at my Patreon page.
You know why? I bet you have two basic sources of readers. You get people who had one of your posts recommended to them – someone mentioned you on Twitter or FB or in some forum like StackExchage or a private Discord or in the comments of some other blog: some form of digital word of mouth – OR they find one of your posts when they google (or bing or otherwise websearch) on the topic. Consequently all they know of you is what they see when they read the post that brought them there. They have no idea what’s on your front page, they have no idea what you’ve posted to FB or Twitter. All they know is here’s this guy, and he wrote this blog post. And maybe they liked it. If they got to the end and thought it was good, THAT is your moment to ask for patronage, so there’d better be something at the end of your posts that says, “Hey, didja like that? Because there could be more where that came from, if people paid me.”
I would caution you against exclusive content. It can work, but it’s tricky - it can wind up just being a way that creators exhaust themselves making more and more content for less and less compensation. Better to convince people to pledge you for what you’re already doing than do more or do less.
Really, at your stage, the single most important thing is to make sure that everyone who interacts with your blog can’t help but see that you’re soliciting patronage.
Right now? If there’s any mention of Patreon on your site, I can’t find it. How would anybody who likes your work even know they could support you that way? Don’t make it hard for your admirers to pay you money! Right now, you might as well being keeping it a secret.
Also: I don’t bother to do any advertising or self-promotion of Twitter or FB or any social media. At all. If you’re an expert in your area, I don’t think you need to if you’re getting a good number of page-views. What you need to do is leverage your already-good SEO, not waste time shouting into the wind. If people are already finding and reading your blog, then your problem isn’t attracting attention, it’s converting (that’s the technical term) readers to patrons. And to that, you need to funnel (also a technical term) them to your patreon page. And you do that by making sure they can’t miss the fact you’re asking them to go there and pledge.