There are some plugins and extra things for WordPress that can enhance or aid the blogging experience. LinkXL is a plugin that allows you to monetize a WordPress site by selling links in existing content. So basically it is a way to make money from blogging. I was not familiar with Contextual Links until I started reading other people’s blogs and saw what others are doing. That’s a cool idea and I might check it out for something I can do in the future.
I had considered putting banners and Google Ads on my site, but I’ve resisted going to an all commercial format so far. I like the layout of the theme I am using, although I admit that on some monitors the gray text can be hard to read. I might try to brighten that is I have some quality time to read through the code and make a few changes. I know enough about html to be dangerous and am not an expert on coding by any means.