The Honest Truth About Blogging For Money

If there is one thing that I really dislike it’s those sites that display an image of some bloke standing in front of a mansion next to some prestige car, like a Ferrari or Porsche. It might even be an image of some luxury yacht or a couple on a exotic island. The image isn’t as important as the message it’s meant to portray, the message being the bloke in the picture has made it big time, and guess what, he’s willing to show me how he made his fortune.

Yep, this complete stranger whom I’ve never met is going to share the secret to making his fortune. The question is how much is it going to cost me.? What I could never work out is why someone who has the perfect system, a system that not only made his fortune but is continuing to do so, has to charge me to share his secret. If he really wanted to help me wouldn’t he just give it to me for free? If he’s not asking for money then all he asks is that I subscribe for a free eBook or something, which will later lead to more emails promising me even more ways of making money.CARdid - Ferrari

I’m sure most of you have seen at least one of these sites or have received at least one email promising you a fountain of wealth? Man I’ve even received phone calls from people trying to sell me some proven software that promises me a tried and true system for winning at the races, even when the horse loses. Shit, if it’s so bloody good why do they need me to make them money. That particular system was only going to set me back some $6000!

Anyway, I’m sure you’ve all seen it and that perhaps some of you have even taken them up on their offer, and if so I’m wondering how many of you have parked your Ferrari in your mansion?

I’ve even seen blogs out there with the same sort of message, one proclaiming how they’re making a very good living by blogging, and yes they are willing to to show you how it’s done. All you have to do is to subscribe to their blog and read through their post where it’s all explained to you. There may even be an offer to send you some eBook or newsletter in the email because it will help you in your endeavors to earn a living through your blog.

So, how is this different from the scenario I mentioned at the beginning of the post? The difference is that you can actually make money by blogging, but the question is can you make enough to do it full time? The answer for many is probably not.

Let’s face it, no matter what you’ve read, blogging for money is a long road and one that takes a lot of dedication and hard work. Most  self sufficient wannabe bloggers will quit within the first 6 months, once they fail to see any money coming in, and because it wasn’t as easy as they made it out to be.

Now, I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but we all need to face the facts, that there are more bloggers making a little money than there are bloggers making a lot of money. Does this mean you give up on your dream? Of course not. It means you have to stay focused, accepting minor setbacks, learning from them, fine tuning your blog and forever forging ahead in your efforts for attaining financial freedom. Nothing good in life is easily attained, and when you finally reach your goal don’t bullshit to others how easy it was to get there.

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Why The The Struggle For PR Is A Waste Of Time

Before I go any further I would like everyone to know that I’m not all fussed about PR. My normal readers would know this but I am just stating it for those who happen to stumble upon this post. There’s a reason for this post, and that is because I believe there are a lot of bloggers out there whose efforts to improve their PR may actually be hampering their blogging efforts.

This could be because they may be stuffing their posts with keywords thereby cramping their writing style or in an effort to getting backlinks they resort to spamming other blogs, specifically those dofollow blogs and those wanting to reward their commentators by using such plugins as commentluv and keywordluv.

As far as PR is concerned I think it’s the following people who are most preoccupied with it.

  1. Bloggers and Webmasters who like to parade their ranking in front of everyone as symbol of their SEO prowess.
  2. Bloggers and Webmasters and Companies who pay others for links pointing to their sites, much to the disgust of Google.
  3. Paid To Review Sites who act as a medium between advertisers and those people selling links on their sites.
  4. SEO experts who amongst other things promote their capability to provide amongst other things a good PR and to have their site appearing on the first page of Google and other main search engines.

Honestly, it surprises me that the largest and most important group of people actually don’t give a stuff about PR. Come to think of it they probably don’t even know it exists let alone know the reasoning behind it all. I’m talking about your average  surfer who bounces from one blog/site to another completely oblivious to it’s PR.

So, if PR is supposed to display a site’s prominence in a particular field or service and the casual surfer has absolutely no idea as to it’s relevance or even existence one has to ask the question; Whats the bloody point of busting your gut trying to get a high PR when those important surfers, the one most likely to click on your adsense ads, haven’t got a clue as to what it is?
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The Importance of Readers

This is a guest post by James of The Infopreneur, and I’d be very surprised if you haven’t come across him yet. Although he is relatively new to blogging he’s hit the blogosphere with both feet running and barely a stumble. If you haven’t been over to his blog yet, perhaps it’s time you did.

In this guest post James discusses something that I have always held dear to my blogging heart, those people who take the time to read my blog and especially those who go above and beyond by sharing their thoughts and feelings by leaving a comment.

But enough about me. You’re here to read what James has to say.

  • The Importance of Readers

The readers or customers of a website are it’s blood, the life of a site. You are the heart and soul, but without your readers you are nothing. You don’t have to sacrifice success in order to keep your visitors happy, you can do both IF you know exactly what to give them.

  • Want

Every business has to go about it’s day, but is every business or website listening to it’s readers? By asking the very people who put you where you are, exactly what you want you are going to stand out in an over crowded market place. Everyone wants something these days, even if it’s a simple as wanting to read great content, everybody wants something, so why not ask your visitors exactly what they want.

  • Value

But why ask what people want from you if you are already making money? A couple of reasons, firstly by knowing exactly what someone expects when they come to you, you can cater for it, provide it and give them maximum value for their time and money. Secondly and most importantly, by getting into their heads you can actually create a unique and profitable brand.

This isn’t about screwing your visitors for every last cent, it’s about providing real value to the very people you have to keep happy. I recently wrote a post asking the readers of my site what they wanted, it got a great response and now the site is better for it, because now the readers are getting exactly what they want when they visit.

  • Loyalty

A loyal customer is something you can’t buy, you can’t buy word of mouth. The very best way of your product or website becoming the next big thing is to have your readers or customers sell it for you, but you will only ever achieve this by knowing exactly what they want. Loyalty is a two way street though, you have to show you are loyal to them before they will even entertain being loyal to you.

  • Peace

We all know about the different scams out there and it seems you can’t visit 5 websites without getting hit with the same old sales page which is trying to force a sale which you know deep down isn’t worth the ‘discounted’ $97 they are trying to pull out of your pocket.

Ultimately would you rather make $10 profit sneakily or $7, honestly knowing that you are giving your readers exactly what you want?

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