The thing with blogging for money is that the best way to make money from a product is to actually buy it and then, providing that you really do actually like it, tell your readers about it. This is because readers can usually tell by your written content whether it’s just a sales pitch or coming right from the heart. I know this to be true because I make a fair bit of my income from promoting things that I love like the blogging theme I use and plugins such as CommentLuv Premium.
The problem is that not everyone can afford to buy every product that is available just to see whether or not its good enough to promote on their blog. That being the case bloggers resort to reading what others are saying about any given product and then write their own post telling others how great it is hoping that it will be good enough to get them a sale or two. Unfortunately it rarely works because most people will see it as pure sales copy and they generally move on. What people are looking for are honest reviews.
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I’ve just been over to The InfoPreneur where I read his post, My Promise To You. In this post he’s outlined how he intends to conduct himself as a blogger, a lot of which I am in total agreement, many of which I’ve either posted about or left a comment on another blog.
His post got me to thinking about probloggers. To me a problogger is someone who has attained independence via his blog, enabling him to leave his day job so as to concentrate on his blogging full time. He is now a Professional Blogger. When thinking of probloggers I usually tend to think of a person who’s earning a six figure income, mainly because that’s what most of them tell you.
This six figure income is what attracts many people to the blogging in the first place. The thing is that all that money does not come from blogging alone. Many of these probloggers have over time built up huge mailing list which they use to sell products to their subscribers. I know this to be true because I subscribed to a few and then unsubscribed when all I got was solicitations to buy something that they were pushing.
So, why will I never achieve ProBlogger status?
No Email Lists
I have no, nor intend to ever acquire an email list for the sole purpose of peddling a product on my unsuspecting subscribers. I’m sick and tired of subscribing to a news letter or for some free eBook only to be hounded at a later date by useless spam emails trying to sell me something. I will not force on to someone else something that I find personally distasteful.
No Interaction With Commentators
I keep hearing from these guys that the reason they don’t interact with people who comment on their blogs is because they either don’t have the time or because there is no money in it. They believe there is more value in another content rich post than there is in interacting with commentators.
Personally I love that interaction, and if becoming a problogger means I have to lose that then I have no interest in becoming one.
So it looks like you guys are stuck with an Aussie blogger who doesn’t give a shit about reaching problogger status if that means that I have to compromise my standards in my effort to get there.
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Man, I love it when comments lead you to a new post. Most people seem to miss that when they sit wondering what to write about next. Analyze your comments and those of your peers folks as you are bound to find some inspiration for a post.
Anyway I digress. The other day I wrote the post Why I No Longer Link To The Likes Of ProBlogger And John Chow, that seems to have created quite a stir. One of my commentators added David Risley to the bunch which happened to get him involved in the discussion.
In their defense he came up with the following post, When Comments Begin To Hurt Your Blogging Success! (Unfortunately I had to remove that link because David has decided to delete that post) This would only be true if you spent every single moment of your time commenting, leaving no time for marketing and such. I can’t see anybody doing that.
I personally believe that taking the time to comment can only enhance your presence, especially when others are found lacking in this area. It’s all about time management, and taking the time to interact with people is as important, if not more so, as focusing on ways of increasing your blogs revenue.
If you consider your commentators as customers how much more likely are they going to send people your way if you show them, by replying to their comments, that you value their input?
Sound like a good time for a poll. I think a simple yes or no will do the trick.
I would also love you to weigh in on the discussion. Who knows, if we make our feeling known, perhaps we can change the way some of the big boys think. Don’t forget to Tweet, Stumble or whatever all posts involved, and it would be great to get as much feedback as possible.