Oh I’m Still Here. I Was Out Picking Fights About Making Money Online

So Hi! Hey. Where’d I go? Well I was having internet problems for a few days. Normally I might take Saturday or Sunday off from the blog and this past week intended to write Sunday night after doing a full day of Entrecarding . Dropping those cards is a full blown once a month type event for me. Because I try to read and leave significant comments on the way. And…it’s a lot of work! So Sunday I did all that stuff and then by evening my internet was out. Lots of calling, complaining, fighting, testing equipment. You can look at any of my Comcast or ATT posts to see how I manhandle customer service people at this stage in my life. I’m as polite as I can be, but I also don’t want to be walked through somebody’s troubleshooting script if I KNOW what the problem is. When it’s on my end I know, and when it’s on their end I know. So Monday was a holiday so I was still out. Then that night this happened.

I really didn’t resize this image well enough for you to tell, but that is a substantially sized branch. Over to the left you can see the wire it brought down, so NOW my internet problems were really serious. And you can also see I decided to go Paul Bunyan instead of Discovery Channel Axeman. I just didn’t feel like chainsaw work; since this blogging thing I haven’t been getting enough sleep and things could get a little messy. One day for my home renovation section I’ll talk about the TWO trees I took down and uprooted so I could build a garage this summer.

Money Fight

Anyway while I was out blog surfing I was involved in some software debates and some money debates. I’m putting one the money debates up, because it relates to the next part of the series-which I WILL do right after I do a TV piece today. But I came across a blogger had written 2 back to back pieces on what does and does not make money. He even drew a pyramid shaped chart. Where Adsense and affiliate sales were at the bottom and sponsored reviews and selling EC credits were at the top. And trust me I do understand how this made sense to him. He’s not alone with these kinds of results, but e also repeatedly used the word “efficiency.” And talked about how much work one had to do to make money and the big thing was his approach. It was all; this is irrefutable fact. No evidence, no information about his experience. So I wrote this…

Hi (NAME REMOVED)

My name is Dave and….I’m not sure what you’re up to over here, I’m not a regular reader, but some Sunday’s I go out into the Entrecard world to see what’s happening. I see on the 23rd you did a pyramid and then did a follow up today. And I’m not sure if I you’re trying to make money or provide information to people about how to make money. I can’t imagine you’ve been at this very long. You’ve mentioned the word “efficient” a few times and I don’t know if you mean least amount of work or quickest. It’s irrelevant really, because I think your model is all wrong. Or rather, very wrong. No money is made by selling EC and to put it anywhere near Adsense indicates you might not know the whole story. Sponsored post of course is also a limited amount of money because you’ll get penalized by Google like you and have a PR0 or gray bar like yours. So you wont show up in Google search very easily.

I’m also not sure why you consider affiliate programs “tricky.” I have ebay and CJ sites and there’s not much tricking going on. I show people the stuff and they buy it. No mysteries involved. And they’re very efficient-an ebay site can be done in half an hour and make 10-100 or more a day. I do the same with Adsense-and make about a hundred a day. So good luck with your method, but I hope you’ll do a little more research for yourself and your readers.

So then he came to this blog, and emailed me, and said I should come read his response. I went over and read it. It was snippy-and, you know, I’m wasn’t surprised, hahaha. But he said he was glad I had come by with some new information. And he talked about his position was based on his experience of losing money I also didn’t understand how he lost “so much money” with affiliate programs, since normally you just slap up a banner and hope for the best. Even though I use it, most bloggers are too scared to use Pay Per Click advertising so I can’t imagine how he lost money. Even a lot of affiliate masters are wary of it. But when I looked at my stats I saw that he was from India, so maybe it was just affording the hosting that broke the bank for him. Or maybe somebody sold him a program. The Reverse Funnel System is one of those 50$ upfront programs and THEN I think you’re supposed to put in $3000 then they’ll tell you how you’re supposed to make money while online. So I don’t know what he did, but if he lost money with affiliate marketing that said to ME he probably didn’t do enough research. Anyway-this second response never made it to his blog…

Hi (NAME REMOVED

Well I’m happy to know you appreciated my first comment cause you’re going to love this one. And I say that with a smile-so I’m not coming at you like an ass, just clarifying my outlook. And my position is that you present things in a way that leave a sort of mixed messages. You sent me an email saying you did some updates and I should come take a look but “it doesn’t matter.” That’s a weird thing to say. And right here you say you appreciate my input but that “it doesn’t matter” just devalues what you just said. Either my opinions have value or they don’t.

And it’s the same with these 2 blog post. You’ve made some titles and statements about income that sound like proclamation of fact. “Fire is hot.” Then I added my 2 cents and you clarified (in fact, my opinion is that your subjective outlook about all this should have been in the beginning) “fire is hot to ME.” You said you designed a pyramid that had the “best methods for making money using blogs” as if it was based on fact. What facts? You didn’t say “man I really lost a lot of money or got confused so I really didn’t do very well, so this is how I’m making money now.” And all I said was, you probably haven’t had enough experience yet to a) develop the skills to learn how to make money with those other methods and maybe you should b) research this issue enough to see some of the dozens and dozens of blogs where people generate lots of money with adsense, ebay and other affiliates programs.

And I stand by my position that selling EC credit makes “no money” that doesn’t mean “any money.” But 5 and 10 dollars seem like a very “inefficient” way to make money-considering all the effort of doing 300 drops a day. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve got 5 browsers with tabs going, Firefox gets swollen and needs to be restarted after all that. So that seems like a lot of time that could be better off building a BANS site that makes $50 a day.

I’m also glad you say you don’t want to “push your readers into thing” because that’s how I feel about sponsored post. I have no problem with recommending that strategy to people AS LONG AS they’re told about the PR trade off. Because once you make that trade off your traffic will only be so big and then it’ll reach a ceiling. And that is a fact.

(NAME REMOVED) we are ALL trying to figure this out. How to get a nice amount of money with a clear road to growing it. I was not doing well as recently as March, but I put my nose down and did some research. I want you to be successful too, and that’s why I took the time to write TWO giant responses so that you can maybe go take a second look at methods that work for people and have nothing “shady” or “tricky” about them at all. Clean, honest, smart work. And as you get better you can cut your time and have this efficiency that you’re looking for. And I did a quick write too, so I might have spelling issues too.

Getting Your Blog Ripped Off

So there really are a LOT ways of getting your blog ripped off. I think I’ve had maybe 4 or 5 of the top dozen rip offs happen to me. Actually, getting ripped off on a daily basis is my number one source of traffic. Unless I write some special piece, people coming to steal my pictures, is where about 40 percent of my blog traffic comes from. People LOVE, LOVE, LOVE stealing pictures off the internet. Listen I’m not gonna lie; every day I go looking for pictures on the internet too. But usually I try leave the source of the picture ON the capture if it’s from a news source. If it’s an old picture the name might not be on there. But pictures are NOT the only way people will try to rip off your blog . Sometimes they’ll take the actual content-word for word AND your pictures that might go with the article. One of MY most visited posts is people coming to read how some guy in Hong Kong is stealing one of my post . That was my first time having somebody steal my blog content and MAKE MONEY from it. I wrote that piece about 2 weeks after I started working on this blog back in October. And I guess I was just shocked that TWO WEEKS into it somebody would steal my content and put some adsense up and not give it a second thought. Those are called Splogs by the way. Spam Blogs. (You can read the comments section on THIS PIECE to see info about my most recent word for word content theft). But here’s another case; about 2 weeks after I joined Entrecard I found somebody doing this…

What the fuck is this? I mean, Jesus! Will you look at this? Just gonna flat out rip me off! I mean, wow! Y’know? A copycat and a fucking demeaning one at that. Just to remind you guys, my image is my actual face and my actual hair. I’m a real person. But this person just got some Funkadelic album cover and scanned some “Negro Character.” And I HOPE it’s a least a Black person, cause if it’s not… Man. Jesus. Like they just said, hey look at Dave over there he looks pretty kitsch and I think I need a picture of a Negro with an Afro too. In fact, man I GOT to have a picture of a Negro with an Afro. And I’m too cheap to buy the domain name I’ll just take some blogger blogspot and throw it up there real fast.” And that’s what they did dude. You be the judge. As a refresher here’s my “logo” i.e., my face , that I use as my avatar and Entrecard advert.

By the way, now is a good time to address this issue. I don’t know what it is about white people’s love of black people with Afros; but you know that you love them. Remember earlier I talked about people ripping off my blog for photos? Well the NUMBER ONE PICTURE THEY COME TO STEAL IS ME. Yeah, everyday ALL day. My blog gets slammed with people trying to extract that photo from this blog. One of the things I learned from reading my stats was that people weren’t just stealing my pictures they wanted me to pay for it . Did you know that? That people will try to link to images in your blog and then USE YOUR BANDWIDTH to show it on their sites, or MySpace pages. So if you’re self-hosted like me you can just use the Hotlink feature, which causes them to have to come TO the blog to see the image and they also can’t serve it from my server. They can do as “save as” but at least I don’t have to fuckin’ pay for it! But in the stats you can see people get confused by the hotlink lock and they will slam the image 4, 5, 6, 7! times in a row trying to get that picture from Google Images. They don’t just want it; they want it bad .

So I was reading Timethief’s blog the other night and she wrote a piece that tied into this one I had been working on. Her piece is all about Splogs and what you can do to prevent and fight them . The solution I liked the best was to notify Adsense when somebody is running your content. So at LEAST they wont be making money from your work. Personally I let the guy in Hong Kong go when I tracked him down because in those early days I needed some backlinks (remember he was using my images too from my piece on how to make Myspace music turn off, so I was getting pings off his stolen piece). Lastly, another way somebody might rip off your blog is just to sort of take your posts and “paraphrase” it. And I’m fine with that one, because a) usually they mention you and b) blog topics seem to come in spurts-like everybody writing about Twitter in March. So I’m not going to stop building image heavy posts, but I do limit how they leave this site. And as for copycats; even that’s cool because I feel 100 percent confident I can keep coming up with good stuff to write-and you should feel that way too.

Join RSSHugger and Maybe You Can Generate Some Blog Traffic

Is this pay for post today? I’m not sure. I want to join RSSHugger and the deal is either you write a post or you pay 20 dollars. So I guess we’ll call it a “barter” arrangement. Ok RH is a website that aggregates RSS feeds from blogs and then ivory soap style floats the most popular 100 blogs to the top. Am I done yet? Have I fulfilled my part of the bargain? Nah, I got more to say. The site is run by the MixedMarketArts.com guy Collin LaHay. I’ve actually read stuff on that blog and found it very useful so I think he knows what he’s talking about with RH. The “structure” of RH reminds me a famous 3 sided Egyptian death tomb (hint, hint). See the idea is that a person joins, writes a blog posts which attracts ten people, those ten people join, they write 10 blog post (all in lieu o the 20 dollar fee), and the cycle continues. It’s traditional Multi Level Marketing in that respect. But inside the site you can either browse with the “random blog” button or look at the top 100. The good news is that there are currently only 1675 blog feeds listed. And the today the number 1 blog has 30 views listed. So you stand a good chance of making it up there. And the colors of the sound don’t sound good on paper (gray, brown and orange) but they’re actually kind of soothing and easy on the eye.

So why am I joining. I want to have my stuff read. I work on this blog every day, so since it’s not a private diary people should be reading it. I’ll be honest, when I started I wasn’t really thinking (or even knew) about making money from the blog, I really just wanted to have a website for my t-shirts (see above or below). But then I learned that people were making money and some people were making a lot of money while online, I thought hey, let’s get in on THAT part of blogging. So then around October 2007 I made the decision to post once a day. I would try to write a legitimate, researched, image included article of some sort. And I did man, I mean I really put it out there. And I started reading and reading and reading about how to get more traffic and/or money. And it becomes this great exercise in filtering; what’s crap and what’s real. Because the content was here. I was doing that part, and still not getting any great regular traffic. As you can see I have a real ghetto fabulous, home made strategy board-well actually it’s two. One “whiteboard” is made from a cleaners bag and the other is like some giant 4 foot dinner mat. But the main thing is they both have erasable surfaces.

And the money thing was just disgusting. So I decided in March 2008 to “solve the problem.” And for all intents and purposes after 2 months I did . I mean I learned that a popular blog is NOT the same as a money making blog. You don’t NEED a popular blog to make money . It helps but it’s not mandatory. This blog is still slightly under 500 visitors a day and I can make about $2 a day with Adsense. The main reason for the problem is the multiple topics confuse Adsense, so some days the ads are relevant and some days not. But I have other blogs and now I make about $70 a day, and I know how to double and triple that. BUT; I still want THIS blog to be read by people. Because this is my personal blog. And so I’m joining RSSHugger hoping to get read…