Make Big Money Blogging! Fantasy? Pyramid Scheme? Or Both?

When you have about, I dunno, five followers on WordPress you don’t want to piss any of them off. But I’m pretty sure more than half of these folks followed me so that I would check out their blog, which has some irresistible tagline like: “Turn your blog into a cash machine”, or “Make five figures a month blogging in your underwear”. Supposedly all of these guys and gals are living on tropical islands getting served blended cocktails all day long and only work a couple of hours.

Unfortunately for me I’m a sucker for get-rich-quick schemes, or their more modern incarnation “lifestyle design” programs. My Yahoo mail inbox is crammed full of real estate wholesaling course advertisements, the latest online “affiliate marketing” (the slick new term for something that smells a lot to me like Amway) hype, and doomsday investment advisers trying to get me to come to their webinars or expensive big-shot summit meetings. Maybe it’s the old bipolar kicking in, I get all excited and so obsessed with something that my expectations are way too high. I’ve read “The Four Hour Work Week”, and it was pretty damn good. The fantasy is just too appealing.

How many of you would like to get paid for blogging? Uh, dumb question huh? Probably everyone reading this. So, of course I’m not immune to the allure of blogging for money, but what’s the catch? Well let’s see it seems to involve paying money every month for a service that is free here on WordPress. Then I guess if you want to get those fat checks rolling in you have to get other people to pay their monthly fees and so on. A classic. “But wait, the internet is here and that changes everything!” they say. Yeah but it’s the same model. Instead of having to convince your buddies to buy soap you now have to convince them to buy web services. “But the internet allows you to have millions of buddies, there is an almost endless supply!” Yeah but I don’t want to make friends just so I can sell them stuff!

What’s your experience? Have you too had followers pitching these schemes? Do any of you involved in affiliate marketing want a rebuttal?

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7 responses to “Make Big Money Blogging! Fantasy? Pyramid Scheme? Or Both?

  1. I think we all encounter these particular pests. My blog is still relatively new (only two months old.) I raise my eyebrow whenever I get a follower but no views especially because I only allow a preview on the reader. Still, I only give attention to my commenters not the “likers” and “followers”.

    My response to get-rich-quick schemes is to remember “It takes money to make money.”

    • This blogging community is all new to me, I’ve only had an account here for a couple of weeks. Thanks for the advice on who to pay attention to. The idea “it takes money to make money” is solid, but in my case has caused me to throw away money on silly business ideas too many times!

  2. The annoying pitches are bad enough if you check out these sites. What’s worse, though, in my opinion, are the people who have legitimate sites, but they have these autobots (don’t know if that is a plug in you can add or what) but they “Like” everything you ever post…you visit their site and they seem legit, but they never comment/return comments. They aren’t really there. They maybe have editors or staff posting material from time to time, but they’re really not there. At least with the pushy “Make a buck” sites, you know honestly, upfront who/what they are.

  3. gchappelle

    Blogging definitely works but you have to do it right. Just hitting people over the head with our offers isn’t effective and it’s likely to have the opposite effect. Get some training on blogging and implement it and you can generate a nice income online.

  4. I remember un-spamming a couple of comments when we first started the blog (3months ago), thinking geez, why is that nice comment spam?! Now I see the same comment popping up time after time and realize what a dummy I was, lol. Oh well, live and learn. ~SueBee

  5. If you have a lot of information on a topic that could save people a lot of money such as auto maintenance or medical information then blogging is great! I would rather see a bunch of bloggers doing what they can to advertise what they feel is important along with free information then sit at home and watch reality TV! Those that want you to pay for everything later on once they get a fan base are scams. I think knowledge should be free. If you want to make an income post a blog about how everyone needs to live. That if they appreciate your information to go here like http://www.gofundme.com to donate. That is an actual site for broke entrepreneurs.

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