Why Blogs About Blogging & Making Money Make Money

When I told a friend of mine that I had finally started this blog after reading John Chow’s October income report he first congratulated me and then made this statement via email, “I keep having trouble wrapping my head around the idea of guys like him who make tons of money off a blog whose only purpose is to tell others how to do it.”

I’m going to attempt to explain why this happens.

First of all, if you’ve ever been over to ClickBank you know the number one selling type of ebook has to do with making money online or how to get into Google’s supposed super secret back door or whatever so you can, what else, make more money online. Then there are the groups or more like cliques of Internet gurus who’s individual members come out with an ebook every week it seems like, telling you how to, you guessed it, make money online. The way they make money is by promoting each other’s books.

And I’m sure in your online trekking you’ve come across those 10,000 foot long web pages that attempt to tell you how everybody else is doing it all wrong and you absolutely must listen to them about how to…make money online.

Are you seeing a pattern here?

The trouble with these supposed secrets is that they cost a bunch of money and while some are good, some are really bad and very costly. They are filled with stuff that you could probably get from reading forums and the top bloggers on the net. So here’s your answer:

When someone Like John Chow or Jeremy Shoemaker shows up on the scene and tells you how they make a killing on the net and they give that information away for free, people are naturally going to gobble it up. Even when they tell you their failures as in Shoemoney’s 10 Worst Ideas To Make Money it’s worth listening to because it just shows they are not really superstars, they’re just trying to make a buck like the rest of us.

Secondly, there are tons of blogs that tell you how to make money, but they are nothing but affiliate spammers that haven’t made a dime themselves. All they do is refer you out of their blogs or sites to those expensive ebooks found on ClickBank. Jeremy, John, Darren Rowse, Yaro Starak, all of these guys have made money outside of their primary blogs and they write a lot about how they have done that.

I recently read an ebook found on ClickBank that was going to tell you how to make thousands from blogging. It turned out to be nothing more than a formula to set up a huge spam blog network and make money from scraped content by putting Adsense on all your spammy sites. No thanks, not interested. I’d rather learn how to make a living from someone who’s actually done it in a legit way that’s going to last longer than the next Google update.

I don’t know about you, but I want an honest representation of what people really do to make money on the web instead of getting a bunch of hype about how the next ebook someone comes out with will contain even bigger secrets.

The next time you ponder how someone like Shoemoney or John Chow are making a killing from their blogs just think of them as constantly updated free ebooks. Those spammy affiliate blogs telling you how to make money, guess what? They don’t make money!

If you must read an ebook to learn how to make money on the net, go read John Chow’s ebook on how he did it. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you’ll find a direct link to his ebook. Oh, by the way, it’s free.

Shoemoney is also coming out with an ebook that is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2008. I’m sure he will be charging for it, but there are definitely some things worth paying for so I will be reading it when it comes out.


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6 Responses to “Why Blogs About Blogging & Making Money Make Money”

  1. Wha? You mention me and don’t link to my blog? I’m crushed.

    Now I’m relegated to a no-follow link in the comments.

    Sigh… the never-ending campaign for self-recognition on the internet suffers another Miami Dolphins setback.

    Oh, well… I still love ya’!

  2. Ah, shucks. Now you linked to me after all. You’re making me blush. I’ll have to buy you lunch again at this rate. You love those Lentil Walnut Burgers at Calvary, don’t you?

  3. Alan,
    This is a good article and your blog has a great look to it. I have dabbled a little bit in clickbank aff marketing and blogging. I never thought of it that way–those blogs are like constantly updated ebooks on how to make money online.

    I’ve been working on a blog based totally on adsense and how to make money using that program. I wonder if you think that’s a niche possible to break into. I’m going to be moving that blog over to wordpress and paying for hosting. I’m curious, what company hosts your blog?

    Keep up the good work.

  4. man I think john chow is like best on the net right now everyone is aware of this guy but I beleive if you are start to make mone online you should start documenting your info on your blog like a friend of mine blog noob http://www.bloggernoob.com/ he isnt up there yet believe me he is own his way starting off with his blog

  5. I have also started documenting my progress in making money online since January 2008. I started out with one website amd now I have 4 active ones.

  6. Well everyone likes the idea of the freedom of working form hom and still having a realiable income. it is a no brainer really.

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