Total Misconception About Making Money Online

I was participating in the discussion over at John Chow’s blog about his incredible income report for the month of November and one of the comments really made me think about why people don’t make money on the web.

After Chow released his income statement to the tune of $27,000+ for November, Michael A commented “$20k over for practically doing “nothing”? Nice one” and I had to think about that for a moment because it is a huge misconception that people like Chow do nothing in their blogging or online endeavors to make money on the internet.

I looked through Chow’s archives and could see that he started his blog in December of 2005 and has made a post or two or three nearly every single day for two years straight. That’s a pretty serious commitment for anyone and that’s exactly why people like him succeed and others don’t. Most people don’t have enough gusto and self discipline in them to do that kind of work. That’s why we’re not all rich.

If you go and read John’s ebook he tells his story about how hard he worked on various projects and theTechZone.com through the dot com bust and how there are now more than 10,000 pages on the site. You don’t end up with a hugely popular blog and a highly rated tech site with more than 10,000 page by “doing nothing” as Michael A suggests.

Many people look at rock stars, celebrities, rich people and supposed overnight sensations in the same way. Many even look at the Cinderella stories of American Idol and think how lucky the winners are. The winners in life finally get their big breaks because they have had hundreds or thousands of failures.

Most of the American Idol winners and even the contestants that end up in the top 10 every year have been singing nearly their whole lives. They didn’t just walk on stage one day and have 50 million people vote for them. And John Chow didn’t just start getting 6,000 people to his blog one day because the Search Engine gods decided to send a bunch of traffic his way all of a sudden. It began 2 years ago and happened some 2,300 blog posts (according to Google) later, post by post, day by day, month by month, year by year.

I know the same will be said of me when the seams bust wide open and I start making $10 or $20,000 per month. There will be those that believe I just got lucky…as I hammer out one more post and one more web page…on and on.

Making money online doesn’t happen by doing nothing.


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10 Responses to “Total Misconception About Making Money Online”

  1. Hi, thanks for sharing this opinions. I think the same too. I started blogging just few weeks ago and found it’s a lot of hard work and commitment.

    I could roughly estimate that every day I spend about 8 hours just for reading other people’s blogs and participating in commenting. 2 hours for disussions and community involvments. 4 hours for writing and formatting my posts for the day.

    Leaving me only 2 hours for eating and break, the rest for sleeping

    And that’s I haven’t really make a $ a day yet. Someone like you and John Chow must work much harder to get your $$$.

  2. That is an excellent article. It got me thinking about something my company commander told us in boot camp 27 years ago and has stuck with me ever since:

    “If you’re not going to do anything, don’t do it here.” In other words, if you are not willing to put out, step up to the plate and work, then get lost.

    eric aka novice seo

  3. Thanks. That’s boiling it down to it’s simplest terms. There’s work to be done.

  4. LoL.. I think there’s a misunderstanding. When I said doing “nothing”, I mean nowadays you can get money “only” by writing articles, writing what you ate, etc. That’s why I put the quotes between the “doing nothing” word.

    I know what he’s been through and if you go to my site, I’m trying to do what he’s doing now. But anyways, I completely agree with your post :)

  5. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for commenting. No harm meant, I just thought it would be a good topic for a post.


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  7. I just wanted to tell you what a great post this is. I am a writer/blogger and have learned so much in the short time that I’ve been doing all this. It’s truly amazing how much money there is to be made via the internet.

    Anyhow – lovely blog you have here!


  8. Hi Nichele, Thanks for your kind comments.

  9. What looks like ‘doing nothing’ is just the ability to better leverage time and ability.

  10. great post alan,there’s noting in this world which can be achieved without doing anything.you have to work hard.this is the only key of success.

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