WINNER OF THE $50 MARRIOTT GIFT CARD
The contest winner was Jeff @JeffTheWanderer My daughter was going to help me pick the winner but she had better things to do. Therefore, I conducted the operation of picking the winner by very high tech methods…consisting of a pen, paper and the random.org website!
Here was the pen and paper part. 33 valid entries and you see the random number on the top right was 29.
Congratulations to Jeff. The $50 Marriott Gift Card will be in Mondays’ email. That was kind of fun actually. Thank you all for playing along!
It is perfectly okay if you laugh at my tech methods; actually it is expected!
BLOGGING AND MONEY
Sometimes I sit around and ponder about where all this is going. I ‘ve been around the block since the mid 90s and I have seen this space develop in unimaginable ways. The interesting thing is that, after all these years, it is still the wild West out there and innovation is exploding. The write up below was actually written as a comment reply in one of my blog posts. It was when one of Milevalue’s posts entered my infamous “Not So Best Of” category and it was in response to another commenter…can’t remember which date now, you can track it to see the context it was written. Please do not take anything I write here as gospel. I don’t know much about blogging and I certainly do not know much about monetizing and…well, read on!
So…in this process….the blogger’s bank account starts to get fat and you start to justify to yourself you are doing God’s work by “helping” people. You actually BELIEVE this! The ones who have been around and know a few things start to really dislike you and pretty much stop visiting your blog. The really smart ones sell at the top and laugh all the way to the bank, not giving a crap about their legacy.
So…we have the old readers slowly leave you because you have become an unrelenting sales machine BUT endless numbers of newbies discover you, get you more income and they likely give up mile earning activities in the process (who cares about the ones whose lives get upended who can’t control their spending, you did your part to warn them, lol), but MORE newbies keep coming, especially if you are great in PR!
Lets face it, the BIG BIG money in this market is in the newbies, there are SO MANY of them out there!
Or, you can develop a brand by focusing on content, content, content and develop an audience slowly and steadily. Treat your readers with respect and not a bunch of idiots who get annihilated by an endless number of filler posts and affiliate links and stupidly alarming posts or cautions (that link is not official, you may not get the bonus, so if you want to be sure here is my crappy inferior link!). Develop a niche and brand and cherish it! Park your affiliate credit card links in a separate tab and focus on helping/educating/entertaining your readers, keep adding value to them. They are not as dumb as you think! They will reward you for your hard work. Probably never or near the level of the big pushers in the game but I guarantee you THAT is a lot more noble way (at least in my book and consciousness) to go about and stay proud that you ARE really making a difference! Or fall for your own BS that you helped a couple get to Phoenix on Delta Skypesos and go on…sell sell sell!
Finally, to do it right you need to totally focus on this venture. We are all not Gary Leff to multitask with so many projects. I am right about at that point that I need to make a decision where I go from here. Do I put my kids up for adoption now or later? Ha, just kidding about that! Neither I am talking about adding affiliate links!! I need to figure out if I can still find the time to do this at the high quality I expect of me. With looming tax season staring me in the face & wife being downsized the pressure is way up. Almost three months now, I only had one guy sign up on my ebates referral link, endless hours of working on the content and absolutely no time to tend to the technical side of this venture and the way my site looks really bothers me.
Ok, that was quite a rant, wow!