When you first became interested in blogging, you likely couldn’t help but wonder if you could make some side-cash doing it. The answer, for most of us, is “no”.
I average fifty cents a month in earnings from Google Adsense. The majority of my blogging “income” comes from Patreon, where generous people donate monthly to help me continue living my blogging dream. It isn’t much. Currently, I have 3 patrons giving me a total of $13 a month.
And you know what? It’s amazing. I love these patrons and their generosity means the world to me.
Given the above information, I’m fully aware this post is going to make me, at least to some degree, a hypocrite. And if that’s the hat that belongs on my head…
I reckon I’ll wear it
I realized pretty early on that affiliate marketing on this kind of blog was silly. It would tempt the writer into pushing products and services on to readers instead of trying to help them. I wanted to keep it real. For the most part, I think I’ve done that.
As I have continued to immerse myself into my own blog as well as the blogs of a few new friends (Shout out to my pod homies), and become more ingrained into the blogging culture, I’ve witnessed some pretty sad shit.
I, like the rest of you, am a total whore for a blogger income report. I can’t get enough. Even when something smells rotten. And to be perfectly honest, a lot of these income reports smell pretty damn rotten.
I don’t believe these online money making, product pushing, income reporting blogs are what they say they are. I don’t see much content from them aside from their income reports.
Before I go further into this post, I wanted to take a second to talk about Bluehost and how awesome they are. I use them for my blog and I think you should too! Just click on my affiliate link and you’ll go right to the Bluehost site where you can sign up right away using a special offer that only my readers have access to. This is an affiliate link. According to FTC guidelines, I’m forced to tell you that I may receive a commission from any sale you make going through the above link. Also, it ups my word count to make it look like there is something relevant here that is super important and you should probably read. So of course, you’re going to read it, right? You may even click on the link and start a blog of your own. Which is cool. Thanks for the $65.
The above paragraph is 150 words and says two things:
It brings absolutely nothing to the table.
What did you learn?
(For those of you who actually clicked on the link, hope you got a good laugh. I know I did)
There are a few bloggers who make a ton of money off their blog. They have been doing this for the better part of a decade. They have tens of thousands of regular visitors.
This doesn’t mean the scheme needs to be duplicated by us. And by “us”, I mean the new school. The guys and gals who’ve been blogging for a year or less.
Don’t be greedy
Don’t even focus on readers. Write your blog for you. Then for your readers. Making money should be the last thing on your list.
The fact is, there is no such thing as easy money. Most of you know I’m working on a niche site. It’s a case study to see if I can make this kind of site work. Thus far, it has been anything but easy.
It’s not the only one I’ve done or plan to do. Just like the rest of you, I’m curious to know if I can make money online. But I’m not going to do it here. And yes, I will be reporting my findings here.
If you want to know if you or one of your favorite blogs are guilty of being a greedy scammer, here are some telltale signs:
Do you promote survey sites on your blog and receive a commission when someone signs up? Congrats, you’re a scammer.
I’ve tried the survey thing. I lasted about a week and made less than $8. They gave me $5 just for signing up.
How can you call yourself a blogger — how can you claim to be helping people by convincing them to sign up for this kind of garbage? This is NOT how people should be trying to make extra money. This is NOT how any self-respecting blogger should be trying to earn it, either.
Affiliate Marketing Courses
Did you take an affiliate marketing course to figure out how to properly monetize your blog? I know I did. And I know a bunch of you reading this did as well.
Second question. Is the only income you’ve earned off your blog coming from where you are receiving money for promoting the same affiliate marketing course you took?
You’re now smack-dab in the middle of a scam. You have allowed another blogger to turn your work, your face, your name, into part of their MLM scheme.
To make matters worse, you’re convincing other new bloggers, desperate for some extra cash, to sign up for the same course. If you could go back and take this thing all over again, would you do it? Or are you just trying to pay yourself back for the investment?
We all have our Bluehost links. Only a fraction of us are actually using Bluehost, though….
Why would you tell your readers to sign up for a product you aren’t even using?
Oh yeah! Because you get paid for it.
You should be ashamed of yourself if you’re doing this.
What I Think
I think that new bloggers will never make a dime.
Because people are leveraging their readers to buy products and services they don’t even use. It’s now perfectly obvious that bloggers can no longer be trusted. They’re in it for the money.
Why the hell would anyone believe a word you say when every piece of content you produce is littered with affiliate links?
I know I’m disgusted with myself for ever having them on this site. I just wanted to earn enough to keep the blog going without having to pay for it.
Related: Why I’m bailing on affiliate sales
But you know what? I think I’d rather spend the $10 a month or whatever it is to say what I want to say. WAPH may not have many readers, but the ones that it does have know I’m not going to try to sell them anything in a post.
Sure, I’ve reviewed Acorns and I give a shout out to Zero Day Finance for writing a great post about the Discover It card. I did that because they helped me. And I think these products can help other people. I believe it.
If something changed my life for the better, I’m going to tell you about it. But It’s not going to be all over this site. That’s absurd.
And YOU, my dear reader, should also think it’s absurd.
How often have you gone to a blog, thinking you were going to get some helpful piece of information, only to be disappointed because it was watered down with garbage?
Have you guys ever thought that maybe some of these people are full of shit?
What makes you think they’re telling the truth in these income reports? Have you personally seen all of their 1099s?
No. You’re taking their word for it. Because you TRUSTED them.
You just want to believe you can do it too.
I don’t want to turn this into a series. I’m not trying to put anyone on blast, either.
I just think it’s time we all consider what we’re doing with our blogs. Do you want to help people or do you want to use them for profit?
If you started a blog to hold yourself accountable for something then hold yourself accountable for the bullshit you’re spewing as well.
Do you want to scam and scheme your way into a couple of hundred bucks a month?
Really? Of all of the terrible people and things in this world, we should be doing our part to make it better.
Taking advantage of people who are desperate for money isn’t how we should do it.
That’s all the spit I’ve got for today. Thanks for reading.