Last week I shared the disastrous results from my eBook launch and I gave you guys a reality check on full-time blogging. I ended off the post by talking about how much I love to help people. The post then went on to receive an insane amount of helpful comments. I even found out how to get my eBook published on Amazon for Kindle. I’m excited about that.
On to part two the reality check for those that want to be full-time bloggers…
Why can’t I just help people? I want to give real advice. I have a real education. I don’t want to write about blindly following your passions.
It kind of frustrates me that these same people that I respond to all of their emails and help them for free couldn’t fork over a few dollars. I’m not trying to get rich off my premium guide. I just wanted to see if my readers understood the idea of paying for value. I guess not.
[Here’s a tip cheapass, if you want to save money and are to cheap to pay $17 for it: stop buying girls drinks at bars. It’s not going to help you get laid. She’s going to use you for your free drinks and go home with someone that has more game.]
I learned so much from this experience and from blogging. I feel that it’s my obligation to share it with you.
I love blogging and helping others.
I guess I already mentioned it above. For any of you that have ever emailed me you know that I will respond within minutes. If you ever asked me a question you know that I did my best to answer it. If not I helped you get the answer. Why isn’t there any compensation model on the internet that pays you for all the people that you help make real progress instead of promoted credit cards to?
Success in the blogging world should NOT be a slow process.
I officially started blogging about 3 years ago. The exact date is November 7th, 2008.
To put things into perspective. Pat Flynn was just getting started. Adam Baker still didn’t have a blog. Crystal of BITFS was over a year away from starting a blog. That’s when I started. Now Pat earns more in a month than I do in a year from blogging.
Where am I going with this? If you’re going to fail, you better fail fast. Don’t wait around thinking that success is a slow progress. It’s not.
Did I mention that I hate to lose?
Are these people smarter than me? Possibly. Do they work harder than me? I’m not sure. Pat once mentioned in a podcast that he works four hours a day. I work four hours everyday before lunch. If I counted how much time I work online vs income generated I would have J. Money and the Love Drop team showing up at my door steps.
I hate bothering people.
I don’t like to ask people for links or for help constantly. I don’t like to bother people at all. I feel bad for bothering my affiliates. They signed up and they get their payout of ZERO from me.
I’m sorry to Frugal Dad, Bible Money Matters, Daily Money Shot, PT Money, Good Financial Cents, Lazy Man and Money, Budgeting In The Fun Stuff for wasting your time.
I do my best to help others. I just hate to ask for help. Do you know what I mean?
I spend all of my time online.
I seriously love this work. I spent all of my available time online. I’m glued to my Blackberry/MacBook. My friends usually figure I’m texting girls to come by to the party so they don’t mind. Others know that I’m responding to reader emails or chatting on Twitter.
At the end of the day you can follow your passions to the unemployment line or you can get a life. There are many more ways to make money and help people. Stop signing up for programs.
What can you as a reader of this article take away from my experience?
You readers don’t care about you.
This is really tough to accept. Personal finance blog readers will come by, check out your free content, and move on.
You can’t always write epic content.
Uh-oh I’m going against blogging gospel now. Writing epic content is cool, but you need to throw in some SEO-heavy posts and promote some credit cards if you want to make real money. I’ve spent over 10 hours and went to bed at 7am many times while writing “epic content.” What will getting epic content get you? How do these articles make any money?
You can start a consulting business. The best way to make money online is to tell other people how to do it.
I’ll help you out by giving you the framework for your new consulting business.
1. Tell them to be more epic.
2. Tell them to follow their passions.
3. When they fail tell them that they weren’t epic or passionate enough.
4. Promote your eBook on the topic.
There you have it. The winning formula. I might have missed a step, but you get the point.
I just want you to open your eyes. Close this window and go do something real.
What are some examples of bloggers doing something real and making real money?
Crystal of BITFS makes a killing from her advertising business.
Mike of this site works a full-time job where he makes amazing money, outsources his online work, and collects money.
Pete of Bible Money Matters creates amazing logos.
Khaleef of KNS Financial helps others figure out their finances and he does taxes.
If you want to make a difference you need to do something real. Get a full-time job that helps people.
If you hate your job then you have nobody to blame but yourself. Nobody told you to drop out of college to “find yourself” or to get a History degree.
If you want to do good in this world, why not volunteer your time? Go volunteer at a soup kitchen or become a Big Brother. Don’t start a blog. You won’t make a difference. People will come to your blog, consume your free content, send you emails, and then get offended when you want to make a dollar.
I hope you don’t think I’m going anywhere. I’m in too deep. I’m addicted to all of this. I love my art. I just wish it loved me back.
I really do need to get a life. It’s impossible to justify spending every single moment thinking about my blog. I probably need to polish up my resume. I’m pretty sure I have a resume somewhere on my blog.
The good news is that when I finished college in December 0f 2010 I gave myself a year to work on my own projects. I still have about two months left to make shit happen.
I need to thank Mike for letting me be on his team. M-35 has done amazing things and the company is only going to expand further. I do my best to provide quality work on a constant basis.
Blogging is a good part-time income. It allows you to travel while not going broke. I love to travel. I have many more trips lined up. Through blogging, I’m able to party all night and write all day while I travel (sight seeing is for old people).
Don’t expect to be “making money while you sleep.” Get a job and blog in your spare time. Stop being delusional.
That’s it for today. Bookmark this article. Read it over a few times. Stop lying to yourself. Don’t attack me. I’m just telling you what nobody else wants to tell you.
P.S I plan on joining in on the action. I now offer coaching and plan on releasing an eBook that touches on following your passions. Hey, I might as well.
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