I’ve just had a guest post published on Andy Baileys CommentLuv site, entitled:
The Six Main Myths Of Making It Online
As you can tell (well hopefully) from the title, it is about the things that many people believe when it comes to making money via blogging and the internet.
I won’t repeat them here as you can link on the title above and see them but one of the comments from James made me come up with the idea of this post you are now reading.
“Too many people believe that online blogging is a get rich scheme. While it’s true that some people do get rich fast, the vast majority flounder. I’ve always found that persistence is the key.”
His comment is very true. Many people enter the world of blogging believing they are going to be rich within weeks. They believe the hype of the sales pages and the guys standing in front of their big mansions and flashy cars and think, “I want that. I want what they have”.
Then they read the headline,
“Blog Just 30-60 Minutes A Day And Make Over $100,000 A Year!”
That’s a real headline – I am not making this up and I could buy the product for $47!
So for $47, 30-60 minutes work per day…I’m going to make $100K
That’s almost $550 – $275 an hour. Cool!
I’ll think I’ll buy it…NOT!
I wonder if the product owner would teach me everything he knows and when I start earning, $275 an hour via the product, I’ll give him $75 back. I’d be happy with $200 and I’m sure he would be happy with $75 an hour for the rest of my life.
But you can see how the inexperienced blogger would be sucked in by such a headline.
I was when I started a few years ago.
Here’s another headline (remember these headlines are for genuine products you can buy today…I’m not making this up!)
“How a stay-at-home mom accidently stumbled on an unusual money-making method that makes her $1,700 a day…and how you can too”
This one is even cheaper…only $37.
If I could make $1,700 a day…I’d pay her $100k to show me. Within 60 days, I’d have my money back.
In fact, show me exactly what to do for free and when I make $1,700 a day I’ll give you, the product owner, 50% back every day. How does that sound?
Think she would take me up on that offer?
No…nor do I!
Anyway, the best advice I can give to new bloggers is:
You are going to work at least 20 hours a week for the next 6 months for no income…if you are willing to do that…then start! If not, don’t bother!
Good advice? What do you think?
What advice would you give? Please share your views in the comments below.
P.S. And if any of the product owners would like to take me up on my offer…I’m here waiting.
P.P.S. Thank you James for a great comment. A comment that inspired this post!