Please Do NOT Buy Me a Beer!

I’ve noticed a growing trend on a lot of blogs where the savvy owner of the blog asks you (usually in a section in their sidebar) for a donation. This donation is usually to buy them a cafe latte or a beer or something similar. I guess that on the face of it it sounds fair in return for all the work they put in to writing and maintaining their blog.

But wait a bleedin’ minute! That’s not so far removed from begging in the street, when you think about it.

From my point of view I believe that if you want to be paid for blogging, you should at least give something in return. Ok, bloggers argue that their time writing their blogs and giving the reader something interesting to read is recompense enough, but I don’t entirely agree with it.

I feel that if a reader enjoyed visiting my blog they should feel free to come back and read some more – without being made to feel like they should pay for the privilege. Sure, I’d like to be paid for my time writing, but that’s where monetization of my blogs comes in. Revenue will, in good time, come from advertising revenue as this site increases it’s readership, which is my job to continue to work at achieving.

So I won’t be frightening off my readers by asking them for handouts!

However, if someone wants to donate to my cause, they can, but I would prefer they got something in return. So here’s my take on this:

My eBook: “The Secrets of SEO Revealed“ is on sale at only $9.97 which I feel is really good value for what you get.

If you want to contribute to this blog and it’s hard working author, then please do not donate money to buy me a beer or a coffee.

Buy my eBook instead! That way you benefit from the hard work and valuable information that went into there instead. And you get your money’s worth plus a whole lot more when you put the book to good use and start to make money from your fully SEO’d site!

Now doesn’t that sound more like it?

Who Needs Handouts?

Following on from my last post, it might interest those of you who read it and were a little skeptical that I have had some success in my small but significant revelation.

Since publishing that almost shockingly honest eye-opener and making readers aware of the practice of asking for donations that a lot of bloggers engage in, I have actually SOLD four more copies of my eBook directly from this blog!

Now, that might not sound like a whole lot of sales to anyone who sells their stuff in the hundreds or so every day. But for someone like me whose blog is still a relatively new thing with a still small but growing readership, that’s solid proof enough for me. By being honest and taking money for pure sales rather than asking for money to buy a (probably fictitious) coffee, this works!

Maybe this is a fluke and I don’t make any more sales of my eBook this way. But I don’t think so, because human nature being what it is, people would rather spend their money on something they can get some use out of than give it to some beggar in the street. Or somewhere.

I await the backlash…

Social Networking JV!

Although I already blogged this in my other blog, I thought it should also go in here too as they are all related.

Writer and Internet Marketer Monika Mundell (The Writer’s Manifesto) and myself have joined forces to set up a new web 2.0 social networking site called Blogging Web 2.0 that will allow anyone to register for free and post their own original and unique articles in the blog and get a free one-way back-link to their own site for their trouble.

The beauty of this system is that this site is currently being promoted hard by both of us and will very quickly gather momentum and grow into a highly important social networking site as regards to search engine page rank and volume of traffic.

So by getting your posts in early, the value of your own back-link will grow as the site grows, naturally – and the search engines love site that grow naturally!

So if you want to get in on this from the very beginning, please feel free to head over there to check it out! You’ll be glad you did.

Blog Rush

Internet Marketer John Reese has come up with a jaw dropping widget for bloggers. He’s given it the moniker Blog Rush and is due to be launched today.

All you do is sign up for free and download a small piece of code that sits in your sidebar. This clever widget sits on your blog and displays the five most recent posts in the category that you have chosen to be a part of from all the other blogs that are part of this system.

That means that each time you publish a new post, yours will be displayed on all the other people’s blogs that have this widget installed. that, in turn means a huge potential audience out there seeing a link to your new post!

This will explode every blogger’s reach into the blogosphere and send visitors to blogs they wouldn’t otherwise have known existed.

What a great way of attracting more visitors to your blog! Check it out!

Do Not Join the Blogrush Scam!

Well I looked at it and I after a bit, I realized I didn’t like what I was seeing…

Blog Rush turned out to be yet another scamming piece of crap designed to get inbound links by the thousands to John Reese’s own site and give the rest of you the finger. Oh wow whee, I’m so NOT impressed by it.

But here’s the original blurb I wrote, just to show I was initially taken in too – being only human and all…

John Reese’s BlogRush is live an running in blogs across the world. If you haven’t gotten in on this yet, just to be taken to the FREE sign-up page and get your widget.

Then you can enjoy a boost in your blog’s traffic too!

Update: What bloody traffic boost?

Didn’t see nadat, so that means all you other peeps that got taken in and STILL have that sap sucking leech of a widget on your blogs didn’t get it! It’s a bloody scam, just like all the other scams designed to look like beneficial products to help YOU, when they’re really resigned to help only the owners. Jeez!