Can You Really Make Money With These Blogs?

Making money with blogs is definitely something that many of us have found to be an easy but NOT a quick way of making money online. With a blog you can quickly set up your shop online and make some cool money doing what you love. However, there are challenges involved. 

But whoever said making money is a stroll in the park!

Despite these challenges however, the growth of blogs is astronomical. There are indications that the number of blog pages on the internet are more than the number of people on the face of the earth! But not minding this, more and more blogs are being started every day. 

But can most of these ones really be classed as blogs? Do most of what we have out there right now make money for their owners?

Is This Being Penny Wise but Pounds Foolish?

Now, I’m writing this post because recently I’ve visited a few “blogs” which has led me to the conclusion that many so-called bloggers are simply wasting their precious time online. 

Possibly these ones do not know the value of time or they simply do not value their time!

When I re-introduced the top commentators reward early this year, knowing what we went through when we ran the contest last year, I decided on moderating every single comment. But I later reversed this. Now the system is set to automatically approve any comment by a commenter who already have an approved comment. But unfortunately for those who still want to abuse our reward package I still hold the aces because I can delete it at any time.

Often than not, because I reply to any comment (I love reading and replying every comment) I usually visit the website or blog of the commenter. This gives me the idea of the type of person the commenter is and also to reciprocate the good gesture of visiting and posting a comment here.

Now, in the past few days while checking out  a few of the links in the comments, I’ve come across some funny “blogs.” In fact, I’ve been asking myself, do these people know what they are doing? And as one who is interested in making money with my efforts on the internet, I’ve been questioning if these types of blogs can really make money for their owners.

You may be wondering really is the essence of this post. Not to worry I want to show you a screen shot I took a few hours ago. I do hope you will be able to read a few of the words on it. 

The above is a page on the blog with a comment held for my moderation and approval. I got suspicious when I discovered that the name  was not having the name of the commenter but the title of my previous post: I’m not begging but I’m SCREAMING FOR YOUR HELP! Clicking on the link to visit the site, I was presented with a blog page aparently created with some auto-blogging software. The blog post which has created the trackback waiting for moderation did not just contain excerpts from the post it was pointing to on my blog but also other blogs probably containing the keyword that the blogger must have specified.

Why I considered this funny is that the post was not only un-readable but the content made no meaning. Frankly, I believe even the search engines will never take a second look at that page if they ever cared to visit. And for the human visitors? It is a turn-away at first sight!

This is why I’m asking, why waste your money to buy a domain name and a webhost and then go for a piece of software that will not help you recoup your investment?  Or are these bloggers really making money with those “gibberish” content?

Autoblogging Is Not An Evil Thing!

I must say I’m not against autoblogging in anyway. I do have some automated niche blogs but they are way ahead of what I’ve seen so far with many of these autoblogging software out there. Even if you’re building these blogs for search engine optimization purposes, it will be better to build something others will be glad to read and leave a comment. The recent Google Farmer/Panda update should be enough reason to find other ways of adding value to the blogsphere instead of these amateuristic autoblogging software.

Anyone who wants to make money online with a blog must know that there is no shortcut to that end. Blogging demands more than downloading and installing the wordpress blogging platform. The goodnews however is though, you may need to roll up your sleeves and put in every effort you can muster, the end result is really great. So if you’re in this business of setting up these outlandish blogs, it’s time you learn the right thing to do. Investing your time and effort in building a blog that adds value to the life of your readers is the only shortcut to making it as a blogger!

Over To You: What do you think about these autoblogging software? Is there any good thing you can say about them? Are you sure they are making money for those bloggers? Say your mind in the comments below.

A Belated but Must-Be-Done Announcement of the Top Commentators for the Month of May!

First, I must apologize to every one of you, especially those who are the top commentators for the month of May, for staying away for this past few weeks without a word. I’m really sorry. Though it was meant for good, but I realize that I should have put in a word, at least, to let you know what was happening. I do hope you’ll find a place in your heart to forgive me!

Well, my “sabbatical” was to fix a few things that have been bedeviling this blog for some time now. As you are quite aware I had to pull down the whole structure and set it up again sometime ago.

But unfortunately, since then I have been receiving emails from some of you on how you are finding it difficult in publishing your comments. Besides, I also observed that many of the comments held for moderation are sometimes multiples of the same comment, a clear indication that the comment was posted a number of times. It was to correct this problem therefore that gave rise to my “sabbatical”.

This past couple of weeks I had to once again do some “dismantling” and restructuring trying to figure out what was really wrong. I have tried a couple other themes in trying to pinpoint where the problem is coming from. But so far it does appear that the problem is not with the current theme so I’ve restored it back.

For now I wouldn’t say all is well. What I’m doing right now is still a test. I’ll be grateful therefore if you will report any problems encountered (if there is any) whenever you’re posting your comment. One thing I know is that problems are not meant to break us but to make us stronger. We may be knocked down but we will never accept any knockout! We know where we’re going and therefore nothing will stop us. I believe this problem is here to bring out the best in us.

And so, I must appreciate you for being there for us even when I’ve not posted any article for the past couple of weeks or so, which is unusual. I call on your therefore to keep your comments coming they are a big encouragement.

Top Commentators for the Month of May:

And now, let the drums roll for our top commentators for the past month:

1. Christopher of The TechnologyBloggers.org:

Apparently Christopher is taking the top position for the third consecutive month! I truly admire Christopher for his dedication to this blog. He has not only proved to be a reader of this blog but also a friend in that he is always quick to shoot me an email whenever he discovers anything not working the way it should. I have said some good words about technologybloggers.org and why you should join the community of bloggers there. Read that post to know more. But today I want to point you to an article Christopher wrote recently that every blogger should read. It’s about reputation and your blog’s success. You should read it right away.

And,

2. Andrew Walker of YouLoveCoupons.com:

Andrew Walker was able to edge out some other promising contenders for the second position. Some Andrew come on the scene he has shown that his intention is to hit the top. Well, though he couldn’t clinch the top position, but he was able to get the second! And what is Andrew offering you. He wants to help you save some money. I’m sure you do your shopping online, right? Of course, who doesn’t these days! Ok, how about saving some money when you do your shopping, great right? If you love that then you should visit http://www.youlovecoupons.com/ today for their Discount Coupon Codes and Promotional Vouchers that will help you save money when you do your online shopping!  I think doing that is a wise decision both as an individual and a business because every dollar saved will turn out to put some more power into your pockets!

We congratulate Christopher and Andrew we look forward to see more of you here. Our gratitude also goes to everyone else. We appreciate your contributions to the success of this top commentators’ rewards package. Accept our warmest thanks!

Please Read This Very Carefully: I’m considering modifying the rules of the game. I will make this known at the end of June. For this reason there will not be any top commentators’ announcement at the end of June. This is (1) to compensate for the lost time in this month and (2) to formerly commence the new commentators’ rewards package in the month of July. Please do bear with me and watch out for the new rules.

Remember, I want you to post your comments and let me know if you still have any problems. And if you think there is anything that can be added to the top commentators’ rules to make the whole experience a fulfilling one for all of us, simply post it in your comments below.