Wednesday, November 25, 2009
How to make money blogging, how to write a good blog, how to monetize your posts, how to avoid censure blogging, how to become a web pubblisher. I think a lot of these how-to articles are pure mush, written as a fishing line to lure you into the site with no real content.
What do you do when you want to write a 'how-not-to" article? That is what this post is all about. Mistakes I am making as I am learning about how to good at what you do on the net. These are my top 5 'how not to' recomendations. I have a lot to learn so don't be surprised if this changes over time.
1. Getting rich quick is for real estate seminar guys and the dreamers who buy their seminars. It used to be getting rich in Amercia was a matter of working smart not hard. My experience is, you have to do both. The real estate seminar guys are not getting rich buying real estate, and neither are their students. It is all a big lie, both students and teachers know it in their guts, and neither one will admit it.
Face it, making money in a competitive environment takes a lot of brains and a lot of work. Maybe one of you fellows will clue me in on the secret, how do you get someone to do your hard work for you? That is a topic for another article! Till then it is time to work hard and to work smart.
2. Experience has taught me, by the time a secret way to make a lot of money on the net gets to be well known, it might as well have stayed a secret. It is too late, there is too much competition, time to look for a fresh idea. I want to know about the idea because it gives a a foundation for the next idea. But the original idea has usually been beat to death. If I can get the idea cheaply enough, that means cheaply enough in money, and cheaply enough in time, then it is worth it. Otherwise, time to get back onto the net.
3. If I have unrealistic expectations one of two things needs to happen: I need to have an attitude adjustment, or I need to find something else to do. Frustration is a good way to lose motivation. Not long ago, when I figured out how to monetize my blog, I kept checking all night long to see how much I had made! I checked it the next day too, and by the end of the week I was pretty devastated. Not only was I not going to make much money for what I was writing, no one was even reading it. That was a heck of a blow to my ego!
It is clear, this is going to take a lot of time and a lot of effort to get the piece out there. If I can make a buck to pay the utility bill that will be icing on the cake. Fortunately, I write mostly for myself. I won't lose much sleep if those guys who were addicted to the 'how to' articles don't make the jump up to the latest model, the 'how not to' that I am writing today.
The point is, I know realistic expectations are critical. Those will come to me with experience. My part is keeping an open mind and not losing opportunities because I am frustrated.
4. No one can be great at everything. At least not me. For example, I am not a mechainc. If my brother wants me to fix his engine then the best thing for me to do is refer him to my to-be written guide on how to follow the bus route. It will take me so long time to put his car together he better learn the system.
I am a writer. I usually communicate better in writing than in words. On the other hand, computer programming is not my strong suit. In fact, I failed my programming class in college. We wrote our program on little punch cards and fed them into a machine. I can't tell you how relieved one day when the 'system went down'. I didn't have my homework done...and never did finish itQ! Not much has changed since then.
The nice thing about today's modern blogger is the field is divesified. If i can't do it well someone else can. Why not stick to my forte and leave the rest up to someone who is really good at it?
5. Fianlly, being willing to fail is an important part of being a success. I spent a lot of my life not doing something because I was afraid I would fail. One day will learn how to do X or Y, I would think to myself. I neve got around to doing a lot of things because I never figured I could do it perfectly the first time.
The least expensive way to learn is to fail. It is the trial and error that makes me better. Experimenting a lot, findig out what works for me, being ready to make changes because what worked yesterday does not work today, all of these things are what will make me good. When I get it right there is a lot of satisfaction in it. Till then, it is a lot of fun figuring it all out. Meanwhile, there is a get rich quick real estate seminar this weekend. Want to come?
Tim Paynter is an attorney, a dreamer, a staunch advocate for civil rights, and totally lost on how to make a buck bloggin, but if you stay put, maybe we can learn how to do it together!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Some people write because they missed creative writing in college. Ohters blog for dollars. Either way, if you don't want to get booted off of the net, be careful what you say, where you say it and how you say it! Fox news is not the place to bash Pat Buchanan, for example.
Most think we live in the land of the free and home of the brave. When it comes to google, there is not much freedom, despite their note to the contrary. There is also not much bravery. Blogs which are well thought out but controversial in nature may leave you talking to the wall. If they don't eliminate your blog, they may build a wall around it so only you can read it. That way, they are not cutting off free speech, right?
With as much namby pamby mush on the net you would think we all love each other and get along. Then that loving author gets in her car during rush hour and meets the loving guy just out of the pub and all hell breaks loose!
First, where to put your piece. If you put your piece in the wrong market you are likely to get the boot! This is not a pitch, just a tip. If you like controversial pieces, try Free Press Release. So far these guys published everything I wrote. If you have good content they play ball. Free Article Submission Service On the other hand, my favorite blogging spot, Blogger, has given me the toe end of a hard boot more than I want to admit!
Experienced writers knows your title gets readers. If the title is not interesting most people figure the blog won't be either. The problem is, if you write hard hitting stuff with a hard hitting title, the censures may hit you back! I like controversial writing. I am after the rare reader with an open mind. I am also after the reader with a closed mind...the more he blows off the easier he is to identify. Both readers respond better to a controversial title!
For example, I recently wrote a piece titled, 'no one wants to help a Mexican'. That got me vey well read for a few hours. Then I got censured. The title was written for an ignorant reader who confuses Mexican Nationals with Hispanics. A citzen of Mexico is proud of being called a Mexican. I was trying to find help for a little boy in Mexico dying of a rare disease. Considering national origin is a protected class of people against discrimination, this was a strong statement against prejudice. The fools who flagged me probably never read what they were flagging, or maybe they did!
I learned a controversial title needs balance. Too much controversy means censure. Blaze, Blaze, Blaze means no one wants to read it. I should have spent more time working on it.
Then there is the polically incorect blog. I am not talkng about being anti-gay. Rather, I am talking about a frank piece about one of the computer fat cats on the net, like Hewlett Packard. It is politcally incorrect to attack the company that makes the printer you use to print your blog articles. There are a lot of people who are net savey and how would they read my stuff if I could not print it?
I had an awful experience with HP. Loss prevention specialist Daniel Bulnes denied my warranty on my HP Pavilion laptop after it burned my leg. In warranty process I found out HP laptops are not really laptops they are notebooks, and notebooks may burn you if they come in contact with you skin. HP really said that! I also found out HP had put a repair charge on the computer without ever testing it.
I went after HP like gang busters. Why not google 'rip off report, hp pavilion' if you want a laugh. I also took on CEO Mark Hurd because he said the customer comes first in his Bio. My article stayed up on the net until I made the stupid mistake of emailing everyone I could think of at HP with a copy. The next day I was persona non grata with Blogger.
So what do you do to keep yourself out of the censor's cross hairs? First, freecom of speech does not apply to computer giants. Second, be careful what you put in the tags. Even if you are using the person's name in the piece, they will label you as spam if you use the wrong names. If you have to mention a name, put it in the first and last paragraph for the web crawlers to find and leave it at that.
Finally, be careful how many places you point updates and renditions of your blog. CNN writes a piece and it get printed again and again in a thousand different places. If you try that in a controversial blog you are a spammer! You are illegal and your blog gets removed! Bad boy!
Finally, choose your hosting site carefully. Fox News likes Pat Buchanen, Blogger Likes HP!
If it makes you feel any better, some of the best writers in history have been censored. Lady Chatterly's Lover was subject to censorship for awhile! Oh, that reminds me about censorship for adult content, which might not be such a bad idea dependimg upon the censor's definition of adult content! I am not about to give you my point of view on that!
Tim Paynter is an attorney and writer who protects the minority from the majority.