What exactly is ‘sell-out’ in blogging?

I had been amused with many comments from non-paid posts bloggers. Many of them had thrown that snide remarks that we bloggers who place ads on our blog and writing paid posts have ‘sell-out’ the true meaning of blogging.

I agree that there are indeed many people who sell out their blogs. Say they are having a food blog? And they blog post after post about loans, insurances and stuffs totally not related to their blogs? That my friends, is sell-out.

I am a Catholic and my faith forbids many things. Therefore, I will not bend over and sell-out by promoting certain categories of things. However, being a proficient blogger, I can twist things to my favour even when I am writing about things forbidden. For example, our faith do not allow birth controls, i.e. no artificial birth controls like pills, hormones, condoms. I had taken a condom post and promote ‘ Not having sex is the safest’ when I had to write about safe sex.

I have a food blog that I adore, i.e. MalaysiaBest.net and I will never use it for paid posts except for ReviewMe (which is very far and few). But I have another one blog that would have been dead long ago. So, I took up paid blogging there and change my theme from food to food and travel.

Therefore, I hope all like-minded paid-post bloggers agree with me that blogging for money is not a ‘sell-out’. But blogging about things we do not believe in is a total sell-out.

Post Author: lilian

3 thoughts on “What exactly is ‘sell-out’ in blogging?


    (January 13, 2007 - 8:47 pm)

    5xmom, I sometimes wonder, these pple who go round commenting such things on blogs, how are they in person? What sort of principles have they got in real life, you know what I mean. Or do they just put up a fake farcade telling pple what’s wrong and what’s right. Someone from PPP told me they look like shit cos this person had a chance to look at their pictures. Hahahaha…

    I don’t care to conform. I just blog in my own style, and just what you say, as long as what I genuinely believe in.


    (January 13, 2007 - 9:24 pm)

    Well blogging about things not related to your blog is fine as long as you clearly state that it is an advertisement. But if you post something which goes against your principles or religion, then it is a sell-out. For example, I do not take the Opps about lottery or poker because gambling is HARAAM in Islam. If I took those opps then it means I have sold out. Same goes if there is a wine opp or similar opp which goes against Islamic principles.

    – MENJ


    (January 14, 2007 - 10:22 pm)

    As long as you are not hurting yourself and others, it is fine. Let others say what they have to say. Sell out or not, that’s not other peoples business.

    I agree with MENJ. I make quite a sum from PPP and sometimes it made me writting something out of my niche – tech blog. But my readers will just ignore. It’s ok as long as you keep a good ratio between your entries and PPP entries, say 4:1 or 5:1

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