What the probloggers forget to tell you or what you refused to hear

We humans have this bad habit. We only hear what we want to hear. This was explained to me by my doctor. He told me that when the doctors relayed bad news to their patients, the patients usually filter out all the bad news and try to believe in what they want to believe in.

Same goes for bloggers. The newbies all want to hear only the positive sides of blogging – i.e. blogging can make money. They will absorb every part which bring positive vibes and then, pretend that the negative ones are all unreliable things.

I derived this conclusion from observing how many new bloggers talk like they are going to make tonnes of money within a couple of months of blogging. “Sorry, honey, money doesn’t fall on your lap like that.”

I showed a link to a blog buddy just now and both of us had a good laugh at this noob. He doesn’t have much to offer in terms of skills, i.e. skill to design some kickass template or plugin. He doesn’t already have a ready base of readers, i.e. many of us who branch into blogging for money already have established as bloggers with a good number of regular readers. He just jumped right in and thinks that all the ads companies are going to pour lorry loads of money on his lap.

What is amusing is how he whine about not going to put many photos on his blog because it slows down his site loading. He also talked about not putting widgets that will slow down his site. WTF! We live in the broadband era, not 56K dial-up. Photos won’t slow down your site. Just admit that you have no photos because you have no camera. And who the hell cares if your sidebar is slowed down a bit by the widget? It is not like other bigger bloggers haven’t thought of it? The only reason is probably your site is not accepted by the company.

So, what did the probloggers forget to tell you or is it you refused to listen?

1) A blog won’t make you money until several months, at least six months to me.

2) Your single most important target is organic traffic.

3) You cannot rely on your few friends and one or two aunties to make your blog grow. You need organic traffic.

4) Google Adsense won’t make you money. If you have only one blog, you probably need to wait a year. (usually, many bloggers’ enthusiasm died within 3 months)

5) No one will buy a text link ad from your site unless you already have rankings, i.e. that little green bar call Google Pagerank. Remember that? Hmmmmm….?

6) You won’t get a pagerank until maybe 4-6 months after you start your blog and filled it with great contents and work hard on improving traffic.

7) Your traffic will remain pathetic for at least 6 months.

8) You will only earn peanuts during that time.

9) Blogging is very hard work.

10) You need a real job that pays real money. Only very few bloggers made it as probloggers. And you know what? Problogger doesn’t exist. The few famous ones are some professionals who happened to be bloggers. They are in the industry, working in real jobs and they happened to blog.

Happy now?

Post Author: lilian

15 thoughts on “What the probloggers forget to tell you or what you refused to hear

    Ryan

    (December 13, 2007 - 4:11 am)

    Did you not even provide a link to the noob’s blog? Sometimes I like stumbling upon sites like that. They are always worth a smile. :)

    abi

    (December 13, 2007 - 8:52 am)

    Nice write up!! I coudnt agree more with what you have said.. with soo many blogs bragging about how much money they are making its actually pretty hard to resist from jumping on the bandwagon of actually making any money. The fact is you need to have a compelling case for anyone to give you money first! Im a real novice at this blog business…I guess you need to ahve a well structured site to start with and the stories that apeal to the readers…When you do have these basics…the rest should follow? What you think? :)

    pablopabla

    (December 13, 2007 - 9:18 am)

    How depressing but true indeed. I have been blogging for 2 years and have only received 1 adsense cheque so far…with the 2nd one expected sometime January / February. That’s why I am still sticking to my loud-mouth lawyering job soliciting customers to fill my rice bowl :D

    ipohchai

    (December 13, 2007 - 9:22 am)

    totally agree…
    just keep on blogging and forget about making money.

    Danny Foo

    (December 13, 2007 - 10:28 am)

    Spoken like a true problogger. :)

    And I’m envious on why I didn’t of writing this. LOL!

    Plus, I think if you’re blogging but earning through affiliate marketing then you’re not exactly gaining revenue via blogging.

    Now that gives me an idea for a post today. Thanks Lilian. ;)

    mzabidiz

    (December 13, 2007 - 11:40 am)

    i agreed with u. just keep blogging and hope some money will come to u soon.

    Yozoranitesky

    (December 13, 2007 - 11:56 am)

    Hi. I am one of those newbies to this blogging thingy and there is so much to learn from probloggers like yourself. Thanks for making our learning experience less painful. I do admit that we do have selective reading faculties and we choose to ignore facts and truths sometimes. Living in this illusionary world of swimming in a tank full of money from just blogging.

    PS. I really enjoy all your other blogs too :)

    Good day to you :)

    Boss Stewie

    (December 13, 2007 - 12:12 pm)

    Thank you for sharing this Lilian.

    Having been one of the people to start a fast growing a blog advertising network I still never believe that blogging should ever be all about money. In fact the highest earning bloggers I know of in Malaysia and Singapore are not pro-bloggers and never started blogging for the sake of earning money.

    You being one of them, and I’m sure although you enjoy the benefits now of being one of the highest earning bloggers in Malaysia and possibly the region, you know where your roots belong and you know that money is not why you started blogging.

    Putera Emas

    (December 13, 2007 - 2:15 pm)

    Great 10 tips 5xmom! What you said are all true.

    ShaolinTiger

    (December 13, 2007 - 2:59 pm)

    Yeah sadly those who start blogging for money don’t realise, those that make money from blogging didn’t do it by setting out to make money.

    They did it by blogging because they love it, and it ended up earning money.

    Bryan

    (December 13, 2007 - 5:38 pm)

    I agree the last sentence of this post to the max! Those solely chasing for the title Problogger are true losers, just like people spend thousands to buy a Degree cert.

    Jayden

    (December 14, 2007 - 1:57 am)

    You totally nailed it. Nowadays there is an uprise in the number of new bloggers that THINK they can make blogging a living. It irks me when they talk/blog as if they are those big bloggers who had already been in the “industry” for some time.

    i think it’s a good choice not to link that noob, since he might just gain traffic he wants from your link! haha

    Suzette

    (December 14, 2007 - 3:00 pm)

    Agree with Jayden re the link to the noob too.

    And thanks Lilian for making it so clear to the newbies. A friend of mine asked me to quit my job, coz there is PPP! Yup, people can be that naive.

    Adsense? I’ve been blogging 3.5 years, haven’t got my first cheque yet! :P

    KittyCat

    (December 18, 2007 - 2:06 pm)

    Thanks for sharing again, Lilian! Lots to learn from this – I’ll definitely share this with friends who think I’m earning big bucks now just coz I do PPP :P

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