Get Rich Quick! Make Money Blogging!

Imagine you have discovered a legitimate get rich quick method – how could you sell it?

“You can make more than Obama in your pajamas!”

Most people are not going to believe you. Some of us don’t even wear pajamas.

Yes, some desperate people still fall for get rich quick schemes, but the entire concept has been spoiled rotten in the public eye.

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After years of so many “snake oil” scams, certain phrases and concepts are damned eternally as fallacious and hoaxacious (new word pending approval from Merriam Webster). This isn’t logical because it assumes the past will replicate itself when the world’s numerous variables are constantly changing with new ones being added. This is not to mention that these stereotypes are based on those who abuse and deceive.

Are we sure that it is impossible to legitimately get rich (defined as say: $1M) quickly aside from a lucky lottery ticket? No. There are people out there who have made a great deal of money very fast without “getting lucky” or taking on a gargantuan amount of risk.

But where is the incentive for them to share how they did it? Who is to say that it can be replicated by others?  And if you can make $1 million a week, why sell your secret? So you can make another $50,000 in sales? Obviously not.

This leaves us with the filth – the people who get rich quick by capitalizing on the desire of others to get rich quick. It’s no wonder the concept has such a bad reputation! But there is something to be said about getting rick more quickly.

Something To Consider – Getting Rich More Quickly

I’ll say right now that I believe hard work and perseverance are the best ways to achieve financial success. But let’s face the facts – some people make the same amount of money in 5 months as others take 10 years to make. There is a strong element of strategy to making money that can easily supersede hard work.

Hard work by itself is simply not enough. A well known statistic is that 80% of small businesses fail in the first 5 years – do you know how much hard work that is? Probably about 20 years worth of working a typical 9-5 Corporate job. Running a business requires passion because of how much work it is.

Make Money Blogging – Just Like Me!

Note: I’m not complaining at all in the following text (tone on the internet is tough to convey). I am making critical observations of the environment I’m working in. This is my perspective.

The money-centric part of the blogosphere seems to be a bit fishy to me. There are people making thousands of dollars a month via their blogs telling others how to make thousands of dollars a month. Get ready to think in this next sentence. They make money by selling the products that help them sell products to make money. It’s very circular – especially because they sell to others wanting to do the same thing.

There are those who make money by providing awesome content – like Steve Pavlina. But some others seem to have much in common with the get rich quick schemers. The internet is overgrown with “marketing experts” and “making money online gurus.”

It bothers me that most of the people I see making a lot of money online are the ones talking about making money online. It bothers me so much that I’ve considered joining the crowd. Thinking for positive life change is my passion, but I have yet to see if I can make money blogging about it (I haven’t released any products).

I and many other bloggers are working our socks off to provide amazing, original content – but how many are getting the appropriate financial return? I’m not sure, honestly. I assume less than the ones who blog about making money.

My Money-Making Story So Far

I tried using adsense on this blog for passive income and the results were horrible – $30 total. I’m fine with that because I didn’t enjoy the look (and perception) of having ads on my site anyways. At some point, I’ll probably have affiliate advertising in some places – but those are products that I choose and believe in.

I intend to make an honest living doing what I love (this). I happily removed adsense with the plan to make money by creating extraordinary content and selling it. I’m just about finished with my first digital book now (free) and have another massive project planned – a product that does not currently exist in the marketplace (secrets are fun?). 😉

Strangely enough, how I market these products will affect sales 10x more than their actual quality, except if word-of-mouth gets going.

I’ve considered blogging about blogging and making money blogging just because I’ve read and learned so much about it. It is an interesting field and there are some great blogs in this niche. It is a saturated niche – but the demand appears to be strong enough to justify it.

What are your thoughts? Have there been any legitimate get rich quick methods? Have you ever been burned by one? Is the making money blogging niche the biggest pyramid scheme ever? Are you making a ton of money blogging in your pajamas?

About the Author

I'm lazy, but you can call me Stephen. When you're as lazy as I am, you need superior strategies to live well. My strategies are so effective that I'm productive every single day. As the world tries to figure out how to always stay motivated, I create strategies that don't require it.

Hugo Martins

Hey, it’s me, again.

I have never been burned by these so called “get rich methods” because I never witnessed anyone getting rich with them thus I don’t believe them.

As for your blog…if I had the money, I would pay you to blog. Don’t care what you do more than this but don’t stop this blog, you have a rough diamond here and it holds a lot of potential. Nonetheless, I do encourage you to try new projects, opportunities and challenges. One never knows.

Looking foward to you e-book. (Have you read The Writer’s Manifesto? Just curiosity)

Sincerely,
Hugo

sguise

Hey Hugo.

You’re a smart man. I don’t trust them either for that reason. I’m also pretty averse to “salesy” talk, which always seems to accompany them.

I really appreciate that. It means a lot to me to have your support. I’m sure I will try new projects and such, but Deep Existence will always be “my baby.” 😛 If I started another blog, I wouldn’t shut this one down.

I did read it yesterday. It wasn’t what I expected (it was very short), but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Jeff is a talented writer.

Thank you Hugo.

Justin | Mazzastick

Hey Stephen,
I appreciate what you are saying here and I share some of your beliefs. I don’t buy get rich quick stuff. Dabbled in a few of those marketing ploys over a decade ago and now I can smell them from a mile away.

I am all about earning an income through blogging while providing value in return. You can still earn money anyway that you choose with your blog without selling your soul.

I have been contacted by many new bloggers who don’t have a clue about how to earn online. Blogging is a business to me and I treat it that way. Giving away our time and energy for nothing in return is not a way to earn a living in my book.

I see what the probloggers do and recommend and I follow suit tweaking things as I go along. I have adsense on my blog but may remove it once other means of earning pick-up.

sguise

Hello again Justin!

I agree that you can earn money in a large variety of ways blogging without selling your soul (some ways are still undiscovered I think). I also view my blog as a business and I think bloggers should if it’s going to be more than a hobby.

If you’re focused on creating value, you can look at it as a business with no ill effects. But once you look at people as numbers and money signs – they’ll sense it and you’re in trouble! (I’m sure you don’t do this – but some people probably do)

You’re smart to look at what the Probloggers do (vs. what they say). I have nothing against adsense, really. I just found that it wasn’t very effective for me and I wondered what perception it might give my blog. Essentially, it wasn’t worth it for the amount of money I was making with it.

If you don’t mind me asking, what other than adsense are you planning/doing for making money through your blog? I appreciate your thoughts.

Chris Kahler @ Bloggeritus

Hey Stephen!

Honestly speaking, it might be wise for you to jump on the bandwagon. I’ve realized that any successful blog can really be about two subjects:

whatever niche your in, and
how to blog successfully (you know, since you’re already successful and all).

Blogging in itself is a profession and a niche, and if you are successful at blogging, why not share your insights as well on the subject?

That is the reason why I’ve taken a different approach towards the “learn to blog” bit. I try to teach the productivity, efficiency, personal development side of the blogger. Really though, my blog is for ANYONE, not just bloggers.

One could say my blog’s focus is off, but I beg to differ. I think bloggers love to learn about focusing, productivity and so on…. just like blogger’s like to learn about deep thinking!

I feel that if you can combine your topic with the topic of learning to blog in a harmonious way, then you are killing two birds with one stone (that’s such a cliche). And who knows, you might push through the saturation and claim a prominent position within the market 🙂

Stephen Guise

Cheers Chris!

That’s a good point, but I just don’t think I want to “divide” Deep Existence up into two topics. Because this blog is focused on depth, that would naturally decrease the depth. In addition, I would want to have a domain name and brand that better reflected a “blogging blog” or a “blogging for money blog.”

Of course the issue with creating another website is the division of time and resources. So really, I’m just going to stick with Deep Existence and only mention blogging because it is a part of my life. There are some non-bloggers that read this, and I want to keep posts relevant to them.

What you’re saying does make sense – but it just isn’t right for what I’m looking to do. I do think that your blog is well-aligned with productivity/focusing and blogging. Bloggers need to be productive with how time-consuming it can be and with all of their other responsibilities.

You should sell a cream to cure bloggeritus to monetize your blog. 😛

Chris Kahler @ Bloggeritus

“You should sell a cream to cure bloggeritus to monetize your blog.” – Haha that’s ingenious! I actually took the time to look into that… come to find out there are candy pill bottles that can be branded with company logo for promotional reasons in addition to “stress relief” lotions, hmm…

You make a good point though, this blog is branded solely around deep thinking. You are taking the right approach to the subject 🙂

Stephen Guise

Haha, you never know what people will buy…

Yeah, I think that focus is the winning ingredient. I’m going to pour all of my efforts into this blog (and that secret project).

Chris Kahler @ Bloggeritus

You have a secret project in the works….what level of classification… like, top secret? Or just not-let-the-general-public-know-so-I-can-build-curiosity-on-it secret?

I like projects and I’m interested to see what you’re concocting behind the scenes of Deep Existence. I can tell you’re a very creative person and your ideas will take you far.

I’m considering a few “secret projects” of my own. One is actually an idea I think would be a huge success with the blogging community if the right angle was taken and had adequate manpower behind it.

Sometimes I feel like I need to get these ideas into the open though, but not to the public. To make a long story short, I am interested in brainstorming on some ideas with people who will take them serious.

Would you ever reject a future brainstorming session if ever requested? Just wondering lol.

Martyn Chamberlin

Heh, you know what you need to start doing? You need to be a comedian.

You’re hilarious. This article is hilarious. I did the math. 29 payments of 14.99 comes out to be $37.71 more than if you DON’T buy in the next 12 seconds.

Making money online takes time. If it takes you 4 years to build a 6-year business, that’s the same amount of time it takes to get a bachelors. The Internet is kind of like real life. You have to think big and plan big.

You worked your socks off in college too, and look what it’s gotten you. Nothing but bills.

Making bucks ain’t easy, online or off. Right now, Deep Existence is a freshman. Don’t get in too big a hurry.

If you’re going to continue guest posting for Problogger, by all means switch to the IM niche. But first, change domains. Keep in mind that the IM niche is pretty saturated, so you have to be remarkable to stand out.

Now, concerning your concern about making money teaching others how to make money. Ad Agencies have been practicing this for decades – long before the Internet existed. Let’s say I’m a marketing consultant. That means I make money teaching you to make money. CMOs have been doing that since the Garden of Eden. Nothing wrong with that.

Of course, it’s the results that matter. If I TRULY teach you how to make money, you’ll be glad to pay me for it. If I fail, you’ll be mad. Once again, this reminds us that the Internet is much like real life. Deliver 100% and you have a business you can be proud of.

Stephen Guise

It’s pretty secret. It’s so far off from possible release that it’d be a waste to reveal it now. Thanks – I hope my ideas take me somewhere, lol.

Yeah man, I love brainstorming sessions!

Stephen Guise

I’m really running low on socks, lol.

Thanks though – I was the class clown some in school and I love humor. Being a comedian has actually crossed my mind. For now I’m content to involve it into my blog and digital products that don’t exist yet.

I think you’re right on the money! What you said made me realize that I was polarizing a business just like any other. There are scammers in the Personal Development niche too! It goes back to whether or not real value is being provided – which doesn’t have anything to do with niche.

That said, the MMO niche definitely attracts more scammers and the whole thing does seem very cyclical, but I’ve still seen a lot of valuable advice and information out there from honest folks.

The only other thing is that I’ll probably keep posting on Problogger and stay in my niche. I’ll try to branch out to other sites too, but I have a major crush on Problogger. 🙂

Thanks Martyn!

Martyn Chamberlin

You’re right, there’s a lot of scammers in the MMO niche that make the legit people look bad.

Problogger is too easy to appear on. It’s weird. As you know, I have a guest post going live in 13 minutes. Heh.

Douglas Prater

Hey Stephen,
I rolled my eyes when I saw the title of your post, and only clicked through because I knew you’d have a great take on the GRQs (pronounced: Jerks). As usual, you didn’t disappoint. You’re spot on about the circular nature of most online marketing products, and even the most profitable blogs are about selling blogging products to other bloggers (some of them are actually good, but it’s still a feedback loop). I think that through this blog you’ve done a good job of sharing “deep thoughts” and worthwhile content without resorting to “selling pickaxes to gold rushers”. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to your book.

Stephen Guise

Hey Douglas!

Haha, I wasn’t sure about the title – mainly because I think it’s sitting in the spam folder of most subscribers right now.

Thank you very much for your encouragement. I don’t enjoy (and I’m not good at) selling anything I don’t believe in myself – so that helps me not to try to make a “quick buck.” I will certainly keep working hard and the book will be ready soon. Thanks for reading Douglas!

Archan Mehta

Stephen,

Thank You.

I am not sure about the “get rich quick” schemes. If memory serves, I don’t think I have ever fallen for a scam.

For one thing, I am not tech-savvy enough to be scammed by an artist–I just don’t “get” it.

For another, I am not driven enough to want to create my own blog or own it.

Third, as a non-blogger, I like to read the blogs of those who have something to write about. My own writing does not interest me all that much. I tend to “receive” ideas out of nowhere, and these days, well, quite infrequently. It usually happens when I am walking.

Technically, I am a dinosaur. I have taken one computer class in my life and I failed it. It had to do with computer languages, which seemed greek and latin to me. I am more of a poet.

Oh well, you can’t win ’em all. At least I have chanced upon your blog and know now that you do not exclude non-bloggers like yours truly–and, for that, I am grateful, to be sure.

As for blogs, there are some great blogs out there–and then, there are other blogs out there. Your blog has potential, so go for it. You should continue with your “habit” of writing.

Oh, and by the way, you are not the only fan of comedy. I, too, used to be a class clown.
I try to make people laugh through my writing, but usually my jokes fall flat on their face.

People just don’t “get” my sense of irony, sarcasm and brilliant, wry, witty remarks.

Oh, well. All’s well that end’s well. I am chilled out about such things. Have a good one.

Cheers.

Stephen Guise

I think I get your humor, Archan. It is challenging to convey it via text, however, as ambiguous text is often assumed to be serious. So that subtle humor can be completely missed by most people expected to read something serious.

It does take time to get to know someone’s sense of humor – and I know I understand yours much more now than when I first saw your comments.

I still wonder why you don’t get a blog – you can get a free one on Blogger and just write when you feel like it. With all the comments you leave, you’re bound to get some traffic back to it. But if you’re just here to read and comment, I have no problem with that. I enjoy it.

Thanks Archan.

Chris Jones@soundspott

You are right Guise,
The best way to make money through the web are blogs/sites. I have tried some quick money raisers like amazon mechanical turk and some paid surveys. But I found that at least 90% of them are scams. When it comes to blogging it’s under our control and we can make money-but not very quick. We got stories of great money makers like Darren Rowse who make 7 figure income.
For me, my greatest income stream is Affiliate Programs.

Stephen Guise

Hey Chris,

Yeah, I looked into surveys once – but as you said, there are a lot of scams out there. The surveys that are legitimate don’t pay well either.

Blogging is definitely not a fast track to making money. Affiliate sales seem to be the most popular way to make money right now from what I see.

Darren is pretty incredible to have two extremely popular blogs.

Justin Harmon

Hey Stephen,

Loved your post man. I think you have a great thing going here and you seem passionate about what you are writing about. As long as you stick with it and keep doing what you love, you will go far. My site is barely 3 weeks old and I am trying to find the right path I want to set for it. I do think that the “make money blogging” niche is going to be an option for any good blogger because we all had to learn it to help our own blogs grow, or in my case getting it to grow :).

Stephen Guise

Hey Justin,

Thanks so much! I’m happy to see that my passion is evident. 🙂

I think it’s possible that I’ll start a “make money blogging” site someday. As you said, it makes sense when you are experienced with it. If you want your blog to grow, you’ve got to guest post!

Thanks for your comment. Nice-looking site, by the way.

Justin Harmon

Thanks for checking out my site, I appreciate it. I defiinitely need to start guest posting, now that I have some content. I think that the “make money blogging” site will do good. The niche could always use more authentic voices and with the blogging and internet still being so young, the future is wide open.

Amy

I can totally relate to this post. I haven’t been scammed, just because I don’t believe most of the hype.
I saw a discussion of “pro” bloggers lately and was dismayed to see that none of them–not one–actually made a living online.
I haven’t given up on making money blogging, but I’m of the mindset now that my blog is just one part of my online/freelance empire. 😉 I’m enjoying the process and the connections, and organizing my thoughts.

Stephen Guise

Agreed about the internet and blogosphere being young and needing authentic voices! Guest posting is definitely a good idea – it helps with traffic, SEO, relationship-building, etc. In fact, I need to be doing it more!

Stephen Guise

Yeah, I know what you mean. That’s one reason I wouldn’t dare start a make money blogging blog – I haven’t made money yet! Though some people successfully “fake it til they make it.”

I like the idea of your blog just being a part of your online empire (and a portal of sorts for opportunities). The way I see it, it’s just too much fun and too beneficial for everyone to stop doing! Thanks for your great comment, Amy.

Ashvini

Hi Stephen,

In my opinion, internet is just an online extension of our lives. People are cheated in the real world and frankly there are no easy ways to make money there also. Has it stopped anyone from being greedy?
A blogger, product creator or anyone else who does something new or different probably does not do it for money. He needs money to survive like everyone else. But why he creates an art form or a software is to have that internal satisfaction. It is like a child getting created in womb of a mother.
The money making comes into picture when we desperately want ROI ( as corporates) . If we are just happy creating and sharing, I think a time comes when we can say that now I will charge money for my work. The only thing is that we do not know when such a time would arrive. Picasso became more famous after he was dead :).
I think patience plays an enormous role in our success and all the creators needs infinite patience, otherwise we are good at working in day jobs.
I would love to soon know what is your project. Also I am hoping you would not discontinue this blog, because then we would be missing out on some really good stuff.
Have a great day.

Evan

I think there probably are ways to get rich quickly – for those with lots of experience in a particular field or business in general.That is, their overnight success happens with about 20 years of preparation.

Occasionally people are in the right place at the right time. But these are usually emerging markets where change is rapid and security a chimera.

Aditya Choudhuri

Hi Stephen,

Loved reading some of your blogs!

[1] Most people fortunately know that hard work is probably the only time tested way of getting anywhere – leave alone getting rich…the present economic situation requires one to work hard to even survive.

Reminds of the Red Queen quote in Alice in Wonderland:

…”here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

[2] Some will not mind waging (one in a while) $397 in a Get Rich Overnight (GRO) scheme. OMG! What if it did work ! These momentary lapses of reasons are too human and are cashed by the GRO operators. You cannot blame them – they after all run a business based on Experiential Learning.

[3] And a few will end up “working hard”, hoping one of these GRO schemes eventually lead them somewhere “higher”. They nevertheless do end up working hard – working against gravity 😛

[4] And then the once in a billion ones – who made it all in their first lottery. We could leave them aside.

Cheers
Aditya

Stephen Guise

Great thoughts Aditya!

The problem with trying out a GRO scheme is not just the money wasted, but the time, effort and motivation wasted on what could have been real progress.

I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog.

Cheers,
Stephen

jblake

You’re right, strong element of strategy to making money can easily supersede hard work. It doesn’t mean that no hard work and perseverance, no money. There are now many ways to make quick money. There are even programs that give us high return investment. It all depends on you on how to make your own strategy on making quick money. Nice article. Keep posting!

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Bernard Z.

Hi,

Glad to hear that you creating your own product. I think tis the best way to go. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. In fact, it has to be treated like a business in order to make real money from it. I think those individuals who make a lot of money from it really know what they are doing, that’s the reason they are able to do that much. I also think that blogging isn’t for everyone. You really have to have a huge interest in it and patience in order to make money from it. Oh and I been scammed several times and lost thousands but I don’t let that hold me back, I look at it as an investment.

Anyway, great post. Keep up the good work.

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