A few words from a man who got bitten. Bitten by the gurus of money making on the web, gurus of jobs for new moms at home needing work from behind their computer; bitten by the sages of seduction into a world of quick, easy money. If only you followed their TOP TEN TIPS or their FIVE CRUCIAL LAWS…
Most of it is utter rubbish. A great way to get money out of your pocket, instead of into it.
They’re gurus with promises of great riches to be gained in mere hours from behind a computer. And they seem to have been time-teleported straight from some secret society of days gone by. They use mantra’s, and incomprehensible textbooks with images of stats and other dragons. They have their spells and their formulas. And they throw all of this impressive phraseology around to confuse the novices and laymen even more. It is in confusion where they can reign.
They speak of traffic, and long-tail keywords. They use acronyms no normal being understands, so the Brotherhood of the Initiated can keep their ranks closed and guarantee the flow of money they’ve laid their hands on.
You see, knowing the right keyword today is even more important than it has ever been in the most fantastic of fairy-tales or the darkest of myths. No Prince Aladin will make it through the day, today. Not with his outdated weaponry of daggers, diplomats and trained fists.
Having the right keywords and knowing how to use them (they often use italics or bold fonts or CAPS to emphasise their points…) guarantees, according to the guru, increasing amounts of visitors to our sites. Sites where we place ads – like I do – and so hope to regain some of the time and money spent on blogging in the first place. If only you’d click on them, and bought a random product.
But having the right keyword is not enough. You need to do a bit of spin, a bit of re-write and a bit of submitting as well to make sure that the one article you wrote about whatever thing is supposed to bring in the loot, gets chewed up time and again, and spat out in twenty, thirty different formats. All of course with a link to your site, with your ads, so you can earn a few cents. It is this re-writing, which is what earns the modern slaves in Asia a buck for every 500 words they can churn out, and would they please fart out twenty original stories a day…
These re-writes are needed like the magical book full of secret formulas; and here is where it might get complicated. Crux is: the more links on the web that lead to my site, the higher my site will rank on Google’s search results. And so, the more people will click through to my site when they’re searching for this magical keyword, and voilà… I get more visitors. More visitors means more people possibly click on my ads or buying whatever I’ve got on offer myself, and that leads to income for me.
A few days of research on the topic teaches me that – apart from the serious experts out there who do actually know what they’re writing about and are sincere in their ways of working – the web is flooded by thousands of miniature, self-proclaimed “experts” who vaguely hint at them gathering (the beginnings of) their fortunes with tricks that are just a nano of a second faster than everyone else’s tricks and spells. They’ve found the magical code to unlock the chest!!!
These people write ‘reviews’ about products that should somehow make life easier for the blogger who’s eager for some cash. And their so-called reviews are just about biased enough to make sure that you will actually, really click on the “Buy Now” button that screams at you from their sites.
What we all end up having, is a Virtual Reality full of ‘false prophets’ evangelising their gospel to the masses in spun articles submitted to as many sites as software can possible manage, while raking in money over the backs of the ignrant, most often all under the pretense of ‘self-sacrifice’ for the benefit of the powerless who know not. Because: look at how much info they’re giving away FOR FREE!!!!
The thing is that most of the knowledge and a great deal of fantastic software out there is available with no charge whatsoever… But funnily enough, the gurus never link through to those sites. It’s an utter waste of money to buy the KeywordWinner for $ 77; it can’t do anything any faster or cleverer than you can. The promise that you’ll make it into the Google top five within THREE HOURS? Lies, lies, lies and statistics.
You also don’t need the services of a company like Ultimate Article Wizard (for a stunning $ 67 per month…!!!) to post re-writes of your articles. The hidden cost here, namely, is in producing those re-writes: you’d have to add another few hundred dollars a month to the bill.
Tell me, after having spent all that money on gurus and intermediaries – where on earth is my profit? Where on earth is yours?
Sure: go try it all out. And find, like I did, that most of it is a load of mishmashed nonsense…
Trust me: you can do very well without the advice of some kid, any kid (a kid like Alex Whalley, for example), who’s trying to sell you all these products from behind the foggy dealings of his website, teaching the ignorant, pretending to be ‘independent’ and ‘self-less’, while his entire arm is stuck deep inside the cookie jar.
With their bits, their bytes & their weird spells.