The Big Money Is Not In Blogging

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There is plenty of money in blogging, but the real big money is not in blogging.

How I made over $2 million with this blog (Scripting News)

This guy Dave Winer has an ugly looking blog, and he runs no ads, but he makes millions blogging. How?

To get excited about blogging is to "get" 2.0. And if you have been missing out on 2.0, it is not possible you are on the cutting edge.

(1) Value

The market rewards value. Are you meeting some kind of market need? Your blog adds to your value. It helps your marketing efforts. It is real intimate talk with your most important clients. Like A VC says, if you read his blog, and that of his five partners, it is like you sit with them in their office every day: that intimate.

(2) StartUp/Corporate

If you are a tech startup person, you breathe blogging. That rectangle on the screen is your office. And the blogosphere is a big chunk of it. Blogging becomes that fundamental, indispensable skill. It is like, can you type? Can you do that keyboard thing? If you can't, I think you are still beautiful, but how are you going to get any work done? Blogging is what typing was. Are you blogging literate? That is a fair question these days.

(3) Lifelong Education

Blogging is to the brain what jogging is to your thighs. If you are an active blogger, chances are you keep up with the news in your chosen field. You think about the hot issues of the day. You are alert. You can still type as of today.

(4) Living Life To The Full

says somewhere that because he tweets, he lives life more fully. Blogging makes you more alive as a person. You are more likely to squeeze that last drop out of each moment.

(5) Plenty Of Money

Write great content, regularly, jack up your traffic, and let the ads do their work.
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