You wouldn’t take car advice from an accountant …

8 Nov

So why are there a ton of ‘make money’ blogs by people who are happy to break $1000 a month?

Case in point: the 45n5 top 100 – a compilation of the top 100 money making blogs.

Just looking at the last few posts on most of those blogs, you can tell it is nothing more than a pool of the same ideas being restated in whatever new fashion. Not to mention the fact that most of them don’t really make much money online.

Yes there are a few intelligent blogs. Darren Rowse has built up quite a few blogs into a decent sum of money. Shoe Money has proven he can make money offline. But people like John Chow? Are you kidding me. His entire revenue stream is stuffing affiliate programs down the the gullet of his readership (I still remember when he was new and got a dozen or so frontpage Diggs and I thought – this smells fishy).

Then again – at least he has the readership that supports his claim of making money. What about those bloggers with 50-500 subscribers that are happy to make $1000? I’m not belittling $1000. I’m not belittling the drive of these bloggers. What I am questioning is how much advice someone who doesn’t make much money online can give to others?

Let me pick on a post – ‘The Best Blogging Tip no one will ever mention’ – whew, what an amazing headline. What is the great tip? “Don’t overcomplicate things.” Great – thanks. He then goes on to list the most mundane basic steps in setting up a blog. He then links to an article about web hosting. Web hosting is a big keyword. It makes sense to include ‘web hosting’ in the link text – but instead it is just ‘hosting.’ I’m nitpicking here – but a professional should know that SEO is important, that link text matters, and that ‘web hosting’ puts the link into more context (as hosting itself can include other things such as a party).

Furthermore, as these people have little real experience in generating real amounts of money online, the topics become rather incestuous (ie – the root point is the same). ‘Write unique content.’ ‘Think about your user.’ ‘Make it easy to subscribe (don’t forget email!)’ ‘Have fun.’ It is the same ‘top X ways of Y’ – where X is 6, 10, 5, or some other oblique number and Y are the same 5-15 different topics.

And a few links to round out my thoughts.

Points out that few of the blogs actually focus on making money. Yep. Just a lot of noise.

A poll on what you would do with $25 and use it to make money online. Huh? $25?

I do want to add – I’m not saying go for it. I started 10 years ago with $0. It’s tough. It’s exhausting. But if you do it right its amazing. And yes the first $100 was thrilling. But – I never thought of myself as a money making expert. Don’t claim to be something you aren’t (and I still am not a money making expert).

And now you can Digg it

9 Responses to You wouldn’t take car advice from an accountant …



November 8th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

heh, im on the list!



November 8th, 2007 at 7:55 pm

“how much advice someone who doesn’t make much money online can give to others?”

Unless you’re an expert you can’t have an opinion? That is nonsense. Should they sit quiet until they have your approval to blog?

The top 100 is a community of people that blog about making money online. They share their adventures, successes, and failures and sometimes do offer some advice whether it comes from ten years experience or if they just learned it.

Most of the people on the list don’t “claim” to be “money making experts” either. Just some average folks trying to learn about marketing online and sharing their adventures.

I think you are misinformed about the community and should hang out a little longer and interact with some of the bloggers. As with any community there are a few bad apples but overall their are some great people on the list.



November 8th, 2007 at 9:32 pm

I think you missed my point.

1. No you don’t have to be an expert. But if you only make $100 a month you shouldn’t be teaching others how to make money – you have *zero* knowledge on how to.

2. A general comment, regardless of your list – most of the ‘make money’ blogs all regurgitate the same ideas.

3. There is a difference between ‘my story’ (such as Yaro’s blog) and others that claim to *know how* to make money (but obviously don’t). Yaro’s blogs are very intriguing and refreshing. Others that claim to have the solution but really don’t – those are the ones I’m pointing out to.

Again – I wasn’t picking on you. This is a general critique of most ‘make money online’ blogs (which we see a ton of over at



November 8th, 2007 at 10:35 pm

“if you only make $100 a month you shouldn’t be teaching others how to make money”

I completely got your point and you just reiterated it. So I’ll reiterate my initial response “Should they sit quiet until they have your approval to blog?”.

What is the exact dollar amount people need to make to make to get your approval to blog?

Seriously, who are you to judge what people can and can’t blog about? And why are you wasting your time judging these people?

You ARE picking on me which was completely unsolicited (I’d never been to this site or heard of you until you popped up in my vanity feed).

The “case in point” link goes to my domain, my blog is on the list, and many people I call friends are on the list. Of course I take it personally.

I think you’ve got it all wrong if you’d take some time to interact with these people you might see it also . You should be helping these people succeed instead of insulting them.

If you have a problem with the blogflux make money people why not take it up with them and leave us alone eh?



November 8th, 2007 at 11:20 pm


The post I wrote today was basically a post to get people, thinking about starting a blog to go ahead and do it. Not get wrapped up in thinking about how they are going to get traffic, listed in the search engines, make money from blogging or any other question they have on their mind. It was obviously not for someone already blogging.

But I get it. Its great link bait to write a controversial article, include links to 5 sites that get way more traffic than you in hopes that one will link to you? You may not get that but at least you got a couple of us to stop by and comment. Good job. :-)



November 8th, 2007 at 11:25 pm

I never said they need my approval. But – would you get car advice from someone who just knows how to check the oil? Would you get guitar lessons from someone who just rocks out on Guitar Hero?

Of course not. You would want advice from people who actually know how to do the above. So the $100 a month isn’t a set figure – it’s a reality that these bloggers don’t have the experience.

I don’t know how you get I’m picking on you. Your list provided a simple way of pointing to 100 blogs classified as making money … that is about it. Your blogs are whatever they are :)

If every time I say something critical you get hurt and personally insulted – well that is a different ballpark.

My citing was that I see a lot of people doing it. We always approve their blogs (who am I to specifically dictate what they do). I’m simply pointing out that the content is almost always the same stuff. Which you don’t deny.

And Jason – no doubt it was to help new people. My point was that there is a very limited subset of content one can write about ‘making money’ – in the end most of it is just the same repeated word.

As for linkbait etc – nah. I know a few of the bloggers on the list – if I was trying to bait, I would have emailed/talked to them about it. This is a post I wrote a few months ago and I just dusted off.

Lest everyone forget – the actual name of the site is ‘Tech Soapbox’ I simply find most of the ‘make money online’ blogs the same content written in a different way.



November 11th, 2007 at 11:47 pm

i did read somewhere that most of the content writers for these money making sites are really just faking it to make it.

oh well. what these readers don’t know wouldn’t hurt them. at least these sites have helped out these people at one point. i just hope that not all of them will take every advice, hook, line and sinker.


Gary King

November 12th, 2007 at 3:45 am

Ahmed, welcome to the internet. There will be plenty of sites that give advice to complain about :)

All I’m saying is that you’re bound to find sites that claim to be experts on certain subjects, and some people will believe them. Money is the same, but 100x worse since everyone wants to know how to make more!

I think your post is completely fruitless. The way I see it, people are extremely ecstatic when they receive their first check from Google for their AdSense ads – even if the check is for $100 and they make $100,000 a year at their day-to-day job. It’s really the sense of being a part of the internet gold rush of making money fast that make people rejoice in jubilation.



November 12th, 2007 at 10:38 am

Ahhh – I don’t expect any sort of change. I just wanted to blow off steam :)