I’ve been told that with popularity comes polarization ; you get your own set of naysayers and haters. But who would have thought that it would have come so quickly on this website, which gets very little traffic?
I could follow the rules, and ignore them (read rule #4) or I could respond.
To be fair, I understand it. This isn’t my first rodeo. The website before this taught borderline black hat tactics that focused on link building for affiliate sewer sites. So, I can only surmise that the hater isn’t coming from the few readers that read this website but a holdover from a time before when I wasn’t really interested in doing the right things.
Meet “Rick”, my #1 fan. When I first got this comment, I have to admit, I was a little hurt by the sharpness of it. But then I realized a couple things.
- Someone was “reading” my stuff (even if it was just him).
- He was too much of a coward to even use a real email address. Then again, what would you expect from the internet? Come on, dude, if you are going to be mean, at least commit to it and put a face to the name
The second time Rick appeared was yesterday. This time, what he said kind of pissed me off because he obviously doesn’t know what he is talking about and probably still thinks that people who blog are hanging their hopes on a best seller ebook and adsense earnings….
Now, I’m not sure what his problem is. I figure it must have something to do with his own failures, not mine, since he has taken the time to comment more than once. Perhaps his empire built on cheap links collapsed and now he is looking for a scapegoat? Who knows?
If you really had all the “clients” you say you do….
Rick, believe it or not, I do have the clients I do. It’s called retainers. Much of it is residual income. Here’s how it works- A business contracts out with me and when they need something done, I’m available. I started getting my clients through existing connections in the real world. Yeah. As in, NOT the internet. Go figure that real world networking works, right?
I also specialize. I mostly deal with artists and musicians but do do local businesses as well. And I prefer working with companies that have both an online and offline presence. Which means that I don’t accept work from affiliate based websites…which happens to be 4/5th’s of the internet marketing audience.. So, if my intention was to gather leads from this website, I would be SOL.
…. you wouldn’t have time to write all the posts you do.
Come on, Rick. Do you really think I put a whole day in writing posts for this blog? They are usually done in my off time, at night, when my wife goes to bed. 15-30 minutes max. And, they usually are the result of work that happens during the day.
Personally, I think you are a wannabe fake it till you make it kind of guy..
I don’t really know what that means to be real honest. I’m not some 20 something who is dreaming of yachts and mansions and girls ; I’m a married man who has a wife, a 4 year old and 2 dogs living in a suburb south of Memphis. I have a mortgage, 2 car notes and private school tuition to deal with. Oh, and I cut my own yard.
If that’s “faking it”, man….I really have problems.
And then there’s the issue with making it.
Once again, what does that mean? I gotta be real honest with you, if I was going to try to “make it”, I would probably write a book and start doing seminars. If you want to shill stuff to internet marketers, that’s the better approach. Ask people like Chris Brogan about that (for the record, that’s not a cut…..but it is how he sells books)
Because, regardless of what you think, blogging is not the fast track to success. It never has been.
Your blog gets no traffic and has no traction…you are just talking to yourself.
That’s rich. I guess that means I should fold up and give up.
This is really assuming a lot, Rick. You are assuming I have an agenda that goes beyond venting or recording my thoughts about marketing. You are assuming I am trying to build an empire.
Believe it or not, sometimes a blog is just a blog. If I really was trying to do something with this thing, don’t you think I would put more effort into guest posting, building links, doing on page optimization?
The problem with doing that would be that then that would interfere with my work. This blog is about connecting with people who feel the same as me. And personally, while the majority of people in the internet marketing space are still going to sleep with visions of a quick payday, I am betting that there are a few who think the same ways I do.
And maybe they may find me. And maybe they won’t. But regardless, I’m not going to lose sleep over it.
Now, I know that this may not be read by a ton of people. But, in the very least, I know that there is one person who will read it…..and that’s you.
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