Paying for Paradise

I’m often asked how much money I make blogging. I just look at people who ask, smile and say, “It’s actually costing me money.” You should see the astonished looks I get! Bloggers know. Unless you’re a name blogger like Darren Rowse, Yaro Stark or John Chow, this passion is probably costing you money too! Kudos to these gentlemen and congratulations for a job well done.

Yeah, I started out blogging because I needed some extra funds to cover some monthly expenses. There, I said it. Nobody told me I was going to fall in love with doing this stuff! The passion runs high around here — between the love for my home, a passion for writing and the wonderful new friends in the blogosphere, how can I not want to blog and nurture this little niche and the rest of the blogging world too?!?

With that said, I’ve gotten myself into the situation where I now need to recoup some costs in addition to trying to cover the stuff I was trying to cover to begin with! I’m telling you guys up front that I’ve found something that stood out above the rest. PayPerPost has been nothing but helpful, friendly and warm. They helped me, told me what I needed to do and they also came highly recommended. We all need to make money to cover costs from time to time.

From time to time you will see some blog posts that are sponsored discussions about various things. Relax, I’m not going to spam you with stuff. I love my blog and all of you too much for that! If it doesn’t interest me, or if I can’t stand behind it, I’m not talking about it! Period.

That’s the beauty of PayPerPost! I pick what I want to talk about! Well, there may be things that I think will interest you guys and I might talk about that, but, that’s it. You’ll know. There’s no hidden agenda around here. It’s all up front and straight forward with all of you, just like I’ve always been.

Besides, maybe we’ll get some inside scoops to new products or services and stuff!

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ryan // Dec 22, 2007 at 7:49 am

    I more than understand how a passion can be a boon to the spirit but a drain on the wallet. And you should do whatever you have to do to make it worthwhile. But PayPerPost is an outfit I wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot cattle prod, and I’d encourage you to reconsider. Hit up Google Blog Search for stories on PayPerPost (not stories for PayPerPost), paying particular attention to issues of credibility and Google’s depreciation strategy. My view is, it’s not worth it.

  • 2 Evelyn // Dec 22, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Thank you, Ryan. It means a lot to me to hear that from you and even more to have you express your concerns! I will do just as you have advised and I will keep my eyes and ears open.

    Love Google as I do, and I do and have done so for years now, they need to remember how they themselves survive and cut us all just a little slack and help us cover the cost of things just like they cover their own.

    Was it Webcrawler with the cute little black spider so many years ago? That was my search engine of choice! I loved them… until Google. When Google hit the scene, there was no other place to go! Google blew everyone out the door! They just need to remember their roots and know that, while we love our blogs, we need to survive too.

    We can all tell if someone loves what they’re doing or if it’s just all about the ads. Much like we have to be careful about sweeping generalizations, Google and others need to do the same. No matter what, they’ll always be my search engine. I understand what they did recently, but, it needed just a bit more discernment I think.

    I’m more worried about you guys anyway. And, like I said, I want to not only write about stuff that I’m interested in, but things that people like you and everybody else are interested in too! I want it to be fun and informational… like it should be. 🙂

    You’re the best, Ryan, thank you!

  • 3 Pua // Dec 22, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    aloha evelyn,
    i must agree with ryan. we are all at the mercy of google. one never knows what is next but if your blog suddenly goes to zero and disappears from SE, what’s the purpose of writing? writing w/o being heard or read? best wishes for making the right decision. aloha, pua

  • 4 Evelyn // Dec 22, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    I have been reading the things that Ryan suggested and I have to admit, Pua, that I am very concerned. We’ll see how it goes. I will keep you guys posted and you will be the first ones to know about any shifty stuff! Thanks for weighing in on things! 🙂

  • 5 HawaiiVacationGifts // Dec 24, 2007 at 3:56 am

    Hi Evelyn,
    I don’t know anything about PayPerPost but will read anything you write:)

    I also don’t make any money from my blog but it only cost me 8.95 per month and lots of my time–so if you are looking to get paid for your time, I totally understand that.

  • 6 Evelyn // Dec 24, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Thank you, Cheryl! You’re so sweet. I certainly don’t want to be paid for my time. I just need to cover expenses that are hanging out there waiting to be covered! 🙂

  • 7 Jon Symons // Jan 2, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Aloha Evelyn. Happy new year.
    I’m with Ryan 100% on this one. My advice would be to delete this post and any references to Pay Per Post from your site. In the long run if you get de-indexed from Google or have your page rank removed (which may PPP bloggers have) it will cost much more than it is worth.

    The reason to delete the post, is that Google is actively scanning sites for PPP references and if you site shows up in a scan you will get slapped. That’s why I never allowed these types of posts on our Net.

    All the best,

  • 8 Evelyn // Jan 2, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Jon! Happy New Year! Thank you so much for your comment. I am very cautious about this stuff but I understand that even TLA users were Google-slapped because of that too. You’re the best and I more than appreciate your input and your concern! It means a lot to me!

  • 9 skeet // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:25 am

    So I finally get around to commenting on this post and … ooooops! … got carried away. I’ve turned my comments into a post on my blog.

    But what about Google?

  • 10 Tina Kubala // Jan 4, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    I came over from Skeet’s post. Since I’m a PayPerPost Postie too, you know where I stand. For me, the paid stuff only makes me a more devoted and creative writer. Google will do what it chooses, but I’ll keep on doing what works for my blog. Good luck.

  • 11 Evelyn // Jan 5, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Hi Tina! I saw your comment on Skeet’s site and I so felt the warmth and I thank you for it. I think it has done more good for my blog than anything else at this point. I didn’t believe it, but there it is. And, it keeps me writing and talking about stuff I would almost rather not… but… that’s the stuff people WANT us to share because they’re struggling with the same things. Anyway, thanks! 🙂

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