One of my favorite jobs that i ever had was working at Disneyland. I was a Junior in high school and i wanted to save up for a new car. A few of my friends decided to apply for positions over at the happiest place on earth. I went to high school in Orange County so the drive to work wasn’t that bad. Also, the pay was pretty good for back in the day. Out of my friends, i was the only one to get hired. I was a cast member working the cash registers on Main Street. The job started with a base pay of $8/hr. This was early 1990s and the pay was awesome. Soon after i began work, i caught the eye of my one my managers. She got me promoted to one of the specialty shops on Main Street. Specifically, i was working the magic shop.
I started training to become a Mickey Mouse Magician. I was doing a lot of the prop tricks and slowly built up some slight of hand tricks. I was a natural magician. Anyway, before i babble more about my youth, let me get to my point. Magic is pretty lame. Unless you’re a dorky preteen, there is nothing magical about magic. It’s all about trick coins or trick desks of cards. If you practice at it, and if the person you are performing the magic trick to hasn’t already seen the trick, it might be fun for a second.
The key is to not show the trick over and over again. Even the stupid people can get the trick if you perform it multiple times. Magicians are not suppose to reveal their secrets, but most always do. When you let them in on the illusions, you always get the same response. “Stupid!” Something that baffled them a min earlier becomes something lame once the secret is revealed.
After about 9 months of blogging, i can see a lot of similarities between make money blogging and stupid magic tricks. It’s lame. The secrets are stupid. And the ones that do it are all a bunch of virgin nerds. (myself included)
I know that a lot of noobies wants to cash in on the blogging craze. It’s tempting to try to blog for money when you see a few guys making 6 figures a year with a blog. Don’t be fooled tho. 99.99% of the time, your blog will only make you a few dollars a month.
This niche is a big fat lie. Bloggernoob barely makes 2k a month. Minus the cost of marketing and the uncollected referral income and this blog isn’t really that great. The kicker is that my blog makes more then most of the MMO bloggers in the blogosphere. How’s that for brutal truth. The blogs or websites that promise you riches are performing magic tricks. The income reports are photoshopped and they are faking their RSS subscriptions. The traffic they claim to get is a big fat lie.
But, i still believe that money can be made by blogging. You won’t make it by talking about blogging tho. If you set up a “make money online” blog, you’re wasting your time. There are other niches that are worth more for your time.
Think about the professional magicians. There are probably a few who make enough to be classified as rich. David Blaine, David Copperfield, Sigfried and Roy, and Lance Burton. The rest of the sorry ass magicians have to take to the streets for change.
I’m sorry, i started writing this post thinking that i was on to something. After I wrote this post and read it over, i realized that i wasted your time. I guess that’s the point. Reading “make money online” blogs are a waste of your time. I knew there was a point in there somewhere. Noob out!