A few weeks ago I posted an article in my Blogging For Money series called, A Guide To Choosing A Site For Your Money Making Blog. If you haven’t set up your blog yet, it is definitely worth your time to read that post before you make a decision you could possibly regret down the road.
The reason I’m posting this is because in my efforts to recommend Yaro Starak and Gideon Shalwick’s Become A Blogger, I got a lot of email from Yaro and Gideon about the their new product. In this morning’s email there was a story that explains why my advice on choosing a WordPress blog hosted on your own domain is the only way you should consider setting up your blog.
Here’s the story that Yaro Starak told in his email this morning:
Let me tell you a story about Steve. Steve is a niche blogger. He set up lots of little blogs on all kinds of topics (niches) aiming to make a few dollars from each blog by placing Google AdSense advertisements on them. Google pays you when someone clicks on the ads.
After a few months he did really well and built up his income. None of his blogs had a lot of traffic, but they got enough from search engines that each blog earned between $1 and $10 per day.
In total he earned over $2,000 per month from his blogs – not a bad effort.
One day he turned on his computer and all his blogs had gone. Disappeared. Vanished without a trace…
He was using one Blogger.com account to manage his blogs and Blogger.com determined that what he was doing was violating their terms of service.
They thought all his blogs were what are called “splogs” or SPAM blogs.
Splogs are blogs set up to get traffic to other sites. They are usually automatically generated and the owners have no intention of producing a useful website – they just want to get traffic. They are the SPAM of the blogging world.
Steve contacted the support staff at Blogger.com to explain that his sites were not SPAM sites but it was difficult to convince them and he never got his blogs reactivated. Overnight he lost his regular $2,000 per month income in one hit.
Please, understand, this story is true. I had a blog on Blogger that was deactivated. It didn’t have any income stream, in fact, I didn’t even miss it when it was gone, however, it happened, Blogger just removed it. And the worst thing is that Steve’s and my blog had perfectly legitimate information but we were at Blogger’s mercy and there’s nothing we could do about it.
It’s an awful feeling of being out of control that I liken to getting laid off from a traditional job. It leaves you in a “fix” and there’s not a lot you can do about it but start over. Please do not put yourself in the that position and take Yaro and my advice, set-up your own domain with WordPress.ORG software.
If you need help setting up your own blog, you can view Yaro Starak and Gideon Shalwick’s fabulous video series about how to set-up a WordPress blog on your own domain. Here’s the link:
If you’re interested in taking your blogging to the next level, check out Yaro and Gideon’s Become A Blogger Premium Membership. Here’s the link: