16.1.08

On The Internet Trail Of Delusions

Less is more. It applies to most things we do in life, focusing on quality rather than quantity. It applies to the world of blogging as well. It has been proven time and time again that going down this route brings greater, meaningful rewards than going the other way.

But human nature and failings being such, the bigger number tends to gain a greater following than the small number. Overtime, those who are able to see with eyes wide open will change direction and move on to better things. For those still in the herd, it's a continuous journey of self-denial or having delusions of competence. Where do you belong?

It's time for the next post.


There are just too many bloggers around on this planet, and that's just the problem - we all can't be the same in our thinking, outlook and vision. Being a blogger and an observer of the goings-on in the blogosphere, there are things you notice that put a smile on your face or something else that's just not on.

Bloggers suffering from delusory pleasure


The eBook Syndrome


If you have been around the Internet scene long enough, you'll know that ebooks are passe. Think of dinosaurs and you get what I mean. When I first started to surf the Internet several years ago, ebooks were "selling like hot cakes." I bought some when I was a newbie and a noob thinking the secrets they hold will open the door to success as an Internet user.

In retrospect, you realize that information is easily obtainable from the Net if you know where to find it without parting with your silly money. As the blogging world takes on a new dimension, information becomes available everywhere. So less of ebooks is better for you - and your pocket. Only the ones that have quality written all over it should be considered.

But sadly, some bloggers are just not savvy enough to separate the wheat from the chaff. If you are reading some good blogs with down-to-earth informative content, you don't need to read all those ebooks.

Don't show yourself up when you're still a little "wet behind the ears" with your Internet knowledge. You can be easily spotted. For example, when you are not making big money yet, don't be a silly noob trying to teach others how to make dough. 


Also, there are so-called Internet marketers pushing their half-baked ebooks by socializing themselves among social networking circles. Just be wary and take things with a pinch of salt.

I hate to say this but recently there's this Malaysian blogger who tries to make out like he knows a lot by advising his readers to create about 10 free WordPress blogs and put Adsense on them to make money. 


You know bladdy well that WP will slap you down faster than Big G if any ads are found on their free blogs. Pity those newbies who follow this dumb advice. He would have sounded more credible if he had suggested using Blogger blogs. Maybe he got himself all cross-wired.

The Maniacal Post Writer


It is an insanely doctrine passed down by some high-horse bloggers and picked up by some of the newbies and noobs. Write stuff everyday and you'll see more bloggers knocking on your door. The Google bot will be indexing more of your work. You'll be in seventh heaven when you see your pagerank rise in no time. It's all hogwash.

Welcome to the world of the maniacal post writer who has this notion that writing everyday (or almost) is the cardinal rule of blogging in order to rise up in the SERPs. Have you ever noticed that on some of these "non-stop" blogs there are more fluffs and rehash than solid matter? 


I have noticed one blog that keeps coming up with posts of lists - best of this and best of that kind of BS - with outbound links to those sites whose posted articles are on the lists. Do it in a meaningful way then it's okay but not simply slapped them on every other post just to gain some mileage.

These post-a-day writers will run out of steam on worthy articles and then they will start to squeeze in silly interim posts just to make up the number. At the end of the day they are no better than any other average blog except to get a bunch of noobs coming over to say "good post", "great post", "excellent choice" and blah, blah.

38 comments:

Pasty Muncher said...

I found a steady post a week sufficed in order to keep Google and the Gang happy on my previous blog - At the Market with a Pasty Muncher

Jed said...

I deal with a lot of blogs day after day and you are so right when you say that posting everyday is more times then not just posting fluff. In my experience posting daily actually has the reverse effect you want. People get sick of sifting through nonsense to find the good stuff so they just don't and proceed to completely forget about your blog.

Johnny said...

The main problem with bloggers that most of them are so obsessed with making money from their sites that they care more about their SERP and PR and not about the quality of their posts...
Once, having a blog meant to share your thoughts with the world. Your wisest or funnies thoughts. If you were able to also gain money, that's fine with me. Today... well, I guess your post describes it better!

Markk said...

> pasty muncher, jed, johnny: hey guys glad to know we sort of see eye to eye.

Grizzly Brears said...

Hey Markk,

Well said, I can't remember the last time I found an ebook that had something to offer that couldn't already be found for free - if I could think of something original I'd sell an ebook myself - can't see that happening any time soon! Good post Markk.

Andrew said...

You make a lot of valid and really good points. Im struggling from a few things you mentioned. 1st im over posting. And infrequently posting. So often i won't post for 3 weeks and then will post 4 times in a day. Thanks for your advice, im going to try to get myself more strict and into a good pattern.

MTaylor said...

Just a extra note on Ebooks. I agree that most of them are now fairly useless. There are however a couple of exceptions to the rule.

Big well trusted regularly updated Ebooks. For example something like Arron Walls SEO book, all the information in the books is avilable elsewhere what you are actual paying for is to cut out all the bad opinions.

Secondly are very very ninch Ebooks for cheap. Sometimes people have done reearch good detailed research into very specific areas and don't want to just give it away for free. I've brough about 2 of these in the last year and they were great saved me loads of time.

neil strauss said...

We have to be careful these. Anyone could write a blog and claim they are guru's. Those of us who have been around the blogosphere know what advice to consider and what not. However, newbies are easily misguided.

Mark said...

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Perkins Student Loan said...

I couldn't possibly live without those ebooks. How else would I have found out the way to get fabulously rich off of the web?

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Great post, Thanks for the info!

Baby Names said...

I agree that the e-books are a thing of the past. I believe they were get rich quick schemes that scammed alot of people. It may take some time but the same information can be found with a little patience.

Caner said...

Great post, Thanks for the info!

belly dancing said...

I love it! It was helpful for me. Thank you.

Terry said...

I have to agree with Johnny, I like to read blogs, peoples thoughts on things, until I find blogs that are written purely to rank well and make money.

Its nice to see some well written content for a change. Thanks.

Valentine Pony said...

Take it with a large pinch of salt as far as I'm concerned. I've seen some horrendous things being passed off as an ebook.

UK Travel Guide said...

Very nice and useful post :smile: . Thank you I wasn’t aware of much of these articles and blogs.

Cuban Cigar David said...

I agree that it's important to post only articles that offer value. People lose interest if there is no value offering!

Natalia Vasylyk DDS said...

Thanks for these useful blogging tips

Markk said...

> Tatil Koyleri: sorry, had to delete your "comment" in Turkish because it's full of spammy links. Ta, Ta!

Obagi said...

I totally agree with you stance against the 'post everyday or day!' methodology. I see alot of blogs in my work and so many of them have posts that no one would want to read. That is your first problem, write something people will talk about and your rankings will skyrocket!

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I choose quality over quantity. Great number of post doesn't mean great blog. It's quality that count.

PhotoKeeper said...

Some great advice. I am embarking on trying to find the right blogs with useful info that i care about. It is quite difficult to filter through the massive amounts of bloggers out there.

Bose Speakers Systems said...

A lot about what johnny says is definitely true. Heck, sometimes I find myself guilty of that too!

rates on car insurance said...

I run a "for fun" blog that actually gets more traffic than my friends 'make money' blog. I think the difference is that he is posting a lot of generic articles, whereas I am just posting what I think, for fun. Each post is genuine.

Your post really hit the nail on the head.

kamster said...

Hey man, I totally agree with you. The problem is lots of people out there get wayy too involved with programs like PayPerPost, PayU2Post and other things like that; they think "wow. this is a crazy way to get rich quick, lets do it! xD" But then they realize that it's not all fun and games, and that writing sponsored post after sponsored posts will get you nowhere and make you lose the respect of your readers. The best thing to do is to keep a good balance, probably. Otherwise... you'll wind up copying stupid posts from your sisters blog or posting song lyrics all day long.

wow mining guide said...

Boy I hope that ebooks aren't dead. I want to make my fortune hocking them too.

Blackpool Hotels said...

I think too many people look at blogs as if they are personal diaries. They are not because they are open to anyone. Just post an entry when you feel you are ready.

AXA said...

i think the perspective of people make blog, is to make money online. Am i rite? :)

LarryG said...

Good points. Courtney Tuttle's site is one of the most valuable I have found to date, simply because he gives real advice. The ebook scene is over-rated.

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Romancy Pants said...

Good post. I can remember when I first got started into the whole online marketing game. I don't even want to think about all the money I spent on ebooks... Thank goodness for bloggers like Grizz, Vic, and Court. If I hadn't stumbled onto Grizz's blog in the first place, I probably would have thrown in the towel. Thanks for the quality blogs over the quantity blogs guys.

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Brand Naming Company Guy said...

Damn.

I spent ages a couple years back as a maniacal blogger. Wish I had read this way back when. Now I've got a steady and modest stream of dedicated readers who forgive me when I miss a few days...

Horoscope Lover said...

I don't know what I would do without my blogs to keep me occupied and keep me out of trouble. If I make some money so much the better but without my blogs I think I would be terribly bored.

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