Why I’m keeping my job for the moment

By | November 17, 2007

Of late, I have been having a lot of time constraints due to work, and I regret not being able to update my blog as often as I should. Maybe some might think that I am a full time blogger, but to be honest, I am not. As much as I would like to be a “pro blogger,” it takes a lot of time to blog something useful.

I definitely don’t belong in the “auto blogger” group, and if I don’t think a topic is worth airtime, than I likely won’t be talking about it.

Now here is an anti “make money online” reason, and I’m going to buck the trend, and list one good reason why keeping your job is worthwhile, and this is because of the “changing rules.” It’s worthwhile to keep that in mind. Ok, that’s just one, sole reason I could think of, but for the moment it’s good enough for me.

Let’s take for example the latest Google PageRank update. Yes, another mini update happened just very recently, in addition to the previous one, and there were further devaluations of PageRank on many sites. Blogs doing paid reviews seemed to be PageRank slapped again.

So much for paid links, and now – paid reviews.

Alright, some may argue that PageRank doesn’t matter. But for paid reviews, PageRank was one of the main criteria for getting a successful paid review bid since advertisers wanted a backlink to their site.

But what about those companies who do not state PageRank as a criteria? Well, if you’re not TechCrunch, and you have zero PageRank, would any advertiser be interested in you? Each paid post might only be worth a few dollars. So, you’ll need a lot of paid posts to earn something. Also as a reader, would you read a blog that has paid reviews on it? Darren Rowse of Problogger ran an interesting poll on paid reviews a short while ago.

Since I don’t do paid reviews, it might be a while before I even consider “pro blogging,” but for many small professional bloggers, doing paid reviews was one of their main income sources. Back to the drawing board…

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