Bloggers Are the Biggest Copy Cats
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Over the weekend we saw the rise of two programs that can benefit bloggers, that is Blog Rush and DealDotCom. Over the weekend I also saw nearly every blogger I read (which is a lot) post about these two programs.
Just Because John Chow Does It…
Doesn’t mean your going to make money on a program too. Just because in his next earnings report he will be posting how much he made, doesn’t mean you will. He WANTS you to sign up under him. Then the referrals you get, he will get part of that too. John Chow will tell you that DealDotCom is “one of the best affiliate programs on the net”, but just because he says so, doesn’t make it one.
Offer a Different Point
We saw this in the emergence of the top 100 making money blog list, everyone posted about it. I tried to make my post somewhat different, but I also wanted to mention it because we are a top 20 blog.
However this past weekend I saw tons of posts that were almost duplicate (with different wording). With dozens of other blogs why should I read your post? Why should I sign up under you as a referral? Why are you and the rest of the blogosphere boring me with a post I’ve read 10 times already?
A Shining Light…
I’m becoming more of a fan of Bloggrrl. She wrote the only post that was different from everyone elses. It’s titled Why I Will Not Make Money with DealDotCom. It’s an interesting post and she even got to throw in another affiliate program, that flowed with the post. She is still banking on the hype, but making the post her own.
Why I Didn’t Jump on the Bandwagon
Besides the reasons posted above there are other reasons why I didn’t buy into the hype. Does DealDotCom remind you of anything? Agloco is the first one that came to mind. I’m not saying that they won’t pay, I’m referring to the huge hype before the launch, and then the huge let down once it did launch. I’m not going to tell anyone they can make money off of a site that I’ve never made money on.
With Blog Rush, it’s a bit different. I replaced the mybloglog widget with a blogrush code. Before I posted about “how great Blog Rush is” I wanted to know more about it. Why post about “how much traffic you can get” with blogrush if you don’t even know yourself?
When blogging be unique and different, don’t just throw your post in the bunch. Chances are if you aren’t different from the ‘big guns’ they will get the referrals and you won’t.