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Are All New Bloggers Dumb?

Ok, maybe that is a bit harsh but sometimes I wonder. I’ll give you some examples of my blogging pet peeves that I found from surfing different blogs. Now I know the situation is not exactly the same for every blogger and some of these examples might be alright in certain cases. Generally, however, these things just scream that you are new and well, not so smart.

1) This one irritates me the most and is actually the catalyst for this post. I see so many new blogs that have a blogroll something like this one:

OK, so, that blogroll belongs to a blog that is less than 2 months old and has linked to John Chow, ProBlogger, Shoemoney, Tyler Cruz, and Zac Johnson. WHY do you do that???? Why do you give them free advertising????

  • Do you think those guys are going to come read your blog just because you linked to theirs?
  • Do you think they are then going to link back to yours and write about you and tell all their readers about this great new blog they have found?
  • Do you think that those guys are going to thank you for linking to their blogs?
  • Do you think they are going to go and ask you to guest blog on their blog?
  • Do you think they are going to want to be your friend and ask you to hang out with them?
  • Do you think they are going to take a personal interest in you and your blog once they find out that you have done them the honor of linking to them?
  • In case you don’t know, the answer to all these questions is that they will never, ever acknowledge you.

2) Why would you put a widget on your blog that tells everyone you hardly get any visitors? Why would you not take this off and wait until you do get some visitors!

3) Why would you put your sad feedburner stats right there for everyone to see. Don’t you understand that it is telling everyone that you have no readers? Here are two examples that immediately tell everyone your blog is new or dead:

4) Why on earth would you display a badge that tells the world that you have an unpopular blog? In the one below, are you proud that you are #261 out of about 280? Is that something to brag about? Lets all chant now: Yay, I’m #261, I’m #261, I’m #261.

5) Most bloggers have absolutely nothing original to say. So, they rely on other blogs and report what they see. Do you think I am going to read your blog when all you do is parrot what others are saying or doing? When you write something like is shown below I know you have absolutely nothing to say and I won’t return!


6) And finally, why would you tell the world about how little you have made online? In the case below, do you actually think I will read your blog after finding out that you have made a whole $269 in 21 weeks?

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  • 1

    Wow that’s brilliant. I wish i wrote this.

    Especially the part of linking to bloggers that you have never even spoken to, or they dont even know the blog linking to their blog even exists. I agree why give them traffic? Rather make friends with someone who needs the traffic and help each other’s blogs grow.

    esvl on December 27th, 2007
  • 2

    Stop picking on the little guys. Do you have nothing else to blog about?

    Deborah Robinson on December 27th, 2007
  • 3

    LOL, actually you are correct. I don’t have anything else to blog about right at the moment so this post falls under category #5. I understand if you never return here.

    The newbies all linking to John Chow does bug the hell out of me though.

    DayJobNuker on December 27th, 2007
  • 4

    Nice post. I couldn’t agree more. I see this happen way too often.

    Chris Jacobson on December 27th, 2007
  • 5

    A lot of times, reporting old news is not only the fact that someone might have nothing to say, but the result of them wanting to drop a lot of trackbacks. Which also doesn’t work. Boo.
    And yes, the John Chow comment, much like any anti John Chow comment, is excellent.

    SlightlyShadySEO on December 28th, 2007
  • 6

    At what point do you think it’s ok to publicize the number of RSS subscribers you have? I’d heard 50 was a good number, but what do you and others think?

    Jason Peck on December 28th, 2007
  • 7

    I’d go with at least 100 for RSS subscribers before you put the chicklet up. I guess 50 would be the very, very bottom number.

    DayJobNuker on December 28th, 2007
  • 8

    That is such a great post. and one that really needed to be said. I dont understand why people would post an rss count so small. I mean I still havent posted my rss count.

    Thomas Sinfield on December 28th, 2007
  • 9

    You have been such a good sport in response to my comment, I will have to put you on my blogroll LOL.

    Deborah Robinson on December 28th, 2007
  • 10

    Amusing post – on the most part. By the way, linking to the bigger blogs work sometimes – I ‘tricked’ John Chow into visiting mine when I was a week or two old after I linked to one of his posts in a ‘Best of the Week’ roundup. The trick is to link to one of the posts, especially if you’re one of the first to do so; whilst you may not get the owner of the blog in question to visit, the very least you’ll get is a trackback – not bad on a highly trafficked blog, heh. 😈

    The University Kid on December 28th, 2007
  • 11

    Great post… it.

    I think some of these guys would bend over for the Panda killer if he asked them too.

    Maybe we could make a flash video out of it and become backlink superstars over night.

    TheBlogEntrepreneur on December 28th, 2007
  • 12

    Good post! How do you feel about Entrecard? Only about 1% of traffic I get through them actually sticks around on my site.

    Budgetboy on December 28th, 2007
  • 13

    Love the article. Very funny and well written! 🙂

    Cufflinks on December 28th, 2007
  • 14

    I feel the same way you do about Entrecard traffic although I think a few people have discovered my blog through it.

    At least it keeps some people coming back to drop cards and a post or two might catch their attention.

    DayJobNuker on December 28th, 2007
  • 15

    You make several good points. In my experience many new bloggers get stuck in having nothing original to say so they rely on pointing to other people’s content.

    Reverse Phone Lookup on December 28th, 2007
  • 16

    As Blogs are becoming more and more important for website owners to receive a free backlink to their own site, pointless blogs and posts will unfortunately become more prevalent, making finding something that’s actually useful nigh on impossible.

    Roy on December 29th, 2007
  • 17

    I’m not sure what I said but I’m guessin’ it wasn’t much given my knowledge of how I say things, but yet again, this blog erases a post made. I guess I’ll delete my subscription and any and all connections to it. NO need to be any more of a one way street than it apparently is!

    Tommy on December 29th, 2007
  • 18

    I have never to my knowledge seen a post from you but adios I guess.

    DayJobNuker on December 29th, 2007
  • 19

    I posted on this thread once earlier, but on another one once before that. No big deal….Pretty sure it won’t kill either of us…LOL


    Tommy on December 29th, 2007
  • 20

    I think the most of the new blogger are just inspired to earn. not to maintain the quality of the blog. they don’t even try to do better in blogging but try to earn in easy way.

    They are really dumb.

    Appleiphone forum on December 29th, 2007
  • 21

    Great post! Maybe stupid is not the right word…

    I think they are “submissive”. They show their inferiority to the big bloggers and hope to accepted under their rule.

    I bow to you, oh, great blogger… 😉

    Tomaz on December 29th, 2007
  • 22

    So do you forget what it was like when you first “discovered” money blogs? I remember when I felt I had hit the “jackpot” when I discovered chow, shoe, dosh, etc… (yes, we’re on first nickname basis, LOL).

    So linking to them on a blogroll for a NEW blogger is a way for them to have quick access to the sites…maybe they don’t know about RSS feed readers and other ways to keep a running talley.

    Everyone sorts out there own blog personalities given enough time…

    Suzanne of New Affiliate Discoveries on December 29th, 2007
  • 23

    That’s why no new bloggers make any money online. They are too busy reading the rubbish put out by the self serving A-list bloggers who don’t tell you a damn thing about making money online.

    Look at Darren’s stupid post on blogging and grass growing. So now everyone is going to go out and keep blogging for years on end hoping that someday their blog will become way popular and they will make tons of money like he does. It’s just not going to happen and he is hurting a lot of people by writing that.

    And then there is the most self centered jerk ever created in the name of Chow. Don’t get me started with that guy….

    DayJobNuker on December 29th, 2007
  • 24

    John Chow is over rated.

    esvl on December 29th, 2007
  • 25

    DJN, I don’t disagree with your most recent post. I’ve only just within the past few months, realized that my blog linked above, is just a sounding board for OTHER methods of earning money online. I’ve had a complete re-orientation of thinking in terms of internet marketing…and I”m trying to convey what I learn in my own blog. It didn’t take long for me to see that “mimicking” the big blogs wasn’t going to cut it for the little blog. Fortunately, I read John Chow’s free ebook very early, and if anyone bothers to do that, it’s clear that he had a marketable and useful resource in his original tech blog, and that his “value” as a web persona certainly did NOT originate from his current bloggign activities.

    But was I dumb? I don’t think so. It just took a blog like yours and a few others to help me shift my thinking!

    Suzanne of New Affiliate Discoveries on December 29th, 2007
  • 26

    “Dumb” probably wasn’t the correct word. “naive” would have been a better word but “dumb” gets more attention so I used that.

    DayJobNuker on December 29th, 2007
  • 27

    Ha ha ha. I love the style of this post. I think dumb was the right word to use for blogging purposes. But they are really just uneducated.

    DJ Nelson on December 29th, 2007
  • 28

    Great points here, I’ve noticed that Blogroll link thing a lot too. I do display the Top 100 45n5 sticker on my site, but mainly as a gauge to show how the blog improves. I understand what you mean if it’s like #250 or so… Happy New Year 2008!

    The Monetizer on December 30th, 2007
  • 29

    LOL, that was a funny read. However you did point out a whole lotta useful tips. Something all new bloggers should read or know about. Will keep this post in mind if I ever do start a blog of my own. Thanks!

    domeinregistratie on December 31st, 2007
  • 30

    That was really funny but I can feel your frustration. In fact, I share it. Newbies will learn in time what linking is all about and how A-listers only hang out with each other.

    Newbies genuinely don’t have a clue about these things. They think that by linking to A-listers on their blogroll, visitors will be impressed. Maybe only other newbies are impressed, so they do that too.

    Newbies can come to my blog instead 😀

    online money maker on January 1st, 2008
  • 31

    I think to some extent, the answer to your question is a resounding Yes … all new bloggers are “stupid”. Including most of us, when we were brand new.

    It’s easy to surf around the blogosphere NOW, rolling our eyes and shaking our heads. But, for all but the very smart (or more likely very lucky), it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine that we could have been one of these examples had this post been made a few months, or in some cases a few years ago.

    I have no problem with dumb noobies … you learn by making mistakes.

    I now reserve my eyerolls for people who’ve been doing this for long enough that they should know better.

    … and even then, we’re all still likely to mess things up from time to time.

    Keep havin FuN!

    Todd Morris on January 1st, 2008
  • 32

    I actually found your post through Blogging Zoom, and it gave me a good laugh and a reminder poke to not do some of what you’ve mentioned above (ever again..) Very well put!

    Telling It Like It Is on January 1st, 2008
  • 33

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  • 34

    They may also link to well known blogger because that’s who they read. Many new bloggers may use their sidebar as a collection of their favorite links — what they read on a daily basis. It’s a way to personalize the blog and use it more as a home page than a tool to generate revenue.

    Cromely on January 2nd, 2008
  • 35

    guilty! 🙂

    I’ve already removed them. thanks!

    Rome on January 2nd, 2008
  • 36

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  • 37

    Point 6 was amusing 🙂 I’ve encountered many such posts. Still, if a webmaster makes anyone at all which is completely passive income then even $269 in 21 weeks would be worth noting. That is, if no work whatsoever was invloved (other than initially setting it up).

    Melbourne Mortgage Brokers on January 8th, 2008