'Blogging Won't Make You Money,' Says The Man Who Made Lots Of Money By Blogging

from the yet-another-mainstream-media-attack-on-blogs dept

It wouldn't be too much of an exaggeration to say technology journalist Dan Lyons has a Schizophrenic relationship with blogging. In 2005, he penned Forbes' laughable cover story called "The Attack of the Blogs," but a couple of years later, he was uncovered as the author of the hilarious Fake Steve Jobs blog. Alas, it seems his love-affair with the medium has faltered. In his most recent column for Newsweek, Lyons has a real surprise for everyone hoping to retire on their Google AdSense income: "while blogs can do many wonderful things, generating huge amounts of money isn't one of them." Taking a look at some recent blogging layoffs and his own paltry advertising income as the anonymous impersonator of Apple's CEO, Lyons concludes that growing rich from blogging is a "fairy tale."

What's missing from Lyons' piece, of course, is the great success he experienced as a direct result of blogging. Not only did he receive a big book deal using the same Fake Steve Jobs character he created for the blog, Lyons has been invited to speak and write widely on the topic. Further, it's doubtful that his high-profile switch from Forbes to Newsweek was anything but augmented by his blogging success. While relying on traditional advertising may not be the most promising business plan - especially given today's market - blogging can and does serve as an integral part of the success Lyons and many others seek.

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    PaulT (profile), 9 Feb 2009 @ 8:04am

    Re: google ad money

    Google aren't the only advertising provider, and advertising is far from the only way to make money while blogging (though it is the easiest in terms of setup and maintenance). While there are some bloggers who do very nicely from blogging (albeit usually by running several at once), there are a great number more who use their blogs to generate traffic and interest for their main money-making sites or business. Judging from what Mike's said in the past, you're on one of them now.

    Also, I'd be willing to bet hard cash that most people savvy enough to use Firefox+NoScript wouldn't be clicking on ads to begin with, so the level of lost revenue is probably lower than you think.

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