Contact Form Freak of the Week

From time to time I get some clueless submissions to my contact form. Here’s a new one:

Hi… my doubt is very basic.. actually i m new to blogging world so i m confused about what to blog,  can u suggest some topic which can help me to make some easy money

My advice:

  1. Buy my book.
  2. Blogging isn’t easy money.
  3. Start a blog.
  4. Buy the book.
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About Andy Wibbels

Andy is an award-winning blogger and author of the book Blogwild! A Guide for Small Business Blogging. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Wired, Business Week, Forbes, and other national and international media. He was worked at several San Francisco startups including Typepad, Get Satisfaction, SInMobi, Keas, and Mindjet. Currently, Andy is Director of Marketing at Lucidworks. Tw · Fb · G+ · Li

6 thoughts on “Contact Form Freak of the Week

  1. Leesa Barnes

    I can relate. Here’s one that came through to my inbox about a week ago:
    “Leesa, how do I make money with a podcast? BTW, I don’t have time to read your book.”

  2. Elizabeth M. Johnson

    I, too, can relate except what I get are emails with a lot of in-depth questions that take serious time and consideration to answer… and no willingess from the sender to put in that time! It’s less about clueless and more about laziness, I think.

  3. Apoorv Khatreja

    We’ll it’s nice that you spent a lot of time and wrote down all your ideas in a book for people who are new to the blogosphere, but as a writer, isn’t it your responsibility to give the customers a reason to buy your book? Shouldn’t you make a small summary of your book, for people who don’t want to read the whole thing and just want the crux? You should offer a short or concise version too.

  4. Sharon Sarmiento

    Yup, I don’t think it’s that there is not enough free info available on Andy’s blog or the web (there’s bunches) –there are just people who don’t want to invest the time into making something work, people who are looking for a magic bullet that will let them get free, quick money, which is not to be found in blogging.

  5. Apoorv Khatreja

    @Andy Wibbels
    Totally agree with you. That’s the main reason I never liked the whole ‘make money online’ chain of blogs. Their titles and descriptions say “Make $5000 per month” sitting at home, while if you really come to reading the content, it is plain and simple blogging plus marketing and SEO techniques. It’s a slow, slow process, and not everyone has enough talent to blog about topics that people want to read about.


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