I started blogging (not so seriously) at around February 2007 and till now my definition and philosophy about blogging has changed enormously. At the beginning, I have been blogging (very rarely) solely for my eagerness of having an online presence and to be able to share some of my perspectives. But as I progress, my knowledge in IT coupled with the blogosphere, has convinced me if blogging is done seriously and with passion, it can lead to assets. Meaning, I can turn my passion into money without compromising my initial ‘way of blogging‘.
On this blog, I make money (just enough to pay my hosting/domain bills) via:
1) Adsense (still using)
2) Text-Link-Ads Affiliate
3) Private deals
The only payment method that I can use are:
Disadvantages Wakish Wonderz Faces
1) No Paypal – This is a BIG blow
I cannot use Paypal, since it has a ‘send-only’ status assigned to my country Mauritius. This is so frustrating and I even wrote about why I think Moneybookers is better than Paypal. Every single payment online is done MOSTLY via Paypal. I have missed out so many great opportunities in making money online just because I cannot receive money via Paypal. Now you can imagine my frustration!
2) Digg banned me.
Digg is a major asset for bloggers in terms of traffic and ‘that’ Digg thing banned me just 3 months of my blogging existence. At that time, I was mainly relying on Digg for traffic. That was another blow.
Due to the nature of the ban, I can proudly say that Digg Sucks Big Time! They don’t have a human touch and hence I think they have a bad philosphy. I emailed them kindly 3 times, the first when I was banned, the 2nd in December 2007 and the last one was in March 2008. Digg has NOT replied to ANY of my kind messages. Another reason to say Digg sucks!
3) StumbleUpon just banned me.
Last friday I was banned by StumbleUpon. Now, compared to Digg, I don’t really blame them. I immediately emailed SU kindly and stating, according to me, why I was banned (I suspect only 1 possible reason). SU replied to me kindly just 12hrs later. They said they appreciate my appeal and that my ban is not of a high severity though they cannot unban me yet because of their ‘internal’ ban process.
Infact I stumbled two of my own articles in a lapse of two months. But according to their rules, I’m not allowed to do so.
Nevertheless, I’m not so happy with SU, since the reason of not unbanning me was pretty lame.
Anyway, SU was a big source of traffic for my site, and needless to say this is another blow and which is having an impact of my present experiments. But anyway, I guess I have to work even harder to achieve my aims.
How ABout You, Any Advice?
Are you experiencing any similar side-effects? Or may be you can just dropped me your opinions and advice..