Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

Summary: Have you been waiting for my making money series to really kick off? I'm sorry for the wait. It is on the way and I wanted to address it here.

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Crow on the cob.

Crow on the cob.

After receiving numerous comments and emails from eager and angry individuals who have been waiting for the first part of my "making money online" series to kick off, I just want to take a few minutes to respond to everyone and explain myself. If you don't want to take the time to read, then the short version of this post is that I greatly apologize for letting some of you down who have been waiting, but the series IS still on and I AM diligently working on it now that I have things sorted.

For those who care a bit more about the issue, the primary reasons for the delay are two-fold:

1 - Formatting issues for the series: I've wrestled much more than I'd hoped to with how to approach the series. It was a no-brainer that it would consist of multiple parts, but I had no idea how many times I would completely rewrite just the first part. Initially, it was a 4000 word monster to consist of screen shots and baby steps. That felt a bit pretentious and once I got so far in, there was just no end in sight; thus, it was time to start over.

While I want to be thorough, I don't want to reinvent the wheel; it's not necessary and I fear that information overload will occur if I don't focus on brevity. (It's REALLY EASY to hit information overload with this topic). I want to make the parts concise, yet informative. I want to give plenty of links out to great resources and leave it up to the reader to engage further in any given facet based on what they read from me.

2 - Feeling like a fraud: You know, there's something strange that happens sometimes when you write for a wide audience. I had never experienced this until writing for ZDNet, and it's the worst feeling ever. Essentially, it's where you feel like you're a fraud who is just BSing everyone. Even though I have successfully used ALL of the techniques I'm going to cover; even though I LOVE freely teaching people things that others charge a premium for; even though I KNOW the series will do a lot of good for the right people who read it, I still feel like the end result will be a disappointment. Well, I'm finally over that where this series is concerned, so I'm extremely clear-headed once again and ready to fulfill my initial promises.

I understand I have let some of you down for not yet following through with what I started. I've had people understandably accuse me of everything from thieving page views with my introductory post, to being an absolutely horrible human being. While neither are the case, I understand the frustration. And in a day and age where companies like Sony and Nintendo remain silent when the s#*% hits the fan, I don't want to be perceived as someone who doesn't address issues. As such, I decided to write this post in response to everyone who has been patiently-to-angrily waiting on the series to actually kick off.

Here I've eaten my crow, but I hope I find understanding from most of you as opposed to unbridled harsh criticism. Believe me when I say I want to get this stuff out and in front of as many people as possible, as soon as possible. I'm excited at the prospect of helping others while not asking for a single thing in return, so if nothing else, just consider the wait time thus far to be the only price you have to pay where this whole thing is concerned.

Now that my ducks are in a row with the series, I will have the first part posted this Friday, June 17th. To give you a heads-up, the first part discusses ads and focuses primarily on Google AdSense. The aim is to form a foundation for people who have no idea how the Internet operates on ads -- much less, how to monetize their own site with ads so as to make money. Future parts will discuss various money-making endeavors with niche blogging, affiliate programs, marketplaces like eBay, and much more.

Thank you for reading and I once again apologize for the delays. We'll get this party started by the end of the week. Thanks for your patience, everyone!

-Stephen Chapman SEO Whistleblower

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  • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

    No complaints from me (I'm pretty patient). Glad you are still going to 'bring it'! Looking forward to your insights...
    1019902735
    • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

      @1019902735 Absolutely. Hopefully I won't disappoint! The first part is honestly the most arduous and technical. I know a lot of people reading won't quite grasp the ad ecosystem and how it all works, but I'm going to try really hard to lead by example in future parts, where the first part is a lot of asking for the reader to study up and follow my advice in preparation for upcoming parts.

      Thanks for your patience!
      StephenChapman
  • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

    Looking forward to it Stephen. Thanks for sharing.
    mcfortman@...
    • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

      @mcfortman@... Hey, thanks for keeping up and for understanding! I certainly do appreciate it. :)
      StephenChapman
      • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

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  • Credibility

    Stephen, I'd like to know how much money you make every month with the SEO strategies you will be teaching. Please give us this number, Net. There are a lot of Internet marketing noobs out there that will be taking your "lessons" as gospel and I think you should prove you are a credible authority on the subject.
    TheMonarch
    • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

      @TheMonarch First, I'm not going to be teaching SEO strategies -- though I will cover some for the sake of promotion. Second, providing figures is perhaps one of the most lame approaches to this, in my humble opinion. The first thing I think of when I see someone "proving" how much they supposedly make, is "this person is trying too hard."

      I'm not promising that anyone will get rich; I'm just going to be providing legit methods people can follow to make money online. Whether any given thing I cover will be applicable for someone will be up to them to decide.

      -Stephen
      StephenChapman
      • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

        @StephenChapman Exactly. Proof by example isn't really proof.
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  • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

    Thanks for explaining Stephen. Many others wouldn't bother but at least your morals are still intact. I commend you and await your article.
    I know I was one of the ones that ostracized ( albeit politely) you for not completing your series in a timely manner and apologize for any grief it may of caused you.

    Thanks
    Steven
    saltsq16@...
    • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

      @saltsq16@... Apology accepted, but I certainly don't blame you or anyone else who had good reason to put the press on me after so long of waiting! I figured that a public explanation would work best in this scenario and I'm glad to see that no one has given me too hard of a time for it (yet, lol).

      I hope you feel the wait was worth it, even if you don't feel that way until future parts. :)

      -Stephen
      StephenChapman
  • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

    While we're on complaining ;-) where is the 2nd part of the "becoming a search ninja" series (or did I miss something) ?
    & THANKS for a great blog!!!
    ygranger@...
    • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

      @ygranger@... hahaha. Yeah, that's another one I really need to get around to. It will be a significantly deeper dive and more example-laden part, that's for sure. Now that I have some case studies out there like my Harvard posts and my SSN tax document post, they will allow me to take people through some rather intense and exciting examples.

      Definitely looking forward to doing that part; just need to find the time and focus for it! Worst case, the next part for that is 2 months out, so that should give you a loose time frame at the very least. :)

      Thanks for reading my blog!

      -Stephen
      StephenChapman
  • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

    Thanks Stephen for the update. Hopefully, people can understand your situation and wait a little bit longer for the article. I'm sure it'll be worth the wait.

    By the way, thank you for the great blog work! I honestly have to say I've enjoyed reading some of your articles. Keep up the great work!

    -Steve
    coolmac76@...
    • RE: Eating crow: My making money online series and its delays

      @coolmac76@... Thanks for the encouraging words and for keeping up with my articles! I certainly do hope the wait will be worth it for you. I'm excited for the final product after posting all the parts I plan to post and I hope to hear some success stories one day from people who found the advice useful! :)

      -Stephen
      StephenChapman
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