The wolves target sheep bloggers.
I'll admit that I want to make money blogging. I see myself as a professional writer. Do you too?
I dream of blogging away on my MacBook, sitting on the porch of a forested cabin, the day warm and sunny. Had similar visions? Maybe involving the beach instead?
But, I'll be damned before I become one of the ravenous wolves that feed on bloggers in order to make that lifestyle possible. These wolves drink from the jugular of innocent and insecure bloggers, who only long for a bit of success.
The wolves have become so numerous that they feed upon each other, willing to bleed their own kin to make a buck.
Not sure what I'm talking about? Try a Google search for "blogging" or "writing," and you will see the wolves leap from dark dens to nab you. The list Google returns will be full of wolves, concealing their beady eyes and sharp teeth.
Few websites discuss blogging or writing unless they have essential, expensive products to pitch. Many are motivated to exploit other bloggers and get rich. Try to find a writing or blogging website that has not targeted you specifically to latch onto your money. It's difficult.
This is to be expected, I suppose, because these are businesses after all. But, writers are extremely vulnerable, naively believing anyone who promises a quick route to fame. We have fragile self-esteems and seek validation. Bloggers are easy prey.
Lila Moore has addressed the problem of scams for writers and bloggers:
These days, writers face a range of scams from mildly annoying to lethal. Deadly scams are ones which can destroy your bank account, your credibility, or your ability to profit from your work. Not all of these scams are perpetrated solely by malicious outsiders: some of these scams only work because the authors themselves are complicit and some of these scams are perpetrated by the authors themselves.
Scammers use psychology to lure you in.
Blogging and writing sites know the psychology of the novice writer, smelling the sheep blogger's hunger to get a first break. The businesses are master manipulators who find writers to be easy pickings.
Everything I read about writing is stealth content advertising, exploiting the hopes of novice writers. If a blog discusses writing, the intent is to sell you expertise, secrets, or connections. They claim that you can become a six figure blogger too. The websites tell you how easy it is, but the reality is that six figures blogging or writing requires extremely hard work and only a select few are capable or lucky.
I read article after article only to find by the conclusion that the whole post is a marketing ploy to sell me an ebook, an expert workshop, a webinar, or an advanced class. And, the websites are run by psychological wizards of persuasion, convincing you each time that if you just spend $40 dollars more, you'll really start making money. Wealth will be easy.
Even worse, if the blogger considers himself an expert, he'll charge up to $500 for his advanced courses.
If you are a newbie, you don't recognize the wolves that thirst after your time, attention, and money. They are everywhere, luring you in with psychologically sophisticated bating.
You might be a naive blogger who continues to ignore the fact that the wolves are cutting into your marrow, while you fork out money and time that you cannot afford to spend. Take heart in the fact that the wolves don't actually want you to die. If they can keep you alive, you'll continue feeding them.
If you are one of the wolves, you can attempt to defend yourself in the comments. You are shameless, pretending that you are not part of the problem, that you are clean of blood.
I understand that businesses like these have the freedom to operate this way, but I simply contend that the exploitation is malicious. They have found a way to get rich by taking money from fellow writers.
Try these strategies to avoid exploitation.
So, I have put together some advice for you who are considering spending money on any service that purports to make you rich or famous:
So, I am not saying all writing blogs are bad, just that they are overwhelming in number and in persuasive tactics, and naive bloggers are often taken advantage of. I make use of free materials, but am skeptical of products and services being sold.
Below, I provide some resources with more information about this subject, and they also happen to be great writing sites:
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