It seems that a guy by the name of Marc Galeazzi just paid $10,000 for Bryan Clark’s One Man’s Goal. Marc seems to be an enthusiastic young man but he’s really headed in the wrong direction. I thought I’d throw in my two cents to help Marc out a bit and have an excuse to link some of my older posts and some other sites.
On the Right Track, or Not?
Well, first off, did Marc throw away $10,000? On the surface, yes, he probably did since “Make Money Online” flagship blogs are notoriously poor performers money-wise. There are tons of other ways to make money online that would cost less and make more ranging from making money niche blogging to email marketing to PPC marketing and so forth.
It also would have been cheaper to promote your own, newly created, “Make Money Online” flagship blog. I describe this pattern in my 6 part series called The Secret Guide to Social Blogging Success. Here are the parts:
- Laying the Ground Work for Your Fame Blog
- Launching Your Blog and Building Buzz
- Fake It Until You Make It
- Google Shmoogle
- “The Ramp”
- The End Game
Now, here’s the advantage of buying One Man’s Goal for $10K when you look at in through the lens of my social fame blogging system. Buying an existing blog puts him ahead of the game. He may need to go back a little a build a strong ‘entourage’ (aka link farm aka link cluster) and do a little more faking it but he should be ready to take off on the ramp with a publicity blitz.
The key is that he can’t do what so many others have done and drop the ball. He is well poised on the publicity ramp that will make him into a big time A-List “Make Money Online” blogger. He’s getting buzz, some of it negative but, hey, it’s free publicity. He needs to work this, stay positive in the face of attacks and build his brand by promoting relentlessly. Sure, it will probably cost him another $10K to do this but he will be an A-List “Make Money Online” blogger in the end and it will be all worth it, right?
Now, if Marc gets discouraged at the social fame blog path, I have a remedy there too in this post I did for someone else who had gotten frustrated: Someone Please Tell Me the Secret.
The problem I see is that Marc is totally caught up in the school of thought on “Make Money Online” blogging that will cause him to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on questionable information products and courses. He has already been a victim of this scamming method it seems. Even worse, he’ll probably start partaking in this pattern of building a loyal audience and milking them himself. This is the core of the criticism that Vic and others level at this pattern, it takes advantage of people, particularly people who’re naive about making money online. I think it is important that Marc understands that this is the course he is setting out upon and I’d highly recommend that he change course and take One Man’s Goal in a better direction.
What do you think about the sale of One Man’s Goal and the “Make Money Online” blogging pattern that takes advantage of the naive?
It doesn’t look like things are going so well over there at One Man’s Goal. $27 in revenue and a 2 point PR slap for selling links. Looks like Marc should read more about how to build Social Proof of Making Money Online.
I was doing a little checking tonight and I found that One Man’s Goal is gone now. The domain is in the hands of a Chinese based domainer. I can’t read Chinese so I can’t figure out how much they’re trying to sell it for. It still has some good links since many of them still survive. I just deleted mine though.