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You Can’t Get Rich if You Can’t Deal With Criticism

My guest post over at the Cow’s blog has drawn a fair amount of flak from his readers. True, the post itself was fairly cynical, but that was kind of the point. Starting a brand new blog in the ‘make money online’ niche is difficult to do, and most people don’t go about it in the right way. Of course, that hasn’t stopped the critics from loudly proclaiming that I have no idea what I’m talking about, and that making money online is as easy as breathing. Where I tried to be specific, they see only broad declarations. You know what all of this has taught me? You need to know how to deal with criticism.

Some basic rules

  1. Never lash out. When people disagree with you or call you a fool, your first impulse will be to counter their argument with one of your own, and possibly insult their intelligence in the process. Smother that impulse. This is what as known as a ‘flame war’ online, and flame wars never turn out well. It’s childish, and it will damage your credibility. When people try to bait me with harsh or unfounded criticism, I give them the Teller treatment: Just stay silent. Besides, silence will probably annoy them more than outright arguing.
  2. Respond to libel. So far I’ve had two people call me out on their blogs, saying that I am a hypocrite for ‘making money with his blog while telling others it’s impossible’. In a situation like this, it’s alright to break your silence. I left a note on each of those blogs, explaining that I don’t make any money with this site. My reviews are free, my ad spots are free, and as you can see, I don’t have any money-generating ads anywhere on this site. Once I hit an average of 1,000 readers per day, that may change, but for now, this site is powered 100% by sarcasm and green tea, not money.
  3. Let them say what they want. Don’t forget, the right to free speech does not include the right to be taken seriously. When somebody calls me a fool, I go to their site and take a look at their comment count and/or RSS subscriber count. Most of the time, the loudest complainers have subscribers in the single digits, so I’m not too worried about what they have to say.
  4. Don’t be afraid of criticism. Go ahead and write something that people aren’t expecting. My guest post currently has 51 comments, more than all of the other recent guest posts on Cow’s site. Be bold and write what your truly believe, especially if it’s out of the ordinary. Generate some outrage.

There’s no such thing as bad press

Thanks to the Moo Man, a lot more people now know that this site exists. They know that, when a new blogging product or service comes out and everybody else is praising its virtues, one site will be pointing out all of its flaws. They know that I’m not just rehashing everything John Chow or Shoemoney has to say. They know that I am unique, and you know what? That’s why I’ll be successful while others fail.

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3 Responses to “You Can’t Get Rich if You Can’t Deal With Criticism”

  1. Rhys Says:

    I’m beginning to get a lot more critism. I think it’s a sign of succesfulness. Your guest post was ace by the way, hence why I’m here. I loved the way the comments were all “Yeah, I make money”. You know when police collar drink drivers and they try to act sober but end up giving themselves away as drunks? That’s what they sounded like. They’re poor, but by saying “yeah, I’m a succesful blogger”, they end up giving themselves away.

    I’ve been blogging for 5 years, and make about enough money to cover my beer for the month. Some people consider it to be unsuccessful, but you try telling me that when I’m drunk on a Friday ;)

  2. C-Squared Says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention Sam Freedom :P


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