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I can't get rich online and neither can you. Topics include why you won't get rich with your blog, ideas you wish you had thought of, and other Internet phenomena.

Don't kid yourself...

You want to get rich with your blog? Maybe you think Adsense will let you retire? Sorry, it's not going to happen.

Two Days Left

Well, it’s been fun, but the reserve price for this site has been met and there’s only two days left in the auction.  Soon, someone else will be the proud owner of Can’t Get Rich.

I started this site over a year ago because I thought John Chow was the coolest guy ever.  In the time since then, I’ve learned a great deal about making money online, and most importantly that there are better ways to make money than selling ad space on a blog.  That said, I’ve had a lot of fun writing for this site, producing the podcast, and meeting some of the big names in this “industry”.

I’ll make another post when the auction is over.  Until then, why don’t you check out my new site: GamerBlag - A Community Driven Gaming blog.  Don’t bother to remember the name though; Apparently, I’m violating someone’s trademark and need to pick a new one.

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Anybody Wanna Buy This Site?

Jason is selling his blog.  So is the Sly Guy.  It’s obvious that I’m not doing much with this site anymore, so I might as well jump on the bandwagon too.

Anybody wanna buy CGR?  I’ll part with it for an easy $1,000.

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You’d be Surprised at What You Can Sell Online

Lots of people make money online by writing articles, right?  Trouble is, that’s a tough market to break into.  You’ve got the established, well-respected guys who have tons of satisfied customers, and they can charge pretty much whatever they want.  On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got the monkeys with keyboards and a thesaurus that chage $0.005 per word, driving down the average price and spewing out tons of crap.  Out of sheer boredom, I decided to try to find a happy medium between the two, and possibly make a few bucks in the process.

To be an online content writer, you have to:

  1. Be knowledgeable about a subject
  2. Be able to effectively research a topic
  3. Have a unique writing style

Options one and two left me with very few possible articles (and even fewer clients), so I decided to invest all of my efforts into option 3.  Specifically, I decided to advertise my writing skills as an angry ranting service.  For as little as $0.02/word, I would rant and rave about nearly anything, and wouldn’t you know that I ended up with a pile of orders.  I even had to raise my prices a bit to stem the tide so that I could keep up with everything.

Anger is in no short supply on the Internet, so it beats me why people wanted to purchase my writing style.  Still, money is good so I’m not going to argue.  If you have a unique writing style, try hawking it on DP some time, you might just be surprised.

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If You’re Not Using Prosper202, You’re a Moron

Prosper202 is incredibly awesome.  If you are doing anything more than the simplest forms of PPC, you can’t afford not to use this software.

I’m aware that this is old news, but being the king of poor decisions, I put off using it until a friend of mine brought it up roughly ten thousand times in one conversation.  Knowing that I had nothing to lose and an extra, useless domain kicking around, I installed it and setup some campaigns.

I know P202 has plenty of features, but if I could sum up the whole package in one awesome word, it would be this: Graphs.  So many graphs.  I love graphs.  They show me how my campaigns are doing, which keywords and demographics are working for me, how many clicks I’m getting, what my ROI is, etc.  If you’re a graphophile such as myself, that one feature would make the whole thing worth it.

Without P202, my campaigns would be nowhere near as optimized as they are now.  Thanks to its reporting features, I can easily see and subsequently axe ad groups that aren’t performing well, adjust CPC, and pretty much make the most use of my money.  Just as an example, I’m running a bunch of dating ads on Facebook.  I created a ton of ads for a ton of demographics and let them run for a week.  At the end of the week, my ROI was pretty dismal: 20%.  After looking through my beautiful graphs and reports, I was able to determine which demographics were performing strongly and axed the others.  After doing that, the next week I had a 96% ROI, and nearly as much profit as the previous week.  Much rejoicing was had.

So, in short, go download and install Prosper202.  If you don’t have an extra domain, just buy some cheap .info and stick it on there.  It will more than pay for itself.

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What Happened to Can’t Get Rich?

I’ll tell you what happened: It got bumped down a few rungs on my priorities ladder. First of all, I’m actually making money now. I feel less inclined to update this blog because I’m busy testing things, creating new ads, etc. Secondly, I’m in my final year of college now, and I’m busier than ever. I’m even looking into grad school at the moment, so it’s kinda hard to find time to update when I’ve got a 20 page term paper due in a week.

Believe me, I feel bad. It really feels like I’m letting my readers down (all 250ish of you. How did that happen?). I’d love to update more, but even when I find time to, I can’t come up with any ideas. I still don’t feel like I’m qualified to give anybody advice (not quite a SUPER AFFILIATE or GURU or PRO yet), and all of my hatred and vitriol is being wasted at work and in class.

In short, I don’t know what the futures holds for this site. Maybe I’ll feel compelled to start updating regularly again soon, but I really don’t know. I’d suggest heading over to Wickedfire in the meantime and searching for inspiration there.

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