Some Interesting LIES in Blogging.

By | 16th December 2013

Lies, lies, lies these are indeed abound in this world. I once one read quote which went somehow like this, if one lie is told, an additional 7 lies are needed just to defend that particular lie.

This made me remember what happened to Little Johnny whiles we were in class.

Little Johnny  was caught red-handed by our principal writing ‘May God punish my principal’.

Principal: What nonsense are you writing? (about to Slap Little Johnny).

Little Johnny: Sir, I have not finished it.

Principal: (angry) What do you mean. You are abusing me and you say you have not finished. Are you mad?

Little Johnny: This is not what I wanted to write.

Principal: So what did you want to write?

Little Johnny: I wanted to write ‘May God punish my principal’s enemies’.

This is how smart Little Johnny defended himself some years back whiles we were in school. So in his quest to detect when lies are being told or not, he went to far away to China to purchase one particular robot which slaps anytime you tell a lie.

He decided to test it.

Little Johnny: Son, where were you today?

Son : At School. (Robot slaps son!) Ok, I lied, I went to the movies.

Little Johnny: Which one?

Son: Toy Story. (Robot slaps son again!)Ok, it was porn movie.

Little Johnny: What! When I was your age, I never watched such….Robot slaps Dad!

Mom : Haha! After all he’s your son. (Robot slaps mom!!)

Total silence…..

Hahaha! As total silence has set in the family of Little Johnny, I guess it will be prudent to concern ourselves with the reason behind this post.

Some interesting lies in this blogosphere is what we intend discussing. There have being soo many myths in this blogosphere and the lies in this blogosphere are more than abound.

#Lie number 1- You can only succeed with only a dot com.

There seems to be a growing menace at the rate dot coms are being sought after. Without a dot com, many do feel their blogs aren’t going to succeed but that is far from the truth. I do see blogging as a matter of branding and not how long or nice your domain sounds.

Blogging success all depends on not working hard but rather working smart as well. Depending on a dot com to succeed  is one of the greatest lies you could feed your brains with.

#Lie number 2- WordPress is a prestigious platform than Blogger.com

I know this will be an endless argument but please let face the fact, all of these platforms are indeed great but making it look as if wordpress is a better platform than blogger is indeed funny. Following such lie of course brought me to wordpress as if the fact that the likes of John Chow are using it will guarantee me an automatic success. I learnt all that I knew about blogging through blogger.com and just like most bloggers, I followed one of those lies and moved to wordpress. I achieved more and learnt more through blogger.com and I guess many bloggers including myself would have being far in this blogging world than where we currently find ourselves if one paid more attention to blogger.com .hahaha!

#Lie number 3- Adsense is all that you need to make money

That is another interesting lie. Bloggers in general have being made to believe that in their quest to making online, Adsense is all that they need. But as I always put it, there is more to it. Adsense is one part of it but there is simply more.

The general believe that Adsense is what one needs in order to make money online makes me laugh. I strongly did believe in such lie myself. Therefore going in all out just to boast my Adsense but all of these resulted in nothing other than frustrations and lamentations.

Your Turn.

Let me apply the brakes here for you to take over. Those eyes of mine are already heavy and are yearning for some sleep. It is 1 am already and I think it will be better if you take over the discussion in telling us what you make and think of this post by commenting below.

57 thoughts on “Some Interesting LIES in Blogging.

  1. Piyush Mathur

    Hi Cudjoe!

    Sorry for going off topic, but the picture kinda distracted me!

    Where is Obama looking in the picture? Is he being naughty?

    I wonder what his wife will think?

    Piyush

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    1. Kingsley

      Hey Piyush, I noticed you shared this on Kingged.com again. You seem to really like little Johnny and want to spread the word about his funny jokes, :)

      About the Obama picture, it’s not what you think. There’s a YouTube video somewhere showing what really happened, so get your mind out of where you, or Cudjoe, took it to, :)

      About this article though, interesting points raised by Cudjoe. There are certainly many more lies out there that keep bloggers down. But what I have to say is that what might be a lie to one blogger might end up being the truth to another blogger, so to each his own, I’d say.

      Anyway, thanks to Piyush for sharing this on Kingged.com and also going ahead to tweet about it. And thanks to Cudjoe for yet another series of little Johnny jokes.

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      1. Piyush Mathur

        Hi Kingsley,

        I never saw that video, but this picture is very misleading. It is very funny, couldn’t help not making fun of it.

        Piyush

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      2. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

        Hi Kingsley,

        Thanks as well for your comment and for the clarification.

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    2. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Piyush,

      I guess Kingsley has brought in another dimension to the picture. I am of course going to check out that video.

      Thanks for sharing the post on kingged.com

      Reply
  2. Sunday

    Ha ha ha! funny story about Little Johnny and his family. I guess the robot would have slapped itself at a point if the story had continued :).

    Coming back to the topic of discussion. I strongly believe that blogging lies are right about us. To escape these lies it is crucial to face the fact that blogging is a not get rich quick scheme and that it is an avenue of creating value and getting rewarded for the value created.

    The reality of blogging lies is that what works for one person may not work for another. Any blogger who has succeeded with a platform, strategy, or plan will recommend same a “truth” and this would become a “lie” for another person.

    I found this post in kingged.com and left the above comment as my thoughts.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor

    http://kingged.com/some-interesting-lies-in-blogging-2/

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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Sundey,
      Building from your experience as a blogger should be the prime focus as instead of following what others have to say.

      Thanks for the add up!

      Reply
  3. Kumar Chandan
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    Hi, Emmanuel,
    Once again very interesting post. :)
    I loved the joke in between the blog of Little Johny and robot.
    Now, coming to the point about blogging lies.
    Blogging is all about building good relation, so it doesn’t matter Dot com or DOT ORG. Yes, there is a myth that we can make money only through Google Ad sense but still there are copious way to earn money on internet like through your online business, affiliated marketing or sponsored review.

    Thank You very much for busted the myth. :)
    Have a great week ahead. :)
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Do have a great week as well bro and thanks for your comment.

      Building relationship is the key!

      Reply
    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      I am glad someone like Roland rice also commented.

      Reply
  4. Nosa E Nosa

    Hello Emmanuel,

    Let me first say that I found that picture really hilarious! It’s old but pictures revive memories, it like it happened yesterday. I hope the silence in Little Johnny home won’t prevent him from making an appearance again.. lol.

    I agree with all your points, but I have my reservation of Blogger vs WordPress. They both have their bragging rights, but one who decides to be a technical blogger must have intimacy with WordPress.

    Nice article buddy, enjoy the rest of the day. :)
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Little Johnny will of course be coming back.

      Just look at how Sarkozy was looking as Obama. Thanks for your

      comment bro and do have a nice day as well.

      Reply
  5. Adesanmi Adedotun

    Hi Emmanuel,

    Little Johnny again, I guess the whole family is a great lier… Imaging the robot slapping Johnny’s mummy for saying he’s our son! The perspective of placing WordPress ahead of blogger is one of the most rampant discussion in blog-o-sphere but I so much believe in the saying that brand says it all. AdSense, hmmm! Anyway, I don’t really need to argue this as many bloggers make both ends meet from affiliate program.
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      I guess Little Johnny will be on look out for the real father of his son.

      Branding is of course key! Do have a great weak bro!

      Reply
    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Do have nice week Samir and thanks for your comment.

      Reply
  6. Lisa

    Hi Cudjo – loved the photo :) I would add that bloggers who claim they make lots of money from blogging immediately or even in their first year – I would be leary to believe them. Unless they are working 24/7 just on blogging I would be very suspicious! I would have to stay WordPress because I know a blogger who had his Blogger blog taken down by Google. (That made up my mind of recent as I do like the Blogger platform) Great story and topic for discussion.
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      I hardly believe such things as well Madam Lisa.

      There is of course rampant lies with respect to how newbie bloggers claim to be making this or that amount within a short time but all of these are far from the truth.

      Thanks for your comment Madam Lisa and do have a nice week.

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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Reggie,

      Thanks for the add up. Making money from Adsense of course depends on niche.
      So what might work for blogger A is likely not to work for blogger B.

      Thanks for your comment and do have a great week.

      Reply
    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      But is not true that you can make money blogging, Eyram?

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      1. Eyram

        Emmanuel,
        We must get a basic understanding as bloggers and make things clear to our readers. Blogging helps us to sell something to make money.

        By itself, blogging can make you no money

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  7. Ryan Biddulph

    Emmanuel,

    Each is a lie; you can succeed on any blogging platform. As for Adsense there are a zillion ways to prosper through blogging. Offer your services, build a product or do something else to prosper through different channels.

    Thanks!
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Being diversifies is really key, Ryan.

      Thnaks for your comment and do have a nice week!

      Reply
  8. Susan Velez

    Hi Emmanuel,

    Love your Little Johnny story and the picture at the beginning. I think that WordPress is a must for blogging. One of the main reasons, is that I wouldn’t want to put all my hard work on Blogger only to find out that my blog gets deleted.

    I don’t believe that it matters if you have a .com.

    As for Adsense, I prefer not to use it on my blog. One of the main reasons, I would rather promote my own products or affiliate products. I think those pay a lot more.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great day.

    Susan
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Thanks Madam Susan for the add up. Do have a great day as well.

      Reply
  9. Jeevan Jacob John

    Hey Emmanuel,

    Certainly agree with your points here :)

    I learned a lot more about blogging through Blogger.com. It doesn’t which platform we go with, if we don’t provide quality content (and do what we can do, to achieve our goals, and avoid using dishonest techniques). WordPress does offer a lot more flexibility and features (which could be useful, if we know how to use them).

    As for lying itself, there are situations in which lying is better than telling the truth (especially if the truth is painful).

    Or consider another situation: what if the government really finds evidence for intelligent alien life? It is better to keep it a secret because you can’t expect people to behave rationally.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing the post, Emmanuel :)

    Appreciate it!

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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Thanks as well Jeevan for your continue comments.

      Do have a great week.

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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Thanks for your comment Nate.

      Do have a great week!

      Reply
    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi James,
      It appears you are following the footsteps of Obama. hahaha!

      Reply
  10. Vinay Jaiswal

    Requires courage to say all that! A good post indeed. :)

    Till the latest update (even now to some extent) wordpress offers best in mobile than blogger. Without wordpress I couldn’t even think of creating my blog as 80% of my site is created and managed through a simple gprs enabled mobile handset (still now I don’t own a pc). If no wordpress then no Vinay!

    Thanks for sharing ur perspective!
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  11. metz

    What caught me off guard is the “#Lie number 2- WordPress is a prestigious platform than Blogger.com”. That is something interesting, WorodPress Vs. Blogger.com.

    While about the number three, we can use many tools aside from Adsense. If you can’t trust them, ask other marketers or bloggers. They will tell you.

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the Internet marketing social bookmarking site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Metz,

      Thanks for the add up and do have a wonderful week.

      Reply
  12. Akaahan Terungwa

    Hello Emmanuel,

    While I agree that you can make money off your blog without adsense (and that adsense is over hyped), I don’t agree with you on the use of .coms and the WordPress-Blogger debate.

    While you may make it with a .wordpress or .blogspot or even a .typepad extension, truth be told, you’ll never be taken seriously. I suffered a lot when I was on these free platforms! Many persons actually have the notions that since they are free, they would be used by ‘un-serious’ bloggers. Flawed reasoning but sadly, true! I hardly take anyone with an extension serious: if you are worth your onions, you’ll pay for a HLD!

    While WP may not be better than blogger expressly, it provides more choices and options that blogger would only dream of. I remember searching for a free template for my first blogger blog. It took me ten days to get something I was not satisfied with immediately I uploaded! What about plugins? You know that WP beats blogger hands down. Or don’t you?

    Anyway, I like the radicalism in the post. Do have a great day!

    – Terungwa
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi bro,
      I like the the twist of your argument but I hope you can testify to the fact that Linda Ikeji of lindaikeji.blogspot.com is on a free platform but yet still has being considered as on of the serious bloggers in Nigeria.

      The point I intend driving at is the fact that succeeding as a blogger boils down with delivering quality and not whether one is on a free platform or not.

      Blogger.com on the other hand is a great platform as well with lots of options. One interesting thing about blogger is that it can’t be hacked.

      Thanks bro for your comment and do have a great day as well.

      Reply
  13. Phillip Dews

    Lie #4
    Blogging is easy to earn money from!

    I been blogging for 3 months now and have not maid a penny yet! Patience and Persistence is what is needed!

    Glad I got my Adsense working on it now!

    Loved that story dude really did mate!

    – Phillip
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Philip,

      You are an astute blogger and there is of course no doubt you are obviously going to harvest the fruit of your blogging labour in no time.

      Thanks for your comment and do have a nice day.

      Reply
    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hahaha! Yes Ankit. Both platforms are prestigious but it has being made to appear that wordpress surpasses Blogger.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Reply
  14. Steve West

    Hi Emmanuel,

    Lol cool joke 😉

    Yeah you are right, there are so many misguided views out there about blogging at the moment! When I first started someone also told me about the adsense thing n that I’d have to do it to make any money. Luckily for me I had a good mentor who taught me otherwise.

    I personally have never used adsense. I’m sure it works really well for some people and could also for me too, but with adsense a person can run the risk of just looking like they are trying to make money out of their visitors.

    One very clever way to monetize a blog it by collecting email subscribers to build a list. I think list marketing is one of the most effective online marketing strategies that everyone online should consider.

    Thanks Emmanuel,

    Steve

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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Thanks as well Steve for your comment.

      Do have a nice weekend.

      Reply
    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Thanks as well for your comment and do have a great week!

      Reply
  15. Claire

    The whole .com myth is still in full effect and I deal with people every day that think it is the most important thing for their businesses to succeed. Forget the .com and focus on content :)
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    1. Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe Post author

      Hi Claire,

      Content should of course be the focus. Thanks for your comment and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

      Reply
  16. Uttoran Sen

    I agree completely that if you work hard, you can make a blog on any domain, on any platform a success.

    However, having a .com does provides an edge. If I were to search your blog later, I would have typed kabenlah.com even if you had selected a .net or a .org … people do remember a .com domain more that a different extension.

    About the platform, wordpress is surely better and Google own blogger platform, and they are already planning to shut down a number of services like feedburner etc. so some day – blogger.com can be shut down as well. WordPress seems more stable, has much more themes and plugins, has more support which includes a lot of 3rd party support as well… and looks more professional…

    I agree 100% with you on adsense… I have earned over $20k+ on adsense so far in the past 6 to 8 years… but there are many other ways to earn money from your blog which includes – other ads, sponsored ads, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, banner ads and much more … simply limiting with adsense is not a good business sense…

    thanks,
    Uttoran Sen,

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  17. Mitch Mitchell

    Me being me, I’m going to disagree with you #2 point on principle. The thing isn’t that WordPress is so much mightier than Blogger.com. It’s that WordPress.org, not .com, offers you the ability to create in your own space without worrying that Blogger, aka Google, will come along and shut your website down because they don’t like what you’ve put on it, whether it’s content, affiliate ads, etc.

    It doesn’t mean there aren’t people using it that haven’t written great content, but there are so many horror stories of people who have lost their blogs and all their content with no possibility of getting any of it back on Blogger and that won’t happen with a self published WordPress blog.

    The other two… I’ve got your back. :-)
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  18. Angela McCall

    *LOL* I enjoyed your story!

    That’s true not everyone who has a .com is an automatic success although that is the MOST preferred extension there is. And no, you don’t have to have Adsense only to make money. I think the “affiliate product” is much more effective and pays higher. As far as Blogger.com is concerned, dunno much about them. There are other platform like Joomla for instance that is good. But WordPress is used WORLDWIDE so your chance on having this developed is pretty HIGH. However, having a wordpress blog doesn’t guarantee your success either. After all WP is only a tool to climb success!

    Angela
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