Quite a few top bloggers are pushing the idea of purchasing pages for $100 each on these sites to their readers. Personally I find it frustrating as I do not think they are acting in the best interest of their site audience. Recall this post, where I did buy a page to see if it would get any traffic. The page title was “work from home” and to make a long story short, it got virtually none as I had expected (exactly 61 views, most of them probably mine).

Now critics of my advice will tell you that of course I didn’t get any traffic, I didn’t promote it. My beef is: what was the point of paying for a page in the first place then?
Couldn’t I have purchased a page (or set up free) on anysiteontheinternet.com.org and filtered as much traffic from WhyDoWork as I could to make the page profitable? Of course! Using the milliondollarhomepage as an example, its clear these paid wiki sites will drop off the map within the next 18 months anyways.

Advising those with little to no reach on the Internet to spend $100 on a page that isn’t going to make you any money unless you already have a means of promoting it is extremely bad advice and only serves in the best interest of the author promoting it.

In order to make money with one of these pages, you would already inherently need to have the ability to make money from any page you put up on the Internet. It’s an easy sell for sites with a lot of traffic (like Cashquests or JohnChow), but will be impossible for those with little or no Internet Marketing experience. I love both of the above blogs and would recommend them both to anyone I meet, but I cannot understand why they would put their reputations on the line for a questionable service.
We are all for making a living online at WhyDoWork.com however we always try our best to protect anyone who comes across our site from falling victim to sketchy investments or ideas.

The recipe the top bloggers are following is quite simple:

  1. (Insert high profile blogger name here) purchases a page on the milliondollar (or millioneuro) wiki and builds some ad or affiliate targeted content on the page.
  2. Next up, is heavy advertising to their readers/subscribers which will push traffic to their pages and increase chances of earning revenue as a result of the increase in traffic.
  3. Step three is to resell the idea to their site audience, making note of their success with their own pages (gathered in Step 2.), and include their own affiliate link to encourage readers to sign up and purchase a page which earns them slightly more money and encourages future posting on the topic.
  4. Readers then buy into the hype, participate and buy pages; but since they don’t have the same reach or internet presence their pages receive no traffic, and once the hype dies down, they are out $100 and have little to show for it.

Not a wise idea IMHO considering the great ways you could make money with $100 investment. It all boils down to ROI for the common site owner, and while it may be easier for sites like WhyDoWork and others with established user bases to see return on these types of offers, its a different ballgame for smaller sites.

Do you think I’m off base? I’d be interested in hearing from those who disagree.

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