Product Name: Accidental Blogging Millionaires
Product Owner: Marian Krajcovic
Advertised Price: $7
What is it?
Accidental Blogging Millionaires is a short 28-page, six chapter, ebook that discusses some of the very basic beginner-level information for those thinking of starting a blog and hoping to profit from it.
Even at such a low price there’s just no reason to buy Accidental Blogging Millionaires. It’s full of general information that you can find anywhere. There were some initial problems downloading the product and after that was resolved I was very disappointed. Save your money. Or if you’re like me, and you’ve already bought the product, get a refund.
Before You Buy
If you’ve ever bought a product online you know what an upsell is. They are those additional offers you’re asked to purchase after you make your initial purchase.
Surprisingly, there were no upsells with this product.
Marian’s Other Product
Recently, I reviewed another one of Marian’s product’s. That product is called Traffic Excellence and it got an okay review.
Because I gave that one a 65 out 100 I expected a little more from Accidental Blogging Millionaires.
What I Liked
There’s not much to like about this product unfortunately. But I did have an experience that’s worth mentioning here.
Getting a Response
When I bought the product I was taken to a download page. This is where you’re supposed to be able to download the ebook and of course re-consider purchasing any of the upsells.
Unfortunately the download page wasn’t working. I kept getting a 404 error telling me the page I was looking for didn’t exist. Naturally this was quite irritating. So after several tries I dug up the support email and told Marian about the problem.
The next day I got an email from Marian telling me the problem had been fixed.
I don’t know if I’d call this a prompt response since I had to wait a day but at least he took the time do so.
What I Didn't Like
There are more than a few problems with Accidental Blogging Millionaires. Let’s discuss the most important ones below.
The advice given here about advertising on your blog is more than questionable. In chapter three Marian suggests using Adsense to monetize your blog’s traffic. That was my first red flag.
In my opinionAdsense is one of the least desirable methods for monetizing your blog, especially for beginners. Sure some bloggers have great luck with Adsense. But ads in general are not a great way to earn money from a blog. The ones who do earn are outliers.
You have to have a critical mass of traffic because ads pay pennies per click. Not to mention ads drive readers away from your site. Which goes against everything you’re trying to do as a blogger.
But Adsense specifically is a bad idea.
Adsense is well-known for banning bloggers without explanation. Some bloggers have reported several thousands of dollars in ad revenue lost, getting banned and getting zero explanation. This doesn’t just happen sometimes, it’s a normal part Adsense procedure. It happens everyday.
That is the exact type of shaky foundation you want to avoid when building a business online.
*NOTE: Some people do have good earnings with Adsense! In fact, I endorse a few products that actually use this as their main monetization strategy. But they also give decent instructions on how to get 10,000's of visits per day (it's not by accident, for sure). But as a person that's banned from Adsense for life, I know that you can make a lot more money monetizing your website in other ways.
Unfortunately, this is just another ebook in a vast sea of ebooks that’s full of general information. Most of the information inside isn’t necessarily bad or wrong, it’s just very general information.
It’s like asking someone “what’s the first thing you do in the morning?” and them answering “I open my eyes.”
Have you ever asked that question had it answered that way?
It’s irritating isn’t it?
It’s sarcasm and that’s okay when it’s you and your friends joking around. But when you’ve paid for a product that promised good information, the last thing you want is answers like that.
This ebook answers the question, “How do I make money with a blog?” with a very underwhelming “Well, you have to start a blog and find a way to monetize it.” …pfft
I Was Mislead
As you already know, the name of this product is Accidental Blogging Millionaires. But what you may not know is the subtitle; get inspired by the most popular bloggers online.
That subtitle lead me to believe that there was going to be interviews, case studies or at least some type of research done on popular bloggers and the strategies or tools they used.
Unfortunately there was none of that. Not even close.
With Marian’s last product, Traffic Excellence, getting a pretty good review, I trusted that this one would be similar in terms of quality. I had also bought another of her product’s at the same time I bought Accidental Blogging Millionaires. I immediately returned it.
The Second Ebook
There’s a second ebook that comes with Accidental Blogging Millionaires. It’s a two-page list that’s supposed to contain free tools you can use to help build, market and monetize your blog. The idea is great, but again it suffers from general information, as well as some that’s misleading.
Some of the free tools offered are things like browsers; Firefox for example. I don’t think anybody needs an ebook to tell them that browsers are free to download.
What’s worse though, is the listings that provide links to tools that are not free.
One example is Roboform. This tool costs about $50 per year, however, it’s clearly marked in this list as a free tool. It was free about 3 years ago, so I wonder if this book just hasn't been updated for 3 years.
There are some tools in this guide that are free. But many of them have nothing to do with the information inside the ebook. It seems like this second ebook was meant to give the perception of extra value, but really it’s worthless.
There are plenty of ways to make money online, but I’ve always found affiliate marketing to be the easiest to understand, and the cheapest to get started in. An $11 domain is all you need to get started. You can learn how to do what I do here.
It's real instructions that you can follow step by step instead of having to reinvent the wheel based on low-quality PDF information.