A few years ago, I used to maintain a blog with the primary purpose of making money out of it. Blogging for money is a trend that has been wildly popular in the web world for past few years. It’s still hot out there. If you do a Google search, you’ll see a lot of people are active in this ‘business’ and some of them are really making true money from advertising programs such as AdSense by Google.
I tried that, but I didn’t have much luck. I did make some money, but the amount wasn’t really worth the time I had to spend. Also, my AdSense account was banned for no obvious reason. I filed an appeal, but Google continued to say that I violated the terms of the program by clicking the ads on my blog. I was like, what the hell! Why on earth would I take that stupid risk? But Google is Google. Although their motto says “Don’t be Evil,” they are the largest and the most powerful evil out there that you can’t really do anything to.
So, I stopped AdSense, but my blog was still active until another disaster took place. I forgot to renew my domain and as a result of that I lost the domain completely. I believe I have a back up, but starting a new blog with a new domain takes a lot of efforts. So, I backed off and started writing for others’ blogs.
Now, let’s come to the point.
In blogging business, they call this “Call-to-Action” which can be a style of writing that prompts readers to perform an act. This is usually leaving a comment, downloading a free ebook, or simply purchasing a product. This call to action is a very tough thing and I always sucked at doing this.
Now, blogging at WordPress.com is somewhat similar. Here, we call to action and the action is to get the readers write a comment or share on social media. My primary goal is to get readers leave a comment. I’ve got over hundred of followers and I have barely two or three comments on each post. Let’s say only half of those followers are active on WordPress.com. So, I should get a minimum of 25 (even half of those active followers) on each post, right?
Yeah, sounds fun. But that’s not what actually happens.
I’m here in no money-making blog and I find it difficult to perform call-to-action. Though you may see two ads on the header and the sidebar; trust me, business blogs have a lot more ads and links for you to digest.
What I wanna tell you all is that please take a moment to leave a comment. I know you’re reading. I know there is something on your mind as soon as you finish reading a post I write. But you just navigate away or at most click the Like button without actually saying something. It’s already a great pleasure and honor to see that you’re following my personal journal. But if you could just take a few more moments after reading my posts, to write a comment, I will appreciate it more than you think.