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BlogRush: RIP - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Here is an email that I (and a lot of other people) received from BlogRush John Reese:

After careful consideration, we have decided to shutdown the BlogRush service.  If you have the widget code on your blog you will need to remove it.

When BlogRush launched in late-2007 it spread like wildfire all over the Web.  Thousands of bloggers were talking about it and the service exploded to become one of the fastest growing free services in the history of the Web.  During the first year of the service it successfully served 3.4 Billion blog post headlines and the BlogRush widget could be found on blogs all over the world; even up until the moment we closed down the service.

BlogRush didn’t grow without its fair share of problems — from security issues to abusive users trying to ‘game’ the system to much lower click-rates than expected.  We also had some problems with trying to fairly control the quality of the network, and in the process made many mistakes in deciding what blogs should stay or go.  All of these issues, ultimately, limited the service’s full potential.

Our team worked very hard to try and build a service that would truly help bloggers of all sizes get free traffic to their blogs.  This was our primary focus.  Not once did we ever try to monetize the service with ads or anything else.  BlogRush never made a single penny in revenue.  We wanted to be able to help our users FIRST and then worry about monetizing the service later.  Unfortunately, the service didn’t work out like we had hoped.  (It happens.)

I want to say “Thank You” to all of the great bloggers that at least gave BlogRush a test to see if it would work for them.  We sincerely appreciate you giving the service a try.

We have received several offers & inquiries about acquiring BlogRush, but we are choosing not to go that route.  While many might think this is crazy, we truly feel it’s the ‘right’ thing to do for our users.  Believe it or not, it’s not always about the money.  In fact, BlogRush will have lost a small fortune when it’s all said and done, and it was by choice.  There were many things we could have done to monetize the service but we wanted to make sure it was going to benefit our users first.

Last but not least I want to say that I hope the failure of this service doesn’t in any way discourage other entrepreneurs from coming up with crazy ideas at 4AM (like I did with this one) and from “going for it” to just try and see if something will work.  Without trying there can be no success.  And as we all know, ideas are worthless without action.  The Web wouldn’t be what it is today without entrepreneurs trying all sorts of crazy ideas.

On behalf of the entire BlogRush team, we wish the best of luck to everyone with their own blogs, ideas, and crazy ventures.


John Reese

RIP (more…)

That is a common cliché among bloggers, make money online experts and web entrepreneurs. I am sure you heard it before. Heck, I used to give this advice myself. It goes like this:

If you want to make money online, you got pick a topic that you are passionate about. You need to love it, else it will not work.

I used to agree with it, one hundred percent.

Lately, however, I started questioning that rule. Creating a website on a topic that you love is certainly a good strategy, and it works well for many people, but I am not sure if it is the only way to go, or the best one.

The first flaw I see on that rule is the following fact: if the niche or topic you love is not a profitable one, it will be pretty hard to make a lot of money online with it no matter what.

Suppose you love tea. Should you write about it if you want to make money online? I am not sure. You could certainly create a popular website around tea, but if you decided to go with a more profitable niche instead, while putting the same effort and time, you could end up making much more money.

One argument that people use to back up the “you got write about what you love” theory is the fact that if you choose a topic merely because it is profitable, soon you will lose the motivation. If you write about something you love, on the other hand, you will have content for years to come.

This is partially true, but not completely. Why? Because some people get motivated by the pure desire of making money or becoming successful.

In other words, if they start a website on a profitable niche and see that their efforts is bringing a good amount of money, they will get motivated no matter what the topic is. They will even do research and learn about it if needed.

So what is my position now? I think that both strategies can work. Choosing a niche or topic because you love it is a good route to success, but choosing a profitable one and approaching it scientifically can be equally successful.

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Should You Really Write About What You Love If You Want to Make Money Online?

Hi gang.  Just wanted to let you in on one of the best interviews you will ever hear about running a high achieving real estate team.  Today, I had the pleasure to sit down with Jay Nelson of RE/MAX Elite in Nashville, TN.  Jay did not start real estate the easy way.  Jay came to Nashville to pursue a career in the country music business.  Jay was signed to three record deals in a short time of getting here and had the world at his feet before the country music bust of the late 1990’s.  Jay was dropped, and had to make a living.  Jay began waiting tables and selling real estate on the side.  He soon had a family to feed with a new wife and child, and decided he had to make real estate work in his favor. 

When Jay came to me, he was doing about $1 million in sales, in a good year.  Jay had a burning desire to succeed, and he was coachable.  Unless someone shows me something, I don’t just work with anyone.  I did see fire in his eyes, and saw that this was a "do or die" run.  Jay HAD to succeed.  He told me about himself, and what he wanted to do.  I told him that only if he followed directions to a tee, I would work with him.  We sat down to chart Jay’s course a little over 4 years ago, and Jay has not looked back!

Jay is now a $40 million dollar agent running a highly successful sales team with his own real estate company! 

This interview with Jay will bring you to the understanding that it takes hard work to make this industry run.  There is no magic pill! 

Jay tells his story from the heart, bearing what he went through, and how he learned to become a MEGA AGENT!  You will also be able to hear Jay showcase his talent by singing acapella on the podcast.  This guy is a rising star shooting through the sky!  Sit back and enjoy this as I did.

Happy Selling!

Brandon Patrick

Dean of Students

Real Estate Toolbox University





Guys, just wanted you to know that Brian Rogers is here with me in Nashville, TN, and we are bringing you back some serious success stories from the field!  Today, we are interviewing the 2007 RE/MAX International Broker Owner of the Year, Robb Campbell.  Robb started out in real estate in very humble beginnings, working in the family restaurant and going to school.  After being taken in by a real estate mentor, and through hard work, Robb went in 10 years from a fledgling new Broker/Owner to the most successful Broker/Owner in the RE/MAX franchise system, with his company selling over $1 BILLION in homes a year..  Please check out our call below!  This  is a "can’t miss" call for any owner or Managing Broker.

Happy Selling!

Brandon Patrick

Dean of Students

Real Estate Toolbox University


Today, I had a fabulous interview with Mortgage Success Coach, Tim Davis on the 5 Sandtraps of Real Estate!  Tim will take you through deadly traps that real estate agents get caught up in that keep their business from going to the top.  You will enjoy Tim’s insight and vision for the world of real estate.  This info packed call will help bring your business to new levels!

Brandon Patrick

Dean of Students

Real Estate Toolbox University



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