Income Stream

4 Tempting Income Streams To Avoid As A Blogger

Whether you want it or not you will start earning from a popular blog. The world runs on money and anyone will get tempted to earn more and more money if the opportunity presents itself, but there are certain opportunities or income streams which you need to avoid as a blogger.

Most bloggers use Google AdSense, Affiliates and direct ad sales as their main source of income online. There are some other, more popular bloggers such as Harsh Agarwal and Rahul Kuntala who sell their services to help others blog. This too is a great income stream for a blog and is something all bloggers should look at when the time is right.

But there are certain other income streams which I would like to discuss below, which you need to avoid as a blogger due to the simple fact that THESE INCOME STREAMS CAN DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD.

You will see what I am talking about.

I can resist everything except temptation.
Oscar Wilde

Lets look at these tempting income streams which you should avoid as a blogger –

Paid Links

I get mails every so often about people asking me if I can insert their links in one of my posts and what not.The answer to this should be a a big NO! But it is not always that easy, these guys offer like 50-100$ and sometimes even more for just 10 seconds work of inserting a paid link on your site, come on, how can you resist that? But you have to.

You may make a quick 500$ in a day by posting a few links to your site, but day by day your traffic and search ratings will reduce drastically as Google picks up on these paid links and penalizes your blog.

That’s not the only thing that can get ruined by paid links, the trust of your visitors may also get hurt if you are linking to a spammy casino site.

So be careful, paid links are not for true bloggers!

Sponsored Reviews

There is nothing wrong with sponsored reviews as long as the reviewer is not influenced by the people being reviewed. I do not mind doing a sponsored review if you want my honest opinion of your start-up, app etc. But definitely would not like to do a doctored sponsored review of something.

This may not have too much effect on search rankings but it will adversely affect your reader relations if you have a good review about a bad product.

Black-Hat Services

Trust me when I say that being a blogger for a long time, you will learn a few loop holes and black hat methods of getting things done easily while blogging.I will not give out examples of these black hat services, as it would only tempt you more 😛

Never try to sell the loop holes and tricks you have learnt as a blogger to your audience, you are only creating a group of people whose blogs will eventually get penalized, sooner or later.They will hate you for that.

Never use these black hat methods that you have learnt from experience too, you do not want your blog to suffer either.

Pop-Up Ads

Yuck.I hate these ads.



These are a few things I think if a pop up appears when I visit a blog.Have you noticed none of the top and renowned blogs use pop-ups as ads? There is a reason for that.

Pop-Ups can pay a lot of money, but they are the worst for user experience, blogs run on returning visitors, so you need to create as good an experience as possible for your readers.

Pop-Up ads are a total No No.

So these are the four tempting income streams you should probably avoid while blogging, however tempting or whatever money they may offer.If you guys have come across some other income streams which can harm your blog, then please let me know in the comments section!

A 19 year old guy who loves blogging and guest posting on other blogs. I love to blog and help other blog, which is why I started my blogging help blog iGau. I love it when I can solve peoples problems in blogging, so if you have any, please contact me!


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  • Silas Nkoana December 10, 2013, 2:36 pm

    As a new blogger looking at videos of how to improve in this promising market i too have come in contact with information on selling links and they advise to keep it to a minimum of 2 per page because those are the external links you would’ve given to wikipedia and youtube video’s anywya, what do you think?

  • Joe Hart September 27, 2013, 4:43 am

    Paid links have always been dangerous.But the silent killer is a Sponsored review.It kills your reputation slowly while you are busing raking up a few dollars.

  • Nirali September 19, 2013, 8:19 am

    Hi Gautham
    nice article i totally agree with your points and i have bad experience for purchase backlinks for my website and also blackhat seo. google always know that what we do with our website. thanks for sharing.

  • Sam September 7, 2013, 11:51 am

    Oh Thanks For This Informative Article ..!

    I was thinking about paid links because my one of friend me told me that they are very useful and they can easily run your site in short time! But You Article has changed my thinking, I didn’t know that they are harmful.

    Thanks for sharing

  • Paul Salmon September 3, 2013, 10:08 am

    When starting out paid links was like a gold mine for me. Back then I never took into account how such links would affect my blog.

    I get requests for paid links/ads on my blog on a daily basis. While the money may look nice, it isn’t worth it in the long term. I find it much easier to delete those requests from my inbox than I would have done 5 years ago.
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  • Apollo September 3, 2013, 2:31 am

    I think a lot of bloggers who seek to earn money from their blogs are too focused on making money that they will take any or all of the four income streams you mentioned and ignore the potential negative impacts from them over the long-term.

  • duyhen September 2, 2013, 9:32 am

    You’re 19 years old, good men. I was also confused about what you stated in the article, through a time where I got a place for to make money … but now I’m not earning any money, do you believe?
    Thank for share.

  • Manish September 2, 2013, 6:50 am

    HI Gautam,
    I have read several your article on igau.org . Please suggest me that is it better to start with a niche blog or a generic blog.

  • David September 2, 2013, 1:33 am

    Thanks for warning me about these! Getting “income from home” is always a tempting thing for so many people and there are far more snake oil salesman who will put you in a situation where you will be working hard and earning nothing than honest guru’s like you willing to tell apart the hoaxes from the real thing.

  • Ankit Bansal September 1, 2013, 11:14 pm

    I run a education/job site that is growing at a nice pace. The only advertising programs i am using are Adsense and CPL Campaigns. I am thinking to move onto some other kind of campaigns but one thing i am sure i am not using any of the above mentioned ways to earn.

  • Dean Saliba August 30, 2013, 12:11 pm

    I have no problem accepting paid links and sponsored posts as long as they are about a topic that can be found on my blog, you are right though, it can be difficult for most people to turn down $100+ for a couple of seconds it takes to slap a link up.
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    • Mitz Pantic August 30, 2013, 9:41 pm

      i agree Dean. I do not see what is so bad about paid links either. It is the same as Google Adsense which is paid links or buying a banner ad. They all link to somewhere. I think if Google does not like these links they should just find a better way to distinguish them. :)
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      • Mitz Pantic August 30, 2013, 10:28 pm

        Actually I am writing a post about rel attributes like the “nofollow” one.. why don’t they make a rel=”sponsored” and be done with it !
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        • DiTesco September 7, 2013, 7:40 am

          That would make things a lot easier would it not.. Like the idea :) Hopefully Mr G will see it.. Paid links are all over the place and using the “nofollow” attribute is just fine. Google says so..

  • Ashish Mittal August 29, 2013, 5:39 pm

    Hello Gautam,
    It is true that to earn better we have to had patience in our life. The hunger of earning anyhow is not good for long term. Really these methods are false ones and down he quality of our blogs. Nice to share your experience in this.

  • Kuldeep August 25, 2013, 11:51 am

    Hi Gautam,
    Nice write up. The 4 ways you have listed in the above posts can really harm the blog’ authority and traffic. Paid links and sponsored links can make a site penalized by the Search Engines. Thanks for these tips.

  • Aqib Shahzad August 25, 2013, 6:39 am

    Paid Links are too much harmful for the blogs these days. I am getting most of emails regarding paid links but i haven’t accepted any of them. I found something informative from this post,keep it up.

  • Sigbjorn August 24, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Great article, and especially the part about paid blog posts. I recently got an offer for publishing a blog post written exclusively for me offering about 140USD to publish it, but declined, because of the reasons you write. Not easy, but in the end it is still worth it! Great post!

  • Phil August 22, 2013, 1:48 pm

    I simply hate pop up text links and refuse to use them on my site. I’m also against too many ads per page. It just makes for a lousy user experience.

  • Mitch August 22, 2013, 12:38 am

    Good points Gautham, thank you.
    Everyone should spread this an ban pop-up ads, banning pop up ads should be a trend lol.
    i think the number 1 thing a blogger should avoid is over-advertising. 1 or maximum 2 forms of ads on a page is enough.
    every time i’m on a blog and there’s ton’s of ads, (banners, text links , sponsored ads , pop ups , corners small ads etc… all in 1 page) i never take the blog seriously,
    it’s overly clear that there’s nothing of valuable information here, this blogger is all about the money, he will post anything to drive more traffic! all your credibility gone.
    Many thanks and Best Regards.

  • Bilal Malik August 21, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Oh Thanks For This Informative Article ..!

    I was thinking about paid links because my one of friend me told me that they are very useful and they can easily run your site in short time! But You Article has changed my thinking, I didn’t know that they are harmful. I’ve read your article just on time :)
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  • Bilal Malik August 21, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Oh Thanks For This Informative Article ..!

    I was thinking about paid links because my one of friend me told me that they are very useful and they can easily run your site in short time! But You Article has changed my thinking, I didn’t know that they are harmful. Your article has just come on time ..:)

  • Jafar August 21, 2013, 2:10 am

    Very nice article, certainly, we should stay out of the black hat thingies . They could put us in a big problem when we get caught. So better do legal things only . Also Pop Up ads are drastically very irritating. Thanks for nice article.

  • Simran August 20, 2013, 5:10 am

    I think Paid Links are causing most of the destruction. Personally, I also get many paid links requests but never accepted them.

  • James osborne August 19, 2013, 3:08 pm

    I quite agree with you. All these will make Google to slap you

  • lauren August 18, 2013, 9:10 am

    Good, honest article. I completely agree with you on this. I do product reviews on my site but they are not sponsored – when I see sponsored reviews I just never read them because I know they aren’t going to give me any truthful information about the product!

  • Harman August 17, 2013, 3:58 am

    lol there was a time when these all thing were on the go but these days they are of no use 😛
    Well said Gautham

  • Robinsh August 16, 2013, 12:39 pm

    I’m also getting paid link requests again after recovering from the massive penalization by the Google, and now this time I’m ready to say a big NO.

    Thanks for supporting my thoughts.

  • Silviu August 15, 2013, 9:23 am

    Another excellent article by Gautham. Thanks.

    Paid links? Seems a good way of making serious money and fast. Thank you for telling me about the danger. I just wonder if there is a correct, legal version to accept paid links on your blog. Maybe if the product is in your niche and it is good.

    Selling loopholes and black hat tricks. I hate black hat. I saw reputable bloggers that recommend these kind of things to people on their list. It was shocking.

    I also agree with you about pop up ads. It is one of the most annoying things on the net.

    Well, I think this was a good idea and an unusual one, too. It denotes creativity and value. Congratulations Gautham.

    Have a nice day
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  • Dean Saliba August 15, 2013, 5:05 am

    I don’t see any problem with having paid links on a blog as long as the links are related to the niche you are in.

    I agree with you about pop up ads, who ever first created this should be hit very hard with a stick!
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