Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, EVER, Give Up

bee for never, never, never, never, never EVER give upI am moved to write this by a writer named Jon Morrow.  He ‘s a good writer.  Very good.  

I just got an e-mail from Jon and at the bottom of this post I’m going to give you a link.  Go there right now if you wish.  

But this post is about you. 

And it’s about me.

This post is about not giving up.

One story of not giving up.  

I wanted to be a writer.  I had ideas.  I wanted to write down ideas and have them read.

I had heard about writing as a career.  It was impossible.  Lots of people dreamed about being writers.  They were stupid.  They failed.  They weren’t writers.

Only a few people had the talent to be paid to write.  They were writers.

But I tried writing anyway.  I was prepared to be rejected.  I was rejected.  

I didn’t give up.

I kept getting ideas.  I kept writing.

Finally, an article was accepted.  I wrote another article.  It was accepted but I was told by the editor to check first using something called a “query letter.”

I wrote or told my my ideas to editors, and asked if they wanted an article.  Sometimes they did.  

It turns out that ideas are in shorter supply than writers.  And the only thing in shorter supply is money to pay writers.  

I found out there was barely enough money in writing for a person to live on.

I didn’t give up.

I became a full time freelance writer.  Like I said, there was enough to live on.  I lived by my wits.  I came up with ideas.  I wrote.

And when I told people that I was a writer, do you know what they asked me most often?

“Do they give you the ideas, or do you come up with them?”

Do they give me the ideas?  Oh no, I come up with the ideas.  

I come up with the ideas.

photo of a dog buried in sand

I came up with the ideas.  

I didn’t give up.

I came up.  

I wrote.  And got paid.

I became a professional writer.

I know what you’re thinking,

“So if you’re a writer, why isn’t this Epic Shit?”  

That’s not my specialty.  My specialty is not giving up.

Enough about me.

About Jon.  Jon’s recent e-mail to me was special but it wasn’t just to me.  It went to all the people on his subscriber list.  

Jon’s e-mail did not offer anything for sale.  It was a sincere a letter of gratitude.  It was the act of a truly grateful person. 

Jon has a lot to be grateful for.  He is a writer worth reading.  He has a talent and he has worked very hard to hone his craft. He has a way with words.  

Jon didn’t give up.

I said this was about you.  For you, here is The Secret.  

The Secret is a simple piece of advice that I give to everyone I care about.  And when I ask them, “What’s the secret?”  they repeat it verbatim.  

Here is the secret:

Never, never, never, never, never, EVER give up.

Say it now.  OUT LOUD.

Never, never, never, never, never, EVER give up.

There.  Now you know The Secret.  

It’s all you will ever need.  

You will want luck, money, love, happiness and a large Swiss wristwatch.  

I said “all you will ever need.”

Now the links to Jon.

Here’s one of Jon’s posts.

Here’s more writing by Jon.

I told you he was good.

Read Jon Morrow’s story.

Jon has something new up his sleeve.  It’s a new venture called Boost Blog Traffic.  I suggest you subscribe.

Comment Treasure

photo of treasure to show the value of commentingThe treasures of commenting were lost on me until I had blogged for several months.  

Ana Hoffman who runs a leading site on increasing site traffic sent me a link to an audio by experts on the secret formula of successful bloggers.  

I wrote up their advice in an article about the blog triad.  My blog was lacking a full third of the blog triad!  

What I was missing: community engagement.  

This meant I had few backlinks from other sites.  Backlinks are links back to your site from other blogs.  The more popular the site the better.  Backlinks increase your blog’s potential value in the eyes of search engines and alert people, too.

I started following my own advice at the end of September.  I started commenting.  A very smart guy named Steve Scott set the bar high: comment on 20 sites a day.  I didn’t comment at that rate, but Steve’s advice rang in my ears.  Comment!

Here’s what happened to my backlinks. 


Backlink data courtesy of Majestic SEO 




All this commenting also had an effect on search engine traffic. Search engine traffic data courtesy of SEMRush





My Alexa ranking got better, too.  

Alexa ranking keeps track of your site’s reputation, authority, popularity – whatever you want to call it.  It equates to eyeballs on your blog.  

I wrote an article about Alexa ranking and you may agree or disagree with its accuracy, importance, or value.  I got the free Alexa toolbar tool and started watching my scores.

I even started writing down my Alexa rankings.  

On October 27 my Alexa ranking was 361,914. By November 15 it was 238,556.  On Nov. 30 it was 205,540.  At this rate my ranking should be zero quite soon!

During this time I engaged a bit in social networks.  I posted to my handful of friends and fans on Facebook, and sent tweets to my 150 Twitter followers on new posts and old posts using a plugin called Tweet Old Post. But I didn’t work very hard at social media.  My Twitter-based Klout score is a joke: 15.  I influence one person.  I’m pretty sure than person doesn’t know I influence them (which, frankly, is a relief because that would be a lot of responsibility).

Sure I kept writing blogs.  Actually fewer blogs.

So the changes were due mostly to commenting.

Tips on how to comment:  Read the article.  If it makes sense and you have something to offer, gop ahead and comment.  Try to say something meaningful that shows you read the article, have additional info, or an opinion.  Address the author by name to show you are actually paying attention.

Real Treasure

Here’s the real treasure.   You engage with the blogging community.  You get free advice and guidance.  You learn the tricks of the blog trade. You make online friends. There are some really decent, helpful people out there.  Some even visit and comment on your site. Look around this site and you will see comments from some very savvy bloggers.

After you comment, subscribe to their e-mail lists and learn more.  Ana Hoffman’s list sent out the audio that held the blog triad secret.  Oh, there is treasure out there!

A comment secret.  Sssshhh.

I got CommentLuv Premium on September 29, just about the time I started commenting more.  CommentLuv lets you leave links to your posts.  Here’s a story about the details of rewarding your readers with CommentLuv.

Start commenting and watch the treasure accumulate. 

Giant Funnels: Behind the Backlinking Curtain

Photo of a funnel at Giant Funnels: Behind the Backlinking Curtain

Giant Funnels: An Automated Backlinking Strategy 

We all remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy learns how the Wizard works.

I  just read an article that shows how to set up sites, post articles, and direct traffic, while avoiding detection, to create a giant a single niche site.   It’s a real eye opener.  Read it.

The Backlinking Strategy that Works

Having read it, you may have difficulty following the standard advice to beginning bloggers: Content is king, create awesome original content, do your SEO, make friends, brush your teeth.  Are we being sent on a fool’s errand down the Yellow Brick Road?

Highlights of The Giant Funnel

Spun Articles

It turns out that many of the articles you have been reading may have been “spun,” that is, computationally reworded with synonyms so that they don’t duplicate content, but say exactly the same thing as hundreds of other articles.

Mass Media

It turns out that accounts in social media are mass produced and operated automatically with content pointed to mass produced spun articles posted at sites set up to collect articles pointing to sites pointing to the . . .

Niche Site

The point of all this pointing is the niche site, the place where all the pointing to points to.  The niche site is where some percentage of the traffic is converted into sales.


It turns out that writing is nearly irrelevant to the automated giant funnel strategy. Only a few articles serve as the raw material for spinning.  Most of the work of funnel building is handled by software, some of it very expensive, that generates material, creates community, markets, while shielding the niche site from detection.  If you didn’t read the article, do so.  It’s pretty ingenious.

Where Does That Leave the Rest of Us?

Having listened to phrases like “content is king” and “create original content,” I have been handcrafting articles.  Now that I have looked behind the curtain at automated backlinking, I’m having difficult concentrating on writing more articles.

Don’t Get Me Wrong

I enjoy the process of writing, engaging with people, figuring out the puzzles of using plugins and widgets, and watching my site rise in rank.   According to Website Grader, which gives Blogs News Reviews a score of 99 out of 100, “Your website has an Alexa rank of 399,755 which is in the top 1.29 % of all websites.  Google rank is 1 out of 10.

Having been a blogger for six months, goofing around, learning the ropes and experimenting, it seems bizarre that my site should be in the top 1.29 % of anything.  Based on my ad and affiliate revenue, it shows me that a scant few blogs make any money.  

Hey, maybe most websites are just parts of the giant funnels!

I feel like a village cobbler who just visited a shoe factory 

What if I don’t want to set up all the picket fence sites, use software to clone articles and make “friends,” and become a giant automated funnel builder?  

What are the odds of manually building a successful funnel?  

What chance do any of us have of attracting readers or selling anything?

What do you think?  

Leave a comment and get some rank-1 DoFollow link juice.  Does it get any better?  Well, yes, but still . . . .