Don Power

How to Make A Jillion Dollars

by Don Power on December 3, 2009

in BlogLog,Business Development

This is my Email…this is my Email on blogs…

♫ If I had a Jillion dollars ♪

♫ If I had a million dollars ♪

If you have built a blog, posted on Facebook, or even received an Email, you are up to your eyeballs in get rich quick offers.

Lucky you, right?

Act now!

The picture above is a small snapshot of my Email inbox – complete with a variety of offers that are going to make my blog just rake in the bucks! All I have to do is send these guys a low introductory rate of $7 bucks and the key to Internet wealth will be revealed
(exclusively to me!).

I can’t be the only one who is reminded of the pre-internet marketing days of (gasp!) newspaper classified ads…You now the little ad that said “Get Rich Quick”! Send $2 and a SASE. For those younger than 40 – that stands for Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. (I know, I know, what’s an envelope?).

Get Rich Later!

If you were fool enough to fall for one of those ads, you wrote a note with your best bic pen, you went to the post office to buy your stamp, to buy your envelope and to buy your money order (well, back then people still sent colored paper called C-A-S-H through the mail). In a few weeks, once you’d completely forgotten about getting rich, and you tended to yet another grease burn from flipping burgers (a friend told me about that part), a nice big yellow envelope arrived in the mail (An envelope is a container made from paper used to convey even more pieces of paper through the postal system…).

When your daydream of buying a room full of arcade machines finally wore off, you opened your 9×12 key to riches only to find an 8.5×11 reality – a piece of paper written in a beautiful courier font that said:

“How to Make a Million Dollars”

Step 1:

Put ads in all the papers for “How to Make a Million Dollars”. Send them this letter. Charge 2 bucks.


I don’t want to be one of those guys!

Yes, I have been working from home for the past year and I LOVE IT! If I can make a living from blogging or some form of it, then that’s fantastic. But I promise you, my loyal readers, that I will NOT be the get rich quick guy.

I like to think that I’m bound for great things (see my post on creating Good Fortune) but in the meantime, being a huckster isn’t one of them.

What about you? How are you going to make your first Jillion?


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Jorge M. Perez@apogee beach hollywood October 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

The quick fixes, the quick rich schemes, people tend to like them. Nobody seems to believe in hard work anymore. It’s like telling the plant to bear fruit in 1 day. It’s not possible. There’s always been a natural course to things. If we go against it, we usually end up in trouble.

Ean @ Barcode Generator September 11, 2011 at 6:18 am

I seriously don’t believe in getting rich without some real work put in. All those “Get Rich” mails end up in my spam folder to be deleted early. Make a blog, make it work and be patient. Hard work pays off!

Olusegun February 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Hi Don,

I’ve been inundated with a lot of offers and crap emails too and i spend considerable time clearing out my box. I’m getting rid of most of them now for good.

i work from home too and love it.
Thanks for being real.

Karl Foxley January 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Hey Don,

That sounds interesting. Bloggerluv looks to be a great idea and it was real nice of Keith to add our site in his first post.

I’ll checking out the site more often as I’ve just seen there have been quite a few more posts added since my last visit.

.-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..How To Get Your Business Online With A Shoestring Budget =-.

Don Power January 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Hey Karl!

When I was asked to participate I thought – man how am I going to cope with my blog, bloggerluv and a new daddy blog I’m about to create…
But then I thought about my own belief that fortune favors the brave and so I jumped in…

The fact that it will generate tons of original content daily and there are a number of really experienced bloggers involved made it an easy decisio nfor a newbie blogger to get involved. Defintely ties into the mesaage of The Secret anf the laws of attraction for me to – confirming that this blogging thing might just work out afterall!

Thanks for your comment. I’m going to send you (via your contact page I guess) a few of the domain names I’m considering for my new daddy blog – if you’d be kind enough to offer your opinion on which one you like best, I’d be much obliged!

Thanks so much for continuing to follow and support me Karl. You were one of the first people to ever comment on my blog and you came from who knows again – The Secret has been good to me so far! I guess it’s hight time I wrote a blog post on the topic – I”ve been mentioning it so often in my travels lately!

Cheers and thanks!

- Don

Don Power January 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm


I’ve been doing the latter – writing (but mostly promoting via commenting on other people’s blogs, replying to comments, etc). and it seems to be paying off…I got invited to join and I got an Email from an online friend asking me to evaluate a bunch of entrepreneurial ideas.

I don’t have a Jillion dollars yet but I take it as signs that I’m moving in the direction that the universe supports!


(You gotta get hooked up with a gravatar, bud –

Eric January 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Too many websites offer “great” information that will get you to your first million. Here’s my thoughts as I’ve read so many ebooks but still refuse to give up on this whole ordeal.

Keep doing two things: Write and promote (in different forms including using social media) and repeat – The InfoPreneur.

Keep doing those and build something from that. Then see what starts to happen. That’s just my take on it. :)
.-= Eric´s last blog ..The Most Money You’ll Ever Make With Your Blog =-.

Ari Herzog January 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Have you ever wondered how many people fall for get rich quick schemes? You’ve heard about Mother London’s experiment, right?

Think again the next time you receive email spam. It might be legit. ;)
.-= Ari Herzog´s last blog ..Showcase Sunday: The Google on Video Edition =-.

Don Power January 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Hey Ari!

I’m not sure if you are still subscribed to these comments but if you get this: No, I’m not familiar with the Mother London’s experiment. What is that?

- Don

Ray January 1, 2010 at 2:45 am

Hey Don, I understand the offer thing. Boy, do I understand the offer thing. I too am not one of the get rich quick gurus. Not that I don’t want to be…I just haven’t figured out how to be. Perhaps I’ll start a new blog: “How Not to Make Money” Waddya think? In all modesty I am forced to admit a certain expertise in the area of not making money online…although I am trying to remedy the situation…just not very hard. Anyway, I like the site and thanks for the comment on mine.
.-= Ray´s last blog ..E Cigarettes For You =-.

Dominic D. Johnstone December 11, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Yes Don, Blogging sucks as a wealth building plan. But it is an important part of Internet marketing. Thanks for your interesting blog mate.


donpower December 14, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Hey Domininic!

Thanks for your comment. Now, why doesn’t an Internet marketer like you have a Gravatar enabled? I don’t expect you need a HOW TO on that but just in case, I’ll be posting a HOW TO get a Gravatar picture to appear on all your comments~

In the meantime, Good Fortune!

- Don
.-= donpower´s last blog ..Never Wish an Irishman Good Luck =-.

Don Power December 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm

I thought I’d experiment with a little internal link love to promote the latest post What a Blogger can Learn from a Drowning Man.

Also – CommentLuv is now enabled so if you’re a blogger, you’ll get an automatic backlink to your latest post (and clickthroughs too!).

- Don

Don Power December 10, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Hey Ms. Freeman!

Thanks for your comment. I like the way your blog is coming along too!

After reading your post” rel=”nofollow”>10 Reasons I Stop Reading Blogs I turned off comment moderation on my wordpress blog (I think I did it correctly). I left a comment on that post too!

Thanks again for stopping by. I promise that once I get the mechanics of blogging worked out a little better I’ll have more frequent content (in fact I have 2 posts reay to publisg right now, I’m just trying to make sure I have my blog ping thing set up right first!).

Cheers! Oh – I’m following you on Twitter too!

PS: I see that Ben Lang and Karl Foxley are following you over at your blog too. That’s cool! Those guys have been very helpful, encouraging and interactive with me – the blogger newbie!


- Don

Ms. Freeman December 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm

That is such a hilarious story and yes I am one of those that knows what a SASE is..LOL.

I am glad I found your blog and greatly appreciative that you are not the Get Rich Guy…I look forward to reading more :)

Dan Perpeluk December 8, 2009 at 10:58 am

Looks like you are getting a good following here and you do have very thought provoking posts so far. I have easily been the recipient of at least 10 offers like that a day. The ever elusive dangling carrot lol

Don Power December 9, 2009 at 3:09 am

Hey Dan!

Thanks for your comment.

Yes, I am getting some great feedback on the blog – thanks for your encouragement and your 1st commentor status – hahah!

And as for that other idea we talked about – I’m going for it!!! You may be please to know that thanks to your suggestion, my brain went into overdrive after our meeting and I registered a really cool new domain name (and a related ‘referring’ domain name and I’m going to launch it just as soon as I can get some traffic building happening for http://www.donpower.ME first. Let’s keep it quiet for a little longer until I’m ready to get fully behind it. I’ve got about 25 ideas for posts, collaborators, sponsors, etc. already lined up (in my head) Hahaha!

I hope you can be one of my first guest posters!

I am very excited about what the future of professional blogging holds! Let’s stay in touch because I have a really good feeling that there will be a number of mutually beneficial ways we can collaborate going forward.

Cheers and thanks Dan!

- Don

Dan Perpeluk December 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm

That is great Don, I look forward to the future a making our kajillion dollars!!! :)

donpower December 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Cheers to that!

Look for a new post coming soon about how to add your picture to comments (instead of that blue box!).

Thanks Dan.

- Don
.-= donpower´s last blog ..What a Blogger Can Learn From a Drowning Man [VIDEO - click post title or image] =-.

Heidi Cool December 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I’m not sure how I’ll make my first million, perhaps slowly over time. (One can hope.)

Regarding your comment on blog partnerships, they can work. The trick with group blogs is to ensure that everyone contributes on a regular basis. This is a challenge, because as you say none of us has enough time. (And it reminds me that I’ve got to write something up for a group blog I just joined.) I guess the trick is for people to make the blog a priority. If it generates ad revenue that may be an incentive, but that won’t really kick in until the blog has grown to include a substantial amount of content and a large subscriber base.

But revenue is not the only incentive.

Participating in group blogs can also be a way to promote oneself and to drive traffic to one’s own site. For example, my blog is also aggregated by Bloghighed which is a collection of blogs related to Web and higher education. Unlike a group blog we each write in our own spaces then the headlines and excerpts are fed to the aggregation site. This drives traffic to each of our own sites but also nicely bundles our collective thoughts so that anyone interested in these topics can subscribe to the whole collection.

A group blog can have similar benefits. Once I start posting to the blog I just joined I’ll also be able to link to related posts on my site when they help support the posts I’m writing on that site. In that case I still have to adhere to that blog’s policies, and I can’t link w/out good reason, but it will help build traffic. In turn it also gives me another venue for sharing my thoughts and perhaps touching on topics different from those I write about for my own blog.

There are lots of ways to do this, but I think you can make such collaborations work quite effectively.

Don Power December 7, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Hey Heidi!

Thanks for visiting donpower.ME!

I think you hit it right on the head for me – collaboration! I have this really compelling drive to want to share stuff with other people and for them to share their stuff with me. There’s an old expression that was very popular in Newfoundland (and other places too I suspect): “A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats” and of course, there’s the Gestalt theory that suggests that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

I think the most successful businesses going forward will be those who offer not only a ‘place’ to share ideas – but in addition they will make it EASY and EFFICIENT to share as well!

Though it may be a really good thing (on many different levels) that information overload is making human fighter pilots redundant – taking them out of the warfighting experience altogether and replacing them with supercomputers that can process more input, it would be a complete shame and a waste if humans were to be forced out of social media interactions and replaced with “sociobots” because there’s just too much information for one brain to process!

Maybe the collective mind is to be the next evolution (mutation?) of humankind…

(Hmm, note to self…maybe I need to work on keeping my comments more focused going forward…).

Don (on Sprouter)

Randy Hawes December 7, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Hi Don

I remember way back in the ’80s, we answered an ad in the paper (the antiquated version of receiving a spam email) about “making huge money working at home”. It cost us $5, and we received a mimeographed booklet with names and addresses of companies that hire people to work from home. LOL

My wife and son have a Relationship Marketing business which I am helping by setting up a social networking system, which so far consists of their website – Facebook Page – Twitter – YouTube – Blog. There are probably a dozen more social networking sites I could join into for this purpose, but as you say, there are only so many hours in a day! It’s going to take forever to gather a following as it is.

I saw that CommentLuv item on Twitter this morning (via you) and looked into it, but any time I have looked at a new plugin for the blog, the instructions have made my eyes gloss over. Some are quite complicated. I’ll have to try though.

Onwards and upwards! Thanks for your insights Don.


Don Power December 7, 2009 at 2:40 pm

See, you know what I’m talking about Randy! (Funny – my kids will probably ask the question when they’re my age – “Dad, what was a newspaper?”).

Thanks for your comment!

I’ve been adding items to my “New Blog To Do’ list for days now and each time I open another blog, I get so interested (and sidetracked) that yah, I have no idea how the good bloggers can keep up with it. I was wondering out loud about whether or not it would make sense for 2 new bloggers to collaborate on 1 new blog – dividing up the immense amount of labor it takes to get a blog up and running and fully promoted at the beginning stages.

My friend from the Twittersphere Heidi Cool, has a great perspective on that below (she’s been doing this blogging/web thing successfully for quite a while!).

In the meantime, I’m going to get CommentLuv hooked up here (it’s on my TO DO list – hahah!) pretty soon so I can give some ‘luv’ and links to the blogs of folks who are kind enough to leave a comment on my posts.

I plan to record the entire process and turn it into a HOW TO post here, so I’ll ping you when it’s live.

In the meantime here’s a backlink for you ;)

Cheers Randy!

(PS: I’m still trying to get my RSS frustrations figured on Sprouter. Their client support folks replied to me and I think I’m getting a different result than everyone else. Maybe I’ll write a post about that too!).

- Don on Sprouter

Karl Foxley December 6, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I get way too many emails like this every single day! The Internet is filled with real opportunity but is also a minefield of scams that only lighten your pocket along the way.

It’s my first time visiting and I’ll be sure to read some more articles. I look forward to seeing CommentLuv enabled on your site, be sure to write about it when you do. My two recent CommentLuv posts were well received!



Don Power December 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Hey Karl!

Thanks for your comment!

I’m so glad you took the time to leave me a message because it allowed me to discover your excellent blog –
and especially hype-free posts like 30 ways to generate traffic to your blog.

It’s very encouraging when you start out blogging to discover folks like you who are honest, open, and genuinely helpful.

I think I should affiliate with a speed reader course because there is just so much good content on your site (but so many other things I have to do besides reading – hahah!).

In any event, I’ve signed up for your newsletter so I look forward to getting your updates!


- Don

Karl Foxley December 7, 2009 at 2:58 pm

That’s always great to hear and I hope our posts continue to live up to the bar we’ve set ourselves and our readers expectations. Thank you Don for linking to one of our posts, it is really appreciated!

I was reading through your comments below where you said ‘I was wondering out loud about whether or not it would make sense for 2 new bloggers to collaborate on 1 new blog.’ It certainly helps! My Wife and co-owner of FMS SEO, Kelly-Anne, writes for our site and it really helps mix things up a bit.

I look forward to seeing how your site develops as you work your way through your to-do list. :)


Don Power December 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Hahah! Trouble is – my wife handles all of the VCR programming (yah – I know it’s a sterotypical guy thing not to know how to do that!) and she doesn’t want anything to do with computers except send Email!

I think once I get a bit more established I’m going to see if there are entrepreneurial collectives where whippersnappers with the tech side of blogging down pat are looking to connect with the ‘writey’ types like me to handle all the content creation. (I know that relationship now typically involves the former hiring the latter on a pay per article, pay per post type basis – but I’m thinking much more of a partnership type relationship).

Anyway, one of my to do items for today is get to read a few of your very pertinent posts before moving on to the next thing. I’ve got your newsletter coming in now so I’ll be sure to stay in touch. I’ll follow you on Twitter too – up until I launched thios blog at least, I was pretty active at @donpower

Lately I’ve been checking out Sprouter too – kind of like Twitter for entrepreneurs” and the spammers haven’t figured out that it exists yet!

Cheers Karl! I’ll be following and thanks for doing the same!

- Don

Blog Handbook December 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm

You got it right. There is no quick way to make it and start making money. It always takes time. For some of my sites it has taken from 6months to year to really start earning.

Good luck with your endavours.

Don Power December 7, 2009 at 11:58 am

I wonder too, if a lot of new bloggers like me wish there were more hours in the day to get everything done! I wonder if a partnership team of two new would be bloggers working together on one blog would make it get to profitablity more quickly?

Of course, then you’s have to generate twice the revenue to keep it going…

What do you think of new blogger partnerships? Do you think it’s doable? I don’t see enyone talking about it?

Ben Lang December 6, 2009 at 11:14 am

I’m on my way to make a million dollars!

Don Power December 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Hey Ben!

Thanks for your comment. I checked out your blog – and subscribed. Very cool. Great post on CommentLuv too, by the way. I’m going to get it hooked up here within the next day or two!

Cheers and thanks!

- Don

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