An Open Letter to Side Hustle Bloggers

Dear Side Hustle Bloggers,

You’re probably a really nice person. You probably started a blog, with the intention to help people and make some money while you did it. I know I’ve made a ton of mistakes as a blogger, so I’m not here to judge you or assume you have bad motives. But, I’ve heard a lot about people like you, and I am someone who was once victimized by many “helpful” bloggers who are always welcome to dole out advice about side hustles they’ve never tried, all for a quick profit for those glorious referral credits.

But here’s the problem. When you recommend side hustles you have no experience with, you’re giving people hope that you have no right to give. Sure, hypothetically you can make $500 a month on Swagbucks, but who really does that if they aren’t recruiting people with their referral link? No one that I know of! Sure, hypothetically you can make $5,000 a month doing transcribing things or writing freelance articles, but have you done it? Because if you don’t know you can do it, please stop recommending it to others.

Side hustle bloggers are giving people who teach real, doable business models and bad name and I’m freaking sick of it. So respectfully, humbly, I ask that you stop and consider if any of the things in this open letter sound like you, and if they do… then please just stop. You’re hurting yourself long term, and I promise your blog will make you a lot more money if you actually help people!

Stop recommending crappy side hustles

When you recommend crappy side hustles like SwagBucks, you aren’t helping people. Sure, those $5 Amazon gift cards are nice, but that won’t pay their bills, pay for a car repair or basically anything useful to someone who wants to change their financial future.

Also, the horrible job applications you’re sharing about “hypothetical” things people “could” do- can you stop posting those too? Unless you’ve made a living writing freelance articles, then don’t share that horrible idea with someone else. I did support myself that way when I was a new single mother, and it was horrible, and I love to write! I know how lovely it is to get paid for every lead you send to people! I have a few services that I actually use that I recommend to people, and the income is awesome! But please stop recommending jobs you literally know nothing about besides “Oh hey! If I share this and put up a pretty graphic, people will trust me and I’ll get money because they registered!”

People care if you don’t care about their long term success. A lot of them don’t have blogs and a platform of their own, so I’m taking it upon myself to speak for them. Just stop. Stop wasting their time with meaningless side hustles that don’t help them create a long-term solution that will actually begin to solve their financial issues.

For bloggers who write about blogging

Also, please stop recommending BlueHost to aspiring bloggers. They suck, and it’s not just me saying it either. The only people recommending them are the people who are making bank off their commissions.

I seriously wish I could copy and paste all the threads from my blogging Facebook groups here, but that would be really long. Seriously, if you’re a blogger who recommends Bluehost and don’t use them yourself, just stop. You can read all the reasons why in-depth here. If you use them, cool! Recommend away. But let’s start keeping out readers in mind before we make recommendations, mmkay? Some of us work really hard to be honest and above-board in all things, please don’t give us a bad name because you like the Bluehost commission structure.

Psst… if you’re not a sneaky side hustle blogger and think you might want to become an awesome blogger…

One of the things I’ve learned is that many people get into blogging and think it’s all sunshine and roses. They follow the latest plan that tells them they too can make $50,000 a month working 4 hours a week while lying on the beach drinking rum… then 6 months later they’re either making nothing, or they’ve sold their souls.

Going into blogging with realistic expectations for what style of blogging would be the best fit for you would probably have saved a lot of bloggers a lot of pain and suffering, or save them from selling their souls to the Blue Host affiliate program and other such gimmicks. The quiz below will tell you what kind of blogging might be ideal for you!


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