$65,000 for this blog!

The picture above is an actual $50,000 photo of cash I took out today from the bank.
Why did I do that?
I am just sick and tired of this one company (That they requested to remain anonymous) offers.
Here is the story in a nutshell:
4 Weeks ago, a New York based electronics company contacted me via the contact form asking me for my number!!
I thought it was like any consultation request or any developing service of mine. I was wrong..
Their “Sales manager” called me (Not even the companies manager nor the owner or CEO), simply to offer me $50,000 for this blog that you are reading right now.
As you may know that I migrated 5 of my blogs into this one, one of them was about gadgets (Electronic gadgets of course) and he said that they wanted to buy this blog, delete all categories (except for the gadget category), have me write for them for the next year in a regular bases, then they will redirect the URL to their own blogs…. HUH?!
First of all, this blog was appraised for more than that, then the fact that I would make this amount in less than a year, got me asking my self: Why stop the cash flow after a year?! And why would I work for someone else for an entire year?
I simply said: Thank you for the offer but my answer is no.
2 Weeks later the owner of the company called me (the day after my interview with John Chow) and raised the price to $60,000 and I don’t have to work for them (Except for a 2 weeks visit just to get them used to the blog “blog training” he said), I thought about it and said no again.
4 Calls followed some of them were very rude (That’s not a good way to do business) 2 calls were the day after my (interview with Yaro Starak).
They have contacted me again 2 days ago by email, the offer was $65,000, and left me with 2 choices:
Ask them for no less than $100,000
Or
Ask them to stop the rude and annoying calls and leave me alone.
I took my time to answer this time, I thought about my readership (You guys), I thought about the income that would stop coming in, and I thought about my future plans for this blog (Like the Online school I am working on launching soon), So I tweeted about it 2 days ago (If you follow my twitter you’ll know how annoyed I was). I guess they didn’t like that, I got a twitter reply by one of their employees asking to keep them anonymous.
OK… it’s over now… no wait another phone call this morning from the secretary telling me they want to raise the offers price but I have to approve to them that I actually make this kind of money, So I took on the challenge to send a clear message and went to the bank, withdrew the cash and used my photo studio to take the picture!!!
If all the above was not working, I thought maybe this blog post will, here it is loud and clear:
I am not “under-selling” this blog, for all the reasons above.
That’s the bottom line.
Another reason I blogged about this is for the lessons I learned that I will share with you:
Lesson 1: Don’t under estimate your power.
Lesson 2: Negotiate, don’t send rude emails or bad calls, be smart and you might get what you want.
Lesson 3: Don’t play games (Like having your secretary calling to raise the offer) just be straight forward.
Lesson 4: Don’t forget your people, your friends, your readers. They are the reason that made this blog as big as it is today.

8 thoughts on “$65,000 for this blog!”

  1. This should be a stand made on behalf of all who blog. Hold on to what you believe, write what you believe in and never, ever forget who is reading.

  2. I have just started blogging with the future in mind (not just starting and stopping, but blogging on a schedule, writing GOOD content, etc..) and appreciate the role model you have shown us. It is encouraging to see that for you, this is not just about the money, but instead, your readers and your passions. I hope that this is the kind of blog(ger) I become as time wears on. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have just started blogging with the future in mind (not just starting and stopping, but blogging on a schedule, writing GOOD content, etc..) and appreciate the role model you have shown us. It is encouraging to see that for you, this is not just about the money, but instead, your readers and your passions. I hope that this is the kind of blog(ger) I become as time wears on. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Very good article, and I agree, I had offers for my domain name since I got so much traffic on there, I started by creating a myspace and a facebook and I changed the names to match up my domain name and SEO everything tied them all to my domain, now I get at least 2,000 hits a night and hundreds of unique vistors, then I had people wanting to ad with me or purchase my domain name, sorry , i did this for myself, not to make money on this, but to let people know about eCommerce and Web Design, not for me to make a quick buck on it, good article Alex and it was cool seeing your interview too, it’s been a while since that day at eBay Live in Boston, but I enjoy your site!

  5. Very good article, and I agree, I had offers for my domain name since I got so much traffic on there, I started by creating a myspace and a facebook and I changed the names to match up my domain name and SEO everything tied them all to my domain, now I get at least 2,000 hits a night and hundreds of unique vistors, then I had people wanting to ad with me or purchase my domain name, sorry , i did this for myself, not to make money on this, but to let people know about eCommerce and Web Design, not for me to make a quick buck on it, good article Alex and it was cool seeing your interview too, it’s been a while since that day at eBay Live in Boston, but I enjoy your site!

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