Are You On the Quest For More Cash?

Are you on the Quest for more Cash?

Stand Out From The Crowd or Bust

The make money online niche has become extremely saturated over the past year. There are more blogs than ever trying to rank for the phrase “make money online,” despite little-to-no prior knowledge or without any original content. As a result, we are surrounded by a sea of similar blogs and it has become harder than ever to stand out.

One blog which has differentiated itself in the blogosphere is Cash Quests. Cash Quests describes itself as the “personification of online greed.” To put it simply, what makes Cash Quests stand out is a clever combination of juicy content, well-written opinion, and practical knowledge of how to make money online. Add a dash of humor and the guts to call out AGLOCO, and it is clear why Cash Quests is one of the most widely read blogs in the “make money online” niche.

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Judging from this Alexa chart, it is clear that Cash Quests has enjoyed almost instantaneous success since its mid-May inception progressive success since it’s December 2006 inception.

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Stop Being Everyone Else

Cash Quests is popular for many reasons. One aspect of Cash Quests’ popularity is that it is not like any other blog. Let me illustrate this point with several examples:

Calling out the big boys. The success of Cash Quests can be attributed to many factors. One aspect in particular is its stance on AGLOCO. While everyone was praising AGLOCO to no tomorrow, Cash Quests was calling it out for being too much like its predecessor, AllAdvantage, a company that was dead in the water after two years.

A few months later, CQ further proved its point in the article, “How Much Money Can You Make From AGLOCO? I Know!” Hats off to CQ for calling out a scheme. I never personally invested a single keystroke promoting it, but I know many others did.

The removal of comments. What is a blog without comments? Cash Quests did a study on the top 10 blogs on Technorati and found out that only 3% of readers leave comments. The conclusion that CQ drew was that “…comments do very little to add value to a site and that the main focus for a blogger should be on rewarding and encouraging readers – not just those who leave comments.”

After 7 days without comments, CQ shared its results. CQ noted one surprising change from turning off comments:

Better relationships will be built: Without having to spend time reading, moderating and replying to comments I predicted that I would have more time to spend e-mailing and building relationships with other bloggers. This has definitely occurred with some fantastic relationships being built that have resulted in some very high PR links being both given and received.

Did turning off comments have an effect on readership?

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Interestingly enough, readership has only INCREASED on CQ! With over 800 RSS subscribers now, Cash Quests is one of the most popular blogs in its niche, and it’s no surprise with its consistently outside-the-box content.

All guest bloggers should die? I will admit – that post title is pure linkbait, but Cash Quests makes a strong argument for why guest bloggers do not provide value to blogging. To illustrate, CQ purposes this question:

Imagine you have just written a super-awesome post that will be linked to by everybody who reads it. Will you publish it on your own site or will you e-mail it away to be published here on CashQuests.com?

CQ says that we would rather save it for our own site, but I disagree. If I had the opportunity to post on a blog with as large of a readership as CQ, I would want to make sure it was some of my best content, not just B-work. Like anything, guest-blogging is an opportunity to surpass what people expect from you. If I wrote a crappy post for a guest blog, of course no one will want to visit my blog! A-work all the way for guest posts is what I say!

That being said, CQ follows up its argument about guest blogging with an interesting example taken from Shoemoney’s blog in a post entitled “Helping Shoemoney Make Money Online.” Like many of CQ’s posts, it is a hilarious read!

A plethora of hilarious, well-written, and insightful articles in to the world of making money online. A few superb examples:

  • Did You Just Throw Up On Your Website? Get Color Smart!: CQ says, “Don’t just pick your favorite color – conduct psychological warfare and choose the color that will best reflect the theme of your site and lead to maximum revenue.”
  • Incredible Website Reviews: One thing CQ excels in is website reviews. All of its reviews contain a 500-word minimum, multiple screenshots of your site, and multiple links to your site using any anchor text. For example, its recent review of Derek Beauchemin was a great insight into another clever online marketer.

    Funny thing too is that CQ recently did a review of me. You, too, can have your site reviewed on CQ. At only $80, this is an excellent value for a website review with a readership as large as CQ’s, which is sure to grow bigger in the coming months. You can learn more about its website reviews here.

  • Why You Only Need $10 To Become Remarkable. Excellent insight into the need to brand your identity and the surprisingly low cost of doing so. CQ says:

    In my quest to make money online, I spend a lot of time reviewing and visiting new sites and it never ceases to amaze me at just how ugly some of them look. As visitors will be assessing your site within the first second of visiting it, it’s essential that you make a brilliant first impression!

Conclusion

If there is anything I try to preach on my blog, it is to stand out from the crowd however possible. This is something that CQ has done exceptionally well. Clever writing, juicy content, and strong opinions only make me want to read more of Cash Quests. I am sure we can expect CQ to easily crest 1000 readers before you know it.

Cash Quests is DEFINITELY one of the more interesting blogs to read today and I highly recommend everyone subscribe to CashQuests.


One last thing, it looks like CQ is about to unleash a new blog design! Currently, several spots are still available, but I am sure they will be going very fast. Your opportunity to advertise on an increasingly popular blog which is sure to receive far more more traffic in the future is limited. More information here

36 thoughts on “Are You On the Quest For More Cash?”

  1. CashQuests didn’t start in April and get instantaneous success. She started in Dec 06 then switched to her own domain in April, and got rid of the pink πŸ˜‰

    The rss graph you include shows this. Good post but you should do your homework better.

    1. That information wasn’t presented anywhere on the site. Given the fact that CQ does not label its posts with dates or even have an archive, this would have been nearly impossible to find out without significant independent research or by digging into the Web Archive search, which is something I don’t normally do when I for website reviews.

      The mistake I made was quoting the Alexa graph as mid-May being CQ’s inception and for that I take full responsibility. My apologies.

    2. I don’t think it’s fair to say “do your homework”. Nate is 100% correct in that there is not one single date on the site. The site has been *purposely designed* this way so that it is almost impossible to know when the site started or when anything was written. Anybody who started visiting the site after May would truly struggle to find any background information regarding the history of the site….and this is completely purposeful.

      Perhaps Mocky it is *you* who should do your homework better!

      1. I agree, unless told you may not always reach some info that other might have access to. CQ not displaying dates in post might be to let reader assume the post that is equally valid on date. Placing a date might make readers think that info is outdated.

  2. Uh oh… Kumiko needs to do her homework too…

    or at least admit it’s not 100% accurate to say there isn’t one single date on the site. Maybe better to say none of the posts are dated. Because on your most recent article right on the front page of the site, immediately above the graph that Nate quotes is this: “CashQuests has experienced consistent growth since it started on the 31st December 2006”

    I’m not down on you Nate, or trying to troll. I like your blog. That’s why in my comment I gave the info first, then said I liked your post, *then* made the homework comment.

    Fact is, Kumiko’s right too. I also should do my homework better… I didn’t know that none of the posts had dates because I quit going to the site in favor of the RSS feed when she turned comments off.

  3. Cashquest have been feeding great and resource articles to her readers and i am too a readers of her relentless bi*ching on some of those sites that are not paying yet like Ah-go-lo, sorry i could not spell well or have i forgotten such a company which say it will make you make soon!

    Hey nate, Did she pay you for this review? haha!

  4. Cash Quests is an interesting blog, I’ll be honest a few things about her grated at times, but as I grew my blog, I began to look sympathetically at what she’s doing. She makes no bones about literally selling every available pixel for cash, and she’s not deceitful, so for that she should be applauded πŸ™‚

      1. hey there, after re-reading my comment it kind of comes off a bit rude, i apologize as that wasn’t my intention. πŸ™‚

        i remember reading a study last year that put the statistic more at 10%, i’ll look for the book tomorrow, it’s also hard to look seeing as technorati is down atm, it was just a shocking statistic when you think about the top blogs

        most of the webblogs, inc blogs (engadget, autoblog, joystiq) political places like crooksandliars, dailykos, etc

        media places like gawker, metafilter, aintitcoolnews, ohnotheydidnt etc

        famous people like johnchow, zuckerman, etc i could go on and on

        their rate must be much higher, as must be the case for most of the top blogs

        but more importantly i think that comments shouldn’t be given up on

        it’s really tough to explain to people unfamiliar with blogs that the best content can often reside in the comments. a well moderated blog with a good following is so much more than a one-way conversation.

        in fact, good comments make some of the blogs i read frequently

        1. Look at this way, a top post on John Chow might get 200 comments. He has 8500 people reading through RSS, so that’s only 2.3% commenting. When you consider that probably just as many people don’t use RSS to read the site, it’s actually probably less than 2% leaving comments.

          Having them might be fun and sometimes useful, but you have to do it with the knowledge that it only serves a very small percentage.

          1. Furthermore, I think John Chow has the highest number of comments given his RSS feed of 8500… And other blogs where I see five-figure RSS readers, there’s barely any comment!

            *When I see Cash Quests commenting, I felt guilty and beware myself of grammar police catching me! πŸ™‚ *

  5. This sounds like a great site. I hate having to weed through the numerous amounts of blogs who do not know what they are talking about. It’s good to see a site that has some great content and professional opinions.

  6. Its interesting for both sides of the arguement, but I would have to agree that I would want some A plus posts on a more popular blog rather than anything else.

  7. I had my review with Cash Quests… And she writes it with lots of critics… My Grammar mistakes… my header banner…. etc… Overall, she’s fantastic blogger of her style!

  8. I do not agree with the comments. I just love to read the comments on blogs, this way you will be able to see what other people have to say about that article. I will always find that comments are welcome on blogs, they are the life of the blog, they are giving the blogger feedback on what he’s writing, and also they are making the content of the blog grow.

  9. Cash Quests have forged a niche within the manke money online community. One of the golden rules, huh, if you want to drive select traffic to the site.

    Greed is Good and all that!

  10. The bit about guest bloggers stood out for me. When I read someone’s blog, it is because I like “their* blogging and 9 times out of 10, I am disappointed by the articles guests write.

  11. I’m sure I missed your post re-introducing the comments Kumiko (was it the same that introduced the new theme, if I remember right?), just curious – why re-introduce it when you’d decided to put it away?

  12. CQ’s removing the comment section might have helped them but isn’t something that may vary from blog to blog. When you are in search for money then it would be waste commenting instead of following what is written in post. On the other side for some other blog providing useful info, comments may add more insight into it.

    I have seen many blogs that are running because of comments, blogger puts in a sentence or two in a post and commentators start commenting each with length bigger than the posts itself

  13. Oh my goodness, how come I missed such wonderful article on cashquests. I enjoyed every piece of it really. And you know what, I 100% agree to the fact of guest bloggin – I used to be in the same dilemma.

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