Beware Of Bogus Tips!



As part of my ongoing search for songwriting websites and blogs, I have a Google Alert for “songwriting tips”.  Whenever anything is posted whether it’s news or a new blog post, I get an email with a link to it.

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It struck me recently that I might be reading the same thing over and over again, but I couldn’t remember where.  The only clue I had was that there was always a link to a website selling a Takamine guitar and another one called Solobis which is about making money blogging.

So I did a Google search using one phrase from the article and found that there were 69 blogs with the same article!  You can check for yourself here.

The web has always been a place where you have to take what you find and what you read with a grain of salt, but this new way of making money blogging just disappoints me.

I mean, the article is fine.  But the whole idea is to get you to buy something, not to help you write better songs.

You can count on this website to always have original articles that you will find nowhere else, and the websites that I recommend in my links section are the same.  There are no duplicate articles with a hidden agenda to “make money blogging”.  So what I recommend to you is to subscribe to your favourite blogs (including mine!) and support the people who really are trying to help you along your songwriting path.

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3 comments

  1. Interestingly enough, I just tried to sign up for some “free songwriting tips” at one website and it lead me to an attack site. So not only are tips often bogus, they can also be dangerous! 🙁

  2. Hi there…I did take a look at your website, very cool! Thanks so much for your comment on the other blog. It’s on the “People Who Inspire” article, but you were referring to the story in What A Difference a Year Makes, so maybe you were looking for it there 🙂 I don’t have your email so I can’t contact you directly, so hopefully you’ll see this!

    Cheers,
    IJ

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