Growing up, our parents taught my siblings and I the value of money.

If we wanted candy or toys, we were taught we had to work for them, so we babysat, helped friends and relatives in their hay fields or gardens and little by little saved up for what we wanted. With coins burning a hole in our pocket, we patiently waited for the next trip to town so we could carefully chose how we’d spend our hard earned money.

Upon returning home we’d empty our paper sacks, touch and admire each thing we bought and if it was candy, slowly savor the taste.

Knowing we had worked for it, that sugar-laden candy tasted scrumptious and the toys became something we treasured.

Today’s Lesson

Nowadays, most of what we find online is free.

We find free ideas, jokes, pictures, recipes, instructions and in some cases, the entire content of books.

Like everyone else, I enjoy the freebies, but in most cases that which is online for free holds very little measurable value.

If I lose the link to something, I just do search and find it again.

If I find a good idea, I might leave a thank you comment, but after thinking about or using what I learned, the information is tossed, so to speak.

Nowadays, with the exception of the time we spend searching, we don’t have to “work” for what we get online nor do we have to save money for it.

Since it’s not something we can physically touch, what we find online becomes “throw away” information.

Because it’s free, short of disagreeing with what the blog author stated, we can’t complain about what we receive, nor can we return it.

On the flip side, if we purchase a book, we don’t throw it away when we’re done with it. Instead, we keep it on our book shelf, reread it, pass it on to someone else, or sell it.

Bloggers are taught “content is king” and we learn how our blog posts should have value.

But is the value we provide thrown away and forgotten about after it’s read?

Except for that which increases our knowledge base, in most cases, the answer is “probably so”.

So, what’s a blogger to do?

Today’s Assignment

If a blogger has valuable information to share, do you think it would be better for them to sell it, rather than offering it for free?

Would you pay for information knowing you could probably find it somewhere else online?

Care to share?

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  1. Hi Barbara – It depends. A “freemium” strategy is often touted as a rapport or credibility builder. But it can lower expectations. E-book prices have been lowered in part by this giveaway mentality. I believe in paying for work product that I believe will benefit me in some way, and I don’t begrudge its creator a dime if my hunch bears out. People who’ve been around for a while can spot empty content that they shouldn’t pay for, but it’s harder for those who are new to online marketing to separate the good from the hustlers. Thanks.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Betsy,

      You’ve raised a good point. For those of us who have been around/online for awhile, it’s easy to spot worthless information, but newbies could easily be scammed.

  2. GaryNo Gravatar says:


    Interesting post. I suppose it comes down to the fact that whilst there is alot of information on the web not alot of it really has a commercial value. For example I found your post interesting but it would not have had a commercial value to me. Also to sell information you really need to be a trusted source and those are rare online. If you establish yourself online as a guru then I is very possible to sell your information/posts/expertise but these are not common and take huge amounts of effort/talent.

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Gary,

      True. Some posts don’t have commercial value, however they may hold value in other ways. To try and sell our posts (in book form) is one way to possibly make money, however like you said, it’d take a lot of talent and effort – with no guarantee they’d sell.

  3. They may not remember what you say, but they will remember how you made them feel.

    It’s true that, for the most part, blog posts go unremembered. But I am certain that everyone who follows a blog has that “special someone” in the blogging world — the blogger whose updates you check first. The one you always comment on. Heck, the one who probably has posts in your bookmark folder. 95% of bloggers come and go, and can be taken or left. But that other 5% are valued, and remembered. Possibly because they are personal, and real, and the voice and character of the author comes out unmistakably clear.

    A good blog should be like reading a living, breathing book, with chapters unfolding slowly and deliciously over time. As a blogger, that’s my personal goal. And if I never get there, I sure as hell better enjoy the road.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Joel,

      I like the quote you shared – it’s very true. 🙂

      Looking at a blog as a living, breathing book is a great way to not only enter the blogosphere, but the concept would keep us motivated to be the best we can be.

  4. These days it will get tougher and tougher to charge for information that can be found for free elsewhere. The amount of free info online is just growing too much everyday. I don’t really have a problem with giving away information for free. I figure if it’s good enough information, it will somehow help me, either by gainers regulars or building social shares/links.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jeremy,

      You’re right. The amount of free information is growing fast but as you mentioned, it’s also a great way to gain recognition.

  5. Having recently read Danny Brown’s post, I’ve been re-evaluating the value of what I write. I know that the internet encourages us to give information and knowledge for free, but is it really free? I see it as a complex barter system. I share and that brings value to someone somewhere. You share, and it brings value to me. So we’re giving and receiving priceless information and inspiration.
    Having said that, I pay for information or knowledge that I need although I know that if I scan a whole lot of websites I can gather that information for free. The time and effort don’t make it worth it – so I pay.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Corinne,

      You’re right. Most times we could possibly find what we’re looking for for free, but if we value our time, sometimes is best to pay the price and get on with our life.

      P.S. Your blog looks awesome. 🙂 I love the theme and colors.

  6. NelsonNo Gravatar says:

    I really love the way you write your blogs. Its unique and makes me think about things that I never paid attention to. Well your today’s blog is no different. It makes me think really how much life has changed. On one hand its nice that we get information so easily but on another I see it as a drawback that we don’t work hard for it, we have become lazy. I don’t think anyone will be interested in paying for things that are readily available for free.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Nelson,

      I agree. When we get things for free, they often hold less value. That’s not to say we don’t appreciate what others are sharing, however I think, we’re more apt to forget who to give credit to.

  7. ZeeshanNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Really awesome post. I suppose it comes down to the fact that while there is alot of information on the internet but not alot of it really has a commercial value.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Zeeshan,

      I hear you. A lot of what we find doesn’t appear to have “commercial” value, however what’s shared can often be used in ways one can’t measure. i.e. a post which makes us think and forces us out of our comfort zone, or a post which tells us we’re not alone.

  8. NavneetNo Gravatar says:

    The only thing is that while the information is free on web but yes the premium content really have good value and have quick inforamation and are wrote by experts. Like Dareen on Problogger provides you all help from a-z but why he published his book 30 days to build a better blog ? Because it has quick or you can say a short extract of his skills and experience. So purchasing these content is not waste but it saves time.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Navneet,

      You’re right. If we want all of the information on a given topic in one place, it’s wiser to buy a book. It’d make great reference material plus as you said, would save us time.

  9. SusanNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barb,
    I know of a few bloggers that tried to make their blogs into newsletters that you had to pay for. Two of the three simply disappeared – the other has been “silenced” by a lawsuit. It has never occurred to me to sell my blog info, altho I am putting a book together. Been a little slow with that since I’m taking another round of classes, but it’s on the stove anyway.

    I give a LOT of info all the time. Since it is mostly health related/ food related I don’t know where it goes, if people really do start to watch what “real” food they are eating, or if they start reading labels. I’m just not in this for the money I guess you could say.

    Have a great holiday weekend,
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi SuZen,

      That’s sad – silenced by a lawsuit.

      That’s true – about not knowing what those who read our blogs do with the information. We can hope it’s beneficial, however there’s no guarantee. And, with it being for free, I’d assume we won’t hear too many people complaining.

  10. KathiNo Gravatar says:

    I think that the coolest thing in the blogger community is that all the informations shared are for free. It doesn’t depend on how useful or relevant the content is, the audience judges always anyway. I won’t think if somebody has something important or helpful to say ho/she should sell it for money.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Kathi,

      That is pretty cool, isn’t it – that we share for free.

      Yes. It is up to the audience to judge the value of what we share. For some it may be meaningless, however for others it might be just what they were looking for.

  11. We live in the era of free information. I can’t imagine trying to charge for it.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Vered,

      In some cases, I can see where the information should be free, especially is everyone else is giving it away.

  12. Jovie OnyemaNo Gravatar says:

    if i could probably get it free elsewhere, i’m not gonna pay for it. whats the point. its only a matter of taking the stress to find where to get it free.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jovie,

      You’re right. As long as we don’t mind spending time searching for the information (and it’s from a reputable source), paying for the same wouldn’t make sense.

  13. I usually offer a “donation box” via PayPal for dedicated readers, and I’ve found that most of them are willing to donate (especially around the holidays) if they appreciate my posts. I, as a reader and writer, and more than happy to reciprocate as well. I donate to my favorite bloggers when I think that something they’ve posted is really worthy.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Robert,

      Thank you for bringing that up – about the donate button. If what has been shared helps us, why not compensate the blogger and show our gratitude?

  14. This is a big issue right now with all the illegal file-sharing going around. I think that companies need to be aware of the availability of their product online, because people are obviously not going to pay for something that is readily available for free online. So if you know that it is easy to get for free, why bother? Just upload on your own site for free too and that way maybe at least you will get some readers or hits. Maybe they’ll come back to your site in the future and donate in some other way.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Paul,

      That’s right. We’ve seen the issue of illegal file sharing in the news. I’m curious to see how that plays out and if it will affect bloggers in any fashion.

  15. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. free is the value of what’s on offer. If someone has packaged up some posts or ideas into a book or ebook then I may well buy – if it’s relevant to me. I will buy books blogging authors have written to support them to get that foot on the publishing ladder.

    I hope the value of my blog is in the interest generated – another (different) look at life – I write for me, but with my readers in mind … and I wouldn’t write for me – if my readers weren’t there to contribute to the ‘story’ …

    There are some blog treasures – valued for their content, friendliness etc; there are many many trash blogs; then there are professional blogs – where it’s your decision based on your knowledge and perceived wisdom, if they offer what you need.

    Blog treasures – such as here … are a dream – giving us great info, giving feedback, and then providing us with food for thought …

    Treasure = is here! Cheers Hilary
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Hilary,

      Yes. Free can have value, too. For some, the information may not be beneficial at all, however for others, it could be priceless.

      That’s a good point about professional blogs. Just like with personal blogs, we need to access if what’s being shared is correct or not. Just because a blog has a “big name” doesn’t mean what they share is gospel.

  16. WilfredNo Gravatar says:

    In my opinion, maybe we should use the “stripper approach”. We should entice them by showing a little, then we let them pay to see the whole package.

    On another note, forgive me for the analogy.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Wilfred,

      Actually the “stripper approach” is often used to sell books. We get to read the first chapter or two, but to gain access to the rest requires payment.

  17. Barbara,

    One of the phrases I ran across when learning about social media was “information wants to be free”. Even before the internet this was the case, people burning CD’s for friends, libraries, etc. Information we pay for will eventually end up being free as well.

    The trick is what we do with the information that counts. If we learn something to apply in another setting, or enhance and deepen our understanding of a topic that helps us make better decisions – this is where the value is created. Otherwise, in one ear and out the other!

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome David,

      Exactly. In one ear and out the other. If what we’re sharing is not beneficial, us and our blog can quickly be forgotten by some.

      I’m still contemplating the statement, “information wants to be free”. 🙂

  18. Ricky StrodeNo Gravatar says:

    Valuable comes in all shapes and sizes. When there was some work done or some process to attain something, then it will have more of a value from a certain stand point. Just like a valuable like lesson from a very taxing situation will also often be more of value. However, this does not mean all other information or intake is “thrown away” unless one has created a mental strategy for doing so. In fact, out brain stores tons of things we do not directly consciously think about to create what we are consciously aware of. However, this is at a level most never really notice.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ricky,

      True. Value does come in all shapes and sizes – with each of us applying the measurement as it pertains to us.

      You’re comment reminded me of how we often read a blog post and KNOW it’s true, but we aren’t ready to apply the knowledge to our life or situation.

  19. Wow Barbara this is food for thought and it took me quite awhile to find you because in the last 3 weeks my Google reader pages have disappeared and I am trying to figure out how to find them again.

    I think I write my book reviews in a way to get the reader interested and then to hope they will purchase the book. I then get a wee bit of a thank you from the publisher if they purchase from my site. But all the free reviewers have taken my book reviewing income from a nice monthly check to a very small token, and usually a free book from the publishers.
    How are folks supposed to make an income these days? My Librarian daughter says learning to discern is the greatest skill a person can have when dealing with the internet

    Has everyone discovered huge changes…I am having to sign in all over the place now and then the replies are not coming in…
    I hope our blogging guru will give us some lessons…
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Patricia,

      I hope your reader problem has been resolved.

      What your daughter said is true. Learning how to discern the information we find online is a skill in itself.

      I’m not sure why you’re not receiving the replies. Hopefully it’s just a temporary glitch and you’ll soon be back on track. 🙂

  20. How would we know whether we are getting the real McCoy if we have a specific need for information? I agree with the comment that it is imperative to learn discernment.

    About 20 years ago, I watched an interview with the philosopher Umberto Eco who said that we will need a new course at University dedicated to working our way through the data on the internet. He also addressed discernment.

    That was an understatement. The Net has evolved so rapidly that each of us have had to land running to keep ahead of that ballooning need.

    My presence on the Net is to fulfill my perceived purpose. People have asked me for intuitive readings which I’m happy to do for a donation. Because I go into a meditative state, write the information and include follow-up to answer specific questions, when I figure out the hourly rate, it’s dismal! I would not attempt to make a living doing this.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Amy,

      You nailed it. A lot of us hit the ground running, as far at the internet is concerned. With so much information at our fingertips, it can be mind boggling trying to figure out what’s true, what’s beneficial and what’s published to (try to) manipulate the general public.

  21. I think once you’ve shared enough content for free and have a good user base then one can have a look at offering extra or in depth views for a price – But personally I wont ever stop offering content (to a valuable extent) for free online. It allows for much more Business opportunities and exposure.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Anton,

      You’re right. If we have gained a good reputation and following, we could go on to publish content for a price.

      I like your idea of sharing information for free knowing it could lead to greater opportunities.

  22. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. I like that I can access free information and resources online. As a teacher, a DJ, and a hip-hop writer, I find that completely indispensible.

    But I do buy teaching related material and often think that I should sell some of my great ideas instead of just giving them away. I was planning on writing an ebook of Teaching Ideas this summer. It’s something I’m going to look into.

    But, I will continue to give some stuff away. I just like the idea and the community it builds.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chase,

      I think you should write an ebook. Not only have you gained credibility online, but I’d bet those who are using the teaching tips would love to have them in one spot (ebook) rather than spending time going through your archives for the ones they’ve missed.

  23. That was a great read, including the comments. What i like most in this blog is its active readers and the interaction between writer and readers. I think that blogs are a treasure, if you are serious about it. There are trash blogs, this is inevitable but someone should not give attention to them.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Rashmi,

      True. Some blogs do post “trash” and those are usually the ones which don’t last.

  24. Hi Barbara,
    You always bring back the true old values and ways that I so enjoy reading about. That is the reason I enjoy your blog so much. All of people think that ‘you get what your pay for’ – so, how does that pan out. Many people see the value of something, if they pay?

    I personally love all the free information that is available online. When I find something on line that interests me or a tutorial I need, I always save it because I’m not sure I can find it again!!

    Very thought provoking question!!
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  25. PeterNo Gravatar says:

    I think that the days of sharing of useful informations for free will be over soon. The internet is already fulfilled with trashy content, and the servers won’t optimize their search engines for free to help you find exactly what you want. The real relevant contents won’t be free in the future.
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    • That will depend on your own determination to find said content. Search engines are poor ways to find this kind of information. You have to seek it out. There is an incredible wealth of useful, important, and free information being published online, you’re simply never going to find it looking through the top searches on Google. Content and knowledge will always be free, you just have to be savvy enough to find it.

      • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

        Hi Scott,

        Spending the time searching for the information we’re looking for can be daunting and like you said, to find some of it, takes savvy.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Peter,

      It will be interesting to see if your observation comes true. Although the internet does contain a lot of trash, I’m curious how they’d separate the good from the bad.

  26. BeccaNo Gravatar says:

    Very interesting post. I think we should give the information free because we can post articles in the internet for me.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Becca,

      Free is good as long as it’s accurate. If it’s not, we could end up spreading falsehoods.

  27. PadukaNo Gravatar says:

    why charge information that can be found for free elsewhere?
    I don’t really have a problem with giving away information for free. I figure if it’s good enough information, it will somehow help me, either by gainers regulars or building social shares/links.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Paduka,

      Yes. Giving away information for free can lead to greater opportunities.

  28. johnNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara!!! 🙂 It’s good to give information for free. The realatioship is like that. Give and take. You give information and the reward is traffic to your site. 🙂
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi John,

      You’re right. It does become a give and take situation. A win-win! 🙂

  29. NikiNo Gravatar says:

    The subject is very interesting. I actually read an awesome book about the FREE stuff. The book is called FREE and the author is Chris Anderson. It is really good and explains how FREE work very well. In short I can say that information wants to be free, but it depends on the way it is delivered. For example if it is a real object like a book it should be paid, because real resources are spent like paper and ink. But if it is an e-book for example only digital resources are spent. And digital resources cost so little that we assume they are free. So if the recourses are free we give the information free. And the best thing is that one product can exist free and paid at the same time. The free version promotes and makes the paid one more popular. Basically read the book. It is awesome :).
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Niki,

      Thank you for the review of the book. It sounds fascinating.

      On the topic of ebooks, where the resources are cheap to use, what I don’t see happening is a blogger putting a value on their time. 🙁

      • NikiNo Gravatar says:

        Yes, I also thought that my comment does not mention that :). Well things are not as simple as I described them of course. In all cases you must have profit for your time spent. But there are different business models. Some include using a free product some using a paid one. When you use a free product there are a few major models for earning and they are described in the book. It is starting to sound like I am selling this book by now but I have nothing to do with it :). But really all will be made clear there.

        For example when you provide a free product you have to maximize the amount of people reached. This is the strongest part of the free stuff. And when you maximize to a big amount of people then you can earn depending on the business model you have chosen (for example you have a paid version of the product that has more features and 5% of the people reached by the free one will get it, or you have ads somewhere and 1% of people will click it – the numbers are just examples).
        For blogs I think that the content must be free and there could be ads to monetize. For real books they must be paid and with a free version as an e-book. And for e-books made only on e-books they could be paid but there must be something free that will promote them. Maybe a short version that has part of the valuable information that will make people buy the paid one. And you then maximize the free one to as many people as you possible can so the small percentage of people can buy the paid one and make you money :). Or you can promote a paid e-book with a free blog.
        Ops a long comment. Sorry :).

  30. Hi Barbara.
    It’s nice to get things for free. But I’ve noticed there is a certain responsibility that comes with the exchange of money, which takes interactions to another level. I don’t believe this is a black and white issue; some information may be given for free, as a complimentary gift, perhaps. And then after that — $$$ ! 🙂

    Depending on what the information was, I would pay for it if I trusted who was selling it, rather than finding it somewhere else online from someone I was not familiar with.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Davina,

      That’s true. If we decide to charge for information, we need to deliver even more value than what we’re sharing for free. Plus, if we’re selling, we also risk having our service/product reviewed and need to realize we could be criticized, as well.

  31. Just the other day I was thinking about the time I used to save money in order to get a book that I so desperately wanted to read or the time I didn’t eat my favorite snack so that I could watch my favorite movie. This made getting those things more special because I worked really hard for them. But now I all I have to do is search on the internet and get them for free. This has made it lose its appeal. I don’t find them special anymore. So free doesn’t always mean it is good.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Akbar,

      I’m with you. When we “work” for that which we receive, we’re more apt to appreciate it, rather than discarding the value if we can find it for free.

  32. DavidNo Gravatar says:

    You get everything for free today and if its not free then it too expensive. I really don’t know whether the articles that are available for free are any less interesting then the articles that we have to pay for. There are good and bad everywhere and it is up to us to distinguish between them. Frankly, I don’t think I will mind paying for something which is really important for me and which is very useful. But I am not ready to splurge money on something that is not worth it.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi David,

      We don’t know do we – if what we pay for will be more interesting or valuable than what we get for free. All the more reason to research prior to purchasing in the event what we intend to buy can be found free of charge.

  33. AdrianNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I am agreed to some of your points. In older days, we used to admire everything which we were able to buy by our hard earned money, whether it’s candy, or book or toy! I still remember my story Book for which i had so much urge that My mom gave me within instance after I finished my daily task !
    But in modern world , now almost everything what we say in online world is free. but the folks who have understood the value of information still admire it, whether that’s touchable or not! At least I still admire the online information!
    As far as the bloggers hard worked information is concerned, honestly giving for free is little bit unfair with those honest bloggers,unless they are earning a big bunch of money!!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Adrian,

      So…you remember those days, too?

      I agree. Bloggers do work hard and willingly share what they know for free. It does seem unfair, however it’s also part of the blogging process and why we usually see bloggers running ads on their sites in hopes of earning some sort of income for the time they spend online.

  34. RonakNo Gravatar says:

    What you have conveyed here is absolutely right. Now we have access to lot of free content on the internet so we have lost the value for it. Yes but when we were child even though we live in different parts of the world the hardwork we did for the candy’s were the same. I feel the content put up on internet should be for free as people when invest there money in something, obviously expect some thing good and they feel disappointed for not receiving the same.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ronak,

      True. It doesn’t matter where we live in the world, learning to work for value is the same.

  35. MelissaNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for sharing a wonderful post Barbara. As for your question, no one in their right mind would pay for something they can find online for free. I wouldn’t.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Melissa,

      Like you, I enjoy the free information that’s shared online, however we need to remember the time we spend searching for it has value too. i.e. Could our time be used more productively doing something else?

  36. Arjun RaiNo Gravatar says:

    Blog is always a treasure of information, If a topic is known for me which i already know about that then i might not read that blog but it dose not mean that it is a trash, it is still treasure for those people who dont know about that topic and every blog techs us something.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Arjun,

      Yes. A blog will hold value for some, but for others, not. That’s not to say a blog is bad – it’s just not what some want to read/view.

  37. Interesting question Barbara! It depends on the commercial value of the information you got. Nowadays anything that we want to know is already available on the internet. There are a lot of free resources out there. But if we try to observe, those premium content especially those that are written by the experts and experienced individual are worth the price. I think paying will help you save time. And if it really helps you and it’s what you really needed I think money value will never be an issue.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Classy Career Girl,

      True. There’s not much we cannot find online. Like you said, paying for information will save us time, however because some don’t put a value on their time, they’d rather spend endless hours searching instead of paying the price.

  38. marybethNo Gravatar says:

    I enjoyed reading your article. I used to blog for fun and for me. Now it’s a hardship on me as I have to get my #’s up and keep them up, for the reviews and giveaways I hold on my blog. It’s tiresome but needs to be done. I’d love to just blog but can’t. I may have to start another one just so I can have fun with it and just write to write. Thanks!

  39. Great question indeed. If blogger has something useful to offer, I think it’s not wrong to earn from it. Information is the main reason why people search online, and all of us loves them for free. It depends on your purpose on writing, if you only write for money then it’s completely a trash but if you’re writing to learn, share and communicate (the concept of earning is Last in your list) then it’s a treasure.
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  40. Will SmithNo Gravatar says:

    I have high five for you. I feel so happy after reading your blog “Blogs. Treasures or Trash?”. Yes for those who know this that how to write a meaningful and useful blog for the readers this is Treasure for them and for those who don’t have any good knowledge about blog this is Trash for those. I have faced this situation lot’s of times in my life. But after that i have learn from my mistakes.
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  41. KostenNo Gravatar says:

    Nice blog. I prefer not to pay for online content. There is so much on the internet, so the free stuff is enough for me.
    Thanks for the nice post though!
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  42. OlciaNo Gravatar says:

    “If a blogger has valuable information to share, do you think it would be better for them to sell it, rather than offering it for free?”
    It’s a really god idea to start from free tips and regularly publish exceptionally valuable information that users have to pay for.

    There’s also another option. If you think you won’t earn a lot from writing then you should think about displaying some posts only for registered users, that have to agree for getting adverts for their e-mails. You can get a lot of subscribers this way and then sell mailings. What do you think about it?

  43. Hello, Barbara!
    Nice post. It has set me thinking. To my mind, you can give away your thoughts for free if you just want to share them or make some discussion. But if some information you post requires your talent and your time, you should derive a profit from it. I don’t usually pay for the online information, but as Classy Carrer Girl said “paying will help you save time”. Just few days ago I found some awesome jazz sheet music for piano. I didn’t want to pay for it, but after 3,5 hours of searching through the net, I gave up.
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  44. Thiar TheaNo Gravatar says:

    Internet = Free. Because it is free, then the internet exploded.
    I think fine if it still free. Because Blogging is about sharing.
    I believe what we give will come back to us one day. even more
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  45. Ade LewisNo Gravatar says:

    I think if you know something that is valuable then it totally depends upon the the one what he want to make out it it, NAME or MONEY because both hold importance.

  46. DanidNo Gravatar says:

    I guess free information should not be a problem because it is basically sharing your part of the story or experience. The one who cares to repect it and value it would do it any how and that is what finally matters. Two or three really good followers rather then a dozen fake ones.

  47. Hi Barbara ,

    Really interesting post with catchy title. Well, Yes I am agree with you that we are always look for finding freebies and free information online and yes most of the information is available these day with not high quality . Good blogs are still treasures and a blog which has authentic information is still loved by their readers/visitors.

    Ghaaliya Nabeeha
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  48. dewdx webNo Gravatar says:

    I think it’s a two sided issue. A blogger has the responsibility to create quality content for the readers. When readers finds a post useful, I think they should make it a point to express their appreciation. A simple gesture can make a world of difference in keeping the blogger motivated to make quality content. It is also the reader’s responsibility to correct whatever misinformation they see, to sort of clean up the web. That way, we preserve the value of the blog or resource, regardless of whether it is free or not.

  49. Hi Barbara,
    In my view, blogs are precious treasures. I love my blog. Here I need to say my favorite quote “No blog no life, Know blog know life”
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  50. I was jobless and i was in seek of job, someone told me about SEO and Blogging, I purchased a domain and start blogging. after 2 years i got rank 3/10 it was my achievement and after that i apply for SEO job into a Getacho Company. and I was accepted there.
    I small advice make my today personality.
    you are right friend. Blog are treasures
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  51. That is a GREAT question. I feel that the answer could be both. I love providing information for free because it builds relationships and trust. Once they see you as the expert, they’re more willing to purchase something from you. The same could go for writing a book or Kindle edition. It is possible to build an audience and put them on a “early bird” list once your book comes out. If they like your writing, chances are they would be willing to buy the book. Just a thought.

  52. logodesignNo Gravatar says:

    Your way of thinking is really positive, professional and awesome. It is absolutely right that we can use blogs as treasures and if someone not working hard to make his blog a treasure then it will be trash. In this scenario your arguments are very effective to understand the importance of blogs.

  53. ValentinaNo Gravatar says:

    You are discussing an interesting question. Of cause blogging takes a lot of time, bur I don’t think blog information should be sold. A blogger has different possibilities to make money otherwise.