Why Should You Care?
For every good prepper website on the internet there is probably 10 websites that are there just to take advantage of you and I. Picking the right prepper website and knowing which of these website owners put in the time and energy to add quality to the preparedness community is easy for me to understand, but for the average person just trying to learn something it is not that cut and dry.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do understand that you just want to learn something, you don’t care about what goes on behind the scenes and I completely get that. But without all of these good preparedness websites, all of this great information would not be available to you on a daily basis, and these bad or “spam” websites would have nothing to offer or nothing to steal to make you believe they are helping you out.
All I ask is that you take a few minutes to read this and hopefully you will gain a better understanding about how you can support your favorite websites and how you can spot these spam websites that only make this preparedness community look “scammy” for lack of a better word.
People like me who decided to start a preparedness website to teach and learn from each other, build awareness and spread the word about self-sufficiency are far different than the websites that are just looking to take advantage of you and I both.
Please watch this video I made about how easy it is to put together one of these websites, some of the differences to look for and what you can do for the preparedness community when you find an article that you find interesting on one of these sites.
The Good and Bad
There are some similarity’s and some differences in these preparedness websites, and sometimes it can be hard to find out who is trying to fool you, and who is truly trying to benefit the preparedness community.
You will see ads on just about every prepper website you read, you will find ads on just about every website you read for that matter, but the difference is the intention of the website owner.
The good: A quality preparedness website will have ads on them because it takes time and money to continually add value for the preparedness community. If you are going to buy something on Amazon for instance you can click on a link from one of these websites and help them without having to spend any extra money.
As website owners we get a very small percentage of this, usually around 5% of the total. This means if you are going to buy something anyway, you can support one of your favorite websites by using their links. When you click an Amazon ad it doesn’t even have to be for that product, you can use one of these links anytime you plan on purchasing from Amazon.
The Bad: The fake prepper websites don’t care if you like the article or not, they want you to click an ad and that’s all they care about. You will see little effort to build a quality website because it would cost them too much for the small percentage they earn on ads. But if they can put 20 of these fake websites together for free and make $10 a week on each of those, that’s $800 a month they just stole from you and I.
The good: As someone who writes all of my own articles I can tell you it take about 4 hours (for me) to research and write an article. Then I need to add that article to the website, find and sometimes pay for images to add to that article and make sure it is formatted correctly so everyone will enjoy reading it.
A quality website owner will add personality to their website which takes time and energy on an ongoing basis. I don’t know about you but I like to read websites where I feel like I know them, where I feel like they have the same interests and concerns as me.
The Bad: The way I see it, these fake websites don’t have time for you and I, and these websites don’t care about creating a community, they just want our clicks. Unfortunately this is part of life, there are always people looking for the “quick and easy” and there are people that are not willing to put in the work necessary to better themselves and their lives.
THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT PREPPERS AT ALL.
When Google begins to see the same article in several different places it looks at that article as spam. When that article is looked at as spam to Google it decreases the chances of that article showing up in the search results where it could be exactly what someone is looking for. That person might never find the information they need because Google thinks it’s spam.
This is why I call them “fake Preppers” because if you are constantly trying to benefit from someone else’s work, you are part of the problem…not the solution. This is exactly what is wrong with this country today, and is exactly why so many people are dependent on the government.
I am not going to “call out” any of these fake prepper websites, OK, I wasn’t going to until this website did exactly what I was talking about only hours after I wrote this post today. Have a look at this…
This person linking to this article is like going to a job interview and saying “I can’t work Monday through Friday, and I need weekends off to be with my family. Other than that I’m all yours.” WHAT!
Now I’m not going to link to them because I would be doing them a favor but if you would like to go over to prepare4doom.com and tell them how you feel, be my guest. They also have a Facebook page that I will link to here. head over and tell him how helpful and truly grateful you are for his addition to the preparedness community.
Update: If you would like to see a truly great example of how a professional links to someone else’s article, have a look at Gaye Levy’s article at Backdoor Survival. This is an article that adds value to the preparedness community while giving the necessary attribution.
OK, Back to the good stuff.
Here is a list of some of the better websites where you will find quality information. Even if the article is not for you, you will know it came from a true prepper because they really want to help, teach and spread the word about preparedness… not just take your money.
Here is a list in no certain order of some (not all) great preparedness and homesteading websites.
By doing your best to ignore the fake prepper websites and by not clicking on their ads gives them less reason to be around in the first place.
All we ask of you is to take a minute when you find one of our articles on one of these websites and let us know… we’ll do the rest.
Lets see if this article makes it to any of those fake prepper websites 🙂