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The Digital Sharecropper
Here at The Digital Sharecropper, I share my top tips, tools, and insights for succeeding in the world of online business.
I made my first dollar online as a kid way back in the mid 90s, and ever since then I became obsessed with finding a way to support myself working online, and help others do the same.
The Digital Sharecropper was founded in early 2014 as a way to document my forays along this journey.
Throughout this time I have been curating the skills and resources necessary for starting and building a successful online business.
By following along, you’ll be able to do the same… but without the steep learning curve.
What Is Digital Sharecropping?
After hearing this term several times on both podcasts and blogs, I became intrigued.
Although the term was almost always mentioned in a negative context, I still decided to look into it.
My research led me to several articles explaining digital sharecropping, and again, most all of them showcasing this concept in a negative light.
However, I’d like to introduce an alternative viewpoint. I’ve observed nearly everyone online to be digital sharecropping to some degree, and I don’t think it’s a bad thing.
So you can better understand my views on this subject, let’s first start with the basic definition of each word:
digital – [dij-i-tl] – adjective
Pertaining to, noting, or making use of computers and computerized technologies, including the Internet.
sharecropper – [shair-krop-er] – noun
A tenant farmer who pays as rent a share of the crop.
Basically, it is renting a piece of virtual real estate, or your own piece of the Internet. This is usually done with the hope of growing a following and earning an income. Nothing wrong with this, so far..
The danger, or course, is that you may be building your business on someone else’s land. At any point, the rules could change, the prices could rise, or it could disappear altogether, taking your business with it.
Rather than splitting hairs on whether or not you are digital sharecropping, I’d like to instead make the assumption that we are all at risk, and instead focus on the tools & tactics needed to minimize this risk while maximizing on the upside.
If we are to succeed online, we must become efficient, agile, and independent.