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Update: Ok, it’s been 45 minutes since posting this and it’s getting a little out of hand as I’ve had quite a few emails of congratulations, bloggers asking for interviews and a reporter (a Fairfax one oddly enough) call me to do a story already.

If you click the image or check the ‘source’ links you’ll get the full picture.

Update 2: Ok – perhaps I wasn’t clear enough – but this was an attempt at humor. The above story is not true. It is a joke using a little ‘make a fake newspaper tool’ that I linked to in the ‘Source’ link and in the image itself. No more requests for interviews or asking if I’d like to invest money in Web 2.0 projects please (I’m up to two calls from journalists, two investment requests and about 15 emails of congratulations)….

Sorry for leading people up a garden path but I thought I’d made it obvious enough…. perhaps this says something about much people trust blogs…. or how little they read ‘source links’…. or how much people think ProBlogger’s worth…. or something else?

I think I’ll stay away from attempting to joke around on this blog in future.

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Comments

  1. Devin says:

    LOL the reactions to the joke are what actually made me laugh!

  2. vitaliy says:

    I got http://www.blogsbuysell.com, post your blog if you want to sell it.

  3. Kevin says:

    Strangely enough though you are in today’s green guide.

    How long ago was the interview for that done, and did you know it would be published today?

  4. Darren Rowse says:

    Kevin – didn’t know it would be in today but I did know it was coming (did the interview a few weeks back). No connection between them.

  5. Kevin says:

    Sorry – ignore the above – helps if I read your updates first….

  6. Pretty funny — although I’ve seen some crazy web-business deals before, so it’s not *completely* unreasonable. Maybe it will give somebody with deep pockets an idea. ;-)

  7. Joe says:

    Hey Darren,

    I ran a fake ad on my blog the other day. I thought it may have applications for work at home types that use the internet.

    If you want a laugh, look what I picked up on my T-rati linked to me…
    http://home-generator.generatorblog.org/1443/

    Think it’s worth $5M???

    Joe

  8. Nice idea, but quite old, you should write another number, about $25,000 000 – looks better.

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