There are also thousands of blogs that sit idle in the internet desert wasteland. I fell into a scheme with a cookie-cutter website that was supposed to earn me money through affiliate marketing. I only lost money via the cost of hosting and the domain registration. The ones selling the 'program' were making money through marketing the program, as well as commissions from the hosting service they pushed. While this was not a blogging platform, it has left a bad taste in my mouth, and I have come to understand, that yes, there are many successful blogs, but, there are also countless others that fail.