Blogging. A term widely used by nearly every nation in the world. It is dubbed as the best way to make a living off the Internet.
A few makes millions from blogging while majority doesn’t earn a dime. And everything started out when you start a blog.
I know, I have been living in the limelight dreamed by many.
Yes, face it. You want to make money from blogging like I do (along with a thousand other influencers), right?
Call it your lucky day. I’m sharing the exact tip (yes, just one) that I used slightly under a decade and it has helped me earned thousands of dollars in passive income.
I write a lot of tutorial and for this time, I’ll be sharing something else. This blog post will be in a form of a story line.
So read and tell me what you think in the comments below.
Hello (blogging) world!
I remember it clearly. It was back in 2005 and it was roughly around 3 pm. Instead of doing my homework (yes, I was still schooling back then), I turned on my laptop and was checking out the real meaning of blogging.
Yes, I heard about blogging (and all those juicy stuffs) but I have no idea what it was all about.
Back in school, I was always scoring close to full marks for all my language tests. At that time, I clearly believe I have a secret talent in writing!
On that day, I kicked start my journey toward successful blogging when I started my own blog.
My first blog was hosted on Blogspot and it is still there until today, but that was not the case.
I started out as a hobby; blogging A to Z under the sun and on a daily basis. And to be honest, I had zero idea that that action of mine will effect me years later – to be exact, 7 years later.
And no, I didn’t installed Google Analytics, Google Adsense, Chitika or any affiliate sales link. I had no idea about them at all.
It was just me, my passion and my blog. It wasn’t about the money, fame or what-so-ever.
Starting out in the unknown world of blogging
For the next 3 months, I was writing about technology and I learned more about writing. That was when I installed Google Analytics and left it there like a couple of days before I checked on the stats.
I was stoked. Over 2,000 hits per day?!
The post was about BlackBerry and BBSAK (BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife) – if you are wondering.
And that stuck me like hell but I wanted to test out if it was God-knows-who was playing a prank on me.
I setup an email address and invited people to contact me if they need help with their BlackBerry. Guess what? I received over 20 emails a day with various BlackBerry problems.
Long story short, I realized the power of the Internet. After a month after installing Google Adsense code on my Blogspot, I barely past the minimum cashout value. Yes, that was it.
I mean, imagine being just ‘another kid’ in the block and have some extra money? Yes! That’s exactly how I felt!
It was then, the real “Hello blogging” comes into play.
Marketing without knowing it
I was young but crazy. I understood that my website is brand new but with the results, I could do like 10x better on bigger sites.
I re-wrote the articles (now called content curation) on authority sites like HubPages and Squidoo. Being an early (and weird) adopter of BlackBerry devices, my ‘how-to’ tutorials gets on the first page of both forums and authority sites.
Monetizing (again another big word for me at that time) was crazy at that time. Being a kid and able to generate money online? My mom thought I was nuts or in some sort of scam.
Here’s a disclaimer: Money (at that time) wasn’t everything yet. I wanted to pursue my dreams of writing.
My big break in make money from blogging
I consider myself pretty young and I was stupidly determined to be successful in writing. And it doesn’t matter how I achieve it; I just want to write.
The big break was in 2009 when I got not one, but several long term ghostwriting projects.
Awesome is just an understatement at that time to say the least. I was pumped but working under a cover name.
I wrote a lot and the payout was good as well but being me, it wasn’t enough yet!
I wanted more. I want to be famous.
Now there’s where everything went from passion to business. And yes, money does cloud your mindset!
Money vs Passion
Seven years later from the day I started blogging, I realized my dream was not to become ‘just another blogger’. I wanted to be something big … big names that last for a long time.
At that time, the big name was Darren Rowse, founder of ProBlogger.net. I followed the tutorials there to the T and I knew I was something big.
I realized that my skill was teaching others and I’m darn good in providing tutorials.. Call me a teacher, mentor or even a jedi. I wanted to put my efforts into good use. Therefore, majority of my the websites I started were based on tutorials (if you are interested to follow the path I did, you should check out this post, How To Start A WordPress Website In 5 Steps).
I decided that money wasn’t everything but passion is.
If you want to be successful, start dreaming big. Don’t just touch the surface of the water; ride with the big waves!
I started one website to another and until today, I have over 30 websites under my belt. I don’t earn thousands from each site but I do make significant amount from them; ranging from $50 to $1,000 a month from each site.
So Reginald, what’s the moral of the story?
I see so many bloggers around the world trying to accomplish the impossible. You know, making money from blogging.
The truth is this – Stop wondering what works. Everything w-o-r-k-s!
Here’s a question for you: Do you have the passion to stay on and work it out?
Yes, I don’t built sites and make hundreds right after a month. Efforts are put into it constantly and the fruit will grow after sometime. There are times where I have sleepless nights writing blog posts.
Depending on niche, it could be as fast as 3 months and some takes up over 9 months.
Blogging is not confined only to content, search engine optimization and social media marketing. It is all about you.
Blogging is a business … and success in blogging is a luxury.
As a recap, here are the key takeaways from this post:
- Can you make money from blogging? Yes.
- Is it easy to make money from blogging? No.
- Are you guaranteed to make money from your blog? No.
- Is there such thing as evergreen blog posts that generates income? No.
- Can you be successful in blogging? Yes — but it depends on your own passion.
Ask Nirmala or any influencers you have in mind. I am sure they would tell you the same.
Any questions? Leave a comment and let’s talk