I started blogging a few months ago.
It happened after reading one of Amit Bhawani’s monthly income reports. By some stroke of luck, I read a great comment from someone named Harsh Agrawal. I clicked on his comment, and it led me to a fantastic blog called ShoutMeLoud.
Before reading SML, I was making small, insignificant websites for Orkut scraps, ringtone downloads, jokes, SMS features, and other useless things.
I was thinking that one day my websites would become very famous, and I worked really hard to get them to generate traffic. I started getting nearly 100K visitors per month, but still I was unable to earn any significant amount of money. I was using AdSense, but after researching, I realized that my niches weren’t right for AdSense.
I started to become a confident and successful blogger
After reading articles on ShoutMeLoud, I realized that I was actually wasting a lot of time and money in these various entertainment niches. The main reason was because these niches required a lot of multimedia items, and that required really good hosting.
I was investing a lot, but I was earning nothing.
I was also a student at BITS Pilani. I developed a blogging platform (Bitsian.org) for students by using WordPressMU (a multi-user WordPress platform capable of running various blogs). The idea was a hit, and more than 1300 students registered as bloggers on Bitsian.org.
Bitsian.org was so rewarding because I put in a lot of effort, and a lot of people were getting great value from it. I was advertising it all around campus, and I even contacted the Dean of Student Welfare at BITS Pilani to send out an email to all students to let them know about the platform.
I had built a successful product, I had advertised it effectively, and I had a lot of happy users.
- This made me feel like a great entrepreneur.
But I had made several fatal mistakes:
I was investing more than $250/month on hosting (dedicated server to handle 1300 blogs and WordPressMU), but I wasn’t even earning $10/month. After eight months, I had success in terms of # of registered users, but I was unsuccessful in terms of ROI (I lost approximately $2400), and I eventually had to close Bitsian.org.
I was also losing money in all of my other websites too. I was just about to leave all of my online businesses behind (all were unsuccessful), and then I found the monthly income reports of ShoutMeLoud. This gave me great hope.
I stopped all websites which were huge losses (because of dedicated hosting), and I concentrated on only blogging for MazaKaro.com (Maza is a Hindi word which means “fun” and Karo means “do”, so MazaKaro means “do fun”).
I decided to write what I learned from blogging, SEO, and WordPress.
I learned about:
- Increasing Twitter followers
- Increasing Facebook fans
- Increasing AdSense revenue
- Increasing affiliate revenue
- Secret SEO tips
- Secret tips to increasing email subscribers
- Secrets of getting approval in the BuySellAds network
- Secrets to getting approval in Commission Junction
- …and a whole lot more.
I learned a lot from reading the secrets of pro bloggers. And then I began to implement these secrets.
Today, I am diligently working on becoming a confident, successful blogger. I am steadily growing my traffic and my revenue streams. With each passing day, things get better and better.
All of this happened because the more I triumphed over adversity, the more confident I became.
And where there’s great confidence, great success is sure to follow.
What are your secrets for successful, confident blogging? Share your tips with me in the comments below!
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