I was neither a professional writer nor I was good at my English in my school days.
I became a blogger by an accident.
I had a fantastic journey from May 2015 to Sep 2016 – when I started earning money from my blog.
You can also start a blog to earn money on the side, and maybe turn your hobby into your full-time profession.
I have created this free course for you to learn blogging in 7 days.
- Day 1: Side benefits of starting a blog
- Day 2: Selecting a profitable blog idea
- Day 3: Nitty Gritty of Starting a blog and installing free tools.
- Day 4: Infinite ways to make money from your blog (and learn from where I earn money)
- Day 5: Overcoming initial obstacles (Real tips those worked for me)
- Day 6: How to get initial readers for your blog (And setting up a growth path)
- Day 7: What you have to do for the next 90 days after starting a blog
I was nervous when I was publishing my first article.
My mind was thinking – “What people will say after reading my first post. I had never written an article before.”
With a doubtful mind, I published my first post on 15th April 2014,
It was just 4 paragraphs of my thoughts about Quitting the job and feeling motivated on Mondays.
Quickly read this – http://pardeepgoyal.blogspot.in so that you can understand what I am going to tell you.
By publishing an average looking post, I conquered my fears.
And it took me 7 days to write those 350 words.
But it’s okay. A long journey starts by taking tiny steps. Like a baby. Stepping 2 inch ahead and then falling. Then trying again and again until starts walking without any support.
My first post gave me the confidence that I can write. That confidence was worth million dollars.
In the next lesson you would learn “How to Select a profitable blog idea” and today we would explore the benefits of blogging.
Side benefits of starting a blog (it’s not late)
#1. Learning Digital Marketing
I learned to blog because I was learning digital marketing for my startup.
Blogging is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to learn digital marketing and making money.
Read that again.. It’s the cheapest way.. not the quickest way to make money.
Even if you are not planning to make money from a blog, you can still learn marketing tactics by doing practice on your blog.
That’s how I became an expert at content marketing.
I did not worry about making money from blogging in my initial days. CashOverflow was my hobby blog.
You can start a blog for practice and you never know when that can become the primary source of your income.
#2. Help People Online
Honestly, I started CashOverflow only as a hobby blog. I was enjoying helping people in saving money on credit cards, shopping, and income taxes.
I learned financial hacks because I am from a Baniya (Goyal) family. I belong to a community where we are taught to save money wherever possible.
I helped others to save money. Similarly, you can help thousands of people through your blog.
I am sure you must be having at least 3-4 such skills. Isn’t it?
C’mon, you can help someone in
teaching tools like Excel,
GDB, Automation testing,
I can keep going on.. because it’s unlimited.
#3. Finding a Marketing or Writing Job
You can put your blog link in your resume. If you are showing your skills on your blog then your employer will know more about you even before the interview.
Anyways, that was not my purpose of blogging because I wanted to get the freedom from regular job life.
But blogging can help you land a new job.
#4. Finding Freelance Work
Yes, that’s how I used my blog to get my first paid freelance work. (My first client paid me Rs. 2000 per article)
I was looking for paid writing work in 2015. My clients got impressed with my existing articles on my blog and gave me paid writing work.
If you are looking for freelance work in any domain (Designing, SEO, Marketing, Sales), just showcase your skills on your blog.
Trust me, the chances of getting paid freelance work with an increase by 10x when you have the same thing on your blog.
We have written this article to explain how you can earn as a freelance writer that can pay you as much as Rs. 20,000 or even 50,000 per month.
#5. Blogging as a Business
That’s what I do now and that’s what I teach others. You can make your living by running your blog as a business.
I am sort of expert in doing that now..
I have created multiple websites and blogs in the past 2 years and making a regular income from my blogs.
I have blogs related to personal finance, digital marketing, travel, parenting, fashion, and shopping.
So I am helping a small community of bloggers & entrepreneurs.
I have created a Facebook group for people who are running their blogs as a business. You can join our premium Facebook Community (Blogging As Business).
We don’t allow any spam or self-promotional activities. It’s only for learning from each other.
#6. Monetising Side Skills
With time, I acquired some side skills related to blogging that I started monetizing.
- Like I learned the value in the domain names. I started buying premium domain names and sold my first domain at a valuation of $15,000 last year. Yes, that’s almost 9,60,000 Rs. by selling just a website domain.
- Another skill is content marketing, that I am monetizing by giving consultation to startups. I charge Rs. 5000 per hour and Rs. 100,000 per month from clients.
- Then I started paid courses last year. My paid courses and workshops charges range between Rs. 2000 to Rs. 30,000.
There are multiple ways you can make money once you started a blog and learned enough skills.
It may take 3 months, 6 months or even 12 months.
The more you learn, the more you can earn.
If you want to earn before learning – then you will never get success.
We spent 20 years in school and college to learn, in the expectation of a job earning. Now how can you expect to earn from a medium that you never learned in your school?
Give yourself some time to learn the new skills that work on the internet.