This is probably the last step of my blogging journey because I feel I have reached where I wanted to go as a blogger. It is both a beginning and an end.
So I started with wordpress, I blogged regularly I loved blogging on the wordpress.com website, adding blogposts, gifs, memes & speaking my mind.
My writing skills have always been good and I had done freelance writing and had freelance blog posting experience because throughout my bachelors program in university I did it and earned through it too. Many people asked me to try out freelancer, upwork etc for freelance writing as I mostly wrote for local clients, I did check them out but some how I didn’t enjoy these websites, freelance jobs and projects were NO fun, also there were too many barriers, like paypal account which is not available in Pakistan and these kinds of issues.
So I left freelancing sites. I came across Ashraf Chaudhary’s fb page where he stressed about success stories of freelancers and gives them training for a small amount of fee. For the sake of getting the hold of freelancing websites I enrolled myself in it. While all other members of the batch excitedly showed how many orders they goGave up on fiverr.
I used to write articles on another website called iwriter dot come and earned 30 dollars there, after a long time of not logging in, I logged in to see my account had been cancelled because of staying inactive and since they required paypal for money withdrawal and I had no paypal account as they don’t operate and don’t plan on operating in Pakistan, my money was also gone. Annoyed I tried to register myself again but they said they were not accepting applicants from “my area” aka Pakistan. That was the last time I was gonna log in to that website. Gave up on iwriter.
I read from Quora a lot, and there I found out that I can make money from blogging too.
This seemed interesting.
Blogging is something I do all the time. Although there are many ways to earn from blogging, a website which paid users was Medium, so I joined medium, I wrote several blogposts but failed as they paid on the basis of “members who read your story” members are people who pay to read unlimited stories. (Reading on medium is limited for nonmembers) No “member” read my blogposts as all my traffic was from Pakistan and Pakistanis didnt really register themselves as members on medium. I tried really hard for medium. Went through a lot of documentation for verification but still didn’t ended up ANYWHERE.
I wanted to earn online so I could spend my time on the internet effectively instead of just using social media and memes. I have no money issues but I have issues with NOT earning online when I have the SKILLS for it.
So far, I had given up on fiverr, freelancer, upwork, iwriter, medium and than recently started with Blogger as a quora user explained if you are blog is good enough you can earn through affiliate marketing and through google adsense.
Maybe my wordpress dot com site will work! I happily sent my wordpress dot com site to adsense and they APPROVED it but guess what? WordPress dot com doesn’t allow ads and you can’t monetize it as you are using THEIR domain wordpress dot come, I read into this more and got to know that BLOGGER DOES ALLOW MONETIZATION, So I made my blogger account, wrote a few posts, generated traffic and sent it to google adsense for approval, REJECTED. Reason? They want blogs that are at least 6 months old whereas my blog was only 4 months old. I read about affiliate marketing a lot too, and how you can earn from promoting certain products on your site and earn if people from your website decide to buy that item.
I decided to start my own website. I had 2 options to do that, buy a domain from a hosting company or hire a developer to do that. After doing research I got to know about a domain company which is one of the most renowned web hosting company and its super easy to operate your website with it. They had different packages, the most popular one was the basic one. They basically charged some money for a year and provided with a website, hosting, support etc. I tried to purchase it but *Bump on the road again* I needed a credit card so then AGAIN I registered for a credit card and waited half a month to go it. Purchased their domain. And guess what? It was TERRIBLE. Emailed them to cancel my account and refund my money.
Then came my LAST option, A WORDPRESS DEVELOPER. I was on Facebook and posted on a job website for a one time project, thankfully found a good one who was able to provide a really nice website for me to begin my blogging journey.
I write about a LOT OF STUFF and I am super excited to write on my own freakin’ website. Im so excited to blog.
Here’s why you should blog too:-
- Blogging improves your writing skills.
- Its a form of art and expression, it releases tension.
- If you are good at it, you can earn from it, why waste your time on instagram and facebook when you can start earning?
- It BROADENS your knowledge. In order to post something you need to READ and research.
- Everyone can do it! Seriously there is NOTHING hard in it. If you are educated, you can blog about something, anything! You can have a food blog, travel blog, health blog, politics blog, photography blog, opinion blog, tech blog, reviews blog ANYTHING!
- So do what I am doing: Get a website from a domain or hire a developor, write what you are passionate about, promote it and turn it into profit!
This is all I wanted to say in my first blog post. For those who are into this kind of thing and want to make a business out of it. Good luck! Happy writing and Happy blogging!