I can assure you that my intention is not to brag, but I can tell you that today I earn my old salary of one year IN ONE MONTH.
I tell them so they can see that being a blogger does make money, that working from home is within everyone’s reach, and that making money online is not a matter of luckbut a lot of work, effort, trial and error. Besides, I think you may have already realized that at least in our region, as salaried people we will not get very far.
It was thanks to the income I generated with my web projects, that I dared to quit my job in a prestigious multinational company, while my worried dad was claiming me for quitting.
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But I just got tired of resigning myself to eight hours a day in the office, stuck in traffic to get to and from work, with one-hour lunches and a couple of vacation days a year, when life goes by so fast and I felt like I was missing out on it all.
I warn you that I didn’t do that from one day to the next, but when my travel website had generated for almost 5 months in a row, income that exceeded my multinational salary. That same salary that took me many online coursesa bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree I could achieve; and that now on my own account I was far surpassing it, thanks to the fact that I learned to create a blog that allows me to live traveling around the world, who knew!
What I am about to tell you seems, as many have already told me, “too good to be true”. But if there is one thing I have learned in this time, it is that anyone who tells you it can’t be achieved, is talking about their own limitations, not yours.
Just because they fail to see the opportunity and are not able to achieve this, doesn’t mean you can’t. The proof is in the fact that I did it and I will tell you briefly about my experience.
Important note: everything I describe here can be repeated with almost any type of website and does not necessarily have to be with a travel blog.
But let’s continue with the story…
When creating a blog or website, most people go for that trendy topic or that business idea that they think will make them more money because “so-and-so did it and it worked out well”, even though they personally are not passionate about the topic they will be blogging about.
Big mistake. In this online entrepreneurship, you rarely generate any kind of income in the first months and believe me the only reason you go to that job you don’t like at all, is just because they pay you and the idea here is to create the job of your dreams.
Let’s imagine that the place you’re working at doesn’t pay you and yet you still go. Why would you do that? It would only be because you love what you do, wouldn’t it? Then do yourself a big favor: Get into something you love so much that you’d do it, even if no one paid you for it.
Now, in addition to wanting to do something that you love, you probably also want to generate income. But to achieve this, it’s first about demonstrating how much you know about each topic, so that you can then monetize.
Remember that if what you want to achieve with your blog is to turn it into a profitable businessOne of the key points to achieve this is to create a community that is interested in what you do and that, in addition, trusts you.
In my case, my passion was travel. I know it sounds trite and it was the first thing I was told: that it was the most “competitive” subject of the moment and that I would have very little chance of making it.
Besides, I wasn’t a very experienced traveler because I didn’t have the money to live traveling (like many people who save up, go traveling and launch their travel blog along the way). Still, I didn’t listen to them.
Today I’m so glad I made up my mind and gave myself the opportunity of a lifetime, and you should give it to yourself too, even if you think there’s a lot of competition out there.
Why? Well, because even though there may be many blogs on a particular topic, there are more than 600 million Spanish speakers in the world, which means that demand far exceeds supply, and despite the thousands of blogs on that topic, few are differentiating themselves.
For example, in the case of travel, all the blogs I saw when I started talked about the same thing: personal travel. And that’s where I came in, with my flight offers.
Today everyone wants to talk about flight deals, so I recently created another one about cruise deals. I don’t see many people specializing in travel fashion, pet travel, car travel, train travel and many other options.
See what other people are doing and look for their gap.
My personal experience with a travel blog, and that you can replicate with almost any subject matter.
In the first month of my blog, I knew that for my page to become popular I needed to write and as I told you, at that time I didn’t have the time and neither the money to travel very often and become an expert.
But I decided that my situation would not slow me down and I started writing articles that were not necessarily about my personal travels, but interesting information such as news on the subject, interesting facts, accessories for travelers, travel tips and advice, etc.
The first few months I didn’t earn anything, but since I really enjoyed what I was doing, I didn’t mind giving free information to my readers, so I kept going. All in all, reading about travel was my favorite hobby for a long time.
After only 3 months of starting my travel blog, and following a lot of these free digital marketing techniques that I share in my blogging community, I already had 20,000 followers in social networks and more than 50,000 monthly visits to my blog. That’s when I decided to contact via email businesses that I felt my readers would enjoy reading about (in my case hotels, tour operators, etc.).
I became an expert in getting high-level sponsorshipssuch as lodgings over a thousand dollars a night, monthly train passes, backpacks, rental cars, cameras, clothes, etc. Thanks to those sponsored trips, I finally had experiences to start writing my own material and giving my personal advice. Also, even though a swap didn’t make me any money, it made me feel that my efforts were being rewarded.
Then, after 10 months with the blog I had more than 150,000 followers, 200,000 blog visits and every day that went by it was growing faster and faster. Meanwhile I was still working on promoting it, and I was finally investing in paid advertising thanks to the profits it was generating for me. Google Adsense.
It was at that moment that everything took off. I didn’t have to go out and look for sponsorships anymore, because they were looking for meand the best part is that since I had a respectable reach (followers in networks and traffic on the blog), I no longer accepted exchanges. I had begun to making money with my blog!
Only a year after starting, my blog had achieved over 1.5 million visits, over 800,000 users in 16 countries and a traffic of 300,000 people per month, figures that have not stopped growing. At this point I had also started to diversify my income, created 5 additional websites and started to invoice the 5 monthly figures with my blog and youtube tutorials., which by 2017, had already become 6 figures per year.
I want to clarify that this was not a matter of luck, since I have been able to repeat it with more than 5 different projects and with all I have had a very similar result (the first one is always the most difficult, and replicating it is much simpler).
Moreover, I have a free guide to launch a professional website through which thousands of people are trying, and many of them have had excellent results.
Because creating a blog is something so economical, many of us bloggers are not satisfied with just one, but after learning how to monetize the first one, we keep creating others, and on different topics.
The best of all is that to start with this type of entrepreneurship you don’t need to quit your current job, but until you generate enough income with your website to maintain the lifestyle you are looking for (just like I did). So you can start today.
Do you want to do it too?
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Remember: opportunities are NEVER lost. The ones you let go, someone else takes them.