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My First blog post

OK! where should I start! The start part is always difficult. To be honest, I have done content writing for others in past but entirely on different topics, so technically it’s not my first blog post, which we will discuss later.

But like I said, the start part is always difficult. So, to make it simple, I will introduce myself to you all a little less formally!

My name is Vijay and I am from Nepal. I did my education from IP University in New Delhi, India. I am a BIG BIG cricket fan, well who isn’t in India, but I think I am little too much leaned towards cricket. I can’t live without it, so you can call me Cricket Fanatic, LOL.

Now let’s be serious!

After I completed my education, I never looked for a job. I am a free folk and I didn’t want 9-5 a** grilling job where I will be stuck for my life.

In another way, 9 to 5 job is not for me, and I am sure there are many people out there who don’t like it either. Yes, you can call me lazy!

So how I was supporting myself!

I used to do content writing for others without getting credits and was getting paid 1$ to 5$ for every article. I used Fiverr and Freelancer mostly to find my clients.

I was making 5-10 dollars every day which was helpful. But again, the income was totally subjected to how much clients I was getting a day.

how I was supporting myself

The articles were mostly tech related- like, how to root Android phones, how to fix blue screen on computers, reviews of Android Apps and so on. I am a tech-savvy guy which I learned on my own.

In January 2017, I partnered with a friend where he offered me to write for his tech related website. He is the owner of the website domain and pays for hosting.

The website is designed by me from the logo itself to its landing pages. I write there on regular basis and he pays me 50% of the income generated from the website. Though it’s not a lot. But hey, something is better than nothing.

One day, I realized that I am stuck, I am not growing, my life is going nowhere. Eventually, everyone’s goal is to make money, but I am far from that. Finally, I realized that I can’t go like this and I have to try something different before I am totally f*** up.

So what were my options?

9 to 5 Job! No! I can’t. And I told you why. Well don’t get me wrong, I am not against it. To be honest, 9 to 5 job is the most reliable source of income. You will get a handsome pay every month depending on your job types.

It’s a demanding job for me. And by demanding, I meant you need to be in discipline- like waking up early, working for eight straight hours depending on your job types, sleeping early in order to wake up again early in the morning.

I WAKE UP AFTER 10 EVERY MORNING. Ya Ya, call me lazy… And besides that, I won’t be able to watch my first love(cricket) anymore if I start doing 9 to 5 job. LOL.. Jokes apart, it’s not meant for me or I am not meant for it. I hope you get the point.

Invest in businesses! For that, you need capital, which I don’t have. One thing I want to add here- if you have money but you are lazy a** like me and still, you want to invest in businesses, you should invest in those businesses from where you could generate passive incomes.

If you don’t know what is passive income- the income which is generated from such businesses in which you do not materially participate.

For examples;
  • Cash flow from property incomes, property rental incomes or any kind incoming incomes from real estate.
  • Royalties paid for intellectual properties; such as music, books, manuscripts, computer software etc..
  • Interest income from a bank account or pension
  • Dividend and interest income in the form of cash flow or capital gains from owning securities and commodities, such as stocks, currencies, gold, silver, ETFs, and bonds
  • Earnings from internet advertisements on websites: Ohh..wait..What! So it means, I can do this?

Earning from Internet advertisements on a website, OK! so let’s talk about.

What is internet marketing!

Internet marketing is the form of marketing which uses the internet as a medium to deliver promotional marketing messages to consumers.

There are many forms of internet marketing; such as email marketing, social media marketing, and so one.

How it works!

Basically, It involves both a publisher, who integrates advertisements into its online content and an advertiser, who provides the advertisements to be displayed on the publisher’s content.

In simple word, let’s say I have an Adsense approved website. Google is paying me to show ads on my website, so I become a publisher.

So where those ads come from?

The company/entity pays Google to advertise their ads on my website so they become advertisers.

Here is the difference between Advertiser and Publisher;

Difference Between Advertiser And Publisher

So coming to the point, Is it for me? does it need money to start with? My answer to both this question is, Yes.

Is it for me?

Yes, it’s perfect for me. Like is said earlier, I am a free folk, I don’t want to do 9 to 5 job, I want a boss-free job and at the same time, I also want to make money.

Yes, I understand there are no shortcuts for earning money unless you are into some kind of illegal stuff- ok, let’s not go there.

What I meant is that, even if I start doing this, there is no guarantee that it will yield me money for my livelihood. It will take some time but the good thing for me is that I have a side job to support me for time being.

what were my options

Besides that, I like writing and I can spend more than 15 hours a day in front of computers. The best part is that I never found it boring, which is important I guess and is a positive sign for me.

Some report says, 90% percent of people who start blogging as a profession, quit in the first year. And 50% percent of out of those remaining people quit in next year.

This is really discouraging data but there are also many people who survived and are making most out of it.

So always try to look up at those survivals as your inspiration. That brings me to who inspires me; 

Harsh Agarwal > ShoutMeLoud 

Harsh AgarwalA Delhi based full-time blogger from India is the owner of very popular and award-winning blog, ShoutMeLoud. Harsh started his blogging career soon after he graduated in 2008. Once in an interview, he said that he turned down a job offer from Accenture to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time blogger. He is very vocal about “screw 9 to 5 job and be your own boss”, that inspired me and am sure many others. Harsh always ready to guide and help new startups with his million dollar tips and techniques. A great teacher to have. Check out his earning reports and I am sure you will also get inspired.

Amit Agarwal > Digital Inspiration (labnol.org)

Amit-AgarwalAmit Agarwal, an engineer degree holder in computer science from I.I.T. Roorkee, happens to be the first professional blogger in India. joined ADP Inc in Hyderabad where he worked on the database for five years. He left the job to pursue his dream of becoming a professional blogger. In 2004, founded lannol.org and become India’s first professional blogger. Labnol gets almost three million visits in a month in which more than 40% of the readers are based in the US. Imagine he started in 2004 when there was no social media and other online networking/social platforms to showcase his talent. He inspired many bloggers and is being awarded the Most Valuable Professional award for five years in a row by Microsoft.

Pat Flynn The Smart Passive Income Blog

Pat Flynn is one of the most inspirational bloggers in the world. After losing his job a few years into his career, he was forced to scramble to support his growing family. He started a website called “SmartPassiveIncome.com” to track his progress with various websites and online money making projects. He has since built a massive following and readership thanks to his transparency and honesty. He also has a YouTube channel where he shares all kinds of videos to help his readers with blogging, social media, podcasting, entrepreneurship, affiliate marketing and so on. He makes over $100,000 USD every months which he discloses his monthly earnings to readers, which has inspired countless individuals. 

Pete Cashmore > Mashable

Pete CashmorePete Cashmore is CEO and founder of the world-famous blog Mashable, which he founded independently in 2005 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland when he was only 19-years-old. Mashable is a popular website that covers anything from technology and business to social media, entertainment, and lifestyle. Cashmore was named a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum and was featured in many famous publications like Forbes, the Huffington Post, CNN and Time magazines for his contributions. He was featured in Top 30 under 30’s, Top 25 Web Celebs, Top 10 Game Changers 2009 and much more. 

 

Apart from these bloggers, I follow many others including Varun from fonearena, Perez Hilton from Therichest.com, Srinivas Tamada from 9lessons.info Mike Pozdnev from iwannabeablogger.com and the list goes on and on.

A quick throw back

When I started writing for my friend, I always had in my mind that I should start my own blogging website. The blog where its everything is mine- my ideas, my content, my struggle, my happiness, my journey. The blog where I develop, help and ask for help.

It took me almost 9 months to finally make the final decision to buy a domain and web hosting. But, I didn’t waste my 9 months by waiting for it. I learned many things like how to build a website using WordPress, what is SEO, What are the importance of backlinks, what is affiliate program etc.

My Dilemma of Domain

I had sort listed few domains for the niche(sorry I can’t share the name) I would be targeting in future. Since my budget allowing me only one domain to purchase, I wasn’t sure which domain I should buy first.

After lots of research and thinking, I made my decision to purchase (www.mascontent.com) from GoDaddy as well as Linux hosting. Initially, I was looking for www.masscontent.com, I searched it and found it available to purchase and got little excited for a while and then I saw it was available as so called ‘premium domain’.

Godaddy Premium DomainIt is available for Rs. 63,800 that is 1000 USD, which I clearly couldn’t afford. So I purchased a relevant domain (www.mascontent.com) which was available at normal pricing.

I believe this will be the perfect domain for me to start with as I will not be targeting any particular niche.

So what will be my blog about

Like is said, I will not be targeting any particular niche. Reason? Earlier when there weren’t so many blogs online, it was easy to choose any topic(niche) and run with it. But now, it’s really difficult to go with any popular topic.

For example, let’s say you chose “photography” or “tech-news” or any other broad topics, it will be next to impossible task for you to rank them before those bigger players who are already there from decades.

On the other hand, if you choose such topics with a fair amount of search every-month on Google with fewer competitions, you can easily rank them on Google’s first page.

Now the trickiest part is to find such topics with plenty of potential subtopics. Google is your best buddy to find such topics and to narrow it down. Use “Google Keyword Planner”, its free and best tool ever if you use it smartly.

So again, what will be my blog about? I think I have answered it already. If you go through this article, I briefly discussed passive income, Internet marketing, earnings from internet advertisements on websites, the difference between Advertiser and Publisher, look up to your inspirations and choosing your niche.

what will be my blog about

Yes, this is exactly what my blog will be about. So basically, I will not be targeting any specific topic. Instead, I will target mix topics to write about. That can be anything from SEO, Internet Marketing to tech related tutorials or guides and many more.

I think that’s about enough for me at this time for my first blog post. I will be writing on regular basis, if not daily. Thank you for having read and I would like to request you all to wish me luck, support me and be a part of my journey.