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I came online looking for a way to make money. I didn’t want to sell a product because I was healing at the time from sheer exhaustion. I wanted to have something I could do whether I was sick or not. Let’s just take what happened to me last week. I couldn’t do anything except sit around and watch Netflix. That was it. My appetite did not disappear. So, I was eating and watching Netflix.
During that time, I still made money because of the way my business was set up. Now, why is that really important to you? Here’s my story. I got booted out of my life, so to speak, in 1999. I wasn’t working, so I lost a lot of stuff. I was in a bad place. I didn’t have any income.
The first time I got sick, it was 1994. I had walking pneumonia. I got behind on my bills and we had to move. So, getting sick and losing things has a lot of significance for me.
Last week, I got sick. The money still came in. Essentially, now I don’t lose shit if I get sick. All of my videos came about because of those negative experiences when I lost all my stuff when I was sick. I had to pawn shit. It was really depressing. So, I have a big issue with getting sick and losing stuff.
When I was sick and looking at stuff and reading comments, it kind of hit me that a lot of people don’t know how this thing works. If you Google, Making Money as a Blogger, you’ll see all types of stuff. It’s a massive amount of information and it can be an information overload. I didn’t do any of that stuff I read about, and I was able to create a living with a blog and a vlog.
That’s what a lot of the videos on this channel are. At its core, it’s content creation. Even though a lot of people say to never start a blog for money, I started my blog for money. It was my core directive from day one.
Whenever I was doing something that did not make money, I got rid of it. I’m here to tell you that you can start a blog for money and it can work out. The thing is you have to have a purpose. My purpose is freedom. Someone asked me what keeps me motivated. I answered, “If I don’t do this, I’ll have to get a job.” That’s it. That’s my motivation. Once you figure out what your purpose is and what is going to keep you going as you build your digital empire, then you can have a lot of fun.
Now, let’s talk about the money. I started off with three blogs: Business Credit Mentor, Passionate Friday.com, and UrbanPackRat.com. Incidentally, my favorite blog was Passionate Friday. But I struggled, because I would write these long posts. Not a lot of people were interested in business credit like I was. I would spit out two or three blogs a day on UrbanPackRat.com because it was what I knew about. After doing that for years, it was easy to come up with content.
I realized I could create content for Urban Packrat so easily. I just stopped the other two blogs. Then I wrote a paid product and that’s how I made $62K in eleven months. The thing is: I didn’t know what I was doing.
A lot of people want to outsource the work of doing the blog. I am so glad I did it myself. Even if you just do it for a few months, it will give you the language and the knowledge to talk to your designer. It can be very tricky to communicate with a designer to have your vision come out. Whenever I work with designers, I sketch it out first and then send it to them.
You can hand draw it. It doesn’t have to be Picasso or a work of art, it just has to be legible so they understand your concept. When you go through the process of building this thing, it makes you much more powerful and creative with your content creation. I know everyone wants to hire someone in the Philippines or on Fiverr. But you need to do some of this yourself, at first.
There are two ways to get traffic to your blog. You can pay for it, or you can do SEO and get it organically which is going to take time. I mean weeks and months. If you pay for it, the traffic comes faster.
What people want to do is spend a lot of time on design. Design is important. You can spend thousands of dollars on an award-winning website but still not get that many views, topping out at maybe 1000 views a month. In comparison, my jacked up, self-made website was getting 250K hits per month at its height. It was ugly as shit. It’s not about design, it’s about getting traffic.
If the content is strong, people will read your blog.
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