Blogging For Money – My Story

How I Got Started

A few years ago, in 2005 to be exact, I was working as a Data Analyst. I was getting sick of the 9-5 grind and living in the rat race. I started surfing the net trying to find ways I could earn some extra income while still working my day job. I came across an article that talked about blogging for money. At the time, I didn’t know what a blog was, but after further investigation, it sounded ideal for me – start-up cost was minimal, I could work on it in my free time, and if successful, the blog could make money online for me 24/7.

After thinking about it for a bit, I came up with a few ideas of topics that I was passionate about.  In the end, I decided to go with Personal Finance as I have always been very interested in helping people with their money. Over the next few months, I started writing articles and officially launched my first blog in June, 2005.

At this point I started trying to monetize my site. I threw up an Adsense ad just to see what would happen. I still remember how excited I was when I saw that I had made my first 8 cents! From there, I set a goal to make $100 by the end of the year which was pretty easy to accomplish – even without knowing anything. During that time I spent about 2 hours a night and about 4 hours each weekend writing articles, working on site maintenance, emails, social media, etc. So in total I probably was spending about 18 hours each week working on the site.

Getting Retrenched

In July 2006 things got interesting. The large telco firm that I had worked at for 3 years underwent a downsizing. I was told that my department would no longer be needed. I was handed my retrenchment package and sent on my way. By this point I was making some money from the blog, but not enough to even pay the rent each month. After deciding against looking for another “day job” I started to work full time on building the blog. Thankfully I had paid off most of my debt, and had my retrenchment package as a support to buy me some time. I figured I would give it a shot for a few months and if it didn’t work out I would find another 9-5.

From that point, the income generated from this website has increased each month and in February 2007 it exceeded my monthly income from my old day job. I am still a little bit in awe and can’t believe that I am actually paying the bills from this website!. But, I am thankful everyday that I found out about blogging for money – I really did not like working in the corporate world. It is hard work, but it doesn’t really seem like it when you are doing something that you are passionate about and love doing.

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