My Journey To A Six Figure Income
My journey to making money online has taken me from failure all the way up to a six figure income online. Everybody’s journey will be different. But don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not possible to earn a six figure income blogging.
I’ve done it, and I can guarantee you this, I’m dumber than you are!
There are countless ways to earn money online. You can fill out surveys for a few bucks at SurveyJunkie. You can earn cash back on your purchases with Swagbucks and ibotta. You can try your hand at reselling items on eBay. You can teach an online course at Udemy. You can become a freelancer on Fiverr.
You can try them all. But what is it going to get you? Lots of hard work and not too much money. I know this because I’ve tried it all! And here is the one thing I have learned:
There is no better way of making money online than through starting a blog!
I have been able to generate a six figure income blogging from the comfort of my own home.
Let me tell you about how it all began.
Starting My First Blog
I started out like everyone else starts out. I had no blogging experience and only a dream of making money online. The freedom that blogging gives you is amazing and it’s something I’ve always dreamed of.
I mean who wouldn’t want to work on a laptop by the beach, take a vacation anytime you want and never have to answer to a boss ever again? It sounded awesome to me.
So I dove head first into blogging with little more than just a dream of what could be.
My first blog sucked. Most things you do suck the first time you do them. In fact, this very blog post sucked the first time I wrote it. It’s now going on it’s third iteration, getting better each time. I still think it sucks though and will be updating it again in a few months probably.
For my first blog, I wrote crappy articles because I was a horrible writer. I still am pretty bad, but at least I write things people are looking for. Before I would write about what I wanted to and of course would get no traffic.
I then outsourced my article-writing to foreigners on Fiverr.com who would crank out content at $5 a pop. It was so bad.
How much did I invest in my business? Not much. I didn’t invest in my knowledge, I used a free WordPress theme. In short, it was a total disaster.
I made NOTHING for a whole year and just lived off of the savings I had (which was quickly running out).
So here’s what I did.
I sold my house, sold my belongings and then decided to use that money and invest in myself.
I took some blogging courses and developed a business blogging plan. I had a content marketing strategy. I implemented strategies I learned and BAM! It started to work and I began making money.
My first dollar I earned blogging came from a company who sent me an email out of the blue. They wanted to pay me $125 to place an article on my blog.
I was like, uh, you want to pay me AND give me free content? I said sure why not!
Making My First $1,000
The money was barely trickling in, but it felt so good to make a few bucks. I then made sure to put up a contact page so other advertisers could contact me.
I started listing my blog in advertiser marketplaces so other companies could also contact me.
Soon enough, I had a banner ad on the homepage sold, a few text links and some sponsored posts too.
I placed some Google Adsense ads on my blog too and a few months later was making a consistent $1,000 per month.
Becoming A Six Figure Blogger
Okay so now you know how I made my first few bucks with a blog. But how did I manage to earn a full time income blogging?
I realized that $1,000 per month wasn’t going to get me anywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I was THRILLED, but you can’t live on that kind of money.
I needed to GROW. I thought it would take too long to try and turn my first blog into a six figure blog. I imagined at the time that I’d need to hire some more help or start investing in paid ads.
And… yeah I wasn’t about to spend money I barely had on ads. So I came up with an idea.
If I could build ONE successful blog and have it earning a consistent $1,000 per month, I could do this again, right?
So that’s exactly what I did. I built a second blog and followed the exact same process.
Guess what happened? Yup, it was making month it’s FIRST month!
So naturally, I just did it again, and again, and again.
Before I was done, I had a blog network that consisted of 20 blogs! Some were total failures (we’re talking not even making a penny!) while others did pretty good.
I would go on Flippa.com and look for established blogs that were neglected and buy those.
I would then build them up with a better design (yeah I used Divi!). I loaded them up with fresh content. I created pins and started getting organic traffic flowing. Then what did I do? I went right back to Flippa.com and sold them!
Yeah I was flipping blogs on Flippa! I could buy a blog for $250 and sell it for $2,500 within a few months.
By 2018 I was making $8,000+ per month!
Blogging has totally changed my life. But see, I was not fulfilled. I didn’t feel like I was actually helping anybody.
Sure, the money was nice, but it didn’t give me real satisfaction. See, blogging isn’t my passion. My real passion is helping people. Specifically, it’s helping people make money blogging.
So in late July 2018 I started EdwinDollars.com with the aim of helping people start their first blog.
I have zero interest in helping successful bloggers build an empire and dominate the world. Nope, I want to help people start their first blog. I’m so laser focused on just that type of person. That’s where I get real satisfaction.
The Future Of Blogging
I’m not a mind reader, but I can tell you this: blogging is not a fad. It is here to stay!
Is there money in blogging? You bet there is!
- Michelle from Making Sense Of Cents (personal finance) is making $104,814… per month!
- Melyssa Griffin (personal development) is making $283,680… per month!
- Millennial Money Man (finance) is making $127,213… per month!
Each of them are bloggers who started the same way I started. With just a dream and not much else!
But with hard work they managed to prove the naysayers wrong and are now multi-millionaires!
The future for blogging looks bright and there’s no better time to start a blog than… RIGHT NOW!
What Can You Learn From My Journey?
Here are the key takeaways from my journey to a six figure income online.
You must evolve your strategies through the years. Nothing lasts forever. Keep changing and adapting with the times. You don’t want to be the last person at the video rental store turning off the lights.
There are no shortcuts.
There is no shortcut to success. Even the biggest sites that seem to have been overnight successes really weren’t.
It’s not too late.
It’s never too late. In fact, this very blog you’re reading right now started in late July 2018. Not too shabby for a new blog, eh?
Hard work will always win.
Perseverance is a pretty cool thing in my opinion. Because even if you’re not that talented as others, you can win if you just keep working hard.
I’ve lost a lot. In fact, I’m fairly certain I’ll lose again! But you’ve got to go head-first anyway and just roll with it. Failing, after all, isn’t really failing. It’s just learning the wrong way to do things. Real failure is not even trying.
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