This week I’m pleased to feature Enstine Muki the founder of CashDonator.com and EMFastIncome.com in an exclusive guest post.
Learn more about Enstine Muki from this exclusive interview. Enstine’s blog was also nominated for the 2013 #IBCT, The International Blogger Championship Tournament is all about learning from the best of the best.
I’m one of those with a firm belief that everyone can succeed in blogging no matter where they are coming from.
I started blogging in the month of August in 2012 with absolutely no idea where I was going and no basic foundation on what it means to blog. I was absolutely a-nobody in this blogging activity.
All I wanted was to make more money blogging and I knew I was going to make it.
I had a firm belief I was going to generate income blogging as others are doing. So I decided to blog, obviously on the topic I’m most interested in – how to make money blogging or make money online
Earlier in 2010, I started a Twitter based site which definitely made me earn some money online.
This coupled with some Affiliate Marketing efforts, I was able to earn some amount quite comfortable for a newbie. This is one of the reasons I chose to blog on making money online.
I think the best thing is to teach people to do the things you do best. Teaching others from practical knowledge works better.
Back in those days, writing articles was as a matter of fact that I found most difficult. I would always ask how these bloggers write such detailed blog posts almost on daily basis.
One of my partners advised me not to dare.”It’s such a difficult and unpredictable thing to do” she said.
I took on to her advice until August 2012 when everything changed.
With search engines being erratically unreliable, blogging seemed to be one of the most challenging things to do online. I had a lot of reasons to stay away from it.
But I took a firm decision to face it in August 2012
Despite the discouragement and uncertainty, I made a firm step forward in August and on the 21st of the same month, my first post went live.
I still didn’t understand what it meant to me.
However, my greatest shock came when I made my first income that same week. Gosh! This thing works. My eyes were rolling and smiles ran from chick to chick. So this works too?
Here is an overview of some earnings I got in Paypal.
These are from different blogging businesses – paid posts, paid reviews, product sales, wordpress jobs,etc
I didn’t need a product of my own
Many people think to succeed online you need a product of your own.
That’s not true.
Having your own product is just another way of earning online and making more sales.
There are many out there earning 6 figure income without a single product of their own. Affiliate marketing is one of the most reliable ways to make money online even without being a product creator.
Now as a blogger, I monetized my blog the right way:
- I placed affiliate banners on my blog (managed by CashDonator),
- I went with Google Adsense (managed by CashDonator),
- I sold ad space.
- I did paid product reviews and paid guest posts.
- I did paid WordPress services (installations and setup, plugins configurations, etc).
A greater part of my earnings came from paid reviews and paid guest posts.
I landed deals of $100, $150 and $200 per post.
Right as I write this post, I still use these methods to make money from my blog.
Here are some more payments to Payoneer.
Most of these payments are from affiliate networks and others are direct payments from customers for blogging services
Selling my own products was a plus
I mentioned above that you don’t need your own products to make money online.
- It’s easier for your readers to buy from you because of the trust factor.
- They know they can easily turn to you for support, etc.
- I could easily adjust the prices, slash them into two and boost sales.
- I’m losing nothing and that’s the beauty of selling your own stuff
I have opted to give out my products for free to readers who purchase other products or services using my affiliate link.
Those are ways to boost sales as product owner. I’m just being dynamic and using my brain.
It’s been 13 months of learning new things and meeting new beautiful people. I’m more comfortable now doing keyword research and writing articles.
It all started with real difficulty but gradually it’s becoming an enjoyable activity
You too or anyone can make it
It does not matter where you are coming from, you too can create a more beautiful success story.
Don’t let your barriers overcome you, Look deeper!
There is surely a way to break through. You may be thinking this is not for me because you are not able to join both ends. One of the things you must do is study.
Give yourself to studying how it’s done. If you do it the way it’s supposed to be done, you’ll make it as others have.
The key is focus
Whatever your blogging goal is, focus on it.
One of the reasons behind my success is focus. You cannot be Jack of all trades and a master of none. Focus on one thing, cleanse and rinse it to perfection. That’s the only way to see it work. NOBODY wants mediocrity.
If you are not very good at something, you won’t sell.
I know what it means to have a Multiple Source of Income.
Building an MSI does not mean catching multiple opportunities all at once. You have to take one opportunity at a time, build it to maturity before engaging another.
Don’t start a new project today and another tomorrow.
That will lead to failure. If you build one project to maturity, that may help to sponsor the other project.
Now let me hear from you in the comment box.
How was your first year of blogging? What were your challenges? Did you make or break the records. Share your thoughts below.
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