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Success Story: How a Brand New Freelancer Got Published on ProBlogger.net

Since I launched YourOnline.biz a few years ago I’ve learned a TON about internet marketing and online businesses and I want you to benefit from my journey–however I also discovered a MASSIVE PROBLEM for me–the teacher wannabe:

You see, the truth is EXPERIENCE is still the best teacher. Try as hard as I may there’s really no way around this immovable object, even if you are an unstoppable force. Ha haaaaaaaaaaaaa!

That’s why I wanted to feature a success story today from someone who until very recently was in the same position as you:

  1. They haven’t built an online business making tens of thousands of dollars every month - YET
  2. They haven’t landed the highest paying freelance writing gig - YET
  3. They haven’t “figured it all out”  online – YET

However, what “they” have done is something that you should pay very close attention to, ESPECIALLY if you are new to the online game.


Here’s my discussion with Hassan on how he got started in this awesome but endlessly frustrating industry.


What made you interested in blogging/writing?

I’ve always had a thing for words and writing, but blogging seemed amazing.

The fact that you could write something and have tons of people immediately view and reply to it
blew my socks right off.

When did you write your first blog post? (what platform etc) (Did you go through the ‘content mills’?)

I wrote my first blog post 2 years ago on WordPress. It felt so hard and so weird. Then again, almost everything is at first. It was such a nooby post that I’ve now removed it from my site.


When/how did you hear about YourOnline.biz?

About a year ago. I remember floating around the internet on my phone. You know? Like humans tend to from time to time. I came across Penelope Trunk’s website, and listened to the interview where you got “called out“.


What did you find on the site that helped you?

I loved listening to and reading the interviews you did. I devoured your posts on freelancing.


How long did it take you to finally get your first guest post published on a popular site?

Uh oh, this is embarrassing. Don’t laugh, okay?

It took me over 6 months.


What would you do differently if you had to start over from scratch right now? (what would you keep the same?)

If I had to start from scratch right aye?

Well, the thing I’d keep the same is that I’d get help.

What I’d change is that I’d get help immediately.

I tossed away years. Just because I thought I could make it on my own. Talking to fellow freelancers further along the path like yourself is what I should have done.

Online courses and programs where I could get detailed feedback on my work and progress from experienced people where the biggest accelerators of my growth!

What was the most difficult part of the process? Explain.

This probably sounds corny, but it’s true (for me anyway). The most difficult part was… (and sometimes still is) acting despite doubt and fear.

I’d worry about my writing. Worry about my website. Worry about my experience. Worry. Worry. You name it, I was worrying about it.

However, taking small deliberate steps despite my doubts allowed me to overpower my demons and gain confidence in my abilities.

Can you talk about something in the process of freelancing that went completely different than you expected?

Yup, and that’s clients.

More specifically, getting clients.

In my mind, getting clients was a mammoth task that would require tons of guest posts all over the internet.

Turns out it took much less than expected. Much. Much. Less


What advise do you have for the ‘pre-newbies’ that still haven’t taken that first step yet?

F*** your emotions.

Seriously. Do not let doubt and fear become an obstacle. Act in spite of your fear.

Figure out your next step and shuffle a little closer to it each day. If you do that, you
almost guarantee your success.

Remember: The pro’s are only pro’s because they endured the noob stage long enough.



Thanks to Hassan Ud-deen for sharing knowledge you can follow him at his blog f-bombmarketing.com, on Facebook @ hassassinz.creed, and on Twitter @ Hassassinzcreed

Don’t miss his latest guest post on Problogger.net: 

9 Copywriting Rules To Create Hypnotic Posts Your Readers Will Love 


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What's up! I'm Darnell the founder of Your Online Biz. I believe "We come from absolute greatness. Accomplishing the extraordinary is the least that we should expect from ourselves." In 2012 I launched TruckLicense.net which redefined how to get a CDL without expensive trucking school. I also created the #IBCT - International Blogger Championship Tournament which features the top 64 blogs worldwide in a competitive comparative analysis. When you support me you help #PayItForward as I contribute 10% of my online income to help children in need.

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13 comments on “Success Story: How a Brand New Freelancer Got Published on ProBlogger.net
  1. Fumiko says:

    Thank you for sharing your good experience. And I ll keep in mind to act in spite of fear.
    Fumiko recently posted…The Bikan area of historical romance, Kurashiki, OkayamaMy Profile

  2. Hey Darnell,

    It is a dream of freelancers to get published on problogger and Problogger is one of those places where quality gets full value.

  3. It’s so refreshing to hear about things someone tried that weren’t so successful, so that I can laugh at my own adventures with trying that same thing that also didn’t work. ; )

    Like the whole idea of earning any kind of decent income from throwing up Google ads. I thought of doing that, did some research, then decided it wasn’t for me, because I knew I was never going to build the kind of blog that gets enough of the right kind of traffic to make that worthwhile, nor did I want to.

    Probably one of my best blogging experiences was working on my previous food and wine blog — dormant for now because I’m up to my eyeballs in client work (thrilled about that!), but soon to be brought back to life once my schedule normalizes.

    I started that blog because I wanted an outlet for my abiding passion for all things food & wine & restaurants, and all the experiences that go along with those passions. And while I wrote from a place of passion, I also took it seriously, because I was hoping to make it a business at some point. So I took blogging and social media marketing courses, got super active in forums and so on, and then applied everything I learned to the blog. I didn’t end up making it a business, but like you, I learned so much in the process; there’s no way I would have the blog and business I have today (in a different niche — one that capitalizes on my past work experience and skills) if not for the wine blog experience.

    One of the best things about the food and wine blog was having winemakers who read my review of their wine on the blog email to thank me. The first time that happened I was surprised and overjoyed! And then when winemakers and winery PR people started sending me wine to review, I thought, whoa, this blogging about wine thing sure is a really fun little hobby! ; )

    Thanks for sharing your story, it shows how every experience can lead to success if you’ve got the right attitude

  4. Thank You so much for your Great Post. Learn how to get success when a newbie start his/her career in the online field :) It’s really in needed.

  5. Fear. Fear. Fear.

    That’s always our biggest challenge to success.

    I can relate to Hassan’s story. Until now i still think that my writing sucks.

    I still fear what people will say about this or that.

    Fear is such an enemy of success.

    Thanks Hassan for sharing your experience.

    I am super-energized right now to keep fighting until i win.

  6. Hello Darnell and Hassan ,
    Great work guys , I really enjoyed reading this interview.

    You have used unique way to spread the knowledge that you have .
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Pritam Nagrale recently posted…Building Your Brand With Digital Marketing: 3 Strategies For SuccessMy Profile

  7. Mike says:

    This proves that Problogger appreciates a quality blog more than others.
    I hope Google will do the same some day.
    Mike recently posted…A more efficient way to harvest the power of the waterMy Profile

  8. Thank you for the interview. There was a lot of useful details and advise in the conversation for beginners.
    Annette Riley recently posted…Best Free Antivirus Software for WindowsMy Profile

  9. Hassan says:

    Thanks for the interview Darnell. It\’s an honor! I hope the youronline.biz readers will benefit from it!

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