I have been blogging since 2013. Basically I am Software Engineer by profession but a professional blogger by passion.
Today, I am going to tell you about my blogging journey. Keep your coffee with you, it will take some of your time(depends on your reading ability).
It has been a great feeling to share my blogging experience with all you guys. I had faced many ups and downs, some of my blogs failed, some got little success and some are still alive.
When readers commented on my blog articles that you are doing great work, your blog is very excellent, etc. that time I feel like Am I a professional blogger?
It’s been the proud moment for anyone when someone appreciates your hard work. You will get more confidence that will motivate you to do more hard work to get more appreciation.
2012: Thinking About Blogging
I have completed my engineering in 2012. I didn’t get an offer from college recruitment because of low grades and I came to my hometown without any job offer. After graduation, I started searching for a software developer job, but I didn’t get success.
I had been trying for around three years to get a job and because of continuous failure, my confidence was going down. I was searching for other ways to make money online for a living.
One day I was reading on the internet that one can earn money from blogging. When I read it I thought it was a fake article but later on, after reading more articles about making money online I came to know that Yes, we can make money from blogging
In 2012, I had enough time to write a blog and I wanted to learn more about blogging before getting started.
Finally, in 2012, I started my first blog on BlogSpot platform since it is free and I didn’t have money to invest in the blog.
and the blogging journey begins.
2013: First Domain Name
After starting my blog on Blogger, I decided to purchase a domain name. I was thinking that domain name is a very expensive thing and I couldn’t afford it but when I opened the GoDaddy, everything was changed. Besides that, I saw ads of GoDaddy showing domain name just for $0.99/month only how is it possible?
Yes, it’s true, the pricing of a domain name was starting from $0.99/month. I could afford the domain name for at least one year. I didn’t think much about the future, what would happen.
I didn’t have much knowledge about the domain name and I didn’t read the guidelines about the domain name. Finally, I decided to go with ‘MyTechnologyService[dot]com’ domain name and I bought it for $8.
As my blogging knowledge was increasing, and I realized that it’s not right to keep the long domain name for a long-running of your blog. I decided to change the domain name by selling an existing one.
But by mistake, my domain name got removed from my GoDaddy profile and the dream of selling domain name ends here. I did not felt bad since it was not a great domain name and I was sure I would not get more money by selling the domain.
Immediately I bought the new domain name, which was ScrollBucks. This is how I purchased the ScrollBucks domain name.
2014: Why ScrollBucks?
Now you might be thinking that why I selected this domain name isn’t it?
Genuinely speaking, there was no particular reason behind this domain name. I was thinking about the domain name, and I found the ‘scroll lock’ button on the keyboard, and at the same time, I was thinking to earn money online through blogging since I was unemployed.
Scroll from the Scroll Lock button and Bucks from Money. Finally, I got ScrollBucks. It also means that the keyboard played a significant role in my blogging journey.
I had a domain name but still, I was thinking about the blogging platform. I was running the blogger blog since I didn’t have money to buy web hosting and start a WordPress blog.
I was aware that WordPress is the best platform for blogging. I had searched for more information about WordPress and I got confused between wordpress.com(free) and wordpress.org(self-hosted).
Since my blog was on the BlogSpot platform, I was very keen to move it on WordPress, but because of financial problems, it didn’t happen, and I continued with the BlogSpot for almost one year.
I heard a lot about WordPress that if you want to make a career in blogging then you must start your journey with WordPress. Since the situations were not in my hand I continued with Blogger.
2015: Got Job
I am a Software Engineer by profession I was searching for a job in the IT industry. After appearing 80+ companies interview and after searching job for more than two years, I got a job offer from Infosys Technology Limited. This was the turning point in my blogging journey.
By that time blogging became my passion and I could afford anything for my blog. My first job helped me to migrate my blog on self-hosted WordPress.
2015: Theme and Web Hosting
I got my first salary on 31 March 2015 at 09.20 AM.
When I was searching blogging content on the internet, every time I got ShoutMeLoud blog’s results, which is a popular blog by Harsh Agrawal. I was addicted to reading his blog and I also liked his blog theme. It was on the Genesis framework and a customized child theme.
After a few months, Harsh changed his old theme and decided to sell an older version. Immediately, I emailed Harsh that I wanted to buy his theme.
and this is how I got my ScrollBucks Genesis Child Theme.
Currently, I am using GeneratePress WordPress Theme
I bought a Genesis child theme from Harsh for $49 and DreamHost web hosting $22 (I got a 97% discount).
In 2015, I was well settled and intention for starting this blog was not just for earning money, but it’s my passion, which bought me here. My passion forced me to do a new thing about blogging; every day, I read the latest stuff about blogging and tried to implement it on my blog. Whenever I got some information, then I write about it and publish it.
Since I had a full-time job, I hardly get time to work on my blog on the weekend. I managed everything about my blog like the promotion of blog, writing content, implement SEO tips, read some blogging related articles, keywords research, etc.
Selecting the blog niche is a very crucial thing in blogging. When I started my blog, I was reading only about blogging on the internet and try to write it on my blog. I was very excited to write about blogging content on my blog.
After a few months, I realized that the blogging niche had more competition, which was not easy for me to rank on Google. Since I had written more content on my blog I couldn’t change my niche and continued to write about blogging.
This is how ScrollBucks got the BLOGGING niche.
Try to do different than others, be unique. Choose your niche wisely.
One thing I learned about it that you don’t copy others and try to choose a niche where your interest is. If you write what you like then blogging is just amazing for you.
Don’t compare yourself with other bloggers. Also, don’t think that if someone is doing this, then I can. Try to stuck with one niche only.
I started learning different ways to earn money online. AdSense was the first monetization method that I implemented on my blog for making money.
Later on, I came to know about Affiliate Marketing. I started learning more about it. I started joining different Affiliate programs from the blogging niche. Affiliate marketing will work only when you have more traffic.
There were other options also available but I stuck with AdSense and Affiliate Marketing. Since I was using Dreamhost shared hosting I joined the Dreamhost affiliate program and I earned my first blogging income from it.
It was a memorable day for me and it couldn’t stop me to write about first blogging income.
My Blogging Failure
I have written about my blogging failure in other articles as well.
My first domain name was MyTechnologyService[dot]com. As I didn’t have much knowledge about blogging, I purchased this domain name. Later I came to know that for a long-running blog the long domain is not useful. The domain name doesn’t have meant so I wanted to quit the MyTechnologyService[dot]com.
If you want to create your own brand then choose your domain name small and unique, like ScrollBucks.
My second blog was etricks[dot]org. I have started this blog for software information but due to some financial issues and timing concerns, I decided to quit it. One guy purchased this domain name and started a blog about software information.
Never start a second blog until your first blog is successful.
My third blog was BollywoodPlanet[dot]in, I am very interested in Bollywood gossip. I was getting decent traffic but not income from this blog.
If you are a single person to manage your blog then I would suggest you never start a second blog until your first one become famous. It is very difficult to manage all blog’s tasks. I didn’t follow this rule, so my blogs failed.
Blogging is my passion and I don’t blog for money. I am getting enough money from my full-time job.
So far, I have earned more than INR 1,00,000 from my blog. I have written a detailed article about how my blogging passion helped me to earn INR 1,00,000. It’s a very interesting article, you will love it.
Below are the top income sources for my blog
- Article Writing
- Direct Advertisement
- Affiliate Marketing
- Backlinks and Paid Post
Blogging is my passion and I don't blog to earn money. If you have a passion for something do it with hard work, you would definitely succeed. Also, if you do the thing which you love then you would not feel like you are working. You will do it with passion and dedication.
I will keep updating this post, stay tuned. You can also mail me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
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