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For many of us, making a dollar is no big deal.
Can this first dollar change our life? The simple answer you or I will give is a big NO first. But what if I say it does matter and it changes you from inside.
It’s our human nature to be emotional. We don’t work like machines that just run on logic. We run on our emotions.
Emotions motivate us to do something and negative emotions also make to not do something. It’s all in our feelings, feelings are what drive us.
To the people out there starting new blogs and online businesses, the idea of earning that first dollar connects to their soul, as it did to me.
After starting this blog and putting all the hard work and spending some money on getting this blog up and running, when I could not get any of the promised results of traffic and money as shared in earning reports of thousands of dollars, I lost motivation to work on it.
A Human Geneticist, Blogging as a Hobby …
I am a human geneticist and just finished my Ph.D. working on Parkinson’s disease.
I know this seems odd what I am doing here writing about side hustles. But I always have been attracted to do these small bits and pieces to earn some money and the time spend there purely gives my heart joy.
I love my science and I have no intention of leaving it because I think I am good at it.
But along all these years I have been involved in several of these side projects. I started investing actively in stock markets whenever I got time.
Many of you can relate to me, as it always gives some kind of inner satisfaction by earning this side money. Whether you earn it from side hustles or discounts on shopping, it feels as if this is free money (although you have to work hard for it). Who doesn’t love the feeling of getting free money?
In between, I started a few science blogs and eventually didn’t renew the sites as I could not get enough time and there was not enough traffic or comments to keep me motivated.
Last year I created this website for sharing some tricks of earning money online with like-minded people. As with earlier science blogs, I didn’t get enough traffic and eventually got busy with my Ph.D.
Fast forward one year I checked my website and I was in surprise that a few people are reading my blog and a few others had also dropped some positive comments.
There is nothing like a human to human interaction. I can tell you that when someone else appreciates your work, even if a single soul, it gives you a hell of lot of motivation.
Making the First Dollar From a Hobby Blog
Then I checked my affiliate program Viglinks to see if there is any surprise. Not that I was expecting it but there it was.
In the revenue column, there was this magical figure of $5.75. I checked that a few of the online gaming sites were clicked on my website and they generated this revenue. Looking at my first dollar I was very excited.
My head is filled with positivity, and I sat there looking at all the stuff I have written and started to plan writing to more.
Most people write when they have made it and they share those huge monthly revenues. These reports definitely motivate you and make you daydream but most of the time their journey and mistakes they made are missing.
Why not let’s do this journey together step by step.
Don’t wait for everything to be perfect because it never will be. It’s so important to recognize that much of the knowledge that you get about life comes from actually living a life. You can surely take examples from other lives.
That is what we do in science, we build upon the work of others. So that others can build upon our work.
Things to do Next..?
If you are already an owner of a blog and trying to get your traffic up and monetize it, we are on the same page.
If you still haven’t started then read this easy step by step guide to building your blog. In brief,
- You need to decide on the topic to blog
- Choose a name for your own blog and buy a domain name
- Buy a cheaper hosting plan from Bluehost or Hostgator
- Use WordPress to get your site up and running
- Create the content from your heart
For the others on the same page with me, my next aim is to get more visitors. For that, I am going to focus on a couple of things
- Increase the content of my blog (of course quality will be the priority)
- Going to use Pinterest for increasing the traffic
- Going to make insta/twitter account for the website
I will keep you updated on how it’s working and if there is an increase in traffic. Which method is working and which is not.
After increasing the traffic the next aim will be to monetize the traffic. So the aim is for now is to create and publicize the quality content. What I feel the money will follow if this goes according to plan.
In conclusion, I would say that like in my scientific experiments, I understand if we keep working on the plan and have persistence we will definitely make it to the other side.
Till then stay focused and work hard to get that first dollar. Let me know in the comments when you make your first dollar.
Update (December 2021): Few of the aims stated above were accomplished and others are in progress.
Optimizing content for SEO done
Getting Google traffic >20k/month healthy progress
Getting Pinterest traffic ~2k-3k/month work in progress
Earning Money satisfactory progress
Email list ~2k member(not actively sending emails) work in progress
Redesign site to look more professional
More frequent posts (10 a month)
Work on creating a product
Work on the Email list and create a funnel
Improve my Pinterest game
Hit 100k visitors a month
Hit 10k dollars a month (it will follow if I am able to do other things)
I am now staying home with my one-year-old kid (talk about blessings 🙂 ) and working on this blog for a few hours during the nights. This blog is earning me full-time income more than a senior scientist can make in academia.
If you are planning to start a new blog or running a blog but still not making any money, here is my step by step guide for starting a blog. I will show you everything you need to generate a passive source of income.
Check out all the best resources I use! These resources have helped me immensely in my journey and I am sure they will help you as well.