When I decided to start monetizing my blog the only ways I knew were what other bloggers used to recommend. These are — Google Adsense, selling ad space, sponsored posts, etc. I applied for Google adsense but failed twice and waited to receive sponsored post proposals but none. At some point, I wondered why couldn’t I earn as how other bloggers do.
But, I’ve learned that spending time comparing my journey to others won’t help me in moving my own work forward. So instead of trying hard to imitate what others do, I thought of working from what I already have and discovering my own ways to earn from blogging.
I admitted my flaws and discovered my abilities. I’m not good in freelance writing — okay. I’m not good in writing a review of a product — okay. I’m not getting sponsored posts proposals — okay. My site was denied by Google Adsense — okay. But, I can design and create websites for others so I decided to make profit from the skill I already have. From that, I sold hosting and domain names too. But, I didn’t stop there, I researched more and discovered that I could earn from Aliexpress Dropshipping too. For now, those are my main source of online earnings. However, I didn’t reject the opportunity of earning from ads and affiliate marketing — I started blogging with affiliates and putting ads on my site using Google Ads alternatives like Media.net by Yahoo and Halal.ads exclusive for Muslims. I’m earning less from those but eventually, with consistency and right strategy, I know my income from those will grow too.
Today was the day when I received my first 10 dollars I earned from selling a domain. It’s been four years since I followed my own trail and stopped trying to join the bandwagon. I don’t earn like how others do but I earn by doing what exactly I enjoy doing. I’m not a full time designer or solopreneur because I’m focused with med school. I spend just 5–12 hours a week in designing, selling domains and hosting. Although I’m not working that fast due to other priorities, I believe that taking it slowly won’t slow down my progress. So far, I earned enough to invest in the expansion of my own business.
I may try other ways to monetize my blog but I won’t compare my journey to others. Everyone has a unique journey. I shouldn’t compare my result to what others’ have reached because they only show the highlights of their success not the behind the scene difficulties, the sleepless nights, and the headaches they had to go through. They may be earning 6 figures but they worked hard for it and it took time for them to be where they are now.
So for those who thought earning online is an overnight success, I’m sorry to disappoint you but it’s not. It takes hard work, investment, months or years, series of failures, etc. Your goal shouldn’t be earning 6 figures like others but to focus on financial freedom — and you can achieve that with lesser than what other make. Also, focus on more important things in life — God, family, faith, and yourself. Don’t stop in dreaming and achieving more but make sure you are not neglecting the important aspects of life- pleasing God, loving your family and valuing yourself.