I built my freedom through blogging.
That’s right–I started a blog using WordPress, got some truly awful hosting at Godaddy (not recommended by the way) and I built a new blog from scratch. Later on I sold out for 200K and I still make a living from blogging. Even today.
Actually I built a number of new blogs over the years, and I think it is important to tell you about some of the failures. Because I don’t want you to get the idea that I am some sort of whiz kid, that I just picked up this blogging thing like it was nothing at all and whipped out a six figure website (though I eventually did accomplish that!). I made plenty of mistakes along the way. I started several websites that were complete duds. And I wasted countless hours pouring time, energy, and writing into things that never worked out.
But it was all worth it.
Perhaps Hugh McLeod said it best with his book title: “Freedom is blogging in your underwear.”
Because to be honest, that is really the entire beauty of this thing. Not just that you can connect with other people through this magical thing called the Internet, but that you can do it from the comfort of your own home while sipping cappuccino and eating pop tarts.
From what I can tell, there is no such thing as an un-free blogger. We are all free! Even the ones that are not making boatloads of money just yet.
You should be amazed at the Internet itself
Big media is upset, quite frankly.
Just think how badly the Internet has disrupted their “push push push” advertising model of the olden days.
Now you have to get out on the net and actually create something interesting in order to get all of the attention you really want!
If you can’t come up with funny cat photos (or at least the equivalent in your niche) then you’re dead in the water.
This is an amazing opportunity, folks. Blogging has leveled the playing field by leaps and bounds.
Just imagine, I built a website myself, from scratch, while still working a full time job–and eventually sold it for $200,000.
I do not have advertising clout.
I do not have lots of “connections” in high places.
I do not even great writing skills, to be honest. You can plainly see my writing skill right here, in this very sentence….average at best! I ain’t got nothing special going on.
I was just persistent as heck, and determined to earn my freedom in one way or another.
And I was in awe of the Internet, and of the search engines. That I could build this website, go to sleep, and wake up the next day to find that 6 people had actually read my stuff!
Truly, this was astounding. I was connecting with other people while I slept! The web made it all so easy.
Blogging made it all so easy.
If you can connect with other people, you can create freedom through blogging.
If you have something to say, you can create freedom through blogging.
If you have a passion in your life, or even if you are just really super angry about something, you can probably create freedom with blogging.
It is all a matter of how badly you want it, and how determined you are going to be about it.
Why blogging gets a bad rap
Blogging actually gets a bad rap these days in the mainstream media. The reason is simple:
People think it is easy money, then they decide it is all just a big scam.
For the most part, they are right–if you happen to be an “average” person.
So basically people are upset that blogging does not lead to instant riches after they post 3 articles and then decide to wait for the checks to start rolling in. When it doesn’t happen, they decide that it is all a big joke. Hopefully they did not quit their job just on the idea that they might make blogging work out for some side income somehow.
No, it takes a bit more effort than that. You know the old saying: “If it sounds to good to be true….”
The Internet represents a huge opportunity for anyone, but is also this big, bad, competitive minefield. If you start a website, there are hundreds (usually thousands) more websites that are competing directly with your ideas. But most of these competitors are not in it for the long run. They just want to get in and make a quick cash grab. I got news for you all: It ain’t gonna happen. Blogging has turned into more of a long term play. But this should be good news for you, because who wants to dabble in a new business venture that is not sustainable? If we are going to achieve our freedom through blogging, we don’t want it being snatched suddenly out of our hands.
And that is why you need to know how to do it right.
At the freedom blogger, you will learn how to:
* Select a killer domain name that you can turn into a brand.
* Purchase hosting, start your website, and get WordPress installed.
* Create compelling content that is useful to your audience.
* Build an audience through safe and effective marketing tactics.
* Sprinkle in just a hint of SEO to get the search engines to give you the nod.
* Scale your enterprise up to a level that creates serious income.
* Monetize your website in a way that benefits your audience as well as your bank account.
* Create freedom on your own terms.
There is nothing to join and no fees to pay here at The Freedom Blogger.
My only goal is to set you free, just as I have been set free from my old day job.
Are you ready to create your freedom?
What else are you going to do? Watch TV? Seriously?
I am a freedom blogger.