I have been thinking about to share my blogging journey with all my readers, but because of a busy schedule, it didn’t happen. Now I got some time to write about the history of this blog. Here, I am sharing with you my blogging journey since 2012 to till date.
It has been great feeling while sharing my blogging experience with you because in last four year I have faced lots of ups and down. I feel jubilant when someone appraises my work when I write post people commented on it that you are doing great work, your blog is very excellent, etc. that time I feel like Am I a professional blogger? Sorry, it was just a joke, but it’s been the proud moment for everyone when someone appreciates your hard work, you will get extra confidence that will motivate you to do hard work to get more appreciation.
Thinking about blogging because of no job offer
I completed my engineering in 2012. I have not got an offer during college campus because of low grades. After that, I have started a searching job in IT industry, but I didn’t get success. Because of no job offer since last two year I was searching for any job.
One day I read somewhere on the internet that peoples are earning thousand of the dollar with their blog. Then I thought that I have time for writing. I just need to know what is blogging and how to create a blog.
Later on, I had read some articles on the blogging and started my blog on blogger. That was 2012, but this was the real starting off my blogging journey.
How I bought a first domain name?
My professional blogging journey starts with GoDaddy, When I was thinking to start my blog at that time I thought domain name would be more expensive that I won’t afford, I saw some ads on television about GoDaddy, but I thought its fake because their ads were showing the domain name for 99 INR($1.50) only how is it possible?
One day I dared to open the GoDaddy website to check the real price and shocked that dot in domain name prices was 99 INR only which was affordable for all people immediately I bought one domain name ‘mytechnologyservice’ I used this domain name almost six months.
Day by day my blogging knowledge get increased, 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 existing one.
But by mistake my domain name got removed from my GoDaddy profile, the dream of selling domain name ends here. Immediately I bought the new domain name which was Scrollbucks. This is how I purchased the scrollbucks.com domain name.
Now you think that why I selected this domain name isn’t it?
Genuinely speaking there was no any particular reason behind this domain name. I was thinking about the domain name, and I found ‘scroll lock’ button on the keyboard, and already I was thinking about money(bucks), so Scrollbucks came in my mind which I purchased it. Overall all take my ten minutes only. It also means that keyboard plays a significant role in my blogging journey.
Blogger or WordPress? Tough question
Somewhere I heard that WordPress is the best platform for blogger. I had searched some information about WordPress I got confused between wordpress.com and wordpress.org
Initially, my blog was on blogger platform, but I was very keen about WordPress. I wanted to move my blog to WordPress, but because of a financial issue, it didn’t happen, and I continued with the Blogger.
Earlier I have discussed Blogger and WordPress, if you want to make career in blogging then you have to choose WordPress over blogger, there are few exception that blogger blogs are also popular, but it has some limitation which you will not overcome,
My first blog was on Google blogger because I can’t afford the web hosting cost for WordPress, In 2012, As I am Software Engineer by profession I was searching job in IT industry, and When I got some time when I worked for my blogger blog. After appearing 80+ companies interview, I got placed in one reputed MNC company which helps (money problem solved) me to start my new blog on self-hosted WordPress. Now one question will create in your mind that How much money required to start a blog on self-hosted WordPress?
- Domain name-$10, you can choose any domain name.
- Web hosting(3.95$/month,47.4$/year) I am talking about Bluehost web hosting which is recommended by WordPress, Sometimes Bluehost also offers web hosting at 2.95$/month, you can buy it by applying the coupon code.
- Theme (You can start with free theme also it’s not compulsory) I have purchased the theme from Harsh Agarwal, which I have mentioned later in this article.
So overall you need $60 to start your blog for one-year hosting. Now think, In this one year you need to earn $60 to keep running your blog next year, I believe that it’s effortless to make money with Google Adsense and $60 in year it’s not a big deal, You can refer this tutorial about Complete Google Adsense guide for beginner
After thinking about 60$, I bought Genesis child theme and DreamHost web hosting (SB97 coupon code) after applying this coupon code you will get this web hosting just for $22 which is very cheaper than other, after one year you can move to the Bluehost.
In 2015, I was well settled and can afford everything about blogging. My intention for starting this blog is not just earning money, but it’s my passion which brings me here. My love forces me to do a new thing about blogging, every day I read the new stuff about blogging and try to implement it on my blog. Whenever I got some information, then I share it with my readers.
I hardly get time to work on Saturday and Sunday for my blog because of busy agenda, in that time I managed everything about my blog like the promotion of blog, writing articles, the design of the blog, implement some SEO tips, read some blogging related articles, keywords research, etc.
Choosing blog niche
Selecting the blog niche is the very crucial thing in blogging. You should be very careful about your niche. I would recommend you to select the small competitive but trending niche.
When I started this blog, I was reading only blogging related post from the popular blog and try to write it on my blog. I was very excited to write the blogging related articles on my blog. After a few months, I realized that blogging niche had so much competition which was not easy to beat for me. I changed my niche to technical tutorials. Now today I am writing content about technology as well as blogging.
try to do different than others, be unique
I recommend you if you want to earn money online through your blog then choose coupons, news, jobs, learning tutorials niche it will give you more traffic compared to another blog niche. Don’t compare yourself to other popular bloggers. Some people have thoughts in mind that if he is doing this, then I can.
Try to keep your blogging niche as simple as possible and write articles about only one niche don’t mix content from various niche it will affect the traffic of your blog.
About Affiliate Programs
I started learning different ways to earn money online. Adsense was the first method which I implemented on the blog for making money Some bloggers think that it took six months to get Adsense approved, or your blog must be six months older then only your AdSense get approved, but this is entirely false. I have applied to Adsense by writing 10-12 post still my Adsense get approved.
Another way which will make you rich in a short time is affiliate marketing where you can sell the products of others and get a commission on successful selling it. I have started joining different Affiliate programs. I think affiliate marketing is resulting only when you have more traffic. You can start your work on AdSense after that if you think your traffic is increasing then you can join affiliate programs.
My first laptop
If you want to work from home, then you must have a laptop. I have searched lots of laptop on the internet to get a better one which will fulfill all my requirements. Finally, I found that HP Pavilion 15-p206TX Notebook, which I bought for 50K from Snapdeal on 3 May 2015.It satisfies all my needs
- 1TB HDD
- 8GB RAM
- 2GB NVIDIA Graphics card
- 5th Generation Core i5 processor
- Beats Audio
Note: This laptop is not available on the market.
Upgraded to MacBook Air
Recently I have purchased the brand new MacBook Air. The reason why I bought Macbook is its battery life and convenient product. I am delighted with this new laptop; it has 12 hours of battery life.
My MacBook Air has 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and 13-inch display which is useful for a blogger.
If you are a blogger and you want a lightweight laptop then go for MacBook Air.
Genesis child theme
When I was searching blogging content then every time I got shoutmeloud results which is a popular blog by Harsh Agrawal. In this blog harsh shares his income report every month. I was addicted to reading his blog and thought in mind that I want that theme which was customized by harsh and not available on the market.
After few months, Harsh changed his old theme and sold an older version to me. Harsh’s developer helps me to set up all my theme which looks like ShoutMeLoud. It took me ten days to set up the whole theme.This is how I got my ScrollBucks Genesis Child Theme.
Once I write the post, I verify it by using Grammarly tool which removes all grammatical mistake and gives us suggestions to make our sentence meaningful. We can use Grammarly tool freely. At the starting of this blog, I have created a different fan page of social networking sites like Facebook, twitter, google plus, etc. Here is how I share my content on social media
- Share it on Facebook, twitter, google plus pages.
- Share it in LinkedIn groups.
- Google plus communities.
- Facebook groups.
- Various forums, Quora, etc.
Above 5-7 methods are sufficient to get social traffic to your blog. You can create a newsletter and send it via mail also by using Mail Chimp for that you need to collect mail ID from readers. Add a subscription box to your blog. Interested readers will subscribe to your blog post. You can use these mail ID for sending updates.
Till now I have done these things with the blog, later on, I will innovate different ways to automate my blog and will try to grab some hours from my busy schedule for blogging. Right now I just work on Saturday and Sunday otherwise, the schedule is pack. This is not the end of my blogging journey there are much more to come. Stay tuned I will update this post whenever I remember what else I did for my blog.
- To buy a Bluehost web hosting as previous hosting(DreamHost) will expire soon (completed)
- As I am changing my web hosting, I need to migrate my blog from DreamHost to Bluehost (completed)
- Fix all coding related issue (completed)
- Will modify the design (in progress)
- Try to increase the followers on social networking sites (in growth)
I am moving forward with the flow and trying to update my old post to make it more efficient and SEO friendly. Updating the content is the never-ending process, you have to keep your content updated with the latest information. Google allows only up-to-date and fresh material on the first page. So try to update the content on a daily basis.
I will keep update this post, stay tuned and subscribe my newsletter to get latest updates. You can also mail me at email@example.com
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