This story is from a fellow Blogger.
He resigned from his CocaCola job to concentrate on his blog which he started using a phone. Right now, he is making reasonable money online legally in Nigeria and not regretting quitting his job. There may be one or two lessons to learn from the story. So read carefully.
First of all, I think it would be nice to introduce myself. I am +Adeniyi Samuel by name and I hail from Osun State, Nigeria. I am a one time forklift operator in one of the leading companies in the Country (Coca-cola) who later turned a full time blogger and for over 6 months now, I have no curse to regret quitting my offline job.
You might wonder why but truth be told, the coca-cola branch here where I worked, only bears the name and not the pay. Working there seemed more like working as an elephant and eating like an ant but after quitting the job to turn full time blogging, the reverse has been the case, all thanks to God. I now work as an ant and eat as an elephant.
How It All Started (The Insight)
It all started around 2010 when I was doing nothing outside running mini sites on the internet. Well, first I stumbled on some muf.mobi sites and I love the engagement that was going through these sites and always wanted to have something like that. I never thought of the money at that time, all I wanted to do was create a site with loads of members and have the name as the owner. That was all I cared about without the money in mind after all I was using free internet as lots of free browsing cheats were in vogue at that time.
From muf.mobi, I knew about wapka but I couldn't use them because I wasn't able to code and understand how the designing was done(it was kinda little complex for me) but I was pretty good at muf.mobi sites and other few I knew then and that lead to the formation of funhome.muf.mobi.
I was so committed to my wapsite at that time that 24/7 whenever there's power on my phone, I'd be with my phone posting and promoting the site. At some point fun.muf.mobi would emerge as the top 10 sites on muf.mobi but despite all these, I wasn't getting any pay, it was just for the fun of it and it really felt good for people say 'thank you Samuel for this', 'big ups bro', 'you are the best' etc and that was enough to keep me going.
Around same late 2010, I decided to research exclusively on how to make money online and I stumbled on loads on information regarding that and read through many websites but they all were basically stating stuffs I had read on previous sites, 'Taking Surveys, Paid to read mails, Affiliates' etc.
I eventually tried a couple of them all from my mobile phone, though I was able to make some money but they never got to my hand. I eventually never got to reach their payout threshold, maybe because am a Nigerian but doing those where a total waste of my time and even though I felt bad about it, I didn't stop there, I still kept on researching.
How Blogging All Started For Me
Around January 2011, I decided to take social network seriously in terms of meeting friends, chatting and all so I wouldn't get so bored. Along the line I read through one of my Facebook friend's status where he shared a link on how he makes money online. His Name his +Jide Ogunsanya
I clicked on the link and read through every bit of the post. I was impressed by what I read and also read through other posts on the blog (www.ogbongeblog.com) At that time, he stated he was making around 70K online monthly. I was like wow! If only I could even be making just little online.
I decided to get closer to him by sending him a message and requesting for his number. We started chatting and talking via Facebook and phone (of course I was doing the calling). He told me what he actually does was 'blogging'. I introduced myself to him properly and give him an insight regarding what I have been doing (Perhaps, that's what made him believe I could do it). He then told me to go create a blog on blogger and start posting there.
Without wasting time, I created a free blog on blogger that January 2011 and that lead to the formation of www.trueinternetworld.blogspot.com. I stopped giving time to my wapsite and eventually got on with trueinternetworld blog. For me, getting along wasn't so much a big deal because I am always quick to understanding stuffs about the internet. I began posting and promoting on social networks, I gave the blog same zeal I gave when I was on wapsite.
Somehow, I knew what Nigerians wanted and what my friends on social networks wanted and I worked more in posting those stuffs that were beneficial to them.
After a while, Jide then told me to apply for Google Adsense. I never knew what it was but he was able to give me an insight. I wasn't really satisfied but then I still got my friend "Google". So, I googled about Adsense and also went through the Adsense tips at OgbongeBlog.
I applied for Adsense that January 2011 and upon first trial, I wasn't accepted, reason been for navigation. I confronted Jide with this and he gave some suggestions. I worked on those and re-applied and in some couple of days, I was accepted. I felt like I won a jackpot but then, there was a bigger task ahead.
Even through I never actually read through the long policy Google Adsense had brought up for me to read, I just read the few ones which was more like a summary on other sites including Ogbongeblog.
Even through I had making money in mind, I knew it wasn't gonna be over night because Jide had initially told me that I needed loads of traffic and during my early days, traffic came basically from social networks.
For some couple of months, I couldn't boast of €3 in my adsense account. I became worried and of course contacted the only mentor I had that time(Jide Ogunsanya). He actually told me something which gave me more zeal to keep on working.
He said and I quote, 'It took me two years to make my first $100'. I was like 'What!!! Two(2) years for $100? Then I still have a long way to go but then I knew, 2 years was too much for me to make that amount.
At a time, I began contacting friends on my facebook account with friends over 3K and pleaded with them to please visit my blog and share just one on my blog posts with their friends. Many ignored, some asked for a fee and yes, some did it for me wholeheartedly without stress.
On this fateful day, when I had contacted more friends and some shared my posts, I checked my adsense account, lo and behold I saw I made €2+ that day, I was like Wow! This is awesome. That fueled me and I kept and pursuing and btw, all these were via the use of my mobile phone (samsung e250).
Around Late February 2011, I traveled down to Lagos to stay with my uncle and within a short period of time, my uncle was already complaining that I pay too much attention to my phone. I wasn't actually bothered with that because I was already used to it by my parents(my parent always complained about me and my phone and it was more like a song and daily routine to me) while in Benin so whenever anybody tells me that, I would just smile.
Around March same year, my dear uncle introduced me to coca-cola company as a casual worker and my pay at that time was around N400 per day. I began working and usually, am the kinda guy who pays much interest to my job and get recommendations but then, that didn't take me away from my phone because my phone was and is my best pal and I wasn't and isn't shy to tell anyone.
Just few days at CocaCola, almost everyone close to me had noticed me and my phone and when I realized this, I had to take precautions because the money at hand is better than the one on the way.
For me, blogging and working, at the same time wasn't really easy but my job then while at CocaCola as a casual worker wasn't that stressful. Been a tracker, all I need do is track products living the warehouse and to which sales truck its going to hence, it was more like walking and writing kinda job.
|Samuel, while working at CocaCola|
Most times while in coke, I would close from afternoon duty(9pm) and instead of going home to rest, I would go the cyber cafe and do night browsing because I wanted to do some designs on my blog which ordinarily, can not be done via my mobile phone since I never owned a laptop at that time.
With time, that same year 2011, I began seeing some pretty good earnings. I crossed the $100 dollars payment threshold in that same year 2011 and received my first Adsense cheque but then, I had a problem, 'A foreign account'. The essence of the foreign account was to clear my Adsense cheque since the checks are in USD hence it cannot be cleared with a Naira account.
Getting a Foreign account wasn't the problem but the criteria in our local banks to owning a foreign account was the problem. Nevertheless, I got it sorted within a short time.
Around September 2011, I acquired a custom domain for my blog which led to www.trueinternetworld.net and by then, by the grace of God, I was already earning over $100 in a month .
I used my first cleared earnings in acquiring a blackberry phone and a laptop and that was around February 2012 and the journey didn't end there.
Working in coke around 2012 became tougher because within a month I was able to learn how to drive and operate the forklift machine and with the help of God through a pastor who I consider as a brother, I was employed as a forklift operator there in coke and of course, with an increment in salary.
Initially while I was a casual worker, I always thought forklift job was an easy job, well yes, for the first few months it was because I'd smile when am on d machine driving instead of using my legs :-), it seemed more like an advancement but after some couple of months, it seemed like hard labour! ..lol.
Seriously, it is not easy driving for 10hours at night without sleeping and only for you to go back home and continue blogging, sleep for like an hour and resume back to CocaCola.
With time I realized that, I could be on the machine in coke driving and be thinking about the next post to update on my blog. Sounds crazy right? But its true, it began to seem like, I was all about blogging.
I don't want to bore you anymore with much tales about me and my blogging journey but the fact now is, am a full time blogger now who blogs at will and earns pretty good income in a month with no boss to toss me around or tell me when to work and when not to work.
Some Key Points To Note
1. Blogging isn't for everyone. Only the writers who are good at writing and enjoys writing about one or some particulars areas or topics are good to go. Just so you know, I used to be a writer, oh well am still a writer. I had written some couple of plays and songs which are no where to be found now, now I do all my writings on the internet via my trueinternetworld.net blog, which I've rebranded to www.techyan.com.
2. Blogging is for the passionate and determined. Everyone wants to create a blog but not everyone is passionate about it. If you read through this post thoroughly, then you would probably note that, at the beginning stage, I just love sharing information and tutorials even when I wasn't getting anything in return outside "thanks" and appreciation from readers.
3. Know No Boundaries: One major excuse for bloggers this days is non availability of a laptop but the truth is, I started out with a phone, not a smart phone but a Java phone (Samsung E250 and Noka 6233). More over, getting a laptop or a desktop computer these days isn't as expensive as it used to be then, if you are determined, you should know no boundaries.
Truth be told, am only a school sat owner(SSCE), who used to know some stuffs in academics but now, I doubt if I can still be good at that because 24/7, all I think now is blogging and business :-D but of course, I hope to further my education soonest.
Conclusion: I didn't bring up this story of I and my blogging journey to suppress anyone. It's just to challenge those who want to be a successful blogger but limiting themselves to some factors.
I see blogging more as a farming business where you plant today and harvest tomorrow hence how much you plant today determines how much you harvest tomorrow.
I personally wouldn't say am a successful blogger. I see myself more like a striving blogger who hopes to be among the top bloggers someday. Although I see myself been lazy these days maybe because of how much I earn in a month, but I am definitely working to change that and would definitely welcome ideas from you my friend.
What's your take on this?
PS: If you've also got stories to share, kindly mail me.