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How I Survived My First 7 Months in Blogging? And You Can Do It Too…

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I made my first dollar from my blog after 7 months.

7 Long months.

It was a 125×125 ad sold in $59 per month, and this was how my journey to make money with Blogging Cage started.

According to one survey – Most bloggers quit their journey in first 90 days without making any money.

But I was not from one of them.

I read one quote almost three years back.

Winners never QUIT, and quitters never WIN.

I kept writing articles for seven months with the hope that it will start giving me some money, but neither visitors were coming on my blog, nor any advertiser was interested in advertising on my blog. But one thing that kept on pushing me was my vision.

I knew that I will start making money with my blog, but the question was; When?

Making money after seven months was itself a remarkable experience and a positive force that made me believe that my blog can make money. πŸ™‚

So what did I do in those 7 months?

How was I able to pay my internet bills and hosting rent?

And further how I kept myself motivated?

First of all, let me share a little background.

For first 18 months, I built my blog using 2G internet that we use on mobile.

Yes !!

I didn't have enough money to afford a good speed internet. So, I did first 14 months work on my blog using that internet only. Which was costing me 150 INR ($3) per month?

I remember the days when I kept striking my head against walls just because of the slow speed of the internet. This one block was more than enough which stopped me to watch any online video on YouTube to learn things.

In short – It was a very struggling period.

But still, I survived………

So let's dive into my story and know how I did that.

#1. I used Fiverr

Fiverr was something new which was suggested by one of my close friends. I explored it for few days and found that I can make money with this platform.

But the question was; How?

Because as a newbie I didn't have skills that I could sell on Fiverr.

So I got an idea.

I started using Facebook and found few people who were interested in making backlinks for their blogs, but they were unaware about Fiverr. I talked with those buyers and promised them to deliver 1000 backlinks in next 5-7 days and charged $30 each.

I outsourced my work from Fiverr in $5, so at the end, I was in $25 profit.

This money was enough for me to keep myself motivated.

#2. I flipped blog with very little profit

In starting days of my blogging, I was so passionate that I built many blogs. But soon I found that I am not able to manage them all, so I started selling them after 2 months of my blogging journey.

The Very first blog I sold was in $30. Yeah !! $30. πŸ˜‰

People were saying – Kulwant Nagi has gone mad as he is selling blogs in just $30-40 and making the reputation of the market very bad, but they never knew what were the conditions at my end and how hard I was trying for my survival.

I was very happy because this was my first online income just after 2 months of blogging.

So I decided to sell my other small blogs (they all had not more than 5 articles each) and sold them in $30, $40 and one domain in $25.

This was a big achievement for me because at least I was making some money now. πŸ™‚

This little money helped me to pay my internet bills and try few other new things.

#3. I maintained one blog of an Entrepreneur

I was in touch with one guy who is top 1% online income earner in the India. That guy is making $50,000+ every month now.

He hired me to design his blog by copying one design from one big blog. πŸ˜›

And further he hired me to write an article on his blog for 2 months.

Writing the article was like killing job for me, but still, I accepted it, because I knew the places where I could get cheap writers.

Finally, I hired one writer in 40 INR and charged 100 INR per article from that Entrepreneur. Simply I was in a profit of 60 INR each article.

That guy paid me big sum ($200 for all).

Yeah !! This amount was big SUM for me at that time. πŸ™‚

Conclusion:

If you are still a newbie and struggling hard to make money online, then you can try following methods for your survival.

  1. Find clients who are ready to pay you (use Facebook, Yahoo answer, Forums to find clients) and then outsource your work from Fiverr.
  2. Build some small blogs with good quality and having a good theme. Find a buyer and sell them with $20-50 profit each.
  3. Find bloggers who are ready to hire you.
  4. You can try freelancing sites (oDesk, Elance, etc.) to find suitable work for you.

How did I keep me motivated?

I read 20+ inspirational books in this period (few of them I bought, few I got from my friends). I kept reading real-life stories of people and those days reading about entrepreneurship was my first choice (it still is), and I read about the life of many entrepreneurs.

After going through all those stories, one thing was clear to me – You cannot make a fortune just by sitting and watching people. If you want to something big in your life, then you will have to work your ass-off.

Few people were there who always kept me motivated. One of them was Romy Singh, who was always there to answer my stupid questions. He helped me in every possible way and guided me about working with genesis framework.

Final Words

People might be saying to you that you are doing this thing wrong, that thing wrong, but the reality is; no one knows about the things which are running at your end and what are the conditions at your end.

If you have great vision with blogging, then be with it, because things will start changing very soon, and you will create new milestones in blogging or any online marketing niche.

Just believe in yourself.

One small quote –

If you think you can, you can.

Now your turn

I would love to hear your journey as well.

What were the obstacles which you faced and how did you tackle them?

When you made your first dollar online and how it helped you to continue your blogging journey?

Let's have a sound discussion. πŸ™‚

49 thoughts on “How I Survived My First 7 Months in Blogging? And You Can Do It Too…”

  1. Hey mate,

    Nice share! How I actually survived blogging? I have a full day job πŸ™‚

    My pay is more than enough to survive more than a dozen blog but my passion is blogging. So, slowly I am moving my way to blogging.

    My main ways to make money is by affiliate marketing and providing services. If you are skilled enough, you can make a lot of money just by providing service.

    Well, that’s me though.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Reginald, doing blogging with job is really very hard to manage. My partner is also having full time job and after 8:00 PM he do blogging, so he always keep saying about quitting his job.

      I have visited your blog many times and I will have to say, “You are doing awesome work.”

      Yes Reginald, once you will learn small small things about internet marketing then you can teach people and make good money online very easily.

      Thanks for being here and sharing your thoughts.

      Reply
  2. It was kinda my story Kulwant bro πŸ˜€
    I too managed my Blog on 2G for 8 long months and now that I am making some profits with Blogging and Internet, I took Broadband πŸ˜›
    I am totally inspired by your story.
    I will keep going on and on and one day I am sure I’ll be ‘somewhere’ πŸ™‚

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  3. Hello Sir,
    This article is full of inspiration.
    you didn’t earn single penny in 1st 7 months of your blogging career but now you are earning 2000$ per month. πŸ™‚ sound interesting πŸ™‚
    Just because of your efforts, patience,hard work and your learning skill you reached on top of the world πŸ™‚
    I am doing blogging from last 8 months and I earned 1$ in 2 months of blogging and right now I have 2 blogs and they are going fine. It is not easy to do blogging and earn money online.

    Reply
  4. Hi Kulwant,

    Brilliant Effort.

    Thanks for sharing your exp.

    I also struggled a lot when i started blogging. but i did managed by some freelance works…

    Thanks

    Reply
  5. Hello Kulwant sir !!
    Your are really an inspiring personality.I got my first adsense check after five month all thanks to blogger like you who helped newbies by your article and inspiration.Blogging is a business and vision plays a major role in success.
    thanxx for your guidence and clearing my vision.

    Reply
    • Hello Anonymous,

      First of all happy Diwali. πŸ˜€

      I loved your effort that even ranking for a micro niche blog you are doing quality comments on other blogs. Even you inspired me with your comment, because I have seen people making niche blogs and doing unrelated/unnecessary comments on other blogs with almost no meaning and with the intention to get backlinks only.

      Best wishes for this blog. Hope you will rank it and make huge money on Diwali. πŸ™‚

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      • Thanxx for your appreciation sir. I tried my best to put up all the quality content and my knowledge on my diwali blog and hopefully will get the desired traffic.
        πŸ™‚

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  6. Hi.. @Kulwant Nagi

    Wow! This is an Awesome earning, Yesterday Night At 12 PM you Updated your status and I read your earned A Huge earning from your blog, after a Long Time..

    And here I am reading your full detail, once again I am inspired from you. πŸ™‚

    All the Best Bro.

    Reply
  7. This is very inspirational post. To be success in Internet we have to work hard. You’re one of them. wish for future πŸ™‚

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  8. These days I really follows this line that is “Winners never QUIT, and quitters never WIN”.
    In past few days i really got frustrated from my blog. But it was your line about “patience” which give confidence to continue with it.
    Thanks for sharing this sir….
    It will be very much grateful that if I am able to write my own experience about blogging in future…
    thanks again..:)

    Reply
  9. You have something in you . Your articles are very inspirational and this is super awsome . Your journey towards your success shows how much you worked hard. But i would ask to one thing which don’t understand that is fiverr . Great article . πŸ™‚

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  10. Hello Kulwant Sir, sometimes I say you bro and sometimes, Sir.
    I started my blogging journey on 11 march 2013 and quitted on about 2 months, i sold my blog for INR 2000.
    I have a keen interest in blogging, I will start my new blog after my matriculation.
    Now, Just thinking to get a suitable niche.
    Thanks fopr this post, this was really inpirationable.

    Reply
    • Sameer, You did what your heart suggested. I would love to see you in blogging again. Find a untapped niche and build a blog around it.

      All the best.

      Reply
  11. Hey,

    Interesting story, surviving in the early days of blogging is really hard and many bloggers quit blogging in early days because they don’t make money but those guys who survive in these early days get success for sure. All you need is motivation. Keep your passion alive and you’ll make money from blogging πŸ™‚

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  12. Really a boot-up story for a newbie… I am also in same position and striving with adsense… any suggestion from you will be appreciated.

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  13. Hey pal…

    This is an amazing article and a great example to follow. I like the approach that you took when it came to making money online.

    You didn’t give up and you stayed focus. Lots of people give up too easily and thats not a good thing.

    Thanks for the tips and sharing your story as well.

    Keep up the good work pal.

    Reply
  14. Stellar piece of hardwork and determination Sir. I really like your strategies as an entrepreneur. I remember, I was paid $15 for my first sponsored article.

    Thanks

    Reply
  15. Hi Kulwant Bro,

    Really very inspiring story. You face really very hard obstacles… I can understand how it feels when you want do something but internet doesn’t respond.

    Your story is not actually like me – I still have to be success and I don’t have to too think about survival.

    I feel that I need more motivation, have to read some more inspirational books – at least 20 + …..

    Congratulations and wish you huge success in blogging πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks for appreciation Vipin. I love when people work on their ass-off and finally get success. Keep doing efforts on your blog and soon you will be successful

      Reply
  16. Hey Kulwant. Really, a motivational article for us. I thought I was the only one who was not making money. Even I made money after 9 months of starting my blog. This will be of much help to all of the blogger community.

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    • I think one thing we all blogger have in common that we don’t make money atleast first 3 months. Congrats for getting success after 9 months, keep writing awesome stuff on your blog and soon you will create dent in universe.

      Best wishes.

      Reply
  17. Hey Kulwant
    It has been three months since I have been doing blogging. Now a days,I am busy in making my presence in Blogosphere. Then, I will take Google Adsense and other Affiliate links. By the Way, you have an inspirational blogging journey and every blogger should have a look at this article before thinking of quitting.
    Thanks…:)

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    • Abhishek, I wrote this article with the intention to inspire people.

      Feeling extremely happy that this article was able to deliver my intention and you people are inspired. Keep visiting us for more motivation. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  18. I keep myself motivated by reading popular blogs like yours, Kulwant and like, Harsh Agarwal’s Shout me loud, these blogs make me feel If you people can make it large, why not we? Through guidance of all you people, we may become better..!!

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  19. ya, my blog is still new too. But I’m making a little money with my blog through affiliate. I love my blog and want to make it bigger than now

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  20. Thanks for providing such a great inspiration article, bro i am also using 2g net this time. really this article is very helpful and i really like it very much.

    Reply
  21. Kulwant,
    Thanks for sharing your story. This will be really helpful and motivational to new bloggers.
    I hope you are from a middle class family and going to be a top class Indian very soon.

    Your hardwork never will be wasted.

    All the best !

    Reply
  22. You are great… It’s very challenging to work on 2G network. I am also working on 2G network and its kept on closing every 15 minutes. You are amazing bro… You are right patience is the key to success

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  23. hello.
    This article is full of inspiration.
    you didn’t earn single penny in 1st 7 months of your blogging career but now you are earning 2000$ per month. πŸ™‚ sound interesting

    Reply
  24. Hello Kulwant,

    Interesting post mate, And you know it really inspired me a lot. Yeah you are right most of newbies quit blogging in 90 days. So we must know that hard work is really important and patience is also a part of success.

    thanks

    Reply
  25. Hi Kulwant,
    Very inspirational story, still am not earn money online but am passionate about blogging and mostly about technology because finally I am an engineer. You have very nice journey, my bro also have great online journey. So keep inspiring to others and stay motivated, thanking you.

    Reply
  26. Hey friend
    i gotta admit that your articles are simplly awesome and your writing style is what makes readers read till end .
    Really inspirational and motivating piece of work.
    By the way, who is that other indian blogger making big bucks on internet.
    just Curious to know.
    πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks for stopping by Vaninder. I love to read when people appreciate my work..

      PS: He is not a blogger. He is an internet entrepreneur..

      Reply
  27. Hi Kulwant,

    Its really heart breaking story, I just …. I just touched with it. The same Problem I too facing right now. but after reading this article, I just loved my blogging πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your exp..

    Reply
  28. I have just started following you and I have to say, I am learning a lot each day and this story of yours is more than enough to keep me motivated. Keep up the good work.

    Reply

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