My First Online Income
Upon my return the following year, while still planning what I want to do next, I started looking for earning opportunities online (I was online almost the whole day anyway).
That’s when I discovered freelancing.
I landed my first ever Skype interview. (Long sleeves up top, pajamas at the bottom).
It was a 3.5 month project that earned me around 3x my bank salary.
I then decided to help run our family business.
But the idea of earning from home never left me. I can’t do freelancing anymore because I had a fixed 9-5 schedule already.
I needed something more flexible that I do on my own time where I can be my own boss.
That’s when the idea of blogging came to mind.
Being My Own Boss
That’s how much I was able to earn in almost 2 years of blogging.
I was so focused on writing blog posts, getting social shares and building leads but forgot to actually start selling.
That all changed when a Canadian friend & I did a promotion for his new ebook. If my audience buys his ebook from me, I’ll get a commission.
That’s my first exposure to affiliate marketing.
Long story short, I sent out an email sharing an video training I did with him and promoted his ebook at the end.
That’s when my world changed.
I made my first sale!
It was a whopping... $8! (but felt like a Million).
I ended up making $123 from the entire promotion.
But more importantly, it changed the way I approached blogging.
No One Earns From Blogging
One can only earn from... selling.
Yes, that dirty “S” word.
Believe me, I’m with you. I had my bias against sales as well. It feels pushy, aggressive, and “yuck!”
But if there’s one thing I learned from my first sale online -- it doesn’t have to be.
In fact, my audience was so happy when I promoted that ebook to them that people kept asking if it was available.
That’s when I realized that done the right way -- selling can be the best service you can give to your audience.
What’s The Right Way to Sell?
There are a couple of core elements - relationships & trust.
Listen, people LOVE buying stuff but they never like to be sold to.
But if someone they know & trust recommends something because they know that this person has their best interest at heart, they’re all ears.
Be that person.
Personally, the best way to cultivate trust and relationship online is through the combination of emails and storytelling.
This powerful combination is what allowed me to achieve things I’d never imagined in my short online career.