Happy new year folks, it’s January, we’re back to normality after New Years, Christmas and holiday season, and personally after my 2 week charity trip to Cambodia with our GiveBackGiveAway.com foundation, 10 days in India for Christmas day and party-time in Bangkok, Thailand for New Year’s it’s been a HECTIC past six weeks.
Business suffered for me in late November and then in December thanks to those 6 weeks of madness, I didn’t really ‘work‘ for that whole time, next-to-no blog posts, very little communication with my staff, scrambling an hour or 2 here or there to catch up with emails and appease clients (if any of you guys are reading, sorry! But building a playground for kids in Cambodia is a pretty solid excuse though, right?!).
I wanted to write a quick article to chat about blogging and digital media because, since I’ve refocused, January has been booming. First of all, as you know, blogging changed my life. I cannot stress that enough. And I so, so, so want some of you guys to believe in yourselves more, and live the life you want to live. I was fed up (and still am) watching rich kids flaunting their lifestyles online, lifestyles that they haven’t earned for themselves yet, so I’m hoping you guys watching my journey will show that you don’t have to be handed anything to succeed, all you need is a little courage, a lot of hardwork, and the willingness to take a risk.
So, January brought me a new fresh impetus. I joined up for another 21 day fitness challenge here in Bangkok, Thailand, I reorganised my business spreadsheets, said goodbye permanently to old-school word and excel and put everything on Google docs. I was hungry again. I made progress with my visas to Saudi Arabia and Yemen (watch this space!), started planning our new charity trip and starting hustling online again hard.
Pitching clients, finding new advertisers for OneStep4Ward.com, networking with other bloggers, back to basics. I hate stagnating, and felt that Q4 (last quarter of 2016) wasn’t progressing, I was too anxious about visas and travels. So I sucked it up, worked out and then worked late. Every day, churning it out, and it paid off. I had a quick look at my spreadsheet this morning and it’s hitting almost $25, 000USD, that’s before we add in my Step4WardMedia.com revenue from my other guys. It’s important to trust others, but it’s imperative to never forget that you need to take responsibility for your own actions first and foremost. So I want to generate more revenue? Finish my trip to every country in the world? Grow the charity? It’s not down to my sales guys, my PA or my media contacts. It’s down to me.
$25, 000 in 19 days….
Here is my revenue spreadsheet for January, as of January 19th:
Ignore the horrific colour scheme, that’s my way of tracking work done, payments completed and things to action. The bottom line is $24, 616 in just over half a month. I haven’t cracked the $50k a month level for a while since SEO took a hit but January looks like it may do that for me.
So I know a lot of you ask HOW this is possible, but I promise you it’s all true, it’s all above board, and it blows my mind just as much as it does yours, probably more. Blogging makes money a million ways, but affiliate marketing, content marketing, copy writing, brand ambassadorships, public speaking and direct adverts are the main ways to generate money from your blog.
BUT DON’T FOCUS ON THE MONEY, AT LEAST NOT YET! Focus on your passion, blog because you love it, find your niche and spread a positive message, one you truly believe in. I want to encourage people to travel the world, experience different cultures, ignore mainstream media messages and decide for yourself. I love having a voice to help silence horrible Islamaphobia, to tell you guys that countries like Algeria, Dominica, and Ethiopia are amazing, not just Cancun, Marbella and Amsterdam!
If you’ve signed up to my website, you’ll have received a FREE ebook explaining more about my journey and even more importantly a more in-depth explanation about how blogs can make money, and how they can be the key to the life you dream of. So make sure you SUBSCRIBE here! That brings me nicely onto my next point….
BLOGGING BROUGHT ME HERE
Next month I’m going to be flying a guy in from Bali to begin designing a course showing you guys, literally step-by-step, how I managed to break the cycle of 9-5, grey monday mornings and middle management. In my mind 3 things have played a huge role in my life switching up from a confused, broke Irish guy to living the dream, traveling the world, with the freedom to do what I want.
- Teaching English in Asia
- Starting my travel and lifestyle blog OneStep4Ward.com
- Learning how to monetize websites, understand SEO (online marketing) and how to offer digital media as a service to clients
So the course will offer 3 huge modules helping me change their life starting today. Module one will be a DEFINITIVE guide to how to teach English in Asia, whether you’re a native English speaker or not. Which countries you need degrees for, how to find work, places to live, what you’ll get paid, interviews with current English teachers in each country. It’ll be THE guide to teaching English in Asia, everything you need to stop what you’re doing and make your move ASAP.
Secondly, it’ll explain EVERYTHING about blogging, how to get started, how to design your blog, how to name and design your blog, how to do everything technically in super simple terms, or how to hire outsourced, cheaper staff online to do it for you. How to make your blog popular, how to get more traffic, how to get followers on social media, how to travel for free, everything you need to know. One of the options when you sign up will be for us to create your whole blog for you, plug in and play, you’ll be ready to go instantly.
Finally, although you can make six figures with your blog, if you’re dreaming of 7 figures (that’s $1, 000, 000+USD!) you’ll need more than one website, and you’ll need to understand how to make money from sites. Module 3 will be where the REAL money is. Learn how to offer copy writing, social media management and online marketing/SEO to clients, learn how to make 5 figures a month and how to never have to work in an office again. Pretty sweet!
I’m so excited about this course, I honesty believe if anyone follows it religously, within 18 months they’ll be free to travel for free, and make great cash online. Living the dream. Make sure you’re subscribed to my blog for more details when we launch, we’ll be starting the content for the course next month. See you guys on the road!
YOU WANT TO START BLOGGING?
One last thing! I really want to get you guys up and running with a blog, so if you want to start blogging, here’s how to have a blog in less than 30 minutes!
If that’s still too much tech for you, then my team at Step4WardMedia.com can take 3 clients per month for a super cheap, nice, clean basic blog for $499, drop me a line if you’d like to get it set up for that too!
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