I received emails occasionally asking about my experience in making money online (or by blogging to be precise)… I normally will reply to them with a long winded email; and since that my reply is almost the same all the time, might as well post my thoughts here.

This will be a long and messy post… I will write whatever comes into my mind in random.

I received another 2 email requests during the weekend; and guess what, they won’t get a reply because a simple reason… they forgot to mention my name.

At my contact page I wrote that I replied to all emails… well, not exactly. These days there are lots of emails in disguise that are made to harvest email addresses for spam etc. once you replied ‘they’ will not that it is an active email address and will continue to spam it.

Use my name when contacting me

The best way to differentiate between a genuine email and a spam mail is the greetings. Just say “Hi Jee” and I will know that it’s a human being writing to me and not some spam bots. Besides it’s the polite thing to do to start a contact with greetings using the person’s name.

If someone is lazy enough to not find my name from my blog… don’t expect me to reply.

So, how much money am I making?

I used to work freelance in various projects… about a year ago I started building more websites of my own, which I aim to provide me passive income.

I am not going to tell anyone the exact figure that I am making online… I didn’t even tell my mum, let alone friends and strangers. What I can say is that I am not rich, and my income is decent enough to replace a normal job.

Do note that this blog is making peanuts only… enough to pay some bills perhaps. You need some better themed blogs to make serious money; personal blogs don’t perform well in this matter.

Know your goal

Don’t get over-excited with the dollar sign… newbies need to have a goal to start their venture into making online. How much do you want to make? Why do you want to do it online than to work in other conventional methods? How much time and investment are you willing to put it to your venture?

It is not easy

It is not difficult to make money online; it is not easy as well. You will need lots of time to learn, test and adapt. Besides if your primarily idea is to make money from blogging, you need time to write as well.

Out of the thousands of bloggers monetizing their blog, I bet that less than 100 are making a decent level of income (at least matching their offline job) from blogging.

Don’t start a blog to make money

There are difference between starting a blog and monetize it; and to start a blog to monetize it. You have to know what is your primarily plan… which is more important… your blog or the money?

If you don’t care about your blog… and the only thing you want from your blog is your money… don’t blog. You are wasting your time.

Find your topic and niche

Find a good topic that you have interest in (even better if you are really good with the topic)… do some research on the growth potential, monetization value and competition.

Join some forums and read more useful articles before starting your blog.

Quite often the success of your blog is already determined by the topic you choose… SEO and other promotion methods are to fulfill your blog potential; it cannot go beyond the limit of your topic if you chose the wrong topic to start with.

Read the right stuff

Read and learn, but make sure you are reading from the right person… what I mean is if you want to make money online, read from some one that is actually making some good money.

There are numerous Malaysian ‘how to make money online’ blogs that started in recent months, and the irony thing is that most of them are making close to zero dollar everyday… why learn from them?

So make sure you read from the right source… in fact, don’t believe in everything I write here, I could be wrong in some stuff.

Be patient and enjoy yourself

Continue to learn and implement, be patient… don’t expect anything to happen within the first 6 months.

Enjoy yourself as well… if you find that it’s not enjoyable, quit blogging.

Be thankful

I have actually read complaints from newbies that experience webmasters aren’t helpful and don’t want to share their secrets. I even received an email calling me selfish for not willing to share more than the basic.

Point is… why should we share our secrets with someone we don’t even know?

Besides, even the basics would work if a person follows the rules correctly. Be thankful that someone is willing to share just the basic.

9 Responses to “Make money blogging”

  1. kean-jin lim Says:
    May 23rd, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    good to know.thanks.

  2. kenshin Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 1:16 am

    aiseh bro.. so humble meh? ur income more than ‘enough to replace a normal job’ lah..

  3. Jee Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 10:43 am

    ken… where did you get that idea? I am certainly not in the group of top earners among my friends at this age; not the lowest though.

    What I am proud of is that when most of my friends stop working from now on… their income falls to zero (that includes you lol); where as if I stop working now, I will probably enjoy the same income level for 6 months or more.

  4. Ade Says:
    May 26th, 2007 at 8:20 am

    I’ve had my blog for a year and a half already. And I’m losing money over it, but it’s cool. I love writing and entertaining people.

  5. Jee Says:
    May 26th, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Ade… that’s the way blogging should go. If make money, good; if not, it’s still good and happy blogging.

  6. PenangProperties Says:
    June 11th, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Hie Jee,

    6 months back, when i just started my new blog, you were not in favour of exchanging links with me because i was totally new in this blogging world. But you gave me a chance, not expecting much in return. Now after 6 months, i have a PR4 blog with more more than 200 returning visitors everyday. Once again, thanks for the motivation.

  7. Jee Says:
    June 11th, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    You are welcome. Glad to hear that you are doing ok.

  8. Lee Jin Says:
    December 3rd, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    help me

  9. BT Khoo Says:
    March 1st, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    good blog

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