How I Built an Ultra Successful Blog and quit my 9-5 day Job

Written by: Sandeep Challa

Updated: January, 7, 2012

This is a guest post by Patrick Meninga of Make Money With No Work. He recently sold his flagship website for $200,000 dollars, averaging over $900/hour while creating it.
Let me start by asking, do you love your day job? Not me.
I used to hate my day job. It was not so much the job itself that I disliked, but the idea that I had to keep showing up, over and over again, for 40 hours each week.
It was like a prison. One that most people did not even realize they were in.
It is like Peter Gibbons said in the movie “Office Space”: “Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about misbsion statements.”
At some point in my career, those were my sentiments exactly. I realized that, given my current career path:

  • I was basically trading all of my energy and time for money to buy stuff.
  • My career was not going to change for the better suddenly.
  • That 40 hours per week for the rest of my life was a really long time.
Day Job
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I wanted something more out of life. I wanted my freedom back. Here is how I got it, and how you can do the same:

Built a single authority blog and put all the energy into it for 4 years

Most people who want freedom from their day jobs want it right now. This is not necessarily realistic. I faced that same fact myself and realized that it was going to take some time in order to build a successful business.
But here is the key: The time is going to pass anyway.
So 99 percent of the world just accepts their crappy day job, complains about life, and comes home each day from work to plop down in front of their television. If you want freedom then you can’t plop down in front of your television.
You have to use that time to create an amazing blog. Many internet marketers will tell you to diversify by starting multiple blogs. I found this to be a mistake in my case, and I did very well by concentrating all of my efforts on a single blog.
If you follow the other suggestions in this article for seeking day job liberation then you will do well to focus on a single blog as well.
The main reason for doing this is because building link juice and authority is incredibly difficult. Doing it more than once is extremely challenging. Therefore, just do it once by focusing all of your effort into building a single blog.
Remember, I focused on one blog for 4 years and averaged over $900 per hour. If I would have taken the traditional advice to diversify, I am not so sure I would have fared so well.

Published an average of three Quality articles per Day

Volume matters. My vision of a successful authority blog is that of a large web property, one that can pull in lots of daily traffic, and then turn that traffic into money.
I did this successfully with my flagship website by having about one million words published on the site across 1,500 articles. Before that sounds like an insurmountable task, realize that this is achievable by publishing two or three articles daily for less than two years.
Most new businesses take years and years to become profitable, so this time frame should be more than reasonable. Each article that you publish on your blog should seek to draw in new traffic based on unique long tail keyword phrases.
Most people who try to achieve an online income will run out of “publishing juice” before they start seeing that important trickle of income. Stay positive and focus on churning out two or three quality articles each day. This will absolutely get you to your income goal, provided you do not give up.
Honestly, most people give up before the miracle happens. That should give you a clear picture of what your challenge really is in all of this.

Promoted the blog with quality Guest Posts

“If you build it, they will come.” Not true any more. You have to promote your blog posts. Luckily, if you build your empire on a single domain, you only have to do this once.
I recommend the following:

  • Be extremely patient – It takes a while for promotional efforts to fully kick in.
  • Focus on guest posting – Find other websites & blogs in your niche and network with them. Leave real value-added comments on their blog. Email the site owner and discuss things.
    Pitch them a guest post and get a strong link back to your site. Do this over and over again until your blog is profitable.
  • Avoid manufactured links, cheap links, flimsy promotional schemes, etc.

It is tough to build a blog and also promote it at the same time with quality guest posting, but that is the exact challenge you are facing. Take your time, be patient, and allow the links to slowly kick in over time.
Remember that site age matters as well. This is not going to happen in a matter of weeks or even months. If you want to buy your freedom then you must learn to be patient.
Keep doing “real” guest posts until you reach your income goal.

Focused on Income growth

Before we move on to this section, do give a read to the requirements of a blogger to make big money. It would have been easy for me to get distracted chasing social traffic instead of focusing on income growth.
Luckily, I quickly realized that most social traffic did not convert well into revenue, so I disciplined myself to only focus on building valuable traffic that monetized well.
This is difficult to do because social traffic is relatively easy to get, and valuable search engine traffic is fickle and hard to increase.
Again that is the challenge that you are faced with here. Focus on building search engine traffic that converts well into revenue by doing the following:

  • Publish quality content on-site every single day – thus increasing your long tail traffic in the long run.
  • Build a blog authority and link juice by publishing quality guest posts.

These two tasks are tough. Most people refuse to do them both, which is why they fail to make good money online.
If you have the discipline to do both of them on a consistent basis, you can build a successful online business and eventually achieve total freedom from your day job.
At some point, you can even stop guest posting, and simply focus on publishing quality on-site content. Once you have a successful business, it is very easy to maintain it and even grow it further without doing much additional promotion. Publish premium content and it will “sell itself” because you will already have an audience and a high traffic blog.
The hard part is in achieving that success to begin with, and that is why you need a strong promotional push.
The only question to ask yourself is: “Are you willing to put in the work in order to purchase  freedom from your day job?”

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