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Becoming a ProBlogger – A story in Many Parts

Posted By Darren Rowse 25th of January 2006 Pro Blogging News 0 Comments

d_rowse-128During the first year of my blogging ‘career’ I worked three jobs simultaneously and was studying part time – and blogged on the side.

Sorry – that was a bit of an odd way to start a post – but I just didn’t know how else to do it (It’s been a long day).

Note: this post has been updated in November 2016.

On a number of occasions this week I’ve been asked about my early days as a blogger and how I got into it as a way to make income. I know from some of the comments and emails that I get that some people come to this blog and see the few posts that I’ve written about how much I earn and see blogging as a get rich quick kind of thing but don’t see the full picture – so I thought I’d document it a little more. So if you want to hear my story grab a coffee, make yourself comfortable and relax – this could take a little while.

Once Upon a Time…

Back in November of 2002 when I first hit ‘publish’ on my original (and short lived) Blogspot Blog I did so believing that this ‘blogging thing’, which I’d only just heard of, would be a bit of fun. I started for a number of reasons but in short it was curiosity and the hope of a new hobby and perhaps some new connections that drew me to it. At the time I was working three jobs.

My 3 Jobs

My main job at the time was as a Minister of a Church. It was a part time thing and I was not ‘the’ minister but one of 4 working in a team. My responsibility was working with young people and I did so 3 days per week.

As I was engaged at the time and trying to save for a wedding, pay off my little car and pay for my college fees I had taken on a number of other part time jobs (ministers wages are not fantastic at the best of times but part time they were even less spectacular). My second main job was working for an online department store. While that might sound interesting and useful for what was to come – it was not. I was the warehouse ‘dogs-body‘ and my job consisted largely of sweeping, cleaning, lifting, packing, unpacking and other menial and boring jobs. Still – it did help pay the rent.

My third job was as a casual laborer. I was on call with an employment agency and did all kinds of temping work ranging from mind numbing production line work on a conveyor sorting through the rubbish that comes off planes at the end of 15 hour flights (not pretty) to helping to assemble circuses (don’t ask).

As well as this I was finishing off my Theology degree (a long term – 10 year – process) at a half time load.

There wasn’t much time for much else in my life at the time as the Minister job tends to fill up any gaps one has in their life with a lot of weekend work, although I did have time for a fiancee.

This was my life that fateful day when I first got the taste for blogging….

Hobby Blogger

Now I’d like to say that at the moment I hit publish on my first blog that the earth shook and a light from heaven came down and I was suddenly transformed into a full time blogger – but as we all know it doesn’t happen that way. In fact for the first 12 or so months of my blogging very very little changed. In fact if anything I became busier as I took on an extra subject in the attempt to finish my degree before my college booted me out for taking too long and I left the church where I was working to start another one).

Blogging in this time remained something that was a hobby and a way to connect with others who were involved in thinking through similar church stuff to me – nothing more. My blog had become quite popular in ’emerging church’ circles at this time and my hosting and ISP costs were starting to escalate.

It was after about a year of blogging that I accidentally started Digital Photography Blog (another story) and discovered AdSense and the Amazon Affiliate program. I’ve talked in numerous interviews and posts about this time so I’ll gloss over the details except to say that my hope was to pay for my ISP and hosting costs and to perhaps help pay for a blog design.

I quickly discovered that my hope of covering my expenses was a realistic one. This was not because all you have to do is put AdSense on any blog and you’ll make money but because I put it on an established blog that was doing several thousand readers per day (this is important to keep in mind). Even with established traffic the earnings in the early days were not high. My first month (October 2003) saw me average about $1.40 per day (and that was with lots of curiosity clicks from my readers in the first few days – thank goodness Google didn’t boot me out) and November hit $3 per day. The money was very small but it covered my costs and I began to wonder if with the extra few dollars a month I might be able to afford one of those Apple Laptops I’d been eyeing off (up til this point I was blogging on dial-up from a 6 year old PC that worked most days).

December saw daily earnings hit $6 per day, January $9, Feb $10 and March $15. Hardly big dollars but I began to wonder what would happen if I saw the same sorts of increases in income over a longer period of time. By that I don’t mean adding $2-$3 to the daily average per month but what would happen if I could sustain 30%, 40% or even 50% growth each month. I began to think in terms of exponential growth.

Part Time Blogger

Around this time I began to find myself with a little more time on my hands and in need of another part time job. My study was winding up (I finally graduated) and the grant I’d had to start up the church was on a declining payment system over two years (something I was fine with). ‘V’ (my wife) began to hint that maybe I should start looking for another part time job (rightfully so) and we decided that when I finished my degree at the end of June that I’d need to get serious about finding another two days per week work. All this time I was secretly doing the calculations in my head to see how much I’d need to earn per day to be able to call my blogging my part time job.

April’s earnings came in and averaged around $20 per day and I began to realize that I might just have myself a part time job. The beauty of blogging income is that it earns you money 7 days per week so totaled $140 per week. The other beauty was that AdSense and Amazon pay in US$ which equate to $1.30 in Australian currency.

June was looming and I decided to increase my efforts in blogging to see if I could get it to a level that might justify me pitching to ‘V’ that I dedicate 2 days per week to it. I started blogging more posts per day (this is when I started working late into the night after work) and learnt as much as I could about SEO and ad optimization.

The work paid off because in May earnings hit $32 per day and by the end of June I’d broken $1000 in a month for the first time and was bringing in $48 per day.

It was crunch time now and V and I had to consider our next move. I could probably keep growing things each month by working after hours on blogging and go find another job – or I could put the two free days that had been taken up by study and the church work that had just decreased by a day per week into blogging and see if we could make a go of it.

We decided to give it a few more months of increased effort into blogging to see where it would end up. I also got my first Apple computer (an ibook) – but was still doing it all on dial-up).

I’ll pause here in my story to say that this was a bit of a freaky moment for both ‘V’ and myself. Neither of us had started a small business and while I’ve always had something of an entrepreneurial spirit we are both fairly conservative people in many ways and while the figures indicated that there was potential on many other levels it just seemed plain weird. I mean who makes their income blogging? Needless to say we didn’t really tell too many people of our decision and when we did with a few family and friends there were plenty of raised eyebrows and lots of comments like ‘that’s nice but are you going to get a real job?’ and ‘how’s your little hobby business going?’

I’ll stop going into the monthly earnings at this point except to say that investing the 2 days per week into blogging at this point proved to be one of the best decisions we made. I will stress that this decision came after I’d been blogging for 19 months already and after establishing a number of blogs that were obviously earnings reasonable money. It is not something I recommend people just do off the cuff in their early days of blogging – work up over time because while it worked out for me there are plenty of others that it has taken a lot longer for and some who it just hasn’t worked at all for.

Over the second half of 2004 I continued to put 2 days per week into blogging while maintaining another 3 days a week of other work (some church work and some warehousing). In actual fact it was more than 2 days per week in practice as I continued to work long hours in the evenings to keep things moving forward and at times worked literally around the clock (like during the Olympics when I partnered with another blogger to run a blog on the Games).

This was a time where I began numerous blogs (I got up to 20 at one point) and experimented with many different income streams and advertising systems. It was in this time that I also started blogging seriously about blogging and had an active blog tips section on my LivingRoom blog. This didn’t go down too well with some of my readers there and so I decided to move all of those tips to a new blog called ProBlogger.net – it launched on 23 September 2004.

Full Time Blogger – Eventually

By mid December of 2004 we had pretty much decided that 2005 would see me go full time as a blogger. I’d already ditched most of my warehousing work as the earnings had continued to rise over the month or so before and the grant for my church work was going to run out early in February 2005 (we transitioned leadership of the church to more of a team thing which I still lead voluntarily).

All was going well with some amazing figures in terms of earnings in November and December until what felt a little like disaster happened in mid December. Google did one of it’s notorious updates where some bloggers go way up in search results and others go way down – I was in the later group and most of my blogs virtually disappeared from Google – taking with them almost three quarters of my traffic and earnings. Ouch!

Things looked a little uncertain for the first time in over six months and we wondered if the next Google update would see things back to where they were or to get worse. The Google update in mid December left us at a level where we could still get by – but we wanted to be sure so it was time for a contingency plan and I promptly applied for a six month position doing some research for 7 or 8 months a couple of days per week which started the day I finished the church work. I got the job the day before the next Google Update (at the end of January 2005).

The update brought things back to a level just under what they were before the fall in December and we needn’t have worried as much as we did – although it did teach me many many lessons including the importance of diversifying your interests, the necessity to not just rely upon Search Engine traffic and to expect the unexpected when working online.

2005 was a massive year. I worked in the research position as well as working full time on my blogging (a juggling act but both were worthwhile). You can read the story of this year in the archives of ProBlogger (I won’t go into the details on this post but did do some end of year reflecting here) but it has seen me continue to diversify my efforts which has resulted in new blogs and partnerships including a blogging course called ‘Six Figure Blogging’ and founding a blogging network called b5media).

2006 is upon us and where as last year was a year of diversification this year is looking like being one of consolidation (I say that now but suspect I won’t be able to help myself and will get into new things too).

Update from December 2008

A lot of people still come to this page so I thought it might be time to update this story for them because a lot has happened since 2006.

For starters b5media has continued to grow. These days we have over 300 blogs. We took on $2 million in venture capital and have invested that into expanding our team of developers, ad sales staff, administrators, writers etc and the network is one of the bigger blog networks going around.

I’ve also launched two blogs since this post was written – Digital Photography School (DPS is a blog with hundreds of photography tips) and TwiTip (a blog dedicated to sharing tips for using Twitter). These two blogs (plus ProBlogger) are my full focus in terms of blogging these days. Previous blogs that I’d started are no longer active because I discovered that the more attention I paid to a small number of blogs the better they did (rather than a little bit of attention to many blogs).

DPS has actually become my biggest blog with a readership of over a million visitors a month and a thriving forum area. It has taught me a lot about blogging and has been a tremendous amount of fun to develop as a site. I’ve written more about the first two years of DPS here.

Also since 2006 I’ve co-authored the ProBlogger book with Chris Garrett. The book came about after writing here at ProBlogger for a number of years and getting a lot of questions from readers about how to get going with blogging. Chris and I took a lot of the lessons we’d been learning and writing about on our blogs, updated them, put them in a logical and concise order and published it with Wiley Publishers.

All in all blogging continues be be an amazing journey. It’s opened up some great doors to connect with fantastic people, speak at a variety of conferences around the world and experiment with some great technologies.

Update from November 2016

Wow – it has been a long time since I updated this post and a lot has happened since the last time I did.

Digital Photography School (dPS) has continued to grow (it gets up to 4 million visitors a month) and become more and more of my focus. In 2008 it was just me running the site but since that time I’ve taken things way beyond just me. We have a small team including a site manager, an editor, a customer service person, a developer team, a marketing person and a large team of writers.

Back in 2008 dPS was largely monetized with advertising but in 2009 I published my first photography eBook and discovered a whole new way to monetize blogs. Today we have launched over 30 photography eBooks, 3 courses, 3 bundles of Lightroom presets and numerous other products.

ProBlogger has also continued to evolved. We’ve published a number of ProBlogger eBooks including the best selling 31 Days to Build a Better Blog which I originally published in 2009 and did a 2nd edition of since.

On ProBlogger I also started running a small event for Australian bloggers back in 2010. 150 showed up to the first event in a suburban hotel with dodgy carpet and wifi. While the hotel wasn’t much to look at (it was condemned shortly after) the event was a hit and we’ve been running annual ProBlogger events ever since with up to 750 attendees.

Another aspect of ProBlogger that has grown is the ProBlogger Job Board which I actually started in 2006 but forgot to mention above. It’s a place where bloggers can find work and where companies looking to hire writers, editors and other kinds of freelancers can advertise. This started very small – with just a few jobs a week advertised – but continues to grow and is now a place thousands of bloggers look for work and where hundreds of advertisers every month put ads.

Also more recently on ProBlogger I launched the ProBlogger Podcast which as of writing this update has had 165 episodes published and has been one of the most fun and effective things I’ve ever done.

In terms of how I make my money these days – you might find this post on my current income streams useful. Here’s a screen shot from it:

Blog income report

With the growth of dPS and ProBlogger I’ve had to let go of some of the other projects I’ve had running and mentioned above including both TwiTip and b5media. I also let go of another project I cofounded with friends called The Third Tribe which was a membership site – a collaboration with the team at CopyBlogger and my friend Chris Brogan.

On a personal note life has been good too. ‘V’ who now is happy for me to call her by her real name on line (it’s Vanessa) started blogging on her blog – Style and Shenanigans – in 2013. We have 3 boys now (born in 2006, 2008 and 2011) so life is definitely full of shenanigans but is a lot of fun!

Lessons from the Journey So Far (written in 2006)

So why am I telling this story? Is it just a self gratification thing? Maybe, I have enjoyed reminiscing – but there’s more to it than that.

Firstly I wanted to tell it because I’ve been asked to on a number of occasions – but secondly (and mainly) I wanted to tell the story again and in this extended way because I think it’s important to keep reemphasizing a number of points:

1. Blogging for an income takes time – while there are stories around of people making good money from blogs much faster than I have, from what I know of the many bloggers that read this blog my own increases have been faster than most. I’ve had my fair share of luck, I worked insane hours and I started out at a time that was a lot less competitive than it is now – all of these things have contributed to any success I might have had. It took me over 1.5 years to get things to a point where I could say it was a part time thing and another year after than before I went full time. It takes time.

2. One Step at a Time – Unless you have a massive pile of cash somewhere or a sugar daddy to cover your expenses in the mean time you need to approach blogging for money one step at a time. My approach was to always have a back up plan and to increase the time I dedicated to blogging only gradually as it started to show me earnings that justified it. We made a decision of what level of income we wanted me to be earning and decided that as long as blogging was under that that I would need to have other work. While there was one point where we broke this rule and I stepped out into two day per week blogging we put a time limit on it. If income didn’t reach the level we wanted within that time frame I would have been looking for work. While this might sound a little rigid or a bit of a downer – I believe I have a responsibility to my family and it’s goals and didn’t want to run off ahead of ‘V’ in my own direction without our decisions being joint ones that we were both comfortable with. V has been incredibly supportive in all this and has allowed me to follow my dreams even when they seemed quite bizarre – but there have also been times when she’s rightly been the voice of reason and pulled me back to earth to be sensible with the dreams.

3. Hard Work and Discipline – As I mentioned a number of times above, there have been countless nights when I’ve worked into the wee hours of the morning blogging. While I’m not quite as full on these days it wasn’t unusual for me to post 50 times per day over 12 hours in front of the screen). I love blogging so this isn’t a chore all of the time – but I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t days (and weeks) that I didn’t want to slack off and ignore my business. One of the common reactions of friends to me talking about a home based business is that they say they’d never be able to do it because they’d be too tempted to never work. I always thought I’d be like this too but I’ve worked hard at being disciplined and working hard and put a lot of progress I’ve made down to this.

Note from 2008: I no longer post this much. As mentioned above – I focus now upon 3 blogs and concentrate on 1-2 posts per day on each of them.

4. Follow your Dreams – The main point of this post was to communicate the above three points – I never want to be accused of giving an unbalanced view of blogging or hyping it up as a get rich quick thing. I’ve gone out of my way on numerous occasions at ProBlogger to emphasize this (although am still regularly accused of being unbalanced). Having said all this it would also be irresponsible of me not to say that it is possible to make money blogging – and for some (not all) it is possible to make good money doing it.

I do no know where my story will end or how long my good fortune will last but I’m certainly attempting to prolong it and am making the most of every day it goes on.

I hope in this people catch a glimpse of where I’ve been and some of the lessons I’ve learned so far.

I look forward to sharing the next part of the journey here at ProBlogger in the coming years.

Update: I’ve written a full post on some of the things I know about making money blogging.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Comments
  1. Inspiring stuff Darren – thanks for telling the story.

  2. Hey, how do you feel about your degree? Was it worth the effort apart from satisfaction? 10 long years …

  3. Dave – thanks for listening.

    Mariano – I’m really glad I got it for many reasons. While it was frustrating at times to take so long it was great because all the time I studied I was working in areas that I could use what I was learning – I think this helped me learn it a lot better. Having said that I’m also really happy to finish it ;-)

  4. Darren, very inspiring to hear that too. Thanks.

  5. Hey Darren,

    Thanks, that really was inspirational. I try to tell the readers of my Blog that it takes hard work and time to succeed in any business.

    Joe

  6. thanks darren
    as a newbie in blogging its will really works for me

  7. Hi Darren,
    thanks for this useful post: many so called professional bloggers try to persuade their readers that it’s easy to start a profitable blog: just signup to some free blog hosting platform, add Adsense and, of course, read some miraculous e-book and your earnings will grow exponentially. The truth is very different: you need hard work, discipline, passion and, of course, a bit of luck.
    Bye.

  8. Clearly to me, what makes you a pro is that you will write a story like that at the END of a long day, most would just go and watch the telly. Nice.

  9. Thanks Darren for this post. I’m new to blogging or even doing something on the net other than look at porn (jokes). A friend suggested I start a blog, just to get used to the other side of the whole web thing. It’s been only 3 weeks, but it seems like I’m hooked. I was really disgruntled with all the silly same story get rich quick but you have to buy my product first stuff I came accross. Problogger was one of the few sites I added to my bookmarks and regularly go back to. I’ve found your blog to be really helpful and inspirational to me. I look forward to hearing more about your journey and I hope that, as with you, luck, good sense and consistency stay with me too.

  10. […]Darren Rowse gives us insight and inspiration on what it took for him to become a Problogger.[…]

  11. Ever thought of writing an autobiography about your journey to a problogger

  12. “Blogging for an income takes time” — And luck and talent and a bit of divine assistance. People just getting into blogging need to understand that there are tens of thousands with the same “clever” idea. It’s a very tough slog, and it’s getting more and more saturated every day. Which means that you need extremely clever ideas in addion to perseverance. (sorry, I don’t have a bucketful of ’em hiding under my desk… wish I did!)

  13. Wow, this is a great story and quite inspirational. Keep up with the good work.

  14. […] Darren Rowse tells it from the beginning. I can’t recommend reading that post highly enough – it’s long, but more than worth it. Not only educational, but inspirational, as well. Tags: blog, blogging, problogger Related posts: […]

  15. […] O Darren Rowse conta a sua história, desde o início. Um post longo, mas brilhante (em inglês) – não só instrucional, mas inspiracional, também. Um dia, chego lá. Tags: blogar, blog, blogging, problogger Related posts: […]

  16. Steve says: 01/25/2006 at 4:11 am

    Excellent, bravo! I love it. Perhaps this story can unclutter the blogosphere a bit. The get rich quick types will just give up and let the serious ones get the attention they deserve. This is true life. I wish you a more prosperous year. Stay blessed.

    Steve

  17. As the others said, this is a very inspirational story. It’s also nice to see the actual timeline you laid out–that’s much more informational than the frequent “it just takes time” remark.

  18. Your lesson with Google’s update is an important point. In my manufacturing business that I started back in the 80’s we had one very big customer who represented 60% or more of our gross at one point. They went into a slump which threw us too. My response was to immediately work at diversifying our customer base and it paid off. That is one mistake I’ve not repeated. Why bother repeating mistakes when there are so many new ones to make! :)

  19. Wow, thanks for the inspirational story. I am still struggling to make my blog a success in the blogosphere. It’s good, and better than some of the bigger blogs. I was starting to lose hope, but this story reminded me that it just needs some more time. Plus your story is more practical than the get rich quick ones we hear so much about.

  20. Hey Darren,

    Glad you hanged in there, else there won’t be this place for me to learn.

    Nyst

  21. Thanks for telling your story. I am glad to hear how pro blogging really happens. You deserve all the success you achieve.

  22. […] Becoming a ProBlogger – A story in Many Parts During the first year of my blogging ‘career’ I worked three jobs simultaneously and was studying part time – and blogged on the side.Sorry – that was a bit of an odd way to start a post – but I just didn’t know how else to do it (It’s been a long day). […]

  23. Darren, both a sobering and inspirational story. Thanks for emphasizing how hard you had to work in order to get where you are today. If you’re going to blog for a living, this should be a must read.

  24. I posted a link from one of my blogs to your story. It’s like I tell everyone…making money on the internet is hard work!

  25. Very interesting read Darren, and many thanks for posting it up. I run a few sites / blogs along with my girlfriend, we have both been inspired by yourself, and seeing that you now make a living from it, it no long seems just a “dream”. Very funny what you say about the raised eyebrows, and the little comments. Right now im a student, final year, and can very much seem to future of a full time blogging, I just wish others could, my family are the kings of the raised eye brows… lol, but atleast I can say from blogging I earn myself the same as I would from a “part time job”, while at uni, … and I always think “one day,… those raised eyebrows will stop when I can say Im earning $100,000 from blogging”…See thoes lil eyebrows move then! lol
    Cheers Darren.

  26. From the heart and very honest . Thanks Darren ..There are many parallels with your recent life story and mine . I am working part time as a minister whilst studying for a degree in theology , whilst trying to find some extra income

    I have been blogging non-commercially for 6 months now at http://www.shared4u.blogspot.com ..this blog will remain advertising free (although I would be interested in how living room covers its costs)

    Since reading your story I have kicked off ebay4u ( http://www.ebay4beginners.blogspot.com)…hoping to create a niche there ..but only time will tell

    thanks again

    Rob

  27. Darren,
    Thanks for the post. Your story proves that it can be done but not without alot of hard work.

  28. Darren’s Tale

    If you haven’t read Darren Rowse’s recent post, called Becoming a ProBlogger – what are you waiting for? Hop over there if you’re at all interested in blogging for a living. It’s inspiring, motivational, and filled with common sense, too.

  29. “college fees”: you really are becoming more American than me :-)

  30. LOL Duncan – no, I actually studied at a Theological College – one of the numerous ones connected to University of Melbourne. Unfortunately they were separate enough to have upfront fees and nothing I could defer…

  31. Inspiring, Darren. Really. Currently, my AdSense earnings are up more than 28% from last month (my first full month with AdSense on.) I pulled out the old calculator and figured out I’d be making $3,000 a month by February, 2008 at this rate. (Hopefully I’ll find some other income streams such as BlogAds that will start to pay off with real money). Your story is inspiring. You’re my own personal FREE success guru on a blog. :)

  32. Very cool Darren.

    I like the fact that you let people know that it does take work and discipline. I have on my wall a list of all my blogs and I go down them 1 by 1 every day so that I don’t forget to do them. Now saying that I don’t always touch certain ones as some I only say something if there is something worth saying.

    But my main ones for income I hit every day. I have a mixture of regular sites online that I dont touch but get traffic, then I have sites i drive traffic too with ppc, then I have my blogs I update every day. This mixture allows me to be able to work from home full time.

    It was interesting what you said here ” One of the common reactions of friends to me talking about a home based business is that they say they’d never be able to do it because they’d be too tempted to never work.”

    Its true at the start you think that.. but once you working from home full time reality sets in and you realize.. you have to knuckle down. I find it tempting to Stop Working..and have to tell myself to stop.

    Consistency daily is a key I have found really has helped me, Stepping out and taking a drive once a day helps clear my head, get me out of the house and keep me sane lol. It certainly has its ups and downs working from home but I couldn’t see myself doing anything else except maybe full time something within my church and even then I probably would want to do something online.

    Anyway some terrific stuff Darren.. your blog is always an enjoyment to read…keep it up mate.. peace bro.

  33. wow.. very inspiring story. i love it!

  34. […] And you thought making a decent living through blogging was going to be easy! Check out the journey this once dogs-body (aka: casual laborer) has gone through to get to six-figures. […]

  35. Wow, great post! Always interesting to see how these good bloggers like yourself got started!

  36. Great history about darren, i have learnt a few things from his journey in fulltime blogging , and should not depend on single source of income.

    Thanks to Darren.

    my blog http://cameras.gadioc.com

  37. […] I find myself more and more hitting that “about” link, wondering whether there is some real life-story with some actual content. On this site I kept it quite short, over at curlysoul.com I gave some other additional info, and in and between my posts you can read a little more. But there are enough blogs that are only providing info on a topic, instead of on the person behind it… So while I am doing also a little link-baiting with a title and postslug called myspace, I am actually referring to the personal space of the blogger. Because it is not that often that we get to peek into the personal life… I mean how being a blogger influences daily life, your family, your friends, your other job. Sure, there are exceptions, Darren Rowse is quite open, while being respectful towards his close and loved ones by not being too explicit, but most bloggers keep babbling about how to optimize this, how they earned that and what they will do next… […]

  38. Be Patient – It will take some time!

    It was encouraging to read the story about Darren Rowse and his journey as a blogger until reaching success. A lot of the online marketers and business owners that I know, pretty much have the same story.  a Here…

  39. Darren’s story has given me the inspiration to persevere, try, fail, try, suceed, make money, etc…

  40. Thanks for the story Darren, it was a very interesting read…

  41. Wow! Great story .Thanks .
    That’s really inspiring!

  42. At this point, I just don’t want my blogging to COST me money. You know with the price of printing ink etc. I’ve sold one piece that was originally a blog entry and a handful of books.

    I’m still trying to figure out HOW you make money. Just by having ads on your site? I only see one, but I’ll look around some more.

  43. Darren,
    I enjoyed reading your honest story. It has started me on a search for the posibilities.
    As I am in my early 50’s I find I have some time on my hands and would like to develope understanding in this area of bloggling.
    I did blog a couple of pictures for the family at month ago but have not done anything more. I appreciate your emphasis on the fact that it takes time and commitment.
    I am going to look more at your sites and will talk more

    Thanks

  44. […] Sidder du med en lille blogger i maven og store drømme om at hive mange penge hjem, skal du finde en niche i en branche med stort cashflow, skrive fængende og hyppigt og i øvrigt være god til at skabe opmærskomhed til din blog. Så venter du til trafikken farer i vejret og giver dig indtjening på de annoncer, du naturligvis allerede har placeret på strategiske steder på din blog. Google Adsense er en måde at tjene penge på, men annoncer via Affiliate Marketing er også en vigtig del af indtjeningen. Darren Rowse fra ProBlogger har skrevet en god artikel om sine oplevelser på vej mod en stilling som fuldtidsblogger. […]

  45. […] 7. Time Invested: Lastly I’ll add that the time a blogger is willing and able to invest into their blog is a factor worth considering. I’m fortunate enough to have been able to work myself into a position where I can blog full time. This didn’t just happen overnight (I attempted to describe the process here) but as I was able to put more time into it the rewards increased. This is a bit of a catch 22 situation of course (the more you earn the more time you can put in and the more time you put in the more you can earn) but it’s a principle I’ve discovered that is worth adding into the mix. […]

  46. Darren,

    I have to say that I love coming to your site and reading your insightful posts. I am basically new to blogging and now have a friend that is hooked after introducing him to it.

    I did start the blog with the intention of making money from it, but now see that I have gone all wrong about it. I will have to re-evaluate the blog and topic and dive into my passions…. architecture and photography.

    Keep up the good work….

    – Jose P

  47. […] Darren also runs several other blogs which helps him generate more income. You can read his story about him first being a part-time blogger, then to quitting his job to become a full time blogger here: “Becoming A ProBlogger – A Story In Many Parts”. […]

  48. […] A lot of successful blogger out in blogosphere, i think merely a handful of them came from journalism/ writing background. Starting with Darren Rowse, who was a hard working church minister, warehouse worker, student(Theology) & temporary worker at the same time. It don’t need a wild guess to understand that none of those work have any relation what so far with blogging or writing. If you read his this article you will see what makes him so successful, experience and educational background  means very little to blogosphere. Second person would be Chris Pearson, who is more of a blog designer rather then blogger. He has a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and into lot of things, none of them fits with CSS or design does it? But he did became a legendary CSS expert, who’s blog design are famous all over blogosphere. Next is Jeremy Wright, who was  more of a web /graphic designer rather then writer. There are many more successful blogger can be listed here who never did had any connection with journalism, writing or anything similar. So what makes them successful blogger? what they are good at?that should be the perfect question, since how they got success can’t be compared. […]

  49. […] I read an excellent post on a similar theme by Darren Rowse. Posted in General | Trackback | del.icio.us | Top Of Page RelatedPosts […]

  50. Almost a year later… And the blog’s looking better than ever! Nice stuff man. :)