I’ve always loved blogging, but at times I feel frustrated and lonely. Blogging is mostly a one-person show, and managing a blog is quite the task. It’s a misconception that blogging is only about writing, because those who blog know that blogging requires doing various other activities like: Optimizing WordPress (or other blogging platform). SEO. Securing the website from hackers. Promoting the blog. Updating the design. Social media marketing. …and many more things… That’s why I always say: Blogging starts as a side project, but once it starts making money, you have to treat it like a real business. Being a professional blogger for the past 9 years, I have had my fair share of ups and downs Today, I’m sharing with you one decision that I took almost 2 years ago that has changed the course of my blogging quite dramatically. You can imagine the impact of this one decision by the fact that 2 years back I was earning $15k/month, and now I’m … [Read more...] about Kinsta Managed Hosting Review: Is It Worth The Money & Hype?
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Google is looking at losses worth $750 million (and climbing) ever since 250 brand-advertisers pulled their ad spend following a Times Inc. report, which revealed Google’s seemingly uncaring stance on brand safety. The dust is only now beginning to settle (after Google’s vehement promises of tougher policies, third party measurement, and a string of DFP updates). Not much has changed for publishers, and despite Google’s recent show of fair-play, advertisers’ trust in GDN’s ability to provide safe content to advertise against might be a little harder to gain back. The YouTube exodus itself could be real or just a show of concern; advertisers shouldn’t be crying foul after rooting for cheap inventory at scale (as programmatic promised) for years. It comes with a cost, and all the direct-response advertisers knew that going in. The possibility that their ads would end up against extremist content was part of the bargain. Uncertainty is the by-product of … [Read more...] about Google’s Brand Safety Loss is a Win for News Media Looking to Strike Direct Deals
Welcome to the ShoutMeLoud transparency report. This is the time of the month when I analyze how & what we did in the previous month to grow our blogging business. Along with this, I share our complete income & expense report to help you learn how we are making money from the blog & what expenditures we incurred while running and maintaining ShoutMeLoud (and one of the best blog networks -ShoutDreams). For newcomers, you should read this post to understand our philosophy of sharing a transparency report like this. And if you feel such insider stuff helps you to grow your online business, you should check out all of our earlier reports over here. Hello, October 2016! October was a busy month for all of our team. We have been working day & night to add a lot of stuff, brainstorming new ideas, and also implementing many of our existing ideas. Here are some of the major highlights from last month’s work: WPSutra: Newly branded WordPress niche blog It was … [Read more...] about An Engineer Turned Blogger Earned 23 Lakh Indian Rupee (34k USD) in a Month
I hope September was fruitful for you. For ShoutMeLoud, it was great in terms of glory & coverage. Regarding revenue, it was just another month which helped me change our working style a little bit. More on that later… For now, let me quickly tell you what you can expect from this post. This post is a part of our transparency culture. It’s here to give you those inside stories which you will never hear anywhere else. It also will help you pick up many tried and tested methods to help you grow your own blogging business. For newcomers, you can read this post to understand why we publicly reveal such reports every month. In the below link, you can check out the archive of all earlier income & traffic reports. ShoutMeLoud’s Income & Expense Reports India Affiliate Summit 2016 I started the month of September on a good note because on the 2nd of September, I had a speaking session at the India Affiliate Summit. This was the second India Affiliate … [Read more...] about Wohoo! This Indian Guy Made $31K in a Month With his Blog
This is the time of the month when I share my blog’s earnings report as well as other juicy news related to my blogging journey. Publishing a monthly income and traffic report is a part of our transparency policy here at ShoutMeLoud. We share this information for another reason as well. Note: The above image was created by Shravan from Digihackers. If you have created anything exclusively for ShoutMeLoud or for the Shouters community, you can mail me at [email protected] Unlike February which was slow in term of activities, March was full of activities and education. Last month was a terrible month for me where WordPress and hosting issues are concerned. I had to spend a great deal of time breaking free from tech hassles rather than focusing on more important issues, and that is always a source of frustration for busy people running a business. ShoutMeLoud Hosting Changed – GoodBye Cloudways One of the biggest problems I faced last month was … [Read more...] about Unbelievable! This Guy Earned 6 Lakh Rupee From His Blog In a Month!
It’s the time of the month when we share the progress report of a month & I’m pretty excited to share many interesting things that have happened in August. At the same time, I’m thrilled to inform you of what we are doing in this month. For now let’s do a quick recap of August, followed by Traffic & income report. My first experience as travel & work: Have you heard this term as Digital Nomad? According to Wikipedia, here is the definition of Digital Nomad: Digital nomads are individuals who use telecommunications technologies to perform their work duties and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. It’s something to similar as travelling & working & living life as a minimalist. There is an enormous community of bloggers & entrepreneurs who love to travel & work. I’m delighted to share that for the first time in my life I tried it & result was exhilarating. We (Me & Shallu) travelled to … [Read more...] about ShoutMeLoud Monthly Traffic & Income Report- August 2015
Hey Shouter, Welcome to the first blog income & traffic report of 2016. This is a part of ShoutMeLoud transparent culture & if you wish to know why I share such exclusive details, you should read this to understand our culture. It’s been a while that I have published our transparency report & it’s only because I was busy learning more than making money. In the past two months, I have traveled a lot & in the quest to unlearn & learn again. Last month I went for my first U.S.A. trip to attend Affiliate marketing summit in Las Vegas. I also had a chance to meet & spend quality times with many pro-bloggers such as Syed Balkhi, John Chow, Zac Johnson to name a few. Along with that, I met many of my favorite companies that I have been working & over-all going to Affiliate marketing summit west 2016 was a great experience. Later on, I also went to Mountain view to meet folks over at Google & Coursera. … [Read more...] about Damn! This blog made $21472.05 in a month with #Blogging
It was 1st December 2008 when I started ShoutMeLoud, and I started blogging because it was something I enjoyed doing. It took me a couple of months to realize that one can make money from a blog. In 2012, ShoutMeLoud started getting mentioned in media all around the globe. Six and a half years have passed, and whenever I think about this journey, it all feels like a dream. I meet people who comment that I work so hard. I want to tell them that to me blogging is not work, but it’s something I enjoy and is a part of my daily life. In this article, I will share a few major changes I have made in the past 6 1/2 years, which have made ShoutMeLoud the blog that you know it to be today. Major changes that transformed my blog into a brand: Changing niche from tech to blogging: When ShoutMeLoud was started, it was a tech blog. I’m an engineer by education, and I started blogging to share things I have learned while researching … [Read more...] about 7 Eye-opening Hacks To Excel In Blogging Career – Personal Experience
This is the time of the month when I share the income, traffic and monthly report from my blog network. If you are wondering why I do this, here is a post which you should definitely read. October was an interesting month for ShoutMeLoud in terms of revenue and traffic. One of the major change which happened this month is increased traffic, and in last month report I mentioned about using AdPushup to optimise my AdSense ads and it worked great. I will share the complete review of the service in coming days, and in this post I will tell you about the difference AdPushup made on my earnings. So, lets start with last month traffic report: Last month Traffic report: 38% increase in page-views Last month I shared a post on how I increased ShoutMeLoud traffic by 28% in few weeks and so far traffic is increasing gradually. ShoutMeLoud is now giving half a million impression/month and 85% of traffic is organic. I have seen a noticeable difference after moving irrelevant posts from ShoutMeLoud … [Read more...] about ShoutMeLoud October 2014 Income, Traffic & Monthly Overview
.. Want to evaluate & understand the good & bad side of Managed WP Hosting? Well, let me share what I have learned after spending almost $6500 in last three years by hosting ShoutMeLoud on various managed WordPress hosting. If you are new to this not so new form of hosting, start by learning what is managed WordPress hosting. You will also learn about features and advantages you will get with them. Now, as we all know there are two sides of coins and same goes with managed WP hosting. However, there is no as such limitations or bad thing about Managed WP hosting, but there is few downside, especially for tech-savvy people that you should know. Personally, I feel for any professional WordPress blog & Business WordPress Website should be hosted only on managed WordPress hosting. If you are asking why? Read on to find the answer. At the end, I have also updated some of the most popular managed WordPress hosting of 2016. The Pros of Managed Hosting for WordPress As the name … [Read more...] about Pros and Cons of Managed WordPress hosting