Woot!!! We finally launched and we’re deeply excited. We decided to launch with this inspiring interview with Bamidele Onibalusi. His story is such a unique one especially when you consider that his success was achieved in a country like Nigeria. He is only 18 years old and he make this much from bogging. Many, older than his age, have tried to make money from writing and blogging in time past, but many of them never make it past their third post giving several reasons for not cashing out. What did they do wrong?What is Bamidele doing right? Let’s hear from the horses’ mouth.
Bamidele: Thanks, my name is Bamidele Onibalusi. I’m a young blogger, freelance writer and the founder of YoungPrePro.com; a blog where I teach writers from all over the world how to get money and traffic by writing.
SocialMeep: When exactly did you start blogging? How old were you then?
Bamidele: I started blogging on the 10th of January 2010, when I was 16 years old.
SocialMeep: How did you get to know about blogging/Freelancing at such an early age?
Bamidele: I started out with no intention to blog or freelance, I just wanted to make some money online. I had always thought I’d never work for anyone in my life. Since Bill Gates is very popular here in Nigeria and his wealth came from making computer software, I believed I could also make a lot of money if I know a lot about computers.
Someone also came to our church to give a youth empowering seminar on how to make money online with forex marketing.
This was when I knew it was time to start. I started researching ways to make money online, and I discovered blogging in December, 2009 and I started blogging in January, 2010.
After 8 months of blogging, I got my first client – still at 16 – and I started getting subsequent client requests even without asking for clients. Seeing how profitable freelance writing was, I decided it is something I wanted to do
SocialMeep: Approximately, how many articles have you written since you started?
Bamidele: I’ve lost count.
I’ve written thousands of articles in the past 2 years, and I’d say it’s around 2,000 – 3,000 articles.
SocialMeep: What major factor(s) contributed to your success in the blogosphere?
Bamidele: Seriously, that’s a very tricky question.
I believe the success factor for everyone will be different, especially considering the nature of things here in Nigeria.
Once there’s God’s grace, the following are essential factors that contributed to my success and that I think other bloggers and freelance writers can benefit from.
- Persistent determination or tenacity; not giving up, especially when you consider unique challenges we Nigerians face
- Marketing myself actively – especially by guest blogging; not waiting for luck to find me and put me in the spotlight
- Constantly learning new things and improving
- Working with others.
SocialMeep: Really, we want to know, how important is a blog to individuals and businesses?
Bamidele: It’s very important.
To prove this point, recent data from Hubspot.com proved that blogging is more effective than Superbowl ads.
If you want to grow your business as a company, individual or freelance professional, start blogging!
SocialMeep: So, how did you build such a huge traffic to your bog?
Bamidele: For as long as I’ve been blogging; that’s over 2 years now!
SocialMeep: How long did it take you to become a success blogger/writer? and how long should our readers expect to become successful?
Bamidele: I won’t say I’m successful yet, at least not by my standards but blogging and freelance writing is definitely making it easy for me to feed myself and afford basic life necessities. I’ve been blogging for a little over two years now.
Personally, I think anything from a year to two should be benchmark. It could be more or less depending on whom you are and how much effort you put into it.
SocialMeep: Wait, are you saying our readers can also earn up to $3,000 from blogging/writing?
Bamidele: Actually, I’ve had 5 figure months so I won’t say it’s impossible. It’s possible, not just without putting in the effort.
Most people believe blogging success is all about wanting to succeed and buying some courses. No, it isn’t.
The first 8 months of my blogging was spent working an average of 10 hours a day, every day on my blog and marketing it.
Yes, you can earn that and much if you put in the effort. You can also earn less or nothing.
If I’m honest, blogging isn’t different from a regular offline business in terms of effort involved; the only different thing about it is that it is possible and accessible to everyone.
SocialMeep: Tell us how in 10 actionable steps? J
Bamidele: Here are 10 steps I believe can help:
- Believe you can do it; it’s not worth being sceptical, because you won’t make it if you are. You need to put in all your effort to get results, but you can’t do that if you don’t believe in yourself.
- Get started; I know this sounds like some simple or redundant advice, but it isn’t. Stop buying those courses, ebooks or even reading this interview. Go and do something RIGHT NOW!
- Specialize; it’s easy to be a jack of all trades, but you won’t truly get results unless you can be a master of your own domain. Don’t start a blog on something because a particular blogger is getting results from it, start a blog on something you are passionate on or are very experienced at. If possible, both.
- Be professional; it’s easy to want to get some free theme from one website online, but that won’t take you so far. Do something professional. It does not really have to be expensive; there are quality themes online for around $47, and you can easily customize them to suit your tastes.
- Write epic content; put in your all and give as much value as you can. It’s easy to write cheap content or regurgitated nonsense, but no one will really clear. You can’t build the foundation of a successful blog, especially not now, on crappy content. Make your content the best!
- Market yourself; no one will link to you and automatically send you into stardom. Market yourself as much as you can. The best content is useless if no one can read it.
- Get feedback; no matter how great your work is, you can still improve. Solicit feedback and constantly make improvements.
- Connect with others; you can’t thrive on your own, so make sure you connect with your readers and other bloggers.
- Announce your offering; if you have something to offer, announce it repeatedly. No one will automatically assume that you’re a freelance writer because your writing is great. Sometimes, the best way to get clients is by letting them know that you’re for hire.
10. Don’t give up; the above words are very easy and sweet, and you might try them for a few months and conclude that they don’t work. In reality, you can only get results by following them without giving up.
SocialMeep: Some of our readers may want to kick-start immediately after reading this interview. What is your advice for them?
Bamidele: Do it. Yes, you can. Just do it!
Stop waiting for that advice or golden bullet; it simply doesn’t exist. Just do it. Of course, you’ll fail along the way, but that’s the joy of it.
SocialMeep: Thanks so much for your valuable time spent in talking to us.
Bamidele: It’s an honor
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