I have been working on this blog since 2011 and have wanted to quit more times than I can count (and if it wasn’t for your guy’s awesome feedback in the comments, I probably would have). But you kept telling me to “keep it up” and that you’re “looking forward to the next tutorial.”
In early 2017, my traffic tripled in just a few days. Now, 3,000 people/day read my tutorials – 95% from Google. For the first time, I’m financially free from the affiliate income generated by my blog.
That’s why I look happy in the picture :)
And that’s why it’s only fair to spread the love.
You guys trusted me when I recommended things on my blog and many of you intentionally used my affiliate links. I am incredibly grateful for people who do that, so now it’s my turn to pay it forward.
Each year, I make a $3,000 donation. In 2018, $3,000 was donated to a GoFundMe campaign to feed hungry people in Denver. In 2017, $3,000 was donated to American Red Cross at Hurricane Harvey via GoFundMe. I was also able to give $3,000 to my parents (in 2019) and will continue making donations.
My accountant says it’s not tax deductible but WHATEVER, I’m doing it anyway.
50 Random And Disturbing Things About Me
I love sharing my story! Email me at email@example.com with your list of questions. Videos and podcasts work too! I can talk about affiliate marketing, WordPress, speed, and SEO all day. And yes, I will link back to you.
Learn From My Mistakes
My Google Analytics has an interesting story.
I started blogging by publishing 3 mediocre articles/week. Things were going well until my analytics took a huge dip. Looking back, the plummet was likely due to mediocre content, bad links, and using a ThemeForest theme which got discontinued.
My analytics went into a flatline for 2 straight years. During this time, I redesigned my site, removed and disavowed links, and constantly worked on improving content. I made my site faster, look better, fixed technical errors, and did everything listed in my tutorials. Suddenly, traffic skyrocketed and eventually grew to 3,000 visitors/day. I immediately packed up my stuff and moved out of my parents house to Denver, CO.
We all make mistakes, but I don’t want you to go through this with your own website… a penalty wasn’t fun and it can ruin your business. It almost did for me :/
This tutorial will help you avoid many common WordPress SEO mistakes:
Pronaya My WordPress Developer
Can you believe I’ve been working with the same overseas WordPress developer sine 2011? I’m telling you if you need development help, hire Pronaya. He’s skilled, timely, affordable ($40/hour), and has awesome communication. He helped me build this website even when I was too poor to afford him, he just said “pay me back later.” That’s the kind of person Pronaya is. Pronaya you are SO AMAZING!!!!!
About 90% of my affiliate income comes from them. It used to be SiteGround until I stopped recommending them. I still appreciate what SiteGround did for me and really jump started my affiliate income, but times have changed.