Good things happen for those who put in the time to diligently work on their craft.
It doesn’t matter if they don’t have firsthand experience starting out. As long as they are driven to succeed, the sky is the limit!
Based on the people I’ve interviewed in my Expert Blogger Interview, there are lots of people who started out just enamored with the practice of blogging. One of the reasons why they turned to blogging was because they had nothing else going for them!
Ronald Segura is one of those guys whose back was against the wall when we started out as a blogger. You’ll find out what I’m talking about if you read the interview below. But fast-forward to now, he’s now making good money with his own blog using different tactics and strategies – good enough to get him out of the rut he was stuck in before!
Personally, and with all due respect to all the bloggers I’ve interviewed so far, my interview with Ronald is one of the most inspiring ones out there. Read this post to understand what I’m talking about.
1. What was the moment that made you decide to become a professional blogger?
My blogging career actually started in May 2015, I really didn’t know anything about blogging or online business. I was about to finish my career in Computer Science and I had a nice job as Operations Manager in a call center. One day I just suddenly got fired and found myself without a job while having one child who needed to be fed, and also a pregnant woman at home.
I was really driving myself crazy because I was also in huge debt due to a wrong decision I made by investing in a business that involved too much risk.
The whole situation that I was going through literally forced me to find a job quickly, although it was not perhaps what I was looking for, based on my background and experience. So I got a job as a customer service representative for the scheduling department of a clinic lab.
One day, I saw a friend’s photo on Instagram, He had just bought himself a new car. And then I remembered I once spoke with that same friend about a new project that He and his brother were about to start, that was like a year and a half before I lose my job as Operations Manager.
So, my friend and his brother had started a blog about viral stories to share on social media. When he first talked to me about it, I really didn’t pay much attention, but now, about 19 months later, I see he just bought a new car with the money he was making.
I decided to call him and find out more about the business. He suggested for me to join several Facebook Communities and do some heavy reading on Google. I ended up doing that and then I bought a course that would teach me about WordPress, blogging, SEO, etc.
Long story short:
In about 5 months from that, I had a blog about viral stories that was receiving about 50K monthly page views. Several months later I was already making more money with my blog that my actual job as a customer service rep, so I quit that job and got a job as a Work from Home Language Interpreter at the same time that I continued to work with my blog.
I kept that going and then in December 2016, I decided to start a blog in which I could teach other people how to make money online and live the type of life they want to live.Learn how Ronald Segura persevered as a profitable blogger after started out with nothing in this expert blogger interview.Click To Tweet
2. Before you started blogging, what were you doing as a professional?
Before I become a blogger I was still studying at college and also had a nice Job as Operations Manager in a call center.
3. What was the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome as a beginner blogger?
My biggest obstacle was that I was not making any money at the beginning, although I was working really hard, and I had to push myself to keep trying when even my wife didn’t believe I could make money like that.
4. What did you do in particular to overcome the obstacle and earn more money?
Well, when I first started, I was trying to figure everything out by myself. I was doing well because I was learning and I was able to move from making nothing at all to making a couple of cents per day, 20 – 50 cents. I used to only monetize with ads, like CPM ads, Adsense, etc.
My friend was trying to help me out as well, but although He was already making money himself, is not like he was able to teach other people as well. Then I decided that I needed a mentor, someone who I can learn from, without making all the mistakes he maybe had to make at first. And that’s how I found my first mentor in terms of blogging, I paid $100 for a course, it was very helpful. But the best part of it was that I could also build a relationship with someone who helped me a lot, after all, we both helped each other because sometimes I was doing things for him and I was learning while doing that.
Pretty soon, I was able to make around $50 – $70 per day.
5. Any horror client stories you’d like to share with us and how you dealt with the situation?
I have really never had any bad experience like this, with any client.
6. How much were you earning as a blogger before starting out and how much are you earning now? What do you think caused the change in your blogging income?
When I first started out, I was really not making any money. I took me about 6 or 7 months before I started to see a very small income, around $200 – $500 a month, which was really not that bad at the moment.
Right now I make around $4,000 – $5,000 a month and what has really changed a lot, is just myself. I’ve learned a lot, I’ve read a lot, I’ve discovered many useful tools that I never knew existed and make everything easier for me.
7. What tactics and strategies did you employ to reach that level of income from your blog?
8. Which blog post you have written that you feel the proudest?
I feel very proud about my article 30 Ways to Make Money Online Legally – Make even $5,000 From Home. With this article, I was able to create a very useful resource with 30 different ways in which anybody can make money online using the knowledge they have.
9. Who among your blogging peers do you consider the best and why?
I really haven’t had the chance to interact with so many bloggers in my industry, but there are 3 bloggers in particular that I admire and I consider them the best, not because they’re the ones who earn the most they actually help a lot.
And last, but not less important, Enstine Muki from enstinemuki.com. I met Enstine in a more advanced stage of my blogging career but I’m very happy I was able to connect with him as well, He’s a brilliant guy and always shares very useful content, but even more important than that, He’s a great person and is always willing to help his peers.
10. What do you think separates yourself from other good bloggers out there?
I really don’t think I’m anything special compared with other bloggers, but I was able to start my own career as a blogger and make money online when I had no experience, whatsoever, I was able to do that while I still had a full-time job, a pregnant woman and I was almost in bankruptcy.
I actually thank God I lost my job as Operations Manager, and since I was able to overcome that and start building the path of my blogging career, I believe other people can do it too and my main goal is to help as many people as I possibly could.
I know I’m still not where I want to be, but as I continue to learn and help other people I’ll definitely get there.
11. List down the blogging tools that you use and explain why people should use them for their own blogs.
- Genesis Framework – I’m a big fan of Genesis because it makes it very easy for anyone with no experience to build a professional looking website or blog that actually performs at a high level.
- SEMRush – Traffic is definitely the most important part of any type of online business, there’s no business without traffic. SEMRush has been the tool that helped me find many opportunities to make my blogs better and increase my organic traffic.
- OptinMonster – There are many email capture services out there, I haven’t tried them all, but out of the ones I’ve tried this one is the very best and it has helped me grow my emails list very quickly.
- Yoast SEO – We all know Yoast, and we also know how easy it makes On-Page SEO for anybody using it. That’s why I love this tool and if there’s someone who is not using it, they should maybe think twice.
12. How “successful” would you consider your blog?
There are different parameters one could use in order to measure success, put at the end of the day, it all comes down to results:
Have I gotten the results I wanted?
Yes! My blog has allowed me to give my life a 360 degrees turn over, I use to spend 10-12 hours working in an office and away from my loved ones. Now I get to spend 10-12 hours a day working from my home office, right next to my two daughters, the rest of time is just quality time I spend with them. I’m hoping in the future I can also help my wife retire so that we can all be anywhere we want to be spending quality time together.
Am I where I really want to be on my blog?
No, I’m not there yet. I’m not there yet because I have not been able to help as many people as I wish to help, but I’ve certainly accomplished all my milestones. I know I’ll get there because there are only two possible results for me, either I win or learn and the more I learn the closer I get to winning.
13. What do you think are the upcoming blogging trends people need to watch out for?
Blogging is a huge industry, it has actually grown a lot over the last 10 years. I’m not that old in the business, but I know blogging used to be a more collaborative activity and that has also changed a lot. I feel like there’s more collaboration now, again, and I think that’s definitely going to be a trend to look out for. Also, Video and Podcast are becoming more popular these days, so bloggers will need to do more than just writing if they want to make a real impact.
14. If there’s any advice that you would say to a starting blogger, what would it be?
The one advice I’d give to other bloggers and anybody else is not to be afraid of investing in yourself, your income level is always going to be equal to your level of self-development. Buy books, magazines, courses, anything you could think of in terms of education and self-development as long as it adds value to you and the person who you want to become.