It’s certainly no secret that I make a portion of my income here in the Philippines by blogging. Many other successful foreigners do as well. And many Filipinos do also, although it often makes me wonder why so few Filipinos really get into it and make something out of their natural advantages.
Advantages you say? Absolutely. They were born here, raised here, schooled here, have gained a whole life time of experience here, yet a great many of them seem to act as if this is something only a foreigner could do. Or that only a foreigner can write to engage other foreigners in thought, conversation or commerce. This is self-defeating nonsense.
There are some Filipino bloggers who have cracked this code. Two of them I follow regularly are www.yugatech.com and www.carlocab.com. These are both real-life Filipinos, born and educated here and they don’t have an “old family” name, foreign wives or any of the other things some people think of when they hear about a successful Filipino.
Basically, they took advantage of the online world, learned enough to get the basics accomplished, and (here’s the part many of you are going to gloss over) they did something, and then stuck with it!
An article or two ago I used this quote and I am going to shamelessly use it again today:
What would you say is the biggest single reason for your success?
The biggest single reason for our success is that we got off of our butts and took some action. It’s really tempting to remain on the sidelines and endlessly gather information but at some point you have buckle down and tell yourself, “Alright, let’s do this”.
A lot of you reading this article were caught by the title and have read this far because many people believe “There is money in blogging”. And you know what? There is. But it doesn’t come by magic and it doesn’t come without starting, sometimes revising, building more, and then building still more and above all, sticking to it.
A year ago or so, this bog was nothing but a veritable digital dustbin. I think I used to get … on a good day .. 10 visitors, if that. My income was on the order of not even pennies per day, pennies per week would be more accurate.
In November of last year, after I had been writing for my friend Bob for a while (thanks Bob) and taking advantage of a few other free helps that people kindly offered me, this is what my readership looks like since I got serious enough to put statistics tracking on the site:
By the way, I use www.statcounter.com (totally free, no affiliate link here, just a good tool I recommend).
The climb since last November may not look like much, but then again, how many other people get even these figures. Many people haven’t even stuck at it that long, so I feel I have nothing to be ashamed of … and this chart looks a lot better than the profits of General Motors or Bear Stearns … with no government money needed to make up for executive greed and incompetence .
Each time a page loads here on PhilFAQS, where you get real answers about retiring in the Philippines and supplementing that retirement, I make a fraction of a cent. I intend to grow this income substantially. But assume I don’t? This little site alone already pays my rent here in the Philippines …and free rent is something not many of you are going to find.
The real secret? As Nike says, “Just Do It.”