I was first inspired to start blogging when I took a course early on in my career at HP. The course introduced me to blogs and online forums, and I became fascinated by the idea of sharing information and experiences online. This curiosity led me to discover successful bloggers like Darren Rowse and Brian Clark, who inspired me to start my own blog.
At the time, I was struggling to make ends meet, so I decided to start blogging as a way to supplement my income. Even though I had no prior experience with writing online or creating a blog, I took the plunge and launched my first blog in late 2007.
However, my early attempts at blogging were fraught with difficulties. I made a lot of mistakes, like choosing a poor web host, designing an ineffective website, and implementing bad SEO practices. It wasn’t until 2009 that I finally figured out how to create a profitable blog.
Drawing on my sales and marketing experience, I focused on writing about topics I knew well and had achieved success in. Despite the many challenges I encountered, such as relying on unreliable sources of information and purchasing products that didn’t provide value, I persevered and continued to learn and improve.
Blogging has been incredibly rewarding for me. Through my blog, I’ve built a reputation in my field of expertise, made money through advertisements, sponsors, and affiliate marketing, and most importantly, shared valuable knowledge with my readers.
Flipping My Blog
When I first started blogging, I made some poor investment decisions such as buying unnecessary products and frequently switching web hosting providers, all of which accumulated a large amount of debt. Selling my blog was the only option I had to get out of this situation.
The process of setting up the sale on Flippa.com was surprisingly smooth and simple. Flippa’s platform helped me find the right buyer by validating important data such as revenue and traffic. The escrow process was straightforward and made the transaction feel secure.
Determining the value of my blog was a key factor in the selling process. I arrived at my asking price based on the revenue and traffic generated by the blog, as well as the potential for growth and demand in the future.
Although negotiations around price and value did occur, there were no significant challenges during the sales process. However, it did take some time to find a buyer who shared my vision for the blog’s potential.
Marketing the blog for sale on Flippa.com was relatively straightforward. I opted to purchase a package that placed my listing at the top of the search results.
The sale itself was completed in just three days, although the final price remains confidential at the request of the buyer. While I don’t regret selling my blog, I do wish I hadn’t needed to do so.
I would definitely consider selling another blog on Flippa.com in the future. However, these days, I’m more focused on developing SaaS products and sharing my knowledge and experience through my blog.
From Blog To Business
I soon created a SEO-focused blog where I shared my knowledge and experience in the industry. Over time, I began receiving requests from individuals and businesses who were interested in my SEO services. Seeing the potential for growth, I started offering SEO services to clients, which eventually became the main focus of my business.
After running the business for four years, I realized that I had achieved my goals and was ready to move on to new endeavors. So, I decided to sell the business to someone (through Flippa) who could continue providing the same level of service to my clients.
The sale process was a bit challenging because I wanted to ensure that the buyer was capable of providing quality SEO services to the clients, but I was able to find the right person through networking and online marketplaces.
In the end, selling the business was a bittersweet experience because I had put so much time and effort into building it, but I was also excited about the new opportunities that lay ahead. Overall, it was a valuable learning experience that taught me the importance of adaptability and being open to new possibilities.
Corporate Work Demanded More
After four years of running my successful SEO blog and offering related services, I found myself facing a new challenge: my day job was demanding more of my time and energy, leaving less room for my passion project. As much as I loved blogging and helping businesses with their SEO needs, I simply couldn’t keep up with the demands of both my full-time job and my side business.
It was a difficult decision, but I eventually realized that I needed to prioritize my day job and put my blogging on hold. It wasn’t an easy choice to make, but I knew it was the right one for me at the time.
Looking back, I do regret taking a break from blogging. While I’ve grown a great deal in my career and flourished in ways I never imagined, and I’ve had opportunities that I may not have had if I had continued to split my focus between my day job and my passion projects. While I miss blogging and working with clients, I’m grateful for the lessons and experiences that those years brought me.
From Blogger To CEO
After almost two decades of working in the corporate world, I realized that I wanted to pursue entrepreneurship and build something of my own. I had always been interested in technology and business, and I knew that I wanted to create something that would have a positive impact on people’s lives.
I started by launching Weekend Launchpad, a startup incubator in India that focused on helping young entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. It was a challenging but rewarding experience, and I learned a lot about what it takes to build a successful business.
After a few years, I moved to Dubai and started Gewritere, a digital marketing agency that provides a wide range of services to businesses of all sizes. With my experience in blogging and SEO, I was able to help businesses improve their online presence and reach new customers.
Today, I am proud to be the CEO of two companies with a global presence. It’s been a long journey, and I’ve faced many challenges along the way. But I am grateful for the opportunity to build something that makes a difference in people’s lives, and I am excited about what the future holds.
Building SaaS & Micro-SaaS As A Indie-Hacker
After successfully building and growing my businesses, I started exploring new avenues and decided to venture into SaaS and Micro SaaS products. It was a natural progression as my companies were already providing digital services and these products allowed us to cater to a wider audience.
At the same time, I found myself reconnecting with my passion for blogging. With the knowledge and experience gained from building and growing successful businesses, I was able to write more focused and valuable content, catering to a niche audience.
Blogging also helped me in marketing our SaaS and Micro SaaS products. By sharing my expertise and insights, I was able to attract potential customers and generate leads.
Today, I am proud to say that my companies have expanded to provide not just services, but also innovative SaaS and Micro SaaS products that are making a difference in people’s lives. And through my blog, I am able to share my journey, experiences, and knowledge with others, inspiring them to pursue their passions and build successful businesses.