Unless someone else come forward and make the claim, I shall take it as my credit for being the pioneer in this biggest money making through blogging in Malaysia. No doubt, Emily earns more in PPP than I but being a pioneer means I have started the buzz to fellow Malaysians through my blog.
Of course, there are many ways of making money online but when it comes to blogging, paid posts are the biggest income earner. It benefits many of us who are stay-at-home mothers especially. We have the flair for writing, we have a lot to share and our writings are *usually* very worthy and interesting to read.
I remember when I started writing for PPP a year ago. All the probloggers (not that we have many, only local one LOL) snubbed at this idea and warned me personally that I will be penalised by Google. But I did it anyway because I hate the A-list bloggers’ snubbings. You have to read what Jason Calacanis and Scoble said about these people who wrote for money. It was the challenges and not so much the money, although that is a great motivation. I always have the little David (vs. Goliath) attitude.
This morning, I looked back at my old posts and feel very proud of myself. USD14K can buy us a car here in Malaysia. It is enough to feed a family for a year. It is a LOT of money. And mind you, PPP is not the only paid post company I work with. So, imagine how much I had made in this past year? Do you think a freaking 2 notches in PR matters? Hell no! If one blog dies, I got plenty more to groom up. It is the spirit of doing what we believe in. If I had been afraid of Google and did not try paid posts or selling text links, I will still be down in the sea of anchovies, not earning a cent, swimming with the masses. Blogging with no aim.
Here are some posts which I had written.
a) I can now look at some of the people who refused to listen to my advices back in December 2006 to go dot com and tell it to their faces, “I told you soooo”. I told them to go out, buy a domain, make their blog into sub-domains and make money. They were too chicken shit. Yet, a year later, they try to play catch up. It is too late, dudes. The industry is too saturated now. I had earned my moolah and you are just picking up the crumbs. Next time, listen to me. Just like how Samm did. She is now making five digit since the last two months.
b) I reminisced at my first income. I can tell you the thrills are priceless. I worked so hard for Google Adsense for two years, heart broken when I got banned and suspended and earned only a few cents. But with paid posts, I easily made USD20-USD50 per day back then. Remember, I started out just like all of you. In fact, I wrote for USD3.25 per post too.
c) Another post telling folks to sign up with PayPerPost. I will not claim credit openly but I know many of you out there somehow felt the good vibes and domino effects from my posts and sharings. Even if I don’t get the acknowledgement (not that I care for them), I know I am the one who started it. I was the pioneer. No one else can challenge that.
d) I knew all along that we will get penalized so even with a PR 2 now, I don’t give a shit. Why? Because whether I am a PR 0 or PR 5, I am still me. My pockets get fat over the year. It is worth it. It makes no difference what PR I have because my contents are the same, my quality remains. No one can take away the pride of our own work. JohnChow wrote a very motivating post today and I hope all those folks whose balls have shrunken will have the guts like JohnChow.
So, yes, back to PayPerPost. I had some good times, bad times but what matters is I am always me. In the forum and in PPP’s blog, I was one of the few Malaysians/Asians who spoke up for all of you. I argued and debated with Ted, I praised PPP when they deserved it, I stood by the company when the A-list bloggers dissed all of us, I fought for our rights, negotiated with reasons. For that, I am proud to call myself a PPP postie. It is not the money, but the spirit in working with a company. For better or worse.
Happy one year anniversary as a PPP postie to me.