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Make Money Online With A Blog

A frequently asked question these days – is how did I come to create IncomeDiary.com? With this post I hope to answer that question, let you in on some of my secrets and also hopefully inspire you.

Since creating such a well known brand and popular blog, it has allowed me to team up with people and create a number of seriously profitable businesses such as Popup Domination, Site Profit Domination and Blog Creation Domination!

Before creating IncomeDiary.com, I had a few major websites – the young entrepreneurs website: RetireAt21.com and a web design blog which I sold for over $20,000 only 6 months after starting it.

Both sites earned me good money, but nothing impressive. My ambition was to have a website that could earn me at least a 6 Figure income.

With my other sites I had become very knowledgeable about blogging, about content generation and about getting heaps of quality traffic to my websites. I was also increasingly being asked by visitors to my websites about how to build a website like RetireAt21.com

Looking back now at an amazing last 7 months or so I am in particular struck by something that I read in a survey about entrepreneurs recently:

Entrepreneurship is about solving the problems of society, not starting a business for one’s own sake

Now it would be a bit over the top to suggest that I started IncomeDiary.com to solve the problems of society – but it would be true to say that I started it because I wanted to solve a ‘problem’ – the problem of being constantly asked questions about how to create a blog or how to make money online?

It was out of solving this ‘problem’ that IncomeDiary.com was born – the original idea being to share my experiences with blogging and making money online while at the same time inspiring others with features about other bloggers who had done amazing things online.

It has actually been quite therapeutic writing up this post. It really is amazing what can be achieved in a few short months when you put your mind to it. If there is one lesson in particular I would like to share it is:

That in order to RECEIVE, you must first GIVE

So many bloggers get excited about setting up a blog, but cannot for whatever reason get over that hurdle that exists when you first start out – of writing content, researching posts, building relationships etc (The GIVING bit) with very little in the way of income coming back in return.

So often I visit a Blog and see that in the first month of operation there are plenty of posts but come the second or third month the posts have become less frequent.

I wish I could say Blogging is an easy way to make money – but I can’t. I can however say it is an excellent way to make money and frankly it does eventually become quite easy, but not until you have first gave of yourself and created something of value that other people will follow.

I started out small, and I even remember getting excited when I started to make $10 a day with Google Adsense a few years ago – fortunately these days the numbers are quite a bit higher and I am even starting to experience some $1000 Days of earnings.

I hope you enjoy My Story and I hope it Inspires you.

To all our Successes

Michael

The Story behind the Creation of IncomeDiary

Back in March of 2009 I had decided I wanted to create an eCourse of some type, perhaps teaching people how to create their own site just like Retireat21. Every day I would have several people emailing me, asking “How do I create a blog” and I would simply reply sending them a link to my create a blog page on Retireat21 but I knew I could be doing something much better.

Later in the month I attended Yanik Silvers Underground Online Seminar and Ryan Allis was speaking on stage about iContact.com when he brought up a screen shot of his website that featured an opt-in for a 7 Day free eCourse on email marketing. People often ask me where I get my ideas – I always say ideas are all around us, if we open ourselves up to the possibility. When I was sitting in Yanik Silver’s Underground Seminar I was looking for ideas – Fortunately for me Ryan Allis was sharing his experience and insight and that was I suppose the initial germ of an idea for what has become my biggest money earner to date.

From that single idea I went on to create my own 7 day free eCourse to making money blogging which has now been downloaded over 50,000 times.

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Alex, David, Michael, Marshall and Albert at Underground 5!

Later that day I was sitting with David Leggett, Marshall Haas and Alex Maroko in the lobby of the seminar hotel. David and I were helping some people set up their own blogs, getting hosting, buying themes etc. Each of these people bought their hosting, themes etc via my affiliate links, earning me something like $200. It is strange looking back – but I just knew I was on to something if I could create a System (an eCourse) that would teach other would be bloggers how to blog.

I was pumped about my ideas (I even had trouble sleeping that night with excitement) and frankly for the first time ever on a trip to the USA excited about getting back home to England and putting my ideas into practice.

On the final day before we departed for the airport we had quite a bit of time to spare as the flight was not until late evening, so I was hanging around in the hotel Lobby catching up on some emails when Alex Jeffreys came up to me asking me when I was heading for the airport – it turns out we have the same flight so Alex sits down beside me and we chat.

Alex and I talked each other’s blogs and sharing ideas, eventually heading over the Hotel Starbucks to grab a coffee. I may be young but one thing I have worked out is that SUCCESS comes to those who actively seek it, those who actively FOCUS on it. Alex Jeffreys is that kind of guy and so am I and while in Starbucks we met another success seeker – James Schramko. Alex, James and I all sat down together with our Laptops, started to brainstorm, share ideas etc and began to experience now what I refer to as “The Starbucks Effect”.

I had told Alex and James that I had done over 100 interviews with top internet entrepreneurs and I had around 100,000 visitors coming to Retireat21.com website every single month. They seemed impressed that I could drive a lot of traffic but when I saw that they were getting a fraction of the traffic I had but earning a good deal more than me, I was intrigued and just a little miffed as well.

It is not often that you get the chance to sit down with Internet Marketers of the quality of James and Alex so for the next few hours I made it my mission to find out what Alex and James knew that I didn’t. This is what I discovered:

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The No Leakage Rule

It seemed a bit of a risk when James told me to try promoting only affiliate products and not sell advertising spaces as I knew I had $2000 coming in every month without any issue. He told me that if the only place they could go is through an affiliate link or leave my website, I was more likely to make money. He also told me that if 10 of my advertisers are promoting affiliate links themselves then it must be working for them. Basically the no leakage rule means, don’t have advertisers, don’t link to other websites in your sidebar, basically making sure the only way they can leave your site is via an affiliate link or closing the browser.

Offer Your Visitors Audio Interviews / Podcasts

I told my new mentors that all my interviews were done over email. i.e. I emailed the interviewee and they emailed their answer back.

Alex did not like that, and to quote him he said: “Audio interviews are where it’s at”. Looking back, of course he was right, indeed I had quite a few people not do an interview because I did not offer an audio option.

To do the interviews, they suggested I use Skype and record the phone call with Pamela, which both work perfectly for the job. As well as that, to display the audio on my blog I use Podcasting Plugin and I also get my audios transcribed by CastingWords so that people can read it if they can’t listen to audio. This also gives me a huge advantage in the search engines because I have thousands of keyword rich words.

It seems a simple decision now but looking back it was actually a huge decision – I decided rather that change the exiting RetireAt21.com site it would be easier to start with a completely new domain.

I had previously bought the domain IncomeDiary.com of Tom Sinfield for $100 and had not used it and felt it would work perfectly for this project. I also thought it would be wise that I build IncomeDiary in a way that anyone else could, so I could write an eBook and show them step by step how they can follow in my footsteps to make money online blogging.

Building IncomeDiary.com – The Early Days

After deciding I would use the IncomeDiary.com domain I quickly found a premium WordPress theme from ThemeForest called Sahifa, I installed my blog and uploaded the theme. After asking David Leggett for his suggestions, I decided to hire him at a VERY expensive rate (although later proved to be well worth it) and we began customizing the blog theme. These changes included:

  • RSS feed including an Aweber Opt-in box so when I update my blog, readers would be emailed instantly alerting them that there is something new to read. I decided to go ahead and use a paid service because that would give me full control over my emails, unlike free alternatives such as Feedburner.
  • Activated Threaded Comments which comes with every ThemeForest theme, which basically lets you reply to each comment, you can enable this option  in discussion settings in your WordPress control panel. We then went ahead and made any comments I made green so they stand out.
  • Social bookmarking links at the top of every post. Yes they look really cool but as far as I can see they don’t make any in pact in the traffic we receive, so for all of those who keep asking me to release them as a download, don’t bother 😉
  • Created a custom page for the optin page for our eCourse, now I know a lot of people would put there optin all over there website to make sure they got as many people opting in as possible, although I have been tempted, I decided having a dedicated page because I wanted people to value what they were signing up to and know what was involved. We also used Aweber for the email optin on this page, if you need more information on email marketing, check out this post.
  • Blogging Resources page was not necessarily built to make money but to give a better idea to my readers that the things I recommend are clearly the best products with the lowest prices. Having said that, thousands of people use the page monthly to find resources for their blogs.
  • Finally, we did a whole bunch of graphics to make the site visually impacting.

As well as customizations, we don’t even use a handful of plugins so I do worry when I see people creating posts called “30 WordPress Plugins every bloggers need” – I’m proof you don’t need them. So often I get asked, “Michael, what WordPress plugins do you use”? Here they are:

  • Podcasting Plugin which allows me to add a player to blog posts so people can play our audio interviews.
  • WP-ContactForm which is basically a contact form, really simply plugin that works perfectly. For anyone who has tried to create a contact form on a normal website, you will realize just how hard it can be.
  • Comment Notifier which is basically an RSS feed for comments, alerting people who subscribe when there are new comments.
  • All in One SEO Pack which basically makes optimizing your blog for search engines really easy.

What Products Should I promote?

Now that I had put together the bulk of the site, I still had to decide on content and monetization. I knew from discussing with James and Alex that I wanted to promote affiliate products only but which ones to promote? For the blogging resources page it didn’t matter, I could include anything I wanted in the comparison charts as it simply is a comparison between what you get and at what price. But for my eCourse and in other places throughout the blog, it was a bit more difficult.

Recommending the right products is very important as it can really affect your earnings, it has to be a great product, great customer service and offer a good affiliate deal, and luckily it just seemed the best services offer the best affiliate sales, perhaps because they can convert more people so can pay out more. I bought all my domains through GoDaddy, so I knew I could promote them, whenever creating blogs for clients and friends, I would use HostGator so I knew I could put my name behind them and I was personally using a theme from ThemeForest so of course I can recommend them. This is what I believe to be crucial to my monetization success, you can’t promote something you don’t believe in and haven’t tested, period!

More Business Changing Moments

Early on one of my first interviewees (and most popular) at IncomeDiary was the King of Continuity – Mr Ryan Lee. Ryan is another generous mentor of mine and he took a big interest in what I was doing. Not only that he invited me to his Continuity Summit event in Connecticut last May.

So here I am again in America – this time at Ryan Lee’s event along with Alex Maroko again. I showed off my sites to a lot of people there and even had one die hard fan come to the event just to see me. I had quite an amusing experience when I was talking to Mike Hill – one of the speakers and a hugely successful Internet Marketer. Mike and I are talking when an IncomeDiary Fan comes up, interrupts us (politely) and asked if he could get a picture with me to show his son and asks Mike to take the photo 😉 (Really Mike, I know you are a bigger STAR than me — but this was one of those moments when I realized I must be doing something right – when someone asks to be photographed with you.

Mind you, the coolest moment was when Ryan was giving a shout out to a few people at the beginning of the event and he mentioned Mark Victor Hansen who was sitting to my right then Mark Joyner who was sitting to my left and then me – although of course I know I’m nowhere near their level at present, to be recognized along with those big names we sooooooo cool.

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Ryan Lee and Myself at Continuity Summit

While Ryan’s event I also realized I should be doing a few things better such as a having a custom homepage to drive people to the places on the site that I wanted them to go. (I call that a conversion secret) I also need a proper thank you page on the site, for people who sign up for the eCourse. So often people set up the OPT-IN for their newsletter etc – but forget to create a custom page (thank you page) for their news letter sign-ups to go to after they opt-in.

This past September I took on my first full-time member of staff here at IncomeDiary.com. This is already providing nice dividends – for a start I am working slightly harder. (Hard to believe — but true) because when you are paying someone to work full time you want to make sure you’re around to make sure they got work to do.

I now am more motivated then ever. We decided that we needed to make the website “bullet proof” which is a new rule of mine which basically means every single aspect of your website is perfect/bullet proof. We fixed every error we could find and improved anything that was necessary which helped increased conversions quite a lot.

Where am I now With IncomeDiary?

It’s crazy to think I have done all this in 7 months and to know that I messed around for years before with things I was told that “work” when they clearly didn’t. What I have achieved:

  • I now earn more than most people do in a day (sometimes a week) before I even wake up, from a passive income on IncomeDiary alone.
  • My site gets an average of over Twitter Tweets 100 times every day, in fact last month we got 800 tweets in a single day!
  • 5000 People Have Taken My FREE eCourse to making money online blogging and not yet had anyone say a bad word about it.
  • Broke into the top 20,000 websites according to Alexa which was a big target of mine. Although Alexa isn’t always that accurate, I had set it as a goal.
  • I employed my first person full time, he had worked with me on WebDesignDev for a few months and I realized I needed to up my game and the risk seemed a no brainer.

The Future of IncomeDiary

Every time I get interviewed I get asked this, where do you see your future, where will your blog be in 5 years, etc.. To be honest, I don’t know, I just hope to keep moving forward, make a small difference and have fun of course. We have quite a lot of quite big updates planned for IncomeDiary but like everything, things get in the way and everything seems to take longer than expected.

Why Do I Think I Have Been So Successful?

I started this blog at the time 100’s of other make money online blogs started, they had all the same goal, and be the next John Chow. Most of them went on to earning no more than $200 and either being sold on Sitepoint or just going offline. I came to the niche with a different angle, which was to present my content in a way no other blog did.

It was really simple, I was to interview all the big internet entrepreneurs and ask them to give the advice, that way my visitors got the best advice and not just another blog post about how you can make $10 a day with Google Adsense.

The second aspect of my content was to inspire, I created top lists that would impress every reader but also give the impression they could do it themselves if they wanted to (which I believe they could).

The other reasons these two content methods work so well for me is that I’m dyslexic (my spelling and grammar is terrible) and it doesn’t matter how hard I try, I am always slipping up which is pointed out by quite a lot of my readers. So I wanted to share knowledge but keep the writing side of it down to a minimum. I sometimes think that if my school teachers knew I now write for a living they would tell you it was a lie, impossible! I really was that bad, I remember reading to my mum when I was like 12 and she would fall asleep, I was just that slow and boring, and when I do finally come to the end of a page, I would have to read it again because I completely forgot what it was about.

The key elements to my success would have to be:

Providing Value, Being Inspired, Hard Work (at times) and Consistency!

To Your Blogging Success,

Michael Dunlop

PS. Really guys, if I can achieve this in 7 months, you guys can definitely do the same, if not better!

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  • http://webuildyourblog.com Andrew @ webuildyourblog.com

    Michael

    I only came across your site a few weeks ago and already I’m keen to see what you write each time.

    While reading this post, 2 things sprung to mind.

    One. You have shared a lot of great advice via a story and I can understand why you say, “That in order to RECEIVE, you must first GIVE”. You certainly have provided advice here.

    The second thing is relationships. You seem to have built up excellent relationships with experts and that has really improved your brand and profile.

    All that is very impressive from a 20-year-old living in a little quiet village on the south coast of England (I live in Worthing – just down the road!).

    Andrew

    • Michael

      Hello Andrew,

      Thanks very much, glad you are enjoying my blog – I have been really making an effort recently to up my game and share a lot more.

      For a second there I was wondering how you knew about my village, ha! Great to see someone local reading my site, how did you find it?

      Michael

  • Tammy

    HI Michael! Thanks for taking the time to share your story with the world. Really like this site and your other two (retireat21 and webdesigndev :))

  • Scott from SloggedIt

    WOW That was a LONG read but totally worth every word!

    Looking forward to seeing some of the things you bring to the table in the future!

  • http://www.cruisinaltitude.com Jef

    Nice work Michael. Thanks for sharing. I’m reading your stuff carefully and taking action as necessary. Yup, giving is really the key, I’ve built a few thousand unique visitors by doing just that.

    You sent me some stuff about monetizing your blog and it is killer! Thanks.

    Rock on to greater success.

    Jeff
    http://www.cruisinaltitude.com

  • Amilcar

    I did read your post word by word. Your story is amazing, but your sincerity is even more. Thanks not only for sharing your knowlegde and experience, but for being so honest.

    Fantastic!

  • Muzi Mohale

    Amazingly while I was still hooked on Retireat21 (which I discovered sometime in 2008), you launched incomediary without punting it on retireat21 and i was surprised to discover it a few weeks after going live (not sure how that happened).

    it’s interesting to note that you bought this domain from Tom, where I’ve joined a Blog Flip Challenge through his blog.

    Your journey to creating IncomeDiary is very motivating and the lessons learnt about LEAKAGE I’m taking them to heart on my flip challenge.

    You’re always interviewing high profile internet entrepreneurs, that offers myself a huge motivation to also aim to achieve in the game. Though I’m way too old than you, I get so much inspiration from you and I’m proud to say I use your success as a model to my path in finding success.

    • Michael

      Hello Muzi,

      Thanks buddy, great to always see you comment. With IncomeDiary, I didn’t want to rely on Retireat21 to make it a success because I wanted to prove to everyone anyone can do it, even new people!

      Let me know how Tom’s Blog Flip Challenge goes and also the no leakage rule.

      Thanks,

      Michael

    • Sarge

      Wow, that’s cool you got the domain from Tom. I’m also participating in the blog flip challenge. It’s really great to be able to do something like this as a community.

      Also very surprising that this blog is only 7 months old!

      You’re a great inspiration Michael, I think I’ve been following this blog on and off for the last 4-5 months at least.

      BTW your enewsletter is very professional, a standard I hope to achieve.

      Keep up the good work and continue to inspire :)

  • Black Friday

    THANKS! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contests. Keep up the good work

  • Rafi

    Each time I get your updates in my inbox, I jump up to read your stuff and then I’d just realize that it’s so awesomely valuable.

    About this article, I really enjoyed reading each word and I am sure that is not only good but also spread with truly valuable advice, and sort of a journey of an entrepreneur’s rugs to riches.

    Good luck, Michael. I look forward to reading more valuable articles.

    Rafi
    http://pixelactic.com

  • Kizito

    Hi Michael, thanks for the great post.Its always insightful to read how people actually created the success they enjoy. I love this about your sight. U don’t just preach principles but show how to actually live them. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  • http://www.DanBriffa.com Dan Briffa

    Hey Michael

    I love what your doing over here.. i started my own blog just a little under a year ago to.. and that has grown pretty well with over 5000 subscribers..

    Nice to see we also share the same mentor… Alex Jeffreys.. :-) great guy huh.. and I’m always meeting up with him for brainstorms at seminars etc..

    Anyhow just thought I’d drop by.. love the blog! Keep up the great work.

    Rock On

    Dan

    • Michael

      Hey Dan,

      Alex rocks, very cool dude! Will try meetup with him before the year is up, perhaps see you there!

      Michael

  • Umer Hayat

    Hey Micheal.
    This was a really inspiring story.
    I read it totally with full intention.
    I’m of your age and would like to be exactly like you and I know I’ll in few months.

    Btw my biggest concern is, I just wanted to know about your blog content. I mean you are writing it own or you are outsourcing it. On your blog I found list posting most occasionally and I believe, if any single person writing this type of post, It will take 2-3 days in researching/writing/compiling and all that.

    So it would be really helpful if you show us your way of writing etc.
    Thanks and waiting.

    Regards
    Umer Hayat

    • http://www.cruisinaltitude.com Jeff

      Umer,
      I think I can answer this one. I’ve read many of Michael’s post and have asked him how he does it. He’s e-mailed and also sent a few links. I’ve also heard him speak through various online courses I take. He loves lists as you can see.

      He recommends a company called http://www.taskus.com to do his lists. I contacted them and was able to get a list done for about 50.00 USD in two days (it will be on my site soon), pretty cheap for a person from the U.K., with our dollar tanking :-). Interstingly enough, they outsource the work :-). I’ve been creating a list on my own and its taken me three weeks now just gathering research, now I have to sift through it. So outsourcing is the key for this stuff.

      Outsourcing is not a bad thing. I’ve had my share of misfortunes, but clawing back now. Tyrone Shum actually has a course at http://www.massoutsource.com/go.php?offer=mugs1990&pid=1&u=http://www.massoutsource.com/report/ which talks about oursourcing. He has a free report with three top outsourcing Internet Marketing guys which is a good read, so check it out if you like.

      If you can’t afford to outsource, just dedicate some time to getting your content done, monetize it using Michael’s ideas which he willingly shares on this blog, then outsource.

      Good luck to you. Let me know how you get on.

      Jeff

      • Umer Hayat

        Hey Jeff,
        Thanks so much for your kind and detailed answer.
        Actually outsourcing is not a big problem for me. Infect, I’m already running an SEO/Writing and outsourcing company at http://UmerSEO.com

        So it is not a problem for me. we can create such type of researched work even much much more cheaper from $50 because we have researchers from Pakistan and writers from Philippines as well as from Pakistan. So it is definitely not a problem.

        I’m just doing my basic ground work and within few months I’ll definitely start my own money making and to inspire bloggers blog.

        The issue for me is I’m testing which type of content really suite listeners and my prediction is content on Incomediary is really marvelous and if we provide this type of content, that will really worth long term.

        My question was how Micheal compile all the content and he only gave them the title and they do the rest or he told them the post limitations as well. they should need to cover and what not like that..:)

        Hope you understand my feelings and Micheal as well.

        Thanks

        Regards
        Umer Hayat
        http://UmerSEO.com

        • Muzi Mohale

          Umer,

          Where do you source the dudes from Philippines and Pakistan?

          Note – when accessing your site, a virus warning flashes?

          • Umer Hayat

            Hey Muzi.
            Actually not understand what you are trying to say… Can you plz explain a bit so I can answer..:)

            Yes we are working on site, it will redesign and come up with new layout. I want to make it little more business look.

            Regards
            Umer Hayat
            http://UmerSEO.com

          • Muzi Mohale

            Umer I meant, where do you get the guys from Pakistan and the Philippines…which website are these guys using to advertise their skills?

          • Umer Hayat

            Hey Muzi
            Actually they are from my own hometown.:)
            We have a nice office and our designers/developers and SEO staff working there…:)

            Only our writers are from Phillipines as they have high standard writings with years of experience.:)

            They are working under me, means that I and our affiliates get projects and they will complete it.:)
            Thanks and if you also need anything don’t forget to tell us.

    • Michael

      Hello Umer,

      I use to outsource like Jeff said but I recently took on my first employee and because of that, I now do this myself because I know my niche and I can put more value into what I’m doing. Outsourcing can be good but your best just taking the time to do it yourself. Depending on what the list is about, it can take anywhere from 3 hours to 3 days.

      Michael

      • http://www.cruisinaltitude.com Jeff

        Michael,
        Just when I think I’m on to you, you outpace me. Pretty impressive for 7 months of work dude.

        Awesome that you are now outsourcing. After testing Taskus.com, I’m going to find a cheaper method to outsource. From reading Tyrone’s stuff, it looks like I could have gotten an entire month’s worth of work for not much more than what I paid for one list :-).

        For what its worth Umer, I gave them the title of the list and what I wanted, they did the research and provided me with the pictures, an Excel file and a html file. I don’t like how the html looks on my page so I will re-do that then make it live.

        • Umer Hayat

          Hey Jeff.
          Thanks alot for your nice info.

          It always looks good when anyone help out.

          You will see my blog in few months time. :)
          Thanks

  • http://www.thelombardigroup.com/ Robert Avila

    Michael ….

    Thank You for such an awesome blog post!

    You always provide great content & interesting lists … and I have to say this has to be your best!

    It will be really amazing to see posts like this in the years ahead sharing your story as you continue to grow and do incredible things!

    Wish you the best!

    Robert

    • Michael

      Definitly Robert, will follow up with future posts as the months and years go on. Glad you like this post so much.

      Michael

  • S Ahsan

    The fact is, I like the way you send an email to your subscribers and take the time to help them out by sharing good knowledge. Have a great weekend Michael !

  • poch

    You have just proven by this piece that you’re not selfish or egoistic Michael. Bravo.
    It’s true we have to give first before we receive.
    But how long do we have to give or spend before we receive? What if we can’t afford giving anymore?
    Anyway, more power to IncomeDiary!

  • http://jetsetcitizen.com John Bardos – JetSetCitizen

    Hi Michael,

    I am not really a fan of make money sites because they are always trying so hard to sell you something. However, the quality of your articles is fantastic. I have every confidence that you are going to be a giant in your field.

  • Rob

    Awesome article you wrote here Michael! Really inspiring how your only 20 years old and your living the six figure dot com lifestyle. It’s really great of you to write this post and share it with your community!

  • marvincspw

    Nice work Michael. Thanks for sharing… Every day I learn something new… I wish I could help others to grow online businesses as you do

  • Pascal

    Hi Michael. You had many inspirations to become today’s position. But My first inspiration to blogging field is “You” only. I started to blog and help others to create a blog through my Red is Red blog. Hope I will do my bes with in coming 6 months.

  • http://www.MoneyloveBlog.com Jerry Gillies

    Congratulations Michael! Another brilliant job. And your comments about promoting those things you know and have tested for yourself is so right on. As people like Wayne Dyer were great examples in the original Moneylove book, you are going to have a place of honor in the revised and annotated edition. Each of your posts is like a full college MBA course!
    And you may be the impetus for a new understanding of dyslexia–for it obviously doesn’t hamper you in terms of your expressing yourself in a stunning, human, powerful way.

    • Michael

      Thanks very much Jerry, glad you enjoyed the read. Looking forward to seeing Moneylove 2.0!

      Michael

  • Alex Taylorson

    Hey Michael, thanks for sharing your story in such detail! Being dyslexic as well it took me a while to read this post but was well worth the time ;-)… Your story is massively inspiring… I finished my degree 2 years ago in Chichester so I know your ‘little quiet village’ too. I’m just starting a project to develop software for my niche. Exciting times… As Gary Vee would say I better get back to it and Crush it!!!

    • Michael

      Hello Alex,

      Glad the post has helped, also cool to see yet another local reader, should consider doing a meetup sometime.

      Michael

      • Alex

        Yeah I’m living just out side the New Forest now, but will have to get myself up your way to catch up in person soon. Would be great to pick your brains, and anyone else who local who would like to meet up too.

        Alex

  • Marshall Haas

    Michael,

    I got the great pleasure to see Income Diary be created through a lot of skype conversations together in the beginning and even the UG5 event sitting in the lobby in that photo… all the way till now when the site is thriving!

    Keep kicking ass dude, its been great watching everything grow from the inception.

  • Sammie

    Michael, you are an inspiration of the highest order!

    Every time I get to read your post, I also salute you.
    I would love to know if one could make six figures from owing a forum site also (for we that couldn’t write).
    May Jehovah God guide and protect you always
    Regards

  • Ms. Freeman

    No Leakage Rule now that is a fascinating way of doing things. That takes heaps of confidence in your content and the quality of your blog. We hear all the time, plaster ads and link to others it is the only way to make any money. I am impressed that you are taking the road less traveled and making a success of it. We can all learn something here. Bravo Job Well Done! :)

  • James Cunningham

    Really Good Post Michael, makes me want to try again at starting a blog. Your description of how the posts just ground to a halt is the exact description of what happend to me last time I tried to start.

  • Ryan Sorensen

    Thanks Michael,

    I first saw retireat21.com late last year and it got me pumped up about not only making some money online, but to actually make it my career. I am definitely an admirer!

    I love traveling and my wife and I spent summer 08 in Switzerland for 3 months during the EuroCcup. Awesome experience! Our goal is to be able to live in Poland for a month during Eurocup 2012, all while making money from my web business. I’ve been working on my site consistently for the last couple of months and have started to make some money everyday. Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the good work. I hope to follow you to the top for years to come!

    Your fan in Denver, CO,

    Ryan S.

  • http://www.kerryfinchwriting.com Kerry Finch

    What a great post Michael, thanks for sharing your journey. One of the aspects that resonated with me was that if you want to take things to a whole new level, you should find an expert and learn what they know.

    I too, have been fortunate to have what I call a ‘James Schramko Sliding Door Moment’ – a chance meeting that changed my life.

    More power to you.

  • David Walker

    Very impressive Michael! Nothing beats learning about a successful blogger’s experiences to inspire us to work towards that same kind of achievement. Your top lists are what I come back for every time, right after all those interviews with top bloggers. I’m from Wales and another huge fan of Alex Jeffreys. Keep up the great work.

  • Maxp76 ( Massimo )

    Hi Michael,
    first sorry for my English :)
    This post is great and it’s a great resource for who want to make an Internet lifestyle!
    In Italy it’s not so easy to build this kind of sites, firstly in my opinion due to the language.. few Italians and few Italians on Internet 😀
    But I hope to do something like you in the future!
    Bye
    Massimo

  • http://yourhiddenpotential.co.uk Joseph

    Michael, The sky is your limit, you’re doing great

  • Tammy

    Wow i commented earlier this morning and it’s amazing how many replies you’ve received since then! Seems you’ve really hit on something a lot of folks can relate to :)

  • http://ImanAndJoesWholesaleProperties.com/blog Iman Yusef-Yahya

    Thank you Michael for sharing your entrepreneurial journey with us. As many others have stated before me, this post is quite inspiring.

    What really resonated with me was when you said “ideas are all around us, if we open ourselves up to the possibility.”

    I especially appreciate your reference to writing your blog from a point giving something of great value to your readers.

    Your authenticity and integrity really come through in the kind of content you provide Michael – thanks.

  • Vans

    Yeah…that was great i know that many replies you’ve receive since then. You are one of the many successful blogger . Sky is the limit for you. Keep it up bro, I hope someday i will be successful too.

  • Pyjammez

    Good job.

  • http://www.shreeonlinejobs.com/ bisaani

    Thanks for sharing your success story.It’s an inspiration for all wants to make money online.

  • Chef Tony Marciante

    Michael,

    You have a great sense of style in your writing, it’s clear, honest and from the heart. THAT my friend, cannot be duplicated without being real. I’m 40 and have done enough research, I have been an entrepreneur my whole life pretty much, but really breaking in online. We all must realize that we know more than many about this space. WHATEVER your level or subject of expertise, you can teach about it and profit! Like setting up my restaurant, you have to hang a shingle out and say “I’m in business” and then, only then, can you actually create something and see if it works!

    I think many (including myself) get caught up in “buy another course” or “sign up for another newsletter” and are constantly in research mode..that IS important, but really, taking action will lead you to testing and proving your worth, then you’ll be able to succeed, or almost better, FAIL! and be one step closer to knowing your magic formula.

    You are inspiring, and at your age, I’m so excited for you and will be in touch. I do a TV show on business, perhaps you could be a skype interview on our show?

    Cheers, BIG compliments!!

    • Muzi Mohale

      Enough said Tony.

      • http://www.visionsbethesda.com Tony Marciante

        Muzi, not sure what you meant, but hey…my comments are from the heart, hope the readers find value…peace!

  • http://www.entheosweb.com Rachna

    Fantastic Michael, great to see Income Diary doing so well, great post! The site is going from strength to strength. You continue to be an inspiration! Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.internetmarketingspeed.com James Schramko

    Michael you are a true genius! Keep it up. I’m sending my readers to see how it should be done!

  • Rahil

    Truly Inspirational! makes me think what i did in the past…hopefully not make the same mistakes again :) keep it up bro!!!

  • http://www.passive-income-passion.com Menandro

    You did a fine job here Michael… More power to you!

  • Luke Ahearn

    Hey Michael,

    Thanks for that great story!!!

  • Luke Ahearn

    Hey Michael,

    Thanks heaps for the inspiration and the motivational story!!

    I have put a on my website my journey, if you want jump on and have a look it would be great if you leave a comment.

    http://www.youngbusinessnetwork.com.au

    I will be making another page soon for people to put up there story. You couls post your story if you like..

    Luke Ahearn

  • http://www.motivateloseweight.com Eunice

    Great story Michael

    Thanks

    Eunice

  • Sasha Gilberg

    thanks for being so honest Michael and telling us what you REALLY did not just what would sound cool

    It was equally due to you and James Schramko that I was inspired to start my own IM blog at http://internetmarketingstreetsmarts.com/

    as always, looking forward to your next post

    keep it up mate!

  • YSereyboth

    Thank for sharing your story! I am really passion with blogging and make mon3y online!

  • http://robbsutton.com/ Robb Sutton

    Great story. This blog has grown as fast as it has because of your dedication to the content. Top notch man!

    There are going to be some great things that come out of IncomeDiary.com.

  • http://www.KingSidharth.com King Sidharth

    MAN! That was SUPER inspiring!! Thanks for enlightenment!

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  • wdohmen

    Interesting read, at least the no advertisement was kind of a surprise for me to be honest, most definitely after reading and listing a lot to Mr. Gary Vaynerchuk. Just shows that their are many different ways to go about making money.

    Also surprising to read your from the Uk, where I always thought you were from the US.

  • http://www.befashionlike.com Joe from befashionlike

    Hello hello Michael,

    First sorry for my bad english

    I’m a french fan of your blog, i use your “TIWTTER” technique to increase my daily visit.I can say your technique is working but now i can add only one follower by day.

    Anyway, I like your blog because you shared a lot of great advice , Unfortunatly there is no blog like yours in french.
    I have creating my fashion blog (http://www.befashionlike.com) in July 2009, and I have 30 000 visit by month and 90 000 pages view, And i working 1 hours and 30 minutes by day on the blog (because i have a full time job, a wife, and a children).
    I know a lot of blog in my nich who have more than 10000 visits by day. i KNOW I’m in a good nich but i don’t know how to promot the blog. If someone have advice for me send me a email befashionlike@gmail.com

    THANKS! You do a great job with your blog
    ps: sorry for my bad english

  • Patrenia

    Great story Michael. I guess I have been reading your blog since the inception, but didn’t realize it. What an awesome story and it is filled with lots of inspiration. Seven months??? I have to get on the ball, because you have now proven that it can be done! Thanks for sharing…