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Ewdison Then Interview – Tech Blogger Earning $60,000 a Month!

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Could you describe what you do and how you earn your living Ewdison?

I’m currently the Executive Editor and co-founder of R3 Media LLC, the company behind several technology blogs such as, SlashPhone, PhoneMag, AndroidCommunity and many more.

At R3 Media my duty includes business development, strategy, and building the companyโ€™s culture. This is how I earn my living.

Recently you shared with me that just one of your blog’s earn over $40,000 a month! What’s your top tip for making money blogging?

Diversify your revenue stream. Explore revenue generation beyond traditional advertising schema.

Note From Michael: That advice is gold! Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, learn from someone who did ๐Ÿ˜‰

The only way you will make money from blogging is to have a lot of visitors, I understand SlashGear receives 100,000’s of unique visitors each month, how have you been able achieve such a high level of readership?

SlashGear (US) actually receives an average of one million unique plus each month. It did not happen overnight nor without effort. Our editorial team are hard working people with vision to deliver fast pace news and keeping our readers engaged. I think at the end of the day, all of this achievement occur due to the passion we have for what we write.

As well as you, there is 5 other people who write content for your blog, why should blogger’s consider having a team of blogger’sinstead of doing all the work themselves?

The saying two heads are better than one, three heads are better than two has always been true in most cases; including running blog publications. Having a team of bloggers provide you with a different perspective on topics you are writing about, hence encourage you to see more than what you usually can by yourself; in other words, you will be able to create better content.

I always have a forum for each of my blog’s and its not often that you see other blogger’s do the same, what made you add a forum to your blog and what’s the benefits of having both?

Blog allows your readers to engage on the topic you defined, but it is not a venue for your reader to start a new topic. Forum on the other hand, gives your readers the freedom to communicate beyond what you write.

I also understand you run several other hugely successful blog’s with thousands upon thousands of subscribers, what’s been your secret to creating and launching new blog’s in your network?

Trial and error combined with hard work and consistency. In any type of business, there is no guarantee for success, but what I learn from my failure is my secret recipe.

Running a Internet Business gives you choices and freedom to do what you want, when you want. What would you say the Internet Lifestyle is for you?

Definitely. I feel much more inspired when I’m not chain to a desk in the office during most of my working hours.

Working with the end in mind is something I think about every day,where do you see yourself in a few years time? Do you have an exit plan in mind?

I honestly still enjoy doing what I do, however there is always an ending to everything; I think ultimately I would want to venture into something new. As for exit strategy, there are too many scenario at this moment.

What would you say is the biggest single reason for your success?

I think having great business partners that I can trust and dedicated team with the same vision is the primary reason for our success.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what advice would you give yourself regarding making money online?

Get out from your comfort zone and challenge yourself.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

If it’s easy to get, it’s not worth getting it. Take a hard failure rather than an easy success will end with bigger success when you reach the top.

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  1. Shane - Inspiring your Success says:

    Good interview. I like the advice:

    Diversify your revenue stream. Explore revenue generation beyond traditional advertising schema.

  2. Nice interview Michael! Keep the inspiration coming.

  3. Greg Ellison says:

    You hear that a lot from people that you should diversify you revenue streams. Nice advice. Greg Ellison

  4. Video Phone Information says:

    Wow that’s awesome. Diversification Versus 100% laser focus…. Diversifying into 4 different areas splits your concentration, energy & focus 4 different ways. Whilst everyone says diversify, some stay focused to achieve more. Which ever way works best for you is the way you should continue to go.


  5. CustomCanvasART says:

    Great interview! I learned allot from this, so thanks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Scott :: says:

    Another good interview, keep up the good work!

    Some good advice in here xD

  7. Stuart Wooster says:

    I certainly believe having a passion about the subject your blog is about will help grow traffic. If you can’t connect with your readers as you have no passion, well…

    Team of writers is good, it is something I am trying to work on so I can take a step back from writing ALL the content. With work, a social life (yes I still have one at the moment!), networking and trying to work on the blog daily it takes its toll on the little amount of 24 hours in a day.

    I’ll be glad for a holiday, but then that means to take holiday I need to work twice as hard so content is being posted whilst away…oh dear.

  8. Pheak Tol says:

    “Diversify your revenue stream. Explore revenue generation beyond traditional advertising schema”

    the best advice anybody can give — from the interview, it doesn’t seem like he’s bs-ing around – great read and awesome interview

    • Your right Pheak, he gives it to us real and shares some short but powerful answers.

      Since reading the interview myself I have made some changes to my earnings to make sure I diversify even more.

  9. It would be cool to find out how he went about finding and building his team of content writers or “editors” as he calls them. Did they start for free, does he go on the basis of revenue sharing, or does he pay flat salaried rates?

    • Ethan, from my past experience you can find people for FREE. A lot of people really enjoy sharing information and if you have a good blog they will be more than happy to help.

      To find people I recommend forums and twitter to strike up the conversation.

      • Stuart Wooster says:

        As if by magic I had someone on Twitter offer their services today to contribute to my site. Replied with DM asking them to Email so I’ll see what they have to offer now ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Farrhad A says:

    Rocking interview.
    Will be following Ewdison’s blogs from now,

  11. James Cunningham says:

    Thats quite and interesting read since I read the slashgear blog ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Thanks for the post. Diversifying is an interesting angle, though that would not probably work for some who are new at blogging. But thanks for the insight!

  13. encourging article. excellent

  14. Ewdison Then says:

    Thanks for the interview Michael. Our blog started with only me and my business partner before we recruited more writers. All of our writers (except for one) are full time staff with salary at this time.

  15. Nice interview, good vision, i have learned a few things reading this blog today

  16. Kev Jaques says:

    Comes down to the old chestnut Team Work Makes the Dream Work, that clichรฉ was a long running joke between the devs in the last place I worked at ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Trust goes a long way in cementing relationships, can’t take the hard work away from them, takes that and a whole lot more.
    Great Question on the Time Machine Michael, It’s all too easy to get stuck in that comfort zone and not progress, it’s vital to get out of that zone if you want to move forward.

  17. Incredible interview, Michael! Quite a few really good tips in there and in your comments.

    You’ve heard me whine a couple times about trying to come up with good content for my blog. I’m thinking I should start getting some help and will take your advice and turn to Twitter.

    Since branding is important, would you say I should stick with someone with a similar viewpoint to stay with the whole ‘market like a chick’ theme?

    Another good idea mentioned here is adding a forum to your blog. I had a comment left today that was WAY off subject and rambled forever. If I had a forum it could have gone there and could have drawn in more readers that would come back just to keep up with the latest.


  18. NanoEntity says:

    Grats bro, nice chunk of change there ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Albert Ng says:

    Wow this guy knows what hes doing. Check out his site. 1 month old, PR5, 110K + backlinks. I was thinking of starting a palm pre site a month ago as well but would never have anticipated or planned for that kind of growth.

    This guy is insane!

  20. I think finding a reliable partner is the hardest thing ever. I love how this guy is just straight forward with everything..Good post Michael

  21. Rick Kats says:

    awesome interview, I love the advice about different revenue streams, very very important in the blogging world.

  22. This one is quite inspiring interview. Very accurately asked questions.

  23. Great and easy to understand advice, I was attracted to the section on having several bloggers to give different perspectives. Thanks.

  24. This interview really challenges and inspires me! Thanks very much!

  25. Very inspiring


  26. govt employee says:

    Very useful and inspiring thoughts.. Thanks a lot..

  27. Sereyboth in CAMBODIA says:

    Hey Great interview thank to Micheal!
    But Emm Micheal I found a problem in your website! Why I can not see a search box in your website?

    However your website is full of quality content that make me so enjoyable in reading!