My next six months (first half or 2006 – 6th semester) were going behind the idea of starting OWN website as I was believing that if I could set up one website, I would make money through ads. This idea happened to me as I had already seen some Google Adsense money making website program lesson ads. Those lessons were sold in CDs & eBooks and those websites promised BIG profit figures.
I can’t remember now the exact names of those websites. But few of them were googlecashcow, googlecashkey and so on. But as already I had experienced with many fake programs, I did not want to gather money for investing on those non-guaranteed programs and took risk.
Then I thought that I could search and find MYSELF about how to earn money with Google Adsense and a website. I came to know that if I had a website then I could use Google Adsense to make money.
Initially, it was very hard to understand the behind the scenes of starting a website. (A note here: I hadn’t heard the term blog). I was trying to figure out the basics of starting a website. I was regretting to learn any coding languages. I interested to use WYSIWYG type of services.
At that time, no free hosting website services had fallen in my eyes. So I thought I should buy a website. I read some web pages about how to start a website.
How to start a website?
These were what I found as requirements: A website name and some storage space.
I preferred to buy these requirements from a website service provider (I didn’t know the name ‘hosting’ so I didn’t learn to call them as hosting provider) who had inbuilt website building WYSIWYG editor.
Unfortunately I was given some foreign (Non-India based) providers in Google Search. They didn’t have any payment options that I could use. I did not have credit card, online bank account, paypal etc.
I could pay only in Indian Rupees through cash deposits on bank, demand draft or cheque.
My first domain earnmoneyonlinenow.com
I narrowed my search for Indian hosting providers (I learned the term ‘hosting’ as I was seeing that term in different web hosting provider websites that I was looking). I chose the one that I felt as it should be good. That was manas hosting-dot-com. I paid Rs.1500 for domain with hosting for 1 year through cash deposit in ICICI bank. (This amount had been paid by the remaining amount I had, from I pawned my gold ring.)
The domain name was earnmoneyonlinenow.com. They sent me login details. I logged in and the interface was NOT user-friendly. I couldn’t even identify where the WYSIWYG editor. I got vexed and after several tries finally I decided to leave the domain unused. My 1500 Rs had gone waste.
Second Time I pawned my Ring
Back then I had to pay semester fees. I received the amount from my father (I included the money needed to get back gold ring with semester fees. But I told my father that the whole amount was needed for semester fees. I hide the truth.)
I got back the ring but again in two weeks, pawned the ring for my browsing expenses.
I was always not giving up anything easily. I decided to take another try with another hosting provider. But accidentally I was looking at the free hosting websites. My mind got activated again and searched for best free hosting choices. That time there were some popular free hosting services.
One of them was freewebs.com (Now it gets changed a lot and domain name also changed to webs.com). I opened my account in freewebs. I even don’t remember the names of my free websites.
Freewebs.com was not my good choice
But I guess it could be pills.freewebs.com or something like that. (Pills was the nickname of my friend who came to browsing centers with me to pass time, but he also interested to learn such online things, but later he left interest, currently he is working as an engineer in a big auto firm).
I felt something easier than before as the freewebs environment was user friendly. But What I felt after using it for some days was, the overall design not satisfied me and I couldn’t design the layout as I wanted to. I think I wasted almost two full weeks in freewebs.
Again I started to search for free hosts. Some of other free hosts I tested were bravenet, doteasy etc. I had not satisfied with any of them. Every time it took more time to test each free host. Because I had to test a lot of factors. I was testing how to write a post, adjust fonts, colors and how to publish, how to use widgets like calendar, archives etc etc. Months passed. But I did nothing good.
I strongly believed that there were different not working things available in online but at the same time there would be some good really money making opportunities otherwise millions of users won’t look for online jobs and I should find them.
I proud to say I never give up
Another semester was ending nearly. When the time came to pay semester exam fees, I asked money from my father for it (I included the amount of gold ring as semester fees). My father managed to lend money from some one and paid me. I got back my gold ring.
I was worrying about I could not find a way to make money at least even a way to earn income through part time online jobs. I stopped browsing to concentrate on exams. Once exams finished, I increased my browsing hours.
I was going to browsing centers in all my leisure time and holidays. I searched for more and more website and money making programs. I remember slightly that I came across some ready made money making websites. They promised big profits if I would buy it.
Hmm…I browsed many more. But I remember few. One of them was www.free-money-making-website.com. Now they’ve removed that site and auto-forward to another one website.
I found very sooner that readymade money making websites were the worst way to earn money online. Those readymade website sellers targeted the people who didn’t have technical skills but wanted to start a website and make money through it. I was one of those people who want to get one website but even didn’t have idea about how the website would get traffic.
What is website Traffic? & Why am I calling Readymade websites are scams?
I thought that the traffic to any website in Internet came through only search engines. What a Fool I was! I was clicking links in every website and went to another website but I did not know about referral traffic. Really I was a big fool.
Once I bought a ready made website, a truth I came to know that all new websites wouldn’t get good amount of traffic through search engines and there should be some other traffic sources.
Also I learned that if I want to achieve any goal then I should look for the end target and how the whole system works. If I would have done it then I had not been cheated. My ring went to pawnshop due to the readymade money making website. I told myself I should earn at least some money in one or two months and get back the ring.
But it did not happen.
Another one month had gone waste. I promised myself that I should NOT look back on these readymade programs and I should try to create anything in my hand. I learned ‘the things I could create by my own hand only would help me to make money online’. So again I went back for searching to create a website but with a free host.
First Time I was with Blogspot.com
I came across the blogspot at first time. This was the place where people all over world was writing content and making money through Adsense. But I didn’t know about how much popular blogspot was.
I was sure that I was going to start a website with blogspot. I didn’t know what was a blog? I did not know that the difference between the blogspot and website.
Successfully I published my first post.
I had done that easily. I hadn’t spent much time like I was in my previous free host experiences. Blogspot was great. It was easy to me access. At that day I went back to my hostel and at night I felt much happy before sleep and started to dream, not in sleep but in real, my dream was like this “I should build more content & I should make more money”. On the bed, I planned what should I do on next day in my blog.
Next day I went to browsing center as soon as possible after the college hours and wrote my second post and then hit publish button. Oh! God! My new post came to home page and the old post had gone to next page.
I was again worrying because blogspot also was not working as I would like to be. I searched for several options but I could not find the solution for that problem. Actually problem was not blogspot side. It was me. I didn’t know what a blog was.
The night at bed, I worried about I could not fix a simple thing and wondered how I would start a successful blog and make money. As I was not giving anything easily, I rushed to browsing centre next day and I did a small trick I copied the first post and published as a new post so that it could come on first page.
Once it came on first post, I deleted the first post to avoid duplicate content problems. I was doing the same trick (?) everyday after posting new posts (I think I did it for at least 2 weeks).
I applied for Google Adsense within couple of weeks. Getting approval from Adsense was not……..
(Next part will be continued, 3rd part)
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