I was told once that you can make money from blogging. Money in terms of some money for you to live by if you really work hard enough or money enough for you to buy some groceries. Some even claim to have been millionaires and even some are called pro-bloggers meaning they are professional bloggers who make a living by blogging. I was also told that blogging is not just a fad in Malaysia as the urban legend has it, blogging was the reason why the old government was brought down on its knee until the last Prime Minister decided to call it a day as his predecessor used blogs to attack him and changed him with a person who seems to have got his endorsement. That was how big blogging has been in Malaysia.
Then in September 2008, I joined the so-called bloggers. Within a month, I managed to win prizes, freebies and meet new people. It was a whole new horizon for me who is well-known among my friends to be a know-it-all. In blogging, I know nothing. I thought by just having a blog, people will come and read it. Ha ha... Yeah, right. It need work and a lot of know-how. Mind you, I never have a mentor or anything except this one guy whom I was working with to develop a website for Selangor Bar, Eddie Law, who owns a blog and a website, eLawyer, which is basically his livelihood.
From him, I got to know about aggregators such as Project Petaling Street and Negaraku!. Both are local to Malaysia. Then I get to start to know pinger sites such as Pingler and Ping-O-Matic. They gained me traffic that I crave. One year before I started my blog, in 2007, I had joind the bandwagon as a subscriber of Facebook and of course, for close friends, they get my personal attention of me duplicating my blog there as notes. It get feed into the system and I gained more readership. I actually have to manage 2 comments section, here and on Facebook.
Then I discovered real traffic accumulater such as Blogexplosion, Entrecard and Easy Hits 4 U which are all uber aggregator which will bring you traffics but not necessarily readers. And they may not be local. But, please don't let that be a hinder to you as you get to meet new friends and new ideas and even better community. If you decide to join any of what I have mentioned above, which buttons you can find at the right side of this blog or down below, you can improve your PageRank. What you need to do to gain real traffic is to interact with the other members which is in the thousands through the forum at all these great sites.
(This was supposed to be a one post subject but it became too long. This is just on how I gained traffic only but tomorrow, it will be about how I gained money through various means as an amateur blogger)