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Hi, my name is Jane Sheeba. I currently blog part time and work as a Young Scientist on a project related to brain functions. I run about 17 blogs and a few other niche sites.
My business is based mainly based on the income from my services (blog consultation, Thesis theme customization/design), affiliate commissions, and my own product sales.
This is somewhat funny but a crucial story that made a turning point in my blogging path. I blogged for about 2 years on Blogger.com platform (I had 2 blogs) and woke up one morning to find that my blogs were deleted. All my attempts to retrive the content of the blog failed.
Those blogs were started by me to cope with my loneliness when I was in the UK for my Ph. D (first time away from home since I was born!). They didn’t have any particular focus and I was publishing on every topic under the sun – just sharing everything that interested me.
But by then, I came to know about the potential of this platform. So I chose to start a self-hosted WordPress blog.
In continuation with the answer to your previous question, I started a blog called “Find All Answers” that covered three topics – blogging, self improvement and relationships. The blog went well, but I couldn’t cope to meet the expectations of audience from the three niches.
I started concentrating and developing Problogging Success very much because it is a niche that is close to my heart. And I also find newbie and aspiring bloggers who can achieve success faster with proper guidance.
Yes, one of my sites got totally washed off from the search results. I could do nothing about that but had bid good bye and started a new site for it. I took some selected content off that site and used for my new site. Luckily the hit site was only two months old and I didn’t bother.
Another older site of mine had some fall in the rankings; but I managed to get it back on track with some in-depth high quality content and doing some guest posting.
I love to network and this helps my business a lot. My #1 networking platform is social media. But don’t mistake – I don’t stay there all day. For me Facebook works great. And, I also hang out on niche specific platforms, in my case like, Blokube, Bizsugar etc.
I also consider guest blogging and blog commenting as great networking tools. I pick up a handful of great connections every time I do a guest post.
Oh yes – publishing Kindle ebooks. I haven’t announced my intention on making a rocking on Kindle anywhere else, yet I’m doing some background learning and researching and will come up with great stuff in a few months!
Blogging is not get rich quick! Blogging has a true potential and its far beyond “just” making money. That’s two things
Wordpress is already ruling the blogosphere and with every update they come up with excellent features. Bloggers can’t live without WordPress, and it won’t be a surprise if WordPress decides to charge people for using it (in any form – say to use its basic features or to gain access to a set of advanced features)!
I use the following tools almost everyday: Rainlendar, Evernote, Aweber and GetResponse, Google Analytics, Thesis and Genesis, Market Samurai, Cute Rank, Long Tail Pro, WriteMonkey. I’m sure I missed some more