I have been blogging since 2008. I started Microblogging on Tumblr, moved to Blogspot then Blogger, and settled on self-hosted WordPress. I’ve always loved writing so it wasn’t really a surprise when I started my sort of journaling online. The first two years were a bit personal and not a regular thingy for me coz that was the time I also started “working online”. The main jobs were SEO and lots of writing gigs for offshore companies.
In 2011, I became a full-time Virtual Assistant for an Australian company and went on to work for about 4 years. It demanded most of my time but I did enjoy the journey because I learned a lot plus honed my skills in writing. Blogging took a backseat but was able to write from time to time.
The funny thing was, during my first few years online, I actually owned around 20 blog sites! Yes! Because there was a time when blog advertising were so in demand and I was earning huge $$$ from all those blogs! But sadly, most of my blogs became milking cows though retained at least 2 as personal but earning on the side also.
The first 7 years online were really so toxic for me because I had to work as a Virtual Assistant and blog after if I still have the energy. The money came flowing but of course, my body suffered as well as my relationship with my family.
In 2015, I finally decided to put up my own Virtual Assistance and recruited a handful of VAs and I became the Project Manager. My task mainly was to get accounts my VAs can work on while still earning as PM. I did some part-time VA jobs but not as heavy as before.
This was also the year I concentrated on blogging and actually the start of my being an influencer. Yeah, it wasn’t called like that yet that time but as a “reviewer of products”. The bottom line, I reviewed and promoted which most have affiliate sites and I earned because there were people who bought the items. The difference was, products came mostly from the U.S., so those were dollar earning times haha.
A year later of establishing my presence locally, I began receiving products from local brands and companies. Same thing, posted on the blog, reviewed if I needed to, then promoted on social media which also started booming.
Also came out from my comfort zone and started attending blogging/media events which gave way to more products and more influencing.
How would you know that you have become an influencer? People aren’t just saying they’re going to try or buy the products but will actually post in your comments or mention you that they discovered this and that and bought because they saw me promoting or using the products. Aside from that, there are brands/companies that offers affiliate marketing, so you’ll know that a bunch of people actually bought the items because you earned commissions!
To date, a lot of people have joined the “influencer” bandwagon and many of them are earning huge money out of it! If you have the knack for selling or really ready to try to earn money online as an influencer, there are a lot of ways you can do this.