In 2003, I began using Internet on my phone but that was far from being productive. It was all about entertainment. I created my first Plasa.com email and still I had no personal laptop until 2006.
But in 2009, after my graduation I used the web for more serious purposes. I wanted to land a job after leaving a part-time teaching job but because I’m an introverted person, I had always dreamed of working from home.
So making money off the Internet seemed the most plausible opportunity at that time.
I had a cellular internet connection at home but it was so painfully slow I wanted to cry every time I want to access my own blogspot blogs.
Thanks to the snail-paced connection, I had to spend so much time on my laptop, trying to figure out how to make money on the web.
So I stumbled upon internet marketers, bloggers and writers like Anne Ahira (anneahira.com), Jonru (I know, he was a kind guy back then), Lynn Terry (clicknewz.com), Darren Rowse (problogger.net), Bryan (copyblogger.net), Deb Ng (freelancewritinggigs.com) and Yan Susanto.
They opened my eyes and ushered me to the possibility of making money through internet when people around me still think that internet wasn’t a big deal.
Even my father asked me if I got paid still for working from home. He didn’t understand how people get paid for sitting down, sipping tea or coffee with a laptop connected to the internet. It all seems like a pastime instead of a real job. Of course, he is an ultimate boomer. I don’t blame his mindset but in his times, people had to get out of home and move their arse to just make a little money to buy foods to survive.
So in this pandemic, I am reminded of the time when I sat for hours at home writing blogs just to make money from Google AdSense, which later wouldn’t work. Bitter experience.
But I did make money through my writing skills and article spinning. Haha. I seriously found out that bloggers and internet marketers at the time used a software to create a number of articles to be published on many blogs to create and build links, which was meant to create authority. Gosh, I can’t believe I did that.
I also made some affiliate wordings on Amazon to sell the affiliate products there. Did it make money? I was paid US$ 1 for each piece about a product. And because of this, I set up a PayPal account and to do just that I couldn’t because (it sucked to be Indonesian), PayPal at the time didn’t receive fund from Indonesian banks. And it only received Visa or MasterCard credit cards. So I bought a virtual credit card and set up my own PayPal account just to purchase ProBlogger’s ebook! What a struggle to be a blogger.
In retrospect, now I realize that that dream has come true. In 2020, I am working peacefully at home with a laptop on all day long and get paid enough to survive the economic recession.
Isn’t it something to be grateful for? (*/)