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11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Can ccTLDs Target Other Countries Traffic

ccTLDs (country code top level domain) are becoming very famous due to unavailability of popular term in TLDs (Top level domains). For example, when you are looking for a domain name like somebrand.com and if it’s not available, people and companies are registering ccTLDs like somebrand.in, somebrand.ch and so on. This has becoming a practice among many new businesses, who are coming online at later stage, and couldn’t find TLDs related to their brand. There is nothing wrong with this approach, when getting online is just part of your online presence, and when not expecting any online traffic or sales.

For example, you start a company, and you need a couple of pages website, just to add into your business-card, taking this approach is not bad, but this is not the same when digital marketing, is part of your main sales funnel.

Top 10 most expensive top level domain name
Matt Cutts Answers on using ccTLDs:

Couple of months back, I covered an article on how to target country specific traffic. And, I explained when you are buying a country level domain extension, you are limiting yourself to search engine traffic from specific country search engine. For example, if you are using a domain name with .in, .co.in, domain extension, you are indicating Google search that, your website is targeted to India only. Your website may rank fairly well in google.co.in search engine, but will not be the same for Google.com or other country search engines.

This is same for any other country specific domain name. Here is a video from Google Webspam head, Matt Cutts: where he talked about how Google treats a domain using country specific domain extension. This video will give you a fair idea of using such domains, and understanding geo targeting with domains:

Subscribe on Youtube
Here is a list of top level domain extensions, and you can always geotarget them using Google Webmaster tool geotargeting feature:
.aero
.biz
.cat
.com
.coop
.edu
.gov
.info
.int
.jobs
.mil
.mobi
.museum
.name
.net
.org
.pro
.tel
.travel

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business.

We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business.

In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary.

6 ways to earn money from the Internet without investment
However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money.

A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible.

This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my blogging enterprise on a daily basis. Some of these investments continue to give me excellent returns (ROI) .

If you are a hard-working blogger looking to take your blog to the next level, here are a few ideas which will help you to realize that dream:

Spend money to make money:

Your blog’s design and theme:

I have always focused on the importance of obtaining the best design for a blog. There are many good WordPress premium theme clubs such as Elegant themes or Genesis which offer great yet inexpensive designs. The problem with these designs, however, is that they are used on hundreds of blogs. Choosing a “premium” theme does not mean that you have a unique design.

I have a license to almost all of the premium theme clubs, but I also know that the best design is a custom design. A customized theme allows you to give a unique identity to your blog. Regardless of how amazing your content is, a unique and well-designed blog is important. Without an impressive blog design, your content cannot be appreciated and thus becomes useless. Think of it like this: good music playing on very bad speakers.

You can certainly hire a WordPress theme designer to get a custom design. My recommendation would be to buy a license of the Genesis and hire someone to develop a custom skin for you. This would be costlier but it definitely worth your investment. If you not up for that big of investment, no problem. You can grab one of the hand-picked premium Genesis skins (Unique design for Genesis framework) that works pretty well with various niche blogs.

Your branding:

Spend money on Blog branding

The best thing about brands is the fact that they are easy to recall. When it comes to recommending a good blog design in terms of brand, SocialMedia Examiner is my go-to example. They have a unique logo, and an avatar that is clear and memorable.

You can hire a designer to create a logo and a custom avatar, a YouTube page background, a Facebook cover and a Twitter background to give a unique identity to your blog and your social media profiles.

You can always find cost-effective designers using freelancing websites, or if you have the budget you can hire a media branding company that is local to you.

This is one area that I am still working on – the pimping out of the ShoutMeLoud social media profiles.

How to build a strong brand image for your blog.
Search engine optimization:

This is one area in which your investment is crucial. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, you need to work on the SEO of your blog to improve the search engine visibility.

I have previously written about how WordPress is not SEO friendly, and I have offered a DIY guide to optimize your blog. But if you are not a technically-minded person, it may be a good idea to hire someone to optimize your blog for search engines. Surely your blog can rank higher with great content, but your blog’s SEO needs to be up to the mark in order for search engines to find that great content. If you are a solopreneur blogger, you need to spend time learning good SEO, and implement it on your blog.

You can also hire a freelance writer to guest post on your blog, creating targeted backlinks for you.

Bear in mind that SEO is a slow process, and you need to start now in order to see results in the future.

Hire quality writers:

When you go to freelancing websites, you can always find many reasonable writers who are willing to do research and write content for you. However, the best content comes from people who are experienced, particularly in your niche. It is worth investing a little more money to hire authors who can write content based on their own experience. I have done it quite a few times myself, and results are usually excellent. Problogger jobs portal is a good place to start your search for a good freelance writer.

Good webhosting to hold your traffic:

So far you have done everything you can to contribute to your blog’s growth, and now it’s time to work on sustaining the traffic.

A good, reliable web hosting company will ensure that your blog doesn’t go down in times of high/peak traffic.

When I started ShoutMeLoud, I started with Dreamhost and then moved to Hostgator > Linode > Knownhost > WPEngine > Cloudways & at this time we are hosted on Kinsta hosting (May 2016)

It may take time to find your perfect hosting company, but you should only use hosting companies that are reliable and will not let your blog down, especially at times of maximum exposure.

I recommend that you use Bluehost or Siteground for shared hosting, for managed WordPress hosting Kinsta or WPEngine & for Cloud hosting you should stick to Cloudways. (From my personal experiences)

Get an office:

It may sound off topic, but if you are a professional blogger like I am and you work from home, the time will come when you need to have an office of your own. You can certainly set up an office at home, but when you can afford an outside office space, it will serve you well to have one. A good office space helps you to be punctual and productive while adding a professional touch to your blogging career.

I have an office at home, and at times I would from co-working space. This could be a good solution if you don’t want to deal with headache of maintaining an office.

There are various pros and cons to working at home but here are guides to help you get through it.

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Can ccTLDs Target Other Countries Traffic

ccTLDs (country code top level domain) are becoming very famous due to unavailability of popular term in TLDs (Top level domains). For example, when you are looking for a domain name like somebrand.com and if it’s not available, people and companies are registering ccTLDs like somebrand.in, somebrand.ch and so on. This has becoming a practice among many new businesses, who are coming online at later stage, and couldn’t find TLDs related to their brand. There is nothing wrong with this approach, when getting online is just part of your online presence, and when not expecting any online traffic or sales.

For example, you start a company, and you need a couple of pages website, just to add into your business-card, taking this approach is not bad, but this is not the same when digital marketing, is part of your main sales funnel.

Top 10 most expensive top level domain name
Matt Cutts Answers on using ccTLDs:

Couple of months back, I covered an article on how to target country specific traffic. And, I explained when you are buying a country level domain extension, you are limiting yourself to search engine traffic from specific country search engine. For example, if you are using a domain name with .in, .co.in, domain extension, you are indicating Google search that, your website is targeted to India only. Your website may rank fairly well in google.co.in search engine, but will not be the same for Google.com or other country search engines.

This is same for any other country specific domain name. Here is a video from Google Webspam head, Matt Cutts: where he talked about how Google treats a domain using country specific domain extension. This video will give you a fair idea of using such domains, and understanding geo targeting with domains:

Subscribe on Youtube
Here is a list of top level domain extensions, and you can always geotarget them using Google Webmaster tool geotargeting feature:
.aero
.biz
.cat
.com
.coop
.edu
.gov
.info
.int
.jobs
.mil
.mobi
.museum
.name
.net
.org
.pro
.tel
.travel

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business.

We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business.

In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary.

6 ways to earn money from the Internet without investment
However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money.

A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible.

This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my blogging enterprise on a daily basis. Some of these investments continue to give me excellent returns (ROI) .

If you are a hard-working blogger looking to take your blog to the next level, here are a few ideas which will help you to realize that dream:

Spend money to make money:

Your blog’s design and theme:

I have always focused on the importance of obtaining the best design for a blog. There are many good WordPress premium theme clubs such as Elegant themes or Genesis which offer great yet inexpensive designs. The problem with these designs, however, is that they are used on hundreds of blogs. Choosing a “premium” theme does not mean that you have a unique design.

I have a license to almost all of the premium theme clubs, but I also know that the best design is a custom design. A customized theme allows you to give a unique identity to your blog. Regardless of how amazing your content is, a unique and well-designed blog is important. Without an impressive blog design, your content cannot be appreciated and thus becomes useless. Think of it like this: good music playing on very bad speakers.

You can certainly hire a WordPress theme designer to get a custom design. My recommendation would be to buy a license of the Genesis and hire someone to develop a custom skin for you. This would be costlier but it definitely worth your investment. If you not up for that big of investment, no problem. You can grab one of the hand-picked premium Genesis skins (Unique design for Genesis framework) that works pretty well with various niche blogs.

Your branding:

Spend money on Blog branding

The best thing about brands is the fact that they are easy to recall. When it comes to recommending a good blog design in terms of brand, SocialMedia Examiner is my go-to example. They have a unique logo, and an avatar that is clear and memorable.

You can hire a designer to create a logo and a custom avatar, a YouTube page background, a Facebook cover and a Twitter background to give a unique identity to your blog and your social media profiles.

You can always find cost-effective designers using freelancing websites, or if you have the budget you can hire a media branding company that is local to you.

This is one area that I am still working on – the pimping out of the ShoutMeLoud social media profiles.

How to build a strong brand image for your blog.
Search engine optimization:

This is one area in which your investment is crucial. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, you need to work on the SEO of your blog to improve the search engine visibility.

I have previously written about how WordPress is not SEO friendly, and I have offered a DIY guide to optimize your blog. But if you are not a technically-minded person, it may be a good idea to hire someone to optimize your blog for search engines. Surely your blog can rank higher with great content, but your blog’s SEO needs to be up to the mark in order for search engines to find that great content. If you are a solopreneur blogger, you need to spend time learning good SEO, and implement it on your blog.

You can also hire a freelance writer to guest post on your blog, creating targeted backlinks for you.

Bear in mind that SEO is a slow process, and you need to start now in order to see results in the future.

Hire quality writers:

When you go to freelancing websites, you can always find many reasonable writers who are willing to do research and write content for you. However, the best content comes from people who are experienced, particularly in your niche. It is worth investing a little more money to hire authors who can write content based on their own experience. I have done it quite a few times myself, and results are usually excellent. Problogger jobs portal is a good place to start your search for a good freelance writer.

Good webhosting to hold your traffic:

So far you have done everything you can to contribute to your blog’s growth, and now it’s time to work on sustaining the traffic.

A good, reliable web hosting company will ensure that your blog doesn’t go down in times of high/peak traffic.

When I started ShoutMeLoud, I started with Dreamhost and then moved to Hostgator > Linode > Knownhost > WPEngine > Cloudways & at this time we are hosted on Kinsta hosting (May 2016)

It may take time to find your perfect hosting company, but you should only use hosting companies that are reliable and will not let your blog down, especially at times of maximum exposure.

I recommend that you use Bluehost or Siteground for shared hosting, for managed WordPress hosting Kinsta or WPEngine & for Cloud hosting you should stick to Cloudways. (From my personal experiences)

Get an office:

It may sound off topic, but if you are a professional blogger like I am and you work from home, the time will come when you need to have an office of your own. You can certainly set up an office at home, but when you can afford an outside office space, it will serve you well to have one. A good office space helps you to be punctual and productive while adding a professional touch to your blogging career.

I have an office at home, and at times I would from co-working space. This could be a good solution if you don’t want to deal with headache of maintaining an office.

There are various pros and cons to working at home but here are guides to help you get through it.

11 Things Which Are common In Successful Blogs – My research

Can ccTLDs Target Other Countries Traffic

ccTLDs (country code top level domain) are becoming very famous due to unavailability of popular term in TLDs (Top level domains). For example, when you are looking for a domain name like somebrand.com and if it’s not available, people and companies are registering ccTLDs like somebrand.in, somebrand.ch and so on. This has becoming a practice among many new businesses, who are coming online at later stage, and couldn’t find TLDs related to their brand. There is nothing wrong with this approach, when getting online is just part of your online presence, and when not expecting any online traffic or sales.

For example, you start a company, and you need a couple of pages website, just to add into your business-card, taking this approach is not bad, but this is not the same when digital marketing, is part of your main sales funnel.

Top 10 most expensive top level domain name
Matt Cutts Answers on using ccTLDs:

Couple of months back, I covered an article on how to target country specific traffic. And, I explained when you are buying a country level domain extension, you are limiting yourself to search engine traffic from specific country search engine. For example, if you are using a domain name with .in, .co.in, domain extension, you are indicating Google search that, your website is targeted to India only. Your website may rank fairly well in google.co.in search engine, but will not be the same for Google.com or other country search engines.

This is same for any other country specific domain name. Here is a video from Google Webspam head, Matt Cutts: where he talked about how Google treats a domain using country specific domain extension. This video will give you a fair idea of using such domains, and understanding geo targeting with domains:

Subscribe on Youtube
Here is a list of top level domain extensions, and you can always geotarget them using Google Webmaster tool geotargeting feature:
.aero
.biz
.cat
.com
.coop
.edu
.gov
.info
.int
.jobs
.mil
.mobi
.museum
.name
.net
.org
.pro
.tel
.travel

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business.

We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business.

In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary.

6 ways to earn money from the Internet without investment
However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money.

A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible.

This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my blogging enterprise on a daily basis. Some of these investments continue to give me excellent returns (ROI) .

If you are a hard-working blogger looking to take your blog to the next level, here are a few ideas which will help you to realize that dream:

Spend money to make money:

Your blog’s design and theme:

I have always focused on the importance of obtaining the best design for a blog. There are many good WordPress premium theme clubs such as Elegant themes or Genesis which offer great yet inexpensive designs. The problem with these designs, however, is that they are used on hundreds of blogs. Choosing a “premium” theme does not mean that you have a unique design.

I have a license to almost all of the premium theme clubs, but I also know that the best design is a custom design. A customized theme allows you to give a unique identity to your blog. Regardless of how amazing your content is, a unique and well-designed blog is important. Without an impressive blog design, your content cannot be appreciated and thus becomes useless. Think of it like this: good music playing on very bad speakers.

You can certainly hire a WordPress theme designer to get a custom design. My recommendation would be to buy a license of the Genesis and hire someone to develop a custom skin for you. This would be costlier but it definitely worth your investment. If you not up for that big of investment, no problem. You can grab one of the hand-picked premium Genesis skins (Unique design for Genesis framework) that works pretty well with various niche blogs.

Your branding:

Spend money on Blog branding

The best thing about brands is the fact that they are easy to recall. When it comes to recommending a good blog design in terms of brand, SocialMedia Examiner is my go-to example. They have a unique logo, and an avatar that is clear and memorable.

You can hire a designer to create a logo and a custom avatar, a YouTube page background, a Facebook cover and a Twitter background to give a unique identity to your blog and your social media profiles.

You can always find cost-effective designers using freelancing websites, or if you have the budget you can hire a media branding company that is local to you.

This is one area that I am still working on – the pimping out of the ShoutMeLoud social media profiles.

How to build a strong brand image for your blog.
Search engine optimization:

This is one area in which your investment is crucial. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, you need to work on the SEO of your blog to improve the search engine visibility.

I have previously written about how WordPress is not SEO friendly, and I have offered a DIY guide to optimize your blog. But if you are not a technically-minded person, it may be a good idea to hire someone to optimize your blog for search engines. Surely your blog can rank higher with great content, but your blog’s SEO needs to be up to the mark in order for search engines to find that great content. If you are a solopreneur blogger, you need to spend time learning good SEO, and implement it on your blog.

You can also hire a freelance writer to guest post on your blog, creating targeted backlinks for you.

Bear in mind that SEO is a slow process, and you need to start now in order to see results in the future.

Hire quality writers:

When you go to freelancing websites, you can always find many reasonable writers who are willing to do research and write content for you. However, the best content comes from people who are experienced, particularly in your niche. It is worth investing a little more money to hire authors who can write content based on their own experience. I have done it quite a few times myself, and results are usually excellent. Problogger jobs portal is a good place to start your search for a good freelance writer.

Good webhosting to hold your traffic:

So far you have done everything you can to contribute to your blog’s growth, and now it’s time to work on sustaining the traffic.

A good, reliable web hosting company will ensure that your blog doesn’t go down in times of high/peak traffic.

When I started ShoutMeLoud, I started with Dreamhost and then moved to Hostgator > Linode > Knownhost > WPEngine > Cloudways & at this time we are hosted on Kinsta hosting (May 2016)

It may take time to find your perfect hosting company, but you should only use hosting companies that are reliable and will not let your blog down, especially at times of maximum exposure.

I recommend that you use Bluehost or Siteground for shared hosting, for managed WordPress hosting Kinsta or WPEngine & for Cloud hosting you should stick to Cloudways. (From my personal experiences)

Get an office:

It may sound off topic, but if you are a professional blogger like I am and you work from home, the time will come when you need to have an office of your own. You can certainly set up an office at home, but when you can afford an outside office space, it will serve you well to have one. A good office space helps you to be punctual and productive while adding a professional touch to your blogging career.

I have an office at home, and at times I would from co-working space. This could be a good solution if you don’t want to deal with headache of maintaining an office.

There are various pros and cons to working at home but here are guides to help you get through it.

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

You are Making Money from Blog but Stuck at same level?

I am a strong believer in the saying “Money makes money“. You need to spend money to make money. Whether we are talking about blogging or about any other business, when you spend money to enhance your business in any way, you are making an investment in that business.

We all agree that blogging can be a lucrative business. But if you are not doing anything to promote your blog’s growth, then you are not doing justification to your blog as a business.

In order to start a blog, only a few minor initial investments are necessary.

6 ways to earn money from the Internet without investment
However, if you wish to take your blog to the next level, you need to invest more time, more effort and indeed more money.

A couple of years ago when ShoutMeLoud was really starting to grow, I had money to invest toward the further growth of my blog, but I had no idea where to start. I had a handful of money, and I wanted to invest it in the most beneficial ways possible.

This was two years ago, and since that time I have invested money into my blogging enterprise on a daily basis. Some of these investments continue to give me excellent returns (ROI) .

If you are a hard-working blogger looking to take your blog to the next level, here are a few ideas which will help you to realize that dream:

Spend money to make money:

Your blog’s design and theme:

I have always focused on the importance of obtaining the best design for a blog. There are many good WordPress premium theme clubs such as Elegant themes or Genesis which offer great yet inexpensive designs. The problem with these designs, however, is that they are used on hundreds of blogs. Choosing a “premium” theme does not mean that you have a unique design.

I have a license to almost all of the premium theme clubs, but I also know that the best design is a custom design. A customized theme allows you to give a unique identity to your blog. Regardless of how amazing your content is, a unique and well-designed blog is important. Without an impressive blog design, your content cannot be appreciated and thus becomes useless. Think of it like this: good music playing on very bad speakers.

You can certainly hire a WordPress theme designer to get a custom design. My recommendation would be to buy a license of the Genesis and hire someone to develop a custom skin for you. This would be costlier but it definitely worth your investment. If you not up for that big of investment, no problem. You can grab one of the hand-picked premium Genesis skins (Unique design for Genesis framework) that works pretty well with various niche blogs.

Your branding:

Spend money on Blog branding

The best thing about brands is the fact that they are easy to recall. When it comes to recommending a good blog design in terms of brand, SocialMedia Examiner is my go-to example. They have a unique logo, and an avatar that is clear and memorable.

You can hire a designer to create a logo and a custom avatar, a YouTube page background, a Facebook cover and a Twitter background to give a unique identity to your blog and your social media profiles.

You can always find cost-effective designers using freelancing websites, or if you have the budget you can hire a media branding company that is local to you.

This is one area that I am still working on – the pimping out of the ShoutMeLoud social media profiles.

How to build a strong brand image for your blog.
Search engine optimization:

This is one area in which your investment is crucial. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, you need to work on the SEO of your blog to improve the search engine visibility.

I have previously written about how WordPress is not SEO friendly, and I have offered a DIY guide to optimize your blog. But if you are not a technically-minded person, it may be a good idea to hire someone to optimize your blog for search engines. Surely your blog can rank higher with great content, but your blog’s SEO needs to be up to the mark in order for search engines to find that great content. If you are a solopreneur blogger, you need to spend time learning good SEO, and implement it on your blog.

You can also hire a freelance writer to guest post on your blog, creating targeted backlinks for you.

Bear in mind that SEO is a slow process, and you need to start now in order to see results in the future.

Hire quality writers:

When you go to freelancing websites, you can always find many reasonable writers who are willing to do research and write content for you. However, the best content comes from people who are experienced, particularly in your niche. It is worth investing a little more money to hire authors who can write content based on their own experience. I have done it quite a few times myself, and results are usually excellent. Problogger jobs portal is a good place to start your search for a good freelance writer.

Good webhosting to hold your traffic:

So far you have done everything you can to contribute to your blog’s growth, and now it’s time to work on sustaining the traffic.

A good, reliable web hosting company will ensure that your blog doesn’t go down in times of high/peak traffic.

When I started ShoutMeLoud, I started with Dreamhost and then moved to Hostgator > Linode > Knownhost > WPEngine > Cloudways & at this time we are hosted on Kinsta hosting (May 2016)

It may take time to find your perfect hosting company, but you should only use hosting companies that are reliable and will not let your blog down, especially at times of maximum exposure.

I recommend that you use Bluehost or Siteground for shared hosting, for managed WordPress hosting Kinsta or WPEngine & for Cloud hosting you should stick to Cloudways. (From my personal experiences)

Get an office:

It may sound off topic, but if you are a professional blogger like I am and you work from home, the time will come when you need to have an office of your own. You can certainly set up an office at home, but when you can afford an outside office space, it will serve you well to have one. A good office space helps you to be punctual and productive while adding a professional touch to your blogging career.

I have an office at home, and at times I would from co-working space. This could be a good solution if you don’t want to deal with headache of maintaining an office.

There are various pros and cons to working at home but here are guides to help you get through it.

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

A Website, A Blog or a Web Startup – What Do You Want To Start?

Don’t get me wrong, there is a huge difference between websites/blogs and web startups. The point came to my mind, when I tried to build my career in building a startup, eespecially a web startup and ended up being a blogger, internet/affiliate marketer, and small-scale website developer.

I was following many startup blogs since 2005, when I was working at HSBC as System Administrator and ultimately inspired me to do an online business, and I am happy that I earn on average of Rs 1.5 lakhs INR per month (10 folds higher than the salary in a company). It’s not only my story, but the stories of massive wanna-be entrepreneurs in India. Luckily, few of them will reach at least the level, where I stand now.

Now let me differentiate the web startups from bloggers/internet marketers. Web Startups might consist of CEO, CTO, COO, Management, Sales, Marketing, Technical and Administration employees in their organizations. And the Internet marketer/Blogger is more like a one-man-army organization (Solopreneurs), where he himself does or outsources marketing, technical, sales and advertising jobs.

Both have the pros and cons but to earn real cash from the beginning, many choose to become a one man army and not trying to build an empire of web startup and a company.

The pros of websites over web startups:

You can start as a webmaster and you can become an entrepreneur by scaling up your websites.
You don’t have to obey the rules and regulations of a company and don’t worry about the tax, provident funds, legal formalities, registration and employee salary, when you start your business.
No need of initial funding as you can bootstrap your product and the costs will limit to good web hosting, web designing and content generation.
If everything doesn’t works as you expected, then dump it and move on with your new website or choose a new niche to work with.
You will find tons of articles related to blogging, affiliate marketing and make money online in the web, through which you can implement the right strategies and move in the right path.
No need to set up an offline office, factory, and wait for the break-even point of your company’s profit.
You can also sell/flip your blogs/websites for huge amount via website flipping sites and forums, thus you can have a lump sum to start a new project.
If you succeed to get the decent amount of reader-base/user-base, advertisers come for you; you don’t need to market yourselves!
You are not alone; you will have many blogger and affiliate marketer friends in Internet (Facebook/Twitter), who will help you in any time!
You will find many free tools (most of them are open source) to craft your ideas, the only thing to watch is how will you use it?
The pros of web startups over websites:

You will not be distracted by many niches as you and your startup is focusing on a single topic and a single core niche, which is actually a good to keep focus and working on it to become successful.
You will not have to give up your websites for legal disputes such as trademarks, name registrations, which you will consider when you begin your journey.
You will have a name and fame and it spreads faster than that of a website owner.
You can build an empire which can last longer or can be sold after 2-3 years.
Portals and blogs are not comparable to Web startups. Hence, you will have more reputation than the actual profit!
Moreover, the cons of being an entrepreneur in web startup are much more than that of a blogger and internet marketer eespecially in India. May be the Indian Ecosystems pushing down the entrepreneurs and startups and this article will let you know more about the funding ecosystem for startups in India.

Currently 25% of global websites and blogs are from India (I am not talking about scrap ones). Many blogs with large readership are owned and edited by Indian bloggers. You can check list of Indian bloggers here. Only few of them write for their passion and most of them write for money, real money!

Yes, many bloggers and creative website builders earn more than what a real entrepreneur earns from their web startups by using Google Adsense, Clickbank/Amazon affiliates, Link/banner adverts.

You can also learn how to start an online business by starting from US Small Business Administration website and if you are residing in India and you want to start an online business and become a part of the web startup then I suggest you to go through YourStory. And if you really don’t want to mess-up with funding, staffs, trademarks, taxes, office and you still want to earn online, then you should try searching “make money online blogs” in Google and voila! You will find tons of blogs, which will show you the path. But my suggestion is “Be careful when choosing the way, do not leave your current job until you learn every aspect of doing online business, you will regret it”.