I have been unemployed for five years already. I don’t have job, and I was just here staying at home playing my computers. But the only difference of me from other unemployed Filipino is that I am earning money abroad.
I came from San Agustin – Surigao del Sur. So, if you’re a Kamayo from Oteiza, then you probably knew me. You just couldn’t figure out who particularly am I.
But I finished a degree at the Leyte Institute of Technology. I just don’t have the PRC license to practice that profession. Besides, I am too lazy for that, and I don’t like that profession.
Before, I wanted to become a priest… a Catholic Priest. But now, I simply want my life today as an unemployed Filipino yet earning abroad.
I mentioned that twice. And for the third time, I will mention it again… I am an unemployed Filipino yet earning abroad.
I am not an overseas Filipino worker but I am an OFW too. It was Brother Marhgil Macuha who coined that name to those who are earning money abroad but are staying at home in the Philippines, for we are the Online Filipino Workers.
Yes! We stayed here in the Philippines yet we are getting money from the companies abroad like, Google, CPALead, Kontera or Infolinks, TLA, ClickBank, YesAsia and others.
There’s no need to get a visa and then buy plane tickets because by staying at home is enough. OFW like me simply needs an internet connection, a computer and the passion in writing. The knowledge in computer programming, website designing, marketing and copywriting is a plus and a great advantage.
To make it more clearer, I am actually making money online by blogging in the Philippines particularly here in Maasin City – Southern Leyte.
Why I am telling you this?
I don’t write this blogpost just to boast who I am. I wrote this because I received few emails asking about me.
I already referred them to the about page of this blog which eventually tells them that I am Mr. Sustines Laplana. They just couldn’t believe that it’s me who is blogging here. I don’t know why? But I think it is because my English writing is better now compared to my writing before.
I am not saying that my writing is better than the writing of the other bloggers because the truth is, I am nowhere compared to them. Most of the Filipino bloggers are writers or journalist in profession. There are those who are not writers or journalist but at least they were studying the courses like Mass Communication, AB English, Bachelors in Education and other similar courses.
I am just nothing compared to them. I am simply a product of Technological school whose major subjects deals in numbers and computation.
But I am not saying that all Engineering students are not good in writing because I knew some who were good at it. Some of them were members of the School’s journalists.
I just want to mean that besides that I am focused in numbers and computations, I am also an idiot.
What? You’re an Idiot?
I remember when I was in my early days in blogging, Filipinos who visited my blog would tell me to close my blog because I was just humiliating the Filipinos by my writing. They just couldn’t take my writing. A lot were calling me idiot or dumb.
That happened actually in 2003. And eight years after that, I am still here blogging. But at least, even if my grammar is erroneous and I have a worst usage of words, no one calls me idiot again. So, I think, my writing is better now compared to my way of writing 8 years ago.
That’s actually the result of blogging. After all, my eagerness to learn to write better article even if no one here beside me teaching, made me enhanced my skills.
But blogging doesn’t simply help me enhance my writing skills. It also helps me become updated on what’s happening in the world. And most of all, it helps me find a livelihood.
Income from Blogging
How much are you earning from blogging?
Well, my income from blogging is not as good as the income of other bloggers I know like, Marhgil Macuha, Abe Olandres, Gumer Liston, Sammy Feliciano and many others, but at least I was able to support the needs of my family and pay my bills.
How did you start Blogging anyway?
Actually, it all started in 2003 when I came across the blog of an Iraqi who blog about the invasion of the United States in Iraq. This man simply wrote what he saw, observed and heard while Americans and their allies battled with the Iraqi forces. His blog was actually hosted by the blogger.com which at that time was owned by a certain Pyra Labs if I am right.
I was actually maintaining a personal website since 1999. My personal website was hosted by Geocities.com (which later owned by Yahoo.com). This website served as my online diary where I posted my journals.
While reading the blogpost of that Iraqi blogger, I thought of examining the host of his blog which I learned that it was blogger.com and that the set-up and the setting-up was just easy. Posting journals was really very easy compared to what I was doing in my personal website hosted by Geocities.com.
So, I immediately signed-up and account from blogger.com and set-up my first blog.
My first blog actually was among the blogs deleted by Google. My whole account actually was suspended by Google because one of my blog had been considered by Google as spam.
How you earn money from your blog?
Actually, I only learned that I could really monetize my blog only in 2004. I learned from a news that Google introduced Google Adsense wherein small publishers like me could use in monetizing a blog.
Soon as I heard about it, I immediately signed up an account. Signing up an account during that time was not really hard. And just few hours after signing up, I immediately received and email from Adsense Team, that I was already accepted into the program.
My first month Adsense income only cents. However, every month my income increased until I received my first check worth more than $100.
After receiving my first income from Google Adsense, I became more inspired in blogging. I blogged and blogged until I reached my goal to earn $100 in just three months. My next goal which was to earn $100 every month had been met again. Then time came that I hit my goal to earn $1,000 a month income.
But that was just the income from Adsense. Actually, there are many ways a blogger can earn money through his blog. You can earn by displaying ads of TLA, Kontera or Infolinks, Amazon, Adbrite, and other Ad networks. You can even earn money by selling Clickbank products in your blog.
So, Google Adsense is not just the source of income of a blogger. And a blogger should not just use Google Adsense but should try other ways of making money online. After all, one of the blogger’s goal is to earn more than what his currently earnings.
Are you not planning to have a stable job then retire after that?
Talking about retirement, I am actually a retiree.
You see, I don’t have job, I don’t even have a business establishment but I am receiving money. What do you call that money I received? Isn’t it right to call that my pension?
I can call it my pension because it regularly came even if in a month I did nothing but sit down in front of my computer and facebooking. Talking about facebook, I already have almost 3,000 friends. That number of facebook friends is the proof that I am really addict in facebook.
Anyway, I am actually planning to get a PRC license and to have a masteral and then join the faculty of a college. My plan is actually opposite to Gumer Liston’s experience, because according to him he was a college instructor who resigned from his job to focus his time in blogging, which is actually effective because he is now earning 150,000 pesos to 300,000 pesos in a month compared to his 12,000 to 15,000 pesos monthly income in teaching.
But in my case, I want to become a college instructor not because I am interested of the money I might earn, but I simply love teaching. After all, the blood of my parents who are both teachers is running in my veins.
And if my goal to earn $10,000 a month will be met, then I think, that will be the time that I will start my own school. I will start to open a pre-elementary grades until I will finally opened up both Elementary and Secondary levels.
So, what can you say to your readers?
I want to thank you for reading my blogposts. I know my articles are not that interesting. But I am glad you’re still here reading.
However, if you want to earn an extra income, you can try blogging.
You can start by opening an account at blogger.com. It’s the best place to start a blog because it is owned by Google and your blog through it can be monetized using the Google Adsense and other ads served by other networks.
After successfully creating a blog, continue writing articles and post them there. If you can manage to write one article everyday, then that’s better. In three months, you can now try to apply using your blog to Google Adsense program.
You also need to learn about SEO. This technique will help you find visitors for your blog because its your blog’s visitors who will actually help you earn money.
So much for that… I want to thank you for everything.
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