Bloggers Who Earned Success The Hard Way

Blogging is always termed as a cool job, less work more money. But once you get started with it, you know there are a lot of barriers in simply publishing a lot of content and making a lot of money. With around 95% of blogs fail to achieve any kind of popularity, it's a Herculean task to become the best blogger of your niche. With everyone trying to find shortcuts to success, there are people who proved that hard work has no substitute.
“Sometimes there's not a better way. Sometimes there's only the hard way.” - Mary E. Pearson
Let's get started with the blogging legends who become the inspirations because they never gave up their commitment and hard work.

Rand Fishkin

This University of Washington dropout has a great success story. Rand Fishkin started as Web expert for advertising firm of his mother. With time he learned a lot of search engines and how you could create websites that rank well in search engines. Then he started blogging on Search Engine Optimization techniques. Then consulting which gave way to developing


But when Rand Fishkin started SEOmoz in 2004, he was around half million $ in debt. He says that the SEOmoz team had to leave the office they were renting because they didn't make enough money to pay the next months bill.
They kept failing from 2008 to 2012, but they never gave up. Rand Fishkin says that he only kept blogging and blogging, participated in communities and created some viral content guides for the first five years of SEOmoz.

Rand Fishkin

With time his hard work began to bear fruits. SEOmoz made it to the list of Inc 500 list for US Fastest Growing Companies and Top 100 software companies. Rand Fishkin was named Business Week's 30 Best Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30.
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” - Beverly Sills

Amit Agarwal

Studied Computer Science from IIT and went on to work for companies like Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. But in 2004 Amit Agarwal quit his high paying jobs and started blogging. He writes on his blog Digital Inspiration that has been featured on Tv channels like BBc, CNN and CNBC. He has also been on the cover page of The Week Magazine.

Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal writes articles on common internet topics including blogging, softwares, gadgets and web apps. He also publishes tips to enhance productivity with web apps.
His blog is now among the top 100 technology blogs on internet and he has been quoted in several top publications like The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Guardian. The Economic Times calls him ''an out of the box thinker''. But this is just one side of his success story.

Labnol In 2004

Amit Agarwal started blogging at labnol around 2004 and kept writing new articles about everything that would be useful for his visitors. He learnt new things with his blogging experience and kept writing better articles everyday. With time his blog got matured and started to get featured in many publications like BBC and Forbes. The most amazing thing about him is that he has written over 7 thousand articles for his blog and he is never out of idea for something new. There are very few people who could write that many articles by themselves. He just kept creating new content and never looked back.
“It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.” - Babe Ruth

Gary Arndt

In March 2007 Gary Arndt sold his house to travel around the globe continuously. When he went for his first trip he created a small website for his office colleagues to keep track of his trip. He posted pictures and his travel experiences on his site but hardly anyone outside his friend circle visited his site.

Gary Arndt

But then he decided to take the website more seriously and started sharing lots of content. He started posting everyday at least one image without a break. He kept doing it for five years. He has visited all the 7 continents in first 6 months of the year 2012.
He has floated in the Dead Sea.
In Yukon he crossed the arctic circle.
About 150,000 miles of flying in 2010.

Gary Arndt Fun In Indonesia

Been kicked out of the Kiribati.
Taken around 12,000 pics on his trip to Antarctica.
Visited ongoing war area in Cambodia.

Everything Everywhere

After posting for several years his blog is doing really nice. He has more than 121k followers on twiter. Now, he make all his travel expenses from the money he earns from his blog. In 2010 his blog was named in Time Magazine's Top 25 Blogs in the World in 2010.
When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. - George Bernard Shaw

Michael Arrington

Being described as the most powerful person on the internet by Forbes. Michael Arrington runs the most popular tech site, TechCruch, which covers internet startups and news.

Michael Arrington

He was obsessed with silicon valley startups so he started TechCrunch in his backyard as a hobby and started updating the site with 25-30 posts every single day. He updated every small details of everything that's happening in the silicon valley on his blog. He never missed any seminars and made his obsession his passion.

Michael Arrington In TechCrunch Office

Michael Arrington works morning until night to break new big stories at TechCrunch through working with his contacts. Tech Crunch breaks more big stories than all others in tech combined. That's not something that is handed over to  Arrington but he says he judges himself based on that. Although the site has 25 employees but Arrington still spends most of the time writing and contacting. He is said to have gained 50 pounds in five years since starting TechCrunch. This Michael Arrington has been selected as one of the most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine in 2008.
"All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you do."  - Someone
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  1. What a great post! Enjoyed a lot.

  2. What a nice inspirational post. Yes you are right becoming a good blogger is surely a herculean task but possible though. Good luck