As this page is “about me”, I think being real & honest is the only choice. I've not created this page to brag about myself, read the story to know the motive.
It all began with “making money online”.
Like most Indian teenagers, I too had an ambition of making money online (as it seemed easy) when I was 16 (probably in 10th grade).
Quick Note: Although I wasn't forced or pressurized by my family, I belong to a typical Indian middle-class family (one of the biggest & earliest realizations I had) which motivated me day in & day out.
Following the advice provided in several videos & articles around the make money online topic, I started a YouTube channel.
I used to upload content around the topics that I knew that time & thankfully, after 4-6 months, my YouTube channel (not revealing at the moment) got approved by the Google AdSense program & I managed to make my first dollar online.
Kuldeep, what were the numbers?
It was straightaway $100 from Google AdSense & it's a joke.
It was just $9.
But this small amount reflected in my YouTube studio account felt good. I had deeply convinced myself that making money online is possible.
Thereafter, I continued my YouTube channel to complete $100 from Google AdSense (as others were making $1000's which you may have seen on youtube)
So, after a lot of trial & error, I managed to hit the golden numbers i.e $100. As Google only pays after completing the threshold of $100, I had to make it.
I achieved the goal of $100 not in a month, but in almost two quarters which was later credited to my brother's bank account (as I didn't have one at that time).
Below is an image of one of the payments by Google in 2019 (as the older account was closed).
After completing $100, I felt that from now onwards, I'll make the same amount easily.
But I was wrong. Some of the videos started getting demonetized & as YouTube was in my favor, I got 1 copyright strike also.
Feeling shattered, I started looking for more & better money-making options & then, I got to know about blogging (which I now do or at least try to)
Although I had earned some bucks from YouTube, I didn't have enough funds to start a WordPress blog (as it requires domain & hosting)
As all the money was spent on gadgets (yes, I love them) and that's why I dropped the idea of blogging.
I left YouTube & also the idea of blogging as SSC exams were near. You know how important it is in India.
I completed my SSC with good grades (84%, as it was the need of the time).
After that like most kids, I also took admission to a renowned college. For me, it was Jai Hind College as it was my father's desire or rather say order.
In Dec 2018, I joined the SPG cricket club in Dadar (as this was my childhood desire & was also selected in the college trials)
Just about 2 months later of joining the club, my parents were not happy with my decision of playing cricket being a science student.
I quickly realized that I'll have to manage my cricket life, be it paying club fees or getting new shoes. I felt the need for making money & never thought of a job.
I jumped back to my previous asset i.e YouTube intending to make money & thankfully, I managed to make $100 within a couple of months (bcoz one of my videos hit a million views).
I continued to make a decent income for about 3-4 months & was happy playing cricket in the day & working on the computer at night.
After joining the club, I rarely went to college bcoz I hated it. Instead, practicing for hours at the Shivaji park & working on my pc late at night gave me immense satisfaction.
Fast forward to 2019, somehow, my parents were no longer interested in taking my shit although I never asked for any fees.
The rule was pretty simple, want to play cricket? Then instead of YouTube and all, go & find a job related to computers & anything that I know about.
Sadly, I had to google for jobs & found one of the most prestigious jobs & i.e Data entry job in Andheri. I visited the office for the interview.
I was offered a package of Rs.30K/month as per my typing speed (just 40-50 WPM).
Before the so-called interview ended, I was asked to pay 6K upfront for getting the job which will be refunded after one month of service. (I understood the catch on the spot & asked for more information before I couldn't handle their shitty marketing)
But then too, I considered discussing it with my family. I was sure at my end that I won't be doing that job but still wanted someone from the family on my side.
Thankfully, my elder sister jumped into the ring at the right time & took my side.
She encouraged me to do what I wanted to do instead of falling for these scams. She also convinced my parents to not put me into the job life.
After that, she talked to me & advised investing in my own YouTube channel or cricket or something else. My dropped idea of blogging sparked in me.
At that time, I remember I had an exact Rs.6.5K in my brother's account.
So, on 3rd July 2019, I bought a couple of domains & 2 years of hosting from Hostinger (one of the most beginner-friendly hosting) worth Rs.5,909 in July 2019.
I didn't go to my college for over 4-5 months until the final exam was announced. I did give my exams (11th std) but I knew I will fail & that's what happened.
Even though I flunked, I knew skills are more important than a degree & that's why I didn't bother to give re-exams.
Working with WordPress has given me so much confidence that I can do well in life (as one can offer any kind of WordPress services & make a living). I've also done freelancing & completed a couple of projects.
I think Investing in building a website is one of the best decisions I've made in my life.
Since then, I've been running niche sites & making a decent income online from the comfort of my home.
That's the reason I say the day I logged into WordPress was the day I logged out of college.
I don't hold any degree next to my name.
Last year in July 2021, I turned 20 & feels good to say that I'm self-employed.
Although I still belong to a middle-class family, all of my online projects are self-funded. Be it paying my monthly Cloudways hosting bills or WordPress tools or anything else. (Here's the list of tools I use & recommend)
I can manage all of these with ease.
I admit that some of my projects failed & some rocked. A few of my niche sites still exist & help me make a decent income.
Decent Income, but Kuldeep, how much?
Well, it's just enough for me to stay home, fund all of my projects & contribute a little to my family. What's more important for me is that I don't get any scoldings from my parents for a job or re-exams.
And now coming to the reason for starting this blog is bcoz of Nishant Kasibhatla. Watch the video below & you may start something new…
My primary goal is to “learn more about WordPress & Elementor” by doing what the genius Nishant advised i.e sharing.
With this blog, my aim is to contribute & help people (working with WordPress) as much as I can because when I started my first WordPress blog back in 2020, I knew nothing & only with the help of articles & YouTube videos, I managed to get things done myself without hiring any freelancer.
I do aspire to make money from this blog by helping those I can. I want to be a good blogger & a content creator.
Although I'm not good at writing, I write about WordPress, Elementor & a few other topics (that interest me) because of this quote:
That's my honest story known by a very few people including you.
I am just an ordinary guy from Mumbai, figuring his way of life while blogging. I have got a lot more to do & let's see how far can I go.
If you've made it this far, a genuine thank you for reading out my story.
They are the only reason I've survived without a degree.