I am glad you have managed time to read a post of mine. This is the first article that I am writing for KhalidFarhan.com. So I thought, what better way would it be to start the site than talking about my journey so far as an Internet marketer?
Let’s get started.
I am someone from Bangladesh. I will turn 25 on January 27th, 2018. I am not a young guy anymore and I think I deserve to have a blog under my own domain name now. Why? Let me take you through a history lane.
I was born in a lower middle class family back in 1993. My mom was a journalist and my dad used to be a ‘businessman’. The family broke when I was at around class 6/7 (I forgot). Childhood wasn’t that exciting for me. My mom got divorced and me and her started living this tough life. It was difficult.
I remember, my grandfather (from my mom’s side) used to live in a village. We were living in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We couldn’t afford great food. We were not starving but whenever my grandfather and grandmother used to come visit us, they would bring a lot of food for me and my mom. It was really tough but we managed it well. My mom worked really hard to help my education.
I was not a great student back in school but I wasn’t bad either. My mom worked as a news editor for a newspaper and situation was getting better day by day. I was living my regular life. She never really let me understand what we were going through. As you know, we understand everything but we pretend not do. I was doing the same.
When I was in my 11th standard, things were pretty decent monetarily in our family. We were not rich but we were having a decent middle-class life. I started as a freelancer at around that time. I think it was 2011 when I first registered on Upwork.com. They called it Odesk back in the days. I registered as a writer and my first job that I got there was as a content writer where I had to write 500 words for $1.
I was happy. I was grinding and getting around $100/Month. Life was good. That was a decent amount of money for a kid like me who didn’t really spend much. This continued for a few years. I remember I had a girlfriend at that time. It was tough for me to get phone bills to talk to her. Freelancing definitely helped. She was also very helpful in my journey as a freelancer. Again, I was happy.
Days went by. I started my undergrad in a good business school. Marketing has become my passion by then and I didn’t hesitate to change my line of studies from science to business. This is the same time when I started a company called ‘Pet Accessories’. You wouldn’t find it Googling. It was not really a company but a F-Commerce with a FB page, products sourced from Ali-express using the USD I was earning as a freelancer and ‘fb boosts’. FB was super underpriced (As Gary Veynerchuck says) which definitely helped. I built that business for the first two years of my undergrad studies & then I sold it for around $3000 to someone.
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Why did I sell it? I was getting bored. The business was making decent money but I wasn’t enjoying the process anymore. Also, I hated product sourcing and dealing with deliveries and everything else. It was an escape for me.
I moved on and started building affiliate websites. Mostly targeting Amazon’s associate program. I failed miserably initially but then it worked out. I started having little success and I also loved the attention (and the money). I later on built Passivejournal which is why most of you know me now. That’s the time when I started actively talking about my journey as an affiliate and what I do.
I sold a few sites and started getting invites to podcasts. Here’s one that I did with Spencer. These were my initial breakouts so I was so damn happy about all these. Passive Journal is still a big part of my life. I still oversee all the operations and we have a few services for niche site owners (content & seo kinda stuff) that I am really proud of. Also, we are planning to do something for that Bangladeshi community where I came from with Passive Journal (A massive course kind of a thing) which we will launch in mid 2018.
Anyway, so that’s me. Now I am living in Dublin, Ireland. I am doing my MSc here in Digital Marketing Strategy in a college called Trinity College Dublin. If you are ever here, do send me an email. I will give you a free Book of Kells tour. I am a Trinity student so it is free for me. Otherwise, you would have to pay 13 euros. Everything is crazy expensive here in Dublin haha.
I am an immigrant so I always calculate even today. If I go get a burger for 5 euros, my subconscious mind calculates what I could do with 500 BDT (Bangladeshi currency equivalent of 5 euros) if I lived in Bangladesh. I remember those tough days that I had and I try to stay grounded all the time.
Life is good. I am happy.
Thank you everyone who had contributions in this journey. Even if I don’t know you, trust me, I pray for your success too.