Most Blogs nowadays suck. They are filled with rehashed content from losers that try to act like they live in mansions and have a harem of women. Here is how you can make money and build your legacy.

Making Money Online Is Simple

I remember when I first started looking at Blogging as a business platform. I believed that all I had to do was put affiliate links in a post and then BAM money would come pouring into my bank account.

Seriously I really thought that at first. I made nothing from those 200-word posts that were plastered with affiliate links.

After about 2 months of trying this method, I decided that I would try another method. I began researching the topic of Blogging.

All in all, I wasted hours of time.

I already knew what I needed to do to make money online, but I didn’t think it was that simple. Plus I wanted it then and there.

I bought into the passive income mindset with little work. I blame Tim Ferriss for leading people into believing it only takes 4-hours of work a week.

Then again he does have a lot of great information. People are just too lazy and think that’s all of the effort that is required in the beginning.

Yes, maybe after you are established and have products that are selling well you can take it easy.

But if you are just starting out you better be putting 40 hours a week into your site.

If you fall into the trap of believing the hype the many gurus want you to then you will always be broke.

You will never make any real money. People will laugh at you if they can even find your site.

You see it really is simple to make money online and have a successful Blog.

If I don’t try I still can have 100+ visitors a day. While that is still low I can guarantee it is more than most of the guys out here.

I wrote an article months ago that was only maybe 500 words max and I’ve made over $100 off of it with little promotion. 

Here is exactly how I made over $100 writing up a simple article:

  1. I bought some Kratom from Happy Hippo Herbals
  2. I tried it and absolutely loved it
  3. I wrote a quick article about how it helped me
  4. Promoted it on Twitter and in other articles
  5. Money trickles into my bank account to this day

It really is that simple. I wrote how it helped me and then you decided to try it out.

As you can see this game is very easy. You don’t have to do SEO Wizardry or buy traffic. 

All that is required is to be a real person. Write about what you love. Have an end in mind. Then after you have been consistent the money comes in.

How I Failed But Then Learned And Grew

I failed and almost quit. I grew tired of writing content and not getting much of a response. 

For a small amount of time, I felt as if I was just wasting my time.

I allowed myself to buy into the Magic Pill Mindset.

I thought that me simply writing articles, commenting on other blogs, and being like everyone else was enough.

Yeah right!

I finally woke up and smelled the coffee. It made me laugh at what I had been doing. I decided to take what I was doing more seriously. 

All of my articles were just about things that had helped me or that I thought could help you.

Now I go out into the world and experience what this world offers and then write about it.

I grew tired of being like everyone else. I felt as if I was not being myself.

I ripped my mask off for all of you to see. I stepped out into the light and revealed not only my picture but my full name.

Since going all in I wake up in the morning with an energy that is hard to contain. I feel as if I can conquer the whole world.

I am smart though. I am putting myself more and more into everything that I do, while also being very calculated. I am not going to just send my entire army in. 

Instead, will break my army up and be very strategic. The content that I write will come out as it needs to with an end in mind.

 The Winning Formula Seems to Be:

  • Go all in
  • Be yourself
  • Be smart and calculated
  • Have an Abundance Mindset
  • Live a life worth telling about

It took me almost an entire year to fully grasp all of the above bullet points.

It is funny because I knew it all along but I didn’t want to accept the simplicity. 

Find Your Own Lane

If you are like me you probably found Victor, Mike, or Chris and then your eyes were opened to an entirely different world. That is okay.

Sadly most people find one of them and feel like they must copy them. That is where people mess up.

Instead of using your own creativity to create awesome content, you end up basically plagiarizing their articles.

I will not lie that when I first got in the game I tried to use the same tone and style as Victor. 

Guess what?

Nobody cared about my Blog and I actually got ridiculed. I received an email from someone who is actually someone I consider a friend now that basically called me a loser and liar. 

If it weren’t for those words of wisdom from my now friend there is no telling where Calm and Collected would be. He gave me a kick in the mouth and brought me back to reality. 

It was then that I started writing authentic articles. This is a must if you want to have a chance in the Blogging world.

If you show even a hint of fakeness you will quickly be devoured by the legions of people who populate the internet.

If you try to come out into this Chaotic world and make a name for yourself you must be real. You must live what you write. You must be smart.

Something that has been instrumental in my success is finding my own lane. 

It doesn’t matter if you love writing about making post-cards. If you are interesting and can create great content about it people will come to hear what you have to say.

If you add in some affiliate links or add your own product then guess what, you will start to see money trickle in.

Just be yourself and show that you are someone who knows what they are talking about. Simple.

Get Out There And Be Great And Make Some Money

There you have it. You now know how simple it is to make a great blog and make money online.

If you put in enough effort with an end in mind you will succeed.

It doesn’t matter if you are running a blog, building your body, or trying to go up the Corporate ladder you must be consistent. 

Consistency + Taking Action are the only things you actually need to be successful. Outside of that there are few things that have given me any amount of success in anything.

On another note make sure to email me any questions that you have as I will answer them on the next Podcast.

Until Next Time.

Your friend,

Dylan Madden

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About Dylan Madden

My name is Dylan Madden. I've written over 300+ articles for those who want more out of life and are interested in traveling the world. I am from US city where most people work the same old job for their entire life. Now after traveling to 18 countries. I've set up a home in Dubai where I spend my days helping freelancers build successful businesses within The Real World and on the blog Calm and Collected. Within this website you will find the motivation and action steps to make your life better.

22 comments add your comment

  1. Hello Dylan,

    I fail to understand what would make someone think your site is a Bold&Determined clone, or a copycat site at all.

    Your content feels original. At least I can’t think of anything that would seem ripped off or worse yet, spinned.

    Besides, is it really even possible these days to create something absolutely new and unique? It’s not necessarily easy.

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Wow I’m impressed at your friend’s honesty and by the fact that you took their advice on board and made the necessary changes. That’s a sign of a true friendship if you can take criticism from someone else, adjust and move on and up.

    Sounds like you have the mindset to continuously improve and become more which is great. Keep pushing.

  3. Thanks for commenting for the first time. You obviously lack the intelligence to see that I am not like B&D. Your opinion means nothing to me as you have nothing to show but your empty words.

    • You’re right, you aren’t like B&D. More like a rehashed B&D, D&P and GLL mixed together. Heck some of your post titles are even identical to stuff of those guys. I just found it amusing that somebody hates copycats but is one himself LOL.

  4. I was going to write a rant about this due to a reddit post I saw earlier, but you pretty much hit the nail on the head with this.

    One thing I am getting my friends to do is to hold me accountable for my plans. If they ridicule me, then there’s no space for them. Granted if there’s no progress after 6 months, then that’s my fault.

  5. Great post Dylan!

    I can already feel that you are making your own strides as I read your post. Keep writing about what you know and you will wake up one day and find yourself where you always wanted to be!

    Again great post Dylan!


  6. Very true Dylan. I too based a lot of my work off of Victors writing style among others. Looking back at some of my past articles is frankly embarrassing(and I usually find my way to the delete button when I feel this way).

    Always remember that blogging is just a medium like any other, and your work only counts if it’s good. The most important thing is being the best at what YOU do. If you’re not successful yourself, you’ll have to be pretty clever to “fake it till you make it”(and I’m not saying I’ve never seen this done). I think the big question is “why should people care.” Nobody will care if you have nothing to offer, and you won’t unless you get some living done. Art reflects life as they say. No book or course can teach you what a bit of real life experience can.

    Here’s a question: what are you doing in your life outside of WOTO that will lead you to having more to offer?

  7. Good Blogging is hard work! As long as someone doesn’t develop the right mindset – and completely commits to what he is doing success will not come. Write what you like but make sure it is somehting people wanna read – and give value, no mere blabla.

  8. I think the best way to run a successful blog that actually helps people is to not care about the money… just write, write, write… don’t post any affiliate links or whatever at first. If you are doing it for the love of writing and helping others out, then you will continue on writing. If you are in it for the money, unless you are some marketing whiz, you are not going to see any money out of it for a long time, which will make you give up.

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