Hi, I'm Peter.
First off, I really want to thank you for visiting my blog.
I wish I could tell you how easy it's been to get from where I was almost 4 years ago at the start of my entrepreneurial journey to where I am now, but that would be a lie.
There were countless twists, turns, hurdles, setbacks, and just about everything you can think of.
If you can think of anything that would almost certainly be the breaking point for wanting to quit and settle for a normal life, trust me, I've been through it.
I tried several times to start business ventures, but self-doubt, perfectionism, and a slew of internal battles made me stop cold in my tracks.
If you have a moment, I'd like to share my story with you in hopes you'll avoid the very forces of nature that almost made me give up on my dream of building this very site you're on now.
If at First You Don't Succeed, Try Again
Here's the quick rundown:
I spent the better of my last 4 years investing in a wide variety of online programs, tools, live events, masterminds with top online marketers, books...you name it.
Everything under the sun related to starting a business online from scratch.
As soon as I was done with one, I'd jump straight into the next, and even juggled a few books while doing so.
Over 5,000 hours in learning and $15,000 worth of training and tools later, one thing was still lacking. The most important thing.
I still didn't have an actual business.
I had acquired a few freelance writing and web design jobs during this time, but nothing with my brand on it, and certainly no passive income.
So much time and effort was being spent in planning the perfect website launch. I spent countless hours on branding, creating logos, web design, social media profiles, and legal aspects of my LLC.
Then, finally, one day I came across a really powerful statement.
"Never confuse motion with action." - Benjamin Franklin
It described my situation perfectly. Like a hamster on a wheel, I wasn't going anywhere.
I was spending too much time doing things that weren't helping me progress towards my goals, just to stay busy and feel like I was indeed taking the right steps.
It's not until you do the research, decide on the strategy, then take massive action accomplishing the daily tasks necessary to carry out the strategy do you really start to see the needle move.
Who doesn't love a good story of someone born into a family of limited means, grows up making countless mistakes, then finally undergoes the transformation that'll ultimately determine their legacy?
There are plenty of them out there, many still waiting to be told, but today, I'd like to briefly share my story with you. Hopefully, you'll get a better idea of who I really am.
I was born July 10, 1986 in Huntington Park, California (Los Angeles County).
As the third born child of five to my amazing parents Alejandro and Concepcion, being the middle child had it's pros and cons...mostly pros.
Both my parents immigrated to the USA in the 1970's, setting up shop in Los Angeles where they first met.
We lived in a modest, 2 bedroom home in a city called South Gate, not far from downtown Los Angeles.
It was a tight squeeze for a family of 7, but that didn't stop us from making the best of what little we had.
We lived there until we unfortunately lost our home in the housing bubble of 1997. We stuck around surrounding cities for 2 more years in a rental home.
Then, my parents had to make the tough decision of moving us away from the only life my siblings and I ever knew in Los Angeles, to a small farm town in Central California called Tulare.
What a shock this was! From big city life, to literally the agricultural capital of the world. There's even a world Ag Expo there every year.
I didn't know it then, but it turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened to me and my family. The cost of living was significantly lower and the schools were much better. This put me in a good position to eventually get into college right after high school.
The only issue was, I hadn't realized how much I didn't want to be in college until I was already attending.
The College Years and Everything in Between
I started college in August of 2004 at California State University, Fullerton. My major was Biochemistry.
Needless to say, the early college years were a confusing time for me. I went primarily because, well, that's what you're suppose to do after high school, aren't you?
Land a sweet, high paying job and be set for life. That's what my family expected. Seems most of society expects it, too.
Only problem is, I hated it there.
I didn't have a solid plan. I was just going through life without having a clear direction of what I wanted to do after college, and if I'd even be happy doing it the rest of my life.
Oh, and never mind the fact that only about 27% of college graduates end up working in the field matching their degrees.
I was much more interested in hanging out with friends, partying, exploring my newfound independence (or so, I thought), and overall just living a carefree life.
After the first year, I pretty much stopped trying to do well in any of my classes. My grades that year reflected it.
And well, we know how expensive college has become in America over the last two decades, so I was racking up debt like nobody's business.
Finally, after the winter semester ended in 2006, I called my parents and told them I didn't want to be there anymore and was going back home to figure out my next steps.
I took some time to think about my next move, which ironically, lead me right back to Los Angeles to take a full-time job working at a call center for Bank of America.
This was the first full-time, "career" type job I had. Before it, I had worked part-time for Verizon Wireless doing sales and customer service.
Both these jobs seemed great a first, and the pay wasn't too bad, not to mention the benefits. But boy did I come to find out, working in the banking sector just sucked the life out of me.
I was working for BofA when President Obama enacted the Credit CARD Act of 2009.
Let me tell you, it was the worst possible time to be working at a call center doing customer service for their consumer credit department.
I talked to at least 100 pissed off credit card customers every day, all day, for months.
This prompted the next action: going back to the drawing board.
I knew then, I needed to go back and finish college. It finally seemed like something I needed to do on my own terms.
So, I went back home and finished all my general education courses at a local community college, then transferred to San Jose State University in Silicon Valley in the fall of 2012.
I knew then I wanted to get into the booming biotech field, so going to SJSU was a no-brainer.
My focus was Immunology and truthfully, I enjoyed it a lot. I spent countless hours in an undergraduate research lab where I met my first real mentor, my research professor.
She was a very wise immunologist originally from Israel. She showed me the ropes and before I knew it, I graduated! Heck, I even landed my first job in biotech during my last year of college.
Oh, and did I mention I lived in an old van my last two semesters of college, just to be able to afford tuition? The bay area in California ain't cheap, but I was determined to finish, so I had to get creative. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I can't express to you how grateful I was for life after the spring of 2016 came to an end.
It became the catalyst for wanting to understand what really gives someone purpose and drive to make their lives genuinely better.
I knew then, even after starting a good paying job in biotech, that it wasn't what I was going to do the rest of my life. I was going to funnel some of the money and invest it in learning what really creates value in society, and how to really live the life most people dream of living.
Let's be real. We are not taught this through the education system. The education system teaches you how to get a job (and doesn't even do it well!), not how to understand the useful things in life that will truly set you free.
So, in 2016, my real journey into enlightenment began. I wasn't going to stop until I had figured out the truth.
How Blogapreneur was Born and Where I Am Now
The short explanation, Blogapreneur was the end result of the last 4 years of searching for what gives value to society.
As I mentioned before, I invested over 5,000 hours of learning time and $15,000 in the best sales, marketing, books, software, and entrepreneurial mindset masterminds I could possibly attend.
When I finally realized that creating passive income assets, such as a blog, was the way I needed to go, I focused only on learning about what makes a profitable blog successful.
If you've been scouring the interwebs for the answer, you may have already noticed the same things I've noticed.
A vast majority of blogging sites offer the same advice.
"Write about things you're passionate about."
"Focus on putting out tons of content."
"It always takes between 12-18 months for your site to start ranking, so just hang in there!"
The list goes on.
But, let me tell you what I noticed.
The most successful blogs out there aren't doing it this way.
"Most companies that aim to just make money rarely make any money. This is because money derives from value and value derives from helping people." - Sam Ovens, Consulting.com
If you want to be successful, not just with your online business, but first and foremost with your life, you have to focus on providing value. Money comes as a result of providing value. The more value you give, the more money you can make.
So, if you're going to focus on providing value to your readers, you have to solve their problems.
And if you're going to solve their problems, you need to know what those problems are by researching what the majority of your potential readers are currently and constantly asking in search engines and forums because these are their biggest pain points.
And if you want your readers to find the solutions to their pain points, you have to position your content such that they'll easily find them.
SEO has now joined the chat.
It's not about following your passion. It's about doing proper SEO research from day 1 to make sure there are enough people searching for answers that you're willing to provide. Otherwise, you don't have a business, you have an online diary. Sure, sometimes your passion or something of great personal interest lines up well, but this is not the focus.
It's not about putting out crap tons of content. It's about putting out quality, keyword focused, SEO optimized content that answers your reader's questions, thus, ranking higher in the search engines, and making it possible for your readers to find you so you can provide value.
It's not about waiting around for 12-18 months before finally seeing some money come into your online business. It's about having a clear monetization strategy from day 1. Otherwise, it's just a hobby. Nothing wrong with having hobbies.
To make this happen, you have to leverage guest posts on high domain authority (DA) websites to acquire strong backlinks to your blog and outsourcing most (if not all) of the blog content writing on your site.
Starting a successful online business is challenging enough already. Try doing it on top of a full-time job. You're asking for failure.
But, with this model, it's totally feasible, even while working a full-time job. Your time is best spent steering the ship to the buried treasure.
Focusing too much on content creation (blogging) will suck up all your time, and only focusing on the entrepreneurial aspect of your online business won't work either.
Having a balance between the two is the way you want to go.
Thus, blogger + entrepreneur = Blogapreneur.
You've got to stop trying to do everything yourself and start blogging like an entrepreneur.
Treat your blog like a startup business from day 1 because only then can you scale and be successful in 3-6 months, not 12-18.
Moving forward, the goal of Blogapreneur is to bring you the best content to answer your most searched questions in your journey to starting your own successful blog in any profitable niche.
Everything from shorter, more general content to get the creative juices flowing, to in-depth epic guides that'll really have you feeling like an expert after reading it.
My team of writers and I are going to go above and beyond to teach you our strategy, The Blogapreneur Method, for:
1.) Doing targeted SEO keyword research and determining a profitable niche.
2.) Launching and scaling your online business by acquiring backlinks from high authority websites, exploding your organic search traffic to your site and increasing your Google rankings.
3.) Monetizing your blog quickly.
So, come along for the ride, we've only just begun!
A Very Sincere Thank You!
If you made it this far, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you for the time you took out of your day to read this.
I value every relationship I make through this blog. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have by using the Contact Us page. I'll do my best to respond to each of you within 24 hours.
More than anything, I want to hear your story. Your challenges and your successes.
We need to band together as bloggers, encourage one another, and collaborate to win.
Thank you for reading.
I hope your life is filled with purpose, meaning, and many moments of happiness in your newfound freedom.