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My Journey from A Poor, Fatherless Kid to A Successful Blogger

4/20/2016 UpdateRe-reading this article after five years of writing it, some parts of it sound ridiculous and downright unbelievable. However, everything I wrote below was exactly how I felt at the time the events happened, and everything below is still true. I find it difficult to believe that some of the events described happened, but they did. I edited the article to make it more practical to the average person, but I didn’t modify events that were certainly true – even if they sound ridiculous.

Bamidele Onibalusi

Life – they say – is not a bed of roses. Some are born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Others don’t have immediate access to the spoon, but can afford what they need. For others still, life is so very difficult, we wonder if it won’t overcome us.

A lot of things are easy to say. You can talk about your future and what you want to achieve in life – if you’re comfortable and can eat what and when you want.  But what can you say when you’re a fatherless boy under the care of a mother of six who’s struggling to keep her children surviving? What can you say (or do) about the future when you’re not even certain of the present?

From people around me, I often hear a saying that frustrates me. It goes like this: “If it wasn’t for the poor state of Nigeria, and our corrupt political leaders, it would’ve been easier for me to succeed.” How many of us truly believe this saying? How many of us believe our failure and stagnancy is a result of poor government and the economic state of our country? If you’re one of those people, I can assure you that you’re on a sure-fire road to failure.

You may never succeed until you realize that your life is in your hands. Your success can never be determined by your present situation. I have realized that it is easier to achieve success when you’re uncomfortable than when you’re comfortable. This is because comfort makes it difficult for you to progress. It makes you think of pleasure alone, and it makes you forget about work.

How it All Started

I lost my father at the tender age of seven. Because my father was wealthy, it wasn’t until his death that I started seeing the other side of life. All of my father’s friends and family members who constantly visited and socialized with us when he was alive departed my family when he was gone. Some relatives even went as far as to take his properties after his death.

Life then became difficult, and feeding her six children from the meager salary she earned became difficult for my mother. We began selling off the things we had left just so we could eat. Eventually, we became people everyone looked down on.

I’m happy I can tell you about this only because my story has turned around and changed for the better. That poor ‘me’, who barely had enough to eat, would never have thought of moving near a computer let alone telling a story of how he rose from poverty to success.

The Mind Started Its Work

The mind is very powerful. I’ve had some spiritual gifts from a very young age. Although I don’t know how these gifts came to be, or how they work, they have helped me tremendously through the years. For example, I have a strong intuition. I often can sense the future, and I also occasionally prophesy.

Highly popular author, Napoleon Hill wrote in his book, The Secret that scientists have discovered that every single thought of man affects the universe in a microscopic way. I believe telling you what I can do with my mind will give you some insight into how powerful your mind can be too.

My journey to success started when I first heard about the concept of making money online. Even though I barely knew what blogging was then, that message I heard changed my life forever. Someone came to our church to tell us about a seminar. The seminar was going to be about making money online from Forex marketing, and the person went on to say that it was possible to make thousands of dollars in minutes – just from Forex marketing.

Immediately after I heard this, the “giant mind” in me arose, and even though I never attended that Forex seminar or any other ‘Make Money Online’ seminars (I have never attended a seminar in my life – and I’ve repeatedly turned down invitations to lecture in one), I was able to achieve my dream of making money online.

Tenacity Played Its Role

Tenacity, also known as persistent determination, played a very important role, as far as my journey to blogging success is concerned. I heard that it was possible to make money just by sitting in front of a computer. I knew this was possible, even though I didn’t know how, and I was ready to give it all it takes to make sure I got results.

Since my first obstacle — which was believing that making money online is possible — had been overcome, I had to face another obstacle – getting my first computer. Since it was very difficult for my mother to even feed us, I knew I had to do something else. I had to do something unusual.

The next thing I did goes further to prove how powerful your mind and faith can be. I prophesied, based on an inspiration I received. I told my mother that she would be receiving a particular amount of money very soon (I didn’t know how it would’ve happened, but I just said what I was moved to). I told her that when she received that money, getting me a computer should be a priority. Lo and behold! She received the “exact” amount – and I got my first computer.

After getting my first computer, I started spending hours every day trying to learn how to make money online. After hours of research, I learnt about the concept of making money online by selling informational products. I spent 20 hours creating my first website, selling an information product created by another person. I was in front of my computer for a little over 20 hours without leaving my seat (I remember clearly – it was from 8 AM one day to 6 AM the next). I was really determined to build a successful online business, and nobody could stop me — not even my mother. Even though I couldn’t get that website to work and I didn’t make a sale after getting thousands of visitors to it, every single step I took from that first day had a huge impact on my success. I now have a rule of either start or don’t, because I never quit when I start, no matter what it takes.

I Learned to Change My Path

Being wise, sensitive and calculative is a very important part of life, yet many people miss it. Like many of you, I had fallen for many online scams (okay, not many, because I followed this principle). I had been cheated by online surveys, paid-to-click, paid-to-read, and other huge online sites many newbies are attracted to nowadays. However, one trait that ensured my online success was that of being receptive to change. After failing with my first website, I went the route of online surveys, PTR and PTC site. After failing at those, I focused my efforts on blogging.

It doesn’t matter what you know or what you heard from so-called experts. Always observe when something is not right. If you’ve worked on something for months, spending hundreds of hours on it without getting any significant result, and without the prospect of a better future, you should know it’s time to quit and focus on something new. The fact that blogging is working for me doesn’t mean you should be a blogger. Try a strategy and focus all your efforts on it. If it doesn’t work, you should be ready to change it, no matter what others say.

I Channeled All My Efforts on One Thing ONLY

I always know when something works and when it doesn’t because I always give it my all. I spent 20 hours online my first day building my first website, and I spent an average of 12 hours online every single day after that. After months of working hard with no results, I knew something wasn’t right, and I knew I had to change my approach. I moved to online surveys. The same thing happened, which led me to believe that something was wrong, not only with my approach but with what I was doing.

Then I started doing a lot of reading. I researched as much as I could and discovered blogging and how powerful it could be. What differentiated me from many newbies trying to make money online was that the moment I discovered strategies that weren’t working, I dropped them. I spent several hours online every day on the ones that worked (I still spend more than 10 hours per day online to date).

My point here is that succeeding online isn’t about being a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none. It’s about being the best at whatever you do. There are far more people than you can compete with specializing on a particular strategy without getting results. How much harder will it be for you, trying to work on several strategies at the same time.

I Was Ready to Learn

You’ve heard about the dead. And you’ve heard about the living dead. But the truth is, it’s hard to recognize the latter when you see them. The day you stop learning is the day you start dying.

A lot of people know and respect me because they see my name everywhere. Some people even call me the “King of guest blogging” (even though I’m not, and I don’t like being called this – you can  read my guide on the subject).

The truth is, I didn’t invent guest blogging. I learnt about it by reading other people’s blogs. I was a forum spammer before I knew what guest blogging was. When I discovered that forum spamming was bad, and guest blogging resulted in traffic and results for many other people, I started working hard on getting my guest posts published on major blogs I came across.

My point is this: I didn’t learn about guest blogging by believing I already knew it all, but by reading other people’s blogs. You have already failed when you stop learning, and learning always means you’re ready to change. In most cases, this mean you have a plan – even though your plan is subject to change as you learn something new.
Guest blogging might be the reigning traffic generation strategy today but it won’t be tomorrow. And you will never learn about the latest tactic without reading.

I Focused on Genuinely Helping People

I sometimes find it difficult to believe that I wrote over 300 free guest posts for other blogs, and over 100 posts on my own blog within 8 months; all this without making any significant income. I didn’t quit, though!

A lot of people still argue about the concept of writing guest posts for other blogs, or helping their readers for free. They believe there’s no point in giving away something for free when you can as well be paid for it.

Zig Ziglar said, “You can get anything you want in life by helping others get what they want.” This is so true, and you probably won’t achieve success if you don’t start following this principle. I’ve been told several times to launch one of my free e-Books as a paid e-Book because people would pay for it. I’ve never done so because I have a superior motivation for blogging. This is to help people, and I’ve never once thought about the consequences of not making money from my blog, or about how much effort I invested in my blog for the first 8 months – without any results (or so it seemed).

People need to see that you’re the right person to help them, that you’re the only one who has what they need. The only way they can see this is by you being transparent with them. I never realized the importance of transparency until after it made a major impact on my blogging career. My most popular and successful posts on this blog are those that are more personal, revealing and transparent.

The post that brought me my major client (with whom I now make an average of $4,000 online monthly – or more, depending on how hard I work) was the post on how I wrote over 280 guest posts in 8 months. The most popular posts for this year, are my income and traffic reports. The reason for this is that auto mechanics can’t take instructions of how to do their jobs from a medical doctor. You have to prove to people that you know what you’re talking about before they will listen to you.

In a nutshell, helping people isn’t enough. You have to prove that you’re indeed the right person to do the job.

I am Different

Yes, I am special. However, the good news is that I wasn’t born that way. I developed it, which means we all have an equal opportunity for success. In fact, I bet you have even more opportunity to succeed than I do, because your parents aren’t struggling to feed you. The only person stopping you from success is YOU!

Your background doesn’t matter. Your country doesn’t matter (even though Nigeria makes it very difficult for citizens to succeed online). I strongly believe you will never succeed until you say and live by the saying, “My country will never be an excuse for my failure. My background will never be an excuse for my failure.”

You should also know that everything starts from the mind. The best way to nurture your great dreams is to keep yourself updated, and surround yourself with positive people.

Spread The Word!

I could as well keep all the information in this post to myself. After all, I’m already getting results and making money online, but I believe there is no point in keeping it secret when it can have a major impact on the lives of hundreds (or thousands) of other people. Why not spread the word about this post on your favorite social bookmarking and networking sites by using the buttons below.

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176 Comments on "My Journey from A Poor, Fatherless Kid to A Successful Blogger"

  1. Murugappan Meiyappan says:

    That’s really a touching post, Onibulasi. And inspiring too. And yes, if you aren’t ready to learn you’re worth nothing at least when blogging is considered.
    Worth the read, sharing it! 🙂

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Murugappan,

      You’re right. Learning is a very important aspect of blogging every one of us should be open to.

      I’m glad I could help 🙂

  2. Bojan says:

    Congratulations Oni! That’s the way to go, you are a shining example of how it only takes determination to succeed! It doesn’t even require you to have the preconditions, since you had none!

    Whenever someone says they can’t make it, I will refer them to your blog!

    No excuses, your mind can bend the will of any person out there.

    You will be inspiration to many, not only for blogging, but for other life achievements as well!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Bojan,

      Thanks so much for your nice words, I really appreciate it and it is words like these that keeps me moving.

      You’re so right about having a great mindset because with the right mindset there is nothing you can’t do (that is why God has to confuse the people trying to build the tower of Babel, because they had the same mindset and are ready to finish what they started).

  3. This is a touching post Dele, but I see it all started with having a good mindset and i’m glad you made it to this point. Now, don’t relent do more of what you know how to do best.
    Goodluck

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly Sam,

      Your mindset is the most important component when it comes to succeeding in life – you will surely succeed once you could utilize it effectively.

  4. elle says:

    nice and very inspirational post! you’ve just shown and proved that quitters won’t win, that anything is possible under the strength of determination. congratulations for maintaining and having this cool blog, keep it up! 🙂

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly! Quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit. As long as you set your heart at anything you will surely achieve it.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  5. Irfan says:

    That picture and the title attracted me most to read the article fully. Actually, since, in last one month I’ve found that i’m more towards these inspiring stories then any tech article. Really a touching post!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Irfan,

      That is really great and I’m glad I could inspire you, I also hope I can help you take action and get the results you want.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  6. Very inspiring my man. This is a post worth spread. Let’s share it guys within our network. Google and web in general is about sharing the love, the knowledge and the experiences we go through 🙂

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Codrut,

      I’m so glad you loved the post and I so much respect your opinion of it 🙂

      Thanks so much for the awesome support and have a great day!

  7. i kind of disagree with you. i believe that ultimately, it’s the environment your in that determines your fate.

    • Onibalusi says:

      That’s another great ability God bless us humans with. We have the power to believe what we want and I wish you all the best with that 🙂

  8. Samuel says:

    This post gat me thinking!!! Yeah I feel your pain bro and I’m glad you made it through. I also wasn’t born with a silver spoon but all the same we just need to keep going!

    Don’t blame Nigerians, it’s the way most of them are being programmed! They don’t want to accept the fact that they are in charge of their lives, that’s why most of them are always scammed by fake pastors and prophet! Always in search of shortcut.

    Your family members are really fucking up, if at all they fucked up, must your dad’s friends do the same? That’s why people ain’t worth to be trusted! Well, I guess that’s how most family members do behave because same here in my own family.

    I’m glad you’re making it big, and I’m sure your momma will be proud of you 🙂 Gat your back bro! Keep it up hommie. You’re not alone! Rock on 🙂

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Bro,

      Your comment is really funny and so true. And you’re right, that is life. But what matters most isn’t what happens to us but what we learn from it…I’ve learned a lot of lessons from my life, my relatives and my fathers friends and I hope I can use them at some point.

      Thanks so much and keep on rocking!

  9. Sujith says:

    Hi Onibulasi, really a touching post. You have again underlined the theory- No substitution for hard work.All the best.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha Sujith,

      Hardworking is really important. I got your FB email and I will be contributing a guest post soon 🙂

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  10. Pumama says:

    Your story gave me more motivation in my life and my blogging career. I have a same age with you, I come from Viet Nam, English is not my first language but I want and I am sure that I am going to become a successful blogger. I admire you and like you so much! Hope that we will have a good friendship in the future.

    • semmy @ Make Money Online says:

      Yes you can make it. Same like mine, English is not my first language.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Pumama,

      I’m so glad my story could help motivate and inspire you since that is why I wrote it 🙂

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  11. Andreas says:

    A great inspiration and role model for all the other talented bloggers who are also trying to make money in this field. However you demonstrate that inspiration alone is not the key to success, it also takes a lot of determination.

    • Onibalusi says:

      You’re on spot here. Determination is the real deal and without it you can hardly achieve anything.

      Thanks so much and keep on rocking!

  12. Mitz says:

    You deserve some rewards now, not because you were poor and in bad circumstances, but because you have worked hard!

    You mother will be very proud of you! You are special and could teach us oldies some great lessons.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Mitz,

      That’s right. Having the right mindset is very important but you also have to work hard towards achieving it. I’m really glad I could help.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  13. You rock Oni you rock brother ! really touching story and i really never imagined that !!! made me emotional…… Well, rock on brother work hard like this and you will be the king 😉

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Navjot,

      That’s so cool to hear and it’s your support that makes everything possible.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  14. Lye Kuek Hin says:

    Hi Oni,

    Not only you become successful and you really did it with style. I am happy for you for what you you have achieved and the credit must go to your mother who is tough to bring up six kids. At last you are sharing her burden and she must be really proud.

    Keep the good job going. I will be wishing everything goes well with you.

    Thanks for sharing this touching story.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Lye,

      You’re right. I so much love my mother and I’m so happy for all her support for me and my siblings. I hope I never disappoint her in life 🙂

      Thanks so much and keep on rocking!

  15. semmy @ Make Money Online says:

    WOW Oni your story give me a motivation!!!! Really nice story!! I’m agree with you, you are special!! Just retweet your story and post on my fb.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Semmy,

      I’m glad you loved the post, thanks so much for the RT 🙂

  16. Gon says:

    Its hard to share this kind of stories with other so first let me congratulate you about being brave to tell your life. Even if you were poor, you had a rich soul, so thats why you have success today. Believe in God and continue working hard (helping people).

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha Gon,

      You’re right. It took some steps to make the decision of sharing it, and now that I’ve shared it I’m happy I did so.

  17. Benny says:

    Great story. I agree that the power of the mind is the most powerful tool we have. However people just fail to utilize it.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly Benny, there is very little you can achieve if you don’t have the right mindset.

  18. Eleazar@Make Money Bank says:

    You’re right, Oni. Our mind is the most powerful weapon we have in our day-to-day living. We just need proper mind-setting, believing what we think we can do and reach, even the unbelievable. Thanks for sharing this inspiring story.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Eleazar,

      Exactly! The only limitation between us and our success is our mind, once we can conceive it, we can achieve it.

  19. silpada says:

    It is encouraging post and a person like you have to progress a lot and I hope you will do.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m really glad you loved the post, Silpada 🙂

  20. You’ve definitely had a long journey. I’m glad to see that even after you’ve started making money through your blog that you still strive to help others as much as you can.

    PS… Its raining here today. Can you tell it to stop? 🙂

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Kyle,

      It’s one thing to have money, it’s another thing to keep your money and be happy. I believe helping others will help me achieve all.

      Aha, that’s really cool to hear 🙂

  21. Very inspiring and motivating story Oni. Everybody have their own story to tell but yours are very inspiring. To be successful we need to be patient, smart and never give up. Kudos to you.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Roseli,

      I’m so glad you loved my post and I’m so glad you love my story.

      Being patient, smart, hardworking and determined is the real key to success.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  22. Jimmy Wrex says:

    Hi,

    Great post, I really enjoyed hearing about your struggle and success.

    Just a quick note: Napoleon Hill didn’t write The Secret, that was Rhonda Byrne. Napoleon Hill wrote Think & Grow Rich.

    I would be interested to know which book you actually meant as they’re both very different in my view, despite both alluding to the law of attraction.

    Keep up the good work!

    Jimmy

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Jimmy,

      Thanks so much for the correction. I must be missing something: It’s been long I read “The Secret” but I’m sure it is in it. Thanks so much for letting me know though.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  23. steven papas says:

    Very inspiring and motivational. You are doing good to me right now

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha Steven,

      It’s really great to hear that from you 🙂

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  24. Mahendra says:

    GREAT Oni its inspiring. I was also cheated by these survey and paid to click site they never paid even a single dime.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Mahendra,

      It can be really frustrating but I believe everything is a learning experience.

  25. aleena says:

    Thanks for sharing nice blog post, i like it so much

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad you love the post, Aleena 🙂

  26. It was really a touching + an inspiring story. It was really sad to hear about your farther and your family’s condition after that. But I am glad to tell that you’ve done a really great job!! You’ve created a name for yourself, a reputation and money too..

    Well done bro. Keep going! 🙂 My wishes will always be there with you. God bless!

    Thanks,
    Saksham

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Saksham,

      Yes, you’re right. My father has done his own and now is the time for me to do mine. Would I rather sit down and be lamenting his death or will I focus on achieving something good out of my life?

      Thanks so much for the awesome comment and have a great day!

      • I am realy happy to see your +ve attitude! You’re successful and you have a lot to attain in the coming years! (I am sure) 🙂

        Have a nice day too!

  27. Ashok says:

    Hey buddy, another inspiration post !

    I have problem when i tried to download your guide on guestblogging – it showed error :

    “An error has occurred.

    An error(s) has occurred while trying to subscribe you to our contact list:

    -You are already subscribed to list 7 days to build a better website”

    yes i have subscribed for that book before, so can’t i download this one? let me know……..

    regards
    – Ashok

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Ashok,

      That’s really great to hear. I just sent you an email with a link to the ebook, pls check on this.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  28. Mitesh says:

    This is an awesome post Onibulasi. Actually I have thought of starting a blog on meditation, spirituality and personal development. I would be be happy if my future blog made $100 dollars or less a month. And is it wise to get migrate to wordpress and get your own domain-name? Or should I blog under my name?

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Mitesh,

      I’m glad I could help 🙂

  29. Alex Humphrey says:

    Yours is a very inspiring story. And for us Americans it is a reminder that the only thing stopping us, is our own mindset.

    Thanks for being so open and honest about your transition. It helps so many people!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Alex,

      You’re so right. Our mindset is the only thing stopping us, aside that, the sky is the limit.

  30. Great story, a real inspiration not only for bloggers, but for everyone trying to succeed in life.
    Keep up the good work and you truly have a great future ahead. If you can dream it you can do it!
    Looking forward to more inspiring posts.
    Sebastian

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Sebsatian,

      You’re right. If you can dream it you can do it!

      Thanks so much for the awesome comment!

  31. DiNaRa says:

    You rock it, Onibulasi! You proved once again that wealth and money means nothing – you can achieve everything even without a penny in the pocket. We are driven by our desires. And those who didn’t achieve anything, simply didn;t want to achieve anything!
    I’m impressed!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly! I really love your comment and it is so true that we’re driven by our desires. A lot of us do a lot of things that look impossible because it’s been programmed into us and we can also leverage the power of our mind by making sure we only focus on doing positive things that can contribute to our success.

      I’m glad you loved the post and I hope to never disappoint.

  32. There are only 2 type of batsmen in the world, One is Sachin tendulkar and other includes rest all. Same applies to you.. There are only 2 type of Bloggers in the world, One is Oni and other includes all !
    This is really inspiring, even Darren can’t write these type of inspirational posts ! 🙂

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Vibin,

      To be honest I’m really flattered…

  33. Dave says:

    You are an inspiration to us all. It’s good to see someone taking action.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad I could help, Dave.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  34. KennyVoon @Imoney2day says:

    You prove that success only goes to people who dont quit. Bravo.

    May success be with you in 2011

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Kenny,

      Yeah! Winners really don’t quit 🙂

  35. John Mak says:

    It’s not what happens to you, It’s what’s you do about it.

    Thank you for sharing!
    John

    • Onibalusi says:

      You’re so right John. It’s really not what happens to you that matters but what you do about it 🙂

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  36. seenu says:

    Great post dude really inspiring. superb

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad you loved it 🙂

  37. Ankit Saini says:

    Very touching story..
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Ankit,

      I’m really glad you loved the post.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  38. MiamiKatie says:

    You know, this is really strange, because in the last couple of days I’ve been thinking of changing my approach towards things in my life, because something wasn’t working right. I feel so helpless sometimes and after reading your post it just became more certain to me that what I really need is confidence and faith in my own self, in my own powers. I just hope I will be strong enough to stick with my goal till the end and not give up, even if I occasionally fall. Thank you for the inspiration!

  39. Crunchynow says:

    A perfect story from the pro blogger…

    Rock on…. 🙂

  40. Honda Fury says:

    Your story is very inspirational and encouraging especially for those who are new in blogging feild. You have performed the things in your own way which made you successful blogger.

  41. Great post – thanks for sharing!

    Although I feel hugely fortunate to have been born into a comfortable situation (even though money is sometimes tight, I never have to worry about having shelter, being fed, etc), you’re right that you don’t need these privileges to succeed.

    Real success comes from helping others and from finding the motivation and drive within yourself to keep pushing forward, even when most sane people would quit 🙂

    Keep it up!

  42. Hello Onibalusi, can’t tell you how much I inspired after reading your life journey. even you are first whois journey i read from start to end. every word of you give high inspiration to me. I want to became to my Ideal.

  43. Vert Studios says:

    I’m very sorry to hear about the situation with your father – really sheds some light on the atrocities of human nature. I’m glad that you’ve been able to overcome the obstacles placed before you in life and succeed. Every obstacle is just an opportunity. People who succeed when the odds weren’t against them never go down as heroes – it’s those that overcome adversity with the odds stacked against them that are remembered.

  44. Great post! Your success if an inspiration to all bloggers, and 280 guest posts in 8 months? You’re a machine!

  45. Alex says:

    Hey Oni,

    Your country political and economical situation should be an advantage because usually in poorly developed country there are a lot more business oportunities then in those developed country. But people tend to blame their goverments because they have the “poor man” mentality, that is to work for someone else, insteand of making someone else work for them.

    Also, an other great point you made is knowing when it’s the time to give up and start something else. You should always know when something just wont work and you have to start doing something else or the same thing in an other manner.

  46. Great story Oni! I couldn’t agree with you more. The words we speak, the words we think and even the words we hear play such a vital role in our perception of what is possible in our own lives that I will venture out and say that your ability to succeed at anything you do is clearly dependent on your ability to control your thoughts and to change your vocabulary.

    Changing:

    I CAN’T to I AM
    I NEED to I DESERVE
    I’ll GET TO IT LATER to I’m COMMITTED TO DOING

    these are just a few example of we can change our vocabulary to change our thoughts and our overall perception of ourselves.

    You obviously have the right mindset Oni and I commend you for your accomplishments given your obstacles. Keep climbing buddy!

  47. DailyAppNews says:

    You must have long journey…You are amazing person.you people are tough. No one help you, but you keep rigid stand

  48. Oni,

    Awesome inspiration as always, my man.

    We sometimes see successful people and forget what it took to get there. Lots of dedication, work and most importantly, fully realizing the fact that our thoughts mold our lives. We must choose them with care.

    I had some pretty lean periods where I had 2 or 3 dollars in my pocket, and I still kept working. I always knew that my vision trumps any outside circumstances, and that God brings people through darkness to make them the brightest lights for others.

    Keep on inspiring!

    RB

    • Bojan says:

      I might be lucky, cause my way started kinda instantly, but I was ready to give up on everything…

      Always great to see familiar faces 🙂

  49. Dave Grimes II says:

    Oni,

    This is a touching post. Really cool to see how everything worked out for you. Keep up the great work!

  50. Your article comes from the heart.Many people fail to understand how important it is to believe in oneself.
    Thank you for sharing of yourself.
    You have the wisdom of a unique human being.
    Pierre
    Thee Quest For Perfect Health

  51. Sathish @ TechieMania says:

    Hi Oni,

    I never really thought you have a story like this within you. I feel sorry for what happened to you, but I am really happy to see that you have thrashed down all the bad’s that happened to you and how you became a successful online person. God bless you man.

    Sathish

  52. tonyboy says:

    I can’t help to comment with the post. I’m just a reader and stumbled upon your site several months ago. You’re a transparent person. I feel I’ve already known you after reading the post. I learned a lot from what you share. With these, you give me valuable insights of shorter way how to be a successful blogger.

    I’m your fan now Mr. Oni

  53. Glad you were able to take a poor beginning and made out something great with it despite the challenges on the way. Truly, also being a Nigerian myself, I can boldly tell anyone that our environment doesn’t limit us unless we allow it.

    True things might not be as rosy as other bloggers might enjoy from their home country, but that’s just some of the hurdles we must overcome on our way to success.

    Oni, this was a very inspiring post. So brave of you to have shared it with us.

  54. Jerry says:

    Hi Oni,

    A great story you have here man. It is easy to understand you and your WHY. Keep up the good work and much success to you.

  55. Java Nature says:

    wooww,,, amazing story… with blog, we can give our creativity…

  56. Tinh says:

    It is sad to know your secrets but it could be something push you work hard and your father must be very happy and he still follows you and see your success from other world 🙂 Keep up good work friend!

  57. True said it’s matter of fact how you take thing. If you felt depress and only blame to god as well others to your situation rather being to try for anything achieve. It surely not going to happen that you will get what you want automatically it need to be work for your wishes and desire.

  58. Nec Laser Toners says:

    Hi Onibalusi. I want you to know that I am really inspired with your story. More success to all of us in the blogosphere!

  59. Jon says:

    “I now have a rule of either start or don’t, because I never quit when I start, no matter what it takes.”

    That quote says it all. You just don’t know how to give up! Very powerful.

    I got a chuckle out of you saying you are a forum-spammer-turned-guest-blogger. You have to admit it’s been a wild ride for you. Through it all, you’ve been persistent.

    That’s most of the game right there. Getting back up after every trip and fall. Eventually, you become adept at recovering quickly.

    Touching story about your lean times and the tragedy of losing your father. You’ve become a role model for many, Oni (even if you don’t like being called a role model either).

    See you again soon…

    Jon

  60. Susan says:

    Very inspiring story! I guess it can be a good plot for a new social drama. You can sell the idea 🙂
    You are already a great man and you are only 17! Go on like this and you’ll make the word!

    • Java Nature says:

      i agree with you susan… oni can sell this idea, because his idea is amazing, real story and he just 17 years old… and success for your blog

  61. Oni!

    I just felt a new kind of motivation and inspiration after reading your post man.

    You totally rock dude!

  62. Richard Chidike | Africanary says:

    Great story from a guy that had a big dream despite the challenges of life. What a motivational true life story.

  63. Hi Onibalusi! You are so brave to tell everyone about your story. I really see your effort on blogging. You deserve to get what you have now. Keep it on! Your story is really inspiring!

  64. Online Success DIary.Com says:

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  65. Hi Oni,

    I have been reading a lot of posts by you. But you story is much better than you posts. It is good know you had a terrifying life. I believe every blogger or entrepreneur has his own life story about their struggle and to their success.

    Great Man and thanks for Sharing
    -Imran

  66. Susan says:

    I’d like to join other people and express my admiration. You are a Man and I want to wish you success. Your story is very tragic but you managed to overcome all problems and difficulties and now you are a winner!

  67. Vivek Parmar says:

    Bad time has been passed and now good times come for you.
    all the best for your future and keeep growing day by day

  68. People who pick up from a bad phase of life are true winners and you are one of them 🙂

    Keep the hard work going, don’t become complacent.

  69. You really are an inspiring person Oni. You really have reached great heights in a small duration of time. I appreciate your hardwork and dedication. Keep up the great work my friend

  70. Gibson Goff says:

    So how do you classify this – a rags to riches story, a self-made man, a testament to self actualization? I think the answer is ‘ALL’.

    You are an inspiration.

    I wish you all the best!

  71. ipad skins says:

    It is very sad, that you have lost your father at the age of 7. I cant even imagine, at that age, what a children can do.

    Is the photo yours of 7 years old?

  72. Celeste - Abogados de accidentes en miami says:

    really sad story, there are many infants who lose their parents, I think that is the most painful it can be, I think We understand perfectly that, but unfortunately many times we can not do anything with these stories that we get to the heart I believe that we awareness that we must help our fellow man, and really you are a true inspiration,
    Many greetings.
    Celeste.

  73. fantastic sams says:

    I am regular visitor of your blog and feel very pleasure to know your struggling history. You have instance of improvement.Keep it up.

  74. zidiniai says:

    This story inspires. Truly. Keep it going, keep it doing. You have a huge support from everyone visiting this blog 😉

  75. Tech Crates says:

    Feel sorry for what happened with you…but your story is full of inspiration.

  76. Siva says:

    Great post and inspiring one. I had also fallen in traps such as Online survey, PTC, PTR 🙁

  77. Rakesh Kumar says:

    I have no words to express my feelings! Just want to say that you doing Good! Thanks man.

  78. Lakhyajyoti says:

    You have a inspirational story Oni.I feel sorry for what happened with you.But hard work always pays good result.Keep it up Bro.

  79. Mighty says:

    You have a great story Oni. Those of us from underdeveloped countries (I’m from the Philippines) usually blame the government or the economy for our woes. But as your story shows, we can rise above our situation by being willing to learn, working hard and being passionate fr what we are doing. Keep it up man!

  80. I want to try to make money from blogging. Which is the best platform available?Which is the best blogging platform to use if you want to make money from daily blogging.Thanks a lot.

  81. dee oneal says:

    I agree. Not all of us are born to have silver spoon and it only means that not all are lucky enough to get what they want in life. You are indeed special because you have the skills to become one of the successful bloggers. Another thing is you get to inspire people each time they visit your post.

  82. Oni – Your story is inspiring and your determination is a powerful example to everyone not to let their circumstances limit their success. I like the fact that you can prophesy. It shows you listen to your spirit. I am a spirit-listener, too, so we have something in common. Continued success – the sky is the limit!

  83. Matt Duggan says:

    Wow, it’s pretty rare that a blogger takes readers on a journey as complete as this one. Thank you for sharing not just your personal history and what lead you to this point, but also the things you did online. It’s both interested and encouraging to read of those that obviously worked and those that taught you something.

    Keep up the great work, and if you ever need a guest post for your blog, let me know. 🙂

    Matt

  84. FIRE Finance says:

    This is extremely inspiring and awesome! Keep up the excellent work. May God bless you with tonnes of success 🙂

  85. I’m so inspired by your journey to success. Not everyone really has that trait and skills to be proud of. I’m glad that I’m one of those who discovered your blog after a long way researching some successful blogs nowadays. I’m really proud of you and hopefully one day I’ll be just like you.

  86. The post is absolutely inspiring. Beside the great work you do here, with this confession I can say you inspire and help us all. Great courage to write this.

  87. Your story is impressive.You have faced hard ships. There is instance of hard work in you.But for good feature you have not to take stay like hare. Continue your journey like tortoise.

  88. steam cabin says:

    A cute curly guy is now successful blogger.Good struggle.Keep it up.

  89. At first, taking a glance to the heading I thought this will be another article for this theme. But You know, then reading this, I felt the spirit, the passion, an artists hand. It was wonderful to read. But We know You could do better ! So let it Out. Regards, Reklama Internete

  90. Jimmy says:

    Hi bro,

    Its the first time i’m reading your blog. I have no words to say. Your hardwork makes you the best in the business and it will definitely lead you to a successful future.Earlier i saw ur blog posts and dint take much interest in reading it, coz i thought its an ordinary one. But now i feels like this is an extra ordinary. Its sad to hear that u had a very unhappy past. But that leads you to achieve this and a lot more. All the very best Onibalusi 🙂

  91. supercuts says:

    From this post I have concluded that life needs only hard work.If you have bright inner self, you will definitely get your goal in life.

  92. abrablog says:

    yap. We need to work hard. I also don’t want to become poor guy who cannot support my kids and wife.

  93. nick says:

    Very inspiring post and story, nice to see that hard work can pay off in the end. I hope all keeps going well for you.

  94. mrohila says:

    Very inspiring story! I guess it can be a good plot for a new social drama. You can sell the idea

  95. I never thought you have this type of heart touching story. But now you are a successful person, so forget everything.

  96. Shekhar says:

    Greetings….Oni

    Your story is really inspiring and motivational. Its also shows many ways to go ahead. I am writing post in which earlier you were not there but now I think that I would have missed if I had not found this article.

    Oni really great work and really boosting.

    Keep it up.

  97. Emmanuel Uduezue | How To Make Money Online says:

    Hi Oni,

    Am inspired by your story, i pray that you will continue to grow in your blogging career but use your story to help a lot of poor young nigerians who are not fortunate to know about the internet like you and i.

  98. Roz Bennetts says:

    Lovely post and very inspirational – This is such a great quote: Zig Ziglar said, “you can get anything you want in life by helping others get what they want”.

  99. Nina says:

    Very interesting story. I applaud you for your determination and your perseverance. I like the fact that you worked so hard for so many hours and utilized information that was free.

    I am glad you were bless to succeed.

  100. Oni I read this story today.. I was surfing the net and stopped on growmap.com and started reading the post there titled as “5-hugely-successful-self-made-web-entrepreneurs-to-get-inspired”. there I got the link of this story “My Journey from a Poor Fatherless Kid to a Successful Blogger”.. and i clicked on it and read every word of this story.

    While reading this drops Tears rolled down from my eyes. I am Speechless to say anything.. But I will say that you are the best and proved that if you have passion for anything, you can get it by working hard, No one can stop you…
    I got highly inspired after reading this post.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad to hear that 🙂

  101. Vineet says:

    You are Great Man!!

    and now became a Role Model for me

  102. vighnesh says:

    u r great ! awesome , fantastic , …… wow !

  103. InternetMarketinf4Noob says:

    Inspirational autobiography. I’m sure such post will definitely be inspirational for noob bloggers. All the best and good luck for your upcoming Agenda.

  104. Karla Campos says:

    Hi Oni, I thought your friends were calling you the God of Blogging not the king these days lol. Great post, very motivating for those who believe they have limitations in life.

  105. Hi dele, your Post is really inspiring. I have been scammed too by Hyips, Surveys and co. This our country is a barrier to Online business for Us. But Dedication and Hardwork is the key to Success…

  106. kevin amante says:

    very inspiring. very inspiring. i am also living in a country where people always reason out that it was becuse of corruptiion why many are poor,but like you, i don’t believe to that. i certainly agree to your thoughts.

    just keep on inspiring many; God bless!

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad my story could inspire you and that you could relate to it 🙂

  107. Swapan Das says:

    You’ve rightly pointed out many important things in this post like “helping them isn’t enough but proving to them that you’re indeed the right person to help them” – very true. Sometimes people from known circle gives less importance to your blog/site and if the same blog can come with a different author name (renowned person of that domain) the same people may praise about the blog and its contents in front of the original author……..

    Your this post carries lot of warmth, emotions – don’t know how many people like such long post due to FB and other social networking addictions…habits have changed! BUT I LIKED IT VERY MUCH AND ASSURE U HAVE READ THE FULL STORY.

    In my these short span of blogging (started late feb.2011) have noticed that people come to my site, pick the necessary information and leaves instantly…and many have very poor knowledge of how to check a site for his/her info. They just google it lands on a particular post/page – if it fits the bill ok otherwise immediately leaves the site – may be more impt. related post is located somewhere else in the same site – but they “fail” to understand this..

    Sorry to all for bearing with me …….

    Regards,
    Swapan Das, India

    This is an excellent post, and can feel the emotions and passion attached to it.

  108. googler says:

    Indeed a very inspiring story you have Oni. You are a role model to everyone whether it be the youth, less fortunate or even the blessed. Yo have inspired me to become a better writer already and hopefully be reach the success that you already have been enjoying.

  109. This is soo amazingly inspirational!! You have overcome so much and achieved so much and all at the tender age of 17 when most kids are busy hanging out with their friends. Really Oni, you are the man!

  110. Your story is truly an inspiration. Anybody can do what you did and you have clearly stated.

  111. Nice story.. Actually i just subscribed to your newsletter.. That is why I ended up reading this post.

  112. mark says:

    very interesting reading your blog Oni. I will certainly bookmark it to come back for more tips.

  113. you deserve it, congrats…

  114. Charles says:

    Awesome story…..I’m so inspired.

  115. Terrance says:

    Truly inspriring Oni! I am learning alot from you & I looking forward to working with you!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks Terrance, and thanks a million for the vote on WritetoDone! You rock! 🙂

  116. An inspiring story indeed. You’ll really go far as an online entrepreneur. Keep it up.

  117. Jerry Jose says:

    Yes Onibalusi your story is really inspiring. May the Lord God bless you more and more with your talented writing skill.

  118. Patrice says:

    I’ve been blogging going on eight years, first as a hobby, but more recently to earn some money, and I haven’t done nearly as well as you have, Oni, in the short time you’ve been at it. But then, I haven’t been as dedicated. This post has inspired me to learn as much as I can from you and to be a lot more focused with my writing. I’m looking forward to starting your free email course. Thanks for sharing your life story!

  119. Hi Oni.

    I apologise in advance for this “epistle”…I just could not leave any of this stuff unsaid.

    In 2007, due to what I heard many misguided persons say, I wrote an article: http://ezinearticles.com/?7-Deadly-Myths-That-Can-Stop-You-From-Succeeding&id=676508 . The story you’ve shared underscores my message in that piece.

    On to my comments,

    1. You’ve revealed that SMART guest blogging can boost earnings. I never knew that. Now I’m wiser. The Internet is the greatest leveller of all time. You get what you put in. Period.

    2. As I read your story, and readers’ comments, tears kept streaming down my face, even as I wiped them off. And to think that many who know me, call me “hard”. Shows how touching it is!

    3. Your words show that you have matured beyond your years. You’ve used your brush with hardship, to drive yourself to set and achieve valued life goals through hard work, tenacity, self discipline, blind faith/refusal to recognise failure and most importantly a sincere desire to help others. I congratulate you.

    4. I’ve written articles in the past about how young Nigerians need to explore reliable low cost ways to earn legit income online, especially via writing. Your list of websites that pay writers, and the narration of your amazing journey to success DOING IT can be used to encourage parents &/or youths. I intend to produce hard copies to circulate to people who may not have the means to come online and discover you.

    5. Let me thank you for being different: you’re willing and able to outline YOUR success philosophy, with candid admission that you failed many times before making it. Your success is as a result not shrouded in mystery: it is NOT another example of UNPROVEN wealth or success!

    Most importantly, Oni, you’ve made it clear that no substitute exists for hardwork: a message badly needed in today’s Nigeria.

    On a final note, I expect Nigeria’s media (TV etc) to fall over themselves requesting exclusive interviews with you(I’m going to send those I can reach with the many URLs I found about you).

    Even better, I believe President Jonathan, if he is smart, should be prepared to PAY you handsomely to act as a consultant towards showing his goverment PROVEN low cost ways to leverage the Internet to create income earning opportunities for millions of jobless graduates and youths(If someone does not beat me to it, I’ll be posting THIS suggestion on his facebook wall).
    NB: You can do this remotely, and thus avoid getting entangled in politics… or distracted from YOUR goals…

    Please keep up the good work, and like someone mentioned, do NOT become complacent. You have a BIG future ahead of you.

    We “oldies” can learn from you. 22 years from now, you’ll be 40, and I’ll be 63. I’m convinced if you KEEP IT UP, you’ll have become a household name and authentic living legend by then.

    I’m getting my 12 year old son to follow your footsteps from today. I know you won’t let us down 🙂

    • Bamidele says:

      Hi bro,

      Thanks so much for the “epistle”…it totally made my day!

      I’m so glad that you’re motivated by my story, and I’m happier that you think I can impact a lot more people.

      Concerning printing the ideas and distributing it in hard copy, sure thing, as long as a link back to my blog is included.

      I believe you’re not truly successful until you help others succeed, and that the key to success is to help provide value to others’ lives so I’m always happy to contribute to help others.

      Thanks so much for everything, I really appreciate it!

      -Oni

  120. @Oni…”as long as a link back to my blog is included.”

    Be assured, Oni, that I!m conversant with the subtleties of fair use attribution. I regularly use stories of my achievements, and those of authentic others I discover, to challenge more people to actualise their full potentials.

    Typically, I prepare a review or report, which I send to my mailing list. Sometimes I provide a PDF version on my website. As the need arises, I may produce hard copies/dispatch to clients and others who NEED the info, but may not be web friendly (my efforts have led some of them to embrace the web to better pursue their goals).

    In all cases, I make a point of including full contact details including a bio, URL etc of the “featured personality” – in this case, YOU. I’ll be sending you a copy.

    All the best.

    • Bamidele says:

      Awesome! Thanks so much bro! 🙂

  121. Reetika says:

    Great story. You are just a kid but you have tremendous experience. all the best Onibalusi.

  122. Dj says:

    I just don’t like my father, he left me and my mum when I was young and I don’t remember anything about him. My mum wants me to see him but I don’t like him. Does anyone have had this happen to them!!!!

  123. James says:

    Great story Onibalusi, very inspiring. Keep doing what you doing! 🙂

  124. sheharyar hassan khan says:

    Your story is truly inspiring for newbies and I feel that everyone with same passion and determination can get what he wants. I just want to thank you for sharing this story as it can help new bloggers to determine what they really want to do and allow them to have firm believe in their hard work. Thanks again.

  125. Well im a couple years late on this post but it truly helped im a new blogger well not really blog for couple months then stop because of no income and im relatively broke! Got two parents out of a job really ruff but im trying again it became a hobby since the summer and honestly i dont kwn what d heck is guest posting but im going to read now thanks to you ??

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