Welcome To LivingOffCloud.com! My name is Nadya, and I am the person behind the blog.
Originally I am from Russia and currently, I live in Canada in a lovely French-speaking city called Montreal. I am a full-time online entrepreneur after I quit my day job in October 2018 working as a development team lead in a big startup.
What This Blog Is About
In this blog, I am sharing my journey of building online businesses and earning money online. I capture all the difficult moments I am facing during my path to online freedom. This information will be useful for everybody else who is looking for ways to make a spare buck coming in the form of (semi) passive income.
You can read about my initial goals and how I planned to achieve them in my very first blog post.
The reality turned out to be different from the plans 😂 I learned a lot since I wrote that first post and now, I hope I know what I am doing 😁
Features and mentions
My blog was featured on the platforms of various leaders in the industry of niche websites 🤗
👉 HumanProofDesigns, a platform that helps you with starting a niche website business, invited me to their podcast 🤗
Listen to my episode here 👉👉👉 humanproofdesigns.com/podcast77
And here’s a screenshot of its live translation in the HumanProofDesigns Facebook group:
👉 EmpireFlippers, an online marketplace for buying and selling online businesses, made a video about me after I bought my first ever niche website with their help.
My Niche Website Portfolio
Websites I currently have
- The 1st acquired website: Elephant 🐘 a.k.a. Mother 🐘
Monetization: Ezoic, AdSense, Amazon Affiliate.
I bought this website in October 2015. Read the story of its acquisition here.
- The website I am building myself: Elephant 🐘2 a.k.a. Baby 🐘
Monetization: Ezoic, AdSense, Amazon Affiliate.
I started it in March 2017 and first mentioned it in the March income report. Now, Baby 🐘 does great and sometimes brings in more money than Mother 🐘👍
- The website I bought from Human Proof Designs: Rat 🐀
Monetization: Amazon Affiliate, Adsense.
I got a website with the structure in place that was filled with the content written for a group of keywords with high potential. It is a great site with beautiful pictures and an airy design. Too bad I cannot show it to you 😀
- This blog: It does not have an animal nickname and is called simply LOC
Monetization: Affiliate programs, Adsense
I started it to share my journey and connect to like-minded people. The blog succeded to achieve both goals while also bringing me a bit of revenue 🤗
Websites I used to have and sold
- The 2nd acquired website: Horse 🐎
I bought this website in November 2015. Read the story of its acquisition here.
I sold it in December 2018 for a multiple of 20. You can read about it here.
- The website I was building myself: Honeybee 🐝
This website was ranked with a PBN I was building myself. I used the Ultimate Azon theme; you can read my review of it here.
I sold it in October 2019 for a multiple of 97 🤯
I also have some other websites but since I do not work actively on them, I won’t mention it here.
Tools I Use
To find out what tools I use in my day-to-day activities, check this page.
Having my own business was something I have been dreaming about for a long, long time. A few years before I started the blog, I had tested the water by being involved with a couple of local physical retail businesses. I collaborated with two local stores, Quartier Mode and FripeFabrique.
My most serious engagement was the one with the FripeFabrique store or FF, and it lasted about 2 years.
After working shoulder to shoulder with Michelle, the founder, and sharing with her the everyday victories and troubles of the store, I realized that offline businesses are not for me. Every business owns the owner (not the other way around hehe), but the offline one owns you ten times more! Managing a physical location is a burden that leaves no room for enjoying life. Not mentioning the expenses that eat up the profit and make it close to nothing. After learning about the harsh reality, I decided to move on and explore online business instead.
My big passion is fashion and DIY, and I decided to try to make money off DIY Fashion blogging.
I have a blog dushonok.com where I used to write about my DIY adventures. It was fun, but… But I quickly realized that there is not much money in this niche, even in the online one. The niche is very crowded, plus I made a strategic mistake of building the blog based on my personality and style. I was swallowed by various DIY projects and pressed by the constant need of delivering the content. However, outsourcing the work was not an option (I cannot outsource myself). I realized that personal blogs seem to rarely make a good business.
So I changed my focus yet again!
This time, I decided to be agnostic about the niche. In other words, I decided to go into the niche website business without focusing on a particular subject.
Living Off Cloud: My Online Income Dream
My dream was to earn an online income big enough to replace my regular income.
What does online income mean?
It means earning money from online ventures: niche websites, eCommerce, online investment, etc. It is any way that allows making money online. Basically, I want to live off the internet, or Cloud, hence the name.
I work now full time on my online business and pretty much achieved my distant dream. But the sky is the limit so I do not plan to stop!
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