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About

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.

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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 πŸ˜‚ 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 πŸ€—

πŸ‘‰ HumanProofDesigns, a platform that helps you with starting a niche website business, invited me to their podcast πŸ€—

Listen to my episode here πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰ humanproofdesigns.com/podcast77

And here’s a screenshot of its live translation in the HumanProofDesigns Facebook group:

My episode on the HumanProofDesigns podcast, live FB video

πŸ‘‰ 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

  1. The 1st acquired website: Camel πŸͺ (former Elephant 🐘 a.k.a. Mother 🐘; I changed its name in January 2021)
    Monetization: Ezoic, AdSense, Amazon Affiliate, other affiliate programs.
    I bought this website in October 2015. Read the story of its acquisition here.
  2. 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 it’s a total passive earner πŸ‘
  3. The website I am building myself: Elephant 🐘3 a.k.a. Baby 2 🐘Monetization: Ezoic, AdSense, Amazon Affiliate.
    I got it in October 2015 as a part of the deal with the first website (πŸͺ Website). In the middle of 2020, I decided to revamp the website in hopes to turn it into the same passive earner as its sibling, Baby 🐘.
  4. 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 πŸ€—

Websites I used to have and sold

  1. 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 😏
  2. 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 🀯
  3. The website I bought from Human Proof Designs: Rat πŸ€
    I got a website with the structure in place that was filled with the content written for a group of keywords with high potential. Eventually, I realized that I am not interested in the niche topic and sold it in October 2020 for a multiple of 27 πŸ€‘

Other websites

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.

History

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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