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Monday, October 9, 2017

How Did I Create the Authoritative Blog?

Five years of my Overseas Foreign Worker (OFW) life, I realized that I had been posting several articles. That was more than 300 in all and counting.

I still read some old ones to see how I was doing back then. Some are badly written, sometimes misspelled, and nonsense.  Even today, I still have those imperfections.  But, it didn't stop me from doing what I love.

My First Blogging Experience?
On 2009, while browsing the internet, I saw a post from a friend in Facebook. The post was about him blogging and earning few dollars.  He showed a photo of the check and I was amazed. I didn't think that it was possible to earn using the internet.  I was clueless!

Little that I know, I was already a stalker on his Facebook profile trying to figure out what he was doing and how he did it. I was shy to ask him, for some reason.  While lurking on his site, he mentioned a blogger's name that caught my interest, so I started following that blogger.

The blogger's name is Macuha.  His site introduced me about monetizing websites and how to attract readers. He served as the medium for me to learn more about the blogging world.  As I browsed his site, I was introduced to other bloggers as well and it propagated.  But sad to say, he pivoted on selling MLM products and wasn't active for some time.

My First Ever Website!
Macuha then mentioned another blogger, who happened to be my classmate. That made me more interested! Fired up to do blogging more, I was inspired to create my own website, just like my classmate.

This time, I created my very own blog http://greenthumbwit.blogspot.ca/.  The thought of having one is overwhelming. The blog was not intended for a certain topic, it was totally random.  If you read my posts, you'll notice that it has a different style of writing. That's what I get when reading Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books, inspired by JK Rowling and JRR Tolkein.
My very first blog. That's my hand shown on the photo.

The blog didn't work out well. It was probably because of the domain name that people can't relate to it.  I left it as is to remind me of my first ever blog!

Blogging Seriously!
The biggest decision of my life is to work in another country. One of the reasons is to be in a first world country and apply to move to Canada.  That's Me Moving To Canada...Stop!  That's a different topic, be patient and read more about it below...

The land of sands, UAE, was my first attempt.  It didn't work out well, went back home in Manila and started all over again. Second attempt was in Singapore and that was the start of my "blogging career".

Longing of having my own serious blog, I decided to create BenAlagnam.com.  It was hosted in Blogger but I bought my own domain name.



While working in Singapore, I told stories of my journey to the land of the Lion!  From preparing my flight and issues in the airport to things on how to go around the country and have some fun.

I soon noticed that I had more readers when I write procedures on certain processes, like going to the Philippine Embassy and how to get public documents.  Learning those things helped me create more authoritative posts.  Readers are now actively asking about my experiences and advices.

The Creation of an Authoritative Blog
Working in Singapore is temporary, that is true when you're away from your family.  It won't last, it's either the love or career will.  I needed to choose, and I opt in to LOVE and career will follow.

Options
  • I was thinking if should I stay in Singapore, get a PR and be a citizen, but the former is difficult. I need to have a salary grade of over SGD6,000 to sponsor my family, probably achievable in a managerial position, and that is near impossible!
  • Should I go back home in the Philippines and do business? I'll be starting from scratch and will deplete my resources in a few months without customers.
  • Move to another country, CANADA! I will start from scratch, but, at least hospitalization is free.
Well, obviously, I chose the latter.

While I was applying to immigrate to Canada, I started the blog, MeMovingToCanada.blogspot.com. It was hosted in a free hosting site, Blogger.  Although it's free, it has limited features to create a more dynamic blog.  Since it was just a start of another blog, I decided to take it.


Readers started to flood my posts with comments and questions regarding the steps on how to apply for immigration.  It inspired me to blog more and that grew to a healthy blog, should I say.

The Membership Site Was Born!
As my "healthy blog" was growing, I started thinking on how to monetize it more than just Google Adsense. So I created my youngest baby, MeMovingToCanada.com, named it MM2C for short. This time, it's hosted in a premium site, where I have a yearly fee.  Given that the name is what I wanted, I liked it a lot but it comes with a premium.


Some of its posts are protected by a membership tier.  There are three tiers, LITE, GOLD and DIAMOND.   If readers want to access the site, a membership is required.  To learn more about the site. Visit the link here... https://www.memovingtocanada.com/membership-account/membership-levels/.

Today, I'm maintaining 3 blog sites and enjoying it a lot.

Tips on Making Authoritative Blog
If you want to create an authoritative blog, you need the following tips:
  • Tell your story - People love stories, even as young kids, you're always excited to listen to stories.
  • Be honest on what you advice - Let them know if you're not sure of your answer and get back to them once you have it.
  • Get their attention - Don't just tell your a story. Give them key informations around the story, like giving them tips and how to's.
That's all for now, if you want to learn more about blogging, monetizing website and membership sites, leave your comment below.

Here is the membership site. 

Me Moving To Canada MM2C Community
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MM2C in Canada
Join the MM2C Community and have these benefits:
  • MM2C Subscription
  • More Editable Sample Documents (Resources)
  • Access to Forums and meet fellow members online
  • Blogs
  • Update on our Citizenship

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Know the SSS Contributions Online and Text Messaging?

When you want to know how much you had paid on your monthly Philippine Social Security Systems (SSS) contributions for the past few years of your work, you have to go to the SSS office and fall in the long queue.

At the end of the line, you can get a piece of paper printed with your contributions.  This is all the same with loan payments and benefits claim.

Until they changed it to an online query type.  Wherein you can register and log in to the SSS website and view your contributions, loan payments and benefit claims online.

How to Check SSS Contributions and Benefits Claim Online?
If you do not have an SSS account, you can visit and register at the Social Security System Online Member User ID Registration portal.

Key in all the details and you can log in at anytime with an internet connection. Here is the link:

SSS Online Member User ID Registration
If you are already registered online, you can visit the SSS Official Website to check the status.

How to Check SSS Contributions Using the SMS Text Service?
Not anyone has an internet connection, but they can also check the status of their SSS contributions, loan payments and benefits claim with the use of their handheld phones through text.

The Social Security System had come up with a text service, TEXT-SSS, for phone text users.  This is more convenient since you only need to send a text inquiry, as explained below, with a minimal fee of P2 or P2.50 pesos.

This will save both the time and money involved in going to the SSS offices.

What are the Advantages?

  • Employees can keep track of their SSS status anytime and anywhere
  • Be on guard against employers who are not paying SSS for their employees
  • Save time and money 
  • No need for queuing at the SSS Offices
  • SSS officers can concentrate on their priorities 

How to Register to TEXT-SSS
Members can register by sending their SSS number and birth date using the format: 


SSS REG <SS Number> <MM/DD/YY>...and send to 2600

SSS text transactions require a Personal Identification Number (PIN) code, which will be sent through text after successful registration.
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If you have questions and comments about this post, please feel free to leave a comment below.
You can be anonymous.

You can also email me at benalagnam@yahoo.com if you need some help about Singapore.

Other Related Posts:
How to Continue the SSS Contribution for OFW in Singapore?
SSS Benefits for Everyone Including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Singapore
Remittance, Pagibig and SSS at Metrobank Lucky Plaza

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