Growing A Successful Blog With Harry Niotis (aka Xaric)

Growing A Successful Blog With Harry Niotis (aka Xaric)

Last Updated on November 20, 2020

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About Harry Niotis (aka Xaric)

I’m from Athens, Greece. I’ve always had a knack for computers. I went to a vocational high school where I acquired a Computer Science diploma. Later, I also got an Internet Technology degree and got certified a bunch of times as a Network Technician.

Somehow, I ended up in a part-time job in a multi-national company that had nothing to do with my field of study. However, the job was pretty easy, kinda fun, and paid relatively well.

Three years later, I got promoted to a full-time position at the complaint department of the company which I ended up hating.

About Dear Boss I Quit

My company’s name is Dear Boss I Quit. The company started as a simple blog that provided advice and tips to those stuck in jobs they hated. A while later, I also started sharing general career advice as well as reviewing money-making and online business opportunities (survey panels, GPT platforms, MLM companies, digital marketing courses, etc).

The beginning of my journey goes back to July 2016.

At that time, I was still working part-time and I was in search of a way to make some extra money online to supplement my income. During my research, I stumbled upon affiliate marketing and actually started my first affiliate marketing business a month later, in August 2016.

However, when I got promoted to a full-time employee, in April 2017, I shut my business down as I didn’t have that much time and energy to devote to it.

A couple of years later, in March 2019 I decided to give affiliate marketing a second chance and build another business that would eventually allow me to quit that job and work full-time for myself.

And this is how Dear Boss I Quit came about in May 2019.

How Did You Get Your First Several Customers Or Users? How Many Users Or Customers Do You Have Now?

Due to having very limited funds, I couldn’t really afford to acquire customers through running paid ads.

So, I just purchased an affordable course that was geared around content marketing and decided to devote all my energy and focus on producing blog content non-stop.

A month later, in June 2019, Dear Boss I Quit started gaining some traction. It wasn’t much; just 25 – 50 users per day but nonetheless, affiliate commissions started trickling in.

A few days later, I decided to quit my job and focus all my energy and attention on scaling my affiliate business.

For a couple of months, things were going kinda slow but by December 2019, Dear Boss I Quit was generating a full-time income for me.

Right now, DBIQ serves around 25,000 – 35,000 users per month.

How Does Your Company Grow And Acquire New Customers?

Until very recently, all my scaling efforts were focused solely on content marketing. However, a month ago I decided to start diversifying by leveraging social media marketing and guest blogging.

Right now, it’s way too soon to have any substantial data and feedback to know for sure if my diversification efforts will bear any substantial results.

Time will tell.

What Actionable Tips And Tricks Do You Have For New Founders Who Are Looking To Get Their First Thousand Users Or Dollars?

I know that this might sound kinda cliché but as long as you don’t give up, you’ll eventually get there.

For a few months after pocketing my first affiliate commission, Dear Boss I Quit seemed to remain pretty stagnant regardless of all the time and energy I kept pouring into it.

During that time, I was constantly considering giving up and shutting my business down.

However, I stuck it out and as a result, in October 2019, DBIQ jumped from 25 to 500+ users per day literally overnight.

If I had just given up, I’d probably have returned back to the 9-5 rat race by now.

Also, make sure to adapt when necessary. Chances are that your original business plan is going to need alterations as you move along so make sure that you don’t stick to it religiously.

Failing to adapt according to your circumstances might result in impairing your progress, wasting your time, burning out, and maybe even failing altogether.

What Is Something You’ve Learned That Would Not Be Obvious To Somebody Who Hasn’t Worked In Your Space Before?

Running a business is freaking hard – definitely, a lot harder than advertised by those who are after convincing you to purchase their step-by-step guide or blueprint to fast and effortless success.

If you’re serious about creating something of real substance that will last for the long term, you’ll have to be ready to work 12-hour days and during weekends, sacrifice nights out with friends, forget long vacations, and watching TV all afternoon, etc.

I really don’t think that there’s a way around those sacrifices unless maybe you have a lot of money to invest in hiring the right people to do all the work for you.

What’s The Craziest Thing That’s Happened To You (Good Or Bad) On Your Founder Journey?

The craziest thing that’s happened to me took place a couple of months ago when a major company reached out to me asking if I could sponsor them in a post I had published on my website for pretty fair compensation.

When I first started my entrepreneurial journey I was constantly hearing about people who had similar experiences but I never really thought that this would happen to me.

What Are Your Favorite Books?

The Kybalion
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
The Introvert Entrepreneur
The Alchemist
Think and Grow Rich
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Tao Te Ching
Siddhartha

Anything You’d Like To Plug?

I actually do have a couple of things to plug…

First of all, EVERYTHING is possible for him/her who’s willing to just try.

Secondly, if you’re interested in escaping the 9-5 rat race, quitting that job you hate, earning some extra side cash from the comfort of your home, or building a full-time income online, make sure to pay me a visit at dearboss-iquit.com and I promise that I’ll do my best to help you out!

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