Blog Hopping & Bus Driving ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

This week was a little slower than last week, if you remember there was much to accomplished last week which you can read about, if you havenโ€™t already, by clicking here!

Letโ€™s Go To The Hop, Blog Hop?! ๐Ÿ‡

This week I spent most of my time blog hopping. If you donโ€™t know what blog hopping is let me share it with you. When you have your own blog, it is important to drive traffic to your blog so people can read your posts and discover who you are and if they are interested in following and learning from you.

One of the ways this is done is by visiting other blogs and commenting on the posts written by the blog owners. When others read your comments, they may click your comment to find out more about you and thus be led back to your blog site.

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You hop from blog to blog reading posts and making valuable meaningful comments about what you read. This is an action you do every week and with time you attract more and more interest in your own blog. Even the blog owners will likely come visit your blog and add meaningful comments on your own posts.

The important part would be selecting blogs read that would be followed by the types of people who would be interested in you and your message. For example, Iโ€™m not going to select a cooking blog to attract someone who may be interested in online business or affiliate marketing.

So, What Does Blog Hopping Have To Do With Bus Driving? ย ๐Ÿš

On another note, Iโ€™ve been on sick leave after resigning and leaving my industry back in the end of Aug 2023, and that leave is coming to an end soon. Needing to start finding some work soon, I needed to consider a job that had flexibility my wife and I need and conducive to our health needs. Just as important was selecting work that would allow me time to keep developing in affiliate marketing.

Freedom, flexibility and health are why I decided to get into affiliate marketing now, to build the lifestyle we need in our family. To get there I still must make enough to sustain our living until I am making a full-time income in affiliate marketing.

For this next phase in life I selected being a School Bus Driver, which is a few hours in the morning then a few more in the late afternoon. This would give me a few hours between to work my affiliate marketing biz or if needed, delivering some Uber Eats. It seems to be the right fit for now.

I hesitated writing about this in my blog post, thinking others who already know me may think less of me. My last career I resigned from I worked in from 2007 โ€“ 2023 as a career counsellor in the non-profit, and now I was going to drive a school bus?

My hesitation quickly faded though because I decided a while back that I would no longer care what anyone else thinks about me! I do still face circumstances that try to get me back to fearing what other people think, but I overcome quickly now, reminding myself that โ€œI DONโ€™T CARE ANYMOREโ€! Iโ€™ll be happy with driving a school bus and delivering Uber Eats on the side ๐Ÿ˜Š

Adjustments I Need To Make ๐Ÿ”ง

There will be some adjustments that need to be made soon in my life. As I work a job again, I wonโ€™t be available for any of the live training I now participate in through my mentors training. However, I will still have access to the recordings of each training session which I can listen to and act on when I have time allotted.

I will never quit my affiliate marketing journey and the mentors, community and resources I have available to me. Iโ€™m just making a change in the journey. The goal remains the same, but a slight adjustment is made to the plan!

Time To Go ๐Ÿ‘‹

How do you handle change and transition in life? How do you handle what others think of you? Letโ€™s chat, leave me a comment, some feedback. I enjoy responding to all comments!

Talk soon,

Denny

This Post Has 44 Comments

  1. Kate Loving Shenk

    Since you have to go back to work, enjoy it. You know what we are doing with Dean Holland will work- if we work it! Do what you can with the AS and suddenly youโ€™ll be ready to launch!

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Thanks for your feedback Kate. I appreciate your encouragement.
      Yes Dean Holland is a mentor that will help implement his proven plan!
      All will work out!
      Denny

  2. Ernie

    Denny – I am in a similar situation in that I resigned from my company to refocus. The courage you have to take this step is inspiring, Best wishes to you in this new venture and I plan to follow and learn from you!

    1. Denny Medeiros

      HI Ernie,
      Thanks for your feedback and your encouragement!
      I’m happy I can inspire you with what I’m doing.
      I wish you success also in, as I call it, Reinventing yourself!
      It can be a scary place to be but also a exciting place to be in life.
      Hope to see you back soon!
      Denny

  3. Sandy

    Hi Denny

    Great post! I have a hard time not caring what others think as well. Work in progress!

    I look forward to reading your next post!

    Sandy

    1. Denny Medeiros

      HI Sandy,
      Thanks for commenting. It’s definitely challenging and some people think one should care a little.
      The issue I find is, the more people that have hurt us, the harder it is to deal with criticism from people.
      I’ve been let down and stabbed in the back by many people. If I give an inch to peoples criticism, it will quickly set me back a mile.
      So, in order to make this time in my life successful, I need to shut that down and choose not to care.
      Of course, I’m referring to the negative criticism only ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hope to see you back again!
      Denny

  4. tony simms

    Interesting that you think they would think less of you, I guess maybe they do not realise that you have the welfare of x number of young lives in your hands!

    To be honest it seems like a great move, money in to pay the bills, time to develop the business, perfect.

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Tony,
      Thanks for your feedback.
      It would be more related to leaving a career of 15 years in a decent field, and attempting a business that many think is not respectable but scam.
      As far as school bus driving and Uber eats, not even sure it will make fully way I need, but it’s the option I have for now.
      I’ve learned some people have a martyr mentality, if you have to work to support your family even if it’s killing you, you do it for them.
      Not a healthy mindset and one I am trying to disprove ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks again,
      Denny

  5. Alison Blaire

    Denny, I love that you posted this. I have been considering leaving my normal job for something that allows me more time to work on affiliate marketing. It’s a really hard decision to step down from a “prestigious” job to do something less “prestigious,” but in actuality, doing what’s best for you and your family and not caring about the judgment of others is inspirational and empowering! You have definitely inspired me today, and for that, I thank you.

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Alison,
      Thanks for your comment and encouragement!
      It’s definitely a hard decision, especially when your family is at risk somewhat.
      I only did it because I had my wife’s full support and understanding.
      She believes this affiliate marketing business with Dean is exactly what I need and will benefit our family most in the future.
      Coming from a Portuguese catholic martyr mentality background, you have to work to support your family even if itโ€™s killing you, you do it for them.
      This isn’t a healthy mindset and it’s time to do it different. Health first, maybe need to tighten the budget, use up some savings, do lesser type of side job, while working the business, doing it all in a more healthy way with a grand result of financial freedom in the end ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m so happy this post inspired you and I hope you are able to make your transition the way you need it!
      Hope to see you back soon ๐Ÿ™‚
      Denny

  6. Eleanor Hope

    Denny,
    I appreciate your honesty in sharing your thoughts about what other people think of us and it is such a challenge to acknowledge it’s difficult but to keep going along your own path. That is inspiring.

    Right now, I have decided not to share with my immediate family what I am doing (as an affiliate marketer) because I know very well how they may respond and I am not sure how strong I will be in brushing their concerns off.

    I am hoping that once I have everything in place and it’s all working, I will be able to say.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Eleanor,
      Thanks for your comment and I appreciate your encouragement!
      It is hard but we have to figure out what works for each of us.
      If it’s going to be a bigger problem to deal with family concerns and opinions, then maybe best to do as your doing and wait.
      This way you can work the business without having to deal with negativity until you have it going ๐Ÿ™‚
      For me my biggest challenge is my health and being forced to do it this way, because it fits with our family and health issues.
      If I don’t do it I’ll never get ahead and will use up all my savings. Not a good option.
      Thanks for sharing and hope you come back soon!
      Denny

  7. Nathan

    I really appreciate your courage to not only be open about what you’re doing, And open about the fact that it does make you feel some fear, but you’re not letting that fear hold you back.

    Keep it up.

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Nathan,
      Thanks for your comment and your encouragement!
      I think it important to share that we can do things even in fear.
      There’s only one direction to go and that’s forward.
      Came back soon for more posts!
      Denny

  8. Anthony Wallis

    I love the idea of visiting other peopleโ€™s blogs in the hope that they may visit your blog itโ€™s something I am learning(slowly) and need to do more and more moving into the future.

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Anthony,
      Thanks for sharing your feedback!
      I find that when blog hopping, I actually learn a lot from other peoples blogs, what they go through, how they overcame, learn new technical things, how to do things quicker… There’s so much out there that we can learn as we blog hop and connect with others. They will intern potentially visit our blog and learn something from us ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s great!
      Thanks again and hope to have you back soon!
      Denny

  9. Jesse Nash

    Hi Denny: I just read your post and and i like your definition of blog hopping. I salute you for finding something else to do with your time. I have found myself doing the same thing. I want to give you some good advice, and that is not to worry about what other people may think of your decision. You must remember that this is your life you are talking about.You must always do what’s best for your life as well as your wife’s life. What others think is not important. What’s important is what you think, and what you must do for you, and no one else. Stay with your same mindset, and you’ll be fine. Always do what you have to do for your yourself no matter what.

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Jesse,
      Thank you for your feedback and encouragement!
      I appreciate your advice and am happy that there are people like you of the same mind.
      It’s empowering and uplifting and you’re a very encouraging person!
      I wish you success in everything you do and hope to see you back soon!
      Denny

  10. Robert Klein

    Denny – the freedom, flexibility and health are my lifestyle drivers too. And unfortunately I don’t have part-time work to sustain me. But much to the chagrin of my accountant – the retirement savings keep me afloat. I’m sure your “why” will carry you through both the additional work and your aspirations for success with the affiliate marketing journey you are on.

    As far as handling what others think of me, I must say that I do not stop caring – I just make sure that what they think won’t get me down as I truly feel in my heart that some day their thinking will be altered and THEY will be asking ME how I have become so successful.
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    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Robert,
      Thanks for your feedback and encouragement!
      I appreciate your journey and understand accountant flack…
      I’ve had to tap into a piece of savings for some of this journey and kept getting the be careful, blah, blah, blah message. It’s terrible.
      I understand and am happy you can prevent yourself from stopping caring about what others think.
      I can’t. I’ve been let down, hurt and almost emotionally destroyed by a lot of people I trusted.
      It brings back to much of the past unless I choose to not care about peoples opinion.
      We do what we need to protect ourselves and our sanity ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks again and hope to see you back soon!
      Denny

  11. Lauren Millman

    Denny, I can’t thank you enough for being so transparent in your post. I have nothing but appreciation for your vulnerability. You just continue to encourage me to do the same. I’m often caught between what I want to say… and feeling like I should say something different, but deep down, it’s the vulnerability in these posts that others will relate to and jive with. Health has also been a main motivating factor in me deciding to do this online business journey as well, so I wish you nothing more health and healing in these upcoming months. I look forward to your next post!

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Lauren,
      Thanks so much for your feedback and kind words!
      Being this transparent is very hard for me, I’m a very private person ๐Ÿ™‚
      I actually only do it because Dean in his mentoring suggested it and also, it’s said success is on the other side of those things we keep ourselves from doing because it’s hard or we fear.
      I wish you success in your business and health and healing as well in your journey!
      Hope to see you back soon with feedback on future posts ๐Ÿ™‚
      Denny

  12. Sarah Goulding

    Well done for the changes. I think itโ€™s incredible and actually feel envious of the flexibility youโ€™ll have. Youโ€™ll have a brill time in the e bus, children are so funny and they will lovely seeing your friendly face each morning and afternoon. I think itโ€™s a brilliant idea. I can still see my bus driver when I think about it, he only had to smile to make us all feel better about our horrible day at school!
    Good luck with your new adventure.

    People are going to judge no matter what you do, so you might as well be happy

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Sarah,
      Thank you for the feedback and encouragement! I was very fortunate to get this flexibility.
      I look forward to seeing the kids and hope I can impact them as your bus driver did so simply!
      Hope to see you back soon!
      Denny

  13. Phil

    Danny,

    Whatever other people think of what you do is irrelevant. If you are happy, with the new way you have organized your life to best allow you to achieve your affiliate marketing dreams, then that is all that counts. Stuff what other people think. It seems to me that the arrangements you have made, are perfect, as long as you are bringing in enough lucre to support you and your dependents during the lean times of your early affiliate marketing journey, that’s all that matters. Good luck in the future, mate, and keep on blogging.
    Cheers
    Phil
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    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Phil,
      Thank you for your feedback and encouragement!
      I am happy with life at this point and my options, and as you said, that’s all that matters.
      Hope to see you back soon!
      Denny

  14. Martin Lefebvre

    Hey Denny, I think it’s part of someone’s career to eventually face a point of transition. New challenges, new interests, freedom, health, are just a few reasons why we look for those changes. Me for example, I want to be a karate instructor with my own dojo. However I don’t have the money to do this and also I would have to drop my actual job which is not a solution. So what I do? This is where Affiliate Marketing came as a solution to help pay the bills, create more freedom in my life, and make place for the things I would like to do.

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Martin,
      Thanks for your feedback and encouragement!
      I hope it works out and you can start your own dojo.
      If I can share this with you, when I joined the IP Accelerator Program with Dean I was speaking with someone named John Bryan who informed me and secured the payment for the program. He does affiliate with Dean and used the skills to start an online martial arts training program, where he was doing monthly martial arts instruction for a monthly fee of about $25 all virtual. He mentioned he was making good money with it and has people from all over the globe signed up. Just wanted to share in case you thought to do something martial arts online to help you get to a brick and mortar dojo.
      Hope to see you back soon.
      Denny

  15. Atif Perwiz

    Denny, youโ€™re right we shouldnโ€™t be too concerned with what other people think. Only that you know what youโ€™re doing and why youโ€™re doing it and what you need to do for your family. So it makes sense if you need to drive that bus then drive that bus thereโ€™s nothing wrong with that. And on top of that youโ€™re helping kids get to school. In 2020 during Covid, I had lost my job and was delivering parcels for ยฃ0.26 each. It was a tough time but now look, we are building a business. Thatโ€™s just life. Great post, my friend, Atif

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Atif,
      Thanks for the comment and encouragement!
      That’s life, we’ve got to do what needs to be done, whatever that looks like, whatever it takes.
      Nothing can hold use down and prevent our goals but us, right?!
      Let get it done! Hope you can come back and contribute to future posts!
      All the best,
      Denny

  16. Alan Lim

    Not caring about what other people think of you is easier said than done. But I think you should be proud of yourself for doing what needs to be done in order to achieve your goals.

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Alan,
      You’re right, it’s easier said than done, but totally possible.
      Funny part is when you think you have it under control you suddenly a negative opinion from someone who has more weight in your life and it suddenly hurts again and what you thought you had under control just got challenged at a new level ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for the encouragement!
      Denny

  17. Tom Bledzki

    I like your post Denny, I can relate to that as a driver ๐Ÿ™‚
    You found a good solution, allowing yourself scheduled time for developing new skills with affiliate marketing.
    Forget what other people think. They have their own life and problems and do not care.
    When I started posting on social media and had bad comments, that hurt me. But then I listened to Grand Cardone, and he said that a bad comment is a sign that you are doing something right, that the other person wants to do, but doesn’t do.
    I like your strong pledge about not quitting.
    I also sometimes do not have time to attend live but always watch the recordings. The good thing is that you can listen to it at x1.5 speed ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the best. Tom

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Tom,
      Thank you for your comment and encouragement!
      Yes, important to have the right perspective and plan for when downer opinion surface.
      Thanks for the tip about listening to videos at 1.5 speed, sounds reasonable
      I hope you can come back and comment on future posts, all the best! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Denny

  18. Michelle Medeiros

    Iโ€™m still working on what others think of me. But changing my internal dialogue and focusing on self love and self care is the journey that I am currently on!

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for sharing your feedback!
      Working self love and self care is very important and something we should all be doing regularly.
      I hope you continue to succeed in your journey!
      Hope to see you back again ๐Ÿ™‚
      Denny

  19. CJ

    Denny,

    Blog hopping is a great way to start driving traffic to your blog. It takes a lot of time and effort from what I’ve read. One of the things I’ve learned from Russel Brunson is that you need to find your dream 100 on every platform you using to drive traffic. What is the dream 100? In your case you find the top 100 blogs you wish to interact with and build relationship with the owners by posted on their blogs and posting their content on your blog. As you build relationships with them it opens doors for opportunities to promote your products, services and newsletter on their blog. You are creating a win-win for yourself and the other blog owners.
    Look forward hearing how you blog hopping progresses.
    CJ

    1. Denny Medeiros

      HI CJ,
      Thanks for your comment and encouragement!
      I appreciate the suggestion about finding your dream 100.
      I am far from 100, but I can say I have about a dozen so far.
      I’ll definitely continue to build that up and work on those relationships ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hope you can come back and give feedback on future posts!
      All the best.
      Denny

  20. Jon Wesley Bowman

    Hello Denny, kudos to you! At least you are doing something until you start making it with your venture. There are to many people that think certain jobs are beneath them for whatever reason. A person has to do whatever it takes to better their situation and take care of their family. Nothing wrong with that you should be admired. Look forward to your future posts.

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Jon,
      Thank you for your feedback and encouragement!
      The way I see it, there is no honest work that should be looked down on.
      We do what we can when we can with what we have available ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for the empowerment!
      Wish you all the best and hope you return to comment on future posts!
      Denny

  21. Steph

    Hi Denny,

    I am currently trying to make my way around blog-hopping. I don’t exactly know what blogs to hop on. I’m a beginner affiliate marketer, and I am trying to find which blogs to hop on and get involved in. Do you have any ideas of blogs that are worthy of being hopped on? Would you be able to email me with some ideas?

    Thanks,
    Stephanie

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Steph,
      It’s not too complicated to find blogs to follow, however it does take time. First it’s important to know who you are trying to reach or help with your blog. Then search for those blogs. For example, I am trying to reach beginners in affiliate marketing or intermediates. I would be searching for other affiliate marketing related blogs. I used Google “Top 50 affiliate marketing related blogs” and then took time to go through each blog. What I was looking for in each blog is if there is any interaction, people commenting and blogger responding. It’s best to select blogs with regular and recent interaction. It’s a good place to start. Let me know if you have more questions ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to see you back again!
      Denny

  22. kae ward

    You touched on something that is so limiting for a lot of people. A lot of people ‘are’ what they do or are where they work. If that goes away for them, then they are at a huge loss as that was their identity. Makes it difficult for them to move on until they can come to terms with it. It sounds like you have got this figured out and you are so right in that it doesn’t matter. Enjoy the bus job and it won’t be forever.

    1. Denny Medeiros

      Hi Kae,
      Thanks for your feedback! You’re right, peoples identity tend to be what they do or work related.
      I went through an identity crisis when I couldn’t continue in labour work, it’s all I knew.
      Became a counsellor and 15 years later need to change a gain.
      I wouldn’t say I got it figured out, things change quickly sometimes.
      I’m going in a direction and ready to make the necessary changes ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hope to see you back soon!
      Denny

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