We like our rags-to-riches tales because they highlight how a person goes from nothing to someone who people look up to. And it’s all the more amazing when such a person comes from our part of the world.
This is one such tale of an entrepreneur from Multan, M Tanveer Nandla, an individual made $4,500 in one day by just using internet.
Meet M. Tanveer Nandla
Tanveer hails from Multan. The youngest son in his family, he studied BS Information Technology from Bahauddin Zakariya University in south Punjab.
During his second semester at BZU. he chose to learn some web development since he saw the potential internet held. In those early days, he came across Google Adsense, which he used in combination with YolaSite, Yahoo GeoCities and Blogspot to earn money.
He netted $64 via Adsense in his nascent days as on the internet back in 2007.
He soon realized that internet publishing is nothing without SEO, and that’s when he learnt SEO optimization and best practices through trial and error and a combination of devouring all the tips and tricks he learnt on the internet.
His first website, www.pkfunda.com went live in 2008. His competitors were brands like Hamariweb, SMS4Smile, PaperPK, etc.
Nandla claims that his website crashed because the server could barely keep up with the traffic it was getting. Later on, his Adsense account associated with PKFunda was disabled by Google due to a copyright claim on the YouTube videos. Though he can’t recall the precise figures now, he believes that PKFunda made $1500 before Google disabled Adsense.
The shutdown of PKFunda notwithstanding, Nandla had another venture in mind. After completing his studies, he built a sports-based website in 2011. Using all the knowledge he had gained over the years (mainly for content and SEO), he ensured the site was a success. This is where he started looking into event blogging more seriously.
The start of the year saw him launch Fashion 2012-13.
Good SEO Practices Account for the bulk of Tanveer’s Success
His fiancé was the inspiration behind this idea. She helped him write articles for the website. He mentions that the fashion website started out with SEO-optimized seed content and then usual daily publication in the following days.
From the second month onwards, the site started generating money. This venture earned Nandla around $1500 from advertising.
Later on, he flipped it through a friend for $2500 on Flippa. In all, he had earned $4000 in around 2 and half months from the fashion-based website.
At its best, Nandla’s websites had 1,216k users online!
The success behind the fashion website made him decide to take event blogging to a whole new level.
Nandla states that in a month, he earned about $4500 from his sports website in a single day.
What is He Up to Now?
M Tanveer Nandla is doing many things currently. He is a lecturer at Bahauddin Zakariya University, his alma mater. He is in charge of teaching about programming languages.
In addition to this, he is managing a company called ‘MWebs.’ He still does blogging and SEO at a few niche sites, event based and affiliate sites.
When asked if his success model can be replicated today, Tanveer had this to say:
It’s easy to replicate event blogging now because there are much more guides, tutorials, experts and content available nowadays. Things weren’t easy back then.
Tanveer’s journey was by no means easy. His office faced closure at one point when matters were not so rosy financially. But through a combination of hardwork and grit, he ensured that he and his staff got their due. And of course, he showed us that he dared to dream big, no matter how dire or limited his origins were.
When asked what is his advice for the youth in Pakistan, he stated:
“The future belongs to I.T. savvy youth of Pakistan. They should not be afraid of failure, because failure is only the first step towards success. They should define their goal maturely and work hard to chase that goal. They should recognize their skills and their personal calling. Always follow what fascinates you. Hard work always pay off if one is sincere in his intention and works hard”.