Maliha Mannan


Maliha created The Side Blogger as an experiment to see if turning a blog into a profitable business is a possibility for moonlighting side bloggers. Learn more here, and connect with Maliha on Medium.

How to Create a Passive Income Stream Selling Digital Products on Your Blog

How to create a lucrative passive income stream from your blog by selling digital products that benefit your audience - The Side Blogger

Do you have an eye for good design?

Are you familiar with Canva? (Or Photoshop, or InDesign, or Illustrator?)

Do you entertain the idea of making some cash while you sleep?

If you’ve answered “YES” to all three questions above, then this post is for you.

Keep on readin’!

How to Improve WordPress Website Speed and Performance with SiteGround and WP Rocket

A complete guide to improving and enhancing your WordPress website and blog's speed and performance. - The Side Blogger #wordpress #wordpresstips #blog #blogger #blogging

I help other people optimize their sites, and yet, here I am, overlooking this blog’s performance for a whole year (that’s how long the blog’s been alive for!)

Anyhow, my whining aside, it was time for fixing a thing or two (or 10…)

It happened two days ago. I came across an article about WordPress speed optimization, which made me wonder when it was that I checked my site’s speed the last time.

Can you take a guess?

How to Make Money Blogging with Affiliate Marketing – A Guide for Beginners

Want to make money while you sleep from your blog? Then affiliate marketing is for you! In this post I'll show you how to start as an affiliate marketer.

Let me get straight to the point.

If you’re a blogger, and especially if you’re a new blogger, the best way to monetize your blog is through affiliate marketing.

If you’re new to affiliate marketing or have never heard of affiliate marketing, well, hold tight because I’m about to give you all the deets on the best and the fastest way to monetize your blog! And while we’re at it, you may want to bookmark this post so you can easily come back to it in the future as needed.

Without further adieu, let us jump in!

“Should I be Writing?” — My Attempt at Answering This Question with a Little Help from Seth Godin.

Collected snippets of advice from the author, speaker, entrepreneur, educator, and master blogger -- Seth Godin, on the importance of writing.

[I often write personal essays on Medium. The following post originally appeared on Live Your Life on Purpose — a Medium publication, on April 6, 2019, as I contemplated my reasons for and resistance to writing about my life. The content may not apply to what I blog about on TSB, but it does to some of the other pieces I’ve written on Medium and elsewhere about my life and struggles. If you’re in the same boat and questioning whether you should be writing at all, regardless of your niche, I hope this article will help.]

There are certain rules that I try to live by.

One of them is that I do what I want regardless of what other people think I should or shouldn’t do.

When I started writing, that’s the approach I adopted. I wanted to write for the pure pleasure of doing so. I didn’t care who read my articles or if I made money off it.

Well, I think that’s what it was at least in the beginning. Somewhere along the line though, things changed.

Is Blogging Right for You and How to Get Over the Fear of Starting a Blog

A reality check for those who're not sure if they should start a blog, whether blogging is right for them, and how to get over fear of starting a blog.

I get this question a lot.

I mean, A LOT!

And it’s always some version of the same thing: how does one get started when they already have a full-time job, or not enough money, or what if they end up biting more than they can chew… etc.

After the latest email from a reader asking yet another version of the aforementioned, I figured it’s time to address the elephant in the room.

How to Create Digital Product Images with Photoshop to Skyrocket Your Sales

A step by step tutorial to create product images with Photoshop for your digital and info products that'll skyrocket your sales! - The Side Blogger #makemoneyblogging #digitalproduct #infoproduct #photoshop #photoshoptutorial #design #graphicdesign #designtips

Do you like the cha-ching sound of passive income?

Us bloggers live for it, don’t we?!

I think it’s safe to say that the idea of making money while you sleep is something we’re all sold on.

Only, passive income isn’t quite as passive as people make it sound, had to learn it the hard way. There’s always some overhead, some initial work, and often, and this is the part that I like doing the least, continued maintenance.

However, in this blog post, I’ll be talking about the part that I actually find enjoyable! Well… second most enjoyable to be specific.

I’ve written previously about creating a passive income stream from your blog by way of selling digital products. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you do! One of the things I had pointed out in that post is the importance of creating beautiful product images that hook the potential customers and sliiiiiiiide them down the not-too-slippery slope that leads to hitting the “buy now” button.

And in today’s post, that’s exactly what I’ll be showing you–the way to create product images to take the curious window-shoppers on a ride all the way to purchased-customerdom.

I made up quite a few words there, but oh well, you get the picture…