Video Interview With Darren Rowse: Continuing The Conversation About Making A Living Online

In this video interview with Darren Rowse of, we continue this series of conversations about how to making a living online.  This video interview follows two previous interviews.  One with Leo Babauta and one with John Chow.

Darren has been blogging professionally for a very long time and has a wealth of valuable information on the subject of actually making a full time income on the Internet.  He was very helpful to me in the early stages of my online development and anyone who knows him would agree when I say that he is one of the nicest guys in the Cloud.  So I hope you enjoy our conversation and are able to take away some useful tidbits regarding online income and the value and freedom it provides.

Also, be sure to check out his awesome Twitter blog (, Digital Photography site ( and follow him on Twitter (if you’re not already).


  1. says

    Great interview,
    I am really excited about the internet and what it has to offer. Ever since I first started making money online I haven’t been able to stop. As a student, I’m always in need of money. People ask me how I can afford to live without a part time job. I just simply tell them, It’s magic, therefore, keeping them wondering. I love what I do online.

  2. GT says

    Very interesting interview. Really Darren those say the same message in his Book “ProBlogger”. But, I’m skeptic about all this online money making machine. Maybe because of my experience in life makes me skeptical. You know, the famous quote, “if it sounds, looks, and feels to good to be true, then it must be fake, a set up, a scam…” Or, probably because I don’t feel like I have anything important to say. Or different from others. I look at DPS and say, that is my passion, so I can’t use that one because it’s already used, and by the way with so much dept. How, could I compete against that!!

    Then I hear you guys talk about doing what you love and having fun! I’m jealous! But, maybe at my age, I just need to keep on listening and reading about those who are living my wishful dream. I wish that I could afford to go at one of those social media conference and meet with gurus like you guys and see it in person. As, I just finish reading “Crush it” by Gary V., and he says you have to be the guru of your passion in order to have a chance of making it. Darn it DPS, the Photoshop Guys, Eric and Bradley! No, good for you guys and wishing you all the best. I guess that some are born to have that fun! while others just read and listen about it!


    • says

      Yeah, I hear the same guys talking about the same stuff over and over and it’s easy to feel like it’s more of a pipe dream than anything else. Yet in the end it’s just one of many formulas that require a mix of seriously hard work (at least to get going). So no, it’s not a cake walk and it can take years before you really get where you want to be, but it’s no different than more traditional success in that way.

      I do agree that some of us have an advantage depending on our technical experience and such, but really there are a ton of people who are total tech newbies who manage to find a way to make it work. Even if it’s just partnering with someone to do the tech work for you and taking on the other stuff. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Eric

      • GT says

        Hi Eric, thanks for your reply and you are right when you say:”it’s not a cake walk and it can take years before you really get where you want to be…” it just that my inner stupid speech! Don’t start all that work if you are not sure of success. Yeah, I know, sad isn’t it!

        But, the more I read the more I realize that it isn’t so much about success but more about doing what you love. My problem, is that I want to live that dream next month, not in 5 years! and I want to start making money. The worst is having to many passion! Anything involving technology I found a passion about it. Got to start focusing and start Crushing it! But, as I read and realize, all of you started somewhere and finally got there, by executing: “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Now I will have to buy your book and read “A Guide to Beating the Fears That Are Holding You Back”.


  3. says

    Hey Eric, hope you’re well!

    Great to hear you touching base with Darren in this interview

    I also feel that we’re still at the beginning phases of making a living online, despite the massive rush over the last year or so.

    I’m not so sure that the old model of building a blog, throwing up google ads & hoping for the best is the way to do it – the key seems to be more about being unique, coming up with a service or idea that is useable to others and building off that.

    Great to see your blog is still going strong & frugal doing so well – thanks for bringing us this interview!


  4. says

    Eric, it’s been awhile since I commented, but I just wanted to let you know that I swing by your blog every few weeks to catch up on your articles. This latest video series is fantastic. I hope you continue to produce them in the coming months.

    Hope all is well.



  5. says

    Hey Eric,

    I think the one single piece of advice that really resonated with me was when Darren said, “Find a way to capture people in either an RSS, Twitter or the major one I use which is a Newsletter.”

    Great advice.

    Thanks for sharing this insightful video interview Eric,

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