In the last few posts, I focused on the basic fundamentals of SEO, content, readers’ satisfaction and much more but in this post I will not tell you how to maintain the quality of content for your post. I will also not guide you how to drive more traffic to your website or blog.
Few months back, When I stepped into blogging world, I was very curious to know the quick ways to generate a huge amount of money from my blog ( I am still interested in making money) and somewhere or somehow, you too must be considering blogging as an income source.
But before we all get into the output thoughts, don’t you think we should roll our eyes over the input that is needed to convert our blog into an income source.
So here I am going to share an interview session of a successful blogger- Harsh Agarwal that I conducted some time ago.
1. How did you come to know about blogging and how did you thought to get into blogging?
When I was in college (2004-2008), I used to read a lot. I always had something for technology, and I keep reading about new software’s, Technology and web apps. I used to try new things and around 2007, I got to know about blogs. That time, Blogger.com was one of the popular platform, and that’s where I created my first blog. Though my first blog was more like an archive of interesting stuff which I found on the web, and I used to use it as my personal diary.
I won’t consider that phase as my entrance to blogging, as I created that blog to keep an archive of information which I liked on the web. That includes copying stuff from other website and putting them at one page. One fine day, I got an Email from Nirmaltv.com, asking me to remove the copied content, and in that email he explained why and how I was doing it wrong. Since, I had no idea about SEO, copying content, DMCA before that, I didn’t realise what I was doing wrong. After reading that Email, I deleted that blog and forget about blogging until I finished my graduation.
In 2008, after completing my I.T degree, I moved back to Delhi and joined Convergys.That’s the time when I started a new blog on BlogSpot.com, to share the fresh information which I learned over the time.
2. Is Shoutmeloud your first blog or you had some others before this one?
My first blog was on BlogSpot.com, and that’s the same blog I migrated to WordPress later on and now you all know it as Shout Me Loud.
3. How much time did you spend on blogging at initial stage and now?
My blogging journey started in 2 phase:
When I was working and blogging
when I become a full-time blogger
When I was working, I used to spend 4 hours daily on blogging. I hardly used to get time after my job, so I try to do more writing when I’m home after the work, and try to do more reading while I’m at work. At that phase, I had no idea about how people make money from the blog. I was blogging just because I enjoyed reading and writing about technology.
In March 2009, I decided to quit my job and take blogging seriously. I had an appointment letter with Accenture (Which I never joined), so it was a risk worth taking. That time, i used to work almost 14-16 hours a day, and I was totally into blogging. From 2009-2010 end, I worked almost 16 hours a day.
These days I work almost 8-9 hours a day, and spend my weekends with friends and family.
4. One reason for which anyone should consider blogging an income source?
First thing which I want to clear: Blogging is not for everyone, and for all those who are born writer, never start a blog just for the sake of money. Because it takes time to earn, and if you start something just for money, you will get bored with time… Rather blog for passion.
Now, lets consider the scenario – If you blog for passion, and your passion is your work, you will end up making more money than anything else. Blogging helps you to be your own boss, and you can try and experiment things your way. It doesn’t matter if you make $50/month or $50000/month from blogging, by the end you are making money from your passion. From something which you really enjoy doing. Think of it as, how will you feel if you get paid for browsing Facebook??
5. Any special reason for your success in blogging?
I don’t consider myself as Successful yet, as I have a long way to go. A reason why I know ShoutMeLoud is popular, because it talks about real life problems in blogging. I write about solution to problems which a blogger will face in his blogging journey. In fact, what ever I learned in my last 4+ year of blogging career, everything is on ShoutMeLoud. Anyone who is willing to earn from blogging, he could start from day one, see how I took off and create something better than ShoutMeLoud with his own smartness. I know people who are earning hundreds of dollars now after reading ShoutMeLoud, and probably that’s the reason ShoutMeLoud is popular among bloggers and internet marketers….
6. Any advice that you can give to the readers of my blog for their success?
Success have different meaning in everybody dictionary. First figure out what’s success meant to you. Is it money? Is it Fame? Is is empowering people? If it’s last one, you are already on the way to create a successful blog, if it’s first two, you need to be honest with yourself. Be like John Chow, who is honest about earning from his blog by teaching people how to blog.
If you are starting now or already started:
- Make a note of your definition of success and write down your goals with blogging.
- Start writing down actionable steps you going to take in coming months to reach your goals.
- At the same time make a list of things you don’t like on other blogs, and don’t do those things.
- Think of your blog as a business friend with it’s own personality and identity. Don’t copy others, rather create your own unique identity. There are some basics of blogging, but Blogging is not a constitution. You can always write or prove a new definition for blog success.
- Just be yourself and blog for yourself – When you blog for yourself, you will attract like-minded people, who share the same interest as you. That’s the key of building a blog readership.
This post was written by
Rahul Pahal – who has written 12 posts on Just4R.
Hey guys, my name is Rahul Pahal. I am 17 by age. I keep on discovering new techniques to improve my blogging and also love to share my knowledge on blogging with my blog's readers. You can stay in touch with my blog for regular tips and tricks to improve your blogging and search engine optimization.