To start with, we have one of blogger from India – Atish Ranjan of TechTricksWorld.com
So, lets start and have a look what Atish have to say to us.
Sahil(BloggingPages): Please tell us a about yourself and your blog?
Atish: Hey Sahil, First of all I would like to thank you for giving an opportunity to speak something about me and my blogs.
I am Atish Ranjan from Delhi, India. I am a very simple and down to earth guy who loves to spend most of his time in front of his laptop. My first blog is Techtricksworld.com which is being managed by me and my friend Zainil. Here you can find blogging, SEO tips, technology news and much more. Over the time Techtricksworld became a software giveaway hub. I would like to invite you and your readers to participate in giveaways on my blog.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): When and Why did you start blogging?
Atish: I am blogging since 2010 but real journey started when I moved my blog to self hosted domain. In my blogging life there is a person who is not just my blogging partner but a brother and friend too; Zainil Dedhia. He is the person whom I met online in a forum managed by my friend Durgesh [a great person with excellent programming knowledge. He also helped me a lot], Since then me and Zainil are working together.
There is no such reason for blogging but I would like to share that when I had started I was not aware about what I was doing is called “blogging” and it can be a great income source but over the time I learnt so many things about blogging.
The simple reason I can say that I do blogging just because I love it. Fortunately what I love became a great income source for me. J
Sahil(Bloggingpages): How did you enter the blogging world?
Atish: Ummm! I mentioned above that I met Zainil in a forum and then I had started a blog on blogspot without knowing what is that? And I was started just to know what is this all about. Zainil told me a little about posting articles on blogspot and hence I have started. Zainil was also a contributor for that blog. Gradually we started getting very good response, hence we have moved our blog to self hosted domain and hosting. Since then we are blogging successfully and later started 2 more blogs.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): Are you a part time blogger or a full time blogger?
Atish: Part time but want to make it full time. Hope that day will come soon J.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): What do you do apart from blogging?
Atish: I work as Sr. SEO in an IT company where I manage SEO and SEM.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): How much time do you spend on your blog weekly?
Atish: After finishing my day job I return home and devote time to blogging for 2-3 hours daily and give more time on weekends. Total of more than 20 hours a week
Sahil(Bloggingpages):How blogging has changed your life?
Atish: Blogging has completely changed my life. Before blogging I was not sure what to do in my spare time hence all the time was going to waste but as I came into blogging arena I always have much more things to do so all of my time spend in learning and implementing new stuffs. No more wastage of time. J Apart from this I have got a good recognition in blogging arena. I always feel good because I have got great guys, followers and friends in the blogosphere with whom I discuss new things and all.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): What inspires you to blog?
Atish: The Feeling! Whenever I sit to do my blogging stuffs I feel so relaxed and calm. Love the feeling. If I am not able to blog for few days then I get bored and feel like something missing. In short, I would like to say that blogging became an important part of my life and I cannot live without it.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): Which are other blog you own?
Atish: Currently I am managing 3 blogs with the support of Zainil. Here are they:-
Sahil(Bloggingpages): Which blogging platform you prefer? WordPress/Blogger – Why?
Atish: Both are good in their own ways. If you are beginner then you may start with blogger but If you want to do professionally then I would suggest to go with WordPress as having own domain and hosting gives you full access of your files and folders on web space. Also wordpress is more flexible than blogger; WP plugins are there to customize your blog at your own ease.
If you ask me to answer this question in a single word then My answer would be “Wordpress” because it is more flexible, more attractive and more productive.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): What do you do to drive traffic to your blog?
Atish: For driving traffic I do use better keywords in my posts which help me to get good organic traffic. Apart from this I do blog commenting, guest blogging and share my posts on social media sites. These help me getting good traffic. I am also focusing on relationship building with my readers, fellow bloggers and all. This also helps to get loyal readers.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): How do you Monetize your blog?
Atish: Google Adsense, Sponsored reviews, banner ads and affiliate marketing.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): Which fellow bloggers you follow the most?
Atish: I am not able to answer this question as I think my fellow bloggers knows the best if they are following me the most. But I love all my fellow bloggers.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): Any Blogging Tips you would like to give to our readers?
Atish: Before I give any blogging tips to you I would like to suggest you all to help your juniors and fellow bloggers as much as you can. This will benefit you in the long run. Apart from this I would like to suggest that don’t just start thinking for money from the day you start blogging. Just do hard work to get huge quality organic traffic. You will automatically be making great money. Focus more on Content part. Content is really the king.
Sahil(Bloggingpages): Any mistake/success you would like to share from your blogging journey?
Atish: When I was not fully aware about blogging then I was just posting 200-250 words articles in the very beginning. That was a blunder mistake but as I get to know about the importance of descriptive content I have edited all of them and made more informative. I have underestimated twitter and didn’t use it efficiently, this is my biggest mistake but I am gradually correcting and started using twitter efficiently.
If I talk about success, I can say the biggest success I got when My 6 month blog i.e. Techtricksworld.com got Page Rank 4 and started getting more than 2k page views on daily basis. Later my other blogs 2012onwards and stoogles got very nice Page rank in a very short time. Apart from these I have made great earnings which I never thought. J
After all of this, My biggest success is getting great friends online with great talent. Its hard to find a talented and great friends but blogosphere is full of that kind of guys. It’s a real success that I am a member of that kind of family(i.e. blogosphere.)
Thanks again Sahil for this awesome opportunity
Atish, it was nice speaking to you and getting views about you and blogging.
We, readers of BloggingPages wished you to do well and your blog go ahead a long way.
Hope this interview inspired you about blogging. We do have some more interview so stay tuned for more interviews