Blogging has been around for quite a while, and even with over 300 million blogs in the world today there is still no end in site. Every day thousands of people go online to learn how to start a website or blog of their own. It’s through established bloggers and online resources that many of these new bloggers discover how to install WordPress, create content and even make money with a site of their own. Today’s “Meet the Blogger” interview series is with Kartik Raichura, who also caters to this same blogging audience and provides online resources and tools for starting a successful website or blog.
1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?
I’m Kartik Raichura from Mumbai, India. My first stint with Internet was when I started ManagementParadise.com at the age of 19 in 2004. After almost a decade it’s become one of the largest communities focused on management and business education. I have built many online communities mainly focused in the education vertical with the mantra “Discussing Online is the new learning”
I was given the prestigious “Star Young Entrepreneur Award” in 2013 by Indira International Innovation Summit and my startup ManagementParadise.com was acknowledged as the top 100 startups to work by SutraHR.
Recently I have been working on a — Blogging.co.in where the vision is to create 10,000 bloggers and train them make $100 every day over the next five years.
2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?
On Blogging.co.in, we help you Build a blog, brand and internet based business, increase traffic through SEO, SMO and internet marketing and make money online. I’ve chosen that niche because I have first-hand experience with the challenges faced by bloggers, startups and large businesses while going online. Today 13-year-olds are getting into blogging while they are still in school. The average worker in India makes about 295$ per year. If I can play a role in creating bloggers and training them to earn a larger income, I think I would contribute to nation building in a great way and also earn from it. That’s a winning combination.
3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?
Currently, the blog is monetized with affiliate product sales – mostly from web hosting, plugins, themes, SEO and social media tools sales. We also sell ad space, sponsored posts, sponsored reviews, social media outreach and sell our consulting services for SEO and Social Media.
4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?
I wish I would have started this earlier. I wish I knew that there is enough demand for everyone doing this and that you can always select a specific audience to cater to and carve your niche in the larger audience of aspiring bloggers.
5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?
Neil Patel is a must read for me to catch up on content marketing. Sue Anne from successfulblogging.com has great content to relearn the basics in blogging. Zac from zacjohnson.com writes some amazing stuff in the affiliate marketing niche. So those 3 are a must read almost daily.
6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?
- SEOProfiler is a great tool to have. I just love it the simplicity of it. I’ve also reviewed it here.
- MassPlanner is another one that is a must have for boosting your social media profiles.
- Google Adwords Tool for keyword research.
7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?
Write about the things you are passionate about. Write to help people looking for an answer online. Start and do not stop if you do not get gratified immediately. Get a good mentor, he can save you years of learning yourself into hours and help you succeed faster.
8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?
The best advice I’ve received is relationship building. There are always benefits that can be exchanged to grow with synergies and it doesn’t cost a penny. Also as they say Network is Net Worth!
9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?
I’d buy hosting from a reputed host and with whatever money that’s left I would bargain for the best domain name money can buy. I’m a big fan of memorable, generic and easy to remember domain names. It is very profitable in the long run.
10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?
Thanks again Kartik for taking the time to share your advice and story with the Blogging Tips community. If you would like to learn about other bloggers and how they are finding success online, be sure to read through our blogger interview series.