A little background on our guest today:
I am honored to have Anil Aggarwal, the founder of BloggersPassion as our guest today to share his experience and advice in web hosting.
BloggersPassion is featured on the top blogs like Problogger, DailyBlogTips, SEMrush, Zac Johnson, Successful Blogging, ShoutMeLoud, Basic Blog Tips and many others.
Without further ado, we present our interview with this very talented and fascinating SEO and Affiliate Marketing expert.
Q: Hello Anil, thanks a lot for being with us today. Let’s do some introduction for a start. Can you please briefly introduce yourself and your blog.
Anil: Hi Guys. My Name is Anil Agarwal, a Professional blogger from India. I’m the guy behind BloggersPassion, a blog covering topics around Blogging, SEO, Affiliate Marketing and Social Media. I have been running this blog since 2010. With BloggersPassion, I’m aiming at helping newbie bloggers and website owners taking their websites and blogs to the next level in terms of traffic and revenue.
Q: What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
Anil: As I told you earlier, I have been into blogging domain for good amount of time now. I have seen many ups and downs in this period. My blog has been a victim of Google Search Penalties like Panda & Penguin. But with my SEO & Blogging skills, I was able to overcome both of these animals.
When I started doing blogging, Google Adsense was the only source of earning for me. But one fine day, My Google Adsense Account was banned for no reason. For a moment I feel as if everything is lost.
But then I started looking for Adsense Alternatives. For some time paid reviews, selling links and banner advertisement was my major source of income. But for the last couple of years, affiliate product selling has been my main source of income.
Q: How important is networking and social media promotion for a blogger? How do you promote your blog and interact with your audience?
Anil: Networking and Social Media promotion is really important if you want to become a successful blogger and want to build a better brand for you and your blog.
If the time allows, I use to attend blogging meets that are happening around my city. Whenever I get an opportunity to meet fellow bloggers in person or through online channels, I’m always there. Over the years, I have developed a great relationship with other bloggers in my niche.
Here are few pointers I’m sharing to help and your blog readers understand how I’m promoting my blog contents:
- I use to share my blog contents on Social Media channels like FB, G Plus and Twitter.
- I also use to share them on 5-6 popular social bookmarking sites.
- I use to link to some of selected contents from my Youtube Videos
- I use to do 2-3 guest posts every month to promote my blog contents.
- I also have the habit of linking new contents from old blog posts that are relevant.
- And try to leave value adding comments on top blogs in industry.
- I’m connected with blog readers and fans through my blog comments, social media channels and via offline mediums whenever needed.
Q: What is the one tool all bloggers should have if they want to “go pro” with their blog?
Anil: If it has to be only tool, I would suggest SEMrush. I have been a big fan of this tool. This tool has done wonders for me from the day I started using it.
I have been using it for more than a year now and really happy for choosing it. It’s a complete tool for SEO, Blogging and SEM professionals.
You can read more about this tool and claim 30 days free trail of SEMrush Pro account (Worth $69) from this post.
If you are going to try it, spend some time going through all the features and see how you can use them for improving your blog organic traffic.
Q: Where Is bloggerspassion.com Hosted Right Now? What Makes You Choose Them In The First Place?
Anil: From the day one, BloggersPassion was hosted on Hostgator. But recently I moved to Traffic Planet Hosting. You can learn from this post why I ditch Hostgator and moved to Traffic Planet Hosting.
Again looks like a great move as it has already started giving results.
Q: What’s the one thing that excites you the most about working as a full-time blogger?
Anil: With full time blogging, you are your own boss and can do things at your own terms and at your comfort.
You have to struggle a bit in the initial phase of blogging. But once you reach to a certain level, things become bit easy. You can outsource few less important tasks so that you can focus on much important things in hand.
Q: What would be your advice for setting up a link building campaign from scratch for a new website with a limited budget?
Anil: Here are few things I would suggest when setting up link building campaigns for a brand new website or blog:
Focus more on generating well researched and quality contents on your blog. And then market them on major social media networks so that they attract some natural links automatically.
Develop a healthy relationship with top bloggers in your niche. Share their stuff, comment on their latest posts and write for them.
Be active on relevant blogging communities, forums and Question Answer websites.
Q: Finally, What advice would you like to give to young and upcoming bloggers?
Anil: I would suggest only one thing. Keep doing the hard work and don’t give up. That’s the only thing in your control. Soon or later you will get success. Don’t give up blogging after few months only. Blogging takes time; it’s not a get rich scheme.
That’s all for my questions, thank you very much for your time.
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