1. How long have you been blogging? I run a SEO company, so I wasn’t into blogging until recently. I have started blogging since Nov 2013 on my blog, FireYourMentor.com where I provide tips on SEO, internet marketing and entrepreneurship.
2. How many blogs do you own and contribute for? I own 1 personal blog and a couple of affiliate blogs. I am not a regular contributor to any 3rd party site but I try to guest blog whenever I get an opportunity.
I am also an author and have recently launched my book, “70 SECRETS REVEALED: How To Write Content That Converts 600% More”.
I am working on two other books right now. (1 fiction and another non-fiction)
3. What is the main purpose or objective of your blog? I blog to reach out to people, to educate them and to help them avoid those mistakes that I had committed when I started out.
My Blog is a medium for people to know me better as a human being, as a marketer and as a writer.
4. How many posts do you write on an average per week? Earlier, I used to blog whenever I wanted to or had time. Later I realised, if you don’t have a plan, it’s really difficult to succeed. I have been following a timely schedule since the last two months.
My posts are around 1000-2000 words. You don’t get recognition unless you write some big, fat articles. So, I have decided to write 1-2 blog posts (3000+ words) every week.
In order to drive traffic, I have added weekly blog roundups, interviews etc.
5. How much time do you devote for your blog on a daily basis? Three to four hours, unless the post requires heavy research or an interview in which case the blog takes much more time.
6. How much time do you spend on tracking RSS feeds? I devote around 1 hour to writing and 2 hours to marketing.
7. What is your favorite social bookmarking site and Why? If I really like a post, I will share it on Facebook or Google+.
8. What is your blog’s monthly revenue? I don’t have any direct income from my blog since I haven’t monetized it. Generally, people come to me for consultation or sometimes they buy my books after reading my blog. So, it’s really hard to determine the exact figures.
9. How many page views does your blog generate daily? My blog is very new and doesn’t have many links. Most of the traffic is from social media. It varies from 100-300 daily.
10. Name one blog you read every day without fail. JamesAltucher.com
11. What is your blog’s main revenue generator? Like I mentioned earlier, there are no direct revenue streams. People come to me for consultation or buy my books after reading my blog.
12. Do you believe in Alexa rankings for measuring traffic? Yes, I do. Whenever you come across any random blog, you are normally clueless about the blog’s reputation. I use Alexa ranking to get a rough estimation about that site’s traffic.
13. Do you accept Guest Articles on your blog? Yes, I do but, there are certain requirements. You will find it here: http://fireyourmentor.com/write-for-us/
14. Do you believing in spending money on promoting your blog? Yes, of course I do, but you need to rephrase your question. It should have been, if I believe in investing money on promoting my blog or not.
Without investments you don’t get any returns. At the same time, you need to make smart investments.
15. Do you answer to all the comments on your blog? Unfortunately, I haven’t received many comments, my blog is very new. But whenever I do, I reply to each and every one of them.
16. How did you market your blog during your initial days to get the readers that you have? Social Media !! I know most people would chose to guest post but social media is by far the easiest way to get new readers in the initial days.
I have also implemented interviews and blog roundups on my blog. People who are being interviewed share it with their audience and hence, the blog gets more exposure.
17. Any mistakes to learn from and avoid? Oh yeah. Very recently, I failed in successfully launching a software company. The lesson I learnt, ‘Never launch a product without testing it with your audience’. Even if you believe that you have a great product, your audience might think otherwise.
As far as blogging is concerned, always write big, fat articles. There are millions of 1000 words articles on the same topic. The only way to stand out of the crowd is to write around 3000 words articles. Even Google loves big, fat articles, so , obviously your articles will have a better chance to rank on Google than your competitors.
18. What is your source of new post ideas? I practice, James Altucher’s technique to generate ideas.
19. Is having a “niche” important to bloggers? You need to blog on topics you love. If you open a blog just for the heck of earning money, you will soon lose interest in it.
20. Any advice to a start-up blogger? Write profound articles from the very first day. If blogging is your full time job, try to publish at least 3-4 articles of 3000 words every week.
Share these articles on http://viralcontentbuzz.com where you can easily find people who will share your content on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, and Google +. It’s a platform where you earn credits each time you share somebody else’s content. You can use the same credits to earn shares for your articles. If you devote 2 hours every day on viralcontentbuzz.com, you will get at least 50+ shares for each article, right from DAY 1.
21. About Carolyn Harshajyoti Das is the Co-Author of “70 Secrets Revealed: How To Write Content That Converts 600% More”.
He is the CEO at Munmi.org, a company that helps small businesses with SEO, Social Media marketing, and Reputation Management. He also gives advices on Internet marketing & Entrepreneurship in his blog FireYourMentor.com.
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