WordPress and blogging continue to grow in size every single day. With more people finally getting active and starting a website or blog of their own, there is a never ending supply of new content and resources to help new bloggers along the way. It’s really quite amazing, as you would think every blogging topic and tutorial has already been written several times over, yet new bloggers continue to build names for themselves through the content and guidance they provide.
This is something we can in see in our latest Meet the Bloggers interview with Rajesh Namase, who considers himself a blogging tips guru and helps create tutorials for not just blogging and WordPress, but also many other computer related activities as well. If you are still sitting on the sidelines and haven’t started a blog of your own, right now is the best time to get started.
1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?
First of all, thanks a lot for giving me a chance to connect with your readers. I am Rajesh Namase, serial entrepreneur and a professional blogger. I blog at TechLila.com and BloggingTips.Guru. I started my first blog when I was in the third year of my degree i.e. in September 2010.
I was inspired to start a blog because of our network technology teacher. In one of his lectures, he showed his BlogSpot blog. Then one of my friends, Suraj Salunkhe, started his blog on BlogSpot and asked me to check it. My uncle then suggested me to register a domain name and to use WordPress. This is how I started my first online blog.
2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?
We (the TechLila team) focus on covering Android, Windows and Technology related articles. I started my blog to share the knowledge I had. As I mentioned above, I started my blog while completing my engineering degree. So, being in the IT field, I decided to go with tech-related topics, also I was/am passionate about these topics.
3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?
We use different monetization techniques such as:
- Google AdSense
- Affiliate Programs: We promote different products using their affiliate programs.
- Sponsored post/ reviews and sidebar banners: This is the main source of our income.
4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?
It would have been a great thing if I already knew things such as a proper site structure, difference between categories and tags earlier. Also, while choosing a correct brand name, we should take enough time to choose a unique name so that name availability on social media is possible.
5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?
I usually read 35-50 articles per week, I use Feedly App to get updates from different blogs. Also, I use the Pocket app to save articles to read later.
6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?
- Ahrefs: An awesome tool for off page SEO and keyword research.
- Scrapebox: Many people consider this tool as a black hat SEO tool but we can use this tool for white hat SEO tasks. Use it very carefully or otherwise it can drastically affect your site.
- Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin: A recommended plugin for on-page SEO for WordPress blogs.
7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?
Do not just keep your focus on earning money. Instead, focus on writing high quality and unique articles. Here, “unique” means a topic which is not covered on any other blog. Don’t be just another blogger in the blogosphere.
8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?
I have seen many people fail because they start blogs to earn millions of dollars and to gain instant fame. But as you know, great things take time. So, do not get scared of not getting noticed in the crowd. Money is important, no doubt, but it will automatically follow if you focus on the quality of your articles.
9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?
First I will search for a good niche – I will choose a niche as per my interest and competition.
To start a blog, we need to register a domain name; I will spend $10 for it.
Next, I will spend some money on hosting, say $5, per month.
Then, I will set up social media pages and will write some killer articles. Then, I will use outreach techniques shared by Brian Dean from Backlinko to get some high-quality backlinks.
Finally, I will hire a Fiverr gig for $5 to create a logo for my blog.
That’s it! $100 at the beginning is a good amount. After five to six months, the blog will start generating money itself.
10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?
You can connect with me on
- Facebook: namaserajesh
- Twitter: @namaserajesh
- LinkedIn: namaserajesh
- Google+: +RajeshNamase
- Blogs URLs: a)TechLila.com and b)BloggingTips.Guru
Thanks again Rajesh Namase 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.