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Harsh Agrawal : My Blogging Journey So Far

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Harsh Agrawal : My Blogging Journey So Far

On the 1st of December 2013, Shoutmeloud had its 5th anniversary and I wanted to write my blogging journey which could help others to take up blogging as a serious career. This is going to be lengthy and bit boring, as it’s about me and my blogging journey so far. So if you are passionate about blogging then only read it, otherwise check out the other categories of ShoutMeLoud. This post is all about how I started my first blog and later on how I created a network of blogs, after one successful blog.

Read: After 1826 days of blogging, all I can say – Blogging is incredible (5th Anniversary post)

A Little About Me:

I have already written a lot about me on the  “about” page. For new readers, I’m Harsh Agrawal, Founder of ShoutMeLoud. By education I’m a software engineer and by profession I’m a blogger. This story will tell you about important time period of my  blogging journey. Getting back to my education background, I completed my engineering in I.T. stream (2008) and by the end of my final year; I was placed in one of the most reputed IT Companies: Accenture.
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My Blogging Journey : From Start

Alright, I have been updating this post whenever I get time. Last time it was edited in January 2014.

First three months of blogging:

I started blogging just out of fun in September of 2008 and started writing about things which I knew. I started my blogging journey on the BlogSpot platform. I was more interested in network and computer security, so I started with a community on orkut call “Underground world”. The first domain name which I wanted was underground world, which was already taken. So I started with the domain name virgintech.blogspot, and at the end of three months I was getting appreciation from my readers and I thought of investing on my blog. I bought Web-hosting and a domain from DreamHost and migrated my blog to WordPress.

Selecting a domain name + Hosting

By the end of three months, I was aware of the importance of branding of a blog. Initially I was thinking of some domain name with a keyword containing ‘Tech” but  choose “Shout-Me-Loud” for it’s uniqueness and for better branding. For hosting I selected Dreamhost since it was cheap and offered one free domain name along with the unlimited webhosting.

How my niche changed?

Initially I wrote about the usual tech stuff which you could probably find on other blogs. Later on, I started writing about blogging & WordPress based on my personal experience. Since all content was based on my own learning experience and experiments, soon people started liking it and that’s how ShoutMeLoud found its niche.

My First Income:

As I mentioned, I started blogging out of interest; I never had any advertisements. On another note, I had no idea what AdSense was or what SEO was. I was a hobby blogger and with time I learned about AdSense and other advertising programs. Though before that I learned SEO by reading lots of blogs and experimenting every day. I still remember my first $10, which I earned via helping some guy at Digital point forum with his WordPress error. That was my first online income; later on I added AdSense and in the first month I made $40 which I consider as a good start.

Hobby blogger to Professional blogging:

Back in March of 2009, I left my full time job of 6 months and I took up professional blogging as my full-time career. It was not an easy decision and convincing my family was not an easy task, but I took my chance and selected what I liked. By that time I started making decent money which could take care of my daily needs. On another note, I have done my blogging business plan and I knew how I’m going to take ShoutMeLoud to the next stage.

My accident changed my life:

Harsh Agarwal accident On June 29th 2009 ( a week after my birthday) I met with an accident, and my leg was badly hurt. The Doctor put me on bed rest for 6 months and that’s when my life changed. Since I had nothing else to do, I dedicated myself completely to blogging. I used to spend almost 14 hours a day in front of my laptop, most of the time writing and learning new things. Those 5 months changed everything in my life and given me a new direction. I read as much as I could, and I studied about many top blogs and how they succeeded.

Partnership with another Blogger:

Around January of 2011, I partnered with a Pune-based blogger to take blogging to next level in India. Since we both have the same vision, we thought of doing this together. Later things didn’t come up as expected, and I shifted back to Delhi to start my own venture.

One thing which I learned from this experience is, one should try to avoid partnership until last. If you are undergoing a partnership, you should do the paperwork first and have a complete exit clauses.

My Venture:

My dream and vision till now is making blogging a full time business and set it as an industry in India. Like Rome was not built in a day, it will eventually take some time, but someday I will touch that dream, where I will have a big office and many bloggers will be writing on their blogs sitting in their office.

I started to taking advantage of my current domain name and named my company as ShoutDreams.

Current Blog Network:

Many people have asked me how do I manage so many blogs on our network. It’s not an easy task to maintain multiple blogs and their social media presence. You need to have a team who can treat all blogs as their own blog. Whenever I hire someone (Editor, paid author), one thing that I always make clear to them is always blog for passion and not money.

I divide work amongst all of them, and moreover we work in a model where everyone’s suggestions are welcome. Though I work on maximum of 2-3 blogs promotion at a time. This includes writing guest posts, commenting, social media presence , and so on. At this moment, I’m concentrating on ShoutMeLoud and CallingAllGeeks.

At this moment we have following blogs and portals in our network:

ShoutMeLoud, WphostingDiscount, ShoutMeTech, WpFreeSetup & ShoutMydomain. Though only first 4 are very active at this moment and from 2013, I will be focusing on other blogs and portals too.

Future Hurdles:

When anyone sets up a company, the biggest problem you face is finding the right team. Your foundation determines the future of your company and whole plan. Right now, I’m in the process of setting up plan for our business, and by April 2013, planning to go live with our office for bloggers.

Earning from Blogging:

This is the most interesting part of my blogging life. If I would have gone ahead with my 9-6 job, I would be making $10-15k per year. With blogging and other online activities, I have managed to make more than $50K a year, which is thrice the amount from my job. Moreover by the end I’m my own boss and I work within my own comfort.  I’m sharing this part with you, because I want you to take blogging seriously, and you might end up making money like you’ve never thought possible.

What’s Next for ShoutMeLoud?

We will keep evolving as a blog to teach blogging, SEO and how you can make a living from home. I also started offering personal blog consultancy program, which is the latest addition to my services.  I will keep you updated with what’s going to come here next. You can join me on Facebook & Google+.

This post was written because many people wanted to know a little background about me, and about ShoutMeLoud. I will be writing more posts on how we work as a team, and what are the options you have to grow along with ShoutMeLoud. Meanwhile, let me know if you have any feedback for me or for ShoutMeLoud?

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  • Neha Mehra

    Hey Harsh you are one great inspiration of Indian bloggers and i am sure all will agree to this that whatever information you provide us is accurate and helpful.Thankyou

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  • Gautam Sehgal

    Mr. Harsh, I must say this now that I am addicted to read what all you share. Whenever I feel a bit low, reading this article wipes it all. You story is really inspirational for the newbies and I can say this that so far, I’ve not achieved anything. It will take time, but I surely will.
    You are one of the Gems of India

    Keep blogging! Keep Rocking!

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  • sandeep kumar

    Your journey is awesome, your work motivates me a lot.

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  • Nishant Bazzad

    Hi Harsh, Thanks for sharing this awesome and inspiration experience with us. I really appreciate this and this will motivates me a lot in my blogging career.

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  • Ramanjit Singh

    Really determined and hardworking attitude is required to be a successful blogger just as you are

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  • Iffam

    Salute you Harsh. I’m new to blogging and this article satisfied me a lot. All I found that never give up :)

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  • Biswajit Chopdar

    wow! your story is so inspiring. I liked the way you express your feelings in post. The decision to quit your job and takeup professional blogging was the best decision i think so.

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  • Revathy

    Hi Harsh, Your space is so interesting & all that you have written is so easy to relate to.
    I appreciate all the dedication you have. I started a blog 3 years back but do not really update it on time. Though I wish to do much more there I am not really able to get that required dedication like you. But, today I have got really motivated & wish to start my new blog. I want a few tips from you & shall keep bothering you later too.
    After the premature delivery of my daughter I wish to start writing a baby blog & also focus on my food blog which is on blogspot. For the baby blog, do you think wordpress is a better platform? Pls do send in your reply!

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  • Komal Nagdev

    Hello Harsh

    Nice one. I really Love it.Thanks for sharing your exprience.
    I also want to start a blog but don’t know how to start. Please give me some suggestions.
    Presently I am working in a IT company and I know all about wordpress but don’t know about writing a blog means how to write a impressive blog which people love to read.

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  • Athman

    This is a well written article. However one thing that cought my eyes is about partnership which you said one should avoid, if I understood you well. Can you throw more light to that please?

    Thank you

    Athman

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  • Abhishek

    man!! you seriously inspire me. I really want to become a successful blogger like you :)

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  • Delheswar PJ

    Well crafted story by God after your graduation. Specially you should be thankfull to God to give you a time to spent lot more for blogging after accident and more you had a passion on blogging that made this article really worth reading. I loved it hope all others too………..

    Even I feel leave my Job and concentrate fully on my blog but doesn’t have that much guts to do so…….

    Suggestion: I wish you should make your blog more clear on tab headers. (don’t take it wrong way it’s my feeling).

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  • Guru

    I m loving it really a good Inspirational Article bro,i have also started the blog now and it’s a useful to a new bloggers.

    Keep up good work..

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  • Anish Panicker

    True spirit and i have also started from sept 08.., but i haven’t given up and really this story amazed me and inspired to continue with the same spirit…

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  • Sandeep Singh

    You have been a great inspiration for many bloggers harsh. And i hope you continue to be one as time moves along.

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  • Rohit Gautam

    Really nice story and motivate for every new blogger. i am new blogger and want to make future in blogging. i like to write article on technology and seo tips. An accident change your life, hope my life also change with blogging.

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  • jaiprakash

    Great journey of your blogging life ..nice you are motivated to me .

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  • Naveen

    I started blogging just a month back. Your bio and articles keeps me motivated everyday. Wish I had met with an accident to spent hours on my laptop.Great journey Harsh, keep going.

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  • samarth

    hy harsh,
    thanks for sharing you story on how to started blogging and work for 14 hrs. In my case i am also looking as a career in blogging and i am working hard to make by blog a “brand” like yours and will hopefully make it. Get ready for some competition bro!!!! :-p

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  • Harmeet singh

    Hats off man I am very much impressed with this whole story of your life.You did really a lot of hard work.
    Happy blogging… (y)

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  • Ravi chouhan

    great yar

    What a heart-touching journey!!! brother

    it’s a prove of your hard work….

    keep it up bro.

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  • MK Sam

    these days I used to think about blogging as my profession ,. You made me confidence and like to keep in touch with you.
    Thanks for the Awesome Information

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  • Isaac

    Sometimes i feel like quitting blogging, because earning is so difficult but then i go back to this same section and feel a bit encouraged. i know i will earn a full time from blogging soon. thanks for sharing your experience.

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  • Vandana Singhal

    Hi Harsh, it’s nice to know about your blogging journey and I know it is a source of inspiration for many upcoming bloggers. I am also a blogger and freelance writer.
    I am enjoying my job as I love writing.

    I like reading Shout me Loud because of its useful and interesting content.

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  • Rana Irfan

    I am so Happy to read more about you. now i will hard to achieve my goal insha Allah.

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  • oneRinas

    helooo Harsh…its been so happy to read this because , these days I used to think about blogging as my profession ,. You made me confidence and like to keep in touch with you

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  • Adam jane

    It was nice to read ! A must say that you have worked hard alot :) and it will get inspired to all :) Thanks for sharing us your web journey :)

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  • Chaitanya

    Hey Harsh..how r u?? Thanks a ton for sharing such an insightful and inspiring experience. I took blogging seriously after reading your, Pradeep Kumar and Sushant Risodkar’s interview on learningblgotips.com. Its a moral booster for newbies like me who are just starting out…all the best for your future plans….once again Thanks a Ton…. :) :) :)

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  • Aqib Shahzad

    ShoutMeLoud is great resource for learning about Blogging, SEO and Making Money Online. I have learned a lot of stuff from this useful blog and currently daily reader of this blog.

    Reply

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