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Harsh Agrawal : My Blogging Journey So Far

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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  • Morshedul Arefin

    This is really an inspiring article. I hope one day I will start earning from blogging. Can you please suggest me a thing? I have no adsense account right now. I want to start a blog in blogspot with paid domain and my first target is to gain the adsense from that account. Then I will migrate into paid hosting. Will this be a wise decision? I also want to learn SEO. I have just some basic knowledge. Can you help me guiding to proceed learning with SEO?
    THANKS IN ADVANCE.

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  • Kade

    Thank you for sharing harsh.

    Me too want to create a real good blog for people from Indonesia.
    Your story really inspiring me :)

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  • myfriend

    Hi Harsh,
    I see a lot of tech blogs out there. Is tech blogs the only way to get traffic and customers ?
    for example my blog I write custom love poems and songs for my customers and i have done quite good locally. But when it comes to going all international i feel a bit intimidated. In a nut shell i just want to know what is the scope of such blogs and how to get the right traffic

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  • Abinodh O.T

    Hi Harsh! How are you? Your story is very inspiring! :-) It is true that in one way or another everything will come good for us huh?. Well Harsh I was also Blogger Blogging and I moved my blog to wordpress but I kept my blospot domain name and blog and I did’t thought of any 301 redirects! Shortly I saw my blogspot blog rising its rankings. But even through my other blog has unique articles mine is not rankin in Google! I asked a blogger and he said that Google might have blaklisted my site since I did’t put 301 redirect oon my other blog. So could you mind to give a little tio to et out from this blaklist? Thanks

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Abhiodh
      You have unintentionally created duplicate content issue.
      If it’s been long with the migration, you should consider getting rid of BlogSpot blog otherwise try setting up 301 redirection.

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  • Shariq Siddiqui

    First of all I want to say thanks to Harsh, which is actually responsible for my success in online business. He is my inspiration along with thousands of professional established bloggers in India and worldwide.

    Actually he is a blogging idol for India. There are many other successful bloggers in India but not everyone share his secrets of success like this great man. That is why Harsh is loved and followed by bloggers.

    I had worked for his blog network and he supported me when my family is against my blogging career. I learned a lot and he taught me like brother.

    Now I am not only an established blogger but also run some other serious online projects and I give at least 70% credit to Harsh Agrawal.

    God bless him.

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  • Anurag

    Hi Harsh,
    Well, I haven’t completed my studies yet but I still take blogging seriously (even more than my study) and for my good, I have already convince my parents to let me blog and one more thing, you said the story was big but I felt it too short, you can make it big like John Chow and can add it to your e – book.

    Thanks for the post, buddy. A lot of inspiration for everyday.
    Regards,
    Anurag.

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  • Rob Sake

    Thank you so much Harsh for sharing some of the most important aspects in blogging. Your journey as a professional blogger, teacher and straight-forward gave us more inspiration to pursue our online journey.

    Keep up the good work Harsh, you have a huge following here in the Philippines.

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  • Luis

    Harsh, you are an inspiration to bloggers everywhere. I am struggling to make money through the Internet, and although I earned some money every now and then, it’s not enough for my needs and my dreams in life. I was tempted to become an IM guru, to build a list and promote crappy offers to that list. But I have decided to do what I really love, and that is to build websites and blogs.

    I look to you as one of my inspirations and one of the people that I would like to emulate.

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  • amar vaman

    Hi, I am earning just $400 per month from my 8 to 8 (12 hours, some time sunday and saturday also) job, and earning $125-150 from adsense (pagerank 2 blog) with 12 hours work per month. Now after doing 6 year job, i am very frustrated without appreciation and seriously thinking about leaving my job.

    Need your suggestions before leaving my job. What to consider before leaving my Job? Please also write any article on this issue, It will be very helpful for guys like me.

    Waiting for your answer?

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  • Nizam Khan

    Inspirational journey and very useful post! So, your first income was $10, that’s good to know. Sad to know that you met with an accident. But, you didn’t stop there, it was your dedication which lifted you up and made you more stronger. Indeed, business plan is important to take the business/blogging to the next level and you have implemented it greatly. You are doing great work and Best of luck for your future. Thanks Harsh for sharing your blogging journey with us :)

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  • Shyam Sunder

    Hi Harsh,
    I came to know of your blog through my blogger friend some 15-20 days ago and till then I am regularly reading your blog.There is so much to learn for newbie bloggers like me.You have become a source of inspiration for me.I am a part time blogger but I am really getting addicting to blogging now.May be I also decide to step into professional blogging.

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  • Edson Hale

    Is it all about you or a heck of success story. In every word I feel struggle, passion and optimism that is why now you are standing at such a higher podium where we have to see you rising our head

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  • ravi kumar

    Harsh Sir, Feeling so good to know more about you. That accident made a milestone for your blogging career, you had a enough time to write.

    In my case, I have been doing full time blogging with SEO. I have added some new skills in SEO in my blogging career.

    :)

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  • Harsh

    Well your story does inspire Bloggers to take blogging up as a serious activity and not as a pastime pocket money earning job. Thanks for being open enough to share the details!

    Peace
    Harsh

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  • Aliakbar Fakhri

    I am really very glad to hear all your story,
    Sorry to hear you met with an Accident.
    To be honest I have been inspired a Lot, and as You I have also decided blogging as a full time profession. Currently I have 4 blogs under my network.
    Thanks a lot for sharing everything about your Blogging Story
    My best wishes are with your harsh.

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  • Sanjit Chohan

    Hi Harsh, was quit inspired by your journey so wrote a post, you were/are an inspiration to many young emerging bloggers of India. :)

    All the Best.. Keep Going !!

    I would appreciate if you start to focus on Service Sector too ;)

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  • pawan charpe

    Thanks A lot Harsh Sir I am Also A BE Graduate But Haven’t got any job till now . i want to star my career as a blogger and lift it up for the whole life. your article gave me very useful information.thanks a lot again.

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  • Harsh Rathi

    Please update this post harsh i dunno why but i read every single word of it. I swear i cannot live without blogging every single second that i get i start writing for my one or another blog. Else i always read others and you are a major part of my niche.

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  • Sona

    What a heart-touching journey!!! Harsh, it is a inspiration to all the new bloggers like me. Besides being a busy mom, I now think to concentrate as a part-time blogger and your story will help me gear up.

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  • Ashish

    @Harsh, Glad To Read Your Blogging Journey Harsh. This Post Touched Me, Because I Have Same Circumstances Like You. And Finally I Have Started The Sms Blog On Wordpress http://www.smschacha.com. Please Suggest Some SEO Tips For This…

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  • compensation claims

    Harsh,

    Very sorry for the few bad times (accident and etc) you went through, please don’t mind but I would rather say that its your bad times because of which we are getting chance to read you. You journey I would say has been great, I have passion of blogging and always love to read about bloggers and authors life, because it always strengthens me somewhere and inspires too. Thanks a lot mate! Really you have been an inspiration to me any I am sure to many bloggers too. God bless you always. Lots of lucks and love and please keep sharing your valuable thoughts with us as we need you.

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  • jojo

    good inspiration for fellow bloggers like us,its good to see us desis so into the blogosphere

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  • Nagareshwar

    Thanks for sharing, I have been following your work since last year.

    It motivated me to work on my own taking my passion into security to next level. Also I mention “your example” to youngsters during my talks as source of inspiration.

    Keep it up, way to go man !

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  • doroki

    Inspirational article. Many one take it as an inspiration. Thanks sharing your true journey of successful blogging.

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  • Kar

    Such a genius you are, you deserved with your own style of blogging.

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  • Atul@OceanOfWeb

    glad to know about you Harsh….
    I can say you are my inspiration.

    And U mentioned that u learned that one shud avoid partnership at the last stage of life…..Its true..very true

    All the best dear always…

    ATUL

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  • gowtham

    An inspirational story to all the budding new bloggers like me…Thanks for sharing your experience .
    Best of luck for your blogging career :-)

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  • Dharmendra K Gupta

    Really interesting and inspiring story for me. Its serious lesson for serious people………

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  • Atish

    interesting journey.. keep it up dude. I got inspired from your post

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  • Ifham khan

    Very Intresting and successful story of ur life.
    Thanks Harsh for providing such a beautiful blogs.
    I pray to god to make ur blog in the top level around the world

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  • gowtham

    Thanks for sharing your ideas harsh..Wish u all success :-)

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  • Arjun Singh

    bro u knw wat.. this was an enlightening about me frm ur side.. :)

    BTW i think the same way as u do.. bt the only difference is that u are a bit older than me which enables you to take ur decisions urself and this thing provides u tons of things which a child like me cant get at this age…

    Bt i think one day we bth will stand together and will give head to head competition to IBM,Apple and Microsoft.. :D

    As far as the name of the company is concerned i think u shld work even more laboriously coz one day that name will not be a name.. it will be a brandname !

    So think twice before concluding anything.. :)

    Wish you luck..
    Arjun Singh

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks Arjun for your comment and good to know that you share the same dream like me.
      Wish you luck for the future :)

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      • arjunchauhan24

        Thanks a lot bro.. :)

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  • Deepak

    Oh i am really in love with sml really you guys are rocking.

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  • tantalize

    great amazing sir,
    i m also want to make a blogger like you.
    plz tell me the way to be become a blogger.

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  • Somenath Sen

    Good info Harsh……it’s a prove of your hard work….

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  • Pumama

    I like your idea about a Blogging Company :). It seems very good! Your story gives me more motivation to keep up my blogging career. Thank you!

    Reply
  • Lalit

    I am totally inspired from this. I have been reading this article from the past one hour! I know it doesn’t take that much time, but your Blogging carrer is a thought provoking one which induces many thoughts and plans into my mind. I would like to interview you shortly! Your answers and your tactics will surely inspire the readers of BlogoTech Blog. Thanks Harsh! Good luck in future,
    Sincere wishes from Lalit :)

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  • ashish

    Fabulous to know this….
    And at d end of the day winner is winner!!
    U rock…!!

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  • abhi

    The gem cannot be polished without friction, no man perfected without trials. Finally you achieve it.

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  • vikash

    Hi , This is very inspiring for me and every blogger who are trying for there best in the blogging career like you … , but i want to tell you one more thing i follow you since very long time but i think this is my first comment in your blog because you really inspire me .And i am doing my BCA but my all teachers said you have to go with MBA because they think my mind is good for Business,Because if i anything i saw then suddenly an IDEA strikes in my mind for that thing to promote that but i have shortage of money..o k but please visit my blog and give me suggestion.

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  • Sushant

    Nice to know the history of shoutmeloud. I had seen you working hard one legged :) Keep it going.

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  • Sreerag Nampoothiri

    Amazing post…truly inspirational….you are really great… :)

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  • Shashank

    Your journey from a day job engineer to a full time successful blogger is awe inspiring. The fact that you encourage talent and recommend blogging to others noteworthy and respectable though I think it has its side effects.

    Over last couple of years, the number of new bloggers getting into the same niche (blog about blogging, tech related) is growing exponentially. I think the main reason is that a fairly large number of successful blogs (that make a good amount of money) release ebooks, and tips and tricks to make money and basically everyone is running after the dough rather than blogging for the pleasure of it.

    What do you think is the main cause and what’s the way forward?

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  • Imran@CrazyBloggers

    Hi Harsh,

    This is an excellent stuff which I have come across today, and you are great inspiration for all the presently bloggers and upcoming bloggers.

    Thanks for the Share
    -Imran

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  • Anish@ PcPedia Tech

    I was really inspired by the work of Amit Agarwal the man behind one of the Best tech blog “Labnol”. But your story seems interesting and somewhat same like Amit he also left his job and concentrated on blogging.
    Keep up the good work harsh.it was a pleasure to read :)

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks Anish for your comment and good to see you here..
      I’m glad you like my work.. :)

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  • funwidmasti

    even i started my blogging as part time but last month i had an accident nd since then i am all into blogging….!!

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  • Manish

    Harsh

    nice to read your overall story . I have already left my job to start my full time blogging and services .

    Manish

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  • Hemant

    Very Inspirational :)

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  • vjaesh

    This post is a inspiration for all bloggers…I’l keep tis post in my mind everytime i bloog.

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  • Leah

    It is so amazing to see others on their own journeys (and
    much closer to the finish line) than I am to mine. I look forward
    to seeing how things progress for you.

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  • Infigrator

    @Harsh : Looks like a great journey so far(In blogging).
    I will be happy to look for more posts on SEO.
    :)

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  • aatif

    nice post … really like ur story :) thanks for the share ..
    and best of luck for ur venture

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  • Kuldep

    I wish I had taken blogging seriously.. Sometimes I wish I could just leave everything and sit on an island with my laptop and internet connection and spend my life there.. I mean there is no such thing like internet and sharing your views on internet. Helping people around..

    Best of Luck with your venture Harsh.. You are an inspiration to me.

    Thanks
    Kuldeep

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  • Sravanthi

    Leavin a well placed job to start something on your own is not only risky, its VERY challenging. It feels great to see you’ve excelled in it. All the very best for all your future projects. May you continue to exhibit this amazing energy through all your years ahead…

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  • Jack Harold

    I wish you good luck to your blogging journey. I will say blogging continues to be very beneficial to connect your readers and if you can utilize it with affiliate marketing, that will be way better!

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  • deepak sharma

    sirr ji “T” is missing in first line …..

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  • Suneel

    Way to go Harsh. I am expecting a cool feature on you in
    the most prominent channels by this year end. Get ready for an
    interview and be prepared with a questionnaire :)

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Suneel looking forward to it…

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    • Anish@ PcPedia Tech

      If that happens it would be great.as many bloggers will be inspired and many others will join the blogging world :)you can check Amit Agarwal’s interview conducted by CNN IBN(http://www.labnol.org/about/). I was inspired by Amit .he is a great blogger

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  • sheegrl

    Great story! I mean real life story. It brought me here. This is all techie stuff? I am not sure if I can write anything relevant. Nonetheless. Great going!! Make greater progress this year :)

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  • TechJ

    very inspirational story. Now you are a very ideal face of indian youth who want to be more self dependent…
    It is better to work for yourself and your passion compared to working in a company like a dog

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  • Pradeep

    Hi Harsh,
    It’s a great inspirational journey for bloggers.
    Congrats for your achievement & best wishes for your future endeavors.

    Reply

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