I started blogging few months back. Once I was reading monthly income report of Amit Bhawani from his blog and got impressed by his stats. By mistake (my good luck) I read a comment whose avatar was a picture of tattoo on back of neck and his name was Harsh Agrawal. The picture attracted me to watch his blog and I got shocked that I came to a blog whose Alexa rank was 4500. I was surprised that how come I didn’t hear about this blog whose name was ShoutMeLoud.
Before viewing this blog I was involved into making small websites for example websites for Orkut scraps, ringtones download, jokes, sms etc. I thought that one day my website will become very famous and I worked really hard to make my website big enough. I started getting nearly 100K visitors per month but still I was unable to earn more. I researched Adsense and found that we will earn less for entertainment blogs in comparison to tech or edu blogs.
How I landed into road of being a confident blogger?
After reading articles from ShoutMeLoud blog I realised that I actually wasted my time by devoting my precious time and money in creating and maintaining an entertainment blog. The reason of this was if you host multimedia items in your blog then you have to invest too much on hosting.
I was investing more but I was earning less. When I was in BITS Pilani, I developed a blogging platform (Bitsian.org) for students of BITS Pilani by using WordPressMU (A multi user WordPress to run various blogs). The idea got hit and more than 1300 students registered and as a blogger on Bitsian.org.
Bitsian.org was such great result of my hard work. I posted a lot of posters for the advertisements of Bitsian.org at mess, noticeboard, faculty division, night canteen, etc. I also contacted dean of student welfare division of BITS Pilani to send mail to all students on behalf of student welfare division. Those days were going like I am going to be an entrepreneur in near future. But the mistake I did was I was investing more than $250/month on hosting (dedicated server to handle 1300 blogs and WordPressMU) but wasn’t able to earn even $10/month. After eight months I got success (in terms of number of registered users) but unsuccessful entrepreneur in terms of investment ($2400 approx) and finally I closed Bitsian.org.
I was about to leave all my online business (all were unsuccessful) but monthly income reports of ShoutMeLoud stopped me to take a last chance :P
I stopped all my websites which were going into huge loss (because of dedicated hosting) and I concentrated on only blogging for MazaKaro.com and decided that I will write what I have learned from blogging, SEO and WordPress. I didn’t think of taking separate domain name since I learnt from all my past experiences that from now I will move forward in the direction of profit. MazaKaro (Maza is a Hindi word which means Fun and Karo means Do, so Do Fun on MazaKaro) name is not having a nice name for the blogging niche but since this domain name was more than 2 years old and got 4/10 Google page rank so I decided to move only with this name.
I explored like anything to know how to become a confident, and a famous blogger. I read a lot of articles to learn SEO, blogging tips, Social Networking tips, etc. I started blogging on blogging niche just 3 months back (August) and I projected that within 3 months I will achieve Alexa rank under 50K. I am happy that I am very close to achieve this goal.
To achieve 50K alexa rank from 300K in 3 months duration, I published nice articles, I did comments on same niche blogs, I tried to increase twitter followers, I tried to increase my Facebook friends count, I worked on SEO and I published articles on various article submission directories.
I know that since I am new to blogging (in terms of building networks) these steps may be very less in terms of the secret steps followed by famous bloggers like Amit Bhawani, Harsh Agrawal, Amit Agrawal, Hesham, etc. But these steps gave me a huge jump in Alexa.
I didn’t find any article on great blogs about secret tips for increasing twitter followers, increase facebook fans, secret SEO tips, secret tips to increase email subscribers (of feedburner), secret of getting approval in BuySellAds network, secret to get approval in Commission Junction advertisers, etc.
I hope that one day these famous blogger will post their secrets and newbie bloggers like me will learn more about blogging. Because every one is trying to post same and same type of articles like 3 SEO Tips, 7 SEO Tips, 9 SEO Tips and by reading these tips it seems that no one is reading a new article.
Please share your secrets and then may be you will become a confident blogger because people will follow you to know your secrets.