A Remarkable Journey As a Professional Blogger by Harsh Agrawal

Harsh Agrawal 2023
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On the 1st of December 2023, ShoutMeLoud had its 15th anniversary, and I wanted to share my journey that could help you and others to take up niche blogging as a serious career choice. I’m revealing a lot of my secrets in this write-up.

This is going to be long, yet interesting…

So grab a cup of coffee ☕️ and join me for this ride…

In this story, you will learn how a back-bencher turned his fetal accident into the opportunity of a lifetime.

A Little About Me: Who is Harsh Agrawal?

The best place to learn about me is by reading ShoutMeLoud about page.

Many of you might not know me, I’m Harsh Agrawal, Founder of ShoutMeLoud.

This was me back in 2016 :

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I’m an accidental blogger and an engineer by education.

15 years back, I never imagined that I would live a boss-free life and would be speaking at international conferences such as Las Vegas, Slovenia, Milan to name a few.

I have dedicated my good 15+ years to learning the nuances of Blogging and marketing, just because I find this industry to be very exciting. Helping others grow has always been my biggest driving force, and this story will tell you about the important time period of this remarkable blogging journey.

Getting back to my educational background, I completed engineering (Bachelor of Technology) and I was placed in one of the most reputed I.T. Companies: Accenture.

However, destiny had something else planned for me, and you will discover it in the upcoming part of this story…

My Blogging Journey: How it all started

The first three months of blogging:

I started blogging as a passion project in September 2008 and started writing about technology hacks. I began my blogging journey on the BlogSpot platform. I was very interested in gadgets and computer security, and my first blog was about technology.

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 becoming more serious and investing more time in my blog. By that time, I was unaware of the money-making possibilities of a mere blog.

I bought Web-hosting and a domain name from Dreamhost hosting and migrated my BlogSpot blog to WordPress. As I was just passed out of college and had no access to a credit card for buying the domain name and hosting, I took the help of a friend and borrowed his credit card.

Moving to WordPress turned out to be a great decision, as it put ShoutMeLoud into the world map of bloggers who were blogging on the WordPress platform. At that time WordPress was not as popular as it is now, and since it was one of the fastest growing yet misunderstood blogging platforms, I took the opportunity to help other bloggers to learn and master WordPress.

How did an accident change my life?

On June 28th, 2009, I had a terrible accident that changed my life forever. The doctors told me I could never walk again, and I nearly lost all hope and faith for a good life.

It devastated me for days, but when I saw my parents crying, the strange realization of Am I the only one with the problem? changed the course of my life.

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This is where I had a strange realization that I’m not the only one with the problem, and this is where I should focus on how I can make things better for me and for people around me.

I was only 22, but this powerful realization has given new strength and direction to my life which is continued until now.

Since I had nothing else to do in those bedridden months, I dedicated myself entirely to blogging and SEO. I spent almost 14 hours a day in front of my laptop, most of the time writing and learning new things.

Those seven months of being stuck in bed changed everything in my life and gave me a new direction. I read as much as I could and implemented them on my website. That non-stop incremental growth made me a learning machine. More on it later…

Anyhoo, a note of gratitude to the excellent surgeon, I ultimately could walk and run again after that life-changing accident.

Selecting a domain name + Hosting

By the end of three months, I was aware of the importance of branding. Initially, I was thinking of some domain name with a keyword containing ‘Tech” but chose “Shout-Me-Loud” for its uniqueness and for better branding.

For hosting, right now, ShoutMeLoud is hosted on Kinsta.

Here are tips for choosing a domain name:

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How ShoutMeLoud discover its niche?

Initially, I wrote about the tech stuff I discovered because of my curious attutude. Later on, when I discovered that blogging could make money, I was blown away by this idea.

I was wondering why nobody told me that I could follow my passion and make money. That’s where I made a mission that I will let others know about blogging and how they can follow their passion and live a boss-free life.

Life has much more to offer than working for someone and living paycheck to paycheck.

This is where I started sharing everything I was learning about blogging and started sharing my experience of making money from blogging.

Since all content was based on my learning experience and experiments, soon ShoutMeLoud visitors started liking it, and that’s how ShoutMeLoud found its niche.

My First Income from blogging: 

As I mentioned, I started blogging out of passion and love for writing.

I did not understand what AdSense was or what SEO was when I started. I was a hobby blogger, and with time I learned about AdSense and other advertising programs. Before that I learned SEO by reading many blogs and experimenting daily.

I still remember my first $10, which I earned by helping a 45-year-old Australian guy with his WordPress issue. That was my first online income, and that’s how I discovered PayPal, which enables anyone to receive payment globally. Later on, I added AdSense, and in the first month, I made $40, which I still consider a remarkable start.

The thing took off when I learned about affiliate marketing and made my first $47 via affiliate marketing. That sale opened my eyes to the possibilities of earning money via blogging, and I realized that it is possible to live a dream life.

Hobby Blogger To Professional Blogging:

Back in March 2009, I left my full-time job for 6 months, and I took up professional blogging as my full-time career.

It was not a straightforward decision, and convincing my family was not easy, but I took my chance and selected what I liked.

By that time, I started making decent money that could take care of my daily needs.

I should let you know that I’m not a planned guy. Instead, I’m more of a go-with-the-flow kinda person.

Partnership with another Blogger:

Around January 2011, I partnered with Rahul Bansal, a Pune-based blogger, to take blogging to the next level. Since we both have a similar vision for empowering the youth with online money-making/Digital marketing, we thought of doing this together.

Later, things didn’t turn up as expected, so I shifted back to Delhi to start my venture. I learned a lot from Rahul, and I greatly admire this gentleman.

Here is a picture of my and Rahul taken at a WordCamp event in 2017.

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ShoutMeet – Effort to Spread Professional Niche Blogging Idea

My dream and vision now are to make blogging a full-time business and help individuals around the globe to master the art of niche blogging.

I was quite open to helping others and met many of the pro-bloggers of India before they started their journey. Guided them with the right mindset, and I’m happy to see many of them growing to become their boss.

In 2015, ShoutMeLoud also organized a road show where me and my team (Sharat Nikhil and others), traveled across India (Delhi to Kanyakumari), and hosted multiple bloggers’ meet. The rationale behind this was to help bloggers and individuals around the small cities network with fellow bloggers and learn the possibilities of blogging and digital marketing. With the help of ambassadors, we hosted more than 14 bloggers’ meets (non-profit) in various cities.

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Jaipur ShoutMeet
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Ahmedabad ShoutMeet
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Pune ShoutMeet

More helpful resources for budding individuals:

By 2016, I was looking for something new. I was happy with how ShoutMeLoud was growing, but I wanted to do more and help more people. This is where I started creating info products. I realized that e-Books could be a great learning platform for many individuals.

In the span of the first 1-2 years, I published an eBook which is a condensed form of everything I know. At the time of updating this journey, some of the books that one can get from the ShoutMeLoud store are:

That was my first experience of launching my products, and my readers loved it. Many of them learned the art of making money from niche blogs using these books, and they demanded more. They wanted me to guide them more, and I was not shy about helping anyone who was willing to learn.

This is where the idea of ShoutUniversity came into my mind. I launched a video course where I started sharing everything I knew about affiliate marketing and blogging with the members of this online course. The format was to give instant access to the course + a monthly team call to help my students tackle the challenges of niche blogging + learn what’s working in today’s time.

As you read this in 2023, my team and I are doing everything to help ShoutUniversity members grow and excel in niche blogging.

Many people have asked me how I manage multiple high-quality niche blogs. Let me tell you, it’s not easy. However, I pick the topic of the blog based on my interest area, so it never gets boring. I don’t do it for money, I believe money is the by-poduct of your passion.

Whenever I hire someone (Editor, Writer, Designer), I ensure they are working because they are passionate about what they are doing.

Earning from Niche Blogging:

This is the most exciting part of my blogging life. If I had gone ahead with my 9-6 job, I would be making $40-50k per year.

With blogging and other online activities, I make the same or more amount within a month.

Moreover, by the end, I’m my boss and work as I wish. I hope you also end up living this kind of life one day. I never imagined blogging could offer so much, and I feel I’m just getting started.

My Awards: Dose of Inspiration

Being a backbencher, awards are not something I look forward to. TBH, I’m not an award kind of guy, but when ShoutMeLoud won the best blog awards numerous times, it definitely made me realize that I’m onto creating something big. 

However, my most immense joy came after receiving the “entrepreneurship award” from the same college, “Hindustan College of Science and Technology,” where I have spent four years of my life.

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However, my real gifts of life are emails from my readers –

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The biggest challenge as a blogger:

The last 15 years have been incredible, but it also comes with a significant price. This section is more of a suggestion if you take a route as a blogger, freelancer, or someone working from home.

Our work style requires minimum social interaction, less physical movement, and no cheerleaders, and this has its advantage and significant disadvantages. So you need to find a balance to ensure you add enough social interaction in the form of YouTube interviews, Podcast interviews, social meet up in your community and joining some interest groups like ToastMaster.

You must create a system that illuminates motivation and inspiration all the time to help you keep moving forward.

What’s Next for ShoutMeLoud?

We will keep evolving as a blog to teach blogging, SEO, and how you start, grow, and monetize your brand. I will keep you updated on what will happen or when that happens.

ShoutMeLoud is not just a blog for me; it is my home. I spend time here because I know people who visit, ShoutMeLoud will add something meaningful to their lives.

How can you connect with me?

Many of you might now know this, but I’m an introvert. Because of ShoutMeLoud, I found my inner voice, and I can express myself with clear intent.

I’m not super active on social media, but I occasionally share some stuff. These are the platforms where you can connect with me:

In 2024, I decided to spend most of my time and focus on meditation. So, I may not be active on social media for this year.

This post was written because many people wanted to know a little background about ShoutMeLoud and about me.

For further reading: After 2191 days of blogging, all I can say – Blogging is incredible ( Anniversary post)

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

358 thoughts on “A Remarkable Journey As a Professional Blogger by Harsh Agrawal”

  1. Adam

    Hi Harsh, Your story is very very motivational. I started a company about 5 years ago and did well rather quickly with it, but due to lack of money management and on top of that issue, Covid 19 crushed our sales almost overnight, we went under and I had a hard time dealing with that.. now reading your story I’ve already started my path back up and on the right path, and my business is growing. Thank you for the motivation, Im focusing more now on blogging and content creation and especially after seeing this, I know that is a good idea if not for the traffic, simply to provide value to others. Thank you for sharing your story.

  2. I had Tears in my eyes while reading your story. Your story is very amazing and inspirational. If anyone wants to enter blogging industry, he must know about you. I am not interested in doing 9 to 5 job. I want to do something of my own. I’ve a blog named TechyShim, I’m working on it consistently.

    Vai, aapka ashirwaad chahiye thaa, taki main bhi blogging me safal ho saku. Love you Harsh Bhai❤

  3. Your narrative has completely inspired me. I’ve come to the decision that I need to start blogging after reading several articles.

  4. Very interesting. I will be following you in the hopes of learning a lot. My passion is writing and i plan to blog my way into that world along with examples like yourself. Perhaps I can quote you in one of my blogs one day to add a “celebrity flare” to a blog and let my followers know how serious i am. I will seek your permission first, of course, but i very much enjoyed reading your blog/about info and will be following you on as many platforms as I can find. Thank you for the info

  5. Sure, here is a beautiful comment for this content:

    What an inspiring story!

    I was blown away by Harsh Agrawal’s journey as a professional blogger. He started out as a hobby blogger with no idea how to make money from his blog, but through hard work and dedication, he has turned ShoutMeLoud into a successful business.

    I especially admire Harsh’s willingness to help others. He has hosted bloggers’ meets, created info products, and launched ShoutUniversity, all in an effort to share his knowledge and help others achieve their blogging goals.

    I’m sure Harsh’s story will inspire many people to start their own blogs. If you’re thinking about starting a blog, I highly recommend checking out ShoutMeLoud. You’ll find a wealth of helpful information and resources there.

  6. Hi Harsh,

    Your story is motivational. I have also started a blog named Our Pasts and your blog helping me to gain knowledge about blogging.

    Thanks and regards,

  7. Very inspirational story – I am glad that you were able to walk and run again 🙂 Well done for paying it forward and helping smaller bloggers!

  8. Hi Harsh Agrawal!
    Sir! Really I was a lazy boy. I don’t work on small projects too. one day I was read a motivational content on google (now like your content above I have read) and try to change my mind little bit from lazy mode to a small project handler. Really, I got success and charged to do more after see a successful result. Now I am working hard on big projects too.
    God blessed you sir <3

  9. Asit Kumar Behera

    Sir, where can I get the million dollar niche blog business handbook bcoz the link is broken

  10. Hello sir
    I am fully inspired by your story. From many source of reading article I also come to a conclusion that I have to start blogging. Therefore I have started blogging but in the meanwhile I come across your story which make me bold to do the same thing.

  11. Hello Dear Harsh,

    First of all, I want to say a big thank you, your blog gets information about all blogging and will continue to be available, there is no doubt about it.

    And I want to tell you one thing that whenever I go searching on Google about some blogging information, you will come to help with your website on google search result 🙂

    Really I Promise, Your blogging history promotes me to do a lot of work in blogging field.

    Thanks again
    Sachin Jagtap, Manmad

  12. What a bounce-back sir, I really got very inspired with your story.
    amazing work sir, you are making our country feel proud.

  13. matty

    So inspiring mate! You are a true leader in your field, and an even bigger legend for trying to help all of us to be as successful as you have been with your endeavours.

  14. Prabhanshu

    Hi, harsh, your journey is very humble and connecting. it gives a lot of inspiration to people who want to rise from a humble background. Harsh I am having problems with doing off-page SEO of my blog. Kindly suggest some ways to do it.

  15. Bhavna Sarma

    Hello Harsh, I came across your blog just yesterday and I am overwhelmed and inspired by your work and journey. I left my corporate job a year ago and got to know about blogging and freelancing and how we can actually earn 10X times more than a regular 9 to 5 job and this blew my mind just like it did to yours. I have published my first blog this month and there’s still lot lot more to learn. Will definitely take help from your blog posts as they are really useful. I am going to migrate from blogspot to wordpress with the help of your tutorial. Thanks for this great initiative! 🙂

  16. Kelly Franke

    Very interesting. I will be following you in the hopes of learning a lot. My passion is writing and i plan to blog my way into that world along with examples like yourself. Perhaps I can quote you in one of my blogs one day to add a “celebrity flare” to a blog and let my followers know how serious i am. I will seek your permission first, of course, but i very much enjoyed reading your blog/about info and will be following you on as many platforms as I can find. Thank you for the info

  17. Wilfred Prabhakar

    Mr. Harsh Agrwal,
    Thanks a lot for sharing your journey of success. Your journey as a blogger has been through ups and downs, like anybody else’s, but most importantly, taking the right decision at the right time, utilizing the time available, those accident days and to adopt to the situation with the passage of time, certainly paid you. Of course, your dedication, family support and creative team is added asset to you but your choice of the field of work and honest, persistent help to all those who want to succeed in the same field, has paid you the most and will continue the
    same manner in future too.
    Hearty thanks!
    Wilfred Prabhakar.

  18. Mohit sharma

    Sir, this is a Motivational Article for us, sir keep supporting, provide us all the knowledge to make us a perfect bogger like you

  19. Rajesh Chandra

    Your story is truly inspirational for the new comers..Thanks for sharing this article. Wish you good luck.

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