Interview With Super-Successful Blogger – Harsh Agrawal from ShoutMeLoud

harsh agrawal interviewOur guest today is someone who has been very successful with blogging, Harsh Agrawal. Harsh owns a lot of blogs, all getting hundreds of thousands of visitors every month. Harsh also makes thousands of dollars every month and what else is better than learning from the master himself.

You can learn more from his main blog at ShoutMeLoud.

1. Hi Harsh, It is really great to have you as a guest on WritersinCharge, can you pls introduce yourself in case some of my readers don’t know you?

Hey Oni, It’s my pleasure to do an interview for you. You are one of youngest creative blogger I have ever seen with great marketing skills. Now getting back to interview:

For all who doesn’t know me, I’m a professional blogger from India who blogs about Blogging, Small business and Technology. I started my blogging journey with ShoutMeLoud.com and later added many websites into my blog network. I’m an engineer by education and blogger by profession.

2. You are really a great blogger, how did you get started online?

I feel overwhelmed with that word (Great blogger) but I still consider myself as a learning blogger. Everyday I’m learning new thing and to get the title of Great blogger, I need to work twice as much as I’m working now.

Since my childhood I was fascinated with Computer and that’s one the reason I opted for Computer engineering. Like every young kid I started my online journey with chatting and wasting my time on social networking sites. Later on I started few blogs on BlogSpot which was a hobby blog where I used to share articles about hacking and technology.

After Engineering, while I was waiting for my call letter from Accenture (Company which recruited me), I started with ShoutMeLoud and within 6 months I was making almost 800-1000$/month and by that time I have decided, this is the path for my career and I become a professional blogger.

3. I read almost all your blogs and one thing I see about you is that you always put in a lot of effort to make your blog a success, what is your motivation for this?

When I write something I always think how it’s going to help readers. I write article from a reader perspective and try to write everything as step by step, so that even a started can pick everything I’m trying to add.

I believe that’s how people started loving ShoutMeLoud because I always try to make things simple for everyone. Especially How-to articles on my blog perform the best.

4. When you just started online there are a lot of pitfalls you face, how are you able to overcome these pitfalls?

Blogging is all about learning from your own mistakes. I had lots of issues in the beginning most of them are related to writing (English is not my first language), I started learning and till now I’m way away from what we call as perfection but I’m learning a new thing every day. Another thing is fear to fail, I had many projects in my mind but I never started them because of fear of failure. But I learned with time, it’s always wise to start something and iterate as many time as I can to make it good. Try and fail is still a better thing than never try and now fail.

5. It is always great to see Shoutmeloud growing, what is your traffic generation strategy?

I mostly depend on Search engine for my traffic but at the same time I started targeting social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and now after Search engine, Facebook is one of the top referring sites for ShoutMeLoud traffic.

6. You are always attracting a lot of guest bloggers at ShoutMeLoud, how are you able to do this?

It’s more like understanding what a guest blogger need. I have made everything very transparent like submitting article by logging into dashboard, 100% adsense revenue sharing, amazing commentators and backlink to your site. More over I try to focus more on branding of my guest authors, and I have their gravatar on homepage, below post and byline at the top of article. I believe above mentioned reasons are always good to attract guest authors. More over If I reject any post, I always give me feedback and I try to interact personally with my regular guest author. You being a regular guest author at SML, you might have realized this.

7. We all make mistakes, what is your greatest mistake as a blogger and how do you feel about it? I mean, what would you have done instead?

Plagiarism is the first mistake which every blogger does and that’s how I started my blogging career. When I was on BlogSpot I used to copy posts from other blogs which I used to like. Obviously my intention was to have all the info on one website and I never monetize that site. In fact that time I had no idea about blogging and how to make money via Blogging. Later on I realize it’s not ethical, I deleted that blog.

Another thing which I missed and one of my biggest mistakes was lack of SEO knowledge. Initially when I started with WordPress blog, I never optimize it for Search engine. I had no idea what’s Google XML sitemap plugin, what is All in one SEO plugin and other basic SEO knowledge. For every one who is starting with Blogging, it’s essential to know basics of SEO.

8. What is your best way to make money blogging and do you think it can work for everybody?

The best and easiest way is by using Adsense or other advertising network. Obviously compare to affiliate marketing, Adsense is nothing but again it’s a source of recurring income which makes it better than anything else.

Now coming to making money, it’s directly proportion to traffic. If you have traffic, you will make money by any means. For traffic SEO is a requisite. So in short everything is interconnected.

Moral of the story: If you wish to make money via blogging, learn SEO and start blogging.

9. Shoutmeloud is really a great blog, do you think any new blog can be as successful as ShoutMeLoud or would one need a great skill to build a great type of blog?

ShoutMeLoud is a niche blog for bloggers so it’s hard for me to do the same with other blog. For an example my Tech niche blog CallingAllGeeks.org is doing really good with traffic. Within 3 months its traffic reached to 100,000+ Page view’s from 40000 Page view’s

10. What is your best advice for bloggers in general?

Find your writing style and be creative. Never ever blog for money. Blogging for money might make money for you, but you will get tired of this eventually.

11. Who is your favorite blogger online? Which book inspires you most?

It’s hard to name any one because I like many bloggers writing style. But to name a few I like Daniel Scocco from dailyblogtips.com because of its simple writing style. I like Darren Rowse for its detailed guide for bloggers and Amit agrawal from labnol.org for his unique content.

31 days to build a better blog is something which I recommend to every blogger. This book will help you to get much requisite boost and will help you to take your blog to next level.

12. My readers want to learn more from you, can you pls tell us about your websites and products?

At this moment I’m running few websites and services which I will list down:

- ShoutMeLoud: Blog for Bloggers and Make money online tips.
- CallingAllGeeks: Blog for Gadgets and Tech lovers.
- ThemePremium: WordPress tutorials blog
- WpHostingDiscount: WordPress Webhosting resources
- Thesis Customization Service: My service portal for Thesis Theme Customization.
- WpfreeSetup: Project under construction. This service will offer free SEO optimized WordPress blog with a catch.
- Twitter: Most of the time you will find me Tweeting random interesting stuff.
- Facebook: I interact with my readers and other bloggers here.

Onibalusi Here: This is really a great interview with a very humble and successful blogger. I have always been learning from Harsh and I will always learn from him. You can check his websites and products above to get a feel of his stuff.

About the Author

Onibalusi Bamidele is the 17 year old founder of YoungPrePro. Follow him on twitter here.
  • http://www.redrug.org.uk/ Steve

    Another great scoop, and a very interesing read. How do you get to interview all these famous people?

    • http://www.ultimatetrafficformula.com Onibalusi

      By contacting them.

  • http://techfudge.net Techfudge

    Harsh has been my Idol and its shoutmeloud which keeps inspiring me for my blog.

    • http://www.shoutmeloud.com Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks Karan for kind words…

      • http://www.thewebtricks.com Jagan Mangat

        Hey Harsh you are really inspiring.

  • http://www.linknami.com Andreas

    and i also have the next question. How do you come up with these great questions?

    • http://www.ultimatetrafficformula.com Onibalusi

      I’m flattered.

      I am working hard on improving my questions (I don’t know how to ask great questions).

      To your question, by inspiration.

      • http://www.thewebtricks.com Jagan Mangat

        oh man really great questions.

        • PK

          Good one, Onibalusi!

  • http://www.megabizflakes.com Samuel

    Awesome interview Oni!! Harsh is a great blogger! lol his avatar is always making me blush!!! keep up the good work. Have fun.

    • http://www.shoutmeloud.com Harsh Agrawal

      Samuel Blush?? (-:
      Wondering how??

      • http://www.megabizflakes.com Samuel

        Lol Your avatar looks kinda Harsh!!!!!!!! Have Fun bro!

      • http://www.tospider.com Nipon Bharali @tospider.com

        Harsh your tattooooo is funnyyyyy

        • http://www.seorobotics.org/ Rajesh

          Yeah, it’s funny. Btw thanks for the interview.

    • http://techfudge.net Techfudge

      Lolz

  • http://gmanendra.blogspot.com/ Manendra

    I am a grate fan of Harsha he writes every thing clear in his blog and he is also a really helpful person. Grt to c his interview here even i too asked him permission 4r his interview but i didnt get that ur really lucky “Onibalusi”

    • http://www.ultimatetrafficformula.com Onibalusi

      Hi Manedra,

      Harsh is a great guy but he is sometimes very busy, you might want to contact him again and I’m sure you’ll get an answer.

      • http://gmanendra.blogspot.com/ Manendra

        Sure i’l contact him once again and i think u asked every thing what i just thought to ask him. So now i need to prepare new questions and i have to ask him again :)

        • http://www.shoutmeloud.com Harsh Agrawal

          Hey Manendra
          Thanks for your comment and your email is still marked as star in my inbox..
          I already have 2-3 interview lined up and I’m trying to clear that backlog..before I take any new interview request..
          As soon as I will be free, I will drop you an Email..
          Regards
          Harsh

          • http://gmanendra.blogspot.com/ Manendra

            Oh this is really grate harsha thankQ and no problem u do 4r those 1st i can wait no problem i know ur situation :)

  • http://hiswat.info Siva

    Great one.. It was more than Interview :)

    • http://www.shoutmeloud.com Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks Siva :)

  • http://jamesnissen.com jim

    Great guest post.. my favorite takeaway from that was to keep the writing simple, and try to write from the reader’s perspective. That way, if they don’t understand a concept 100% yet, if you make the writing simple enough they should be able to grasp it.

    • http://www.shoutmeloud.com Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks Jim for taking your time out to read the interview and for precious time to drop a comment :)

  • http://www.richescorner.com Richard

    Good interview Oni. I always have a lot of pleasure learning from other bloggers. You asked some good questions that are very helpful.

  • http://www.avitricks.info Avi Singh

    I can say Shoutmeloud is the only blog I have been following for last 1 year continously.. I trust Harsh and its services very much… I recently hired him for blogger to wordpress migration and He did a wonderful job. Thanks for this Interview Onibalusi …… :) Today I know Harsh was making 800 – 1000$ when he decided blogging as his profession…… :)

    • http://hiswat.info Siva

      That is his minimum amount…
      This month, he has recorded his highest revenue itseems
      My best wishes to him for all future earnings

      • http://www.ultimatetrafficformula.com Onibalusi

        Yeah Siva,

        Harsh makes far more than that :)

  • http://www.elliswell.com Eleazar | Entrepinoy Bank

    It’s a great pleasure to read this post and learn some lessons about blogging from Harsh Agrawal. I’ll visit his site to learn more from this great blogger. I want to become a problogger someday.

  • http://www.InternetMarketingAce.com Joel Gray

    It is so nice reading this kind of posts. It inspires you to strive harder and believe in your dreams more. Keep it up!

  • http://www.techgyo.com Sreejesh

    No doubt Harsh is one of the most reputed and successful blogger in the business. His achievements are always an inspiration for all. he quite his white collar job for blogging. A truly passionate blogger which everyone like to be. he is moderate too :)

    Good luck for your new ventures harsh -^- :D

    • http://www.shoutmeloud.com Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks Sreejesh for such kind words and for your wishes :)

      • http://www.techgyo.com Sreejesh

        My pleasure bro.. :)

  • http://familyhealth365.blogspot.com/ Family health

    Posts too much detail, very helpful to me.

  • http://screamable.com/ Akshay

    awesome
    simply awesome :)
    hope i get a chance to interview harsh soon :)

  • http://moneyblogtips.com Amit Sharma

    I adore Harsh. He is like a celebrity among Indian bloggers. Shoutmeloud is the only blog I’m following regularly in past one year. Its hard to believe he did the same mistakes initially in his blogging career as other new bloggers are doing everyday.

    • http://www.ultimatetrafficformula.com Onibalusi

      Definitely Amit,

      Harsh is a great guy.

      Indians are the second top visitors (after U.S) to YoungPrePro so I must get a top Indian involved in anything I do, and what? Harsh is that guy :)

  • http://www.treatgene.com/syndrome-birth-defect-trisomy-21/ Kok Siong

    Hi Onibalusi! Thanks for your nice interview post with such a successful blogger! Harsh managed to develop a blog to get more than 100,000 page views within 6 month is a great motivation for me.

  • http://geekyninja.com Sharninder

    Really nice interview. I’ve long admired Harsh for his blogging skills and it was nice to get all this info, from the horse’s mouth as they say :-)

  • http://www.dothealthclub.com Natural cure

    This is great to hear from a great blogger

  • http://www.travelwires.com Muzi Mohale

    Interesting to note other web properties that Harsh owns…he has managed to create diverse income streams. My guess with wpfreesetup.com catch, it’s a hostgator affiliate sign-up.

    Onibalusi, what plug-in is the footer STOP message board? It’s in your face and would love to use it on my blog.

    • http://www.ultimatetrafficformula.com Onibalusi

      Hi Muzi,

      Exactly! Harsh has a lot of web properties that keeps on guaranteeing his online income.

      I coded it manually using a code give to me by a friend, it only works with thesis. If you use thesis you can contact me for the code.

  • http://www.netchunks.com Shiva | Web Magazine

    Oh, the Interview of the Master Blaster himself…

    Well when it comes to Blogging in Inda, Harsh is the Master Blaster (Like Sachin Tendulkar in Cricket).
    Actually, you know what..Harsh was the first popular blogger that I came to know about and he was the one who inspired me for blogging. I never knew about all the Darren Rowse’s, John Chow’s and not even knew about Amit Aggarwal of Labnol before I started blogging and came to know about them much later. I still follow his blog regularly even though my tight day job schedule. He has got a lot of talent and is inspiring indeed (and well pretty good earning too..lol :P)
    I am sure he will have a whole of even more success in the future. Wishing him all the very best.
    And for the interview, well you came up with some pretty good questions Onbalusii…
    Keep Up the good work

    Regards,
    Shiva

    • http://www.ultimatetrafficformula.com Onibalusi

      Definitely Shiva,

      Harsh is really a great talent, always full of inspiration and he also knows how to encourage other bloggers.

      I’m glad you loved the interview.

      Thanks so much for the awesome comment,
      -Onibalusi

  • http://www.techperk.com/ Praveen-Techperk

    Hey dude

    Nice interview mate :) Harsh has given a nice one :)

  • http://devilsworkshop.org Aditya Kane

    Came across this interview quite late I guess. I have worked with this guy as a blogger and one thing I appreciate about him is his fantastic energy that he harnesses while running his blog. :-)

    • http://www.ultimatetrafficformula.com Onibalusi

      Hi Aditya,

      Exactly. Harsh is a great and fantastic blogger and there are so many lessons to learn from him.

      I so much appreciate you taking the time to comment on my blog.

      Thanks so much,
      -Onibalusi

  • http://www.techntricksonline.com kbharath @ Techntricksonline

    its really a awesome interview with Harsh i have read few more interviews of harsh its really motivating to the fresh and the new bloggers.

  • http://pcmastero.blogspot.com amit sharma

    harsh….a very talentd guy…n a pro blogger…wish you success…

    • http://wpfreesetup.com Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks Amit…

  • http://alongit.com Shekhar

    Really good one … Harsh is a gem of the country and a glittering Diamond in the Blogging Sphere. Hope he continue to do well and move ahead.
    BOL Harsh.

    One think which always raise curiosity about Harsh is his gravavtar ie his picture. His back neck not front face is surely different. Hope harsh will expain it somewhere someday.

  • http://www.pricewisefavors.com/ raverture @ personalized wedding favors

    Very inspiring article! As a neophyte blogger like me, I need this kind of inspiration so that I can pursue my career. I’m a teacher by education but I’m a blogger by profession. And I am looking for great tips that can help improve my site. I found it at last. Thanks!

  • http://www.arunii.com arunii

    Excellent interview of harsh. i am reading his blog from very long time and it is in my top favorite list

  • http://www.inspiretheentrepreneur.com Lola Sosanya

    This is inspiring. It is great to hear success stories, well done Harsh Agrawal. I am still trying to figure out how people make their blogs successful within 6 months, it’s a misery.

  • http://www.softwaretestinggenius.com/various-special-types-of-tests-performed-by-software-testing-engineers Yogindernath

    Harsh agrawal is a very successful blogger and I have been following SML since last 2 years and I am really stunned to see his great earnings. He is a very humble and a honest person who even allows guest posting and 100% adsense revenue sharing.

    For me, he is a great source of inspiration and we all can learn a lot from his sharings.

    Regards,
    Yogindernath

  • http://www.tech2blog.com/ Pawan

    Great Interview. I regularly follow Harsh Blog.

  • http://profiles.google.com/uttara49 mani sp

    There is so much good stuff – why there was no discussion and no comment is visible out of 56 comments?

  • http://profiles.google.com/uttara49 mani sp

    There is so much good stuff – why there was no discussion and no comment is visible out of 56 comments?