Devesh Sharma started WPKube.com in 2009 providing WordPress resources for its readers. The blog focuses on everything related to WordPress including themes, plugins, tutorials, hacks, modifications, etc. With so many people blogging, it’s important to bring you the latest and greatest news about WordPress. When asked about monthly income brought in from WPKube.com, Devesh stated “Enough to Live a Comfortable Life”
Now, let’s get into the real in-depth questions…
Q1 – How long you have been blogging? (Possible Year)
Q2 – What blog or site is your main source of income? So, what is the main focus of that blog?
WPKube is my main source of Income. It is a WordPress resource site, which focuses on everything related to WordPress including themes, plugins, tutorials, hacks, modifications, etc.
Q3 – How much do you make online (average) from your blog a month?
Enough to live a comfortable life :).
Q4 – Starting out online can be very difficult and you’ll face many hurdles. What was the biggest challenge you faced when you started out? How did you overcome this hurdle and do you think if people are facing this problem today that they can still use the same strategy to overcome their challenge?
I had a habit of starting a ton projects and not focusing on one. I think I wasted a good amount of my time and money, doing just that. I was burning myself out trying to do so many projects at once.
Fast forward to 2011, I realized that I wasn’t making any real progress (in terms of growth and money), so I sold most of my sites and did a fresh start with WPKube.
I then wrote down my plan & goals on a paper, and started working on it. Although, my goals were different when I first launched WPKube, but it helped me to stay focused.
Q5 – These days it’s very hard to find things to write about and create new content? What would you say is the best strategy you have used to create awesome content? What would you recommend new bloggers do if they suffer from writers block?
Whenever I am out of blog post ideas, I head over to Facebook groups and communities where my target audience hangs and start looking at problems that they are having with their sites.
Here are few places you can look for content ideas:
Topsy: It helps you get blog ideas by analyzing what is working for others, but don’t overuse this strategy, you might end up losing your originality. To get started with topsy, simply go to the site and enter the url of your competitors domain. This will show you a list of tweets that contain links from past 7 days (you can change that to 30 days or alltime).
Quora: Q&A sites like Quora is a great way to get insights into your audience’s pressing problems. This site allows you to view trending content in topics that you are interested in. To get started with Quora, simply create an account, choose your preferred categories, and start reviewing the recent or trending question and answers. You can also take ideas from blog post written by Quora users.
Once you have ideas, the next step is create something better and promote the content.
Q6 – Experience and time does teach you many things. What do you wish you knew back then when starting out that you now know has helped your blog grow and become successful? If you can give us your Top 3-4 valuable lessons, that would be awesome.
That checking your analytics or clickbank account every day, will not going to help you.
On a more serious note:
Create in-depth content – Focus on creating in-depth long content, check out some of the posts on this blog to see what I mean. If you can’t then hire someone who can.
Email Outreach – Doing email outreach and building real connections in your niche will have a great impact on your business. The best way to go about this is, start building relationship with your peers who are at the same stage as you are. If you want to learn more about email out, here’s a fantastic guide by Brian Dean.
Participating in communities – Joining forums and communities can help you become an authority in your industry and send high quality traffic to your blog. There are a dozen of forum and community sites to choose from. Here are some sites that I have come across – Inbound, BizSugar, Blokube, RiseForums, QuickSprout Forums, etc. The key here is to choose one or two communities and become a part of it.
Q7 – There are many ways to monetize your blog some which have worked and some haven’t. How are you making money through your blog? What other strategies would you recommend to monetize your blog?
I earn most of the money through affiliate marketing, but generating money is not my priority right now with WPKube.
My advice for others would be: Start selling your own products. I am currently working on a number of products, myself and will be releasing them in a few weeks, hopefully.
Q8 – I know when I started blogging there were a handful of blogs I read on a daily basis? Do you have any mentors or blogs that you read on a daily basis that provide you with knowledge and guidance when you need it from day-to-day?
There are few blogs in the industry that I read regularly.
QuickSprout – Neil shares some of the best actionable tips on generating quality traffic.
MicroBlogger – General Blogging and Internet marketing blog.
Backlinko – For Link Building and Traffic Generation.
Q9 – There are several tools & plugins that can help you build momentum when people are on your blog, for example, social share plugins, SEO plugins and many others. What plugins do you think are essential in growing your blog? What Tools & Plugins do you think every blogger should have on their site?
There are several tools & plugins that can help you build momentum when people are on your blog, for example, social share plugins, SEO plugins and many others. What plugins do you think are essential in growing your blog? What Tools & Plugins do you think every blogger should have on their site?
WordPress SEO by Yoast – This is one of the most useful plugins for WordPress. It optimizes your site for search engines, and also handles Twitter cards, Facebook Open Graph, and Google+ authorship.
OptinMonster – It adds a popup box that appear when users are browsing your website, and can get you more subscribers, if used correctly. You also need to make sure you don’t annoy users, because not everybody loves popup boxes. The plugin is pretty expensive, but if you don’t want to spend money, here’s a great new free popup plugin.
Backup Backup – This backup plugin automatically backups your site (including content and data) on a schedule you set. It comes with a ton of awesome features that lets you backup, move, or restore your site without any hassle.
Digg Digg – All-in-one social media plugin for WordPress.
iThemes Security (also known as Better WP Security)
To find a full list of plugins and services that I’m using, check out our Resources Page.
Q10 – Many people have often asked me about the shift in blogging from previous years (Negative or Positive). What is the main difference you have seen while blogging since you started? What do you think will be the change going forward and how can you save yourself from being effective from this change (Positive or Negative).
The major shift in blogging is that it’s getting a lot more competitive, then it was before. I mean when I first started there were only handful of blogs in my niche, but now there are hundreds of them.
And it is only going to get crowded in the coming years, as more and more people are turning to internet to earn their livelihoods.
Q11 – I often hear bloggers talk about creating a brand online. What are your thoughts on creating a brand for yourself and what is the best way to brand yourself?
It doesn’t matter what type of business you are running, you have to put real faces out there. I mean, people want to buy from other people not logos or sites that doesn’t have any real face on it.
The best way to brand yourself is by consistently publishing quality content, replying to comments & emails, and making your work stand out from what is already out there.
Q12 – Much of the knowledge & motivation I’ve picked up is through other blogs and reading books. We discussed your favorite blogs in my previous question, however would you recommend any books that motivated you during tough times or provided you more insight into creating a successful blog?
Q13 – How important is writing high quality content in blog success? How often do you publish fresh new content on your blog? Is it weekly or monthly?
There are hundreds of thousands of sites publishing same content, so if you want to stand out from the crowd, high quality content is essential.
I usually publish 3 times a week, but I am hoping to increase that in the coming weeks.
Q14 – What are the Top 3 most effective link building techniques that you would recommend over your years of experience? You can include ways to generate traffic to your blog.
I have had a lot of success with guest posting and broken link building. Both strategies are still effective and can generate a huge amount of traffic.
My top 3 techniques would be:
Writing Epic Content: Quality of the content plays a very important role in search rankings. If you want to rank, focus on writing epic posts before you think about building links, especially if you are in a crowded niche like internet marketing or weight loss.
Broken Link Building: I have recently started using this but have already seen some great results. This strategy requires a bit of work and patience. but it is definitely worth the time, because of the contextual links you can get from this. Here are two fantastic guides on this:
Inviting Guest Bloggers: This could easily be one of the easiest ways to build links, considering you are willing to pay them for the content. There are a lot of advantages to inviting guest bloggers who are experts in their respected fields. You will get additional social media exposure and links (in some cases). SocialMediaExaminer and Moz are two examples who use this strategy effectively.
To get started, look for bloggers who write exceptionally well in their fields and have a strong social following.You can use tools like Followerwonk or BuzzSumo to identify potential guest authors for your site. Again, make sure to provide some extra value proposition such as providing money for their content.
Q15 – In my eyes, you’ve been a pioneer in creating some of the best products, content and are a true blogging success story. Can you name some of the products that you’ve created which can help bloggers out? How can they be purchased?
I don’t have any products at the moment.
Q16 – How can we get a hold of you: Please include email, social network profiles and Others.
That Concludes Our Interview…
Thank you very much Richard for taking the time out of your busy schedule to provide us with your advice. I wish you nothing but success moving forward.
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