Today we are going to publish interview with a professional Blogger, Interview with Vinil Ramdev from http://ceohangout.com.
|Interview with Vinil Ramdev : Journey of a Professional Blogger : eAskme|
Q : Please share about yourself and your story to enter in blogging?
That's when I started looking at my blog as a media enterprise rather than a place to just sell my services. Eventually in 2014, I sold that blog to someone else. And I started another one called CEO Hangout which is not just a blog, but an entire business with various different revenue streams like live events, coaching, affiliate marketing and advertising.
Q. How the idea to make your own blog came in your mind? How you found the right people to develop it and what big obstacles you faced?
Ans. The idea was rooted in the concept of content marketing. The initial purpose was only to sell my services, not sell advertising space on it.
In terms of web development, it's best to hand that part to specialists and not do it yourself. But find a specialist who doesn't just do a good job but educates you about the process. You may not want to do it yourself but you should know enough to be able to outsource it to other people. There is big difference in delegation and abdication. You must be able to delegate efficiently, and hold people accountable for their tasks.
Finding people is definitely a challenge in every business. In my case, most of it happened organically. I believe your vision and purpose has to be clear. If your vision is clear, you will attract the right people. Everybody talks about the law of attraction, but what does it mean? Does it mean, sit down and do nothing and people will knock of your door? No, it means have a clear vision and purpose in your business. And live that purpose. That's how you attract the right people. As someone said, "You can't hire talent, you can only attract talent."
Ans: If you do it right, and are passionate about sharing your ideas to the world, it is one of the most democratic ways of growing your presence in the online world. It can definitely change your life. But don't expect it to give you dramatic results right away. Sometimes, it can take a long time before your blog eventually takes off. The quality and quantity of content matter, so do your connections with other bloggers and influencers. It is a great way to meet new people and grow your business. Many people also use it as a channel to explore new ideas.
Q. What are your favorite Internet marketing tools?
Ans: The tool that I use now is SumoMe. I believe it's a complete solution with - pop-ups, scroll bars, share buttons and heat maps. Truly a brilliant solution.
I am not a big believer in using every piece of technology that I can find. I like to keep things simple. Sometimes, less is better!
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Q. What is your daily schedule? And how do you maintain your tasks?
Ans : For me, it's about sharing my thoughts and opinions with the entire world. Unlike a newspaper which is a 15 minute medium, your impression on the internet stays for ever. You could write an article today, and 5 years later someone might read it.
It's a great opportunity for people to connect with you, get to know you, build a relationship with you, and eventually trust you enough to do business with you.
It's like the message in a bottle concept. You put your message in a bottle and through it into the ocean and see where it reaches. Blogging is exactly that and the internet is the ocean.
Q. Which are your favorite blogs?
Ans: There are so many favorite blogs. But if I have to name a few - I've enjoyed Darren Rowse's Problogger. Most people who started off in blogging have started by reading Darren's Blog. When I started, it was one of the first blogs that I read frequently. For anyone who wants to become a blogger. This is a great start.
Q. How much time do you spend on social media promotion and SEO of your blog?
Ans. A lot of us kinda get distracted by shiny objects and social media is just that. If you check out my social media profiles @VinilRamdev and Facebook, you might think that I spend a lot of time on social media. Well, that is not true at all. I automate most of my social media activities. If you are not careful, social media can take up a lot of your time. I don't spend more than 15 minutes a day on social media.
There are many big companies like StarOfService that are not that active on social media. But they still manage to get substantial traffic to their websites.
For my blog, we do optimize our articles for SEO with relevant keywords. We use the Yoast plugin for wordpress. Besides that, I do a lot of guest posting, which also helps me in getting visibility and new readers.
Q. How much time do you spend for blogging daily?
Ans. I spend about 90 minutes on blogging daily. However, there are other activities like setting up autoresponders, guest blogging, connecting with other bloggers that take up my time.
I am also a freelance writer and also need to handle client work. So I like to maintain balance and keep my blogging time consistent.
Q. Message for Readers?
The one word you need to remember in blogging is consistency.
Blog fewer hours but do it consistently.
Q. What do you like about eAskme and how it can be more helpful for readers?
Ans. I like the tag line: Everyone Ask Me Anything. The great thing about eAskme is that the information is practical and not theoretical. Most of the blog posts are from people who have done it before. Doing what you preach is more important than ever before. Nothing beats first hand practical experience.
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