- 1 WPB360: Please tell us about yourself, your education & background.
- 2 WPB360: When and how you started blogging?
- 3 WPB360: Is BestOfGuru your first blog? How you thought to name it?
- 4 I can see that, you are very active in the social networking sites. How do you manage your social profiles? Please share some tips about how to build a strong online presence.
- 5 WPB360: How many hours do you work on an average? Would you like to share your daily blogging routine?
- 6 WPB360: Blogging has taken a big change in recent years. What are your ways to outshine in this very competitive blogosphere?
- 7 WPB360: So far, which is the most awesome moment in your blogging journey?
- 8 WPB360: Who were your inspiration in blogging?
- 9 WPB360: Do you use any blogging tools for content creation & marketing? Please tell us about how you are benefitted from them.
- 10 WPB360: According to you, what are the SEO strategies in 2016?
- 11 WPB360: As a blogger, how much importance one should give to link building? What are the best link building strategies for a beginner?
- 12 WPB360: Are you generating income from your blog/blogs? Would you like to share about your income sources?
- 13 WPB360: What are your next blogging plans?
- 14 WPB360: Please share some tips for the newbie bloggers who are recently getting started.
“Formal education and current position can define your worthiness. What makes you extraordinary is defined by your attitude towards others.”
In our Blogger’s Interview series, today we have our guest Gurunath Nakka of BestOfGuru.net. He is a person who is very much down to earth yet confident enough to reach his goals. Within just 6 months of his blogging career, he has made a strong online presence and a number of followers.
Gurunath believes that, to be successful, one must work on their strengths rather than weaknesses and wants to make every blogger out there a buddy.
We have asked a set of questionnaire about his blog and blogging journey and he has answered all of them with utmost honesty. I am really thankful to Gurunath for his time for our readers. So, without much waiting, let us go through the discussion.
WPB360: Please tell us about yourself, your education & background.
Gurunath: Hi, Manidipa, first of all, I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to get in touch with your awesome readers and here is my brief intro:
Hi lovely readers of WPBlogging360, I am Gurunath from Hyderabad, Telangana, India, an MBA Marketing graduate by Profession and blogger by Passion.
WPB360: When and how you started blogging?
Gurunath: I have started blogging just like most of the new bloggers do in a casual way in “Blogger” platform in June 2015. But by God’s grace I have got many friends in blogging especially from Google Plus and most of them are from food niche.
At that point of time I was guided by Menaka Bharathi, Nirmala Santa Kumar (MyMagicFundas), Manpreet Kaur (Finix Post) and Yogita Agarwal (LetUsPublish) in some basic things to follow to make myself a good Pro Blogger in future.
And it is Nirmala who has clearly told me to switch the platform to “WordPress” from Blogger and without much wait, I jumped into WordPress. It is on the 15th August 2015 on the eve of INDEPENDANCE DAY of INDIA, I have proudly launched my first ever WordPress blog in the name of “BestOfGuru”.
WPB360: Is BestOfGuru your first blog? How you thought to name it?
Gurunath: Yes this is my first and only blog as of now and will be starting a few shortly!
The thought behind naming my blog is just a coincidence or accidental I should say. I tried different names but in order to give the best out me, I thought this one looked to be the best option amongst all of my choices.
Gurunath: Thanks for the appreciation. Although I am new to blogging, my old and everlasting passion to make new friends, has driven me crazy to make every blogger out there to be my buddy blogger and I thought I don’t want to leave anyone out there… 🙂
I randomly choose all my social profiles and I am more focused on Facebook and Twitter, but will be liking and occasionally commenting and sharing in LinkedIn and Google Plus.
I don’t know any tricks, tips or scientific approach to build online presence and it happens in a pure natural way. The only thing you can do to be active in online social networks is to be “engaging” with every name in your “friend list”. Next thing is to target “mutual friend” list. And major tip is “don’t make your friend list uncomfortable with nasty “engagement”. Be professional, otherwise, you may get into trouble or uncomfortable situation.
To be short, “do healthy conversations with all your buddies” and it is the biggest asset for you for strong build up in social media and referral thing.
Gurunath: If you can believe me, I work non-stop some days except taking food, sleeping for about 4-6 hrs max and other important daily routines. Still I am learning many things and most of the time I watch YouTube videos to learn everything I have to learn on that particular moment.
I am always learning something new every day and it keeps me passionate and do something better every day. I am a lazy writer I have to say that, if you can keep a watch on me, I am better in promoting than writing. So I stick on to my strengths and at the same time not losing the root base of writing articles.
Without content, you can’t promote anything and at the same time when you write and leave a good piece of content in your blog without promotion there is no activity going on the blog in terms of traffic. So I am slowly trying to spend much time on the weak zone i.e. writing at least one post a day.
WPB360: Blogging has taken a big change in recent years. What are your ways to outshine in this very competitive blogosphere?
Gurunath: To be frank I am still new (6 months experience) in blogging so I can’t answer effectively on this point. But with 15 years of my professional career in different organisations, I can say one thing which is ever green and a must, i.e. be yourself and do what you think the best you can do and things follow automatically.
WPB360: So far, which is the most awesome moment in your blogging journey?
Gurunath: I just don’t have much moments that I can say awesome, but one thing that really took a pace off from my passive slow blogging days to a decent recognition is my “Navratri Interview Series with 8 awesome lady bloggers.
This post went viral on all those 8 days of the Navratri festival days. With that inspiration I did another post on this New Year with 78 bloggers’ resolutions and it is the best article in Best of Guru in all parameters and my first post to cross 2k words.
WPB360: Who were your inspiration in blogging?
Gurunath: There is a monster list and I have an inspiration from atleast a blogger every day no matter whether he/she is a Pro blogger or a developing blogger.
But to name a few that most inspired me, starting from my early blogging days to till this date are, Menaka Bharathi, Manpreet Kaur, Yogita Agarwal, Nirmala Santa kumar, Rohan Chaubey, Philip Ariel, Atish Ranjan, Bushra Muzaffar, Maria Nair, Harsh Agarwal, Kulwant Nagi, Pranay Anamula, Siddaiah Tirupati, Archana C Kapoor, Purba Chakraborty, Radhika Mundra, Namrata kumari, Vashista Kapoor, Kokila Gupta, Pradeep Kumar, Akash Gola.
I am sorry not giving the complete list, which is a long and never ending one.
WPB360: Do you use any blogging tools for content creation & marketing? Please tell us about how you are benefitted from them.
Gurunath: I don’t know exactly what those tools are. If you are asking for my daily blogging marketing tools, then I use:
- Grammarly for spell checking and corrections
- LightShot or Green Shot for Screenshots taking
- Pixabay for free stock photos
- Picmonkey/Canva for all graphics/design related work
- Notepad for preparing raw article
- Buffer/Hootsuite for Post scheduling
- Sumome/Mailchimp for list building/landing pages
WPB360: According to you, what are the SEO strategies in 2016?
Gurunath: Actually I don’t have much knowledge on SEO and still a learner. But to my knowledge and in my little 6 months of experiences, here are a few things which might have a direct or indirect effect on your SEO:
1. Choose good quality Premium theme (Well Coded one), it always makes sure that you have a great page load speed which is very important though many bloggers take it as a silly point. As the people spending most of their times on mobile and tablets, it is very important to have a mobile friendly theme and even Google likes the websites that are Mobile responsive.
2. Write a good quality article with not less than 750 words minimum. Writing a great article once in a week is far better than writing 7 articles per week. Quality always dominates quantity and same for SEO too.
3. Promote your article on Social media regularly and also don’t put your old articles stagnant, either modify them with latest updates or if it is an evergreen subject, simply start promoting it again at least 2-3 a week.
4. Comment on some good quality blogs and make sure you are getting good comments on your blog as well. Quality and natural Link building is one of the great strategies.
5. Lastly, don’t write articles for keywords rather make your article your own keyword. I am one of the weakest bloggers in terms of searching keywords and finding keywords. It is very clear that I don’t use good keyword search for many of my posts.
Recently I wrote an article on Divi Theme with “Divi 2.6 theme review” which went almost 2k words long and this post is ranking No.1 in page 1 after the developer’s website (Eleganthemes and their internal blog). I wrote the article in Jan 2016 and still the article ranking in page 1. So write “Comprehensive reviews, elaborative viewpoints” in your articles will always give you a good rank no matter what keyword you have used. I
Gurunath: I think almost many of the points discussed in the above question will applicable for this too.
Gurunath: To be frank, NO. I have not generated much income and the income I have generated as of Jan 2016 is negligible and not worth discussing 🙂 But in FEB 2016 I earned around 400 plus dollars through different activities like affiliate commissions, ads, promotions, Sponsored Posts, WordPress consultancy services and so on.
WPB360: What are your next blogging plans?
Gurunath: My first 6 months of blogging went or passed with no income or nothing special. I took my time to understand what is what about WordPress, blogging and all. So it is time to start thinking to do more posts, promote them as usual, increase social media and community building. Work and focus on more quality commenting and link building. I am also planning to launch few more Niche blogs in 2016 and let’s hope and wait how it goes.
Gurunath: If any person has read all the question and answers above completely, then there is not much I can say to them new 🙂 But to make it simple, “Be yourself, take inspiration from your beloved bloggers/people around you, be unique and don’t be a copycat”. My advice is – work on your strengths rather than weaknesses.
Thanks again Gurunath for taking time to share your journey with the readers of WPBlogging360. In case if you have any question for Gurunath that I might have missed during the interview, please feel free to put in the comments section.