Interview with Pradeep Kumar, CEO & Founder of Slashsquare

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Hello friends, How are you today? I am back with a brand new interview episodes. Toady, My interview person is Pradeep Kumar. He is very popular in blogsphere.This is number 8th episodes on Talkandtalkers Interview Series

I have tried my best to give you real unknown fact about pradeep kumar. Will love you by all. And, I am very thankfull to pradeep kumar for giving his valuable time.

As a part of the formality, can you please tell our Readers a little about yourself ? 

Hi all! This is Pradeep Kumar, CEO & Founder of  Slashsquare, an Indian Blog Network and Web Consulting Media. I’m a fun-loving guy, blogger, internet marketer, movie freak, atheist and a proud Indian. Happy to get this opportunity to share my views with others. Thank you. :)

Have you ever made mistakes as a newbie blogger? If yes, what were they and what lesson did you learn from?

I have done so many mistakes, but I’m glad that I took all of them as experiences and I also made sure that I don’t repeat them. I started my first primary blog – HellBoundBloggers – on Google’s Blogger platform, but at one point I decided to migrate it to WordPress.

I simply exported and imported without worrying about the formal procedure, which resulted in tonnes of broken links, feed issues, and other settings.

I just thought of it as an experiment but I should have understood the full procedure and learned it thoroughly before implementing.

The new Bloggers often find it difficult to drive traffic to their blog. When you were new to blogging, how did you manage to bring lots of traffic to your blogs?

New bloggers will obviously find it difficult to drive traffic unless they do something viral or they invest some bucks. But making use of Social Media helped me to overcome it.

Just be active in every damn social network you can, say Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Quora, etc. Having tonnes of connections will make whatever you share viral.

Unlike SEO, which takes lot of time, Social Media is fast and viral. If a celebrity or someone who has huge following shares/retweets your post, then it’ll be a huge turning point for your regular traffic spike.

How can a new blogger make a decent income from his blog?

He can get not just decent but sufficient income from his blog if he can wait for sometime. Blogging is never meant for making money but it has the potential.

Considering he has a blog with enough quality posts and social exposure, he can start with Adsense, the evergreen income source for Bloggers. If his blog gets approved, then he should first focus on sustaining that account.

If you can follow Adsense by their own rules then you can pretty good income from it. Apart from that, try sponsored/paid reviews and affiliate marketing.

If you are an expert in “X”, if you are having a targeted audience full of “Xs”, then writing a post about “X” and promoting products related to “X” will give you a standard conversion, thus generating huge income.

How many hours do you spend per day on your blog(s)?

Honestly there isn’t any specific count, it really depends on the kind of work I have. I’m not just blogging but also providing web services via Slashsquare, so my time varies a lot.

Sometimes I don’t sleep for days, sometimes I sleep for days, it really depends. Slashsquare doesn’t have a big team, I’m focusing on doing works which are OK for me.

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List of Paid or Free Tools, you are using? 

The list goes on and on..

I use all the free Google Analytics tools and some premium tools like Moz.com, Alexa Audit, etc. I usually look for free tools, I’m not an expert in spending money wisely. 😀

According to you, what are the most useful Plugins for a WordPress user?

These are the standard plugins every WordPress blog have:

#1 Akismet

#2 Yoast SEO

#3 W3 Total Cache

#4 JetPack (some hate it though)

#5 WP DB Manager

#6 Google XML Sitemap

#7 Digg Digg or ShareThis

#8 iThemes Security

And the list goes on.. but these are the essential ones I always install.

According to you, What’s the best and worst features of WordPress?

Best feature – It’s Open Source and it has a strong community of developers to help us with.

Worst feature – Taxonomy. I can’t have both devicebar.com/mobile/iphone/ and devicebar.com/iphone/tips/ structure.

Like, it doesn’t allow us to have the same name twice, it restricts our architect for categories.

 

If a website has good content, it is necessary to get good page rank for higher serp? How Pagerank effect seep?

Google sees PageRank as a criteria for how authentic or authority a website is, so if a website has PR 6, then obviously they believe the blog posts they produce will have good quality, thus the SERP.

 How do you Monetize your Blog?

Earlier we focused on sponsored/paid reviews, but since Google started to hate it, we decided on affiliate marketing, CPC/CPM and direct banner ads.

Affiliate Marketing is quite challenging since I’m investing some amount on it, and waiting for the ROI – Return on Investment.

Can you share some memorable moments of your Blogging journey?

There are several memorable moments, whenever I solve someone’s mobile query or their movie request, let it be anything, I’ll be extremely to help anyone in Blogosphere.

Long back, I received a call from a visually impaired mam thanking me for a post I wrote about browsers for visually challenged people. That’s the one I always remember. <3

Say something about my blog? 

I loved the name of your blog, and I’m also checking out some interesting interviews, thanks for keeping a hub for interviews, it’ll be very useful for people like me who are eager to learn more about others.

Any advice that you can give to our readers for their success?

There isn’t any specific goal in Blogging, it is more like a race which doesn’t have a destination, consider it as a journey and make full use of it.

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