As part of our Bloggers Ideas interview series, today we have Karan Singh of bloggingways.net discussing techniques about SEO and Social Media for Marketing. Karan has tried his best to share some skilled techniques he is using currently. I know This interview is rather long, but is worth for all bloggers & webmasters !
First of all please introduce yourself to my readers and tell me about your blogging career. Why did you choose blogging?
Hi! Myself Karan Singh Chauhan as an 20 years old engineering student and a part time blogger as well. Blogging is my passion and I jumped into it in late 2010 just for fun and to increase my popularity worldwide. At that time, I was in 12th class as a non-medical student. I had a lot of knowledge about Computer in the field of basics, software, hardware and web designing etc because from 6th class he started doing extra courses of it. And from this, my life changed dramatically and gets involved in the world of Blogging. Giving Special thanks to my God and Blogger (WordPress later on) which gives me the platform to express myself in front of the whole world by choosing this way Out.
2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?
I blog and the owner of Blogging Ways which is a popular How to Blog, SEO and Make Money Online Site found in 2012 under the guidelines of famous experts like Mohammed Mustafa of MBT. Our blog aims at providing quality articles related to SEO, Make Money Online, Blogging tips, WordPress tricks, Social Media News and Web Hosting tips. I choose this niche as it attracts me and had a lot of scope in the future. Also I had too much interest in Making Money and Search Engine Optimization.
What type of wordpress plugins you are using to supercharge your blog.
Well Currently I am using 40+ plugins at my blog. For supercharging my blog, I use W3 total cache, jetpack, Akismet, SEOPressor and many more plugins like this.
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What are the best wordpress themes you would suggest to bloggers.
Actually I only believe in Genesis Framework and all its supported themes. I choose Genesis themes because they all are well structured, nicely coded, SEO optimized, lots of inbuilt features, looks awesome and less loading time of them. Therefore I suggest switching to Genesis at only 59$ one time and child themes at 19$. Another good themes include thesis, Elegant Themes etc.
Your blog is running on which hosting services , which hosting service you would recommend.
Currently My blog was hosted on Indian Web Hosting Company named as BIGROCK and soon I am going to switch to BlueHost because it’s the best WordPress hosting solutions providers ever and recommended by most of the bloggers online. Apart from it, its customer support is damn good!
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What are different ways to increase facebook likes ? How can you increase twitter engagement. Please tell us some tactics.
Well to increase Facebook followers, I use Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox plugin which acts like a popup box when somebody opens my site first time. On the other side, I also organize contests and giveaways on my blog to increase my Facebook engagement. For Twitter, I used to display followers buttons on my site and participate in “you scratch my back and I will yours” like websites such as Twiends etc.
What kind of social media management tools you are using for your blog and also in SEO.
I actually use Buffer App and HootSuite to manage my social media campaign. Buffer helps me to schedule my posts at any time. Apart from it, they also helps in SEO as well!
How to increase linkedin engagement and how to get traffic from Linkedin ?
For getting traffic via LinkedIn, all you have to make your profile killer and relevant, be active and consistent, join groups, post blog articles as status and share your linkedIn profile url with your friends in circle etc. Also display LinkedIn button on your website or blog.
Are you using pinterest for your blog. What kind of tools you are using and how much traffic you get.
To be honest, I am not very much interested in using Pinterest and I just pin my post after publishing, that’s all I do. Usually I get 40-50 visitors from Pinterest.
How to decrease bounce rate of a blog.? can you suggest some methods to reduce it.
There are many online articles about decreasing your’s blog bounce rate and some of them are below that actually works-
Less Loading time of blog’s theme
Showing Random and Related Posts
Beautiful theme and design
Interlinking is must
Quality Content and easy to read
What e-mail management tool should you use?
I use Aweber and Google Feedburner in order to deliver my blog posts to my readers. This helps me a lot in order to get new 500 subscribers per month. So must give a try to Aweber at only 1$.
Do people need to spend money (e.g., PPC, paid advertising, etc) to make money with affiliate marketing?
If you are an online blogger just like me, then there is no need to spend extra money on PPC or Paid Advertising. But as a business point of view, you can invest money as per your goals. Note- PPC results are temporary and disappears when you have no money so please try real SEO.
What blogs do you read in Affiliates? Tell me about an article you recently read that stuck out to you.
I only read Zacjohnson.Com to read affiliate tips from my Affiliate guru Zac Johnson. Everything comes with time and there is no such article that stuck to me for ever. Actually I read all the articles there and gain knowledge as per time.
What are the Secrets of Affiliate Marketing and are you associated with any kind of affiliates.
Well there is no such secrets, all you have to follow these guidelines below-
Choosing the right product to promote.
Know How to Promote it
Communicate with your affiliate representative
Negotiating Higher Payouts
There’s a lot of competition for marketers out there, especially established, quality marketers, how do you survive in this tough competition.
Well I only believe in writing quality articles, do not stuff keywords, follow Google guidelines, do not buy backlinks and ultimately your blog will be survived and be the top of search engines. That’s it!
What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?
One thing I definitely learned is that Go slow, Go right, Go better, success will comes towards you! He He! This is my own quote, never mind. Note- If you have your own thoughts, your goal will be achieved faster. The only time you should care about what anybody else thinks, is if you’ve built up a very loyal audience who trusts you a lot.
How can readers of the blog get in touch with you? (social/blog urls)
MY BLOG- www.bloggingways.net
Thanks, appreciate it!
Finally Finished !!
I hope you enjoy this amazing interview with Karan. He tried his level best to share awesome techniques he has been using on his blog. Share this interview with your blogger friends so that they can learn more awesome stuff and make their blog a great identity.