S. Pradeep Kumar is the guy behind Hell Bound Bloggers, which is one of the leading blog about topics like Social Media, Blogging, and Technology.
We are glad to have the opportunity to interview him and learn so much from his experience which is a must read for every blogger who is serious about making it big online !!!
Why do you blog?
It makes me a teacher and moreover I have something that teaches a person, who knows, that may change his/her life. I started blogging without any intention, like you collect stamps for hobby, you won’t use it but you’ll keep it. Life changed when I started to admire people around me. Then I believed I have a tool that can make things upside down. Right now, I’m a happy blogger. 🙂
How long have you been blogging?
For almost 4-5 years, and took blogging seriously after the birth of HBB (around 2009).
How many hours do you dedicate to your blog daily?
For the past few months I have been restricted to use PC, you know Engineering exams and blah blah. So I reduced the time for blogging, but mostly I’ll dedicate 5-6 hours per day for blogging.
What’s the first reaction of people when you tell them you are a blogger?
It depends on the people with whom I interact; I never talk about blogging to a non-techie guy. 😀
How many RSS feeds do you read daily? If you could read only one blog, which one would you pick?
I don’t go by RSS feeds, I have some blogs in my mind to visit daily. If I could read only one blog, then that would be “Mashable”. Not only it is a high authority site, they update it often.
What is the secret of your success?
Doing what I love and closing my ears, whenever I get a bad criticism from a bad guy.
About Your Blog
What is the average number of daily posts on the blog?
We write about 2-3 posts per day and we are trying to improve our posting frequency with the help of our Guest Authors contribution.
How many page views the blog generates daily?
On average, 7000-10,000 page views per day.
Do you use paid writers? How many?
No, I never hired any paid writers. HBB’s guest authors minimized that.
What is the biggest mistake you did on your blog?
During Blogger (blogspot) to WordPress migration, I was not a serious blogger at that time, so forget to care about “SEO”. We had dead links all over the web for some time.
What is the blog’s monthly revenue?
HBB’s monthly revenue would be around 4 figures (USD). I can’t comment on the exact amount unfortunately.
Do you make money directly from your blog through your own products/services?
Sadly we are not yet ready with our own products/services, but planning to launch some soon.
What is the main revenue source of your blog?
Sponsored/paid reviews and direct advertisements are the top revenue sources for our blog.
Have you ever invested money in promotion?
Nope, that won’t last long. I never showed interest on them.
What is the best promotion technique you have used?
Guest blogging and Blog Commenting, yes, they are old but solid ones! By doing these two things you can also interact with the readers of other blogs in your niche. You’ll get lots of benefits if you do these consistently.
What is your favorite social bookmarking site?
Frankly I don’t use any now. Long back I tried Delicious, I prefer Google Reader and you will be amazed to know how Google reader can be used.
What is more important, community or traffic?
Oops, traffic is just a stat. Community is an empire. Forming a community around your blog is tough, whereas generating traffic is easy and simple.
What is the best way to boost the RSS subscriber base?
Apart from Giveaways, Contest, List Posts, you can encourage your readers to subscribe to your blog, you can even do it at the end of your blog post. If they really liked your post, they won’t mind subscribing, right? 😉
Would you use Black Hat SEO?
If Google and other search engines allows it. 😀 Oops, if my readers agree to it too.
How important is the “fun” factor for a blog?
It is very important! Having some humor in your blog posts and in your interaction can lighten the situation and atmosphere.
How important is the design of a website?
You can’t expect your blog posts to stay on your visitors/readers’ mind. Only the blog design stays forever, if it is really unique then it will be stored in his/her mind permanently.
What would you suggest to the student bloggers?
Pardon me for not following the tips I’m going to give. Manage both your studies and blogging, if you plan this beforehand you can easily succeed. If your parents prohibit you, tell them the advantages of blogging patiently as if you explain what a blog to a 4 year old kid is. You can’t expect your parents to be geeks!
If you could give one advice for a novice blogger, what would this be?
Never underestimate your blog and the way you blogs. You may be a novice, but every top blogger was once a novice. Read inspirational stories and interviews, plan for your future. All the best!
Thank you Pradeep for a great interview and wish you lots of success in your journey ahead 🙂