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Expert Blogger Interview: Navin Rao

If there’s a will, there’s a will, right?

If you feel that you can’t blog because you have a full-time job, then you’re simply making excuses for yourself!

While you can definitely produce more content and ear more if you take blogging full-time, you can still blog on the side especially if you have a full-time job.

It’s understandable why some people don’t want to leave their 9-5 job at the office. It provides security of constant work from your employer, not to mention the government benefits and contributions to your social security and a health card. You may agree or not, but these are valid points for a lot of people. This reason is why they haven’t left the corporate world for a career as a profitable freelancer, even though they can.

Navin Rao is one of those people who struck the balance working full-time while making money with his blog when he has spare time. He is proof that it is possible to achieve the best of both worlds as he continues to hustle like a madman by working round the clock.

In this post, you will learn why Navin opted to pursue blogging on top of his full-time job and how you can make money with your blog on the side as well.

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1. What was the moment that made you decide to become a professional blogger?

Basically, it all started two years back in late 2016. I am basically a techie and play with plenty of software and applications for general and official uses. And the reasons behind all such activities are simple, as these things make me too curious and force me in digging further and learn from it.

And during all these research and development processes I landed on a famous tech blog labnol.org, I loved it. That is when; I came to know about blogging existence.

Again, that made me digging further about blogging and bloggers, reading blogs, videos. I loved the way they share their acquired knowledge with the whole world through their blogs and making money out of it.

At that moment my inner voice, “Yes, I want to do it”.

That pushed me further to learn more about SEO and Internet Marketing, but yes, I didn’t jump into blogging instantly, I dedicated some of my time to learning apart from my 8 hrs regular job, which was certainly not easier for me, but I still have to do because of my interest towards it.

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2. Before you started blogging, what were you doing as a professional?

As said above I have a full-time job in an IT firm and I still continue to do that. But, a blogger life attracts me more, it gives me the pleasure of living my life better (Working when I would like to).

I am a little practice in all the cases, so haven’t quit my job yet. 🙂

I have some plans and simultaneously working on it, to spread my wings further into the online industry. As I always believe in one thing,

“Crawling in the right direction is better than running towards the wrong one.”

Thinking of long-term and making decisions accordingly, won’t make you regret later.

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3. What’s keeping you from leaving your job in IT and become a full-time blogger? Or what will it take for you to resign from your job and pursue blogging full-time?

Haha, Thanks for bringing up that question. Chris, I love learning, and always consider myself as a learner as it’s an ongoing process. According to me working in a professional atmosphere, makes one learn and achieve a lot, like handling the creepy situations, in a professional way. Dealing closely with clients, conducting professional meetings and more. It builds up the overall personality which will be helpful further being a full-time blogger or entrepreneur. I think, experiencing once makes sense.

Although, I have bigger plans to get established in the online industry further the way I always wanted apart from restricting my self into only blogging, and probably those going to be executed in a couple of years as I expected.

I enjoy blogging, it has immense scope to explore yourself and share the acquired knowledge you gained throughout the period. And importantly also make you earn better passively. But meanwhile, my plans fall into place in a larger picture, would love to do both simultaneously.” And I don’t think anything wrong with at all if one could able to manage the time well and be more productive.

4. What was the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome as a beginner blogger?

Blogging is awesome, and you won’t realize this until you start making money out of it. And is the biggest obstacle for any blogger and was for me too. I did everything (technically) but was not making money.

It’s a bad feeling when your efforts are going nowhere!

I am a curious monkey haha! Thinking of what went wrong?

Again started digging for the formulas of making money in the right way through blogging started again. There are no formulas, it’s all about strategies.

That’s when I realized, blogging is not just about writing what you know, it’s more than it. Writing a blog post and waiting for the more footprints to come in, won’t work.

You have to understand what’s in the trend, what are people searching for.

Simultaneously make better promotions strategies, make friends in the industry and continue doing that, try reaching out to the potential clients. Keep on experimenting…

These will open a lot of doors, and eventually, you will be in the race.

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5. Any horror client stories you’d like to share with us and how you dealt with the situation?

Fortunately, worked with many but didn’t have any bad experiences with any of my clients so far. It’s good to study better about the clients, before starting working with them.

6. How much were you earning as a blogger before starting out and how much are you earning now? What do you think caused the change in your blogging income?

As said earning your first penny through blogging is the biggest obstacle a blogger could face. While starting out I had to face the same.

Earlier I was relying only on one monetization method, banner ads, which is not bad but you should have the better-targeted audience and huge traffic as its based on CPM. Nah! I haven’t started blogging to make a few dollars at all.

But, then realized money is in Affiliate marketing if done in the right way. Apart from that opened all the other methods of monetizing of my blog as well, like writing product reviews based on my niche for which clients happily pay, and moreover, I join their affiliate programs to make more money through that piece of content forever. I started accepting sponsored posts in the relevant niche and more.

Opened to above monetization methods make my blogging income changed, which was just a few dollars earlier.

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Through my blog QuestionCage.com I make around $700 – 800 dollars every month so far on an average, despite having my full-time job.

Although, I had some other plans too, probably which will come one by one, and AllDigiTrends.net, an SEO, and other Services is a part of it which started in early in 2018 itself, where I do have a partnership, which makes me extra approx $300 – 400 as of now and growing rapidly. Managing the time is being very challenging for me.

7. Which blog post you have written that you feel the proudest?

I have written plenty of useful guides on WordPress, Social Media, SEO at QuestionCage.com. But, if I have to count one, I like the post where I had explained top 3 Google ranking factors.

But, to be honest that doesn’t satisfy completely and made me proudest. Probably that proudest feeling yet to come. Hoping someday I could satisfy my heart by writing an epic article with more than 10k+ informative words which would go viral. Haha!

8. Who among your blogging peers do you consider the best and why?

I go through many blogs, reading those, commenting on those. I consume a lot of tips altogether from the web. As the formula of “keep on learning” can only make your business grow.

I like the extensively practical tips shared by Brian Dean on his blog Backlinko. That guy is awesome with his SEO strategies. His YouTube videos are informative too.

9. What do you think separates yourself from other good bloggers out there?

Bloggers are awesome. Everyone has the same goals, proper branding, to make their blogs an authoritative one and rank of many keywords in their niche to get more affiliate sales.

But, I observed almost everyone has a different approach towards meeting their blogging goals, all have their own style of working and writing. And I really appreciate that, as uniqueness matters. Few are good at something, probably others are not, and it goes vice versa.

Being honest, I always want to go in an ethical process to make money by providing more information and resources to the readers, doesn’t matter how difficult it could be.

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10. List down the blogging tools that you use and explain why people should use them for their own blogs.

Using tools are a good way to go to be more productive and use the time better.

There are plenty of blogging tools online for its own purpose. I generally use SEMrush and Ahrefs to complete my SEO job for the blogs and clients websites. There are awesome to spy on the competitors and find out the profitable keywords. And those just don’t stick to that, it explores the whole website data throwing the backlinks they made from. And that would save a lot of time doing things from scratch.

Apart from that UbberSuggest, can be a great fit for a beginner and for an expert blogger to find relevant keywords. Grammarly to write better and fast. Buzzsumo to find trending topics to write, Canva and photoshop for images and more.

11. How “successful” would you consider your blog?

My blog is growing quite well, just the way I wanted it to be, sometime back. Despite my full-time job, I kept on publishing useful articles which solve the reader’s queries. Although still the hunger is on and a long way to go.

12. What do you think are the upcoming blogging trends people need to watch out for?

Haha, yeah winds are changing its directions. Blogging won’t be anymore the way it was. Google is bringing up a lot of changes in their algorithm. This could make rankings pretty much difficult. Search engines are particularly to concentration to provide the best to the users. Now a blogger needs to concentrate more on informative and long-form content. A better website structure for better user experience and navigation.

13. If there’s an advice that you would say to a starting blogger, what would it be?

Navin Rao quote

Those days have gone, when blogging is just about passion or hobby. Instead, it became a money making machine which attracts more and more people towards it. This is great if you are committed to providing great information.

Work on the niche, which you have knowledge about, study the online industry better before starting out and make your own strategy with your blog. Plan how you are going to monetize your blog before starting out, yes I mean it, you have to do it before. Learn search engine optimization techniques to rank your blog better and get more exposure.

Personal Advice – If you are working full-time, don’t just quit for the sake of getting into blogging. Experiment if this is something which goes in your plate. Nothing wrong in doing both simultaneously, if you are able to make your blog a success gradually as the time passes on, which makes you confident enough, decision, would be always yours 🙂

Finally, two key aspects, have faith in yourself and keep patience. Things will roll in as you have expected. 🙂

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