Welcome, all of you to Blogging Ask.
So this is the fourth Interview with Umer Qureshi of Blogger’s Interview Series.
I have started this blogger’s Interview series so that those who are doing great in the blogging industry can share their experience strategies with us related to Blogging, Affiliate Marketing, and SEO, etc.
Today I am interviewing Umer Qureshi founder of Guide Blogging, who is a 16 years old Entrepreneur from New Delhi India.
Umer has great experience in Blogging, SEO, Content Writing and Quora marketing, etc.
If you haven’t read Interviews with Mangesh Kumar Bhardwaj and Ravi Dixit, Chayan Chakrabarti then make sure to read once because they have shared amazing hacks and experiences that will inspire you to do blogging with more passion and hard work.
I am very delighted to have Umer on my blog and share his experience with us.
Umer is a great guy I met him personally and I love his attitude and confidence. I love to read blogs and watch his YouTube Videos.
So are you excited guys?
Interview with Umer Qureshi a 16 years old entrepreneur
Let’s get started.
Welcome Umer to Blogging Ask, Can You introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey Ramesh, First of all, Thanks for inviting me and I’m feeling really happy to be in your blog,
I’m Umer Qureshi, a 16 boy turned into a six-figure blogger and Founder of GuideBlogging.com, I’m into blogging when I was 13 so, I’ve quite good 3-year experience of blogging.
Apart from that, I’m running a Facebook community name as Guide Blogging – Blogging, SEO, Affiliate Marketing, and Digital Marketing where almost 16000+ people joined so far,
In this group, You’ll find many experts like Anil Agarwal, Bhanu Ahluwalia, Santanu Debnath, Sumit Sao, Navin Rao, Amit Mishra, Siddharth Pal, and many more who will help you anytime.
Why did you start blogging? Any inspiration?
I started Blogging when I was 13 but the reason behind to start It’s really interesting.
So my journey started in summer 2017, That time I usually free because of summer and On that summer,
My mom purchased a new phone for herself so, Usually, as a kid, I use to watch Youtube Videos and just spent my all-time on social media,
And One day, When I was scrolling Youtube, I got one video and the video title is “How To Make Money Online” and after seeing that thumbnail, I got the curiosity to check it,
And, When I checked it, I got to know that we can make money through Youtube, and Instantly I started my youtube channel.
But because of a lack of consistency, I’m not able to make videos there,
So, I think to quit that and after quitting I watched the same video twice and Found Blogging.
So that’s how I started my journey but after starting my journey, I also faced so many struggles and but I try to overcome that, and Now I’m here.
And, When I started my blogging journey, I inspired a lot from Kulwant Nagi because I can easily relate his story as mine 🙂.
What was the idea behind GuideBlogging? And why you create this blog?
GuideBlogging is like a baby for me because after doing so much excitement and getting success in some blogs, I decided to do start it to share my knowledge of Blogging to the world,
And, One more reason is also to do the experiment, I’ve listened to this sentence so many times “Blogging Niche Is Tough”,
So I decided to make a blog around the Blogging niche and Show all the bloggers that, Still it’s tough but you can also make big money through it.
So, This is the reason why I started my blog GuideBlogging and In the road of making money through it,
I faced so many struggles on a daily basis but tried to improve it on a daily basis and That’s what I also want to recommend your audience that,
The problem will come and You have to face them with Patience.
Is blogging still worth in 2020?
Interesting, Blogging is still profitable as per my views and Anybody who is looking to start a blog in 2020 then I recommend go for it,
But there are some points that I want to tell your reader before they took the decision to start a blog –
1. Take Blogging as Business, It’s not a Hobby – Yes you heard right,
Because see when you start something as a hobby then it’ll be very difficult to work on it for longterm,
But, When you take it as a business then you’ll start investing your time and money on it and,
Believe me, When you take blogging as a business then you’ll see the J-Curve in your growth/revenue.
So, If you are just starting out then take it as a pure business, Not a Hobby
2. Blogging is not a quick-rich scheme – When I started my blogging career, I use to take it Blogging as a quick-rich scheme,
And, You don’t even believe that I generated my first ever dollar after hustling 1.6 Years.
Is that true?
Yes, my friend, and That’s why I’m telling you to don’t do the same mistake that I did already in my blogging career.
3. Keep The Investment Mindset – Mindset is super important for everyone.
Mindset is very important for any blogger because If you don’t have a good mindset for then it will be very difficult for you to be successful in blogging.
And, If you are just starting then I recommend you to keep the investment mindset because it’s the only thing that can help you,
I also realized this thing after working for 1 year and Believe me, If you adopt this mindset then you can easily start growing.
What was the mistake you have done at the initial stage of your blogging journey?
Being Honest, In the starting, I faced lot’s of problems but let me mention some here –
1. Shiny Object Syndrome – Focus is Everything, I know many successful entrepreneurs always say these words and,
Yes, It’s true because, After purchasing my first domain and hosting,
I started working on that blog but because of so many shiny objects I’m not able to focus on that blog and The growth that I’m getting on that blog is literally destroyed.
And I can say this is my biggest mistake that I was did at an earlier time.
2. Not Doing Self Investment – I already talked about Business Investment but what about investing money in learning?
Investing money in learning is also important and If you are not doing investment then maybe you are doing something wrong,
Because You already know that I quit youtube because I don’t have the skills to edit videos and thumbnails and,
Why I don’t have skills?
Because I didn’t invest my time and money to learn these things…
So, If you are starting anything then try to keep focused and Invest your time and money in your business/learning.
How much time do you spend on blogging?
Usually, I spend most of the time in blogging now but, Here is the time table that I usually follow to do all the work.
10:00 am – Wake Up
10:20 am – Do some exercise.
11:00 am – After exercise takes some bath and Eat breakfast.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Checking emails and try to reply to them all
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Work
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Launch
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Book or Ebook Reading
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Tuition
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Work
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Study
11:00 pm – 12:00 pm – Rest
12:00 am – 3 – 4:00 am – Work after that bedtime
Currently, I’m on holiday because of this my time table looks like this.
What are your favourite books?
Here are some of my favourite books –
- Eat That Frog
- Rich Dad Poor Dad
- Think and Grow Rich
- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
- Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook to Find Your Message, Build a Tribe, and Change the World
You can recommend some tools like Hosting, Theme, Keyword Research tool, And plugins to Blogging Ask readers?
Sure, Here are some tools/hosting/themes that I’m using on my affiliate blogs –
- SiteGround – When It comes to hosting, SiteGround Hosting is one of the best hosting that I usually use and recommend all the bloggers.
- Digital Ocean – Digital Ocean is the hosting that I just started using and It’s also the best hosting but not recommended for beginners
- GeneratePress – GeneratePress theme is one of the lightweight themes that I’ve ever used, It’s the time that I mostly use for my all blogs.
- SEMrush – SEMrush is one of the finest tool when It comes to keyword research, I’m using SEMrush to do the keyword research for my blogs.
- Google Docs – Google Docs is the tool that I use to write my content.
- Grammarly – Grammarly is one the best tool which helps me to correct the grammar mistake of my content.
- MailShake – I usually use this tool to do email outreaching for my blogs and clients.
- Convertkit and ActiveCampaign – Convertkit and ActiveCampaign is the tool that I use to collect email subscribers from my blogs.
- Google Drive – Google Drive is like a storage saver for me, Because these days I’m creating my course so it’s helped me to organize all my data.
So these are the main tools that I usually use in my daily life.
Can you share your success mantra of affiliate marketing?
There are not such success mantra of Affiliate Marketing but,
I can say the only way which leads you to be successful in Affiliate Marketing is choosing the right product to promote.
What are your best link building strategies?
Here are some of my best Link Building Strategies that I mostly use –
- Guest Post
- Broken Link Building
- Skyscraper Technique
- HARO Technique
- Interview Link Building
- Testimonial Link Building
Any secret tips to newbie bloggers?
There are so many tips that I wanna give to any newbie who is just started out, But here is the one secret key to become successful in any niche,
And, That is PATIENCE
Who was your inspiration when you think of starting a blog?
As I mentioned Kulwant Nagi is one of my motivation when I started my blogging career,
But after being in this community for such a long here are so many names who inspired me a lot –
- Ankit Singla
- Satish Kushwaha
- Anil Agarwal
- Santanu Debnath
- Sumit Sao
- Navin Rao
- Harsh Agarwal
- Akshay Hallur
- Santosh Gairola
- Siddharth Pal
- Amit Mishra
and many more (I inspired by every blogger and I also try to learn something new with each of them)
What are your future plans?
As of now, there are so many future plans but Let me add some of them –
- Do more focus on personal brand
- Take blogging to the next level
- Will grow our SEO Agency (LabelRanking)
- And many more which is going to reveal soon.
Which is Best Affiliate Marketing or Adsense in terms of earning money?
For me, Affiliate Marketing works like crazy…
But, If any newbie blogger wanted to know that which is best in term of revenue then my answer will be Affiliate Marketing always,
Because, See, In Affiliate Marketing we can easily make tons of money with Low Traffic,
But, In Adsense, we need high traffic to generate some real money.
So Yeah! Affiliate Marketing is for me 😉
Any words about Blogging Ask?
I really like your articles and specially design, The way you are sharing your thoughts in the form of article is literally amazing,
So keep doing that and Rather than that, I also watched some of your youtube videos and I can easily say that you are putting such huge efforts for your audience,
Btw, Thanks for Inviting me to Ramesh to share my story with your awesome audience.