Hello Our Dear Readers, You are welcome to the Ultra-Unique section of this blog, the “Expert Chat” Section where we get to have a chat with various Experts in the blogosphere on a “single” particular topic.
Today on expert chat, our guest is Atish Ranjan of techtricksworld.com. He is an expert when it comes to Blogging and we will be having a chat on How to start a Blog with him.
Join me as we learn from Atish’s experience and Insight.
ME: Hi Atish, it’s nice to have you here, can you kindly introduce yourself to our readers
Atish: I am Atish Ranjan, A blogger by choice and SEO by Profession. I am from a small city Sitamarhi(Bihar) and now staying in the Capital city of India, i.e. New Delhi. I have multiple blogs but the main and first one is TechTricksWorld.com.
ME: I have known you for a while now & I know you are a great Blogger; how did you get into the blogging business?
Atish: Good to know that you are familiar with me. I am not a great blogger but just a simple blogger who loves to blog about anything he likes.
There was not planned debut in blogging. Me and my friend Zainil had started a blogspot blog where we used to share cool pc tips and tricks and we don’t how we came into professional blogging. In the beginning we didn’t know even about making money with blog.
ME: To start with, What is a Blog?
Atish: In my opinion, Blog is a place where you speak or share what you know and what you love. But now days blogging is not what it used to be, now days its completely turned into a business tool which earns you $$$ against your little investments.
ME: Can anyone become a blogger?
Atish: NO! To be a blogger you should have patience, Determination and passion for blogging.
ME: What are the essential qualities of a blogger?
Atish: Just Said above! A blogger should be very passionate about his/her blogging venture. Also for better blogging you should be good at writing. SEO and other tech skills are plus points.
ME: What are the basic things needed to start a blog?
Atish: Nothing but passion for blogging. Without passion you cannot blog well.
Apart from this you must be able to write well. Technically domain, hosting are needed to start a blog if you want to work on self hosted. If you want to start with free then use blogger.com.
ME: Is the domain name very important for the success of a blog?
Atish: Somehow! Domain name should be short and simple. Initially keyword domains were working great but now comes the era of brand domain names so my suggestion is to get a domain name which looks like a brand not just keyword stuffed domain.
ME: Can you share with us some tips on choosing a perfect domain name?
Atish: Actually in the past people used to buy domain with keywords in them and I too wrote a post on this topic as Tips to choose the right domain.
But now after EMD update things have been changed a lot. Look for a normal name and make it a brand. That’s the best way.
Such as look at “Google”, there is no meaning but now it becomes the best brand in the world.
ME: Is it compulsory to be good at writing before you can start a blog?
Atish: Not compulsory but if you want to get more attraction and engagement on your blog, you must be good at writing. If you are blogging for learning purpose then its good start even if you can’t write well, you can improve gradually.
No one comes with all the expertise and excellence, everyone learns by consistent hard work and concentration.
So in Short, if you are blogging just to learn more and more then you can start with normal writing and improve yourself gradually but if you want to do professional blogging, you have to know the art of writing.
ME: What is your take on hiring ghost writers by people starting a blog?
Atish: Again I would say if you want to learn then this is not a good idea to hire writers but if you are blogging for money and you don’t get much time to spend in the writing stuff then it’s the best idea to hire ghost writers.
But always check and proofread the content written by your writer. Plagiarism check is must!
ME: Is keyword/niche research important before starting a blog?
Atish: Somehow its important. Choose the niche in which you have good interest as well as good knowledge. Suppose if you choose niche about which you don’t know much then it will become hard for you to think for new content ideas.
So proper niche research and selection is important and when you done with the niche selection you can do a proper keyword research within that niche to know what the best keywords are.
Analysis and planning is the most important thing if you do want to start anything as a business.
ME: Any tips on doing proper Niche/Keyword research?
Atish: I have never done research on niche as I love tech, blogging and SEO niche only. I know pretty well about these stuffs so didn’t need to research.
About keyword research you can use Online keywords research tools such as Google adword keyword tool, SEMRush and others. Also Google instant can give you many ideas of keywords when you type in Google search. A basic research guide you can check out here http://stoogles.com/basics-of-keyword-research/
ME: What things and strategies will you recommend to anyone who is just starting a blog?
Atish: When you start a blog you should think of creating great content especially evergreen posts which lasts for long, Don’t write the post which are for short span of time. I mean news kinda thing, don’t post it in the very start.
Because when you write something useful for long run then you can see better engagement on your blog. Better engagement on blog takes you to the success quickly.
From Search engine point of view, do a proper keyword research before writing any article. Short list atleast 2 keywords for the post and target them naturally.
Connect with fellow blogger in your niche and share ideas with them, go and comment on their blogs. These things are really good for building healthy relationship.
Lastly, never underestimate the power of social media. Brand your blog on all the best social media sites like FB, G+, Twitter, Pinterest, Stumbleupon. These are the best place to expose your site to a number of people which turns out into better traffic too.
ME: Do I need to be knowledgeable about a niche before I start a blog in that Niche?
Atish: Yes! You must have good knowledge of what you are doing or what you gonna do. Not only in blogging, it applies everywhere.
ME: Blogger or WordPress? Which do you prefer and why?
Atish: For beginners blogger is fine but WordPress is the best for all because you can customize everything in it whereas in blogger you can only tamper the HTML part of your site.
Even from SEO perspective WordPress is much better! The awesome plugin support makes WordPress the best CMS for blogging.
ME: To finish off, how can our readers connect with you?
Atish: Anyone can connect me here:-
Thanks Joseph for the opportunity to share something with your readers! Wish you all the success with your blogging!