Pradeep Kumar, CEO & Founder of Slashsquare
1) First things first, tell us something about yourself and your blog?
Hi there! Thanks for featuring me in this interview. It’s been a pleasure for me to share my views and thoughts with like-minded people. My name is Pradeep Kumar, I’m the CEO & Founder of Slashsquare, it’s an Indian Blog Network and Web Consulting Media. I’m a Blogger and an Internet Marketer.
When I was tortured by Education & Engineering, I came across something beautiful called “Blogging” and it’s been an incredible journey since then. HellBound Bloggers (HBB) is my first official blog, and it’s the main connecting hub for all our other blogs.
2) What do you do other than blogging?
I’m a Professional Blogger; I spend most of my time blogging and brainstorming about Internet Marketing strategies. Apart from this, I’m just a natural normal boy. I hang out with my friends, explore various places, try new dishes, and trying my best to be happy every second. My definition of ‘Happiness’ is weird though. 😛
3) How do your family and friends react to the concept of blogging and bloggers earning from it?
See, when I started Blogging, it was very different & difficult to explain, they simply thought I was just doing something on the Internet which is not productive or useful, I can’t blame them also, ‘make money online’ was almost a scam some years back.
When I took some time to explain to them what I do online and how it impacts my life, it became normal, and they accepted this as a profession. 🙂
4) Did you start blogging casually?
Yes, it was way too casual, and I was curious as well. What’s a blog? What does it do? How to use it? What’s the benefit? Should I pay money for that? Can I make money out of that? There was only one way to find that out – START A BLOG!
5) How to choose a niche and what impact does a good niche selection have on a blogger?
It’s very simple to be honest. Pick a niche you love. My answer may sound simple, even maybe lame, but it’s the truth. I’m not a big fan of sports, so there is no point in starting a blog which is based on sports. I’ll be blogging about something I’m not passionate about, which is not good for blogging. Blogging is not just about sharing content on the blog, it’s more about how it impacts the people around your blog, like a community.
6) Initially what tools did you adopt to make your blog rank or grow?
Initially, I used very fewer tools, but Google Analytics was way too helpful than I thought. Right now, Grammarly is probably something I use every day for proofreading & editing my blog posts.
7) How many hours do you work on your blog?
It actually depends, there is no time count or limit for blogging. I blog whenever I feel like sharing something, if I’m not in the mood, I’ll take a break, go out somewhere and come out when I feel like I’m ready to blog. Whatever work I do, I make sure I sleep for at least 5-7 hours per day, so apart from that, I work on our blog network promotions all the time.
8) What about maintenance?
There should be some investments for upscaling our work. We spend for hosting, domain names (includes short URLs), advertisements (Facebook + AdWords), content writing, design works, and some others. If you want to earn 1000$+ per month, then you shouldn’t be afraid to spend at least 100$+ per month generously. Give and take policy. 😉
9) What are the posts you made, that made you feel proud?
The Hard Truth Behind Your Daughter’s Pocket Money – I think this post is something that I felt I badly wanted to write and spread the word because it affected my friend and I’m kinda connected to this post.
10) Has blogging become a full-fledged career today?
It definitely is! A Blogger is someone who is a combination of both a teacher + journalist I would say. Happy to be a Blogger. That’s the reason why I’m typing this answer and getting featured on this blog.