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Hello readers, like always today we have a blogger and online marketer with DigitalGYD. She is a dear friend of mine and has learned surviving in this industry the hard way. Today’s post isn’t an interview but we can call it a candid chat where Yogita shares her behind the work scenes. :)
Q1. Hello, Yogita please tell us something about yourself and about your journey as a blogger?
Hello Dear Readers! I am Yogita aka Tanya, an obsessed blogger from Delhi NCR. I am an Online Marketing professional and a full time blogger who blogs at DreamTechie.com & LetUsPublish.com.
I started DreamTechie in April 2013 & LetUsPublish in August 2014 with lots of ambitions and excitements. As on today also I am keeping the same enthusiasm. It may be because I am “Indian by birth and Blogger by choice”.
I used to be a part time blogger till August 2015 and to manage both the blogs with work was really difficult but in July’15 finally I took the best decision of my life and did what I actually want to do from a long time. I quit my job to be a become a professional blogger and to be my own boss, this is super exciting :p, is not it??
If I talk about my journey with my blogs, it was full of new experiences but now I am thrilling about my future with more of blogging as a full time blogger.
Q3. Had you first started blogging on blogger and then migrated to WP? If yes please share the experience of transition.
No, my both blogs I started with WordPress only, so don’t have real time experience to share as of now. Might be I would have in future.
Q4. What are the major plugins that you use for your blogs?
Below is the list of WordPress Plugins I am using at present.
- Contact Us Form
- Simple Sitemap
- WP Smush.it
- WordPress Database Backup
- WordPress SEO by Yoast
- WP Super Cache
- Instagram Feed
- Tumblr Crosspostr
- Rel Nofollow Checkbox
The most awesome tool from the list is WordPress SEO by Yoast, as this plugin help me to manage almost all on page SEO factors. And the second most awesome plugin is – WP Smush.it, that helps me to maintain moderate site load time.
Q5. What are your views on SEO in 2015 and what tips you would give to our readers?
SEO would be there in industry for next many years but yes it will change with time as per need. As of now Spam SEO is dead, so don’t need to be a spammer to get organic ranks and boost blog traffic. Two most important gears of good On page SEO strategy are quality content and inbound links. That means publish high-quality relevant content that gets read and linked automatically.
And the other important element is social media; social media has been an aspect in the ranking algorithm for years and it would be same in coming future.
Conclusion – Work for your readers not for search engines.
The basic SEO tips for year 2015 are below-
- Maintain good site and content formatting to attract readers
- Increase the Domain Authority of your Site.(Click to know how)
- Never underestimate power of on-Page SEO
- Optimize Site Structure, Navigation, and URLs
- Optimize Meta tags and Content
- Use relevant, unique and Maintain good site
- Work to improve bounce rate of your site
- Use outbound and inbound links effectively
- Use Rich Snippets and Image Alt Attribute
- Use enough keyword variations in content
- Optimize site load time
- Avoid plagiarism with any of the best plagiarism checkers.
- Use social media tools aggressively
( Above points are just few, to find more read expert’s blogs. I recommend read Search Engine Journals )
Apart from on page SEO work, focus on quality off page work. Build backlinks on authority sites. Do create links but not be a spammer. Link building is not only a source to build authority and Google Page rank but also it can help a lot in increase blog traffic and brand exposure.
Q6. Are you associated with any other projects besides DreamTechie? If yes, please share with us.
Yes I am associated with LetUsPublish. LetUsPublish is an entertainment cum lifestyle blog, there I most all interesting read, you will love to read this blog more frequently.
Q7. What are your views on YouTube monetization and how far are you into vlogging?
YouTube monetization, and in text ads (check my Infolinks review) have great scope and less competition for interested geeks. All you need is creativity and some marketing skills.
A few months back even I thought to give a try to vlogging but again could not. Very soon I am going to start vlogging on regular basis on lifestyle and entertainment niche and I am hoping my readers will like my vlogs as well ☺
Q8) Being a problogger what were the biggest challenges then and now as far as your blogging is concerned?
Alike all SEO and blogging professionals, the biggest challenge for me is to do deal with different Google updates. We SEO’s can’t read the mind of Google and Cutts so it is much better to be proactive regarding use of ethical SEO and quality of content.
Another biggest challenge faced by most of the bloggers in initial days of work is “Time management”. Though Internet marketing is so vast it is really important to spend time on all important tasks all together. Make proper schedule charts and then work accordingly.
These days I am keeping notes on a notepad so that I don’t miss any important task. I also use ‘Sticky notes’ and ‘TO Do Notes’ to keep me reminded what is important. Evernote is another helpful app for time management; I am using this from 2 weeks or so.
Q9. What monetization techniques have you implemented on DreamTechie & on LetUsPublish. (If possible please share your earnings from this blog so that newcomers will be inspired)
I was not much focused on money making but now I ready to monetize my blogs. My both blogs have very good authority over web, we have good number of readers and I guess this is the right time to monetize my blogs. For both my blogs, I have little different monetize options, I am putting up the mail below –
- Gadget Reviews
- Sponsored Posts
- Affiliate Marketing
- Outfit Posts & Shoots
- Event Converges
- Read my guide on how to make money with a blog for beginners with free PDF
Q10. With over 60% of blogs writing about technology and SEO Tech niche in today’s blogosphere is saturated unlike 10 years ago. What do you see as an emerging niche for the bloggers?
No wonder we techie bloggers have really tough competition. But I am happy to share about that, there are still many niches where a blog can boost like hell. After my research, I found we have very less blogs on niche
- Health and Fitness Blogs
- Men Fashion Blogs
- Entertainment Blogs
- Music Blogs
- Finance Blogs
- Automobile Blogs
Q11. What are your views about DigitalGYD what would you suggest for improvement?
I am glad to see your content is engaging many bloggers; also the blog designed is impressive … Keep it up this good work. No more pitfalls, I found this time. You are good to go.y9
Q12. Any advice regarding blogging and SEO?
Blogging profession looks nice from the distant but when you start a blog and decide to do something outstanding you have to face number of problems. At that time you should have patience to deal with those problems, positive will power to continue your work and learning capabilities to avoid prior made mistakes.
And now about SEO & SMO; SEO plays a vital role in blogging. Not only SEO but SMO also has a lot more to offer bloggers. With no proper SEO, one cannot create a blog that can perform well in search engine and with no SMO you can’t even expect to be a well known brand. SEO and SMO seem like the backbones of blogging, so don’t ever think to ignore them. Hope it helps!
Over to you,
So, readers hope you got a lot of meat in this interview and got to learn many things about SEO, and blogging overall. Yogita is quite helpful and you can connect to her on Twitter and you even ask her your doubts through comments section below. You can also visit About.me/YogitaAggarwal to know more about her.