Welcome to another edition of the BloggeRoundup Interview Series where I feature Inspirational stories and blogging advice from successful bloggers and digital marketers.
For this interview, I had the privilege of inviting Akshay Hallur, Founder of BloggingX.com.
I’d like to thank Akshay for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions.
Let’s now dive into the depth of interview with Akshay Hallur and find out what he has to say. Are you ready?
Let’s get started!
Interview With Akshay Hallur From BloggingX
Here is the Inspirational & Insightful conversation with Akshay Hallur. I hope you would take some motivation from him to start your own blog.
Q.1) Please introduce yourself to Bloggeroundup readers?
Hi, I’m Akshay Hallur, a professional blogger, digital marketer and a trainer. I’ve been in this blogging and digital marketing field from 2013.
I’m the founder of BloggingX, InfoSparkle and many other online ventures.
On BloggingX, I provide you with actionable strategies to growth-hack your blogging excellence even in the most saturated niches. I mainly help other content marketers and bloggers to succeed in authority blogging.
Q.2) What inspired you most to start blogging?
When I was in high schools, I was good at communication. I often stood first in essay-writing and debates.
When I was first introduced to the internet, I used to wonder who created the content you find on Google. I then found out that it’s the bloggers who create content.
I felt that blogging would be a dream hobby as I loved writing, and the concept of writing for the betterment of the internet sounded fascinating to me.
My passion for writing inspired me the most to start blogging.
Q.3) What are the major challenges you experienced while building BloggingX?
As you may know, BloggingX was formerly GoBloggingTips. I later migrated it to BloggingX. When I was building this blog, the first challenge for me is to cut thru the fierce competition in the “blogging” niche.
It took me well over a year to start earning money from my blog, when it was started in 2014.
I didn’t quit as I had an extreme passion for blogging. That passion paid off well.
Q.4) What strategies/sources do you use to monetize your blog?
When I first began blogging, I started many blogs in hope to monetize them with Google AdSense. Unfortunately, most of them got penalized.
After that, I realized the importance of affiliate marketing.
I decided to start an authority blog around a niche and that gave birth to BloggingX (formerly GoBloggingTips).
The main monetization for BloggingX is affiliate marketing. Apart from that a good chunk of my income also comes from sponsored content, training, and also Amazon affiliate marketing.
Q.5) What is the best way to get success in affiliate marketing?
Authenticity and transparency are the best ways to succeed in affiliate marketing.
You need to wear the shoes of your audience and genuinely help them make the purchasing decision.
Before marketing any product, educating the prospect buyers is very important. Educating them about the benefits, features, competitors, and also the downsides of the product is very important.
Would you expect any stranger to buy a product from you when walking on the streets? No right?
It’s the same in the online world. You need to first connect, educate and then pitch.
Q.6) Which are the 5 blogging tools you can’t live without and why?
The 5 of my most favorite blogging tools are:
- Page builder (Elementor or Thrive Architect)
- Notion (not particularly a blogging tool)
- Google Docs
- My Mac machines
Q.7) How is your daily schedule? how many hours you work on your blog?
I wake up at 7 a.m, do some stretchings in sunlight, and meditate. After completing my daily routines, I head over to work at 10.00am and work until 6.00pm.
After it, I head over to the gym in the evening.
After that, I may get an hour to work on my blogs, read some books and sleep at like 11-12ish.
On a typical day, I work 9-10 hours on my blogs.
Q.8) What is your goal for 2019?
To grow BloggingX to be the best destination to learn blogging atleast in India.
Q.9) What are your favorite blogs and books?
My favorite blogs are Backlinko and Detailed.
My favorite books are Awaken the Giant Within, Thinking Fast and Slow, Cashvertising, Rich Dad Poor Dad, etc.
Q.10) What are the tips you have for new bloggers?
For new bloggers, I strongly suggest you to do authority blogging, instead of starting multiple micro-niche blogs.
Treat blogging as a business, and it’ll treat you back like that. Never settle for mediocrity whether it’s mediocre content or mediocre goals.
Refer this video for more insights -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAB2NTp5Yl0
Q.11) What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?
Best service to give as a blogger is to properly educate your audience regarding the various problems they’re facing. You need to adapt a problem-solving attitude instead of being just a marketer.
Q.12) How BloggeRoundup readers can stay in touch with you and any message for the blogging community here?
Readers can follow my blog BloggingX.com to get insightful and actionable strategies when it comes to blogging. They can email me anytime at email@example.com. They can also tweet me at @akshayhallur.
Q.13) What is your final words to our readers?
Set a goal in your blogging journey. Because, for any journey, goal is very essential. It’ll be the most important decision you’ll ever make.
Make sure that the goal you set is S.M.A.R.T and not mediocre.
Always follow authority blogging, and have a clear vision where you’ll like to be 5 years down the lane, and work towards it. Don’t settle for short-term gains.
Founder of BloggingX.com
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