Chitraparna Sinha is a successful female blogger from india. I give special thanks to Chitraparna Sinha for giving her valuable time for this interview.
1. Please mention about you and your blog (main blog) for my readers.
Initially, I was very apprehensive about starting a WordPress blog because I had no idea about getting traffic and earning any kind of money from a blog. I am a professional content developer primarily and before starting SocialVani, I worked with bloggers and small business owners creating content.
I had no idea of running a blog but I had a lot of help from other bloggers and of course, hard work always counts.
2. How did you enter the blogging world?
Blogging happened completely by chance. A friend of my mom, Shankar Bakshi, prodded and motivated me to start my own blog. Before that, I was behind-the-curtain person, a ghost writer producing hundreds of content pieces every month but not getting any kind of credit. I had nothing to show as my work portfolio.
Thus, blogging seemed like a great idea to show my writing skills and build a portfolio. This is the idea I had in mind but slowly, as time passed, I decided to turn SocialVani into a resource site and the end result is as you can see today.
3. How many blogs do you have now? How was your first blog? Was it successful?
My first blog was a Blogger blog where I published my poems. Making it successful was never the intention; it was more of a hobby. I closed it down after few months and in September 2011, I started SocialVani, which is pretty successful.
Currently, I have more than 10 active blogs and some more in the pipeline.
4. Are you a part time blogger or a full time blogger?
It’s difficult to classify myself. Since content development is an intrinsic part of blogging and I do that 24 x 7 for my blogs and client blogs, you can call me a full-time ‘blogger’ BUT I would rather call myself a full-time ‘writer’.
5. How much time do you spend on your blog weekly?
Without fail, I spend more than 15 hours on my main blog weekly and for others, I find time whenever possible.
6. In your view, why do most bloggers fail?
Most bloggers fail because:
• they cannot create content and outsourcing the work doesn’t help when you are paying pitiful pennies.
• they want to earn money from Day 1 & it is simply not possible. Blogging is business and like every other business, you have to “build it”. Newbie bloggers don’t want to spend time in building a business, they want instant returns and this is where it fails miserably.
These are two main reasons. Learn content development and business basics, and then start a blog.
7. What is the biggest blogging mistake you have done?
“Lack of focus” was my biggest blogging mistake. I didn’t realize the potential of blogging in the beginning and I lost out few months, which could have been really utilized in a better way. I was more interested to build a work portfolio and so, I was writing about anything and everything.
Later, I realized the folly of my method. Thereafter, I zeroed down to three niches – blogging, small business and freelance writing.
8. What methods do you use to make money from your blog?
Affiliate marketing, paid reviews and advertorial posts are the three main ways I use to make money from my blogs.
9. What methods do you use to drive traffic to your blog?
Apart from search engine optimized traffic, I am using guest blogging, blog commenting and social media sharing as methods to drive traffic to my main blog.
For niche sites, I am targeting organic results for traffic only.
10. Can you please give few blogging tips for my readers to build a better blog?
I hope these help.
(a) Before you launch the blog, have 3 months worth of blog posts ready in advance.
(b) Start working on driving traffic from Day 1.
(c) Don’t hesitate to try out new things. Think what suits YOUR blog and not what other pro bloggers are doing. Take inspiration, don’t be a copy cat.
(d) Don’t engage in plagiarism.
(e) Network with the niche-blogging community. It helps a lot. You will experience this in the long run.
(f) Interlink your blog posts.
Thank you for having me on your wonderful blog Ranuka.