Hi Guys, last week Founder of Blogging Burp interviewed Santosh Gairola – who’s the founder of Blogging pal and also owns Viyali Blogs. I come to know about him to a Facebook Groups and later landed on his website Blogging pal and I must say truly impressed. I am now a regular reader of Blogging Pal, thanks for Santosh Gairola & Rahul Bhichher the brain behind Blogging Pal.
Quick introduction of Santosh Gairola – Santosh Gairola is full-time digital marketer from Dehradun and also work on his own blog. He loves listening to the podcast, audiobooks, and reading Ebooks. Apart from blogging, Santosh Gairola has also one year of experience working as a software developer. Well, let’s continue reading the interview.
1. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Firstly, thank you for giving me this platform to interact with your fantastic audience.
This introduction and history could be longer; accept my apology for that.
Hello, all my name is Santosh Gairola founder of the Blogging pal and Viyali Blogs. I am a full-time Digital marketer from Dehradun
I love educating and improving myself by listening to the podcast, audiobooks, and reading Ebooks in my free time. My History is pretty not that impressive, and I have made lots of mistakes in my life. After reading this interview; you will realize how ordinary I’m who is master in failing in a spectacular way.
Taking you back a few years ago, I was a trainer and professional web programmer. I worked for two years as a professional technology trainer, and I have one year of experience working as a software developer.
I was ambitious to do more in my life, and I quitted my all jobs with minimum funds in my account. My family never asked me anything and respected my decision to live life in my terms.
During those days I started two blogs on Blogspot. One was a programming blog, and another one was a photo blog. I was not serious in building those blogs and took them casually.
As a web developer, I was more desperate to build something unique, something related to communication. I chose to develop a local communication application which could connect my local friends. Later converted that to almost a local social network.
I spent lots of sleepless nights for building that I was enjoying my work. During those learning period, I was also Blogging on my blogs. Suddenly I realized that I was getting organic traffic from Google and within a year my daily traffic reached beyond 3k which means I was getting almost 100 k traffic from those blogs in which I was not focusing my energies.
Later I didn’t get time for those blogs and almost deactivated them so that I could not get distracted by them.
On the other side, every feature that I was adding on my application was ineffectual until someone registers in it and start using it.
Accordingly, I started sharing my application on social media and got some primitive members.
I was happy that people were using the application, but the project was progressing slowly. It was a primary concern for me, and I realized the significance of Digital marketing. I realized my mistake of dissolving those blogs and decided to start from the bottom.
That’s why I said I’m a master in failing in a spectacular way.
2. Describe how did you first get into blogging?
After my massive failure, I was heartbroken and never expressed my feelings with anyone, but I was determined to gain my glory and ambition again.
I began giving my programming services to others.
I started reading a lot about Blogging paradise. During those days I came to know about Harsh Agarwal. By recollecting my all motivation; I Starting Blogging for Viyali which is a spiritual website and deals with inner peace.
Viyali is my first professional blog later I started many other blogs.
3. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
Not quitting is my strengths that helped me in blogging. I remembered the days when I was publishing the articles and getting only a few visitors a day.
For a prolonged period, I was getting less traffic, but I never quitted as I was aware that at least a few people are coming to the blog and reading the stuff.
Gradually traffic increased, and I stopped selling my programming skills for others.
4. What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog?
Networking means making a connection with others. I love reading fellow bloggers post and figure out something new for myself.
In the blogosphere, fellow Bloggers help each other in their respective journey. It is the only reason I love sharing others incredible work on my timeline so that others may come to know about such amazing blogs.
I don’t know how many will agree with me, but in my opinion, the win of any particular blogger is a win of entire blogosphere. It opens the door of opportunities for everyone.
5. How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I follow my schedule strictly. I never procrastinate my work until I lose mindfulness. Every assignment is a mission for me, and I work in that manner.
I have divided my time for a particular task. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are dedicated for my non-technical blog. Rest three days are devoted to my Blogging pal.
Sunday is relaxation day. I enjoy whole Sunday reading Ebook. Last week I finished How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Author)
One of my friend Sue says she belongs to the author’s home town.
6. What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
Improving English Vocabulary and creating quality content than merging up with one page SEO into them helped me to get rankings on the SERP.
7. Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
Well, this one is a little bit difficult. There are many outstanding Bloggers who have made a massive impact on me. I cannot name them all here.
Here is the list of some great influential bloggers in my life.
Each one of them is dear to me; I request you to not judge them on the grounds of ranking here.
1.) Sumit Sao – Integrity and excellent writing skills
2.) Saurabh Tiwari – Founder of the entrancing blog
3.) Santanu Debnath – Genuinely kind and Blogging master
4.) Nirmala Santhakumar – Skilled and super abilities gifted by God.
5.) Sue-Ann Bubacz – Sweet and alluring Writer.
6.) Rahul Bhichher – Dashing pal
7.) Navin Rao – Knows the art of winning peoples heart.
8.) Harleena Singh – Ruling industry on her terms.
9.) Ryan Biddulph – Networking genius
10.) Erika R. Mohssen-Beyk – Experienced writer
11 .)Mansoor Ali – Broadminded and Caring friend.
12.) Vishwajeet Kumar – Energetic, talented and dear friend
13.) Jyoti Chauhan – Charm in the art of writing.
8. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
I see challenges as the opportunity to traverse abilities. Therefore, I have not seen any extreme challenging moment in my blogging journey so far.
9. What inspired you to start your blog?
Reading Harsh Agarwal bio encouraged me to unfold my writing abilities.
10. How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?
I listen to motivational videos on Youtube. My Friend Kiran Nalawade also runs a motivational channel there. Subscribe him if you like listening to motivational videos.
I try to give more than seven dedicated hours a day for my blogging work.
12. Would you encourage other people to make their blog?
Absolutely, Blogging is an excellent way to make money passively. It can help you to live a boss-free life.
13. Can you name some of your favorite bloggers and explain why they are your favorites?
- Search engine land – For the latest SEO news
- Neil Patel – Marketing Strategy
- Backlinko – Case studies.
14. Cool tips for a newbie?
If you are confused about whether to choose Youtube or Blogging? Go for Blogging for high returns, and go with Youtube for quick fame.
Keep your Blog design simple and create a post on a regular base.
So, that is all. Thanks, Santosh Gairola for taking your time from the busy schedule for the interview. More interviews with emerging blogger are on way. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Join our FB Group – DM World for the awesome bloggers’ interview.