Shalu Sharma Curated

Travel blogger

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This profile has been added by users(CURATED) : Users who follow Shalu Sharma have come together to curate all possible video, text and audio interview to showcase Shalu Sharma's journey, experiences, achievements, advice, opinion in one place to inspire upcoming bloggerss. All content is sourced via different platforms and have been given due credit.

  • Your dream destination on Earth?

    Hawaii, seems like a cool place to be for your holidays.

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  • If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?

    Not a personality as such but here goes. Let’s say, Barrack Obama, the president of the United States of America. I would like to see what goes in the Oval office. What kind of decisions are made and how? Do aliens exist in Area 51? Was the moon landing a hoax? I think the president’s office would know these things.

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  • What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?

    Driving, I find driving very hard. But I got over it by driving a lot and burning the clutch a few times. Made it in the end.

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  • What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?

    My brother. He’s always positive about everything. He really inspires me to act. Amazing attitude to have that really does wonders.

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  • What career did you plan during your education days?

    Varied, I was a telesales person for a few months (hated it). Then worked for my relative in a law firm and then decided that it was not for me. I now stay at home and work from home or at least try to.

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  • Please share some tips for the newbies who are aspiring to become a travel blogger?

    First things first; get a good domain name, a good web hosting, install a good theme if you are using WordPress, install the necessary plugins and start blogging. Make sure your articles are of value, otherwise you will not be able to make it as a travel blogger. Promote using social media and engage with other bloggers. Make sure to have a blogging regime in the beginning and do not worry about making money from the day one.

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  • What do you love to do when you are not working online?

    I love to spend my spare time gardening. I love growing plants from seeds. To see them coming out of the ground into the sun gives me immense delight. I also love watching Hindi serials and movies.

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  • What is your best blogging moment so far Shalu?

    Let me start by saying the worst! I used to host my site on one of the major web hosting companies. They sent me an email that I was using a lot of their resources hence they have temporarily removed me from their hosting. They asked me to make changes to the website which I did. I eventually moved my site and that was my best blogging moment to see my blog back in action.

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  • What makes your site so unique and what people can expect to read here?

    What makes my site unique is that I offer advice about India only. I look at places to visit in India, Indian culture, language; I record Hindi for travellers making it a very unique blog. Many travel bloggers document their travels while I provide unique information on India which also includes travel information.

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  • What are the non-monetary benefits you get from blogging?

    I get satisfaction when I get emails from people about how my website has helped them. I get emails from people asking me particular questions on India which I am happy to reply to. So, other then the money part, there is a lot of satisfaction factors, because you know you have helped someone.

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  • How did you plan about the services you offer? Shalu would you like to share some tips on effective planning?

    I looked at the things I was good at, some of which included blogging, writing articles, SEO, social media promotion and so on. I decided to offer some of these services to others thought my website. I don’t do much planning just simply do them as they come along. You need to concentration on the things you can do best. If you are good at writing, then you can offer them to your readers and also on various freelance websites. There is a huge demand of these services and companies and individuals are looking for freelancers rather than employing people.

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  • How did you plan about the services you offer? Shalu would you like to share some tips on effective planning?

    I looked at the things I was good at, some of which included blogging, writing articles, SEO, social media promotion and so on. I decided to offer some of these services to others thought my website. I don’t do much planning just simply do them as they come along. You need to concentration on the things you can do best. If you are good at writing, then you can offer them to your readers and also on various freelance websites. There is a huge demand of these services and companies and individuals are looking for freelancers rather than employing people.

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  • How & why did you think to come up with YouBihar?

    I decided to set up YouBihar as a social networking site for the people of Bihar. I managed to get about 10,000 plus members. I already had a few websites relating to Bihar and one day I came up with an idea to set a membership site where people would be able to upload photos, post matrimonial ads etc. About an year and half ago, I decided to let it go and do something else.

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  • How different are the techniques of SEO for travel blogs? How do you SEO your blog?

    The idea is to write a very good engaging article like any other blog. With travel blogging there is no shortage of photos and videos which seem to help SEO wise. You need to find keywords using your favourite keyword finder. I use Google Adwords and find out the keywords for the title and what I need to incorporate in the article. I try to add it in the H2 headings as well. Also, I try to use a fresh image and add description and alt tags to it. I also try to add a video as well if I can find one. To be honest I don’t do anything beyond that. You must think of the reader and not worry too much about SEO otherwise you will end up spending a lot of time on this. I try to make sure that the theme is a premium theme, make sure you are using good web hosting and the website loads fast.

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  • What is most effective strategy to bring traffic to your blog?

    In the past it was blog commenting on blogs that had commentluv plugin enabled on them. But now I don’t do it anywhere. The next best thing was driving traffic through social media via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn and so on making sure to use the appropriate hashtags. Another way to drive traffic is to write good quality engaging content with appropriate keywords sprinkled in it.

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  • Did you face any beginner’s blogging mistakes/ challenges?

    Lots! One such mistake in blogging was getting backlinks from any website I can think off. I had a good website and all of a sudden during the Panda update lost ranking and traffic. So the best thing is to try to earn backlinks. Blogging is not an easy thing; you should be prepared to spend time writing articles, promoting it on social media, guest posting and so on. But at the end of the day, you can make a living out of it.

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  • What has your travel to different places taught you?

    It really has opened my eyes. I have got to know different kinds of people, different cultures, religions and foods. For instance, I have realised that there are lots of vegetarians and vegans in UK while if you try to find vegetarian food in Europe, it might be a little difficult. Another thing is that many countries consider fish and eggs as vegetarian while in India it’s not. So you get to know little things like that.

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  • Which was your most enjoyable trip so far? Could you share why you liked it the most?

    The most enjoyable trip was to Canada. I have relatives in Canada and I have visited the place (Calgary in particular) a few times. The country is very beautiful and the people are very nice. There are lots of Indians as well, so it feels like home. So far I have really liked this country to the extent of even considering moving there.

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  • What were your goals when you first started shalusharma.com? Did anything change over time?

    My aims were to provide no-fluff travel information on travelling to India. I got this idea when I was studying in the UK and people used to ask me about India. I realised that I should start a travel blog. Nothing particularly changed over time other then comments. I was putting some valuable information and people seemed to like it. I was also commenting on other blogs and those bloggers were in return were commenting on mine. I thought this was a great trick to use.

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  • Anything you would like to share with the people who are looking to carve a career in travel blogging?

    Anyone who wants to start a blog should seriously think about starting one right away. Everyone is passionate about something or the other be it food, travel, sports, education, technology, politics so why not start a blog today and who knows, you might be making a living for yourself in the next few months. if I can start a blog anyone can. Good luck and best wishes.

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  • What are other ways except e-books for a traveler blogger to generate revenue?

    I have written a blog post about this here. Initially, I had Adsense but removed it after a while and started affiliate marketing in which I was more successfully. Amazon affiliate program is an excellent way of generating revenue from your travel blog. There are certain WordPress plugins that can help build affiliate links. You can offer writing and SEO services. The internet is a very hungry place and the travel industry is gobbling up content at a very fast rate. Why not offer travel writing services! You can sell blog posts (paid posts) or direct advertising but need to be careful on this. There are plenty of hotel booking sites with affiliate programs. You can join Commission Junction and choose appropriate travel affiliate programs. You can do reviews of travel products or travel companies. You can get free products in exchange for reviews or mentions on your blog. Companies are now turning towards bloggers as a way to promote their products. You can approach companies and let them know about yourself and ask them if you can review their products. Many would love to be featured. Sell adverting space on your blog. Make sure you have a banner saying “advertise here” so that potential advertisers know that you mean business. The sidebar of your blog is an asset and can be used for advertising anything you like. If you don’t have products of your own then choose someone else’s product. You can start an online shop if you can identify a product (travel alarms, bags, mosquito bands, water purifiers etc) to sell. You can buy them cheap in the market and sell it at a higher price right from your blog. You can create a landing page for the product and promote it. You can find plenty of travel related products on Clickbank. There are no shortages of ways of generating revenues from your travel blog. Once you have got into the rhythm of blogging then start thinking of making money from it.

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  • What are the things you like about blogging?

    The good thing about blogging is that it is a great way to express oneself. You can do what you like and how you like on your blog. I have started to think differently and become more articulate. I have learned new skills. Blogging has made me more organized. Blogging has taught me good time management skills. I have met great people on the net particularly some very good decent bloggers from all over the world from Africa to the American continent. You get to inspire others. Recently someone emailed me that they read my book on Hinduism and learn a lot from it. These are the things that make me happy and it’s all because of blogging. Blogging clears my head. The great thing about blogging is that one can start a blog for free on WordPress or Blogger and upgrade to own domain name easily.

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  • What is the quality you think a blogger must have?

    I think they need to get traffic and monetization out of their mind! In the beginning, they need to concentrate on writing good authentic content that readers want to read. However, this does not mean that a blogger needs to blog aimlessly. They need to have a strategy on how they want to blog, how many posts to write, how to capture emails and have long term plans. It’s a time-consuming thing so bloggers need to be patient. A blogger needs to be good at computing and be able to learn things quickly. They also need to be knowledgeable on social media. They need to understand various social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and so on as they are great sources of traffic. Bloggers need to be friendly to others. If not then no one will like to share their blog posts or comment on it. A blogger needs to be a good writer. Even if they are not but if they keep things simple and edit and proofread before publishing then it will be fine. You don’t need an English Hon’s but need to be passionate about the topic they are blogging about otherwise few months down the line they will not have the urge to blog.

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  • How your family supported your blogging?

    In the beginning, they thought I was going through some kind of phase but then I showed them my blogs and the things I had done and explained to them about my blogging plans and ideas – then they got really excited. When I showed them my When I showed them my Twitter account they realized that I had thousands of followers then they started to take me seriously. It was hard in the beginning but now they do support me. However, one thing I have However one thing I have learned is to separate the family life from the blogging otherwise, things can get out of hand.

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  • How To Promote your Blog via Blogengage Community?

    The posts were tweeted several times a day along with being posted on various bookmarking sites. I used the premium version of the CommentLuv plugin to drive traffic along with commenting on related blogs. I wrote some good quality extra-long blog posts that helped to bring visitors to the blog.You need to plan a topic of a book then write it chapter by chapter. Once it is written you need to proofread it yourself and get someone else to do it so that they can pick up the errors you have missed. You then need a cover. You can either make it yourself or get someone else to make it for you. I have made many of the covers myself. Once you have your cover and your document ready, you can self-publish it or find a traditional publisher. If you want to self-publish it you can use iBooks, Kindle, Lulu, Blurb, Scribd, Nook Press and other You then need a cover. You can either make it yourself or get someone else to make it for you. I have made many of the covers myself. Once you have your cover and your document ready, you can self-publish it or find a traditional publisher. If you want to self-publish it you can use iBooks, Kindle, Lulu, Blurb, Scribd, Nook Press and other self-publishing companies.

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  • What is the best way to promote a traveling blog?

    I follow the usual traditional methods of promoting my blog. I make sure that I do keyword research and sprinkle keywords/phrases in the post so that it ranks in the major search engines. I have joined several travel groups on Facebook and also on Google plus that drives a fair bit of traffic. I make sure that I have images and add ALT tags to them. I create videos and add links to them. When promoting on social media, always use appropriate hashtags making the post more searchable. There are lots of good bookmarking sites that you can join but make sure you join reputable ones like Newsvine and Diigo. Guest posting is another great way to promote yourself and your blog.

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  • How you got idea about the first e-book and how was the reader’s response?

    My first book was about women traveling alone to India. When I was in the UK studying for MBA, some of my British friends wanted to travel to India alone. I started giving travel tips to them. In fact, I had become a kind of travel guide for them. I already was blogging on various topics but travel blogging was not on my mind. When I started my travel blog then I got the idea to write a book for “foreign women” traveling to India. Other ebook ideas followed. The reader’s response has been mixed (good and bad). I had some very good reviews and some very bad. But then you can’t please everyone.

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  • How you manage your personal and blogging life?

    It’s quite simple! You have to balance the two. It’s very easy to get carried away and start neglecting one of them. You have to allocate time to do both things otherwise things get muddled up and you end up doing none of them properly. Time management and prioritization is the key.

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  • Tell us something about your family

    I am married and have children. We are from Patna, the capital of Bihar. Most of my family reside in Bihar, some are in Delhi and some work abroad. I have a brother who is in the UK and one in Canada whom I visit on a regular basis.

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  • How you started your blogging journey?

    The first website I created was in 2005. I bought a domain name but did not know what to do with it. I started looking at ways to make a website on the internet. I had no idea what to do or where to start. I found someone who was selling websites so I bought one. The seller set me up with a website on my domain. It was a static site but I was able to add pages and keep it refreshed. I read more about making websites and then realized that blog is the way to go. I then bought another domain name and then created my first blog. I monetized the blog with Adsense and I started to make money. I bought a bunch of domain names and then created blogs on them. In fact, I must have had about 50 blogs using WordPress and Blogger.com. Today, I just have a handful of blogs.

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  • In what areas do you think bloggers from India need improvement?

    They need to spend money to make money. Often bloggers from India refrain from spending money on essential blogging tools. But it’s changing, they are beginning to realize that to make money from blogging, they will need to spend at least for the essentials.

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  • What are the business prospects for bloggers in India?

    Very good! Indians are very net savvy, information technology is huge and hence the business prospects for bloggers in India are big. In addition to all this, more and more Indians are connecting to the net either by broadband or through devices making blogging a hugely successful industry in India.

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  • What kinds of blog post titles does you avoid?

    None. I can blog about any topic that I see fit. If it requires telling to the world, I will do so. No topic is taboo. Blogging gives me the freedom to express myself.

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  • How should we build relationship with fellow bloggers?

    Relationships with fellow bloggers are very important. They are the ones who help you promote your content to others on social media sites be it Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. You must also promote their content and in turn they will do yours. In this way, you build relationships.

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  • I see you on Facebook, Bizsugar, Blokube, etc. What are your experiences on these social sites?

    They are very good sites that help me promote my latest blog post. Every time I publish a post, I make sure that I submit to social media sites which in turn get traffic. Social media plays a major role in blogging.

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  • As a travel guide, how often does Shalu Sharma come in personal contact with readers of her blog who visit India for the first time?

    Quite often, I get lots of emails which I respond to all the time. Obviously, I can’t respond to all of them but in majority of the cases, I try my best. So I come in contact with my readers but not personally. I have spoken to some on the phone.

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  • Do you at any time feel you made a mistake in choosing your niche blog?

    Not at all! In fact if you go to ShaluSharma.com, you will see that I changed the niche. Go and look at the fist 5 first posts, it’s all about blogging and then I realized that I was talking about the wrong topic. It was then I decided to change the niche into something that I knew I could write about.

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  • With India as the second largest country in the world, how much traffic do you get writing on this specific niche?

    Traffic varies depending on how much I am blogging. If I blog twice a week I get more traffic which is understandable as compared to once a week. My target audience is not Indians; it’s supposed to be foreigners. But as far as traffic is concerned, it comes mainly from these three countries India, USA and UK in the given order.

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  • Why did you choose to write about India? Is there a kind of motivation to do so or it is simply a patriotic act?

    The reason why I write about India is because I felt that I was well versed about the country. Most people know about their country and it’s easy to write about something you know. In addition, I have travelled to many countries of the world and wanted to present India in a slightly different way. My presentation of India is honest, no fluff and on the spot.

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  • What do you love to do when you are not working online?

    I love to spend my spare time gardening. I love growing plants from seeds. To see them coming out of the ground into the sun gives me immense delight. I also love watching Hindi serials and movies.

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  • What is your best blogging moment so far Shalu?

    Let me start by saying the worst! I used to host my site on one of the major web hosting companies. They sent me an email that I was using a lot of their resources hence they have temporarily removed me from their hosting. They asked me to make changes to the website which I did. I eventually moved my site and that was my best blogging moment to see my blog back in action.

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  • What are the non-monetary benefits you get from blogging?

    I get satisfaction when I get emails from people about how my website has helped them. I get emails from people asking me particular questions on India which I am happy to reply to. So, other then the money part, there is a lot of satisfaction factors, because you know you have helped someone.

    View Source:

  • How & why did you think to come up with YouBihar?

    I decided to set up YouBihar as a social networking site for the people of Bihar. I managed to get about 10,000 plus members. I already had a few websites relating to Bihar and one day I came up with an idea to set a membership site where people would be able to upload photos, post matrimonial ads etc. About an year and half ago, I decided to let it go and do something else.

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  • What is most effective strategy to bring traffic to your blog?

    In the past it was blog commenting on blogs that had commentluv plugin enabled on them. But now I don’t do it anywhere. The next best thing was driving traffic through social media via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn and so on making sure to use the appropriate hashtags. Another way to drive traffic is to write good quality engaging content with appropriate keywords sprinkled in it.

    View Source:

  • Did you face any beginner’s blogging mistakes/ challenges?

    Lots! One such mistake in blogging was getting backlinks from any website I can think off. I had a good website and all of a sudden during the Panda update lost ranking and traffic. So the best thing is to try to earn backlinks. Blogging is not an easy thing; you should be prepared to spend time writing articles, promoting it on social media, guest posting and so on. But at the end of the day, you can make a living out of it.

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  • What were your goals when you first started shalusharma.com? Did anything change over time?

    My aims were to provide no-fluff travel information on travelling to India. I got this idea when I was studying in the UK and people used to ask me about India. I realised that I should start a travel blog. Nothing particularly changed over time other then comments. I was putting some valuable information and people seemed to like it. I was also commenting on other blogs and those bloggers were in return were commenting on mine. I thought this was a great trick to use.

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  • What makes your site so unique and what people can expect to read here?

    What makes my site unique is that I offer advice about India only. I look at places to visit in India, Indian culture, language; I record Hindi for travellers making it a very unique blog. Many travel bloggers document their travels while I provide unique information on India which also includes travel information.

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  • How did you plan about the services you offer? Shalu would you like to share some tips on effective planning?

    I looked at the things I was good at, some of which included blogging, writing articles, SEO, social media promotion and so on. I decided to offer some of these services to others thought my website. I don’t do much planning just simply do them as they come along. You need to concentration on the things you can do best. If you are good at writing, then you can offer them to your readers and also on various freelance websites. There is a huge demand of these services and companies and individuals are looking for freelancers rather than employing people.

    View Source:

  • How different are the techniques of SEO for travel blogs? How do you SEO your blog?

    The idea is to write a very good engaging article like any other blog. With travel blogging there is no shortage of photos and videos which seem to help SEO wise. You need to find keywords using your favourite keyword finder. I use Google Adwords and find out the keywords for the title and what I need to incorporate in the article. I try to add it in the H2 headings as well. Also, I try to use a fresh image and add description and alt tags to it. I also try to add a video as well if I can find one. To be honest I don’t do anything beyond that. You must think of the reader and not worry too much about SEO otherwise you will end up spending a lot of time on this. I try to make sure that the theme is a premium theme, make sure you are using good web hosting and the website loads fast.

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  • Shalu, What has your travel to different places taught you?

    It really has opened my eyes. I have got to know different kinds of people, different cultures, religions and foods. For instance, I have realised that there are lots of vegetarians and vegans in UK while if you try to find vegetarian food in Europe, it might be a little difficult. Another thing is that many countries consider fish and eggs as vegetarian while in India it’s not. So you get to know little things like that.

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  • Which was your most enjoyable trip so far? Could you share why you liked it the most?

    The most enjoyable trip was to Canada. I have relatives in Canada and I have visited the place (Calgary in particular) a few times. The country is very beautiful and the people are very nice. There are lots of Indians as well, so it feels like home. So far I have really liked this country to the extent of even considering moving there.

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  • What are other ways except ebooks for a traveler blogger to generate revenue?

    I have written a blog post about this here. Initially, I had Adsense but removed it after a while and started affiliate marketing in which I was more successfully. Amazon affiliate program is an excellent way of generating revenue from your travel blog. There are certain WordPress plugins that can help build affiliate links. You can offer writing and SEO services. The internet is a very hungry place and the travel industry is gobbling up content at a very fast rate. Why not offer travel writing services! You can sell blog posts (paid posts) or direct advertising but need to be careful on this. There are plenty of hotel booking sites with affiliate programs. You can join Commission Junction and choose appropriate travel affiliate programs. You can do reviews of travel products or travel companies. You can get free products in exchange for reviews or mentions on your blog. Companies are now turning towards bloggers as a way to promote their products. You can approach companies and let them know about yourself and ask them if you can review their products. Many would love to be featured. Sell adverting space on your blog. Make sure you have a banner saying “advertise here” so that potential advertisers know that you mean business. The sidebar of your blog is an asset and can be used for advertising anything you like. If you don’t have products of your own then choose someone else’s product. You can start an online shop if you can identify a product (travel alarms, bags, mosquito bands, water purifiers etc) to sell. You can buy them cheap in the market and sell it at a higher price right from your blog. You can create a landing page for the product and promote it. You can find plenty of travel related products on Clickbank. There are no shortages of ways of generating revenues from your travel blog. Once you have got into the rhythm of blogging then start thinking of making money from it.

    View Source:

  • What are the things you like about blogging

    The good thing about blogging is that it is a great way to express oneself. You can do what you like and how you like on your blog. I have started to think differently and become more articulate. I have learned new skills. Blogging has made me more organized. Blogging has taught me good time management skills. I have met great people on the net particularly some very good decent bloggers from all over the world from Africa to the American continent. You get to inspire others. Recently someone emailed me that they read my book on Hinduism and learn a lot from it. These are the things that make me happy and it’s all because of blogging. Blogging clears my head. The great thing about blogging is that one can start a blog for free on WordPress or Blogger and upgrade to own domain name easily.

    View Source:

  • What is the quality you think a blogger must have

    I think they need to get traffic and monetization out of their mind! In the beginning, they need to concentrate on writing good authentic content that readers want to read. However, this does not mean that a blogger needs to blog aimlessly. They need to have a strategy on how they want to blog, how many posts to write, how to capture emails and have long term plans. It’s a time-consuming thing so bloggers need to be patient. A blogger needs to be good at computing and be able to learn things quickly. They also need to be knowledgeable on social media. They need to understand various social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and so on as they are great sources of traffic. Bloggers need to be friendly to others. If not then no one will like to share their blog posts or comment on it. A blogger needs to be a good writer. Even if they are not but if they keep things simple and edit and proofread before publishing then it will be fine. You don’t need an English Hon’s but need to be passionate about the topic they are blogging about otherwise few months down the line they will not have the urge to blog.

    View Source:

  • How your family supported your blogging

    In the beginning, they thought I was going through some kind of phase but then I showed them my blogs and the things I had done and explained to them about my blogging plans and ideas – then they got really excited. When I showed them my When I showed them my Twitter account they realized that I had thousands of followers then they started to take me seriously. It was hard in the beginning but now they do support me. However, one thing I have However one thing I have learned is to separate the family life from the blogging otherwise, things can get out of hand.

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  • Can you tell me step by step process you followed to create your ebook

    You need to plan a topic of a book then write it chapter by chapter. Once it is written you need to proofread it yourself and get someone else to do it so that they can pick up the errors you have missed. You then need a cover. You can either make it yourself or get someone else to make it for you. I have made many of the covers myself. Once you have your cover and your document ready, you can self-publish it or find a traditional publisher. If you want to self-publish it you can use iBooks, Kindle, Lulu, Blurb, Scribd, Nook Press and other You then need a cover. You can either make it yourself or get someone else to make it for you. I have made many of the covers myself. Once you have your cover and your document ready, you can self-publish it or find a traditional publisher. If you want to self-publish it you can use iBooks, Kindle, Lulu, Blurb, Scribd, Nook Press and other self-publishing companies. Alternately you can use Gumroad and E-Junkie to deliver your digital products (your ebooks) to readers directly. There are plenty to choose from. Once it is published you can market it on your blog and on social media. Alternately you can use Gumroad and E-Junkie to deliver your digital products (your ebooks) to readers directly. There are plenty to choose from. Once it is published you can market it on your blog and on social media.

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  • How you got initial visitors for your blog

    I used premium plan of Blogengage which drove traffic to my website. I am not sure if they still have those blog promotion plans. The posts were tweeted several times a day along with being posted on various bookmarking sites. I used the premium version of the CommentLuv plugin to drive traffic along with commenting on related blogs. I wrote some good quality extra-long blog posts that helped to bring visitors to the blog.

    View Source:

  • What is the best way to promote a traveling blog

    I follow the usual traditional methods of promoting my blog. I make sure that I do keyword research and sprinkle keywords/phrases in the post so that it ranks in the major search engines. I have joined several travel groups on Facebook and also on Google plus that drives a fair bit of traffic. I make sure that I have images and add ALT tags to them. I create videos and add links to them. When promoting on social media, always use appropriate hashtags making the post more searchable. There are lots of good bookmarking sites that you can join but make sure you join reputable ones like Newsvine and Diigo. Guest posting is another great way to promote yourself and your blog.

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  • How you got idea about the first ebook and how was the reader’s response

    My first book was about women traveling alone to India. When I was in the UK studying for MBA, some of my British friends wanted to travel to India alone. I started giving travel tips to them. In fact, I had become a kind of travel guide for them. I already was blogging on various topics but travel blogging was not on my mind. When I started my travel blog then I got the idea to write a book for “foreign women” traveling to India. Other ebook ideas followed. The reader’s response has been mixed (good and bad). I had some very good reviews and some very bad. But then you can’t please everyone.

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  • How you manage your personal and blogging life

    It’s quite simple! You have to balance the two. It’s very easy to get carried away and start neglecting one of them. You have to allocate time to do both things otherwise things get muddled up and you end up doing none of them properly. Time management and prioritization is the key.

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  • Tell me something about your family

    am married and have children. We are from Patna, the capital of Bihar. Most of my family reside in Bihar, some are in Delhi and some work abroad. I have a brother who is in the UK and one in Canada whom I visit on a regular basis.

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  • How you started your blogging journey?

    The first website I created was in 2005. I bought a domain name but did not know what to do with it. I started looking at ways to make a website on the internet. I had no idea what to do or where to start. I found someone who was selling websites so I bought one. The seller set me up with a website on my domain. It was a static site but I was able to add pages and keep it refreshed. I read more about making websites and then realized that blog is the way to go. I then bought another domain name and then created my first blog. I monetized the blog with Adsense and I started to make money. I bought a bunch of domain names and then created blogs on them. In fact, I must have had about 50 blogs using WordPress and Blogger.com. Today, I just have a handful of blogs.

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