Well, its the interview time on TechnoTactics with none other than one of the most efficient and magnificent blogger Rahul Kuntala who blogs at “Learn Blog Tips”, who is both a straight-forward as well as a genuine person you’ll enjoy to talk with. He is an emerging persona and a significant face in the world of blogging especially in India.
So firstly I would like to welcome you Rahul on our blog. I hope we are going to have a great time listening you share your little secrets having big values.
So let us begin this awesome interview not wasting a single more minute..!!! 🙂
Charmie: My very first question, actually a request to introduce yourself in your own “Rahul Kuntala Style” to our readers.
Rahul Kuntala: Hey, my name is Rahul, your new friend! I’m a computer science graduate turned full-time blogger.
Charmie: As your introduction on your blog reads “In 2012, I quit my job and started making a living from my couch.” Please share the story behind this catchy phrase.
Rahul Kuntala: You’re a keen reader of LBT! Okay here’s the long story short. I was recruited as a software trainee in an MNC (Hyderabad). I worked around 5 months, it was a cool job, good pay but I was somehow unhappy with my 9-5 job. It was my gut feeling that I can do anything I want in my life. So I left it – I should give credit to my parents (specially my dad) for understanding and believing me. By the time I left it, I was already making a decent income from online. And I’m really happy that I’m not in the “rat race” now.
I do what I like, I go wherever I want. Work is a play for me now. Jealous? Don’t be, be my friend and I’ll help you do the same!
Charmie: Recently you turned 23, share that feeling of growing-up.
Rahul Kuntala: One thing – help as many people as possible, be genuine and lead by example.
Charmie: Was blogging a pre-planned idea or was just an incidental impulse?
Rahul Kuntala: Yes, before even entering into engineering, I was making some money online (may be around 2007). I used forums to earn money when I was a noob, I also created few websites related to various niches. At that time, my only goal was to create websites, drive traffic and flip.
Once I realized the power of “branding”, I focused more on reader interaction instead of page views.
Charmie: According to Rahul Kuntala what is blogging? Where the true essence lies?
Rahul Kuntala: Blogging is branding. Consider it as a real business, not fun.
The money you make online is directly proportional to the people you help.
Charmie: What are the 5 main SEO practices you follow to give a healthy and cheerful life to “LearnBlogTips”?
Rahul Kuntala: I’m not an SEO expert, I am afraid I can’t share 5. Here’s what working for me in terms of traffic.
• Write “blog” posts not “brag” posts
• Promote others content not yours
• Focus on user interaction instead of visits
Charmie: According to the current statistics of the blogging ground becoming more competitive, what do suggest all the bloggers to do?
- Build a responsive email list.
- Don’t waste your time on writing posts day-in and day-out. There are already a gazillion of blogs out there.
- Ask yourself this question – why should someone read my blog? If you’ve the answer, you’re on your way to success. If not, figure out.
Charmie: If Rahul Kuntala will be given one wish from God, what he will ask for?
Rahul Kuntala: Interesting question. (Un)fortunately I’m an atheist. But I do believe in “karma” – so if I’ve a chance, I’d ask “encourage the person reading this interview to take action after reading”.
Charmie: What is the basic routine of your life? Any particular disciplines you follow?
Rahul Kuntala: I used to have a routine, but now I don’t. If I’ve to work on something, I’d be glad to get up even at 3 am and work throughout the day without taking any break. I’m that committed. Sorry for bragging, but truth is truth 😉
Charmie: How do you scale the importance of Social media sites like twitter, facebook, linkedIn and many more in the blogging world?
Rahul Kuntala: “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” – Chinese Proverb
It applies to your question.
Don’t give priority to all social media sites at once. You’ll fail.
Focus on one traffic source at a time. You’ll notice the results. I guarantee. I never focused on twitter while creating a name for myself on Facebook… Once you’ve a good rep, you can then reach out to other networks.
Charmie: What advice you would like to give to newbies and for those who are currently struggling to have a successful blog?
Rahul Kuntala: Pay attention to your KEY reader.
• Who’s your target audience – male or female?
• What’s the average age of your key reader?
• What’s your business plan? How do you want to convince your readers to buy your stuff?
Unfortunately most people are focusing on
• What’s my Alexa rank?
• What’s my page rank?
• How many page views I got today?
That’s why people fail.
Charmie: How do you manage your time distribution?
Rahul Kuntala: Studies say that, working in 90 minute cycles can triple your productivity. I figured out, 25 minute cycles are by far the most effective way to getting things done. I use a tool called focus booster, it rings after every 25 minutes, after that I take a 5 minute break. I repeat the 25 minute cycles until I get something done.
Charmie: Who/what inspires you?
Rahul Kuntala: “Results” inspire me.. (or read that word “success”).
Charmie: Your final conclusive words for our readers.
Rahul Kuntala: If you want to succeed online, do two things: work really hard, build a list.
So, I guess now I have nothing to say because the transparency with which Rahul Kuntala has given the answers have left me with just this statement “Up-to you my readers.”
I hope that I have tried to cover maximum of “Rahul Kuntala” and tried to represent the same thing to inspire you in any best possible form.
I would like to thank Rahul Kuntala on the behalf of TechnoTactics, for spending his precious time sharing his small yet highly valued visions and secrets with all of TechnoTactics readers. We will, we always had and is now following your experiences.
Hoping to get your acknowledgements…!! 🙂