Yes, you can. Even if you sell nothing yet you can make money from your website by placing Google AdSense on your website. But then you will have to devote some time to your website on regular basis.
Your posts can make money for you only if you post useful or interesting content, choose a niche that interests you and try to engage your visitors on your website, the more you write, the more interest your website will hold and the more people are going to browse it.
I welcome you all at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
We are 3 friends who are running this website, Techtraverse.com. I am answering on behalf of all 3 of us. Our names, as mentioned on the About Us page of website are, Shreyas Kumbhojkar, Atul Baikar and myself. These 2 guys are new to the field of blogging or content management. But I suggest, don’t judge them by their experience, judge them by their work. These guys are brilliant for someone who have recently started blogging.
Now answer to your question. I started writing for different websites as a freelancer 4 years back. I was getting to know how things works. Then I started my own team of writers. We used to work on different website projects where I came across TheGeeksClub.com. The owner of website, Nitin Agarwal, was very helpful person who actually introduced me first to WordPress. After working for a year there, I decided to start a website of my own. Fortunately, Shreyas and Atul, being new to writing, were ready to contribute. Later it turned out that they both are actually pretty good with this stuff. Shreyas takes care of social network sharing and other management stuff. Atul is more about writing and managing financial side of website. I focus more on suggesting topics and assigning them to writers. All three of us contribute to website via writing as the time permits.
What is the story behind your domain name and the name of your website?
When you are trying to promote a website, it’s the name that actually tells reader about what is actually website about. And therefore we decided that our first choice will be a name with word “tech” in it. We went through many different combinations but some of them were either not available were not catchy enough. Then the word “explore” came up and to make it sound somewhat different we decided to stick with word “traverse” , which stands for navigate. So we help you explore and navigate through world of technologies.
What is your business philosophy?
We all know that blogging has become one of the sources these days to earn money. We started with the mindset of earning money and having something of our own. But, now we are more focused on providing something different and qualitative content to users that is not available on usual tech blogs. Our posts like “10 Kickstarter projects that were cool but couldn’t survive” or “DuckDuckGo” proves my point. Also, we were one of the first few websites to talk about Smartshoe designed by an Indian techie. We were in it for money but now our focus is qualitative content.
What efforts you do for driving traffic and building your readership?
First two months are always the hardest. You have to index your websites, select a theme, make it readable. As most of the blogs, we are relied on social networking sites and blog directories.
What makes your endeavors unique on Internet?
Our promise to provide content that is not “usual”. If you go through our website, you will find that we are not concentrating on gadget or app reviews but informational content.
Is there any more projects you are currently working?
We are having consistent page view count and which is in good figures. Thus, we know we have a reader base now. We are planning to start a forum where users can interact with each other.
Tell us something about your city and your favorite hangout spots there?
We all are from Kalyan-Dombivli region in Maharashtra. We are located 50 kms from Mumbai. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Computer Science from Umass Dartmouth and thus staying in US.
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
My message for netizens is based on one mantra – ‘stay update’. Technology is a field where daily something new is getting invented. Fortunately, we have means of Internet that help us gain information from various sources. We are trying to be one of those source. I am not stating that completely rely on us for updates but make sure you have something that will help you do. Because these days Information is everything. Technology has become integral part of our professional as well as personal lives. Not only technology enthusiasts but even non-tech people benefit from technology. S just ‘stay update’ and you will be fine.
I welcome you Tarun at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
I am Tarun Preet, co-owner of Indian Weight Loss Blog. I am an MBA grad by qualification and a Consultant by profession. I have spent the majority of my life studying and perhaps ignoring my health. In my quest to lose weight, I have tried all possible weight loss measures those exist.
Diet, massages, gym, yoga, aerobics, supplements, hyped weight loss shortcuts – I have done it all ! In this struggle to become fit, I have spent lesser money on some helpful measures and wasted a lot, on useless marketing gimmicks.
When I finished my MBA and was struggling for job, stress took a toll on me and I was diagnosed with Thyroid. My weight shot up every day despite working out in the gym. I was frustrated with my weight and delay in getting a deserving job. Since I had all the free time, I started blogging about weight loss on Indian Weight Loss Blog. The intention is to help people save their hard earned money so that they don’t suffer like I did and at the same time, monetize technology for earning.
Your blog’s name is ‘Indian Weight Loss Blog’? Why you have chosen this name. Likewise Internet is one across all countries, its global and people on Internet are netizens not Indian or American.
So what made you choose this name and what it means? Are you targeting only Indian people or it simply means that the blog is managed by Indian bloggers? or your posts are specially written for Indian people?
There are a few reasons for naming the blog as Indian Weight Loss Blog. Firstly, there is not even one weight loss blog from India. Ironically, you would find a lot of Indian Food Blogs. We enjoy food to the core. But we forget that we are moving ahead towards an overweight/obese population. Secondly, our eating habits are highly influenced by our culture. Since our eating habits are different from the people in other part of the world, our weight issues have to be tackled differently. The weight loss posts are applicable to all the people who are health and fitness conscious. But the recipe posts may suit Asian people only due to our Indian style of cooking. Indian Weight Loss Blog is our first step to spread awareness about weight, across the world.
Whether you blog alone or you got people associated for working together?
We have a team of writers at Indian Weight Loss Blog. These are people who have learnt about weight loss, the hard way. Our writers are dancers, fitness freaks, runners, yoga practitioners, good cooks who believe abs are made in kitchen. Every writer has a weight loss or a fitness story to inspire people.
What philosophy drives you doing this? What is your business philosophy?
We started this blog to make people aware so that they don’t fall prey to dirty marketing gimmicks in nutrition industry.
There is only one business philosophy – Be honest to readers and the rest will follow.
How much time you spend working on your website? What efforts you make for driving traffic and building your readership?
On an average, IWB team spends works for about 6-8 hours daily. We make sure that the content is of high quality. I spend 2-3 hours every day working on creating content and working on social media and digital marketing strategy for IWB.
What makes your endeavours unique on Internet?
Internet is an endless pool of knowledge. Unlike websites that share knowledge, we share real life experiences.
What’s the best way for someone to motivate himself to get fit?
People have role models whom they follow. I feel it’s a temporary way to be motivated. Nothing supersedes self motivation. Let me be blunt. If you need self motivation, stand in front of a full sized mirror, naked !
Do you believe that living your best life means being fit?
I believe living one’s best, means living healthy and happy. Health and Fitness go hand in hand.
What three easy fat burning exercises would you suggest to our readers here?
1. Walk – You need ten thousand steps a day to start losing weight. Forget lifts and elevators, use the staircase
2. HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training is the best way to burn fat in less than 30 minutes a day.
3. Weights – Lift weights to burn fat. Monotonous and long cardio sessions do no good.
Do you think women have a completely different attitude to eating healthy and calorie counting to men?
Yes, women have a completely different mindset when it comes to food. No women (at least in India) would like to waste food, instead she would prefer to dump it in her tummy. How unfair is that ?
Most of the women believe that eating healthy means eating low calorie, oil free and tasteless food, not true though! Men, on the other hand don’t like to count calories in their food.
What’s been the best advantage to losing weight?
Healthy life and Happiness are the best advantages to losing weight followed by change in people’s attitude. By losing weight, you can spend your post retirement funds on travel and leisure rather than medical bills :)
What goals have you set yourself going forward? Is there any more projects you are currently working?
80% of working Indian women are overweight. In US, one third population is Obese. Similar trend persists all over the world. I wish to reach every woman in the world who is struggling with her weight and health. I am planning a few projects. One of them is a Health Blog so that I can cover entire health arena and not only weight loss. This venture would need a few months to launch.
What would be your words of advice for others who are looking to follow in your footsteps?
Losing weight is tough and Blogging is tougher. Doing both together is the toughest! Consistency and honesty are the only mantras for weight loss and blogging both.
Now tell me something about your city, your favourite hang out spots there? What do you like to do for fun and entertainment?
I am a Delhiite , currently based out of Bangalore. My favourite hangout spots are bluO, Phoenix, UB City. I like to watch movies, meet friends, read books, listen to music as much as possible. You would find me in multiplexes watching movies and shopping in the malls. I am a foodie, so I try different cuisines and explore restaurants, lounges and other eating joints.
Whenever I see an opportunity to take a small break, I look forward to travel and vacation.
How would you like to be remembered?
A maniac, a day dreamer who lived every moment of the journey called Life.
I welcome you Subin at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
At what age what actually brought you up to programming and consequently programming WordPress? Why do you enjoy it?
I started programming when I was 11 years old. I only got into WordPress in 2013 and I created and published my first plugin “Blogger 2 WordPress” in 2014. I enjoy programming, because it relaxes my mind. When I code, I enter into a new world. A world where I forget all my problems in life and focus on the task in hand. Coding makes errors and I try and try to find solutions to those errors. When I find the solution, it is stuck on my mind and I’ll never forget it. Programming is a lot like Maths. You won’t like it first, but when you get around it you will find it enjoyable.
Tell us about the plugins and apps you have created so far?
By far, I have created 2 WordPress Plugins – Blogger 2 WordPress & Code Blocks. Blogger 2 WordPress makes it easy to set redirections from old blogger posts to new WP posts (and pages) after you moved your blog to WP. I have created a lot of web apps. Some of them are online and some of them in localhost. My first online app was Subins which I made it online in 2012. It was just a test app of mine. Nothing serious. I didn’t know much about hacking & cracking when I created it. So, it was vulnerable to Cracking. Soon after 1 year, my friend (Facebook) cracked it. I deleted the data on Subins just a day after it was cracked. Now I’m working on my blog (subinsb.com) and an open source social network called Open (open.subinsb.com). I’m also working on a new project which I can’t say about it now.
Suppose if you were reviewing any new plugin then what are the most important things you look for that indicate a well-designed program?
The most important thing is that the plugin shouldn’t contain any errors. A simple semicolon (;) can make a big error in plugins. Syntax Errors is the main error, plugin developers must notice. Also, plugin developers must make sure the plugin work on almost every versions of the language and server. A well designed plugin will work flawlessly at great speed. If you are running the plugin even on low memory CPUs, it should work well. So there are 3 main factors (maybe more) in a well designed executed plugin :
Your website shows a project section with links to Open & Demos? Tell us about them?
Open is an Open Source Social Network. Anyone can edit the source code of the site. There are no ads, no tracking stuff and anything else on Open. It’s clean, simple and have the ability to post to Facebook & Twitter at one place. Demos is the sub site of my blog. This site contains the demos of the tutorials, code or projects seen on the blog.
You have no Advertisements on your blog? Do you have any plans to go pro in blogging and earn money?
When I started blogging, all I could think about was money ! I placed ads at first. But when I went through the blogging, programming and contributing to Open Source Softwares, I understood that Ads are a distraction to the users. Ads make the site slow too. No one likes ads. So Why put it in a info blog ? Information should be passed free of charge. So, I removed the ads and put on the “Donate” button (subinsb.com/donate). If people really like my content, they will donate. Also, the revenue from ads are low. Google Adsense rejected my application when I had 2 $. That made me angry and it’s also a reason why I’m not putting ads anymore.
How much time you spend working on your domain and writing programs? What philosophy drives you doing this?
When I return home from school and after I finish all the home works and stuff, I turn on the computer and start coding. I make up ideas of posts and projects on the free periods of my school and write it down. Then I do it when I reach home. On holidays, I use the computer from morning to noon (about 2 PM) and from evening (6.30 PM) to night (11.30 or more if I got an error). WP plugins help users to do big tasks with just a plugin. Open Source minded programmers always help people. I’m an open source minded person. WP philosophy “Code Is Poetry” and StackOverflow (http://goo.gl/kCKBGs) helped me into doing this.
How about your parents? Is either of them involved in programming fields?
My parents are normal Kerala persons. My dad is the “Assistant Secretary” of Ayiloor Panchayat, Palakkad, Kerala and my mom is an house wife. She worked as a computer teacher before teaching Windows 98 and stuff. I’m sure that the coding & computer stuff came from my mom. My dad always supported in coding and always made me walk through the right path. He scolds me when I say “I hacked someone / website”. Hacking is wrong and he made me understand about it.
What are you working on today? Any new plugin?
I’m now working on a project like WordPress, but not entirely like it. I can’t say more about it now. When I release my new project, I will certainly invite you. I created about 5-6 plugins. 2 of them WP and others jQuery & PHP. It’s hard to maintain all of them. I’m very very busy in maintaining blog, plugins and school stuff. I will improve my existing plugins and when I get a new idea, I will make another plugin.
Tell us something about your city and your favorite hangout spots there?
I’m from Kerala , a state in India. I’m living in Kunnamkulam, a town (muncipality). Nothing big here. I don’t go out much. But my favourite places are the paddy fields and the streets where I could walk or ride a bicycle peacefully.
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
Never stop working hard. If you work hard, you will certainly accomplish your task. Never copy content from others. Always make your own stuff. Don’t hack / harass any person on the Internet. Always be a good netizen and speak up when you find something illegal or bad behaviour. Never fear. There are millions of nice people in this world who can help you. Don’t hesitate to ask for answers on disucssion forums and Q & A sites (stackexchange.com). Stay safe and simple.
I welcome you Shabarish at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
I am Shabarish Balaji from Bangalore,india. I the CEO, Founder, Main Author of BlazeTechTeam. I passionate about technology, because technology has the ability to change the world. I’m 15 yrs old boy studying 10th std. People Call me Gadget Freak or Tech Freak.
How exactly your idea sparked to register blazetechteam.com?
When I was searching for the ways to become an entrepreneur from home, I found that most of the blogs had mentioned that BLOGGING is the best and easiest way to become an entrepreneur from home. I was very passionate on technology so I started blazetechteam.
What is the story behind your domain name blazetechteam.com? What made you choose this domain?
I didn’t have any serious reason for the domain name blazetechteam. Blaze Means faster, Tech means technology, Team means Teamwork.
Whether you work alone or you got people associated for working together?
I work alone because I am currently doing my shootings. After I’m graduated I will start a company and work with team.
What is your business philosophy?
My business philosophy is Smartwork is necessary than hardwork for success.
How much time you spend working on your domain? What efforts you make for driving web traffic towards your website?
In the beginning I was working for almost 6 to 7hrs a day. But now I just working for 1hr a day. I do social media marketing, SEO, Video marketing for traffic. Quality Content is the way for building readership.
What makes your domain unique on Internet?
I don’t blog about breaking news because of time Consuming, this is unique in me.
Is there any other projects you are currently working on?
Yes, I am planning to create more and more high quality content and increase my readership.
Which country you are from? Tell us something about your city?
I am from India. I live in Bangalore. As we all know that Bangalore is known as silicon valley because the technology in Bangalore is very advanced than other cities. My favorite hangout spot in Bangalore is brigade road.
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
My Message for netizens is that smartwork is better than hardwork for success.