Interview With Istiak Rayhan : Blogging at ( RoadToBlogging)
Hello friends, in our Blogger’s Interview Series today we have Istiak Rayhan an awesome professional blogger and internet marketer with us. he is founder of the most popular blog roadtoblogging.com. Here is some information about Istiak Rayhan
Q 01. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blogs?
Hi, I am Istiak Rayhan. I am a blogger and an internet marketer from Bangladesh. I've been in blogging for more than 5 years. I started blogging while studying BBA and took it as a full-time profession after completing MBA.
I have several blogs. But not all of them are active. Here are some of the active blogs.
RoadToBlogging: This is my main blog that covers several topics like Blogging, SEO, Affiliate Marketing, Social Media, Web Hosting, etc.
WPLeaders: It helps users to find the best WordPress themes, plugins, and hosts to run their WordPress site efficiently.
HostLater: This blog is about web hosting and domain names.
Q 02. What inspired you to start your blog?
When I created my first blog, I didn't have any idea what blogging was about. I was just a proud owner of a .com site where I used to share technology related stuff. It's ShoutMeLoud.com from where I came to know about blogging and pro blogging. So I started blogging accidentally, but the main inspiration came from Harsh Agrawal of ShoutMeLoud.
Q 03. Describe how did you first get into blogging?
Back in 2012, I used to work on a micro freelancing site. One of the highest paying jobs was selling backlinks. I created my first site to do those jobs. But that site got banned because of some TOS issues. Then I created another site, and that had the same fate as the previous one. Finally, I decided to create a self-hosted site and which was TechThumbs.com. I started my blogging journey with that blog.
Q 04. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
I am not sure which specific strength helped me in blogging, but one of the weakness did help me.
It's procrastination. I know it sounds funny. But the truth is, it helped me to stick with blogging. I wanted to learn a lot of things like web design, web development, graphic design, etc. But as a procrastinator, I didn't get the time to try those things. Now I realized that trying to do several things at a time is not a good idea. So procrastination helped to stay focused on blogging.
And talking about my strengths, I think consistency and focus helped me a lot.
Q 05. How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I used to be a night owl when I was in university. Back then, it was an excellent idea as I had to attend classes on daytime. But now I am a morning person. It helps me to get a lot of quality time to accomplish my tasks.
Q 06. What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
RoadToBlogging got hit by Google Panda in 2014. It's a failure in a sense that I failed to make the contents that Google loves. The panda hit was so severe that I almost lost half of the traffic overnight. However, I was able to recover the hit successfully.
I've learned a lot of things from that. That hit actually helped me learn about SEO the way Google wants it.
Q 07. What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
It's a tough question to answer. I think scoring a good CGPA in both BBA and MBA while doing blogging is a good achievement.
Q 08. Could you please share some tips for the newbies who want to take blogging as a serious affair and generate passive income?
1. Stick with a niche. Don't try to cover everything under the sun on a single blog.
2. Try to love your blogging journey. And always remember, The journey is the reward.
3. It's not bad to start a blog for making money. But don't make it the only purpose.
4. Try to monetize your blog as early as possible. This will help you to find out what works and what doesn't.
5. And finally, spend most of your time on creating, not consuming
Q 09. Can you name some of your favorite bloggers and explain why they are your favorites?
Harsh Agrawal: Finding Harsh Agrawal's ShoutMeLoud.com is one of the best things happened to me ever. I came to know about pro blogging from his blog. Before that, I had no idea that blogging can a be a full-time profession.
Neil Patel: I learned a lot about SEO and internet marketing from his blog QuickSprout.com. To be honest, now I am not following his blog that much.
Brian Dean: This is the guy that I follow for SEO. His blog BackLinko has some amazing contents on SEO.
Leo Babauta: I am still struggling with procrastination. Zenhabits helps me to be more productive.
Ankit Singla: I follow Ankit Singla to learn how to make content awesome and engaged.