Blogging without computer? How’s that possible? Do you hire writers to post on your blog? These maybe the questions you might have intended to ask me first after reading this title ah? Well, today I’m here to publish my 3 month blogging journey on this blog without using computer.
Yeah, TechBii has completed its successful (of course) first 3 months and I must convey my best gratitude to all of my friends and readers who brought my blog to this level. Here I share my past, present and future goals as a blogger and I’m glad if this post helps someone to get inspired.
Who am I?
Oh yeah, I forgot it. For those who were not here since the start, I’m Sidharth. A 17 old teen boy from God’s own country, Kerala. I am a part time blogger currently pursuing engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Chennai (Formerly Madras).
As most of you, I’m a Facebook addict and I will be 24/7 online. My other areas of interest are driving, listening to music, cricket etc.
Life before TechBii
I’m sure some of you might already know me from my previous blogs TrickSmash.com and allindiantricks.com. I started my blogging experiments when I was in 10th grade and eventually it ended up with a Blogspot blog (allindiantricks.blogspot.com).
I was an avid copy cat who made a high traffic Blogspot blog just by copy pasting (little confession) . And the funniest part is that I’ve even got Page rank 5 for that fully plagiarised Blogspot sub domain blog. Poor Google. Isn’t it?
As a PR 5 blog owner, you can imagine how much I would have earned those days. I used to earn almost 60$ per day just with Adsense and URL shortners. I was given many offers for that blog ranging around 2000$. Well, leave it.
One day, I got an offer from a webmaster from West Bangal. He was Sreejan Dey. He offered me a .com domain for my blog. In return, I had to place a link on every post I’ve written. The deal was pretty good and he even configured the domain with name servers. I had no idea how to setup a domain hence he did the job well.
Eventually our relationship grew and we became quite close. He helped me a lot in configuring various things. I was in hell doing all that learning for that many days and read tons of articles related to blogging and rankings etc.
I also started to learn the basics of blogging and stopped copying contents. Began to learn as much as I could and came across a term “WordPress”.
I read more and more articles related to WP and ShoutMeLoud was my reference blog. Once, I made a decision to move to WordPress and thus the result, TrickSmash.com
I left plagiarism and started to approach blogging seriously thereafter. Learned so many things being in WordPress and tried to improve my language as well. TrickSmash suddenly became one of the popular blogs for network tricks and hacks. But it didn’t live long.
It got suspended by my host due to non payment of hosting bills. I was actually less concerned about the expiry and never checked the mail associated with hostgator. I lost interest to renew it as it had so many crap posts which had only 50 words or less.
After that, I went underground for months and got involved in Facebook. There I tried to build contact with great persons and got many like minded people including Bloggers.
How did TechBii Start
I’ve already mentioned this incident once, anyways I would like to repeat this. I was surfing FB as usual and happened to chat with my friend, Kulwant Nagi (man behind bloggingcage.com). I just enquired him whether he had any cheap domain coupon codes. To my surprise, I got a coupon which let me to get this domain for just 60 Rupees.
Thanks Kulwant. But again I didn’t start blogging from that domain at the very instant. I installed the domain on various free hosting services as I had no intention to continue serious blogging.
Playing with free hosts was very funny. I had even shifted my domain from one host other for 20 times. But it taught me how to assign name servers, DNS entries, WordPress installation etc. It was actually a complex learning process where I also learned how to manage cPanel, MySQL, PhpMyadmin etc.
I eventually felt interest in that and started to think about moving to a paid hosting. I chose zyma as their hosting was affordable and I got it for a cheap rate from one friend. Later, I realized that they were cheating the users and I lost my account. But I didn’t start posting articles that time.
After many researches, I decided to go with hostgator and feeling proud about that as it was my wisest decision. Hence, TechBii Start its journey on 21st January 2013
First Month Experience – January
As you know, first month of a blog is something which cannot be ignored. I had to setup basic off-Page SEO strategies foremost. Let’s see what I’ve done initially after launching my blog.
- First and most importantly, installed important plugins.
- Submitted my blog to Google search and Google Webmaster tools.
- Build some quality high Page rank back links.
- Submitted my blog to some feed directories and syndication systems (Bloggers.com, TechnoRati, IndiBlogger, etc)
- Chose a perfect theme framework for my blog, Genesis.
- Wrote some posts and promoted it through social media.
That’s it. Though I only got 10 days in the first month, I did the basic techniques to get listed in search engines. As a tech blog, search engines should be my primary traffic source and hence I optimised my first 6 posts written in January.
February – The Worst Situation Begins
Worst situation, What’s that? I moved to the campus hostel where use of PC/Laptop has been prohibited. Hell. I lost all my hope and really brainstormed about how to continue my blogging.
I often thought to sell the blog to someone and started to search for some buyers. “Un(Fortunately)” no one did buy my blog as it was a fresh one.
I started hating myself for making the blog and felt I lost money for hosting and domain.
At the end of first week, we were allowed to use Mobile Phones in hostel. It was a life changing movement for us and we got thrilled about that. But there still had a problem. I can work on my blog from the phone but How to do Posting from a 3″ Screen Phone?
I installed the WordPress app on my phone and tried to post a sample article. There it’s. It took almost 30 minutes to scratch the first 3 paragraphs and my fingers started colouring like a tomato.
I lost all hope on mobile publishing and end up with great desperation. It was my friend who encouraged me to continue with that and I slowly started to publish articles. It had taken 2-3 hours to complete a 350 word post and I don’t know from where I got such inspiration to continue with that.
If you are a blogger and blogging from your PC/lap, just close it and start managing your blog with your phone by considering these aspects : Posting, Accepting guest posts, aligning the paragraphs, adding images to the posts, playing with your blog design etc. I’m sure that sooner, you will start hating your phone and you may even throw it away.
The same thing was happened to me. All the things related to blog were adjustable (hardly) but tweaking with the design and off-Page factors were almost inappropriate for me.
I had to visit either Internet cafe or college lab to access a computer. But it wasn’t easy as you think. We only got less consideration as juniors and resulted into great hesitation. Thus, my blogging got confined to my beloved smartphone Samsung Galaxy Mini.
Accepting guest post is yet another daunting job for me. Usually guest Bloggers send their post as docx file and it’s extremely difficult to copy to the clipboard. Again hesitation.
Building back links was my greatest problem and still be. Commenting on other blogs from a mobile browser is tedious and I almost said goodbye to that.
Internal linking was a kind of headache for me. It’s nearly impossible to properly link the articles from the WP app. Thankfully, an automated internal linking plugins fixed the issue temporarily.
Though the SwiftKey keyboard app helps me greatly, I just hate the prediction feature sometimes. Example, when I type my name “Sidharth” it would be converted as “Sidebar” (by relevancy). This is something really irritating.
As I’m mostly providing How To guides, it’s essential to include the screenshot of the tutorial. It’s really a throat cutting job.
Here’s how I manage it. : I prepare the post and leave as draft. Then whenever I get access to the college computer, I immediately create the screenshot and send it via email podcast. But I have to wait a week for adding pictures to the next week’s posts.
And of course there are many more limitations as a mobile blogger that you can imagine. Being in the limitations, I still made some killer posts and kept the momentum. Appeared in various blogs as commenter and drove enough traffic to my blog.
Blogging in March – the Life Changing Month
March month is the most precious month for me. I made some more posts and promoted it on various social sites. Slowly, my blog got noticed and started to receive some cool traffic mainly though search engines and promotions.
I visited the Internet cafe once in a week to analyse the stats and to fix various “Bugs”. I also ran some giveaways to attract some visitors and it worked.
According to me, March month was my biggest experiment time and now wonder about the things I had done then. 😀
April – I Love you Baby a lot
I’m writing this in April and it’s the month where my traffic got quadrupled and stats like Alexa blessed me. I could came under 100k Alexa rank within the 2 months and currently it’s 60k (as of today) by God’s grace.
Since my blog started just after the recent Page rank update, I couldn’t get any Page Rank.
Being Frank, let me ask you a question. Could you find a blog with such Alexa but having 0 PR?
I ain’t self promoting, but couldn’t find my answer yet really. 😛
You may wonder by hearing this. I’m posting this post itself from my mobile phone. I’m much addicted to the WordPress app and love the latest update as well.
How do I Blog from my Phone
Opera Mini is my favorite browser and I use it to surf the Web and to find a new topic to write. Being in tech niche, I can’t manipulate any posts that are previously unwritten. So I surf hundreds of kind niche blogs and bookmark interesting topics for future reference. I also visit developer’s forums like XDA to grab tutorials as well.
When I decided to write about a topic, I just grasp maximum possible information related to it. Then open my WordPress app widget from my home screen and start writing in a single piece of time, in a single sit. Done.
When I struck at the above mentioned situation, I used to read some blogs and it boosted great inspiration to blog anyway. Hence I got familiarized with the touch screen of my blog and gradually gained high speed typing capacity.
Here are the persons who inspired me a lot to move further.
- Harsh Agarwal (ShoutMeLoud)
- Mohd. Mustafa Ahmedsai (MyBloggerTricks)
- Rishabh Jain (HackingUniversity)
- Rahul Kuntala (LearnBlogTips)
- Ammar Ali (AllBloggingTips)
- And my dear brother Kulwant Nagi (BloggingCage)
Regards to all for inspiring me to get recovered from the Worst conditions.
As a mobile blogger, I can’t use such tools like keyword research tool, webmaster tools, SEO plugins etc. But in my mobile, these are my companions.
- WordPress official app
SwiftKey keyboard (can’t live without)
Ganalytics analytics tracker
My blog would not be there if these tools were not invented.
Earnings from TechBii
Well, this might be the most interesting part. I have earned a total sum of 1374$ till date from this blog. Sorry for not uploading the screenshot. I will update it once when I get into the computer.
My earning sources are,
- AdSense (60 %)
Paid reviews (30 %)
Affiliate marketing (still experimenting – 5 %)
Development works (5 %)
I remember a great quote here “If your dreams are not making others to laugh , your dreams are certainly small.”
So, think big and you will definitely achieve it near future. It takes time to shine in a niche, but once if you proved you are a kind of big deal, people will start following you. Now my ultimate goal is to get a better Page rank (being in the limitations) and to get listed in top 50k websites in the world. Also, I’m suffering hard to provide somewhat useful articles for my loyal readers.
Here’s your Part
Here I’ve described almost everything that came across my blogging life since I started this blog. If you think it will help someone to get inspired, then kindly please share. Your most valuable comments are always welcome. 😀
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