Introduction: Devesh Sharma
What were you doing at your 19? At age of 19, Devesh Sharma is already a blogger, author, serial entrepreneur, an affiliate marketer, and role model to many WordPress users. His blog, WP Kube, is followed by thousands of fans; and his other venture, Blokube, is helping a large group of bloggers to interact and grow.
In case you wish to dig into Devesh’s mind and learn from his success – today is your lucky day! Our guest today, Devesh Sharma, has shared tons of great tips in blog marketing and web hosting in the following interview. I am 100% sure that you will learn a lot from this Q&A session.
So, are you ready? Let’s rock’n’roll!
Q1: Hello Devesh, thanks for being with us today. WP Kube is a very popular WordPress resources blog – you have more than 5,500 followers from Facebook, Twitter and RSS Reader. How did you achieve this?
Thanks for having me, Jerry.
At the start, I did nothing execpt writing content but after a few months I started promoting through various methods.
- Guest Posting on larger websites.
- Cross Promotion
- Social Blogmarking sites
- Social Media
- Connecting with other bloggers
Those are the strategies I used to build the social following across various networks. And most recently I hired a few paid content writers for WP Kube, but I am not going to talk about any paid marketing strategy here.
Guest posting is a great way to generate traffic, subscribers, and build new connections, with little efforts. It takes 2-3 hours to write a quality guest post but the traffic & links, it drives helps in long term.
I would be the first one to admit that I didn’t wrote as many guest posts as Kevin Muldoon or Tom Ewer did. But what I did was took action and got good results. The best way to truly get results is by taking action. So stop reading, and start taking action today.
- Make Your Blog Load Faster than ProBlogger: Part 1 and 2
- The top 10 tools for freelance designers
- 5 Simple Tips to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing
- 5 WordPress Plugins to Grow your Email List
At the time of launch, I used to run a multi-author blogging tips blog called Technshare. So I used it to promote my WordPress blog and it helped WP Kube to gain rankings in Google.
Social Blogmarking sites
The term Social blogmarking was coined my good friend Alex Whalley in 2010. It is basically refers to social bookmarking sites aimed for Bloggers. There are only a handful of blogging communities available for bloggers
- Blokube – Most active social site for bloggers & internet marketers
- Inbound – Mostly for SEO related stuff
- BlogEngage – One of the oldest and paid social blogmarking sites.
Believe it or not, but social media plays an important role in marketing. Initially, I did not do much except for replying and sharing other people’s content. I basically followed the 80/20 role, 80% quality content and 20% self promotion. I also used a social service called – Twiends, which helped me to gain a few hundred followers.
And most recently, I started using Bufferapp, a web based scheduling service that allows me to post across several networks. It’s a great app and saves a lot of time.
Connecting with other bloggers
If you want to really make some useful connections in your niche, start building them with your peers rather then running around big blogs or gurus. Share their stuff on social media, comment on their posts or write a guest post for them.
This is how I build relationship with Adam Connell; I first dropped him an email and asked if he could link to one of my blog posts in his next weekly roundup. He not only linked to my post but also did a few guest posts.
On a side note, Adam is working an content outreach course, you should check it out.
Q2: From a recent article by Sourav, I understand that WP Kube has moved to WP Engine not long ago. Can we know what triggers the switch?
Yes, we recently moved to WPEngine. I have been a fan of the Managed Hosting provider but never got the time to move my site. But with the recent Hostgator outrage and slow loading times, I decided to change the hosting provider to WPEngine.
It has only been a few months and I am already happy with the transition. WP Engine is an excellent hosting provider for bloggers, who don’t have time (like me) or technical knowledge to manage the hosting.
The one big difference, whey I prefer WPEngine is because of their fast loading times. My site now loads in under 2.5 seconds, compared to hostgator where a single page took 6 seconds to load.
Q3: Do you have any particular bad or good experience with other hosting company? Tell us about it.
Believe it or not, but most people love their hosting provider, until something goes wrong.
I don’t have any bad experience particularly; I am currently using Hostgator, BlueHost and WPEngine, and all of them have a fantastic infrastructure and support.
Q4: If you could only recommend one web hosting provider to those who are just starting out, who would it be? And, why?
If you are just starting a one page website or a new blog, then I would recommend BlueHost or Hostgator, both are somewhat same and owned by Endurance International.
There are three main reasons:
- Bluehost isn’t expensive compared to other managed hosting providers, and will only cost you $4.95 per month.
- The specs are more than enough for a new website.
- They provide fantastic support.
On the other hand, if you have small business or are looking for business class hosting, then go with WPEngine.
Q5: Beside Akismet (everyone is using it, right?), what are the three WordPress plugins that you can’t live without?
I am currently using a combination of Conditional Captcha and Akismet, for most of my sites and it works quite well. To find a complete list of plugins & tools that I’m using, you can see WPKube Blueprint.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast – The most complete SEO plugin.
- nRelate Related content – The best related Posts plugin for WP.
- Backup Buddy – The best backup solution for WordPress.
Thanks again for your time. Do you have anything to add before we end this interview?
Two things –
- Always invest in the right hosting company and do your research before making the final choice.
- Backup your site weekly or at least monthly. You cannot rely on your hosting provider all the time.