Blogger interview with Ataul Haque - a Software Engineer
We recently contacted Ataul Haque to learn about his passion and his future plans in blogging. Follow this interview and learn more about blogging from Ataul Haque.
Could you give us a brief introduction about yourself?
I am Ataul Haque and it has been 2 years since I have attached myself with blogging. Blogging is one of my favorite past times. I started blogging on Blogger where, I used to post some poems and small articles on current affairs. Writing an article became an habit and I started loving it like anything. I then searched for some sites which would offer me some cash for my articles and then I came to know about hubpages, IndiaStudyChannel and Techulator. I'm a software Engineer by profession and whenever I find time, I try to write something of my interest.
How old are you? How many blogs you have? Is your family also involved in blogging?
I am 24 years old and started blogging in 2011. I have four running blogs now. Unfortunately, I am the only person in my family who is involved in blogging. I hope someone joins me in the future.
Please tell us about your blogging journey.
I started blogging first on Blogger.com (By Google). I came to know about Blogger through Google search only. My first blog is still active and I still write some poems and articles covering current affairs there. Then I started blogging on travel and destinations in Atithisatkar.blogspot.in.
How do you make your blog interesting? What are the key focus areas?
I used to write about the best tourist places available in India. I used to research a lot on the most popular spots available and then, I used to collect the best pictures of those spots. I used to write a step by step approach that would help any traveler going to that location. It would be a complete package of information about the destination. I would cover all the "how, why, when and what" kind of questions in those articles. I am currently writing on India's current affairs in one of my blog aahafaiz.blogspot.in.
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Are you a technical person?
Yes, I'm a technical person and work at an MNC. I already know most of the information technology stuffs.
Which websites do you browse regularly? How do you up to date your knowledge?
My favorite source of knowledge where I surf almost thrice a day is Times Of India (Website) and a flipboard application of android for technical updates.
How many blogs do you have? Are they technical ones?
I have one technology blog on Blogger and I also contribute on Techulator.com. In total I have nine blogs out of which only four blogs are in running state.
What do you do when you are not working?
Whenever I find time out of my office work, I engage myself doing some blogging work. I love this and it has become a habit of mine to devote some hours to my personal blog.
For how many hours do you work on your blog?
I work for about 30 minutes to 1 hour on my blogs daily.
Which webmaster/blogger is your role model?
Tony John (webmaster) of India Study Channel and Amit Agrawal of Digital Inspiration or Labnol.org are my role models.
Who are the top 5 technical bloggers in your network?
Ankit Sinha, Tony John, Chirag Sachdeva, Amit Agrawal and Paresh Gujarati are known for their technical posts.
In your opinion, what is the future of blogging?
I hope and strongly believe that blogging is going to be a huge industry and this will create many employment opportunities in the long run.
Are you planning to be a full time blogger?
I want to be a full time blogger in future.
What are your sources of online income?
My main source of online income is through Google's AdSense. I earn around $100 every 90 days. So I get my AdSense cheques generally after every 3 months.
Do you use affiliate marketing to earn revenue?
No, I don't use affiliate marketing to earn, but I think that's a good source to earn revenue online.
Which are the online social communities you are most active on?
There is a community named Blogging and other is a Self Established Blogger Association on Google.
Most big bloggers have reported that their revenue has been coming down in last few years due to high competition. What is your opinion?
I don't think that bloggers are facing a tough competition and their revenues are coming down. Though I'm a part time blogger, I haven't faced any such issue.
How does blogging help you personally other than making money?
Blogging keeps me active even after my office work. This also makes me hungry for information. For Blogging, I need to be updated and thus it helps me to be active all day long.
How do you socialize?
Social networks online and group meeting offline.
What does your family think about your blogs?
They know that I'm a blogger and I love doing that, that's it.
What advice you give to other bloggers to avoid Panda/Penguin penalties?
My suggestion is to be genuine and beware of keywords spamming. Don't spam your blogs with too many tags and meta tags.
What do you think about the future of SEO?
SEO has huge potential to grow. All Bloggers must know SEO to make their blog known to world.
What you advice - focus on a single site or create several sites in various niche?
Focus on a single site which is your favorite subject and where you would love to share any information at any point of time.
What is your take on many bloggers sharing insulting information about other prominent bloggers?
That's really awkward. These are the gimmicks played by cheap bloggers who are unable to market their blogs due to insufficient knowledge on SEO. They try to insult other bloggers.
Microsoft/Google/Apple - Which is your favorite? Which company do you think will be doing the best 5 years from now?
Google has been my favorite and I think Google will be doing the best 5 years down the line.
Do you have any Microsoft certifications or other certifications?
No, I don't have any Microsoft certificate.