You have been a well known blogger and an inspiration to many other new bloggers. Can you please tell us about yourself?
• Although, I'm not quite good at describing myself, but simply speaking, I'm Priyangshu Borgohain (most of the people know me as PrIyAnGsHu), a web entrepreneur and part time blogger from Assam, India. I'm currently studying in the 12th standard, and am preparing for the board exams in Science stream. Currently, I'm managing a few blogs, running 2 outsourcing businesses and developing a media network, which deals with paid reviews and text link ads (You will get to know about that soon).
How old are you? How many years have you been blogging? How many blogs do you have? Does any of your family members help you in blogging?
• I've just become 17 years old last month. I've been blogging for 4 years now, and right now own around 20 blogs in different niches (I'm not so accurate about that). No, none of my family members help me in blogging as my parents are not literate.
How did you come to know about blogging/How was your beginning in the blogging/ Tell about your first blog
• I belong to a middle class family and our family was facing some critical financial situations, when I initially came to know about blogging while searching for ways to make money through the internet. I initially had a blog namely "CrazyBlogWalker" on Google's Blogger platform, but I've now stopped working on it.
What makes your blog interesting to your current readers/What made your blog popular?
• Currently, my primary blog is "The Internet Buzzer" which is a technology based site. I started it in April last year, and it has so far grabbed massive attention of some tech audience all around the globe. The blog is being updated with daily articles that help our readers to solve their tech related problems and needs, that's the reason that I think to be behind my blog's success and popularity. Apart from this blog, I'm right now working on these two blogs – geeks4share.com and knowtechbetter.com.
What is your background in the niche you are blogging/Are you a technical person/why did you choose this niche?
What do you do in order to keep up with latest tools and technologies/Which websites do you browse regularly/What is your source of up-to-date knowledge
• I have many blogs in my feed reader, including onstartups.com, mashable.com, killerstartups.com, zdnet.com, gsmarena.com, seoroundtable.com, seomoz.com, copyblogger.com, labnol.org, readwriteweb.com and many more.
What are the technology websites and blogs you are associated with/How many blogs do you have/do you write articles in other sites
• I right now have these blogs associated with the tech niche: theinternetbuzzer.com, knowtechbetter.com, droidlawn.com and geeks4share.com (and 2-3 more but I'm not working on them regularly). I've around 20 blogs in various niches, but I don't write on all of them myself as I'm still a full time student, so can't put much efforts and time on my online projects, but I'm thinking to work full time after passing the 12th standard.
What do you do when you are not building software or contributing in technical web sites and blogs?
• When I'm not following my tight working schedule, you can find me learning about things such as SEO, marketing and PHP. However, I also play games on my PS3 and listen to music (especially Hindi) in my spare time.
How is your daily schedule/how many hours do you work in your blog
• When my college opens, I can hardly put an hour or two, because I've to attend the college from 8 AM to 1:30 PM, and get busy with my tuition classes until 6 PM. However, when I get a holiday, I spend more than 10 hours working on my sites and other online projects.
Which webmaster/blogger is your role model? Which sites/blogs you like to follow?
• I don't have any blogger as my role model, but I consider Dharmesh Shah (the founder of HubSpot) as a person to get inspiration from. I often read his blog onstartups.com.
Who are the top 5 technical experts/bloggers in your network? Can you mention the name of the big bloggers in your friends list/network?
• That's a hard question to answer. Actually, I'm not sure if you are asking about the persons within my friends' circle or the people who are working under my blogging network. If it's about my network, then I'll mention Rajan Bindra, Mathew Clark and Pawan Kumar who contribute to most of our technology blogs.
What do you think about the future of blogging? Do you think it will continue to be a profitable business in the long run?
• I can see a bright future for blogging. I've seen many emerging bloggers doing wonders in the blogosphere.
What are your future plans/Are you planning to be a fulltime blogger/Any other online business do you plan to start?
• I'm planning to drop out after passing the 12th class. I will then continue to run my blogging network, my outsourcing businesses and my media network. I do have a dream of having my own company and a sweet office where I can see many talented and skilful people working.
Do you like to share your earnings/how much do you make from your blogs/which are your highest earning blogs/what are the sources of income. (list the monthly income in each site from each source, if ready to disclose)
• Although, I don't like to share details about my income or revenue, but I can simply say that my overall online empire brings more than $4k-$5k per month, which helps me to run my family smoothly and works as a pocket money for me at the same time.
Do you use affiliate marketing to earn revenue? What is your advice to others on affiliate marketing?
• Yes, affiliate marketing is also a part of my income sources. I use it as a revenue source of some of my niche sites based on software and digital products. Although I'm not an expert affiliate marketer, but I would advice all emerging affiliate marketers to choose the product they are going to promote properly and carefully. Only a relevant product works best for affiliate marketing on your site or blog.
Which source of revenue do you suggest as an alternative to Google AdSense?
• Paid reviews and direct banner ads can be considered as two of the greatest alternative methods to make money out of our websites.
Which are the online social communities you are most active on?
• I'm only active on Facebook and sometimes on Twitter.
Most big bloggers have reported that their revenue has been coming down in last few years due to high competition. How is your earnings in last few years? Are they growing? How is your traffic growing?
• As I don't depend on a single income source, so my monthly revenue always stays stable and consistent (as I keep on starting new ventures). However, the Google algorithm updates hit some of my sites really bad, but I'm now learning how to stay safe from these algorithm updates and recover from them if we are hit.
How did blogging help you personally other than making money?
• Other than helping me generate income, it has improved my writing and interacting skills up to a significant extent. I've learned so many new things as a blogger which I might not have acquired if I were not a blogger.
How do you socialize?
• I interact with other bloggers through Facebook and Twitter only. Actually, I'm not much activate on other social networks, but you can find me on Gtalk most of the times.
What does your family think about your blogs?
• It took a while for my parents to understand that it was actually possible to make a living with blogging. They still don't know much about my blogs, but I often share my success with my loving sister.
What do you think about the Panda and Penguin updates from Google? Did your blogs get affected by it? What advice do you want to give to other bloggers to avoid Panda/Penguin penalties?
• Yes, Google is consistently rolling out different algorithm updates to make their search engine better and helpful to the users. I don't have problem with that, I think it's a good move by the search engine giant to improve the overall user experience with the search engine. Yes, many of my websites were hit by these algorithm updates, but I've now learned about them, and know what I'm not supposed to do in order to stay safe from them.
If you are hit by Google Panda, then it's because you are not having a proper content structure in your site, try improving your content and focus more on Page SEO optimization to recover from Panda. On the another hand, if you are a victim of Google Penguin, then the fault lies in your site's external factors such as incoming links (spam ones), anchor text fault or keyword spamming within your site. You just need to learn about them properly and follow the recovery steps carefully.
What do you think about the future of SEO?
• All I can say right now is that "the end of black hat SEO" is coming soon".
What do you advice - to focus on a single site or create several sites in various niche?
• If you can manage many sites, then why not? But if you lack of time, or looking for "make-me-rich-quickly" schemes, then stop dreaming and live in the blogging world consisting of pain and struggles. But focusing on a single site is always better, if you want to make it a big one.
I have seen, in many online blogger communities, many bloggers sharing insulting information about other prominent bloggers. What is your take on such unhealthy practices?
• Each and every person in this world knows something that you definitely don't know. People always have something to learn from each other. My take is "Don't ever insult anyone, he or she is obviously better than you in a certain field".
Which technology company you like the most - Microsoft/Google/Apple? And why? Which company you think will be doing best after 5 years from now?
• Google is my favourite, as the internet would have been nowhere, without this search engine giant. It helps people to find and gather information of all kinds quickly (helped me many times to build school projects & assignments, LOL). But it's not that I hate Microsoft and Apple, they have also made prominent efforts to take computer technology to the next level. As I don't have the ability to see the future, so I can't definitely tell which company will be doing best in the future.
Do you have any Microsoft certifications or other certifications? Are you a Microsoft MVP? How does the MVP status help you?
• No, not yet.
Read Interview of Mr.Rajesh Namase of Techlila.com
I am simply amazed at the achievements of this young blogger from India. Kudos to Priyangshu for being a successful blogger along with being a student and good luck to him for a bright future ahead. This interview has really motivated me to achieve success in the world of blogging.
This interview should be an eye opener to students who while away their time in useless facebook and other social media chats or pass their time in gossip on their mobile phones. Reading this interview the young students of today should get inspired as to who a 17 year student of Class XII can achieve so much in addition to pursuing his regular studies. Blogging needs a lot of hard work, which not only involves writing skills but also the knack to search for the correct and relevant information. It earns a good amount of revenue to a successful blogger like Priyangshu Borgohain, a part time blogger from Assam.
I thin it is very good work done by you.
Influenced by him, I also made a blog: www.SilentPoints.com - A tech blog containing Info's about latest tech.