Hi, SEMrush Blog readers!
Today I would like to share an interview with Jitendra Vaswani, the founder of BloggersIdeas.com, professional blogger and an affiliate marketer from India. Jitendra is a member of our BeRush Affiliate Program. His website provides informative blog posts about SEO, blogging strategies, WordPress, social media and more.
Victoria Galperina: Please let us know a little bit more about yourself and your business.
Jitendra Vaswani: I blog full time and help people make money online. I started my journey in SEO and digital marketing five years ago. After doing a regular job for two and a half years, I realized that job was not for me and it is high time that I should focus on my business. So blogging was my keen passion and soon I decided to become a full-time blogger and live the life the way I want.
VG: Who would you say is your greatest inspiration?
JV: My greatest inspiration cannot be one person. I have many mentors in my industry from whom I learn and grow. In the digital marketing industry there are many great mentors who are helping marketers to improve their online presence. I follow many top marketers in my niche such as:
- Gary Vaynerchuk
- Lewis Howes
- Adam Braun
- Brian Dean
- John Chow
- Zac Johnson
- and many more
These folks are my greatest motivation. I check out their blogs regularly to see what kind of content they are putting up to help businesses reach their goals. I keep learning from them and try to implement their strategies into my business. Learning never stops for me. I just keep on learning new things from these experts.
VG: Please describe your typical day.
JV: That is very interesting question for me as I never know when I start my work. I wake up at around 9 a.m. because I always sleep late. I am a night owl, you can say. Since most of my clients are from US and UK I have to be awake at night to respond to their emails. After waking up at 9 a.m. I have breakfast. I take my breakfast very seriously.
I take three eggs, two brown toast, tea and some cookies. I am really focused on my diet. As an Internet marketer I need to focus on my health, because if I stay fit I will be able to work more and deliver better results for my business. I have seen bloggers suffering from a lack of sleep and poor eating habits. Having proper diet plan keeps you fit and I always follow this diet procedure.
After breakfast, I head to my office and I start my day by replying to emails and checking my social media feeds.
Then I continue my work until 7 p.m. and then I hit the gym. After gym, I continue working on my blogs and keep working until 2 or 3 a.m. Hustling is a part of my day.
VG: What do you enjoy most about your work?
JV: I enjoy my work very much although it is very hectic. Every day when I go to bed, I feel relaxed that whatever I have done during the day is for my business and it will keep growing day by day.
I hate office jobs as there are many policies and pressure, which I don’t enjoy. My work keeps me motivated and I don’t get bored at all. Because if you love your work you will never get bored. You should be interested in what you are doing. If you don’t have any interest in your work, then it’s not worth doing.
VG: What would you say are the top five skills needed to be a successful blogger?
JV: There are many skills needed to be successful when blogging:
- Be consistent
- Focus on your work not on others'
- Choose one niche and be an expert in it
- Don’t depend on single source of income; keep building multiple sources of income
Never stop learning from experts and newbies. Many successful bloggers think they can’t learn from newbies. It is a mistake. I always try to learn from newbies as they help me increase my knowledge in the best possible way.
VG: What is your favorite aspect of business?
JV: My business gives me freedom to travel the world. I just work hard and then I party hard as well. Blogging has given me so much freedom in my life that I couldn’t even dream of.
VG: How do you go about marketing? What do you use and what worked best for you?
JV: For marketing my business I always try to use social media very wisely. I don’t waste my time on social media by posting random things or getting into a debate over nothing. I stay away from these things. I just focus on my work and post the kind of content that is helpful for my blog readers.
I find that Facebook works the best for my business. I add influential marketers to my Facebook account and try to build good connections with them. Many bloggers still don’t use social media well for their business. They just waste their time on social media by chatting or posting some useless content which is not helpful for their readers. I find clients for my business through social media.
Right now I am also working on video marketing for my personal branding and it is going very well. I am doing a lot of video interviews on my blog and filming some videos about my trips. Video marketing is surely the next big thing and it is working best for my business.
VG: What are your views on affiliate marketing?
JV: Affiliate marketing is one of best ways to make money online. 90% of my income depends on affiliate marketing. I promote various products and get commissions for promoting or selling them. I saw many affiliate marketers are making a lot more money from affiliate marketing – like $800K monthly. So there is a huge potential in affiliate marketing.
You just need to understand the psychology of customers who are visiting your site and give them the real value and they will surely buy the product you are recommending. So understand this crucial thing and work on it.
I am also launching my own product right now which is a WordPress plugin and I am working very hard on it to make it very successful. I have a partner, Tavia Wong, she is also blogger and an affiliate marketer. I will also launch an affiliate program for my plugin. If you understand the affiliate marketing business you can make a lot of money from it.
VG: What three pieces of advice would you give to newbie affiliates who are just starting out?
JV: To the newbies who are starting with affiliate marketing: first learn some basics about affiliate marketing by reading some expert affiliate blogs. Newbies can learn from failures of successful affiliate marketers; what mistakes they made that newbies should not make.
Try to learn first. Don’t think about making money right away. First learn from experts, build some solid connection in affiliate marketing and then you can become an expert in affiliate business.
Join some affiliate network like Shareasale, CJ, Clickbank and many more. I have also listed a few of the best affiliate programs here: best Affiliate Programs.
I hope that this interview will help marketers and I would love to hear your success stories. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Jitendra!
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