Interview with Rahul Bagdai: Indian Tech Blogger | Blog @ TrueTech
1. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your Blog?
TrueTech is a rapidly growing online multinational publication featuring content related to technology and gadgets. TrueTech has a dedicated North American, Indian, and European section covering content all across the globe. Not only that, we have 2 reviewers available in Canada, 8 in India, 3 in Europe!
More than 220,000 technology perusers each month rely on us for the latest technology news, unbiased gadget reviews, buying guides and recommendations for tech products/gear. A traffic report is attached herewith for your reference.
2. What did you do before Blogging? What inspired you to start blogging?
Before blogging, just like a contemporary 18-year-old, I was just another passionate teenager, but with guts to persue what I loved rather than giving in to negativity, criticism and hatred. I was extremely passionate about technology, I loved gadgets, software, coding etc. I made web browsers, Linux based Operating Systems etc, and I wanted to share all that knowledge with the world. That's how I started blogging.
3. As a blogger, what are the challenges you face? How you overcome it?
Let's face it, the blogosphere isn't accepting of all, especially in India, where I started blogging. It is rather difficult to grow a successful blog and make your name glow. Of course in the midst of all that there are great people, great resources that want to hold your hand and help you succeed, however, I wasn't good at networking back then. Getting views, people to appreciate my content and the style of writing, SEO etc was extremely arduous on my own at first.
4. What would you consider to be your biggest achievement in your journey so far as a Blogger?
One of my biggest achievement is that I was embracing my passion, living it and loving it.
Blogging is something I've always wanted to do, something I was so acutely passionate about, and not for the sake of fame, money, and all the benefits that I might have scored. It's hardly what I care about, even today. In fact, when I started blogging, I was proud and woke up with a smile on my face every morning. With every little step ahead I felt satisfied, that I was finally doing something I care about, and drives me through and through.
However, TrueTech is no longer a one-man army. That's where my second biggest acheivement comes into picture: My Team!. One of my ex-editors especially – Karandeep Singh, he shared the very vision for TrueTech I have. Furthermore, all the writiers, email manangers, Marketers etc., everyone in the current team, they're the best people, and one of my biggest achievements ever.
5. Have you worked/collaborate with brands? If yes, name few brands you worked with
I have worked with several brands around the globe now! TrueTech has worked with Samsung (India), Huawei & Honor (India), Asus (India), Acer (India), Jio (India), Vodafone (India), Airtel (India), Hike (India), Doogee (China), MWC (Global), HMD, LG (Canada), Huawei & Honor (Canada), Samsung (Canada), OnePlus (India), OnePlus (Global), and many many more.
6. What is your primary income source?
My primary income source is sponsorships.
7. Top 3 Blogging tools that you would recommend to your readers?
1. JetPack for WordPress
2. Google Adwords Keywords Tool
3. Piwik/Matomo Analytics
8. One piece of advice that you would like to share with all new bloggers?
Perseverance is the key, don't give up! Also, don't sell yourself out for cheap brand deals! Focus on the growth of your blog! Gradually, but eventually, you'll succeed.
9. Finally, what are your thoughts about IndiBlogHub?
SkillInfinity is great for budding bloggers. It provides as a platform to engage with brands through campaigns, which might otherwise be tough for budding bloggers. The website is thoroughly designed with a beautiful dashboard (visible when logged in).
To make the platform better, I would suggest bringing in other bigger and established bloggers. This will not only influence and inspire the new people in the community, but also help SkillInfinity grow. Furthermore, SkillInfinity should also bring in premium campaigns or bigger campaigns directly aimed as established bigger brand/blogs.