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BCIS 32: Interview With Syed Balkhi From WPBeginner.com

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If you are on WordPress then you must have tried WPBeginner atleast once for sure.

A site which is always there to solve every WordPress related issue and helping us to make our blogging journey more awesome.

I am feeling very lucky to have Syed Balkhi with us who is the owner of this one of the biggest website in the world. He is managing this website from more than 5 years and he has provided almost all WP related problems.

With his hard work and dedication he has taken his website at such a big level that thousands of people around the world are talking about this website and visiting it to learn new WordPress related stuff every time.

Today we are going to ask him few interesting questions so that we can learn great lessons from his experience and implement them to make our blogging career more successful.

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Let’s go through this interview.

1. Syed, I am very happy to have you here. Thanks for joining this interview.

My pleasure.

2. Please tell us more about you, how did you start and how you found your love for WordPress?

I first started with the internet in 1997 when I first got my computer. But I really got into it at the end of 2002 and early 2003 when I started buying domains and building niche sites. I started using WordPress in 2006 when I needed to add a blog to one of my sites.

3. Wpbeginner don’t need any introduction. Please tell us how you made this blog so popular and how much is your content writing frequency.

WPBeginner became popular due to the quality of articles. At the time we started, we were the only WordPress tutorial site written for users. Currently, we write 1 article a day (Mon – Friday).

4. Every time I am searching something on Google about WordPress, Wpbeginner is already sitting there to help me. How many efforts are you making to do SEO for your blog and please tell few of them which are helping you to get such high rank in Google?

We’re not doing any SEO. We’re blessed to have an awesome community and the reputation that we have in the industry. A lot of industry related authority sites link to our content. Due to the age of the site and good reputation, we tend to rank high in search results.

Also some folks think we’re always #1 because Google is showing them personalized results. For example, if you like our article multiple times, then Google will show you WPBeginner towards the top. You can do more research about how personalized results work, but that is a gist of it.

So there is no real secret. Just build a good community and write quality content.

5. Syed, you have another very successful blog List25.com. This blog’s Facebook page have 250k fans, how you achieved such a big number in short time what were the strategies you used to boost it?

I ran a contest when we first started that helped us. The content on the site is easy to share and attracts a mass audience. With the initial boost from the contest, viral content, support from other networks like Stumbleupon, Youtube, etc. the site grew. Our youtube audience is actually bigger than our Facebook audience.

6. We all are proud users of WordPress. At what extent it has helped you to grow your business and what are the great WordPress features which we can predict for future?

I love WordPress. It has made it easy for folks like me to create websites. Without WordPress, I don’t think I would be able to create and publish great sites like List25. The WP community is amazing and tons of new features are being developed at all times. You can learn more about new features here:

http://make.wordpress.org/

7. Making a blog successful always needs great strategies and time plan. How did you organize them what were the obstacles which you faced on the way?

You’re right in saying that creating something successful requires a lot of great strategies. What I can tell you is that I have faced more failures than successes. Listing all the failures here would be a dreading task. Some things I do now are:

– Identify Targeted Audience
– Find where I can reach them
– Establish an Editorial Workflow
– Create quality content

8. You have awesome people working with you on WpBeginner. According to you how easy or difficult it is to find great people and what are the things which we should keep in mind before hiring them or making business associates?

Hiring is definitely a challenge, at least for me it is. Before you go about hiring, you need to know exactly what you’re looking for. This way every one is on the same page. Make sure that the person you’re going to hire fits well with your company vision.

9. If you would have given chance to start from scratch once again then on which topic you would like to make a blog?

Often people underestimate the power of situation. I don’t know which situation I will be in and what are the circumstances surrounding me. All I will say is that I will start a blog that solves a problem that is important to me.

10. You are a graduate from University of Florida, How this education helped you in blogging and at what level you are using your education to boost your business?

The direct impact of my education on my business is hard to measure. From looking closely, I don’t think higher education helped me at all in terms of blogging. I was doing that before I started college.

In a grander scheme of things, I did learn a lot and the college experience definitely helped shape who I am today as a person.

11. People are very impatient when we talk about blogging or any internet business, as they all want quick success. According to you what are the ingredients of any successful business and how should we use them?

Those who are impatient often don’t find success. So be patient, work hard, and hustle every day.

12. This question might be little awkward – What were your parents reactions when you told them that I want to make my life with internet marketing or blogging? Were they supportive or repulsive?

They were definitely not supportive, but that is because they didn’t understand this new industry. Now that they have a better grasp of things, they like the choice I made. So don’t think that your parents are against you. They are only looking for your best interest with the best of their ability.

13. SEO – a big term. According to you what are the best way be on safe side and make Google love your blog every time?

Don’t worry about SEO. Write quality content and focus on building a community. If you do this, then you will survive all SEO updates.

14. Please list few of tools which are helping you to manage you online work like SEO tools, Management tools, affiliate marketing tools etc.

You can find the list of tools that I use here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/blueprint/

15. If you are going to launch any product in future then what it would be and how this is going to help people?

Again, the product that I launch in the future has to solve a problem that I care about. There are too many ideas, but I often say that good ideas are a distraction. Great ideas are worth taking action on. We’ll have to wait and see which great idea I work on next.

16. What are your future plans and how are you going to achieve them?

I just want to enjoy life and continue building my company. We have a great group of people who’re working with me, and they’re crucial to our overall success.

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  1. says

    Really this interview is awesome and Wp Beginner is very good site which is helping people who are new in blogging as Wp Beginner is filled with almost all type of wordpress information.

  2. says

    wow, Kulwant
    You again made the weekend of all bloggers inspiring and energetic by sharing the interview of Syed Balkhi. I have visited WPBeginner many times and feel that WPBeginner is the best and largest WordPress resource site for all the WordPress Beginners.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome and detailed interview post Bro. I also noticed that this is not only inspiring interview but also much educative.

  3. says

    WPBeginner is a stand out from the crowd blog with their unique WP tutorials, syed made it established one by his hard work.

    Thanking you for hosting his interview :)

  4. says

    I always wanted to know the answer of the 4th question but I never expected such an answer. Thanks for revealing the secret.
    One more question, WpBeginner is also using Genesis. Right?

  5. says

    Hello,

    Great interview mate, I’ve been following WPbeginner quite a while and I’ve learned a lot of things from his blog. The interview is really inspiring.

    Have a great day

    Cheers!

  6. says

    Sometime age when you posted on facebook about this interview, since then I was waiting for this day.
    You made my morning very very good with this interview of Syed Balkhi. Thanks for the gift, waiting for more this kind of interviews. :)

  7. says

    WPbeginner is the one which helped me to on my journey with WordPress and this interview is really inspirational. Thanks Kulwant !

  8. says

    Syed Balkhi the man who changed the way we use WordPress. search any problem related to WordPress and bingo WpBeginner is at the top on results page to help you out. :)
    and List 25 is a blog which attracts me a lot, it’s a daily driver and steady strength is also doing good :)

  9. says

    I must say that this was a great interview.

    This is an inspiration to me and I know it will be for others as well. Keep up the good work and hope to learn more from you.

  10. says

    So… provide quality solutions is the key to a successful online business.

    I know that LOL, awesome interview Nagi, keep them coming to my inbox.

  11. says

    It was really an awesome interview Kulwant, u r really doing great job buddy.
    Your interview section is boosting blogging interest amoung newbies..
    Great work !

  12. says

    Wpbeginner is the solution of nearly all wp problems,i have been taking guideline when i first started my blogging career,I think it is perfect for both beginner and pro bloggers. I must appreciate your struggle for having such interview for us.

  13. says

    Syed Balkhi is indeed a great blogger and my ideal. He shares awesome content on his blog and his story how he enter in this field is also very interesting. He also writes great posts in his blog i.e balkhis.com and share his strategies and experiences which I like the most. He is a great inspiration for us.

  14. Mohd Arif Khan says

    Thank you sir,

    You have made my day as I was waiting very eagerly to know about Wpbegginner(Syed Balkhi) as how He come to know about the problems begginers face and provides solutions for that.

    I read this article very sincerity. Especially the answers given by Syed sir.
    And now i undestand who is Syed Balkhi??!!

    He is a person who do his work with sincerely and delicately : :)

    He Always says to solve the problem of users or begginers in his reply of Questions (9 &15).
    He is a real problem Conqueror !!!! :)

  15. says

    Syed Balkhi has been the vey great man. I find most of the solutions via Wpbeginner. I have leaned so many things from there. Thanks Balkhi