Weekend is approaching and I am back with 5th inspirational interview. This weekend I am interviewing a young affiliate marketer who became idol for many young bloggers.
Hope you are enjoying BCIS (Blogging Cage Interview Series) and going to be with me for a long journey.
In my starting days I came across his blog SmartBloggerz, and I remember exactly that this was the very first Indian blog which I came to know. His blog is one of the top authority blog and many affiliate marketers keep giving their tips on his blog in guest posts.
Sushant is one of the Young Millionaire from India who earned this money on internet.
Let's have talk with him and know how he made it.
Sushant Please tell us about yourself.
Hello BloggingCage readers, I’m Sushant Risodkar – the founder of SmartBloggerz. I’m 19 yrs. old, living with my family in Indore city. I’m into blogging and affiliate marketing field from past 3-4 years now and have developed immense experience in it as well as achieved remarkable milestones in past one year.
Tell us about your educational background.
For Indians: “Mai barwi pass hun bhaiya :P” Jokes apart, I’ve completed my high school graduation and currently pursuing BCA (it’s my second year right now).
In which year you entered in blogging and how you started?
I don’t remember this exactly every time I’m asked about it, but my memory says it was maybe 2008 or 2009 I began playing with blogs. In beginning, I started some random blogs on blogspot with content scrapped from here and there just to make money with adsense. I had some 40-50 contacts in my yahoo messenger with whom I used to exchange adsense clicks.
Then later I understood the real concept of professional blogging and how to actually profit from it which led to opening of my blog on blogspot called ‘templatestreasure.blogspot.com’ where I used to share blogger templates and coding for blogspot platform with random stuff in-between.
It was quite a success and earned me good money that time which helped me switch to what you know me for: SmartBloggerz.
You were listed at Retireat21 as top young bloggers in the World, How that helped you to improve your business/blogging?
When Michael listed me as top young bloggers in world, I was completely amazed and wondered “Am I Really?” But I was really happy to see that he noticed some spark in me … It gave me good exposure in blogosphere, my traffic spiked up, I received few advertisement requests etc. It was really a great moment to have been listed on his blog as he is recognized as one of the most popular young blogger and entrepreneur.
Check – http://www.retireat21.com/blogging/young-bloggers-making-money-online
When you entered in Affiliate Marketing and how much time you took to earn your first dollar?
I think it was 2011, I started looking for ways to diversify business as I wasn't enjoying making money from my blog just by selling ads and sponsored posts. I thought about doing something different.
First I thought about selling services (link building, writing etc.) but then I realized that I won’t be able to manage my schedule so I picked up the other popular route of making money online: affiliate marketing. The first thing I sold as an affiliate marketer was probably hostgator’s web hosting package but I don’t remember exactly how much time I took.
What you did with that money?
Uhmm, I think I bought web hosting for my blog SmartBloggerz as it was hosted on blogger platform when it first started.
Many people have assumption that affiliate marketing is easy and this is the most lucrative business online. According to you how difficult or easy it is and how lucrative it is.
If you have a friend, who is playing games all the time, to start making money with affiliate marketing then he will definitely need about 2-3 months or so to properly understand the whole idea of this business on his OWN like using web hosting, blogs, basic html, SEO etc.!
BUT, if you give him personal guidance and some good training material then it becomes a bit easier for him.
Personally, if I teach any of my friends the exact steps I use to make money then he will make first dollar within 7 days. So, my point is that affiliate marketing is easy if one gets proper guidance and good training material to follow.
Affiliate marketing is quite lucrative and one could easily earn 4 to 5-figures income (in USD) from it every month.
Which products you promote most? And which are the sources from where you got information about such products.
I mostly promote internet marketing related products and I get jv partnership emails on regular basis for upcoming products as I have established connections with several internet marketers.
Please explain little about affiliate marketing. Is it about making niche sites for every product or promote them all by writing reviews about them?
Well it’s not limited to that. Affiliate marketing basically means driving traffic to your affiliate link through any possible way (allowed by affiliate program’s tos) you know; like ppc, emails, twitter spamming, social networks, popups etc. Email Marketing wherein you promote affiliate offers and writing reviews about product works best according to me and that’s how I mostly make income online.
Which are the methods you use to drive traffic on such sites? Please tell us FREE as well as paid methods you use for driving traffic.
Well the free method is none other than Google. I optimize my sites so it ranks well for buyer keywords. Also I try to interlink web properties and boost their ranking as well so that it’s all me who conquers Google hahahahaha (devil laugh).
The web properties I’m referring to are YouTube, Dailymotion, Slideshare, Authorstream, twitter account, Facebook fan page, Pinterest page etc. I simply put my link to review sites on these web properties and bring in whole lot of free targeted traffic. I don’t use paid methods on regular basis; just for experiment purpose I use popup traffic and mobile ads.
How blogging changed your life and how much changes you are seeing in yourself in these 2-3 years?
Well it changed BIG time. I used to live on pocket money which wasn't so good honestly speaking 😛 The family income was mainly for fulfilling basic amenities since I come from middle class background. But because of blogging & affiliate marketing, I started enjoying a kind-of independent life as I started handling all my expenses from the money I earned. I turned chocoholic because of it and started spending too much on chocolates and fast food. Brought my own bike, several gadgets, car etc. It’s been an awesome changeover for me in these last 2-3 years.
Which was the happiest moment in blogging?
There were several, I can’t put one above the other. But the first one was when I got $19 in my PayPal account by selling entrecard credits on my blog. This was like my first income which helped me in buying my own domain (smartbloggerz.com)
How much money you are making with affiliates?
I cannot disclose the exact figure but my earning keeps fluctuating between 4-5 figure.
What are your future plans? Are we going to see any paid affiliate marketing course from you?
Well, personally I don’t have any such plans right now of having my own product. It’s time consuming and I’m a lazy guy 😛 My future plan is to continue what I’m doing right now as well as complete my college graduation properly. Later I’m thinking of doing MBA.
How it feels when people call you Young Millionaire?
It feels really good that I have achieved such big thing so quickly, my parents are happy and most importantly I’m recognized for something. It will definitely help me in future always.
Message for my readers.
Have Faith, Stay Focused & Fly With It! If you have not achieved something impressive yet, don’t worry, there will be a time when you will achieve something bigger than me. Don’t quit or be lazy in your work until you have achieved something big. Set your goals high.