Today we have Kushagra Asati with us. Kushagra Asati is a ProBlogger & Entrepreneur. Harsh runs a very successful blog CouponHash which made him into one of the India’s leading blogger. CouponHash covers topics likes SEO, WordPress, Affiliate marketing, making money online and general tips to help bloggers. You should also checkout Kushagra Asati’s personal website Kushagra Asati and follow him on Twitter @kushagraasati. He also writes articles for yahoo news,AOL and Delta 42
Let’s learn from his experience and start the interview.
Kushagra Asati with WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi Everyone, I’m Kushagra Asati a Professional Blogger from India and an engineer by education. I started Blogging just after college and it was all out of curiosity and because of my hunger to learn more. I blog about WordPress, SEO and Blogging and you can see my work at CouponHash.
I work from home from last 4 years and it has been an amazing journey for me. I learned new things every day, meet awesome people every day in the form of readers, get to learn about latest technology and web stuff and in one word I’m a “Solopreneur“.
2. When you were first introduced to the WordPress blogging platform?
I started my Blogging journey in 2008 with BlogSpot like most of newbies and within a month, I realized the importance of having a self hosted Blog for more exposure, and no wonder I opted for WordPress. That time, I was really unaware of power of WordPress, but I jumped into it as most of top blogs I knew where using WordPress. My real eye opener for Blogging was Wordcamp event which happened in New Delhi in 2009, where I get to meet people like Matt and Om Malik and that gave me a great motivational boost in the initial days of Blogging.
3. How did your Blogging journey started?
I got to know about WordPress around October 2008 and I’m not sure how, but I was watching few videos on Youtube where I learned about how WordPress works. Later on, I see most of top blogs which I follow (Problogger.net, Dailyblogtips), were using WordPress and I could clearly see the limitations of BlogSpot and in November 2009, I bought a domain and hosting from Dreamhost and started my Blogging journey with WordPress.
4. Every website has a back story behind it. Tell us story of CouponHash.com. What motivated you to to start it?
I have always been a learner and I love to share and talk about things which I know. I started a BlogSpot blog in August 2008, and I used to write mostly about Technology. My real exposure came when, one of my article made Digg front page and on a single day I received almost 20K visits, which was unbelievable for me that time.
So, I thought of taking Blogging to next level and get a custom domain and hosting and start with a self hosted blog for total control. The most critical part was branding the domain with a catchy and memorable name, and after thinking about it for a week, one fine day Shout-Me-Loud word striked me and it was unique. Since, I was a college pass-out and didn’t had any credit card to buy hosting, I took help of my friend and bought one year hosting along with domain name.
CouponHash was initially started as Tech blog, but later on I started writing about Blogging, WordPress and SEO. All the posts were written from self learning and self-experience. I got good reaction and push from my readers and later on Blogging & WordPress become the main niche.
My major decision making point was to take Blogging as a Profession or join Accenture and keep blogging as a side business. That time, I Was making almost $1000/month from Blogging and I realized I could do better if I take it as a full-time job. I opted for it and I don’t regret it anytime now, which you can see from CouponHash monthly income reports.
In between, I got few good media coverage and I started to explore more. The real upset for me was last year when Panda hit my blog and I lost almost 40% traffic and my traffic was dying every day. At one point, I stopped publishing for a week but later on I realize it’s just an algo and I have to learn from my mistake. That’s the time, when I dived into the world of SEO and started getting more closer to it. One of my article How to recover from Google panda, was an outcome of my experience.