The reader profile is a weekly series where I attempt to give something back to one of my readers. It typically includes some information about his/her online projects as well as a mini interview.
This week’s profile features Ruchir Chawdhry from TechnoMoney.net. Ruchir is a teenager from India that is living in Eritrea. On his blog he writes about technology, blogging, and making money online. I chose to feature Ruchir this week because he is an active reader of both of my blogs, and because I thought it would be interesting to talk to him about his experience as a teen blogger.
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1. What challenges and unique opportunities do you face as a teenaged blogger?
Being a teenaged blogger is nothing short of exhilarating. You have many opportunities just waiting for you when you’re this young. Plus, time is on your side so you don’t really have to worry about that. You can learn at your own pace and blog at your own pace too. You also don’t have many of the worries that adults seem to have. Life is almost carefree.
For example, I don’t have to worry about getting enough money through my blog to pay off my bills each month; my parents do that. And that’s why I can reinvest most of the money I earn through my blog.
In my opinion, being an entrepreneur this early has many significant advantages. It gives you an edge over the other people out there due to the age difference and enables you to know much more than them.
The only thing I hate about being a teenaged entrepreneur is that I can’t really do business in my name. Most accounts I have that deal with money are either my mother’s or father. What can I say, governments have stupid laws. Another sad thing about being a teenaged entrepreneur/blogger is that sometimes people don’t take you seriously. Other than that, it’s all great…
2. What do you hope to accomplish over the next several years online?
I’ve embarked on my dream only in 2007. So I expect a couple years before I can truly live it. In the coming years I basically want to become a super affiliate and a problogger as I like both affiliate marketing and blogging. As for side projects I’ll be opening a couple teaching sites like Blog Mastermind (not in the blogging niche though) and also develop one or two quality ebooks to sell…
I also want to start a tech review site, but I don’t think I’m going to start it anytime soon…
Currently my main goal is to generate enough profits through my online ventures is to pay off my college. After that I’ll focus on automation, so I don’t have to spend a whole lot of time maintaining my online business while I’m in college.
3. During your time as a blogger, what marketing methods and traffic sources have been the best for you?
As we all know, marketing (or the lack of it) can make or break a site. That’s why I’ve been heavily marketing my blog since quite a while. Still, I can’t employ many of the marketing methods used by bloggers (like forums) due to me living in a fourth world country with slow dial-up internet…
I mainly market TechnoMoney through social media, blog commenting and guest posting. I use social media for traffic purposes and commenting and guest posting mainly for increasing my readership and networking purposes. I think that everyone who’s serious about blogging should guest posting, it’s the best form of advertising, be it free or paid.
My blog’s biggest traffic source is StumbleUpon, hands down. Thank God I was an active stumbler much before I actually started TechnoMoney.
And yeah, don’t listen to people who say don’t submit your own content. When your site is new, you’re the only one who’s going to submit it. I do it all the time on StumbleUpon. Just submit only your best posts though.
Thanks for selecting my blog, Steven. I wish you all the best for the future
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