Harsh Agarwal

Interview with Young Talent Harsh Agrawal – Founder of ShoutMeLoud

I am so glad to have someone young and energetic with us today, who is a leading name in the Blogging industry.

Today, we have Harsh Agrawal, who is a professional blogger who runs an award winning blog call ShoutMeLoud. He is the guy who is helping bloggers around the globe, and one of the inspiration for all the upcoming bloggers.

His blog ShoutMeLoud consists of broader topics like WordPress, Affiliate marketing, SEO, and most importantly making money from a blog.

Let’s read what top blogger from India has to say about his experience, journey, and of course tips to beginners.

Harsh Agarwal

Harsh: Hey Nisha,

Thanks for inviting me on your popular blog and it’s an honour to be here. I’m not much of an interview guy, but your questions compelled me to be a part of it. Let’s get on with the interview and Hi to all the readers who are reading it.

1. How do you introduce yourself as a techie in 21st century?

Hey there,

I’m Harsh Agrawal, an Engineer by education and a blogger by profession. I live an internet life, that means I make a living out of the internet (Blogging to be precise). I completed my engineering in 2008 (Sharda University, Agra), and I started blogging just after completing my degree.

Today I can proudly say, I’m my own boss and I have complete freedom when it comes to work. In fact, I never felt blogging as a work, it’s something which I enjoy doing and is a passion for me.

I started blogging in 2008 with ShoutMeLoud which is now an award winning blog, empowering millions of users from globe to learn blogging, make money online, and give financial freedom.

2. Wishing you a very happy married life forever. What was the first driving factor that pushed you towards blogging?

I was always inclined towards the internet as knowledge always fascinates me.

I’m a learner and at the same time I love to share what I have learned.

I started blogging to share whatever things I have learned over the time and later on it become my profession.

3. Did you feel little awkward when you changed your field from Engineering to Blogging?

Not at all, in fact, this is the best thing that happened to me. When I was studying engineering (Sharda university), I never wanted to get a job or work for a company. In fact, I was not a student who loves books, I was more of a guy who wanted to learn something out of the books. Well I always emphasise in the practical way of teaching, and since in India it’s not possible, I did it all myself. I learned about Linux, Social engineering and many more things in my past-time in the college.

One thing which I had in my mind that I will always start something of my own and that’s why I declined the job offer from Accenture and choose blogging as my profession. It was a tough decision to make back on 2009, but I’m glad I took that risk .

4. Do you feel contented about the decision made apart from your commercial success?

Nisha, When I started blogging I was not aware of commercial factor of the blog.  I had no idea that there is something call Adsense or Affiliate marketing which I can use to make money from the blog.

It all started as a passion and later on when I learned about making money from the blog, it was icing on the cake. In fact, it gave me the freedom to follow my passion without a second thought.

5. So, you have some basic skills to win irrespective of locations. Could you pinpoint those to our readers or wanna-be bloggers?

The very first thing which I would like to suggest from my experience is : Follow your own dreams. Everyday you will find someone who will tell you what not to do or what to do. It’s because they never did it and they think you can’t do it too. The thing is, those people are suggesting you something based on their experience. More over, they want you to have a safe and secure future, which is tested millions of time around us. Are they right? ( This is what you have to decide).

To give you an example, my elder brother always wanted me to work for corporations and do blogging as a part-time, as he always learned that job gives you security.

Was he wrong? I don’t think so! But my gut feeling told me to do something which I believed in.

There is a little chicken inside everyone and before you are about to do something great, they will warn you and that creates fear inside. They are not wrong, but they are not as brave as you are.

The first thing which you would like to lose from yourself is the FEAR and start believing in yourself. Because it’s only you who know what you are capable of. Remember, success comes to those; who are willing to take risk.

One important thing which I would suggest for your reader is: Start early and don’t wait for tomorrow.

Learn everyday: To be successful in any niche/job or field you need to have an open mind and open for learning. Learn a new thing every day and acquire new skills every few months.

Do something which your job doesn’t allow, as when you see your world from outside view, you would know what else you can do to make it larger.

6. What led you chose your blog name ShoutMeLoud?

That’s one of my favourite question because there is an interesting story behind it. It took me about 7 days to decide this domain name and the idea for domain-name came out of nowhere.

When I was deciding upon the domain name, I wanted it to be unique and memorable. I was researching on the name for few days.What ever name came into my mind, I used to note it down on a  notepad.

One day while I was travelling, I saw a billboard which has a word “Shout” and that’s how the name Shout-Me-Loud clicked into my head. Luckily name was available.

7. Do you think digital marketing has that potential to change the way businesses operate further?

Digital marketing is already changing the way businesses operate.

In today’s era a business is not only about making sales, it has become their duty to connect with their buyers, customers and social media platform has become the right channel.

Blogs are helping them to create awareness about their product and SEO is helping them to get more customers and prospects.

Digital marketing is already leading all traditional marketing and soon no business can survive without a digital strategy.

8. People have become lazy due to these technological innovations, don’t you think so?

What I would say technology is making people smart and for the Lazy part: Lazy people will always stay Lazy.

Now on your thumb you have all the information you need to survive, live and grow.

It’s up to the user how they are using it.

Do Read:- Interview with Multitalented Personality Zac Johnson

9. What tools do you advise one blogger should adopt and make best use of them?

  • Zite: This is a content discovery app for Android and iOS. As I said above learning is a continuous process, and using Zite you can discover useful content related to the topic you are interested in.
  • oDesk: If you are someone who is starting his life online and working alone, make the most out of oDesk. You can find people who can do work for you at the cheapest price possible. Do remember, your time is money.

10. What are some of your best tips for beginners in the field of blogging?

Learn basics of writing:

Most important thing you want to spend your initial days with is learning to write. Writing is a continuous process and you will become better when you write regularly. Along with writing, read about how to write better as it will help you to improve every day.

SEO: 

Best of the traffic comes to your blog when it’s organic. SEO (Search engine optimization) is one of the best thing that you can learn today which will help you throughout your online career. Along with SEO do learn about user-experience. A well optimised blog is one, which is loved by search engine as well as by your readers.

Email marketing: 

Create your email list from day one, as people in your email list are the one you can reach out anytime. On Social media platform you don’t have control who will see the content and most of the time they won’t see the content shared by you on FB, Twitter and other platform. Email is one thing which everyone (Including you and me) check every day and your real asset online is your Email list.

Learn about how to write a magnetic headline and how to increase open rates of Email. Use Aweber or Mailchimp instead of Feedburner.

Recommended:- An Open Interaction with Adam Connell from BloggingWizard

11. What is your own success mantra?

I think the only thing which makes me going is my urge to learn more and improve myself. Every day I learn something new and at the same time I share it with people. Instead of trying to sound like an expert or something more, I prefer in K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid).

One thing which I would recommend to you and to your reader is meditate. We are living in the world where we have time for everything but not for ourselves. Meditation connects you with yourself and you will have a clear mind with every meditation session.

If you have never done it before, I suggest you to download this app call “Headspace” and meditate only for 10 minutes every day. I’m sure you would come back to thank me for suggesting this app.

12. Which are the fields that one must master on, before entering blogging?

  • Writing
  • SEO
  • Social media marketing
  • Online and offline Networking.

13. And the last, do you feel complete as a human being after choosing to direct your career and life towards this direction?

Honestly, I never feel complete, because If I feel complete I would stop running and stop thriving for learning more. For now, All I can say is “I feel content”.

Thanks for the lovely questions and an announcement for your readers. I’m launching a professional blogging course in the coming week and you can be the first one to get advantage of this.

You can pre-subscribe here to get pre-launch discount: http://shoutuniversity.com

My Turn:-

Bonus Coverage:- 

This is the video, Harsh Agarwal has done for the Pakistan Entrepreneur community (He is the first Indian person to get such invited by Pakistan entrepreneur community for such honour), and I’m sure you would learn a lot of things from his video:

Well, there is no end to the online blogging as the creativity and passion blend up well every time you think of presenting new to your readers.

I am particularly glad to open myself up through these queries and I thank my readers for devoting their time to read this coverage.

Do let me know what have you learned from this interview? Don’t forget to share it with you friends on Facebook and Google plus.

Comments
  1. Nice interview, I do spend a considerable amount of time on his blog. Its a great place to start learning provided you’re up for the task.

  2. Inspirational guy for Indian’s He is really doing a job. I am the regular reader of his blog.

  3. As a Guest blogger at Harsh’s site, I can definitely vouch he is a thorough professional and an outstanding human being 🙂 Poised to be one of the future leaders of the Indian blogging community, he is hitting all the right chords!

    Cheers to both of you and good luck Nisha in the new year 🙂
    -Nik

  4. Hi Nisha and Harsh Agarwal ,

    This is Superb and Great Interview , Mind Blowing , start learning provided I know Harsh Agarwal is Wonderul Blogger King , i like it , Must Interview ,
    Good Job Keep it up ,

    Aarti Agarwal ,

  5. Hi Nisha

    You have invited another awesome pro blogger. Harsh is very popular in the blogosphere. I am glad to read his insight on blogging and his tips to success.

    Thanks for sharing this information. You have been giving us a dose of great wisdom. Have a nice week.

  6. Hi Nisha,

    Thanks for inviting Harsh sir on your blog. He is a ideal person for every blogger and everyone want to read about him.
    Thanks Harsh sir to clear each and every question in this interview. It was really a very inspiring interview.

    With regards,
    Naveen

  7. This is very inspiring.Thank you.

  8. Nice interview!

    Harsh is in inspiration for all the Indian bloggers. Keep it up Harsh!

    I have watched this video a long ago. nice it is!

  9. Viv

    Nice interview, but I’d to admit that this typography of genesis really sucks ma’am!

  10. Hi,
    thanks for interviewing this very popular blogger.
    same for neil patel,zac.
    regards
    vinodhsen

  11. Nice interview!
    Harsh is in inspiration for all the Indian bloggers.
    Keep it up Harsh!

    Ramesh Ojha
    makemytricks.com

  12. Harsh is an inspirational blogger, he is brave and daring and these has brought him some good rewards in the blogging industry.

  13. Hello Nisha,

    Nice interview. I regularly follow Harsh Agarwal’s Shoutmeloud and learned lots of blogging techniques from his blog. I always recommend his blog to the person who ask me blogging techniques. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful Interview.

    Thanks & regards,

    Moumita Ghosh

  14. thanks, Nisha
    i am feeling great after reading this…

  15. Truly an inspirational interview for anyone new to blogging and also for bloggers who are just in the way to make their presence in blogging world.

  16. Hi Harsh, nice to see you on Nisha ma’am ‘s blog.

    Enjoyed reading the interview. Thanks Nisha ma’am for having him here. 🙂

    Good day!

    ~ Rohan.

  17. I always like to know about more bloggers and their success stories and no doubt harsh is my favorite one. Thanks for sharing his interview with us.

  18. Hi Harsh, and good to see you this time at Nisha’s blog 🙂

    You know I always enjoy reading more about you, as and when, and this time it’s wonderful to see you once again, especially after your marriage – you haven’t changed…lol… 🙂

    Coming to the interview, it reminded me of your interview at my blog some months back, if you remember, and all the words of wisdom you shared with all of us. You know everyone looks up to you and it’s indeed a pleasure to learn more from you.

    That was a nice video, and yes, there is a lot of positive you can do, if you only have a positive mindset and go all out to help others and think affirmative – I do believe a lot on that myself.

    I agree with you about meditation as well. In this maddening world, that’s one thing that takes us a little within and gives us time to connect with ourselves. I do that myself, though for a little longer period and am all set to take up the rest of the day.

    Yes, writing is essential for bloggers, and so is networking. I am still getting the hang of the media marketing and business aspect of it all, as have taken on to that direction, though just recently.

    Wishing you every success with the new blogging course, which I know would be a hit, especially with bloggers from all over flocking to learn from you.

    Thanks for featuring Harsh this time on your blog Nisha, and I hope you do share it at the ABC forum – you know everyone would love to read it. Have a nice week ahead, both of you 🙂

  19. hi Nisha g
    thanks for sharing the another Awesome interview of Harsh agarwal. it is always feel motivated whenever read their article. it always read his blogs to work better on my blog. after reading the article, i can now read more Seo Expert’s Tips also. thanks again for sharing 🙂

  20. Hii Nisha,
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful interview with us. I am a regular follower of Harsh’s blog and it feels good to learn so much from him about blogging as well as life too. There are many crucial points that can be noted down from this interview, especially the seo tools and tips for beginners. Thanks again and I wish Harsh, a happy married life. 🙂

  21. Hi Nisha,

    That was really another inspiring interview of Harsh. I like the chicken thing he said comparing to our fears. We all had some in us every-time we make a big decision. Thank you so much for bringing him to your blog. I feel motivated enough to ove even forward with my blog.

    Have a nice day!

  22. Hi Nisha,

    Thanks for having India’s leading blogger harsh here. No doubt he is a superb blogger and a good person too.

    I enjoyed reading this much. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    -Ashutosh

  23. Hi Nisha,
    Nice to be here again, 🙂
    Yet another wonderful personality as your guest today!
    Your questions and the well versed answered speaks volume.
    Thanks for sharing the inner feelings and knowledge of the pro blogger Harsh
    Though I have been to his place some time back i could not spend much time there
    Today I could check out some of his video session including the one embedded here: The session with the Pakistan Entrepreneur community ”
    Harsh is a wonderful speaker too! 🙂
    Nice to know more about him and his other activities today thru this page as well as thru his other videos where I posted my comments.
    I like the most in this interview is the one he said and you put it in quote: “I’m a learner and at the same time I love to share what I have learned.”
    That is indeed a great attitude which is very rarely found among people.
    Yes, Let us share our knowledge with others, I am sure they will remember it and will surely try to share it with others too!!
    That is the urgent need of the time.
    Let us share our knowledge!! 🙂
    Thanks Harsh for your valuable time here at Nisha’s place
    Keep going
    Best
    ~Philip

  24. Hi Nisha and many thanks introducing Harsh!

    Harsh, this is the first time I have connected with you and I sure do agree with many things you have said. Love the story about how you named your blog!

    Indeed, we have to follow our own dreams and learn every day. And absolutely, it is important to learn how to email effectively as soon as we put up our blog. That’s one thing I did have to learn the hard way several years ago. Communicating with people who opt into our email lists is the best way to get to know them.

    I enjoyed meeting you and what you shared in this post.

    -Donna

  25. Hey Nisha,
    I forgot to tell you and Harsh a vital thing. though i read it i missed it to mention. Today when i received a share notification of this post from Mi Muba i realized that i missed it thus here again! 🙂
    Yes, the first-ever interview of Harsh Agrawal after getting married!!
    Hey, Nisha, how come we missed a photograph of the new entrant in the life of this wonderful personality called Harsh!! Please post it here so that your readers can have a glance!!! LOL
    Have a wonderful day to both of you and of course A Big Congrats to Harsh and his better half. Happy Married Life Harsh 🙂
    Love
    ~ Philip

  26. Hi Nisha

    Very informative interview post.

    I already have read a few interviews of Harsh but this one is amazing because of the freshness of thoughts and ideas into it.

    It is good to know his consistency as he has been blogging for the last six years and developed his enviable position as one of the few great bloggers of Asia.

    I think this is an honor for Pakistani bloggers community also that he spoke in a blogging event with video link and its so inspirational.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this very useful post.

  27. Rahul

    Dude, come on! You started blogging and later realized you can make money from it? Icing on the cake? That’s BS. I don’t mean to offen you or anyone else, but Amit Agarwal has been doing it for years and making money. Even he wouldn’t say that kind of a thing!

  28. Hi Nisha,

    What a wonderful interview . This is my first time hearing about Harsh and I can tell he’s a humble guy.

    I liked that he suggested learn writing. Our writing will get better the more we write. Also reading helps with writing.

    Meditating helps us connect with our inner being and it slows us down in this fast pace world.

    Thanks for having Harsh here. I learned a lot from this interview.

  29. Inspirational for me .Thanks for having Harsh here. I learned a lot from this interview

  30. Hey Nisha,

    You have covered an awesome interview of harsh agrawal, he is the inspiration of many bloggers in india including me as well.
    As he said follow your dreams even i am also i am following my dreams

    Thanks for sharing
    Regards
    Suprabhat

  31. Hi Nisha,

    What a wonderful interview . This is my first time hearing about Harsh and I can tell he’s a humble guy.
    I liked that he suggested learn writing. Our writing will get better the more we write. Also reading helps with writing.
    Meditating helps us connect with our inner being and it slows us down in this fast pace world.
    Thanks for having Harsh here. I learned a lot from interview.

  32. He is an inspiration and quite a tech guy with good knowledge and established career in blogging. Thanks for sharing the interview.

  33. Hey Nisha,

    Fantabulous it the word which i can take out from my dictionary for this interview, Harsh is a very nice person and a great blogger… got any opportunity to interact with him during launch of Shoutup university… very well covered interview… Thanks Once Again…
    Best Viinod
    arkadstv.com

  34. Hi Nisha,

    It was a fabulous Interview with one of the My favorite Blogger (Boss). I learnt too much things from his Blog(Shoutmeloud) and ya i am feeling that its a just starting, long way to go. Thank you so much for Sharing his interview and Motivated us.

    My Second Favorite Indian Blogger is Mr. Amit Aggarwal. I want to see his interview on your blog. Once Again Thank Yous So Much 🙂

  35. Nice.. A man how inspire anyone with his words Me too looking for a interview with him
    on my blog.

  36. I appreciate how you share your experience. Today whenever I see newbie blogger coming up & ask them who is your motivator/inspiration… Most of the replies are “Shout me Loud”.

  37. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Augustus & Suprabhat,

    Great to see both of you here. When I started my blogging journey, Harsh was one of my idols and it remains true till date. Do visit his site often if you are looking for useful information and motivation.

    Thanks for dropping by. Have great weekend 🙂

  38. Hi there,
    Harsh agrawal is a pro blogger. I knew him since 2012. He is also a good writer. He makes some money from blogging. I knew that lots of newbies blogger learn staff from his blog at shoutmeloud. I am glad to see here in this blog. Hope some tips will help the newbies blogger.

  39. Hello Nisha,

    This is one of the best interviews I’ve ever read online in the recent times. Harsh is a simple guy with down to earth nature. Unlike other self proclaimed pro-bloggers he doesn’t bluff with fake training. I really enjoyed reading the interview. Thank you so much. 🙂

  40. Well, I am also a big fan of Harsh.
    Reading ShoutmeLoud regularly.
    The part of this post which I like was that video.
    Thanks for sharing Nisha Mam.

  41. The biggest thing which i notice in shout me loud blog is the quality of post. that’s why user give huge feedback to there post

  42. This is inspiring. It is great to hear success stories, well done Harsh Agrawal. I am still trying to figure out how people make their blogs successful within 6 months, it’s a misery for me. Its hard to believe he did the same mistakes initially in his blogging career as other new bloggers are doing everyday.

    hope i get a chance to interview harsh soon 🙂

  43. Really a great interview.

    As we have got the knowledge from Harsh Agrawal that the person declined his job & took the risk to become the self dependent.Now the results are in front of us.

    After reading the posts on Shoutmeloud that shows down the marvellous quality content due to that same web-blog has fitted in people mind & they search it everytime.

  44. I have never seen such kind of blogging interview before that.

    As we have pick up few words from Harsh Agrawal that the person has declined his job & made the plain to become the self dependent person.
    Now the results are in-front of us.

    After reading the posts on Harsh Agrawal blog Shoutmeloud i noticed that the posts having Marvellous quality content that attracts the users to visitors again & again on the same webblog.

  45. Hi Nisha,

    Harsh is very helpful guy who is advising so many aspiring bloggers with this articles and he proved bloggers can earn so much of money through blogging career, as he said he followed his dream and achieved the success.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this interview, thank you very much for this information.

  46. Hi Neha

    Great Series post. Harsh is by far one of the most sought after blogger in the country. A man with clear vision and planned strategy. I too wish him bring sometime to my blog on some equivalent engagement.

    The video is unique Value addition, “The competition is only with you “, “No Competition exist in online ” these are the most encouraging lines. “Improve your writing” is a perfect suggestion.

    I too have collected and shared fact about him http://goo.gl/2JGVG2.
    Happy Blogging

  47. Nice all the way. While I’m reading about it, their post was kind because they share of what they have idea to the beginner. thanks.

  48. Harsh is an inspiration to all of us. Not only is his journey incredible, but also inspiring. I think every blogger in India should visit ShoutMeLoud atleast once!

  49. rai

    great post,thanks for sharing

  50. I was Searching Harsh Interview And Saw this post Nice Article

  51. Great Interview Nisha! Your Collection of Asking Question is to good! i think evey indian bloggers motivate by Harsh Agrawal i also learn lots of new thinhs by Harsh blog! Thanks for sharing this great interview for us?

  52. Thanks for sharing this INSPIRING post. This is going to be a huge help for many BLOGGERS out there. One of the best articles as i needed the Interview with Harsh Agrawal.Thank you for such an important information.
    Thanks again!

  53. jai

    Listen to the full audio interview with Harsh Agrawal and many other inspiring Indian entrepreneurs ‘Entrepreneurs India’ Podcast http://bit.ly/Harsh_AskJai

  54. @Nisha
    Well Firstly Thanks For The Awesome Interview With The Most Inspiring And Talented Harsh Agrawal
    We Had Learned Many Things From This Interview .
    i Am A Regular Visitor Of Your Blog As Well As Of Harsh.
    Keep Updating

    Regards
    Aditya

  55. Hi everyone, I saw a blog on the which was great and created by Harsh. Trust me, on that day I inspired from Hash blog and created my own blog http:// http://www.askwithloud.com Everyone know about harsh because harsh is ideal of everyone.
    One more thing??? You know what “Sharing is Sexy”

  56. Hi, Thanks for the inspirational interview post.
    I’m just a beginner and i have my own blog (www.poppinsboy.com). So nowadays i started following Harsh Agrawal’s blog shoutmeloud. If i get any doubts regarding blogging or showing content in my website, i will refer to shoutmeloud. Another good thing about Harsh is, he sharing his income report on his blog which very very useful and great inspiration to beginners.

    Once again thanks for the great post.

  57. Nice interview!
    Harsh is in inspiration for all the Indian bloggers.
    Keep it up Harsh!

    AryanArya

  58. Hey Nisha, Nice Interview. Harsh is a well known blogger in India. I do read his post daily. He provide vast details for blogging & things related to wordpress.

  59. One of the best interview indeed Inspirational for all newbie Bloggers.
    Thanks to sharing this wonderful post with us.

  60. Realy a great man Harsh Agrawal.
    Nice interview, Harsh is my favorite blogger. He is a Very inspirational and informative interview.
    Thanks a lot for covering detail life story of such inspirational personality in blogging field. I am a fan of Harsh Agrawal and visit his blog regularly to get the updated information of SEO and Blogging world. he’s very open to help and that makes the secret of success in blogging.

    Shoutmeloud is my favorite blog. Harsh is my inspiration.
    Thanks for the incredible post, about the true blogging entrepreneur appreciate your post.
    Really Great 🙂 Happy Blogging 🙂

  61. What a great interview. have a very big fan for Harsh Agrawal work and Shoutmeloud is my favorite blog. i visit every day on shoutmeloud and i learn always somthing new on his blog.. thanks Nisha for sharing this great interview

  62. Really Good Interview !

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  64. nice interview

  65. what a great interview. Thanks a lot for covering detail life story of such inspirational personality in blogging field. Everyday I visit on shout me loud and everyday I gather some new knowledge. So again giving thanks for sharing your experience about blogging with us which inspired me very much .

  66. Hi! Nisha You have done a good job for bloggers. Best interview by Harsha bro
    @ Techyhum

  67. Good one . I really like the conversation.!
    Thanks for sharing.

  68. it was great, Nisha.
    i am feeling great after reading this…

  69. Inspirational .Thanks for sharing this interview.. I learned a lot from this interview

  70. Hi!
    Thanks for sharing this nice interview with us.

  71. Nice Interview , Really Good Interview , Thanks for sharing Great Interview With Us

  72. Nice interview, I do spend a considerable amount of time on his blog. Its a great place to start learning provided you’re up for the task. Great indian blogger and i am regular visitor of his blog.

  73. The motivation for youngsters.
    Great article good work done by admin thank you for sharing

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