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Interview With Devesh, the Blog Contest Winner

At the end of last year, I had a contest where the winner (Devesh from Technshare) received $100 and an interview. Well, both Devesh and I have been so busy, that we are both just now getting to the interview. I would like to thank Dev for taking the time to answer my questions, and hope that all who reads this will go check out his blog at

Now for the interview…

Brandon: You went at this contest like a pro. How long have you been marketing online?

Devesh: Thanks Brandon. I didn’t thought that i will won. I’ve been marketing for 1 year. I first started my blog in January of 2010 and I have been involved in hacking, warez stuff prior to that.

Brandon: That’s impressive for a year of marketing experience. Did you build up a strong network with others in the hacking industry and leverage that to get Technshare going?

Devesh: Yeah, I was able to build up relationship with people in hacking industry but it didn’t help Technshare in any way.

Brandon: How did you go about getting people to comment on your post?

Devesh: I did utlize the power of Social media sites. Here are the exact stratergies i use to get comments on my post…

  • Asking from Facebook Friends to comment on.
  • Asking for Rts in Retweets Clubs.

Some Things that i didn’t do because of lack of time

  • Social Bookmarking Sites like Blogengage & Blokube (disclaimer.. blokube is my site).
  • Do some blog commenting on blogs that are usnig commentluv.

Brandon: So your best strategy was to just ask for help by posting on your Facebook page and others? Is that a strategy you recommend for others that are trying to get traffic to a specific post?

Devesh: That won’t be a nice strategy to ask for help; The best way is to ask your friends to comment on and share it on social sites.

Brandon: Do you participate in many blogging contests?

Devesh: Nope. I’ve put a stop on it for a while, but i think it’s great way to build a relationship with other bloggers, make some money and get traffic to your blog. Last contests that i join was Blogengage and FamousBloggers.

Brandon: Were you confident that you were going to win despite getting in on the contest nearly at it’s end?

Devesh: As I said before, I was not confident. I thought Steve was going to win as his post was getting lots of comments and shares.

Brandon: Steve was getting a great response. Where you completely surprised when you overtook him at the last minute?

Devesh: Yup, that made me more then happy. I never thought that I would win as steve was getting great response.

Brandon: When did you start blogging seriously?

Devesh: It all started with a vietman blogger. He was making more then $1000/month from his blog and it inspired me to start blogging seriously. Later I found passion in this field. Now I don’t blog just to make money.

Brandon: Based on your desire to blog because of the money, you are very much like me. Most people quit blogging when money is the main motivator and it doesn’t happen overnight. What advice can you give to other new bloggers who are in it for the money?

Devesh: I agree with you, i’ve seen many people start blogging just to make money but end up with no results. Blogging takes a lot of hard work and time.

The best advice I can give is to keep blogging, until you’ve reached success.

Brandon: How long did it take you to start making a decent income from

Devesh: It wasn’t until October 2010. That was october when I started making a decent income. Most of my income comes from Affiliate Marketing, and I’m yet to try adsense.

Btw. I see you’re using Adsense on your blog. Do you make any money? If yes, then I would love to hear your thoughts on Adsense. May be a guest post on Technshare :).

Brandon: I started out using adsense, but I made pennies every month and took it down. I recommend staying AWAY from adsense when you have miniscule amounts of traffic. I recently put it up on the blog and the forum because of the traffic I get. It suppliments my micro niche sites too, which adds up. Will you be adding adsense anytime soon?

Devesh: Nope. I haven’t planned to use adsense anytime soon, but maybe I will use it for my social bookmarking site.

Brandon: It only took you 10 months to start making a decent income then. That is on the shorter end of the timeframe that we pro bloggers recommend. Does that come from the services you offer on Technshare also? Or is it mainly the affiliate marketing?

Devesh: It varies from person to person, what kind of person you are. If you’ve got the ability to write high quality content & promotions, then you can have success in less than 10 months.

Services that i provide are my main income source, and affiliate marketing in my second biggest source of income. I even have a back up “Mailing List” =)).

Brandon: I have noticed that you manage to receive a lot of guest posts on on a regular basis. How do you attract this kind of loyal guest posting?

Devesh: The best thing I did to get more guest posts was staging Blogging Contests. I did a guest blogging contest last year and it was very successful that my blog started getting daily submissions from some great bloggers.

Brandon: I have had a couple of guest post contests on my blog too, and I didn’t have the same result you did with submissions. Do you have any tips for getting more guest posts on my blog?

Devesh: Cool. The best way to get more guest posts are by guest blogging contests & inviting other bloggers to guest post on.

Brandon: What seems to be your biggest traffic source?

Devesh: My Biggest traffic source is Google. It has been the biggest traffic source for the last 6 months.

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  1. Hey Brandon,

    I remembered that contest and it’s great to finally see you guys get around to the interview. Devesh seems like a smart guy and it’s very impressive he has only been marketing online for a year. I like the answer he gave you in regards to how he gets so many guest posts on a regular basis.

    Staging blogging contests is fun and great idea to entice people to submit their best guest posts to your blog. I will try out this strategy for myself and see how it works for me. Thanks for sharing Brandon.

    Posted on 22-Feb-11 at 8:31 am | Permalink
  2. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Thanks John. Dev’s ability to get so many guest posts is very cool. It’s a form of leverage I am going to start using here more because I have been posting less.

    By the way, how’s your niche? I noticed you owned a 1st page ranking for your target keyphrase.

    Posted on 22-Feb-11 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  3. Hey Brandon,

    My niche is doing good. A first page ranking is good but I’m trying to get at least in the 2nd position on the first page, it’s a work in progress. Thanks for noticing.

    Posted on 01-Mar-11 at 7:08 am | Permalink
  4. Samuel
    Twitter: megabizflakes

    Great Interview Brandon,
    Devesh is really hitting it big time. Big hugs to you Dev. Guest posting is a great way to connect with people even if you are not earning, at least you will get your blog reach out to the world. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Posted on 22-Feb-11 at 9:52 am | Permalink
  5. alamin@ The best spinner
    Twitter: earnbyblog

    Thanks nice interview. Congrats dev for your success

    Posted on 24-Feb-11 at 9:47 pm | Permalink
  6. John McNally
    Twitter: johnmcnally54

    It was very reassuring that Devesh was making money after only 10 months Brandon. I’ve been blogging for two years without any income. I wonder if I could backdate my earnings? 😆

    I’m going to start affiliate marketing this year, which Devesh says is another source of his income.

    Best wishes to both of you.

    Blogging in Leamington Spa, England

    Posted on 25-Feb-11 at 8:29 am | Permalink
  7. William Tha Great
    Twitter: Bomb_hipster

    Hey Brandon,

    Thanks for the interview!

    Devash is making some big moves. It’s amazing how many guest post technshare gets on a daily basis. He never runs out of them haha. Blogging is all about giving yourself enough time to develop enough to reach your goals. One must learn the value of persistance.

    Just my 2 cents

    God bless,
    William Veasley

    Posted on 27-Feb-11 at 3:36 am | Permalink

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