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Interview with Atish Ranjan

A Brief about Atish Ranjan

Today is the birthday of Atish Ranjan (9th November). I didn’t find any good occasion other than this day to introduce this awesome person to share his views, experiences, tips, and guidelines regarding Blogging, SEO, and related topics.

Here is the Interview with Atish Ranjan, founder of & to the audience/viewers of Best Of Guru.

Gurunath Nakka: Tell us something about yourself and how did you enter into blogging?

Atish Ranjan: Hi Guru, thanks for having me here. I am Atish Ranjan, and I am a full-time blogger from India. My current location is New Delhi, India, and I was born in Bihar’s small district, Sitamarhi, which is popularly known for being the birthplace of MaaSita.

My entrance into blogging was not planned. It just happened. I still remember that when I was pursuing BCA, one of my friends’ friends launched a forum (Though it is not live now), and I was introduced to him.

He asked me to be one of the admins of the forum and help him run the forum. I did that, and I started to love sharing knowledge online. There I met Zainil when he asked some queries, and we became friends gradually.

Later the forum was closed due to that guy’s other job engagements. Zainil suggested to me that I should start a blog if I want to share something online.

And that was the day when I started a Blogspot blog with him. We ran it for around a year, and then as we got more knowledge about blogging, we moved our blog to self-hosted WordPress with the domain, which was initially. If you want to read the full story in more detail, you may have a look here at my story post.

Gurunath Nakka: What do you do when you aren’t blogging?

Atish Ranjan:  When I am not blogging, I spend time with my family and watch movies on my laptop. Sometimes I watch TV programs as well.

Gurunath Nakka: Which social media tools do you use to promote a blog post? How does it help the bloggers?

Atish Ranjan: To be honest, I don’t use many tools for promotion. However, I use Justretweet, Viral content buzz, and sometimes a buffer app for sharing my posts on social media.

Social Media tools are one of the best things that every blogger should opt for because they save a lot of time as well as carry out the tasks effectively and efficiently.

Gurunath Nakka: Tell us about your most favourite blogger or blog and why you think so?

Atish Ranjan: I don’t follow a particular blog rather I read the blog posts that really interest me. Even if a new blog has an awesome article to read, I would love to read that rather than browsing a popular blog.

However, I like to read for blogging tips, for great tips on SEO, and for technology-related stuff. And lastly, my own blog’s older articles to see if I can improve them. 😛

There is nothing like most favourite bloggers or blogs to me. I like everyone who works hard to make his or her dreams come true. Everyone is good in my opinion except those who always speak about themselves. If you still want me to choose one, then Amit Agrawal is the best blogger in my opinion because I like his attitude towards the work. He doesn’t speak a lot on social media about his earnings and all rather he shares excellent tips and tricks that make our life easier, and that is what blogging is all about.

Gurunath Nakka: How important is choosing the right domain name? Describe in detail.

Atish Ranjan: Blog’s domain name is an online identity for a blogger. Thus, choosing the right domain is the utmost necessary work.

If you don’t choose a good domain name for your blog or business, you may have to put more effort to make your business successful. On the contrary, if you choose a domain name keeping all the benefits in mind, you have to put comparatively lesser effort.

A few things you must keep in mind while choosing a domain name:

  • Short domain names are considered to be the best because they are easily memorable, and thus, you can have a good amount of direct traffic in the future.
  • Don’t use hyphens in the domain name because it may not be remembered
  • Try to avoid numerical digits as well for the same reason.
  • Don’t get misspelled domain names similar to some popular For example, if you take, which looks like a copy of, you must not get much success because your first impression will be very bad for your audience as they may consider you a copycat.

Gurunath Nakka: How to choose a niche and what impact does a good niche selection have on a blogger?

Atish Ranjan:  Choosing a niche is a big topic to discuss. So to keep things short here, I would say that you must choose the niche in which either you have the expertise or have an interest. Also, before choosing it, must analyze the competition if you are thinking from a business point of view because if you start working with an already saturated niche, the chances of success will be low.

Thus, choose the one that is not much crowded. I am not saying that you cannot choose an already crowded niche, but if you choose it, you have to work really very hard to get a little success.

Niche selection can decide a blogger’s success or failure in most cases. Thus, think and analyze a lot before finalizing a niche.

Gurunath Nakka: What SEO tools do you follow to make your blog stand out among the toppers list?

Atish Ranjan: Ah! I am not on the toppers list yet, Guru. I use Long Tail Pro for keyword research, SE Ranking for keyword position tracking, MajesticSEO, Ahrefs, Webmeup, Google Webmaster tools for backlink analysis.

Gurunath Nakka: What is backlinking and what effect do they have on a blog’s ranking or growth?

Atish Ranjan: Backlinks are the incoming links to a website. The backlinks are like trust. The more trust your site gets from authentic sites, your site’s credibility will increase in the search engines. This helps increase the search ranking of your site. You will get a better ranking if you have great trust.

If you get links from irrelevant and bad neighborhood sites, then it can affect your website’s ranking adversely. I wrote an article about link-building mistakes that you must not commit in order to stay in Google’s good books.

Gurunath Nakka: What is your success mantra and how did you manage your living from blogging?

Atish Ranjan:  There is no particular mantra to success except working hard to make your dreams come true. Do only those things that you are passionate about. Passion is very important.

I have a full-fledged business around my blog that makes me earn a living out of it.

Gurunath Nakka: Finally, what suggestions, tips do you give to our awesome readers and bloggers who are about to start blogging as a career?

Atish Ranjan: To everyone who wants to start his or her career in blogging, I would like to suggest having patience, being passionate about blogging, being consistent, and working until you are done.

Don’t choose to blog just for money rather start it as a hobby and turn it into a business model gradually.

Thank you for offering me the opportunity to speak something on your blog.

Thanks to Atish Ranjan for this fabulous interview and for spending some valuable time with us.

Here is the latest Online Video Interview I had with Mr. Atish Ranjan on our Best Of Guru YouTube channel.

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About the author

Gurunath Nakka

MBA graduate by education, Marketing Professional by profession and Blogger/YouTuber by Passion. He is the Founder and Editor in Chief at BestofGuruNet.

Apart from BestOfGuru, Gurunath also owns many websites and YouTube Channels in different niche. He is passionate about watching interviews & doing expert interviews, chats and roundup posts. His hobbies includes watching movies, cricket, listening to music.

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  • Hi Gurunath,
    Good to see our common friend Atish Ranjan Interview on this channel. Yes, as mentioned in the intro. He is indeed a wonderful personality who helps fellow bloggers without any hesitation.
    I can say a lot about this gentleman who helped me in running my blog and even migrating my blog from one hosting platform to another that was indeed a great job he spared his time in the wee hours of the night. I appreciate him for the tips and tricks he shared thru this interview. One thing I noticed that the importance we need to give in Keyword searching and in a recent chat he specifically mentioned the keywords important to me and to concentrate on this wonderful aspect.
    Hey, Atish it really surprised to know that this is your first YouTube Interview. I am sure you can go ahead with more on this line. I still remember once I wanted to talk to you over the phone and the slight reluctance you made at that time, Now I understood the reason behind this interview. You did a wonderful job with this conversation. Keep going. 🙂
    Thanks, Atish once again for revealing a lot of information. Keep up the good work. I wish you and the family all success. T C of your health is very important tod! 🙂
    You can check some of his guest posts and other write-ups I made on my blog about him in my blog
    Hey, Guru, good to see your new developments in the field of visual media. great work,.
    Keep up the good work.
    All the best.
    T C of your health too man! 🙂 #StayHome #Staysafe #pvariel