Hi loyal readers,
It’s really exciting to meet you all with an expert’s tips category post. This time I’ve acquired some valuable tips from a WordPress expert, Devesh Sharma from WPKube which is an excellent source for the WordPress blogging community.
I’ve contacted him through Facebook and requested to provide some helpful replies to boost your blogging performance. He readily accepted my demand and kindly took some time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions. Before checking his obliging reactions, I would like to tell few words about him and his active WordPress blog.
About Devesh Sharma
Devesh Sharma is a 20-year-old blogger who lives in Jaipur, India. He is an affiliate marketer, blogger, avid gamer and serial entrepreneur who likes to write the information on WordPress. He is pursuing his under graduation and love the idea of working from home. He has been working online since 2009 and owned a blog named “Technshare”.
He started to make money online with affiliate products & WordPress services and sold his blog for 4-figures through Flippa.com. After selling his first blog, he involved with freelancing jobs and spent valuable time to give his helping hand to the WordPress users. All these natural progressions nudged him to build and maintain a popular blog “WPKube”.
Devesh monetized his blog with Affiliate marketing, sponsored reviews & ad sales and he is the young veteran of the blogging community. He believes that the guest blogging is a great way to generate traffic and get new connections with modest efforts. Thus, he had contributed his awesome guest post on some active blogs like SEMrush.com, Searchenginejournal.com, Basicblogtips, BloggingWizard etc.
WPKube is a WordPress niche blog that offers tips & tutorials related to WordPress plugins and themes. From this resource site, a newbie blogger could expand his knowledge on WordPress as it has indispensable data with good readability. It is a community-based site where it encourages the readers to engage well with the blog posts and put their necessities on WordPress. Not only these, this splendid blog contains awesome interviews with interesting members, who are doing surprising stuff for the WordPress community.
If you show your regular presence to this incredible blog, then it is possible to keep you update with most recent WordPress announcements, releases, and exclusive offers. Besides, you may read the honest reviews of various WordPress themes which would help you to get a remarkable theme for your blog. If you’re an advanced WordPress blogger/designer, you may find many how-to articles over here. Last year (2013), a coupon section has been added to this blog to give discounts for several products related to WordPress.
Now you may read the precise replies of Devesh Sharma!
Experts tips – Devesh Sharma from WPKube
1. According to you, what/how would be the future of WordPress? Which CMS has the ability to beat WordPress?
WordPress is here to stay, mainly because of its flexibility.
There’s an amazing amount of free plugins and WordPress tutorials available that can help you create just any type of website without spending tens of thousands of dollars.
Many large content publishing and software companies use WordPress to power their websites including Nasa, Quartz, TechCrunch, Time, and Fortune.
In the upcoming years, we will be seeing a lot more people using WordPress for building web based applications like HappyTables and RestaurantEngine.
2. Tell about your blogging strategies and important WP plugins which you’re using on your blog.
There are plenty of blogging and marketing strategies that you can use to improve your site, but I have only tested a handful of them such as Guest Posting, Blog Commenting, Publishing Quality Content, and Networking. I will explain each one of them in a minute.
I know Google has said that Guest blogging is dead, but it is still very much alive if it done properly. Here’s a great article about why guest blogging isn’t dead by WordStream.
I use to comment on other people’s blogs to generate traffic; it gave me some great results and helped me attract new guest authors on my previous site – Technshare. Now, I use this strategy as a part of networking.
Creating quality content
The time is over when you could get away with publishing 500 words post (yes, there are a few exceptions), if you really want to succeed with marketing, then you need to write quality posts. The quickest way to start by is building resource pages like I did with my WordPress Handbook post.
It essentially means building a relationship with other bloggers. You don’t have to be a big time blogger or authority figure to start networking. You just need to have a good Twitter/Facebook profile. Having your own blog is a plus, as it will help you with your overall brand.
Apart from the above-mentioned strategies, I also use social media tools such as JustRetweet, ViralContentBuzz, Buffer app, and Triberr to help me get more social media shares.
Here are some WordPress plugins that I use:
WordPress SEO by Yoast – It is one of the best and most powerful plugins available for WordPress.
Gravity Forms – Gravity Forms is a fantastic form management solution for WP. It is very useful for creating the different type of forms.
nRelate – nRelate is a third-party related post plugin. It comes with highly configurable settings which allow you to display different designs of related posts. And it doesn’t consume a lot of resources because it utilizes the nrelate servers.
Floating Social Bar – Lets you add five social media buttons to your site.
Akismet – Akismet is the best solution for protecting your website from web spam.
OptinMonster – This one is a bit expensive WordPress plugin but provides the essential features to build a powerful email list.
To find a list of plugins and other social media tools which I’m using, you can check WPKube Toolbox page.
3. I’ve read your interviews and have seen you in expert’s list at many times! Just say, how bloggers can get a good reputation in Blogosphere?
Thanks. Well, it is all about building your brand image and relationship with influential bloggers.
4. Why WordPress is your preferred niche? Provide some helpful tips to maintain a healthy WordPress blog.
When I started Technshare, WordPress was the topic that I often written about. And I was also doing a lot of freelance work at that time. So it was a natural progression to start a resource site solely focused on WordPress.
Publishing new content consistently will help you get regular subscribers. It doesn’t have to be daily; you can set the schedule to weekly, or even monthly. The only thing that really matters here is that you stick to a regular schedule.
Keep regular backups
This is something that you need to take very seriously, even if your blog is just a few weeks old or doesn’t generate any serious revenue. Things like server crash, blogs get hacked and developers messing up the site, happens more often than you think. So it’s important that you take some time out and setup a decent backup solution. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to backup your site using a free plugin.
Optimize your site for Search engines
One of the first things that you need to do to maintain a healthy WordPress blog is to optimize your site for search engines. You should start by installing WordPress SEO or All-in-one SEO plugin.
Site speed and responsive design – None of these things use to matter up until a few years ago, but now they do, in fact according a study done by SearchMetrics, site speed is one of the major factors that Google takes into account when ranking a website.
5. Name some blogs that inspire you the most. Tell about future plans. Also give your advice for the people who want to blog in WordPress medium.
Backlinko – Brian Dean, because he shares simple yet effective actionable tips on link building.
Blogging Wizard – I have seen first-hand how Adam Connell created a powerful blogging resource for bloggers, and it only took him a few months to go from zero to thousands of visitors per month. If you want to get some feasible advice on blogging and social media, then you may follow this guy.
My current plan is to keep helping WordPress users when I can through my WordPress resource site. I am planning on releasing a few free themes and plugins before the end of 2014. I also plan to become a regular contributor on authority sites in my niche such as SEJ and SEMRush.
If your sole focus is to start a WordPress related site to do theme roundups or generate money via promoting theme shops, then don’t because it has become a very crowded (and competitive) niche in the recent years. There are a lot more sites about WordPress, than there were before.
But creating a WordPress resource site is not hard; you can do it, considering you are willing to put a lot of work and efforts into the project.
Thanks a lot Devesh for spending your valuable time to offer your helpful answers for my readers. I hope that your responses would engage my pretty readers well.
Devesh Sharma is one of the inspiring personalities for the bloggers who use WordPress as he has done an excellent job for bringing resources together. His blog “WPKube” boasts easy to follow WordPress guides & tutorials and thus I’d recommend his productive blog to get tips on WordPress and hosting. I hope that you’ll visit his blog to grab some innovative WordPress details and get impress with the quality content he produces on his blog.
You may connect with Devesh Sharma on Google + and if you need any help in new theme set-up or any other WordPress assistance, you may reach him through his blog’s contact form. Share your views on this expert’s tips category post in comment section.