Affiliate marketing is one of the best business models online and if you mix it with blogging then this combination is one of the best businesses out there.
And in today’s episode of Expert Talks, we have such a master blogger and affiliate marketer with us who is no other than Ankit Main.
So, in this post, I will interview Ankit Main from successpixel.com and would try to take out all the secrets that have helped him get success in blogging.
Without any delay, let’s straight jump to it.
Who is Ankit Main?
Ankit Main is a blogger and affiliate marketer who blogs at successpixel.com where he shares awesome guides about blogging and affiliate marketing.
Along with that, he gives his honest product reviews which are loved the most by his audience.
He has been in this blogging grind for the last 5 years, he has survived a lot of ups and downs in his blogging journey.
So, if you want to get real blogging advice then no one is better than Ankit for that.
And that’s what we are going to talk about in this amazing interview with Ankit bro.
Now let’s jump to the interview questions.
Expert Talks #13 – An Interview with Ankit Main (Successpixel.com)
Let’s now start this interview with Ankit Main where you would get a lot of expert blogging tips and tricks which would take your blogging journey to the next level.
Q1. Ankit, Can you please introduce yourself to my audience?
First of all, thanks for inviting me to share my thoughts on your platform.
My name is Ankit Main. I’m from Ratnagiri, a small coastal town in Maharashtra.
As soon as I finished my diploma in mechanical engineering, I started working for a reputable two-wheeler company.
Meanwhile, I learned about blogging and other ways of making money online.
After a few unsuccessful attempts, I started SuccessPixel in 2016 (previously websitetipstricks.com), and since then, I have been working as a full-time blogger.
Q2. Can you please tell me about your blogging journey in brief to my audience?
While I already shared how I started blogging, it wasn’t an easy road. I left my job dreaming of making thousands of dollars through blogging.
But I quickly realized that my low income wouldn’t allow me to survive for long.
So I started searching for freelance jobs, CPA, paid surveys, and many other forms of making money online.
Unfortunately, I didn’t made much.
Meanwhile, I lost a lot of money on useless courses and online money-making scams.
I still continued with blogging but took a different path. Instead of believing people who repurpose the same content a thousand times, I started testing things myself.
Since I couldn’t afford to buy things at that time, I used to ask for review copies or trial accounts to experience the product before writing my content.
Sharing honest product experiences has gained me a loyal audience. As a result, I began making recurring income.
Later, I participated in the Semrush Big Blogging Contest India and became a winner.
It was a turning point in my life, not because I won the first prize, but because of the self-confidence, I gained.
Earlier, I was an introvert, but I met many knowledgeable bloggers like Santanu Bhai, Saurabh Bhai, and many others after this contest.
In the process of networking, I benefited from their experiences and expertise.
Fast forward to date; currently, I manage 20+ blogs and have a team of 3 people.
It’s been an incredible journey, and I thank all who helped me shape my blogging career directly and indirectly.
- Never quit your job before you earn a decent income from your blog/side hustle.
- Connect with the right people who can uplift you.
Q3. You have been in this blogging industry for the last 5 years. Can you tell me how much it has changed and how you survived whereas the majority failed?
Yes, for almost five years. The blogging world is dynamic, and you have to keep up with it. Writing a high-quality blog was once enough for earning good money, but today you have to think omnichannel.
Video marketing is also rising. So it’s best to adopt new technologies and stay on top of trends to remain for long-term.
I can’t comment on why other people failed, but here are a few things I did to ensure my survival in this industry:
- Learning from my previous experiences, I minimized my expenses and stopped buying unnecessary things just to show off.
- I created an emergency fund to cover my regular costs if I don’t receive any passive income.
- Besides blogging, I worked on some side projects that took less time but paid well.
Q4. I have seen you talking about page speed lately. Can you tell me some tips on how you fixed your website’s core web vitals score and made it fast?
Companies with a solid brand reputation may rank well regardless of their low-speed scores, but you should focus on improving your site speed and overall page experience to attract more organic traffic to your site.
Therefore, faster site speed has always been my top priority. I tested numerous web hosting companies, themes, and plugins to ensure my site has the right balance between speed and aesthetics.
Within one month, all CWV errors are disappeared from the GSC.
While the above-mentioned combination will help you fix most CWV (Core web vitals) errors, a few other alternatives are also available. I have already written an article on fixing the Core Web Vitals issues; you can refer to it for more information.
Q5. I have seen you ranking all over the web, especially on the affiliate keywords. Can you tell me your secret ranking tips for these affiliate keywords?
As a beginner, I used to target high-volume keywords because I relied on both Google AdSense and affiliate marketing to monetize my site.
Eventually, I shifted my focus to affiliate marketing only. Meantime, I learned some ninja techniques to do keyword research, content creation, and promotion that drive sales without being on the radar of your competitors.
Here are my few tips:
- Understand the search intent behind the query and craft content accordingly.
- Analyze your competitor’s unique practices and tweak your strategies to outperform them.
- Use Google’s own products.
- Please make sure you catch new products early and promote them before anyone else to get the early mover advantage.
Q6. Blogging can be a lot tiring, especially if you are doing it full time. Can you tell me things you do to maintain your mental well-being?
I prepare well and complete all my tasks on time to prevent mental stress. I spend my morning on creative things like content writing, graphics designing when my mind is fresh.
When I’m not at work, I hang out with my friends. We also play games and do fun activities to refresh our minds at work.
I recently began practicing yoga and meditation to keep my mind calm. Most importantly, I don’t take people seriously who don’t add value to my life.
Q7. Productivity is important to do your work efficiently. Can you mention some tips which you use to maintain your productivity?
As I mentioned in my previous point, I prepare my work in advance.
I use whiteboard and diary+pen to write down my important tasks instead of using productivity management apps. It seems like old school technique, but it works well for me.
Indeed there are fantastic online tools for productivity management and collaboration, but I only use them when I work with remote workers.
Another method I use is that to create a project outline and break it down into smaller sections.
Then I use the Pomodoro technique to accomplish it most efficiently.
I often turn off most distractions while I work. Nonetheless, my phone is always on if I need to assist someone in my team or clients.
I also automate repetitive tasks that require the least attention regularly to save my time.
Q8. Mention some essential tools that you use in your day-to-day tasks.
Below are the blogging tools I use:
- Ahrefs + WriterZen + Google for keyword research
- Google Docs for writing and managing articles
- Grammarly for grammar and plagiarism checking
- Canva for graphic design
- ContentStudio for social media posting
I also use Google Workspace, which saves me a lot of time by providing a set of useful tools at a very affordable price.
Q9. I know that you are king at building backlinks. Mention some of your favorite ways to make backlinks.
Nowadays, I avoid building links to my blog. Instead, I’m exploring other options to improve search rankings.
In the past, I used to build backlinks for my clients. I have compiled a list of some of the powerful link-building techniques. I’m sure that you’ll find it helpful.
Q10. Can you mention your blog writing process, from keyword research to editing the blog post?
First of all, I discover keywords that may generate revenue. Next, I create keyword groups by topic.
Now, the most important step, analyzing the top 20 competitors and their strengths & weaknesses.
Occasionally, I find additional keywords, topics, and content ideas during competitor’s analysis.
I create a content outline incorporating the keyword search intent.
Once I have everything in hand, content writing becomes super easy. But, of course, I use Grammarly to ensure it is free of grammar errors and plagiarism whenever I write content.
Finally, I include relevant images, screenshots, internal/external links, and schema data.
I read my content carefully before hitting publish to ensure accuracy and make edits if necessary.
Q11. Can you tell me some mediums that you use to drive traffic to your blog except organic traffic?
Google is the primary source of my blog traffic, and its conversion rate is also excellent. Other traffic sources include Q&A sites like Quora, social media groups, and an email list.
After this year’s festive season, I’m also planning video marketing and a few other traffic generation methods to diversify my blog traffic.
Q12. Ankit, just for motivation, can you mention your website’s traffic stats and some of your affiliate income?
For obvious reasons, I can’t share the projects, traffic, and revenue stats of all my sites.
But to give you an idea, the SuccessPixel drives around 10K monthly visitors and makes six-figure INR solely through affiliate marketing.
Besides this project, I earn through affiliate commissions, ad revenue, and sponsored posts on the rest of my sites. Blog consulting and freelance services are couple more ways I make money online.
In terms of blogging expenses, I mostly spend on domains+hosting, themes, plugins, website content, and necessary software products.
Q13. Can you please review or give a testimonial for my website?
I see you often contribute to group discussions, help others, and at the same time, write valuable blog posts.
The only thing I can say is that be unique and continue with your great work. I want to see more awesome content from you in the future.
Best wishes for your blogging career!
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It’s been an honor to interview Ankit Main bro on my blog. He has revealed a lot of his amazing tips and tricks that will surely help newbies as well as experienced bloggers too.
Thanks, Ankit bro for giving such valuable tips to my lovely blog readers.
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