This… this is pure genius:
While in my world that is genius and brings me great joy, I kid you not, I know you are here to read about this seemingly ridiculous interview that I’m posting. So, what’s the deal with this guy? How does a marketer average around $10k per month?
Just disgusting… Jk Jk!
Today, I’m featuring an interview with a 19 year old internet marketer, Krrish Parmar, who at the height of his earnings was maxing at $40,00…0 per month (I’m sorry, I had to count the zer000s properly). Really, I can’t even say “the height of his IM career” because he’s only 19 years old. After reading this interview, I hope it will inspire you to take more action, a bit more risk, like Krrish has.
1. Krrish, please tell us a bit about yourself: your education, how old you were when you got into IM, how did you learn about it, and so on?
Well, I am just a 19 year old Indian guy and a proud hardcore introvert. Right now, I am pursuing B. Tech in Computer Science & Engineering, but let me tell you, I don’t even know how to code in C. I just want to emphasize that education hasn’t played any role in the little success which I have got till now.
I got my desktop at 12 and I started out with a Blogspot blog on hacking tricks and tips when I was 14. I got into serious blogging at 16 and created my first self-hosted Tech Blog which generated me an overall revenue of $15k in one year.
Since it all started out as a hobby, I still can’t connect how I learned about blogging, SEO, etc. But, yes, in my initial days, I used to read a lot of blogs on SEO, Blogging, etc.
Frankly I am neither an “internet marketer” nor “blogger”. Actually, I don’t know what specific title I can give to my part time work, but to generalize: I make Adsense Websites, rank them with the help of search engine optimization techniques, and make some serious cash.
2. So, if you are comfortable, can you please reveal the niche that is making you buttloads of money right now?
For now, I can’t reveal exact niche I am working in but what I personally think is that niche hardly matters when it comes to making shitloads of money; what matters right now is size of the blog network you own. Believe me, you can rule any niche with the power of a properly set up PBN.
If you take my example, then I have a really large blog network for my niche compared to my competitor’s and that’s what is keeping me ahead of them.
3. Just to be clear, how much have you made with this particular blog in this particular niche?
‘Till now I have created around 15+ successful blogs and for me, if a blog generates overall revenue of more than $20k, then its successful.
I am providing screenshot of my Escrow Transactions. As I blurred some information it is looking somewhat ugly, so please don’t mind.
4. Let’s dig deeper, that’s where the fun stuff is. When did you set up your very first blog and what kind of success did you see from it?
Setting up first blog was not at all easy, I just had $25 on me which I earned by writing $1 per article for some of my online friends.
[Editor’s Note: So, I’m guilty of this too. There is a part of us that looks down on our marketing counterparts who live in countries where cost of living is cheaper… but so is pay and life is much harder. Can you imagine scraping for $25, writing articles for a $1? A f’in DOLLAR?!! R-E-S-P-E-C-T!]
Even in 2012, debits and credit cards were considered luxuries, so it was difficult for a 15 year old kid to ask for the same from family members to do online transactions. Thankfully, Bigrock India was providing offline bank deposit as payment option and I got my first domain and somehow managed to get $1 hosting as well. So, beginning of 2013, I got my first self-hosted WordPress blog ready and slowly started posting articles about technology, apps, games, etc.
Slowly, my blog started getting 100 visitors… then 200, and so on; when it was receiving around 500 visitors a day, I applied for my first Google Adsense account and luckily got it on first try only. Then, within 6 months, I was making around $1k a month receiving around 5k visitors a day.
5. Were you the main writer for that site? How much money did you make from that blog? Did you use SEO to rank your posts? If yes, how specifically, did you use SEO?
Initially, only I used to publish posts on that blog but once I started making $1k a month, I got my first writer and he is still with me.
When Google Panda & Penguin drama started, my blog got penalized and I sold it for around $7.5k. Overall, it generated me around $20k.
Of course, I used to do SEO to rank posts. In 2013, spamming was easy and it’s no surprise that I also ranked it doing same. I used to build backlinks by commenting on ComLuv enabled blogs, that’s it!
[Editor’s Note: Strategies are great for long term sustainability but if you see a strategy working, exploit the living crap out of it and let it RAIN MOOLAH, GANGSTA STYLE!!!]
6. So, you ended up selling the blog. Why? Did you make money from selling it? And how did you come across the blog that made you buttloads of money?
After selling my first blog, I purchased one ugly looking website for $800 and made around $12k from it. Then again, I got another website for $900 from that same person and it made me $100k from Adsense.
I earned more from Adsense but, still, selling websites was an easy way to make money for me.
So, even today after making considerable amount from Adsense, I offload my websites for nice amount of cash.
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7. Did you have any instincts or a “feeling” that made you think you could increase traffic and revenue for this new blog?
When I purchased those websites, they were a complete mess, so, yes, I knew that if I made a few changes then the sites would be in a good position to earn money… but, still, I never expected x100 Return on investment which one of the sites gave me.
8. What changes did you make to the blog? Any on-site or off-site SEO? How about new content?
I edited almost all the articles after purchasing the blog, removed excessive keywords from posts, and added more content and images to raise the overall quality. I added a lot of new content for covering the entire niche specific topics.
For off-page, as I said, only spamming and nothing else… like link building with comments, social bookmarks, etc.
9. So Krrish, what are your current plans? Do you think creating blogs is a viable to make $$ these days? For someone starting in IM, where do you think they should start?
My plans are really simple: I will pursue what I am good at for the time being, i.e SEO, and, yes creating blogs is still one of the best way to enjoy passive income and it will remain so in the future also. For me, it takes really less effort to create sites making $1k a month each which I keep as my minimum target. Keep on adding sites in your portfolio and enjoy passive income.
Note: Please don’t mistake “less effort” with “less time”. These days websites are taking little extra time like minimum 4 months to rank for low competition keywords and as much as 8 month to rank on medium to high competition.
If you have some serious cash like $5k or so, then surely start with paid marketing, but if you are starting with $10, then nothing can beat SEO.
Always stay away from MLM and such kind of things and get a good mentor who can guide you. These days, information overload is a big issue; online guides and information are good upto a certain extent but to make it big, you have to experiment like hell whether its SEO or paid marketing. Also, don’t expect your guru to spoon feed you; it will not work for sure.
10. I love asking this question: can we take a look at your workstation?
Ha ha, for now I just have MacBook Pro so nothing to show as of now but soon I will have workstation with few desks and laptops on it.
11. Do you think your success can be replicated? Why or why not?
Personally, I don’t know because “success” is a subjective term but, if you are talking about monetary gain, then yes, anyone can pursue a career in the SEO field to make big money.
The beauty of SEO is that it doesn’t require years of experience because this field keeps on changing. So, if you are completely new here, then don’t worry; you just need to analyse current trends and learn accordingly.
But then don’t forget that at the end of the day it’s all about money, if it doesn’t matter for you then probably you will not love SEO. I will not blabber that you need to make websites in a niche that you love or you are passionate about and all that shit. First make one profitable website, then two and so on, in any niche which can make you money.
12. What made you different than other marketers or SEOs that you’ve had such monetary success while countless, hundreds others haven’t?
Those who are doing well in Internet Marketing right now are very stubborn guys as they have seen the best and the worst of the industry.
My field is SEO and here we dance according to Google, those who have ability to digest Google’s every-changing algorithm are doing well. So this is what makes me and other successful SEOs different than the one who quit.
13. Let’s hear some motivational, parting words for my readers… ☺ We could all use a bit of that!
For years, I have heard that to be successful or to make it big, you need tragic past or you must possess extraordinary abilities, you need to be genius or you need to be lucky and so on, but let me tell you guys: it’s not at all true. I used to think the same but then I realised it’s all myth which is propagated by those who failed to do hard work and overcome failure.
These days, we are good at so many things but still we are not brave enough to dedicate our life to one particular thing and then we expect extraordinary results and success. I have been working my ass off for the last 4 years making blogs and I don’t have any talent but I am developing skills every day.
Final words: “Determination, Dedication and Hard Work” is a very deadly combination. Apply these three things at one place and success is bound to follow you.
Thank you Moon for providing me this wonderful opportunity to open up in front of your readers, I enjoyed our interview session.