When the talk is about affiliate marketing and blogging: one name is renowned – Umer Qureshi, Founder at GuideBlogging.com.
Umer is a recent storm that has hit the current blogging industry in a positive way. At a small age, he is doing wonders and setting himself as an inspiration for most aspiring bloggers out there. In fact, he already got featured with top publications like News18, Indian Express, Times Network, The Tribune, and so on for his excellent work.
I have so much appreciation for Umer Qureshi as his level of passion and commitment towards his work is just unbelievable. The best thing I absolutely like in Umer is that he helps…He share all his blogging secrets and knowledge without hiding anything.
As a token of love, I asked Umer to show up on my blog through this Interview. Thanks to him he agreed!
Now, without any delay, let’s know more about him.
Interview with Umer Qureshi, Founder GuideBlogging.com, Affiliate marketer and young entrepreneur
Question: Hey Umer, How are you doing?
Answer: Hey Mudassir, First of all, Thanks for inviting me to your blog.
And, I’m doing good and Hope so you are also doing Awesome!
Question: Mind if I ask your present age, Umer?
Answer: I’m a 16-Year-Old normal boy making Six-Figure Income Through Blogging.
Question: By the way, Where do you put up?
Answer: I’m currently living in Delhi, India, and I can say it’s one of India’s most famous places.
Question: So I’m eager to know how you structure a normal day…
Answer: So, there is no such structure, but I try to follow my time table to get the things done.
Right now, I’m on holiday so my time table is different when I go to school but let me share that time table with your audience –
- 10:00 am – Wake Up
- 10:20 am – Do some exercise.
- 11:00 am – Take some bath and have breakfast.
- 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Checking emails and try to reply to them all
- 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Work
- 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Lunch
- 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Books reading
- 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Tuition
- 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Work
- 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner
- 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Study
- 11:00 pm – 12:00 pm – Rest
- 12:00 am – 3 – 4:00 am – Work after that bedtime
So, This is the timetable that I usually follow.
Question: When did you first learn that you wanted to start blogging?
Answer: It was an exciting story…
Back in 2017, I’m usually free because of the summer holidays, and on these summer days my mom purchased a new phone for herself.
So, I would use her mobile phone to watch YouTube videos, scroll Instagram and all those things that kids of my age would do.
But one day, when I was scrolling YouTube, I got one video, and the video name is “How To Make Money Online” and…
After seeing the title and thumbnail, I got the curiosity, and I watched the whole video and after watching the video, I got two money-making ideas; First is YouTube and Second is Blogging.
So after that, I’ve chosen YouTube and started uploading the video content there but because of lack of consistency and skills, I was not able to be successful in that. So after that, I watched that same video and found Blogging as an excellent option to start with.
But when I started blogging, It was challenging and been still.
Being honest, in the early days, I just kept learning new things that would help me a lot on the road of blogging.
Question: Did your family support you when you tell them about blogging?
Answer: Right now, They support me but when I started my blogging career as usual like all parents they didn’t support me because our parents want us to be in the safe side.
But as an Entrepreneur, I want to do something different from others, so that’s why I started this blogging to change my life.
And right now, it’s completely changed my life.
Question: Now you started earning and making your name on the Internet. How does your parents feel?
Answer: They feel proud of me now because I’m from those kids who don’t share their problems with their parents but tackle on their own.
And, when I gave my first income to my dad, That feeling was excellent 🙂
I know I can’t express it over here, but that day, I got motivated a lot.
Question: You’ve been to Bangalore’s SEMrush event, got featured on top publications and lately getting opportunities as event speaker. Are you enjoying the moments?
Answer: Yes for sure, I’m enjoying every moment of my life.
When I started my journey, I learned something important that helped me a lot – “Hustle for a few years, and enjoy your further life”
This has been a great motivation for me so far.
Question: What do you like to do when you’re not blogging or in school?
Answer: I mostly prefer to network with like-minded people or chill with my friends and enjoy every moment of my life.
Question: What advice would you like to give to those teenage kids who of your age and are interested in blogging?
Answer: I would like to say that blogging is not a quick-rich scheme.
Yes, It’s right because many teenagers think that blogging is effortless and we can easily make money out of it.
Let me warn you my friend – Blogging is hard and we have to work more than a regular 9 to 5 job.
Yes! Blogging is purely a business thing and here we have to think and work like an entrepreneur. You have to invest money before you expect returns.
Not only teenagers but most people want to start blogging to make money. However, they don’t want to invest money. If you’re one of them then you need to learn that to build a successful blogging career, you must invest first.
Question: I see the affiliate marketing stream has been working great for you. Do you like to share your insights?
Answer: Yes, Affiliate marketing is just fantastic monetization method. And it is working like a charm for me, Let me share some tips which can surely help your readers:
Choose the right product to promote
I’ve seen so many people are facing the problems while choosing the affiliate products to promote on their blog.
So I want to recommend them all that promote the product that you are using.
Let me give you an example –
I’m using SiteGround hosting mostly on all my blogs, so usually, I promote it because I have trust in this product, so I’ll not feel uncomfortable while recommending it to my readers.
So, promote only that product that you have been using and can benefit your audience.
Build Your Email List – Indirect form of money
I’ve seen that many bloggers are still making the same mistake that I also did in the beginning – Not building the email list.
I want to suggest every blogger to build the email list from day one. Also, build the community around in the form of a Facebook or Telegram group. It help you drive more traffic to your blog and make sales.
Whenever any affiliate product announce the discounts, you can share the details to your Facebook group and send an email to your subscribers on the side.
I’m also doing the same, and I’m not depended on just organic traffic.
I’ve built the space for my readers, where I can share anything related to blogging and affiliate marketing.
So, try to build your blogging sphere. 😉
Focus On Low Competitive Keywords – One keyword can change your Life
Yes! It’s true.
And, that’s why most of the affiliate marketing expert focus on finding the right keyword which converts.
In the started days of GuideBlogging, I also tried to find some long-tail keywords which helped me to grow my organic traffic.
The reason for choosing the long-tail keywords is that these long tail keywords ranks quickly and give more conversion than short tail or medium tail keywords.
So these are the three tips that I want to share with your excellent audience.
Question: What is your view on Guest posting strategy: Would you allow someone to write on your blog or do you like to write for others?
Answer: Guest posting is one of the best methods to contribute useful content on others’ blog and build some good backlinks.
Right now, I’m not accepting the guest post from others as I’m focused on creating more useful content by my own.
However, recently, Kulwant Nagi did one guest post on my blog which has gained a lots of views and links.
So yeah! It’s good to write a guest post on high D.A and P.A blogs as it build authority and SEO benefits in the long run.
Question: How do you promote your blog’s content and drive traffic?
Answer: As I already told above, I don’t depend solely on organic traffic, I use multiple sources like –
So these are the method that currently I’m using to promote my article other than SEO.
Question: What do you find the hardest part about blogging?
Answer: ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’ is the hardest thing that I’ve found so far in blogging.
In the past, whenever I see a new niche I would start a blog on that. This thing didn’t help me and I’ve wasted around 30+ domains so far.
I also recommend your readers to focus only on one blog and grow it before thinking to start a new blog.
Question: Any plans to earn money through streams like eBooks, courses, or events?
Answer: Yes! Very soon I’m going to launch my course which is focused on helping aspiring bloggers who want to make their career in blogging.
Question: I would love to know your real-life goals!
Answer: Right now, I have a few life goals that I want to accomplish before I turn to 18.
I want to keep them secret. But when I accomplished them, I’ll contact you again to share them 😊
Over to you
While I conclude this Interview with Umer Qureshi, I wish all good and more heights to him. I hope this Interview post has been productive and entertaining.
I believe I’ve covered pretty much about him. But if you have any questions to ask, please ask in the comments section.