When the talk is about affiliate marketing, one name’s renowned – Umer Qureshi of Guideblogging.com.
Umer is a recent storm that has hit the blogging industry. At a small age (16 years), he is doing wonders and setting himself as an inspiration for many 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 work.
I have appreciation for Umer Qureshi as his level of passion and commitment towards his work is just unbelievable. As a token of love, I asked Umer to join with us.
#1. Hey Umer, how are you doing?
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!
#2. What’s your present age?
I’m 16 years old.
#3. Where do you put up?
I live in Delhi, India.
#4. How do you structure a normal day?
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.
#5. When did you first learn that you wanted to start blogging?
It was an exciting story.
Back in 2017, in summer holidays, 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. 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 in India, it was challenging and been still.
#6. Did your family support you when you tell them about blogging?
Right now, they support me but when I started my blogging career as usual like all parents they didn’t support me because of the job security.
But with an entrepreneur mindset, I have always wanted to do things different, so that’s why I started blogging.
#7. Now you started earning and making your name on the Internet. How does your parents feel?
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.
#8. You’ve been to Bangalore’s SEMrush event, featured on big publications and lately getting opportunities as event speaker. Are you enjoying the moments?
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”
#9. What do you like to do when you’re not blogging or in school?
I mostly prefer to network with like-minded people or chill with my friends and enjoy every moment of my life.
#10. What advice you’d like to give to teenagers who are of your age and interested in blogging?
I say 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 we need to think and work like an entrepreneur. You have to invest money and efforts consistently before you expect returns.
Not only teenagers but most people want to make money from blogging. 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.
#11. Any insights for affiliate marketers?
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:
- Promote ONLY those products that you know and can add value to your audience.
- Build the email list from day one.
- Build the community around in the form of a Facebook or Telegram group. It helps 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.
- Focus on finding the right long-tail (low competitive keywords)
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. 😉
#12. Would you allow someone to write on your blog or you leverage guest posting?
Right now, I’m not accepting the guest post from others as I’m focused on creating more useful content by my own. I’m sure things will change in the future – I may write for others or allow others to write.
#13. How do you promote your blog’s content and drive traffic?
As I already told above, I don’t depend solely on organic traffic, I use multiple sources like Facebook group, Telegram, email list, etc.
#14. What do you find the hardest part about blogging?
‘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’d start a blog on that. This thing didn’t help me and I’ve wasted around 30+ domains so far.
I recommend people to focus only on one blog and growing it before moving on to a new one.
#15. Plans to earn money through eBooks, courses, or events?
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.
Over to you
While I conclude this Interview with Umer Qureshi, I wish more heights to him.
I believe I’ve covered pretty much about him. But if you have any questions to ask, please ask in the comments section.