Warning: This article is here for historical purposes only. It was the entry for a contest that I later questioned — see all details in the post on my team blog at Contest Fraud, Beware It’s Real.
Who wants to listen to the technical ravings of a 16 year old? So what if he is giving blogging advice on making money. How big can his piggy bank be anyway?
What if I said that teenager earned a million dollars with his various enterprises, including several blogs. Surely you’ll perk up when I say he recently started another blog aimed at telling you how to make money from your blog. The tag line is “Miscellaneous Ravings of a 15 year old Technoholic.”
The blog is called TechRavings.info owned by Aditya Narain Dhar Dubey, a young student in India. As stated in his profile, his “professional interests lie in online marketing, social media, blogging and anything which results in good fortune of money.“
Right away we know what his goals are and why he needs us. However he is willing in this blog to teach us how to not only get started with a blog but also to achieve some of those’ good fortune’ results.
Tech Ravings’ design is consistent with its message of learning. The overall look is fresh and simple with a white background, slim black header and post headings in red. The AdBrite and Adsense advertisements are well integrated in the layout. Some appear between posts. I was surprised to see a pop up ad on each first visit, but there is a ’skip this ad’ button. The navigation menu has two items : Contest and About Me. The About Me tab points to the about page on AddD Journal which says nothing about the Tech Ravings blog. It’s disconcerting to go directly to the other blog. AddD Journal is Aditya’s older blog which generates income for his piggy bank.
The TechRavings sidebar is clean with black titles for the widgets and ads. A very attractive and large icon attracts your attention to the RSS signup with a bit of humor. Not sure if this is intentional, but the link only allows email signup. The topics and titles of posts are consistent with monetizing and strengthening the branding of the blog.
Each post has large interesting photos to complement the content. The topics are informative and give you just enough detail. Tutorials, like the one on Embedding Adsense in your posts, are thorough and provide ample screenshots for following along.
There are no social widgets but each post has a Digg icon and an AddThis icon for bookmarking. To me some more links to social profiles or communities adds credibility to a new blog. I’m sure he is planning to increase branding (for this blog) with more social interaction — the time investment can bring even more targeted visitors. I especially like StumbleUpon for networking and it could be useful here. Digg is not as helpful for this type of blogging niche. I sort of miss that there is no footer on this blog, but that may come in time. The platform is Blogger and you have to add a footer to many themes.
Who is the person behind the name? Let’s call him Aditya, which is how he signs his posts. Well he’s somewhat of a mystery man, doesn’t have any picture on this blog, nor on his big moneymaker, AndD Journal. Like me, he has different profile ids. I was able to find a few avatars on social media:
As ‘richjunk’, he’s been a BlogCatalog since Dec ’08. As ‘Aditya’, a MYBlogLog member since Oct ’08. He uses his full name on the Blogger profile (since 2006), where he says ” I am Freelance Writing Professional…” (probably never updated profile like the rest of ours), the same name used on other blogs’ comment forms. On his ‘about’ page at AndD Journal blog, he says “I’ve worked (in my mother’s name ) as a freelance writer and previously spent some time in writing articles for Associated Content and Constant Content. I am also a clickbank affiliate.”
You can see he sounds pretty ordinary.Tech Ravings has a PR0 and only 12 subscribers so it’s probably on an equal par with your blog! But he’s not your typical teenager. His career started in 2006 and since then his annual income is estimated at one million. He started the blog AndD Journal in 2008 as more of a personal one, and recently moved it to WordPress. It’s now PR2 with over 800 readers for its current news, reviews and web master tips. There he writes affiliate reviews for ClickBank as in a recent post ‘Earn and Learn Online..Beware!!!’
Why should you listen to him?
I can tell you the content is about more than ravings or ’speaking my freaking mind’ as quoted in reviews. In two years he’s learned quite a lot. Especially from his mistakes: “While I was just thinking of my success as a blogger, I recounted the days of failures. I went into an introspection and was finally up with answers. The answer was quite easy and amazingly simple one. It was my lack of planning and ignorance. …” He now sees three steps to being a successful blogger: 1) write outstanding posts, 2) use ‘“blogging tips websites” [like Tech Ravings] to learn how to promote your blog, and 3) don’t expect immediate traffic, build a relationship with readers and other bloggers.
Think of it as a reality show – I watch a couple of reality TV shows like the “Apprentice” and “Amazing Race” and I see this as a reality blog show. The reality part is that we see post by post how he goes about becoming a second millionaire! We can watch and participate as Aditya takes this new Tech Ravings to the same heights as his earlier journal. Playing along by reading his blog, we can share in that good fortune — not directly, but with the knowledge he shares, to gain income through our own efforts. So let’s watch Tech Ravings on the path to success in monetizing. Watch it climb the popularity charts, sign up for the feed so as not to miss anything. See if you can do even better with his advice.