A Unique Interview With The 22 Year Indian Copyblogger, Rahul Kuntala, Who Is Earning More Than His Dad
If you are hearing this name (Rahul Kuntala) for the first time, then you may be thinking who the hell is he and why are we giving so much importance for him.
People who know Rahul Kuntala are dying to hear more from him because he has built learnblogtips from the scratch and currently it has an Alexa rank of 4000 in India and a global alexa rank of 28,640.
More importantly he is making a living out of his blog and his income is more than that of his dad’s salary.
You can hear it from the man himself.
1. Tell us about your family and your childhood?
For those, who don’t know me, my name is Rahul Kuntala, a blogger, online entrepreneur and computer science graduate.
My family? My dad Mr. Manohar Kuntala works as a govt. employ and my mom Mrs. Saroja Kuntala is a housewife, and I’ve an elder brother and sister who are married.
My childhood: I always used to be a big nuisance for my parents from my childhood I always dreamed of living a colorful life.
Colorful life has always been earning more money for me, now the priorities are changing slightly.
I was (I’m still) a funny guy who is sensible, determined and unpredictable.
2. What are the challenges you had to face in your life and how did you overcome it?
Whenever I had to face any problem, my parents were always there for me to support.
They are extremely good when it comes to helping me whenever I’m in ANY sort of problem.
I’m REALLY lucky to have them. My father has taught many great lessons in my life, he has always been friendly to me, who always respected my feelings and hobbies.
Thanks a million dad, you’ll always be my favorite hero.
3. Why did you choose blogging as a career?
When I was in my 1st year of Engineering, I had only one dream, to become a software engineer in corporate companies like Wipro, TCS, Infosys etc.
Later I realized that working under someone else will not be the right choice for someone like me who is looking to live a rich life.
Slowly I changed my priorities and I decided to start researching about online entrepreneurship, blogging and website monetization techniques.
I have done a lot of research on blogging and Internet marketing before creating my first professional blog “Learn Blog Tips”.
I didn’t have even a single connection when I first started blogging, slowly LBT started gaining more loyal readers, fans, online reputation and income.
My income now is more than my father who is about to retire!
I bought my first bike (Yamaha FZ S), laptop (HP Envy ultrabook), Handy cam etc. with online income, all these happened just in 1 year, where else can you get all these done in such a short span??
I can proudly say “I’m a blogger”, it’s not only giving me decent income, but also giving more and more online reputation.
My ONLY wish now is to take LBT to the next level, not everyone knows much about Indian bloggers, I want to be in the top list.
4. What is the future of blogging, especially in India and other developing countries?
You’ll see many youngsters taking their profession as blogging in next few years, because there are lots of ‘unique’ perks you’ll get as a blogger. You’re time independent, location independent and money independent.
There’s a lot of money revolving around the blogosphere (blogging world), so you don’t need to worry about making money.
Social media plays a vital role and the connections around your network will also make a huge difference in your blogging success. If someone who is not at all interested in engaging with others can’t survive in blogging.
“Create a blog that matters, know your business model, focus on a single niche”; these will certainly make you become a top blogger in your network.
5. What are your major sources of income through blogging as I don’t see any advertisements on your site?
My blogging business model doesn’t depend on Ads or banners.
My major income sources are writing services, domain and website flipping.
I’m REALLY good at flipping the websites for huge bucks, I normally do this anonymously. I’m entering into affiliate marketing very soon as I don’t want to touch it now without learning the stuff from the pro’s.
6. How much time does it take to make money from blogging and what is a realistic figure one can aim to achieve if you are passionate and ready to invest 2-4 hours per day?
You can start making money right away from your blogs if you have few skills (if you’re a writer, you can start making money within few weeks, all you need is to have is connections with other bloggers).
If you want to make potential income from online sources, you must be willing to put ‘consistent efforts’ on your blogs.
If you have online reputation, it takes anything around 1 to 2 years to make decent income, or if you don’t have any reputation or connections before, it will take 1 or 2 more years (remember that, I’m talking about decent income, not pennies).
As you said, if you’re passionate and ready to invest 2-4 hours/day, the chances of making money from blogging will be MORE.
7. How advisable is blogging to someone who does not have sound technical knowledge about SEO or web site development and is it advisable to outsource these tasks?
There’s nothing to do with the technology as far as I know, you actually don’t even need to focus on SEO related things.
You first need readers, the more loyal readers you have the better it is.
I have never outsourced anything on my blogs, but if you want to run a team blog or something like that, then you can invest money on few things (design, SEO, article marketing, link building etc.).
If you’re solopreneur, learn yourself and invest your ‘time’ on learning how the online marketing works.
8. What are your three different success mantras and how much time do you invest in blogging, on a daily basis?
- Consistency (in your work)
- Engagement (with other bloggers)
When you have these, you’re successful.
I used to spend A LOT of time (4 to 6 hours a day) on blogging when I started back in 2012.
Now, I’m focusing more on “working less and producing more results”. I always love to get the things done in less time.
9. Who are your role models in blogging and what have you learned from them?
He is the guy if you want to learn about Internet marketing, Yaro knows how to make more money from online businesses without selling soul.
I have never seen such a ‘smart online entrepreneur’ before.
And what have I learned? Smart blogging – successful blogging is not making millions, it’s about building raving fans and growing your community.
10. As a professional blogger what would be your advice to some getting into full time blogging as well as a relationship like love?
Haha, loved the question! Ask 100 bloggers, 99 will say stay out of ‘full-time blogging’. Here are their reasons for saying ‘no’ for full-time blogging.
- Online itself is the biggest distraction (you’ll not be able to put 100% focus when you’re working online, because there’ll be no supervision on you).
- You won’t make even a penny when you’re a newbie (moreover, you have to invest money on design, article writing, email marketing services like AWeber, Hosting etc)
- Convincing your parents will be the toughest part (I’m lucky here, my parents never said NO)
- You need to learn and master few skills like writing, networking, and marketing
I’ll suggest anyone to consider full-time blogging if they’re REALLY serious about blogging.
“Blogging is an online business, not fun”.
Most new bloggers blog for fun, there’s nothing wrong in that though, but when you consider it as a business, you’ll have more chances of making some big bucks.
Those who put 100% efforts in blogging will always succeed no matter how worse the situations are.
About love and full-time blogging?
They’re two sides of a coin. My quote on this is: “duty first, beauty next”
Who will love/marry you if you depend on your parent’s income? Give top priority to settling in your career first, think about the other things later.
11. You have said lifehacker is one of your favorite websites and what is your opinion about websites like positivityblog, inspiringcitizen and stevepavlina?
Personally, I always love to read and follow ‘personality development’ stuff, be it online or offline.
These days, I’m getting very little time to read books or other blogs.
Positivityblog and Steve Pavlina are always on my favorite ‘reading list’, I was admired to see your work when I recently stumbled upon “inspiring citizen”.
You REALLY have great information and I wish you all the best for your blogging success.
12. What’s your vision and where do you see yourself in the next five years from now?
I REALLY don’t care about future goals.
I only focus on next 2 to 3 months goals.
My next goal is to land on problogger.net with my guest posts (currently I’m working on a BIG project with few top bloggers, hopefully we’ll launch it by the end of this year, no more questions about the project please ).
13. Other than blogging what are the other best and reliable sources of online income?
Blogging is just a medium to make online income, it’s not the ROOT.
You must know how to market yourself and sell something to make decent money.
If you know ‘how to sell’, you’re on your way to make plenty of money from online businesses. I repeat, learn to sell.
14. What is the message that you would want to pass on to all the parents across the globe?
I’ll get back to you on this.
15. What’s your realistic view about the future of India?
Nothing changes, except the ‘crime rate’.
16. Do you believe in politics and what is your 10-step action plan to make India a developed nation?
Huh, this is a weird question that I don’t want to answer.
But I believe, you can’t change the ‘system’.
You have to change yourself first.
17. What have you learned from the western culture and what are those things that you dislike about western culture?
They know how to ‘live’ and lead a great life.
There are so many people out there who help each other in their fields to succeed that you usually don’t notice here.
I don’t like their dressing styles, Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Srilanka have the BEST dressing styles and I love them.
18. Do you believe in God and please explain why??
I don’t. May be, the books that I referred have created a great impact on me.
19. What do you do to overcome negativity?
I prefer going for a walk when I’m off. I usually use self-talk to get over negativity.
I think self-talk works REALLY better to overcome it.
20. My second last question is – Describe yourself in one word?
21. What’s your message to the world and youth of India?
I think, I’m not mature enough to send messages to the world.
All I can say is to be remembered no matter what. Keep your thoughts rich, why aim for 20k/30k a month?
Aim high. I know money isn’t everything, but everything needs money.
Thank you all for listening to me. Have any questions? Here’s my FB profile, let’s connect there.
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