Harsh Agarwal is one of the most popular bloggers in the world and he is the man behind ShoutMeLoud.
If you are a blogger or a digital marketer, then you would have definitely visited his website.
Harsh Agarwal’s path to success is very inspirational and it teaches you to become both a successful blogger and an entrepreneur.
From engineer to blogger-
Harsh Agarwal was born on 22 June 1987 in Jharkhand and in 2002, he moved to Delhi.
In 2008, after graduating in Information Technology from Sharda University, the 22-year-old Harsh Agarwal was placed in Accenture.
But he had to wait for a year to receive the joining date.
So, meanwhile Harsh Agarwal joined Convergys Call Center in Gurgaon (Gurugram), Haryana.
While working here, as he had a lot of free time, he started blogging.
Harsh Agarwal’s first blog (virgintech.blogspot) was started in September 2008.
He used to work for eight hours in the night shift at Convergys and devote six hours of his time to his blog.
At that time, Harsh Agarwal didn’t know that a blog could earn money, he started blogging just as a hobby for sharing his learnings with the world.
His first online income-
Initially, Harsh Agarwal felt that making money online is kind of proscribed and impossible but these notions quickly vanished when he received his first payment.
Once, he was browsing Digital Point Forum and he came across an Australian who was seeking help regarding his Google Webmaster Tools (Google Search Console).
So, Harsh Agarwal helped him.
Then, the helpee asked for his PayPal address.
But as Harsh Agarwal did not expect to get paid, he did not create a PayPal account beforehand.
Later, he created an account with PayPal and was amazed to quickly receive money from abroad.
In this way, Harsh Agarwal earned his first online income of $10.
But it took him around four months to start making money with his blog.
And during this period, Harsh Agarwal’s blog was paying him around Rs 35000 per month and this was more than his job.
Many people have inspired Harsh Agarwal to become a successful blogger.
While starting out as a blogger, he was motivated by Rahul Bansal.
How Digg helped ShoutMeLoud?
Around September 2008, Harsh Agarwal’s article on Firefox got featured on the front page of Digg.
And this really helped in the popularity of ShoutMeLoud.
In just a single day, he got around 20,000 page views.
A change in direction and content management system (CMS)-
Harsh Agarwal was and is a very tech-savvy person.
Initially, the ShoutMeLoud was a technology blog in which he used to review software and products.
Later on, he realised the dearth of blogs covering topics like blogging, SEO, WordPress, social media and making money online.
So, Harsh Agarwal changed the niche of his blog to cover these topics.
And he was sharing whatever he was learning about blogging through ShoutMeLoud.
After two or three months, Harsh Agarwal learnt about Google AdSense and affiliate marketing and was happy to know that it is possible to earn with blogging.
He started on the Blogger platform with the domain name virgintech.blogspot and after around three months, on December 1, 2008 he migrated to a self-hosted WordPress platform.
And on the same day, Harsh Agarwal purchased the ShoutMeLoud.com domain by taking a credit card from his friend Ankit.
In this way, ShoutMeLoud was born in December 2008.
More than happy-
After understanding the earning potential of blogging, Harsh Agarwal was more than happy.
He felt very blessed to be able to earn money by following his passion.
A very lucky blogger-
You will be surprised to know that the very first blog of Harsh Agarwal, ShoutMeLoud turned out to be very profitable.
It is very rare for anyone to succeed online with his very first venture but as we can see, he got very lucky.
In the cross-roads-
In April 2009, Harsh Agarwal resigned for his job at Convergys.
And in June 2009, Accenture requested him to join them.
But during this point of time, Harsh Agarwal was making a similar amount of money with his blog that the company offered him.
During that time, blogging was not at all popular in India and choosing to become a blogger was somewhat riskier.
But he wanted to become a blogger because he liked blogging more than the job and also, he was making decent money ($700) with his blog.
However, the problem was that blogging was not a popular career option then, so Harsh Agarwal was not fully confident to become a blogger.
Whereas securing a white-collar job seemed to be the safest option.
In this juncture, he asked some experienced people around him for suggestions.
Almost all of them suggested Harsh Agarwal to go for the job offered by Accenture because they thought that the job experience would prove to be helpful.
A friend who inspired him to become a full-time blogger–
In the meantime, Harsh Agarwal called Keshav Gupta, his school friend who was working for an IT company.
He was the only person to encourage him to become a full-time blogger.
Keshav Gupta opined that the majority of the employees including him think of becoming entrepreneurs after working for a few years.
After gaining some experience and savings, many people like to start their own ventures.
At that time, Harsh Agarwal was making a good amount of money with his blog.
So, his friend motivated him that there is no point in abandoning blogging and his entrepreneurial dreams and joining a company.
This particular line struck with Harsh Agarwal and he decided to become a full-time blogger.
So, in March 2009 he became a full-time blogger.
Now, when we look back, we can see that this is the best decision taken by him.
Because now, Harsh Agarwal is earning huge income with his blog and he couldn’t have earned this money if he had chosen to become an employee.
Now, he is one of the highest paid bloggers in India.
How an accident changed his destiny?
Everything was going fine in Harsh Agarwal’s life until he met with a terrible accident on June 28 2009.
This accident left him with a fractured left leg (Lisfranc fracture) but he was a bit happy to realize that he will get some relaxation as he was burnt out after working too hard on his blog for many months altogether.
But this happiness couldn’t last long as the doctor misdiagnosed Harsh Agarwal and said that he would never be able to properly walk again.
After this, for the next few days, he was very upset and angry.
Also, Harsh Agarwal saw that because of his misfortune, his parents were crying.
Then, he realized that he is not the only one to suffer from this and he can’t undo the past.
And Harsh Agarwal thought that the only thing that he can do from the hospital bed is to learn about blogging.
So, for the next six months he did the same for almost 14 hours a day.
And this played a vital role in the success of ShoutMeLoud.
Thankfully by December 2009, Harsh Agarwal recovered from the injury.
Don’t Put All your Eggs in One Basket-
Since the inception of ShoutMeLoud, Harsh Agarwal has been very smart with the diversification of his income sources.
Even at that time, he was employing many revenue sources like Google AdSense, affiliate marketing and was offering services.
During that time, Harsh Agarwal’s services of migrating from Blogger to WordPress and WordPress SEO brought him the most revenue of all.
The reason why Harsh Agarwal loves blogging-
As there are an infinite number of benefits of being a blogger, it is not difficult for anyone to fall in love with blogging.
In many interviews, Harsh Agarwal revealed the reasons for why he loves blogging so much and some of them are as below-
- Freedom– Blogging provides him the ultimate freedom to do whatever and whenever he likes.
- Connections– Blogging allowed Harsh Agarwal to connect with like-minded individuals.
- Being his own boss– The slogan of ShoutMeLoud is to become your own boss. Thanks to blogging, he is the owner of his startup and he leads a peaceful boss-free life.
Blogging has allowed Harsh Agarwal to live a laptop lifestyle and thanks to this, he travelled to different places like Antarctica, Kenya, Thailand, etc.
Transparency as its USP-
ShoutMeLoud is one of the most transparent blogs on the internet which you can trust.
Over the years, this straightforwardness helped thousands of people to pursue blogging as a full-time career.
On this blog, you could easily find the income report and different sources of its income and also different experiments which Harsh Agarwal conducts and their outcomes.
From 2008 onwards, he started publishing the income reports for his blog.
The main reason for this was to motivate people to choose blogging as a serious career because at that time, the majority of the people had no idea about the potential of blogging.
The main driving force behind this is to portray blogging as a great career option.
Harsh Agarwal wanted to give the message loud and clear that through blogging, you can follow your passion and blog about what you like the most and make decent money in this way.
For the first nine years of ShoutMeLoud, he regularly published the monthly income reports of his blogs.
But now, Harsh Agarwal stopped publishing these reports because some people started seeing this as bragging.
Every month, ShoutMeLoud draws a huge number of visitors from all over the globe.
This blog receives most of its traffic from search engines (organic traffic) and the remaining comes from direct traffic, referrals, social media, etc.
An interesting fact-
The readers of ShoutMeLoud are known as Shouters.
A variety of income sources-
Harsh Agarwal has a wide variety of income sources.
The major chunk of his income comes from affiliate marketing followed by direct ads, selling his own products, product reviews, promoting brands on social media, etc.
He uses Google AdSense on his other blogs but not on ShoutMeLoud.
Instead of using Google AdSense, Harsh Agarwal uses very targeted ads on ShoutMeLoud and this really converts well.
Additionally, he also rents out the space on his blog to the advertisers.
Harsh Agarwal also sells eBooks like The Handbook To Affiliate Marketing, Google AdSense Mastery HandBook, etc.
He also sells several courses on topics like affiliate marketing, Google AdSense, WordPress web hosting, Complete WordPress training through ShoutUniversity.
What made Harsh Agarwal a successful blogger?
Harsh Agarwal is one of the most successful bloggers in the world.
The main reasons for his huge success are as mentioned below-
- Consistency- He is a very consistent blogger and has been blogging for more than a decade. Harsh Agarwal personally wrote more than a thousand blog posts.
- Transparency- As already said, ShoutMeLoud is a very transparent blog. He shares everything like traffic, revenue, experiments, failures, etc. on his blog.
- Value system- This is the main reason for Harsh Agarwal’s grand success. In his entire blogging career, he took decisions based on the interests of his readers rather than of his own.
- Curiosity- He is a very curious blogger and he considers himself to be a life-long learner. This curiosity motivates him to try new things and stay ahead of the curve.
Harsh Agarwal himself made a rule that nobody should lose money because of his content.
To stay true to his values, he had even rejected thousand dollar offers many times.
Awards and recognitions-
Harsh Agarwal is an award-winning blogger and won several awards like-
- On 15th August 2013, ShoutMeLoud won India’s best tech blog award from Indiblogger.in.
- In June 2014, Harsh Agarwal won the Entrepreneurship award from Sharda Group of colleges.
- In 2016, ShoutMeLoud won the Best Blog award.
- In 2017, ShoutMeLoud won the Best Indian Blogger awards.
- This blog was also featured in national and international media.
Apart from these, Harsh Agarwal also spoke at several conferences and webinars in places like Las Vegas, Russia, Milan, WordCamps, etc.
Apart from ShoutMeLoud, Harsh Agarwal also runs a few other blogs.
He started ShoutDreams, India’s first professional blogging company.
And through ShoutDreams, Harsh Agarwal runs all his blogs which includes-
Now, ShoutDreams is a million dollar company.
In addition to all the above mentioned blogs, he also has a personal blog by the name, Harsh Agrawal.
A small and remote team-
You will be startled to know that the team behind this hugely successful blog is very tiny.
Basically, Harsh Agarwal maintains a team of four people which includes an editor, virtual assistant, a developer and a videographer.
Both the developer and videographer are freelancers.
Harsh Agarwal writes most of the content for ShoutMeLoud himself but sometimes he hires some expert writers to write a few blog posts.
He mainly focuses on the writing part while his team concentrates on all the other aspects of blogging like designing, management, etc.
I hope that the story of Harsh Agarwal inspired you to not only become a successful blogger but also a successful entrepreneur.
What new things did you learn from this success story and are you ready to implement them on your blog?
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