WPKube & Blokube: Interview with Devesh Sharma

WPKube & Blokube: Interview with Devesh Sharma

DeveshToday we’re speaking to Devesh Sharma of WPKube, a very cool WordPress resource site. He is also founder of Blokube, a social bookmarking site and community for bloggers.

How do you make money with WordPress?

I’ve been using WordPress since 2009 and making money with it for last 20+ months or so. I’ve also been writing about WordPress actively since 2010, first on Technshare and now on WPKube.

Today, I make most of the money by promoting WordPress related products.

You’re still very young (compared to us 30 somethings!) Tell us a bit about how you got started with WordPress and your story so far…

I’d be the first one to admit, that I don’t have a great story but I’d still be happy to share it =).
At the age of 15, it was become very clear to me that I didn’t want to work for 9-5 and neither have I wanted to run some offline business. So I started searching for a way to make money online and after a few days of search, a guy helped me and taught me all the basics real quick.

I brought the domain name – Technshare and started writing stuff about blogging. Although, I didn’t know anything about it but somehow I managed to get writers for my site so it wasn’t that hard. After a year and half, I sold that blog for $8000.

That’s it. Now I run a fairly popular WordPress blog called WPKube and a small blogging community for bloggers – Blokube.

What’s your top tip for a killer hidden resource most WP users probably haven’t heard of?

I think WordPress SEO by Yoast is an incredible plugin. It’s the most complete SEO plugin for WordPress.

Another great plugin is nRelate – best solution for related posts plugin that doesn’t have any scalability issues. It’s a great plugin for showing related posts.

To find a list of list all the killer resources, you should checkout the WordPress Handbook.

What changes would you like to see in the next big WordPress update?

I don’t think there’s anything needs to be added to the core. The WordPress core already has a solid foundation with all the necessary features that one would need to run a website. And if you want to add anything to your site, you can always add the functionality in the form of plugins.

Although, there’s one thing I’d like to see, is support for custom taxonomies and posts type in WordPress widgets. Last month, I added a coupons section using custom post types and taxonomies and I had to use another plugin to list all the coupon codes on front page. So I think it would be nice and much better to have an option to list all the custom post types using taxonomies.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about working online that was counter-intuitive or not obvious?

The most important thing I’ve learned is it takes a lot of work and patience. I see a lot of people think running a blog is easy and they would be able to make quick money, but what they don’t understand is it takes efforts and is very much similar or even harder (in some cases) to an offline business..

The thing it takes several months, even years, when I was running Technshare I didn’t make any money in the first year. Although, I did earn some cash through guest blogging contests and was able to pay for the hosting 😉 And that year, I worked as hard as I humanly could to make the blog a success.

So it all come downs to you, how hard you are willing to work to make your business a success.

What would you do if you had to start again from scratch?

I’d focus on one project at a time. I’ve a habit of starting so many projects without thinking how I’d manage them.

This year I finally abandoned all the unnecessary sites and focused only on 1.

What is your biggest challenge or frustration right now? Let’s see if any of our readers can help you out!

My biggest challenge is managing the time effectively. I am really not good at managing the time and doing the work effectively. Apart from that, I’m currently doing my undergraduation, so it’s really hard for me to manage my studies and blog at the same.

Although, I wouldn’t say I am frustrated with it, because when I started blogging I knew what I was getting into. I have developed and sold a few blogs in the last few years and all, while doing my schooling.

What is your biggest opportunity right now? Let’s see if any of our readers can help make it happen!

I have a social bookmarking site for marketers – Blokube. I initially put a lot of efforts in the site and for first few months, it did really well but due to me focusing more on WPKube, the site haven’t been able develop properly.

This year, one of my main goals is to re-launch the site with a new design, it already has 10k+ users, so it won’t be too hard to build an audience around it.

What does your typical workday look like?

I don’t have a normal routine, but to improve and manage the time effectively, I’ve decided to follow a daily schedule. I have in fact published it on Zenflow.

In general, my schedule is like – doing all the content writing work in the morning and then reading, learning, emails, twitter, facebook and other stuff for the rest of the day.

You can find out more about Devesh here.