Hard work and great friends got a +1 for me

by Ashvini on June 28, 2011 · 34 comments

in My Personal Thoughts

I got PR 1 for my blog a day back.

I am really happy to see that the effort that I made have paid off. Many of my friends too have got an uptick in their page rank while a few did suffer some disappointment (not much a worry though).


Approximately one year back, I was sitting on a failed venture. I had put in a lot of money in the venture and in return got unexpected disappointment. There were days when I worked very hard to set up my office, talk to vendors and hire employees while also doing every imaginable possible thing in the world.

Not only I had idea but also I executed it to a very good degree. Everything was set and I was ready for good days. Unfortunately good days never came and I was left with a very few customer orders. I soon came to an understanding that I would be left with no money, if I don’t find a way. Unfortunately my talking to VCs did not yield much result and in the end I was forced to close the business.

Maybe it was not enough marketing , not enough networking or not having enough finances. Whatever be the reason my venture had failed and I had to close it down. Though it was not devastating( because I was prepared for it), it was saddening. The venture was a product of my hard work and it was sad to see it close down.

In a few days, I thought that it was the time when I shared my experience and knowledge with entrepreneurs who are facing similar challenges. But how? Suddenly I realized that I liked writing, having written a short story book before.

A little research later, I realized that I could share my experience with the world in form of a blog. I could write stuff that people would read and enjoy. I went ahead and purchased the domain on which you are reading this post. It was really a new experience for me .

My old venture was run on the site name purchased by reseller. I was never comfortable with that but I was new to the internet field and thus I could not do much if I had to get my venture up and running in less time.

This time however, I learned about how to purchase a domain. The name was ingeniously created as aks ( Ashvini Kumar Saxena) + blog with a dash in between ;). I went ahead and purchased a book on SEO to understand how to rank on Google.

But it was clear in a few days that blog world is much more competitive now then a few years back. Few years back layout, SEO etc were not that much high on agenda of bloggers. All you had to was write the content and Google indexed it.

As I ventured into the blogging world, I kept on learning about technologies such as PHP, CMS such as WordPress. Coming from a propriety software company, it was very difficult to understand how open source worked. It took me days and nights of effort to understand each and everything of them.

Soon I learned about HTML, CSS and installed wordpress on my blog. The learning process never ended as I figured out that there are hundred of things that still were needed to be learnt more.

I wrote my first post and can you imagine it was about movie “inception”. Then there were two or three posts about things I was learned about ( say how to install wordpress , analytics etc. ) . These were obviously, basics for people who have been blogging for years but it was a sea change for me( and I think to everyone who wants just to write posts and do nothing else ;) ).

Social media was not on horizon at all. Friends on facebook were not interested in my blog while twitter did not tweet anything useful.

For at least three months, I kept on posting articles on the blog in the hope of someone noticing my content.I got about three to four visitor per day and unfortunately they came and left spammy comments.I would chuckle at the count and then see the comments. They often had only two words in them.

“Nice Post”, “excellent post”, “thank you”.

Meanwhile, I also decided to make money from my blog( though it was too early). I applied for adsense twice with Google and they rejected my application because of the fact that my site was not six months old.( yeah, we in India work for quality and Google wants to see our blogs reach to a certain standards ;) )

It was really frustrating and I started to give up again.

One day while searching for my blog on Google, I came across a site similar to my blog. I read a post and commented on it. In a day or two , my comment on the site had a reply and I was thrilled to read the reply.

Then a fascinating thing happened. The blog owner(and now my dear friend), Aswani Srivastava read my posts and put a comment stating that he liked what I wrote. It took me some time to realize that I should go and comment on his site regularly. Soon we started commenting on each other sites and also became friends on Facebook.

I understood that other than just creating post, I should get involved , get engaged in community of people with similar interests. I started searching for bloggers( usually from comments left by them on various top blogs).


Today I can boast of a number of friends from internet ( ever growing) who inspire me and motivate me to write more.

Here is a list of of friends who I thank for all their comments, responses, keeping up with my boring equations(esp Robert ;) )  , motivating, charging, arguing, agreeing, mentoring, disagreeing, smiling wherever and in whatever capacity.

I would like to let you know that they have awesome blogs each and are experts and gurus in their own fields. My apologies, if I missed someone. I would also thank my wife Shilpa More Saxena because she has been an awesome inspiration in high and low times and taught so much to me.

In the course of my blogging journey , yesterday, I received a page rank of 1 which I think is because of support of all my friends and their support and encouragement in tough days.

Of course there are lessons learned from my fall and rise in the entrepreneurial world which I would like to share with you all over a session of beer ;) and in my next post.

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Veronica Cervera October 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

I would say victories will never be as sweet without the bitterness of defeat. It’s a nice feeling, isn’t it? The struggles, the challenges, the difficulties, these are the things that make it all worthwhile and interesting. Imagine playing golf making all holes with one shot? No one’s going to bother playing I’m sure.


Dan @ Confidence Course July 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

Hi Ashvini,

I wonder how many of the commenters here and the readers of your blog relate to your experience… I know I do! It’s taken me a long time to realise that the best way to build traffic and buzz on your site is to go out there and build relationships with other bloggers.

It’s funny how when you do it, so many other people come to your blog too…

Cheers, Dan


Ashvini Kumar Saxena July 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Hi Dan,
Its great to see your comments here and welcome to my blog.

I feel great when you say that building relationship is a great way to build buzz. I have often advocated patience in entrepreneurship and your example gives it a boost.

Thanks for dropping by and commenting.


Joshua July 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

It is really nice to see that you are grateful to those who were with you in your “tough days”. The honesty in your post is very much encouraging to leave a comment. I sincerely appreciate your patience to stay tuned in this field and not to give up this time. It is your hard work and valuable time on internet by which you can achieve your nearest dream. All the best and congratulation for your success.


Ashvini Kumar Saxena July 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Thanks Joshua for commenting on the blog. Keep coming back :)


Adam Paudyal July 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm


I didn’t know you authored a story book. That is so freakin’ awesome my friend. And PR 1 – CONGRATULATIONS !

Really enjoyed the post. As a matter of fact loved it! Posts like these are always a great read because they inspire and motivate me to a deeper level. Besides, I learned quite a lot from reading this post.

I am very honored and privileged to be your friend Ash.
Appreciate the link LUV.
Keep on rocking (O:


Ashvini Kumar Saxena July 4, 2011 at 11:16 am

Hi Bro :),

Thanks for all the encouragement. You have been a great friend of mine since I found your blog and I really cherish your thoughts and enterprising nature. Its just great that you like my blog. Looking forward to seeing you here once again.

Have a great day.


Carolyn@The Wonder of Tech July 2, 2011 at 7:55 am

Wow, Ashvini, I am humbled and honored to be included in your list. I have learned so much from your blogs and I am pleased if I helped you in any way.

I agree, when I first started blogging, I was actually excited to get spam comments because that meant at least someone was finding my blog. How tempted I was to publish the “Excellent post” comments, though I never did.

I give you a lot of credit for learning from your experiences (I don’t consider it a failure if you learn from the experience) and moving on in such a positive way.

I wish you much continued success and am pleased for your increased Page Rank (though I suspect Google can take it away just as quickly somehow so I don’t really trust it). I’m thinking the +1 has something to do with the new Page Rank so I gave a +1 to this awesome post!


Ashvini Kumar Saxena July 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Hi Carolyn,

You are most welcome. I love the simplicity and usefulness of your articles. In my opinion, difficult things become so easy when you teach them in a fun way. I think you have that capability. I loved the article about ringtones , remember :).

The +1 from Google is just another addition to milestones in my blogging journey. The idea was to share with all about some of the great people and their blogs which I have been reading. It was sort of an online party( with virtual champagne ;) though next time ).

Thanks for your encouragement. Have a great day and thanks for dropping by.


Carolyn@The Wonder of Tech July 4, 2011 at 7:25 am

Ashvini, Thanks for the shoutout and the virtual champagne. You throw a great party!


Adrienne July 2, 2011 at 1:30 am

Hi Ashvini,

I enjoyed the post and thanks for sharing your journey with us. I noticed a few familiar names on your list of bloggers who you’ve kept in contact with. I think we all venture into blogging for our own reasons but along the way we end up learning allot about ourselves and this journey we’ve undertaken. I know that a lot of great relationships can be formed from this as well.

Thank you for stopping by my place and wanted to be sure and stop by and say hello. I’m sure glad I did. Have a wonderful afternoon and a relaxing weekend.



Ashvini Kumar Saxena July 4, 2011 at 11:13 am

Hi Adrienne,

Welcome to my blog. Its just great to see you here.

I am glad that you liked my post. I have find so many intelligent bloggers who share their knowledge with us.That has been the best takeway( knowing and meeting people) from the blogging journey . Now I have one more awesome friend( you).

Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. I appreciate that. :)


Mouh June 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Thanks my friend. :) I am so happy to see your blog climbing the success ladder. I noticed the PR change some 3 days ago. I was happy to see an increase in my own PR too. Now let’s get some more!



Ashvini Kumar Saxena July 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thanks Mouh. I think though I am happy with a new PR, I think I am more happy to have a friend like you. Congratulations for your PR rise as well. :)


Daria Steigman June 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Hi Ashvini,

Successful blogging (however one defines it) requires (1) finding your voice; (2) having a strategy (knowing what you want to focus on); and (3) and letting people know you’re out there. Plus, of course, having great content.

#3 is always a work in progress, but it’s also the really fun part. :)

You’re doing everything right. Congratulations!


Ashvini Kumar Saxena July 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm


It is just great to have confirmation that I am indeed doing right things from an expert like you. I am very happy that I found your blog and I love your blog posts.

Thanks for dropping by and encouraging me : )


Wim @ Sales Sells June 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Hi Ashvini,

I’m honored and humbled to be mentioned here! Just like you, it’s the comments and discussions that keep me blogging and enjoying the journey. You’re always there to leave a thoughtful comment and that means a lot to me!

Thanks for the support my friend,


Ashvini Kumar Saxena July 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Dear Wim,

Yours is one of the blog where I never want to miss a post . Seriously, you write some great sales tips and solutions. Add to that , you are a great friend. I am really happy to meet you online.

Have a great day.


Ryan Critchett June 30, 2011 at 8:14 am

I totally tried to monetize some blogs years back WAYYYY to early too!

Great post, reminds us all of how awesome it is to learn from hitting brick walls.


Ashvini Kumar Saxena July 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Ahh, the mighty Ryan is here :). Its just great to have you on my blog.

I agree that we learn from ups and downs. Do keep coming back :).

Thanks and have a great day :)


Sonia June 30, 2011 at 5:14 am

Wow, I didn’t know you went through all of that! I can sure relate to failed ventures that never came to pass, but the learning experience it leaves you with is “priceless”. Thank you so much for including me on this post (I started to smile because I knew something was coming, and presto I saw “ME”). Ok, enough about me (LOL), seriously, when you visited my blog I was in the same boat finally creating a blog that I actually liked! The rest you can say is “history” and I have enjoyed reading your posts ever since.

It’s amazing what we can all learn from each others experiences and the realism that comes from blog authors that put their heart and soul into their posts. It’s the best part about creating a community of friends in blogosphere that leaves you speechless when you get a new blogger visiting and then they actually comment. For me, I want to pounce on them and welcome them with open arms and learn what makes them so “awesome”. I have learned allot from other bloggers and the message they continue to give: Value.

Thank you Ash for being my friend and here’s to more posts (when is the next one?…YOU KNOW ME) and continued success!


Stephen Guise June 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Hey Ashvini,

Congrats on the plus one PR! I went ahead and checked mine and I jumped up to a PR2! I can definitely relate with the massive amount of learning when starting out. It’s crazy how much there is to learn in blogging. I bet that the “gurus” still learn new things all the time.

That’s what’s so great about blogging though – it’s a constant learning experience. So it’s fun for lifelong learners. :-)


Ashvini Kumar Saxena June 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Hi Stephen,

How are you doing ? Thanks for your comment. Congratulations on your PR increase. Your blog is an awesome blog which makes me think a lot and then only respond. I would call it a thinkers blog. There is so much to learn from everyone here. I love your blog and hope to learn from you a lot. I have added your blog as well to my list .

Thanks for dropping by :)
Best regards,


Stephen Guise June 30, 2011 at 5:26 am

Wow, thank you. I appreciate your words and the addition!


Aswani June 29, 2011 at 11:42 am

Ashvini, it is so kind of you to mention my name in your post. Thank you so much. Honestly, Yes..I believe it is all because of your hardwork and never say die attitude. As often and again, I have to say that you are one of the most knowledgeable bloggers around. I have learned a lot from your writings and I hope others too have. btw, I am really very sorry to know about your failed venture. I hope there were some lessons learnt and hopefully, you will have it all perfect the next time. My best wishes are always with you. Keep up the excellent work and cheers for the google page rank 1 ..!!


Ashvini Kumar Saxena June 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Oh no need to be sorry about the venture. Life is all ups and down.

You are one person who used to ( and still do ) comment on my blog when I wrote post after post. Infact I would have given up on blogging, if you had not responded so regularly. You are also a down to earth, honest person and an awesome blogger too. Let us continue this friendship forever and keep meeting higher milestones :).


Nicola June 29, 2011 at 8:43 am

Superb post bro as usual. First at all, thanks to have mentioned me on your post. I enjoyed your story and how you did to get PR1. I think if you continue to work on daily basis you will reach soon my PR 5 for sure, believe me. ;))

I don’t use so much seo tricks on my post, I believe that if you write what your reader really want, google will reward anyway. Quality post paid off in long term, in my view ;))


Ashvini Kumar Saxena June 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm

You deserve a mention in my blog journey. I have asked you many times so many things about my ideas on blogging and you always gave fantastic feedback. Add to that your sense of humour , humbleness and friendship makes you a great friend to anyone. I am really happy to have a friend like you . Have a great day :)


Roopali June 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Let me start with the cliche comment “Excellent post” ;-)
I feel blogging is an excellent way of putting together one’s experience which can be shared with larger audience.
There is always something to be learned from these…


Ashvini Kumar Saxena June 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm


I think you are a big spammer because of these two words ;). Its good to see you here and I really enjoyed the time when we worked together. I am glad that you enjoy my blog . Keep coming back and spamming it :)


Swami Balendu June 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Thank you Ashvini for sharing your story and adding me in your friends list. I am sure many people will be inspired by this article and story. You have great writing skills, anybody who have explored your blog can tell this. So keep it up, for you, for your friends and also for newcomers. They will learn lot from this. My best wishes are always with you. With lots of Love


Ashvini Kumar Saxena June 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Thank you Swami Ji. You have been a great inspiration and I always like your comments on my blog.. Hope to see you more here


software buzzer June 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

wow..you got bunch of guys :) keep it up… friendship always rocks, wanna see you as a big vc in india :)


Ashvini Kumar Saxena June 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Thanks Suresh. I hope your wish comes true :). You are a great friend :)


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