Interview With Harsh Agrawal from Shoutmeloud – Affiliate Summit Profiles

Harsh Argawal is a professional blogger. He's from India and he is one of the most influential bloggers right now. I had a chance to catch up with him during the last Affiliate Summit, so here is a post about…

This is the first of a series of posts highlighting the amazing people you could meet during an Affiliate Summit Event. Hope you enjoy it.

Update: The second post in the series is available now.

  1. Interview with Harsh Agrawal from shoutmeloud.com
  2. Interview with John Chow and Syed Balkhi

During the last Affiliate Summit, I had a chance to hang out and interview one of the most influential bloggers you've never heard of. How can that possibly be?

Well, Harsh Agrawal (@denharsh) runs the largest blog in India. His site has an Alexa rank of 1,888 in the U.S. Ranked 198 in India, his blog Shoutmeloud.com ranks higher and probably gets more traffic than Oracle, Mailchimp, The guardian, Searchengineland, Entrepreneur, and even Techcrunch (source).

His following is just under three-quarters of a million people. And he's a young dude, but his blog is serious business.

Harsh Argawal
Harsh Argawal from Shoutmeloud.com

He works as a full-time professional blogger and he probably makes more money than you, just by blogging. Harsh considers himself a blog scientist and a digital nomad. He employs one person and outsources some of his work to different virtual assistants.

Living the Dot Com Lifestyle

He truly lives the dot com lifestyle by leveraging all the technology to make sure his business runs no matter where he is. When I met him, we were in Las Vegas for Affiliate Summit West 2016, then he was going to San Francisco, then to Atlanta before making a stop in Los Angeles, then back home to India.

But how serious can a blog be? You may be wondering, how much money can you really make with a blog. I've told you in the past that you can make a full-time income by blogging if you do it right. And Harsh is one of the best examples of this.

Shoutmeloud's income report from September 2015 shows Harsh made almost $17,000, yes, that is USD. That is amazing considering most people in the US only dream about 200,000 per year! When you consider the cost of living in India, Harsh is living like a king.

But Harsh isn't someone to boast or brag about what he does or how well he does. When I met him, I expected someone full of himself, a young kid with a head overblown by the ego that often comes with such success. Instead, I met this humble man, an old soul if you would. Soft spoken and friendly.

We got along great and made the rounds about the meet market and the exhibit halls. He is thorough in his work and even though I've been doing this thing longer than he has, I felt like an apprentice. As we walked the aisles filled with vendors and exhibitors, he tried to talk to every single vendor along the way.

picture of Harsh Agrawal, Syed Balkhi and John Chow
Harsh, Syed and John collaborating at ASW16

Speaks softly but carries a big stick

Never bragging, but always asking How can we work together? Most vendors dismissed him at first. Probably thinking "here's another affiliate that's just going to suck up my time, move along." Probably because Harsh doesn't stand out from the crowd. But the demeanor of most vendors would change when they would hear about his blog.

Other vendors knew him already and were glad to finally meet him in person. From walking up and down the aisles with Harsh, I picked up a few tips from him.

  • Ask questions, many more than you may feel comfortable with.
  • Listen, many people want to get their words in, instead Harsh listens.
  • Oh yeah, and when it is necessary, drop in the fact that you generate 1 to 2 million unique per month.
picture of Harsh Agrawal, Syed Balkhi, Oscar Gonzalez and John Chow
Little me, hanging out with the titans. Harsh, Syed and John.

Harsh is a perfect example why I attend Affiliate Summit. I have met and continue to meet amazing people there. Of course, you can meet online and chat, and Skype and do the Google hangout thing, but nothing beats a face to face conversation. Nothing beats having lunch with someone and talking shop and talking life.

I had only learned about Harsh and his blog about a month before when for some strange reason I started getting many people from India following me on Facebook and asking me questions about blogging. During my conversations with these aspiring bloggers, the topic would come up every single time.

They would say to me: I am very inspired by Harsh from SML. SML has great tutorials and the guy makes a lot of money, I wish to make only a small portion of that.

So I had to find out what "SML" was and who this Harsh character was.

Once I learned more about him and his blog I felt a little embarrassed that I didn't know about him before. But in the end, I'm glad I had an opportunity to meet him and get to know him. If you're a blogger, you should get to know him too.

Video Interview with Harsh Agrawal

Before we parted ways I had a chance to interview him. Here's the video, enjoy.

Don't forget to check out Harsh's blog, Shoutmeloud.com, or if you prefer, get the app (Android, iOS).

And don't forget to get your tickets for Affiliate Summit East 2016 coming up in the summer. Early bird prices are going on right now. Don't complain later and tell me you couldn't get tickets or they were too expensive.

Update: I met up with Harsh again during Affiliate Summit and interviewed him again. You can see that here.

57 Comments

  1. Wow Oscar, amazing post about Harsh and his blog. I need to check it out. I am looking forward to listening to your video interview with him.

  2. I couldn’t catch the names of the bloggers Harsh considered most instructive. Could you translate them to text here in the comments?

  3. Hey @Oscar
    It was lovely meeting you & had a great time answering your smart questions. Looking forward to see you again in near future. Stay awesome! 🙂

  4. Thanks Oscar for your Great Interview with Harsh.

  5. Awesome Journey so far Harsh sir,

  6. I met him in Bangalore, India. It was a fabulous meet and learnt a lot.

  7. Oscar Thanks!
    Always find something new to learn from Harsh!
    Best blog for bloggers to learn new things daily.

    Keep it up Harsh & Oscar!
    Best Wishes
    Regards

  8. Harsh is great person really i appreciate him

  9. Really Harsh is best blogger in India. Very Inspirational…

  10. I was the first rider selected to ride with him on the journey he mentioned of 7000 Kms and yeah I agree he is a wealth of knowledge. He lives his life with a different perspective. Truely, inspired by him.

    Thanks Oscar for sharing the interview.

  11. This really keep motivating person like me to move more and more ahead. More new things yet to learn from all of you about digital marketing and its hidden insights.

    Wish one day I too will be sitting near you 🙂 which is very difficult.

  12. Harsh and ShoutMeLoud was the inspiration for me to start a new blog recently.

  13. I had never missed any thing about Harsh. I’m a big fan of Him. Thanks for share Harsh journey

  14. Hi Oscar,

    I have already been following Harsh Aggarwal from last 6 months and was eager to hear his interview.
    Thanks for sharing great.

  15. Hi Oscar
    Well it is always delight to read Harsh on Shoutmeloud. You get it right that he is one of the noblest and humble Internet Marketers I have ever met. I met him in India Affiliate Summit 2015. Being the top blogger in the country, he made us feel comfortable and helped us clearing our doubts. He is such a down to earth personality.
    Thanks Oscar for sharing this amazing interaction.

    -Abhishek

  16. Hi Oscar, I always enjoyed reading or listing Harsh blog and interview. Just because of him i start blogging his monthly income blog force me to start blogging.

  17. Kalpesh Makwana
    Kalpesh Makwana

    Hey Oscar,

    Harsh is always ready to help others! I also would like to meet him on a face to face basis and will make this happen one day surely. In this post you mentioned that you have learnt several things from his blogs which created curiosity in my mind as a blogger. Can you please let me know within few bullet points your learning after meeting him?

  18. Harsh is best blogger in India.

  19. woow.. it’s very nice to read about one of the top most blogger in the world… that is harsh agarwal from shoutmeloud.. I personally thank Oscar for this awesome post…

  20. Hi oscar
    Thank you for the interview from the Indias top blogger Harsh who was one of my favourite blogger. Thanks for the tip enjoy blogging without feeling stress.

  21. nice blog about harsh agarwal i am his daily blog reader . His blog always helps me

  22. Harsh sir is really awesome.
    Yours blog is also awesome. I just come to know.
    Good work

  23. Nice Guy. Whatever the things I assign to my SEO team, Their search will always end up with Shoutmeloud blog 🙂

  24. Harsh and his blog is Inspiration to all! and all hard work come to success

  25. Hi Oscar,

    Thank you for sharing this video with us.

    Harsh is really a wonderful guy. He is the inspiration of thousands of bloggers. He has done a very hard work to reach on the position where he is today. And he deserves it.

  26. Hello,
    Shoutmeloud helps me a lot to understand blogging from zero.
    I recently started my blog.
    Thank you Harsh for Shoutmeloud and Oscar for cool interview.

  27. I the big fan of Harsh Argawal 🙂

  28. Hi Oscar,
    What a joy to see our friend Harsh on your page.
    Well said about an eminent blogger from India!
    He is indeed a pleasant and cool personality among many pro bloggers of India.
    His enthusiasm towards blog promotion among the youngsters of India is indeed praiseworthy!
    The Road show he conducts every now and then is a fitting example to this.
    In a recent one such show (Blog Meet) he was in our city The famous Pearl City of Nizams Now known as Hyderabad. And I had the opportunity to meet him and could share some lighter moments with him. I posted a note in this regard on my page. Here is the link of that post, hope you don’t mind posting that here. http://www.pvariel.com/harsh-and-team-a-warm-welcome-to-the-erstwhile-city-of-nizams-the-peal-city-the-hyderabad-blog-meet-shoutmeet/
    I am sure your blog readers will definitely get some valuable lessons from this young but experienced pro blogger from India. The interview was short but it was so sweet too!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Keep sharing
    May you both have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
    Best Regards
    ~Philip

  29. Very Inspirational. Harsh is best blogger.

  30. Wonderful

  31. Hey Harsh
    I learnt making blogs from your site… thanks god bless and may u reach d zenith,..:)

  32. I’ve read harsh’s US tour a\on shoutmeloud but here i got interview of him that’s awsome 🙂

  33. Hey Oscar

    Fabolous video .. came here from a tweet and totally loved watching. I know Harsh personally, he’s cool guy. Keep writing 🙂

  34. Interview with John Chow and Syed Balkhi – Affiliate Summit Profiles

    […] This is the second of a series of posts highlighting the amazing people you could meet during an Affiliate Summit Event. You can read the first post I made in this series: Interview with Harsh Agrawal from shoutmeloud.com, here. […]

  35. Wonderful to know we have the dot com dedicated bloggers steadily in attendance at Affiliate Summit. Looking forward to meeting more of them. 🙂

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