DIGITAL MARKETER | BLOGGER | TRAINER
Akshay Hallur is the founder of BloggingX, InfoSparkle, and many other online ventures. He is a professional blogger, digital marketer, and a trainer.
He has educated thousands of budding entrepreneurs and businesses to help grow/start their online businesses, through his trainings, blogs, YouTube channel, FB community – Digital Marketing Hackers, and also his podcast.
His blog BloggingX (previously GoBloggingTips) helps aspiring bloggers and businesses to leverage the power of the internet and content marketing to spread their brand message. As a trainer he has trained many brands and he also has multiple online courses related to blogging, SEO, affiliate marketing, etc, one of which is one of the highest rated courses in Udemy.
As a digital marketer, his views were sought after by some of top websites all over the world like Databox, TemplateMonster, DigitalReady, RenderForest, Malcare, SuccessfulBlogging, and much more.
He is also the founder of InfoSparkle, a B2B Digital Marketing company that helps other businesses through content marketing, SEO, social media marketing, and also digital marketing consultancy.
Back in 2011, I joined my 1st PUC in the stream of PCME (Electronics) after scoring good marks in SSLC.
That’s when blogging fever kicked in. I started plenty of blogs in Blogger platform and writing the sporadic thoughts in my head. I never treated it as an opportunity.
On the other hand, due to my digital hyperactivity, I was losing focus in academics. Chemistry was the subject I hated the most. I used to ask – “Why do I have to memorize so much? Why do I have to remember so much about the things that I’ll never ever use in my life?”.
I flunked 1st PUC Chemistry board exam! Reason? Not interested.
Friends who were once friends started to demean me, and also associated my so-called failure to FB addiction.
It was a gloomy period of my life. Because, I had no clue what to do in life, but I hated the subjects.
I thought PUC is not right for me.
So I joined Diploma in CSE (atleast some specialization). The first 2 years of Diploma I scored an average of 57%.
In the first years of Diploma, I got my first self-hosted blog. There I wrote about tech stuff, PC tutorials, YT videos, so on. I used to follow Labnol and started something called as Pcnol. Later I started GBT realizing that I need to dive in a domain and I am limiting my potential by doing these general tech blog stuff.
Final year, people said that study well you will get a good college, so the final year percentage was 84% – highest for the branch, stood like a champ – although I knew this is worthless… you know that feeling. Wrote the CET.
Got selected at PES University CSE, that’s where the real story starts.
People who once demeaned me, started treating me good.
At that time, I was earning quite a good money from my blog, but the university syllabus was slowly killing my blog in-front of my eyes.
Why do I have to do something that’s ruining my business.
I realized that my curriculum will definitely ruin my blog by running me out of time.
Moreover, I was not interested in getting placed in an MNC company, fixed to a certain salary, place, and schedule. I hate being employed. I forecasted that employment model turns out to be a real modern slavery model at least in India. (I would rather master at a particular interested programming language and work at sites like Upwork.)
I was depressed for like 2 months, not properly going to college, unable to sleep at night, unable to wake up in the morning, panic attacks about the syllabus, useless things to memorize.
I was like a bird in the cage, I knew if I am let out of this cage, I would fly high.
In the hostel there was no proper internet connection as it was in the ground floor. MTS was giving me like 150kbps. College wifi has all those download and site restrictions.
If I wished to go out and work with good internet, you are not allowed to go out of hostel after 8pm.
It was a hard time, a had not updated my blog for 4 months. In front of me day-to-day traffic was plummeting.
I dropped out of the university. Earning a degree is more or less earning a dignity; at least in India.
My parents kinda resisted initially, but understood me later and supported me to dropout.
After dropping out, people were like “Akshay don’t have commitment. He dropped PUC and now the prestigious university (He don’t know the value of getting placed in a good university).”
My old friends were asking me – “What are you doing?”. I would tell them “Blogging”. The majority of them looked at me like I’m a crazy-weird-kid. I thought – let it be.
Now the even big challenge for me is to grow and boost my income. I was a low earning blogger I used to earn 15k/month. I was in a comfort zone.
Later I realized that I needed work from the inside. I attended an event called MMI that raised my income thermostat.
The knowledge about the inner was an ‘aha’ moment in my life. I started to value only quality information. Earlier I used to browse thru the blog posts, forums, and dug in many resources.
After this, I learned that I need to model people who are successful in a domain. Having a mentor is very essential to be successful and it pushes you out of the comfort zone.
The things that I learned in the past 3 years is insane both in Digital Marketing, psychology and personal development.
I used to try and test different stuffs with unpredictable results. But now I’ve learnt how to play the game that I win for sure.
Fast forward to this day, I do what I love, blogging, teach others how to blog, and I also run a DM agency and also have a team working for my business.
This is all due to the quality information I got from my mentors, books I read and courses I enrolled for.