2 years !! Again, it all started with you !! My readers, my subscribers, my friends and all other bloggers who inspires me to blog. iftiSEO is now 2 years old and it also marks my completion of 2 years in this wonderful field of blogging.
IftiSEO turns 2 🙂 – Your Benefit Our Happiness
If you wonder how it all started then do read my first birthday post where I’ve written on how I started this blog.
So what have we done in the second year ?? What have I done in my 2nd year of blogging ?? What have iftiSEO achieved in its 2nd year ?? Having all these questions ?? 😉
Well if you are my follower on social networks then you might be knowing about my (and iftiSEO’s) achievement. Here’s all what you need to know about our 2nd year.
iftiSEO Migrated from Blogger to WordPress
Since the very beginning my focus have always been on providing unique and quality in depth articles and guides that must help my readers. This is where I had my focus on, and it really gave great results. With me trying to improve the quality of the blog, the first thing I had to do was Migration !!!
I mean from Blogger to WordPress CMS. Yes, we migrated our blog in July !! My business partner Karan Wyas did the migration for me. iftiSEO currently is currently on DigitalOcean server. I recommend DigitalOcean 5$ droplet to every blogger starting a new blog. The setup takes time but its one of the best places to host your site.
Problems faced during Migration !!
Umm, yes there were few. Let me just list it !!
- iftiSEO was using IntenseDebate commenting system on blogger but I wanted to use the default commenting system in WordPress. So I changed the commenting system to default WordPress, and doing this had me lose my previous comments (around 500+ valuable comments lost 🙁 ). I tried many methods to export my comments from IntenseDebate but there was never a direct option to import that file format comment on WordPress. I finally managed to recover only around 100 of my previous comments. Sad huh ??
- Another problem we faced were of tags, labels and categories !! On blogger I had many labels so I couldn’t simply afford to change them in categories. I rather made all categories manually and allotted them to all posts one by one. Well I couldn’t find a better option!!
- We had multiple authors in blogger and I did really wanted the same authors in my WP but the import plugin was taking way too long (or stuck) to get that thing done. As a result all of the guest posts were also named under my author tag. It wasn’t a problem coz guest posts were few and were of my good friends who never had any issue with this problem.
- Even after reading multiple guides online and after consulting many good bloggers, I still was not convinced to change my permalink structure from https://iftiseo.com/year/month/post-name to https://iftiseo.com/post-name. I was really worried and was not sure of the redirections I had to do. So iftiSEO is still with its same permalink structure as of blogger default.
- I don’t remember any other problem that I faced !! and even if I did, “Premium tricks by iftiSEO” Facebook group always helped me solve it within few minutes. Cheers to the group members 😀
Let me not put more of migration in this post 😛 after all its the 2nd birthday of iftiSEO and not a migration guide. So anyways, here is everything I use for iftiSEO.
iftiSEO is running on VOICE theme by themeforest. I really love this theme and I am happy to see many of my friends using the same theme after my recommendation. This theme simply can suite all niches.
With many CDNs available in the market, I picked Cloudflare free CDN service for my blog and its doing its job really well.
The plugins iftiSEO uses are:
- Easy Pricing Tables Premium
- Pretty Link Lite
- Social Locker
- W3 Total Cache
- WP Smush
- WP hide post
- Yoast SEO
iftiSEO 2nd year – A Quick Look !
A lot happened this year ! I achieved many targets both with iftiSEO and my other blogs. You might be having the question of my Income or iftiseo.com income? Right 😛 ??
Well I never have montized iftiseo.com to its full potential. The only aim from this blog is to bring the best SEO guides for all the readers and so the earnings from iftiSEO alone are not very high. However yes, I sold the ad slots for 400$ to multiple companies for 7 months which fetched good. Other than that, sponsored posts always brought me good amount. iftiSEO hardly accept any paid/sponsored posts now!!!
So that’s the income from iftiSEO !! And in the future as well, it will be very much the same.
My earnings from other sites ?? Well all I can say is, its in 5 figures $$$$$ 😀
iftiSEO also gained a good boost in rankings on Google, with almost every guide ranking on page 1 which itself is a great achievement.
Some of the posts worked so well that it really did well on social media and had a lot of interaction. One being my latest post on “The Sweet Steal Technique” with over 90 comments in just a week. Here are the top 5 posts that you MUST read on iftiSEO
The Sweet Steal Technique: Guide to Boost your Blog Traffic ( A MUST READ FOR ALL BLOGGERS )
How to Increase Adsense Earnings – Best TRICKS
13 Tools to Generate Killer Content Ideas
Make Money by Event Blogging without Ranking your Blog
iftiSEO.com 2nd year in Numbers
Starting with the post breakdown, the blog now has 128 posts divided into 19 categories with 615 comments (excluding the ones I lost during migration). The number of posts for the second year was low due to the fact that I never wanted to put up content that’s already available on the internet and also due to the fact that I got less time due to my second year of engineering.
The primary source of traffic is from Google, with 42.98% organic traffic, the rest being from social media, direct and other referrals sources. However the search traffic has been over 78% from the past 4 months. Really cool sign for me 😀
The alexa rank (which I really don’t care) is around 27,000 worldwide. Advertisers still ask for this thing first !! Don’t know why, huh !!
I have just recently started building email lists and currently iftiSEO get over 35 new subscribers per week. Will be improving this surely.
A breakdown of my social accounts:
iftiSEO Facebook Page – 4738 Likes. (+55.3%)
iftekharrm twitter profile – 6192 followers. (+118.3%)
Google+ Profile – 990 Followers. (+18.7%)
Facebook Profile – 1,98,631 Followers. (+0.3%)
Instagram – 2621 Followers (joined recently)
A good increase in numbers ?? I really work a lot on my facebook and twitter profile to keep its reach high. Facebook really drives huge traffic to the posts shared on facebook profile and page.
Here are the most shared content from iftiSEO between Jan 21st 2015 and Jan 19th 2016
So these were all the numbers that I can share. Apart from this, iftiSEO got featured in multiple blogs. Here are some of listings that I found.
Best Indian Blogs: List Of Most Popular Bloggers In India
India’s Top 10 Inspirational Bloggers And Blogs:Gems Of India
Best Indian Tech Blogs: List of Most Popular Blogs in India
Top 50 Indian Bloggers to follow
Top Blog Quotes By Best Bloggers
Moreover I was also interviewed by many bloggers. Here are some of my interviews that you might like:
Iftekhar Ahmed & Karan Wyas Interview: How SEO Changed Their Life
Interview with Iftekhar Ahmed from iftiseo
Interview with Iftekhar Ahmed – Making 7000+ USD in a Month
What else I did in my second year of Blogging !!
In the mean time, I worked on multiple different blogs (events, micro-niche, long term) that fetched me a lot !! Here’s a list of things I managed to do in 2015!!
- Started over 15 new blogs under different categories.
- Broke my own record of single day earning. One of my long term sports blog earned me over 7000$ in one night during a match.
- Did few blogging-SEO webinars on youtube. You can watch them here.
- Mentored 3 people who are now earning in 4 figures monthly. 🙂 Will be doing more in the coming year.
- Cracked some high CPC niches that started giving me an RPM of 50-150$
- Travelled to Mumbai to attend BNLF meet (Blog Now Live Forever)!! An indiblogger event, my first !!! Met some of the best content writers, marketers and authors including Jeff Bullas, Christoph Trappe, Bruce Dickinson (this guy is awesome) etc. Also met many of my close blogging friends like Karan Wyas, Jitendra Vaswani, Rahul Bhatia, Gaurav Jaggi, Sanket Rathod, Vinay Goud, Nitin Singh and many more. Cant list them all… :p However let me put on some pics from the event!!
There are many pics, You can check the complete album here 😉
PS: I was about to skip this event but someone really insisted me to go 😉 Thanks !!!
- Also Took my Secret Facebook Group to a new level. “Premium Tricks by iftiSEO” group is now a home for 1000 bloggers. The group is one of the most active group on facebook with almost 90% of queries getting solved within 24 hours of posting. The members are really active and are always ready to help others in the community. Many success stories have came out of PTI and the group has been linked by many blogs as one of the best mastermind group on facebook for marketers and bloggers. Proud to run such an active community of bloggers. Here are some posts that mentions Premium Tricks by iftiSEO FB group.
10 Smart Facebook Groups for Entrepreneurs
Best Indian and Worldwide Blogging communities: The list.
How Bloggers Can Benefit By Joining A Mastermind Group?
I had lots of fun blogging during my second year !!! Can’t list everything here 😉
Targets for 2016 and the third year of iftiSEO
I have many targets for this year !!!
- Post 15 in-depth guides on iftiSEO. 😉 and atleast 4 posts per month on iftiSEO.com
- Improve search traffic and social presence of iftiSEO.
- Start Affiliate marketing via paid traffic !!!
- Another Important target is to start reading more and more books. Inspired by Kulwant Nagi and I will surely achieve this.
- Setup 1 or 2 amazon niche blogs that starts making at-least 500$ per month. And then to scale it up 😉
- Start Experimenting with CPA and Facebook Ads.
Umm I guess that’s all what I have in my mind right now… The only thing that comes in between is my studies, so it will be a good challenge 😉 Lets see what happens.
Anything left ?? I pretty much included everything but if you still have some questions, you can put up in comments 🙂
Enjoy the song 😉
Hi Iftekhar, Happy Birthday 🙂 your blog guides are always helpful thanks for creating this blog.
Really very Inspiring to see you getting successful in blogging and earning decent income. I am really a regular folower of your blog. I want to join in your Facebook group Premium tricks by Iftiseo. I’ve tried my best to join i the group but i was unable to join the group. Please join me in your group.
What an inspiring story you have, every blogger must read. I was really demotivated after failing on my last blog and going into total loss. But I think now it’s time for a new start with Iftiseo guides 🙂
wow i today got to know thats its 2 year old,,,, was thinking its like ~5 years old. nice work iftekhar. really impressed!
I was just checking out your others posts and saw this one. I was surprised to know iftiseo is 2 years old site. I thought it might me 3-4 years old. Keep delivering awesome content as ever.
Congratulations for the IFTISEO….You are doing superb job….Keep Doing Hard work like this…Best of Luck
Really inspiring, Thanks to share your experience.
Hi Ifti, Wishing you a very
happy birthday for
successfully completing two
years! Trust me I have never
seen such type of blog in my
blogging journey! I learn a lot
from your blog post because
it give me positive vibes,
informative tips and valuable
content with detailed
explanations. I also develop
website in WordPress using
thrive theme but
unfortunately my client
shifted to Drupal! I owe you
man for your blogging
efforts and guidance about
SEO. I am waiting for your
post about Event blogging!
Cheers, and again happy birthday…
Happy Birthday to IftiSEO! Your content is truly amazing and I really love the creative touch you give to your articles. And yeah song is truly awesome 😀
Happy Birthday to IftiSEO man
Your blog and success story is truly an inspiration Iftikhar! I wish you all the success in this year too.
really interesting and inspiring work done by you bro , keep it up 🙂 May allah keep you on success
Wow its a very inspirational one. Wish you more success with your blog 🙂
Congrates and Happy Birthday..
Congratulations for the blog buddy. Keep us updating as you always do. Also I wish you the very best luck for future projects you have mentioned. Keep rocking.
Happy Birthday to IftiSEO man, keep rocking! Keep sharing good stuff, and loved the small touch at the end of including such a nice song! 😀
You have been wonderful throughout these two years. Thanks for the help you do for us.
Congrats for getting success again and again.
Now your blog IFTISEO is 2 years old. So many many happy returns of the day.
I hope you will achieve a lots of things in coming years.
Good luck bro. 😉
A very happy returns of the Day IftiSEo…I like the song man…awesome…
Happy Birthday to iftiseo! I’m also member of Ifti Group from last few days and I have learned a lot <3 Thank you Iftikhar
First Of All Happy Birthday To IFTISEO For Completing 2 Years Blogging ! Really I Am Big Fan Of You 🙂 Reading Your All Article And Especially That Sweet Steal technique That One Is More Greatfull And Helping More To me
Thanks Again !
Hello bro !! first congratulation for this huge success and yeah i learned a lot from ifti seo and still learning so keep blogging and keep motivating us 🙂
First of all my heartiest congratulations to you for completing your 2 years of blogging with iftiseo. The next thing is that I love the way you explain in your articles to gain more people attentions by your helping kind of nature, and yes you are providing the real happiness to them.
This article is also going to change the way of many bloggers by your shared experiences in this. Specially I would like to take some steps according to your birthday guide. 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing.
happy birthday iftiseo
Happy birthday to iftiseo.com
I have learnt many things from this group. You are awesome guy thanks brother
what is procedure to get added in PTI Group?
Wishing Iftiseo a Very Happy Birthday 🙂
Congratulation on successfully completing 2 yrs as a professional blogger.
Happy birthday to IFTISEO, keep going Iftekhar. Good luck for future. 🙂
Happy birthday to iftiseo.com
I would really say the way u come up with new seo techniques every week.. it makes me feel like its not google who made this seo this its u. 😀
And i really want to get added into ur premium group plz let me know about it.
Congrats for completing 2 years of blogging with iftiseo.com. And i also wish you are good year ahead in 2016.
Keep it up.
Hi Iftekhar Ahmed First I want to wish Happy Birthday.
Now i proud that I am a reader of your blog and also member of your Premium Tricks By Iftiseo group on Facebook.
I have learnt many things from this group. You are awesome guy thanks brother 🙂
How u got added to that group? I too want to get added
This is my first comment in IM.. Happy Birthday @Iftiseo.com… $$$$ per day is waiting for you.. you already completed $999.99 per day.. so be ready also to work with me.. 😉
First of all a very very happy birthday to iftiSEO.com and man you got a lot of achievements. Good luck for the future sir.
Congrats bro you educating so many other newbie and even oldy.
Keep doing great efforts
really interesting and inspiring work done by you bro , keep it up .
Congratulations to iftiseo.com which inspires us and every article of this blog shows its uniqueness which inspires me.
Congratulations and best Of luck For the Upcoming Days,
First of all I would like to congratulate you for the outstanding success of your blog IFtiseo.com . It feels great to see the blog completing two years which I was following . The amount of proactive effort you keep to help other’s is worth more than just appreciation. Either it be this blog or the Facebook group , premium tricks by iftiseo are like jems in the blogging community! Hope you keep rocking and achieve many more things.
Congo!! Bro for completing 2 years journey. It’s really wonderful and magical. Also, the way you wrote this post is absolutely amazing. I gotta say what an amazing ending with my one of the favorite song – The Script : superheroes
You listen this band or start listening after my suggestion? In next article embed “If you could see my now”..
That’s cool. Congrats Itfikar. May allah keep you on success
Congrats Iftekhar… Happy to see that you have completed 2 years, yet more and more have to go, and I strongly believe that is it nothing harder for you. I read ifteseo.com, it’s one of my favourite blogs. Just not to buttering you to make my place more secure on Premium Tricks, hahaa, but also I want to say that I love your blog because I find something new methods and tricks in every post. Actually nowadays blogging is no more about content writing but a copy-paste job to the majority. I follow your articles and learnt a lot from there. Keep posting Iftekhar. All the best to you and Iftiseo.com
Happy Birthday, IftiSEO. It is an impressive achievement. Though the SEO niche is saturated, your are managed to bring up IftiSEO to a prestigious spot.
About your Facebook Group, words aren’t up to the mark to express. Everyone should join this Group if he/she thought of establishing in the Blog-o-sphere.
Final thought, Keep up the awesome work!
coool bro.. happy birthday to your blog.. keep rocking and that song is good..
Happy Birthday :* :* ^_^
And Good Luck
long way to go Iftikhar bro.. keep rocking in your life. all the best for your future..
Happy Birthday to your Blog… Keep Rocking 🙂
PS: The song was good, I am not an English Listener, but listented to this one.
Happy Birthday iftiSEO
Congratulation Iftekhar bro. Hopefully the coming days will brings you tons of success !!!
masha allah very good bro ifti
always you are achieving your goals
Happy Birthday IftiSEO <3
Such an amazing Birthday Post, we really want to see more Birthday Posts in the future and we wish you all the best and more success in your life !
Hi Ifti, Wishing you a very happy birthday for successfully completing two years! Trust me I have never seen such type of blog in my blogging journey! I learn a lot from your blog post because it give me positive vibes, latest approaches, informative tips and valuable content with detailed explanations. I also develop website in WordPress using thrive theme but unfortunately my client shifted to Drupal! I owe you man for your blogging efforts and guidance about SEO. I am waiting for your post about Event blogging! Cheers, Aabharan
First of all, I would like to wish Happy Birthday iftiSEO.
About PTI, it is one of best group in which query is solved always.
Best of luck for your future journey.
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