Blogging has turned from being just a hobby into a fulltime profession where people earn loads of money from it. Lots of books, articles and videos have been done illustrating how to become a powerful and influential blogger.
However, some of these books and articles may not give you an objective picture. The best way to look at it is by reading the lifestyles of the top bloggers and their journey to stardom.
This article focuses on the top Indian bloggers who command a huge following on the digital space.
Born in 1977, Amit is an Indian blogger and the brainchild behind Digital Inspiration. He is considered the Godfather of Bloggers in India. Prior to becoming a fulltime blogger, Amit worked for Goldman Sachs in the United States.
In 2004, he quit his job and started a tech blog known as Labnol. He has also been a columnist for the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal (India) as well as a freedom of speech advocate in India. He holds a degree in computer science from IIT Roorkee. His niche is technology, internet and blogging.
Harsh Agrawal is a professional blogger cum entrepreneur. His blog, ShoutMeLoud which he started in 2008 focuses on technology, small business, and blogging. He is a computer engineer by training and in 2013 he won an award for the best Indian blog.
Born in Deoghar, India, Harsh attended Laxman Public school and later Hindustan College of science and Technology where he graduated with a degree in computer engineering. Declining to work as an Assistant Engineer at Accenture, Harsh opted for blogging.
ShoutMeLoud was voted among the top 10 blogs in India as far earnings are concerned. Aged 26, he lives in New Delhi, India and enjoys a good income per month.
Shradha is known for her passion in fronting and promoting entrepreneurship in India. She has successful created an ecosystem where entrepreneurs get informed and enlightened on various opportunities which they can profitable engage in.
Her site, YourStory.com is among the top media platforms in India both for budding and established entrepreneurs.
Faisal is best known as the founder and CEO of MouthShut.com, a review and feedback website he started in 2000. He has been a strong advocate of freedom of speech and internet usage in India. On several occasions, the blogger has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Economic Times, Fortune, BBC, CNN, The Times of India, and UK’s Financial Express among other prominent media.
In 2012, Faisal was named as one of the Top Business People in India who have made history. This follows another recognition he received in 2009 where he was voted as a Youth Icon by Doordarshan, India’s national TV news media.
His exceptional leadership and optimism was again recognized by The British High Commission through its embassy in Delhi where he was named together with 50 others as promising and outstanding Young Leaders.
He is a Bachelor of Science Information Systems graduate from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
He is the FoneArena.com founder and Editor-in-Chief. Varun started blogging while in college out of the need to give consumers lots of information about mobile phones to enable them to make informed decisions.
In the beginning years of establishing FoneArena.com, a Mobile Phones blog, Varun literally used to visit stores so as to get information about the phones they had in stock, their specifications and pricing. Later on, manufacturers realized the role played by his blog and started sending him information about product launches directly.
This together with the dedicated team of mobile phone geeks behind Fonearena is what has made it a household name not only in India but the entire universe.
Having blogged from 2006, Ashish is certainly one of the people to watch in India’s blogging sphere. He is a graduate of IIM Bangalore and IIT Roorkee. He has an impressive profile having worked for companies such as i2 Technologies, Yahoo and IBM.
His blog NextBigWhat has become the center of information for startups, entrepreneurship and digital media news. His drive to start blogging came out of the need to plug in the gap and share about the product industry in India.
Actually his first blog was Pluggd.in which later changed to NextBigWhat.
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The next few years may see other prominent bloggers take over this list.