Blogging Tips From Philip Varghese at Philipscom

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Philip Varghese from Philipscom today on the blog.  I connected with Philip on Google+ and he has a lot of experience in blogging.  Philip blogs about a lot of topics, one of which being blogging tips. Please make him welcome and connect with him at the end of the post.

1.  Tell us about yourself and your site at Philipscom

PhilipscomI am Philip Verghese ‘Ariel’ born and brought up in Kerala, which is a southern State in India. I am a freelance writer, blogger and an editor by profession.  My main interest is in writing, print and web media.

I am married and have two children.  My wife is also a professional in a private organization.

Philipscom is the name I selected for my blog at In the recent time I shifted my blogging platform from blogger to WordPress.  This page mainly deals with different social activities especially concentrating on environmental issues like global warming etc.

I also write about political activities, spiritual subjects and other subjects related to current issues. Finally, I write about  internet marketing, and many other subjects related to blogging and its promotions at different social platforms.

2. What made you start blogging?

My blogging journey is a long story.  To put it in a nutshell let me say:

One of my colleagues (a computer geek) said “Anna (Brother) why don’t you start a blog of your own, since you have great talent in writing.  I searched and found some blogging platforms like Trinod, Associated content, Google Knol pages and a few others.

I began my blogging journey by posting comments on other blogs.  I received good response from authors and other readers.  After reading my comments they inquired about my blog page and other blogging activities.  I did not have a blog and it was suggested to me that I start a blog of my own.

At that time I was very active at Knol pages and a few of my contents received special recognition from the Knol authors Guild and various other Knol platforms.  I was really happy at that but was very sad when Google shut their Knol platform and migrated all our pages to the WordPress platform.

I became confused with the WordPress platform and I expressed my fear to my mentor. He said not to worry as I could start a blog with Google’s blogger platform and thus Philpscom was born and now Philipscom at WordPress platform itself.  Of course for this new page, I am indebted to my brother and friend Rejoy Poomal (a computer engineer and a website designer) for the page’s formation.

After a year or so I started my Malayalam blog page under the title Arielintekurippukal (Ariel’s Jottings).  I received a warm welcome from the Malayalam bloggers community and this page is now a popular one among the Malayalam blog readers.  Now this blog you can read at Google Play store’s by downloading App Vayanashala .    

3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?  Is there anything that you particularly dislike?

The thing I like most about blogging is that there is no scissor applied to our writings by the editor like you find in the print media. We are the editors!  It is an open space where we can let out our feelings, sorrows, happiness or whatever it is without any inhibitions.

To put in nut shell “we are the boss of our creations, jobs or establishments.” No one will come with instructions like “do it like this” or “finish it like this”. I really like most this particular character of blogging.

Of course there are our readers who air their opinion about our post, which we can accept it or reject.  But ultimately we are the final authority of our posts or blogs. This is what I enjoy about blogging.

There are also many dislikes.  On the top of the list is when we visit a post and air our opinion or suggestion in the post with much enthusiasm, but unfortunately many bloggers do not respond.  This is really an irritating thing in relation to blogging which I dislike most.

When we take so much time to read and air our feedback, at least on a courtesy sake they can put forward few words to our comment.  In many cases this seldom happens. Of course in the recent past I could find a good number of people who are an exception to this trend and I appreciate them.

In my opinion this is not a good trend, when one blogger or for that matter any reader take their time to read our blog and post their opinion we should respond to them, though not immediately we need to give a fitting thank you note to their views. I am sure the reader expects this from us when they comment on our posts. Of course we are all busy people but still we can find some time for our readers.

4. On average, how much time do you dedicate each day/week to your blogging?  How do you keep track of what you are doing?

Oh my…. the timing at blog, it all depends on the demand of the day.

If an urgent thing needs to be finished (like this interview) sometimes I burn the midnight lamp till dawn! But this is very rare.  An average day’s work in the evening is from 8 till 12.  

I spent my time on blogging related activities.  This includes content creation, replying to comments and reading and commenting at fellow bloggers pages.  Of course I also set aside some time for promotion of my blogging through social media and reply there. Sometimes I keep the night just to visit and read fellow bloggers pages especially those who visit my page and post their opinion I make it a point to visit and air my opinion in such pages. 

To keep a track of this activity is an extremely difficult task, but still I do a routine check every day to keep track of the happenings.

5.  If you could go back in time and tell yourself ONE thing when you started blogging, what would it be?

In blogging if one can read as much as fellow bloggers post and post constructive comments that will be a great thing.  I am sure that will definitely increase our knowledge and of course that will give an automatic exposure to our pages.

As I mentioned earlier, my blogging career started on reading other people’s blog pages and posting my opinion in the comment form.  My comments were attracted by many and they landed on my page by reading my comments elsewhere.

This is the one I can tell myself again and again. Read fellow bloggers posts and air your opinion. And I still follow that rule.

6. Do you make an income from your blogging?  If so, what would you say has been your most successful way of making money online to date?

Oh My!! Income!

This is one of the major thing most of the bloggers in mind when they start blogging, but in the initial stage I never thought of it and I continued posting at different places.  But at a later stage by reading a good number of blog posts on money making that really got attracted me and I thought of directing my way to that line.  I applied for Adsense and I got it before the normal approval time.

As you know Adsense’s peanut share to its members, I am ashamed to say it aloud.  Of course there is an income via Adsense but through other writings I am getting something more.  Especially in the recent times I joined in an internet marketing social website a content curation site and by posting comments there I earned a sizable amount in a short period.

And after the creation of my new page Philipscom I just joined in some affiliate marketing business and the result is yet to come. In short there is not much to so on this line, but I am sure the constant hard work on these lines will fetch some good results in the near future.

7. As well as blogging, do you have another full/part time job or parenting responsibilities?  How do you juggle these demands?

I am not a full time blogger.  I have a full time job that takes my time from 9 to 5. I am working in a Christian Organization as an Associate Editor. Editor in charge of their Bi-monthly magazine called Confident Living. And also I manage a blog and few social sites for the organization.

Coming to the responsibility of parenting, I have two sons, the elder one is now working in an IT company and the younger one is in the 10th standard. Since he is in 10th class he needs more attention and I need to help him out since his mother too is a working woman we need to share the responsibilities.

I am sad to say that these days that most of my free time I spend on blog related activities. I could not really fulfill those needs fully. I really regret to this, since she takes care of every other household needs, indeed fulfilling those needs are a great task before me. I appreciate my wife’s patience in this regard.

8. What would you say is your favourite social media platform and why? 

My favorite social media platform is of course G+.  I do have two accounts in Facebook but since I don’t like it I very seldom use this and instead I spend more time and sharing at G+

The reason to opt more time at G+ is the easy accessibility of G+.  Whenever I open my Gmail account I can see the notification from G+ at the sidebar of my Gmail account and immediately I go there.

Another thing I noticed is that there are special people there.  This does not mean that Facebook people or friends are not special people. Of course they are! But somehow I do not like the presentations there by the people. But the responses and the other connected activities at Google+ is really a demanding one and I love it.

The recent Google “Hangout On Air” is yet another reason which attracted me a lot at G+. I learned a lot in relation to internet and blogging through these activities. There are a good number of amazing and expert people who do regular HOA in their respective niche. Most often I attend to it and that fetch some special knowledge in that line.

9.  What has been the biggest hurdle that you have come across in your blogging career to date?  How did you overcome this?

That is indeed a good question.

The biggest hurdle is nothing but my meager technical knowledge in blogging. If anything untoward happen in relation to the web page I have to depend on somebody.  For instance the other day when I opened my page it showed nothing but a message saying:  ”the bandwith limit exceeded”.  First I was surprised, then worried.

Hey what the hell happened to my blog page? Where are my contents?

Since I have a limited knowledge on this line all such silly doubts raised.   I immediately contacted my designer friend and he fixed it within no time.   This is one of the major hurdle I face in my blogging career. I think a blogger should be aware about such things. I mean some basic technical knowledge.

Of course there are a good number of people out there to help me out, and I received many such help from different people from around the world in such situation to overcome it. Once I faced a very nasty situation in relation to my template.

There was a widget I embedded and a small bird, a twitter like one started roaming all around my page.  People complained saying, the bird is giving lot of trouble, we can’t even read your stuff since the bird is coming and overlapping the letters.  I was asked to remove the bird from your page otherwise it will spoil everything, and people will ran away from.

I was in dilemma and I posted this problem in all may social media pages and from different quarters I received different suggestions.  Some even said shoot the bird in a sarcastic way in fact.  I tried everything one by one without any result, instead the bird’s flying speed increased and was making lot of trouble.

Then one day a blog friend from a suggested some solution to drive out that nasty bird, sadly I could not follow his instructions since my tech knowledge is limited, and I requested him to do it for me.  That was really a great headache. I am so glad that the amazing power of internet and its worldwide activities, within no time we can reach people and get needed help from them. The social sites and blogging added to that flow.

10. How do you drive traffic to your blog and grow your readership?

As I said I have two accounts in Facebook.  Apart from Facebook I also have accounts in almost all social media platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, and many others.

But the one I like the most is G+ since immediately after completing the content page and by pressing the Publish button there appear the G+ sharing page and it automatically get promoted to our G+ page  as well as to our friends’ circles in G+. This is one of the part I like in G+ but this facility is not available in other social platforms.

I have also joined as a member of different social forums where they discuss about various things on blogging and other internet, marketing related activities. I get traffic from these forums and other bloggers groups.

Joining in different social sites as well as social forums and groups are the major driving source to my traffic and the growing readership.  I am a member at Indiblogger one of the major blogging platform in India, and also a member in different Malayalam Bloggers’ Forum/Group as well as Blog Directories.  Recently I joined in the group of International Bloggers Association (IBA) as a Board member.  Joining in and actively participation in their discussions etc. will surely fetch more readership and traffic to our pages.

I am sure this is one of the reason for the increase in my Alexa rank.  It is increased tremendously.  Few months back it was 790K and now the present rank is 132K and in India it is 12K. I think this is just because of my blog presence in these social media sites. Here again I want to say a word about  Immediately after joining there, traffic to my blog increased tremendously.

Joining such social media marketing and other social media sites are a vital thing for any bloggers.  My traffic and readership come from these places.

11. What is the most important piece of advice you could give to a new blogger?

Any new blogger’s first and foremost aim is to get visitors and readers to their pages. Of course this is not only to the newbies desire, but for that matter it is the aim of any blogger.

But sadly in the initial stage a newbie may not get this and they get frustrated and some even decide to leave the arena of blogging. My sincere advice to them is that please do not give up!

Write and produce well written pieces and post about it through your social media platforms and do a good propagation business. Don’t feel shy in doing this, people may call you an exhibitionist or even sometimes you may have to listen to harsh words, but don’t mind and go ahead with your promotion work.

Unless you promote your activities no one else will. Don’t worry over such nasty comments and don’t give up by hearing such upsetting comments.  Keeping such things go ahead! The success is yours.

And the last and final advice I would like to share with my newbie bloggers is that: “Read read and read more blog pages and air your views.  Do this as much as you can and I am sure the end result will be a very fruitful one.

May you have a great and wonderful time of blogging.

I express, my sincere thanks to Catherine for giving an opportunity to be your quest today on Friday’s featured blogger.

I’d like to say thank you to Phil for sharing with us today.  If you would like to connect further with him, you can do so at his social media profiles.

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Catherine Holt is the founder of Blogging Tips 101. She has been an internet marketer since 2012. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

26 Responses to “Blogging Tips From Philip Varghese at Philipscom”

written by Minnie On 14 November 2014 Reply

Hello Philip Varghese,

It is really great interview. Thank you for your suggestions Philip, it really helpful for the new bloggers.


written by Catherine Holt On 17 November 2014 Reply

Glad you found Phil’s interview useful Minnie, and that you are able to implement some of his suggestions. Thanks for stopping by :-)

written by Philip Varghese Ariel On 18 November 2014 Reply

Hi Minnie,
Nice to meet you here at Catherine’s page.
Thanks for your wonderful feedback, happy
that you liked it.
Keep visiting.
Best Regards
~ Philip

written by Philip Varghese Ariel On 15 November 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

What a pleasant thing to be here at your place today as Friday’s Featured Guest Blogger!
I am very much honored by this Cath. Indeed it’s a great joy to be here along with some of my
friends and well known bloggers! That itself is a great honor. I am much elated! :-)

Good that, I could read the post before the scheduled time.
Thanks for your support in this regard.

Keep up the good work my dear friend.

Hope your readers will get something out of this post.

May you have a great and blessed time ahead.
Keep Sharing, keep informed.

With kind Regards

~ Phil

written by Catherine Holt On 17 November 2014 Reply

Your welcome Phil, it is great to have you on board. I’m sure our readers will learn something new from you. Have a great week :-)

written by Okto On 20 November 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine and Philip,

Great to know Philip for your blog Catherine! I think you have mentioned two important aspect in blogging today. The time schedule and traffic generation strategy. If we can do correctly on those two aspect, I believe our blog can grow positively.

written by Philip Varghese Ariel On 29 November 2014 Reply

H Okto,
Thank you so much for visiting this page,
Glad to meet you too here at Catherine’s place.
Yes, i agree with you, these are the two vital aspect in blogging,
If one can concentrate on these two area, definitely our blogs will grow tremendously.
Thanks for your time and insightful feedback Okto. :-)
Keep visiting :-)
Keep informed
Have a great weekend
Best Regards
~ Philip

written by M. J. Joachim On 20 November 2014 Reply

As a blogger with five blogs of my own, I really appreciate the thorough content shared in this wonderful interview. We can all learn a lot from this post, whether we are new bloggers or veterans who have been at it for a while. Thank you so much for sharing this excellent post with us.

written by Philip Varghese Ariel On 29 November 2014 Reply

Hi MJ,

Good to see you at Catherine’s place.
Glad that you found this and posted an insightful feedback.
Thank you so much for the uplifting words about this post.
Nice that you picked up something from this post LOL :-)

But I more happy that a veteran like you said about this post. :-)
Keep visiting
Keep informed
Hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving day well.
Have a great weekend.
With lots of regards and love.
Sincerely yours

~ Phil

written by Don Purdum On 21 November 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine and Phil,

Great choice of person to introduce us to Catherine.

Phil, I so appreciate your openness and transparency in the interview. It’s really great to get to know you from a personal point of view.

I love that you encourage bloggers to share their opinions. So many are afraid to take a risk and share their own views. But, isn’t that one of the things that make each of us unique and different?

It was really nice to get to know you better. I look forward to interacting with you more!!!!

~ Don Purdum

written by Philip Varghese Ariel On 29 November 2014 Reply

Hi Don,
What a pleasant surprise! :-)
Nice to see you at Catherine’s place.
Hey I am much elated by your encouraging words.
I appreciate your concern towards fellow bloggers and for their upliftment.
Yes, Don, that is where many of us as bloggers fail, and if we come out open without fear we will definitely get some opinion from different quarters and that helps us to develop to go forward in a right way. Many a times this does not happen due to the fear of not expressing our inner feelings openly.
Thank you ones again for your insightful feedback on this post.
Thanks Cath for giving me an opportunity to speak to your readers too! :-)
Keep going.
Keep informed.
Have a great weekend
Hey, Don, and Cath hope you all enjoyed the wonderful Thanksgiving day. :-)
Have a great time ahead
~ Phil

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written by ikechi On 18 December 2014 Reply

Hi Philip and Catherine

Thank you Catherine for letting Philip share his insight on blogging. I love this interview and even though I have known Philip, I still was able to learn more thing from his insight. He definitely is a problogger.

Philip thanks for sharing your tips and experience in blogging. Have a great week.

written by Catherine Holt On 23 December 2014 Reply

Thanks for sharing with us :-) It’s amazing how much we know about bloggers, that there is always more to know. That’s the exciting thing about blogging I guess….there is still a little bit of hidden gems from everyone :-)

written by Nathaniel Kidd On 19 December 2014 Reply

Hello Catherine,

I agree with Don – What an awesome choice! I have been following Philip for a a while now. I learned even more about Philip today. He is very honest and I love that about him. I also love his advice that he gives new bloggers. His story is inspiring and can definitely help all of us. Philip we all expect you to be around for years to come sharing your wonderful insights with us.

written by Nisha Pandey On 20 December 2014 Reply

Hi Philip and Catherine,

Philip, Nice to see you at Catherine’s Blog. I loved to read blogger’s interviews. It always inspires me to do more well and grow quickly in blogging.

This is wonderful and inspiring one too. This is good to know some detail about you and your blogging, Philip. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Thanks Catherine for featuring Philip Here. I really enjoyed reading here.

Both of you enjoy your weekend.

written by Catherine Holt On 23 December 2014 Reply

So pleased to hear the interview inspiring Nisha. The great thing about blogger interviews is that it does allow the blogger to show a bit more of “themselves” and it certainly helps the connection.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us :-)

written by Harleena Singh On 20 December 2014 Reply

Hi Phil, and welcome to Catherine’s blog :)

That was a wonderful interview indeed :)

Yes indeed, I remember the time when you were on the Blogger platform and then switched to WP – not to mention the other blog you manage too (though I didn’t understand a word of it when I visited it it’s in Malayalam)

You are right about replying to comments, and I am sorry, I’ve lately been a little guilty myself of not replying to a few of the comments on my posts, which I’d be doing in my winter break (after Christmas). I guess I am forever at the ABC and commenting on everyone else’s and not my own as it’s always about others, and later yourself, isn’t it? And that time never really comes nowadays :)

You are right about reading and visiting more blogs, as that is how your knowledge increase, and so do your blogging relationships, which carry on to beautiful friendships, isn’t it?

Good to know so much more about you PV, and I wish you every success and joy in years to come. Thanks for sharing this interview with us. Happy weekend to both of you. :)

written by Catherine Holt On 23 December 2014 Reply

Thanks for stopping by Harleena and leaving a comment here :-) I think we are all guilty of not responding to comments at times. When things get busy, it can be difficult to keep up. But as long as we do our best, it’s all that can be asked. You do a great job Harleena, so I think you are safe :-)

Glad that you enjoyed Philip’s intervew :-)

written by Rohan Chaubey On 21 December 2014 Reply

Hi Philip sir,

Congratulations! :)

I have read your About page on Blogspot and now again in the interview… Nice to know more about you. :)

My favorite social media is G+. My reasons are exactly same as yours.

I enjoy reading your posts. And it is great to find a blogger with a multi niche blog.

It is impressive to see that you are so dedicated to blogging that you sometimes write in the night. You are an inspiration.

Thanks for the advice and information.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

- Rohan Chaubey.

written by Catherine Holt On 23 December 2014 Reply

It’s certainly hard to be a multi niche blogger, but this is something that Philip does very well.

I like both of you love Google+ too…it’s an awesome platform!

Thanks for stopping by Rohan :-)

written by Adrienne On 23 December 2014 Reply

Hi Philip and Catherine,

I wanted to stop by and be sure to read this wonderful interview with Philip. He’s such a nice guy and I was happy to learn more about his particular journey as well as other things he’s involved in and his life outside of the online world.

I love your questions, a wide variety of a little bit of everything. Gave us a chance to get to know Philip a little better.

I think that’s so cool that you actually did start out commenting on other blogs first Philip and that people started to recognize that. So see, you’ve been doing this for awhile now and you knew from the start how important making those connections were. I loved hearing that.

I appreciate this interview and I hope you both have a wonderful week. Be sure to have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


written by Catherine Holt On 23 December 2014 Reply

Thanks Adrienne, it certainly is great to get to know Philip that little bit better. Glad you enjyed his interview.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Christmas :-)

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written by TonmoyParves On 9 April 2015 Reply

Hello Catherine and Philip Good to see you here. Yes, I have to say first that Philip is just awesome. Specially i know as well i am already connected with him on Social media as well Facebook and Twitter. He always share his own experience for Blogging and that’s why i like him most.And Catherine, You are also doing amazing great Job :) thanks for the interview. Just learn a lot’s points by reading this interview :)


written by Catherine Holt On 3 June 2015 Reply

That’s great that you enjoyed the interview Tonmoy. It’s always great to be able to learn off each other :-)

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