Interview with Pradeep Kumar of HellBound Bloggers (HBB)

I’m planning to take interviews of entrepreneur & bloggers when ever i get time and publish them on this blog. I think its a great way to learn about the people you are watching everyday or at least few times a month on web.

Today we have Pradeep Kumar with us. Pradeep runs a successful blog HellBound Bloggers (HBB) and a blog network called Slashsquare.


1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi, my name is S.Pradeep Kumar, Founder and Owner of Slashsquare. I’m a Passionate blogger and Irritating engineering student, who enjoys being the former more than the latter.

Slashsquare is a blog network which right now has two blogs under it – HellBound Bloggers (HBB) and HostLater. We have few more ‘yet to be’ launched blogs covering gadgets and movies respectively. We’ll also provide some services and other online media works.


2. When and How did you introduced to WordPress?

HBB is the first blog I installed WordPress on. It was back on 2010 I believe, I heard many people saying good things about this “WordPress” but I had no idea what it is. At that time I was an energetic newbie blogger, so I didn’t bother to install WordPress and check out what it is.

Initially it was very difficult because all those “PHP”, “MySQL”, etc words were Greek to me. But after understanding the use of each and every section I was pleased to the core. WordPress is something every blogger should have at least tried before he/she dies. You can control the CMS with few commands and make it act according to your wishes.


3. Every website has a back story behind it. Tell us story of What was the motivation behind starting the website?

HellBound Bloggers (HBB) was started to experiment blogging. For few months it was just a blog for me, after that I wanted to make it as a community where people can visit to get their queries cleared and learn more interesting stuffs.

I learned from many people, like their attitude and their discipline, those things helped me to achieved such a position.


4. What networking do you do that you feel helps your online business?

I use Social Media and SEO for improving our online businesses. We feel these two can change the reputation of almost anything that is on the web. We also partnered with leading brands like Bitdefender, Fotolia, Shutterstock, Before It’s News, etc for improving Slashsquare.


5. What’s next for you, are you working on any projects or products we should be looking forward to? Give us the behind the scenes exclusive – something you haven’t announced yet anywhere else!

Yes, I have one main project which will be finalized after my exams. I’ll be launching HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Answers. This is something different from Yahoo! Answers, Quora, and other related sites.

People ask questions and you answer them, this is common, but we are going to reward them whenever their answers picked as the best one. By getting more best answers they can increase their reputation score and after a minimal score they can enter HBB Store, where you’ll be having goodies related to your score. Since I’m not hiring anyone for this, it’ll be taking more some time to get launched unfortunately.

The reason I’m going to launch this is, I can see people commenting on my blog asking for help, but the question will be different from the blog post, and also I don’t want to disappoint our readers by deleting the comments. So this portal will be a good choice for them.


6. If there was one thing that you wish you knew before you started the site, what would that be?

That would be WordPress for sure, because HBB was initially using Google’s Blogger platform. Blogger was great but when comparing it with WordPress it lacked several features. If you want to do it in a professional way then WordPress should be your choice.

If I can go back and change one thing, I’ll be installing WordPress on my blog as earlier as possible and experimenting with it for more benefits.


7. Where do you see WordPress Five years from now.

By seeing the potential of WordPress, it could be the basement for almost all the blogs out there. It will be a MUST have part in every space on the web, like you cannot have a proper website without a domain name and web server, similar to that WordPress will also be a integral part of a website. I appreciate the team for providing us such a wonderful platform to innovate our blogs.


8. Tell us few apps/services that you are using these days. (for example: Mailchimp, GetClicky, Buysellads, Magazine3, etc,.)

I’m using this tool called “Google Trends” since it helps me to know what keywords people are searching for on a daily basis. Apart from that I’m also using called “Bufferapp” which makes it super easy to share any page you’re reading. I have also implemented it on our new blogs. I use many tools but these two are quite new to my list.

Dont’ forget to follow Pradeep Kumar on Twitter, his twitter handle is @samsavy. You can also follow HBB blog at @HellBlog.


This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Ileane says:

    Great interview with S.Pradeep! I’ve followed his blog for more than 3 years and I must say that it has come a long way and the content is excellent. Thanks for letting us get to know him better and I look forward to contributing to the new site when it’s launched. Cheers!

    • Matt Kaludi says:

      Thanks Ileane, I’m glad you like the interview.

      It will be my pleasure to interview you for this series.

  2. Ashutosh says:

    great going ; especially the HBB Answers , didnt know about your next projecy

  3. Pratap Singh says:

    It is a good interview with Pradeep. Happy to know about the Answer from HBB.

  4. I learnt a lot of things from Pradeep Kumar and his great blogs for my future blogging plans and current running blogs. He is my best helper and facebook friend and always tries to help me when i need him.

  5. It’s really good interview with my favorite Blogger. HBB Answers is awesome Idea :) I’m also trying to make an interview with him. Searching for new questions :D

  6. venturesden says:

    I would love to contribute to the new answering platform that pradeep sir is starting. I have been following HBB since 1 year and also follow Pradeep sir on facebook. I would too love to write for HBB one day.

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