Internet is a technology which is full of inspiration and wisdom. How it has made the world turned into a Global Village is still admirable. It has reduced distances, connected more life’s and brought new opportunities for everyone.
One such story is from Abdul Wali, who is a famous Udemy Instructor, Blogger and a Vlogger. I usually dont get inspired by someone, but trust me this guy is exceptional! It’s always gives me a lot of energy and motivation, whenever i get a chance to have conversation with him.
This is the first interview on this blog and i’m pleased to let everyone know that I have chosen one of the most admiral personalities for the interview who is, none other than, Abdul Wali.
How he has has groomed himself over the past couple of years is totally brilliant. What if i tell you that he has no Formal Education.. he didn’t went to a school, college or a university, he started from a biryani vendor but still was able to made more than $100,000 in 2015 from Teaching alone! Will you believe that?.. Mostly won’t and I know this.. that’s why I have chosen him for the interview.
Bill Gates rightly said, ‘If you are born poor that is not your mistake, but if you die poor, that is your mistake’ and you are the perfect example for this transformation.
No more suspense or hype, let’s start the interview.
Question 1: Welcome to the Aliraza.co Club! It’s the first interview on my blog and I’m pretty delighted to choose you as the first person. So How Are You Today?
Answer: Thank you very much, Ali Raza for giving me this respect. I’m honoured to be featured on your blog as first person to be interviewed. I’m not feeling well today, but hopefully will be better soon 🙂
Me: Hope you get well soon, nothing is more important than health and glad to have you here. =)
Question 2: Well, Internet has a lot of Information About you, from stories of the Biryani Wala to a person who became the Top Seller at Udemy in no time, but I would like to request you to share something about you and what’s not yet discussed before?
Answer: I’m basically a Blogger who loves to write on topics of his interest. Teaching is another profession I love the most. And I’m simply successful in both of them since day one. What’s not yet discussed is that I came under huge depression & tension at the end of 2015 and that continues even today. I don’t know the exact reason, but whenever I try to do something like I was doing before, it seems like someone simply stops me from doing. I’m trying to overcome this thing.
Question 3: How’s your experience working with Udemy and other sites where you were/are selling your courses? (I know that no one can gain success overnight, what looks overnight to people is actually countless sleepless nights bundled with a lot of hardwork.)
Answer: Udemy is a great e-learning platform for both students and teachers. I came across this platform in 2013 as a student, and then started teaching on Udemy in 2014 as I had made some progress in improving my English, so I thought to give it a try. Udemy has a wonderful interface and great tools for instructors to produce a unique course. They help at every stage during the process. They have an official free course for new instructors which is must to watch before starting teaching there. And after I got some success on Udemy, other similar platforms started contacted me to promote my courses such as StackSkills.com, Skillshare.com and Cyberu.com etc.
Me: Thats great to know.
Question 4: A part from Udemy and Courses, What other businesses you are currently running?
Answer: As I said before, I’m basically a Blogger, and I’m not going to quit it. Currently, I blog on traveling at Flyingtoworld.com and visiting new places every month. I also manage few YouTube channels where I upload my vLOGs on Traveling and tutorials for Urdu users. I use affiliate products to generate good revenue from Blogging. Payoneer had offered me a fixed CPA rate of $75 per signup which is converting very well, I also run an online tutorials website mainly for Local audience with the name of Onlineustaad.com
Question 5: What are your top 3 customer acquisition channel for your courses? (Sorry for a marketing type question, but i’m basically a digital marketing consultant)
Answer: Well Ali, My website, Onlineustaad.com where I share free tutorials and tips with everyone is a great source of customer acquisitons from me because mostly people who are looking for more information on the topics i have written, usually go for the Paid Course for better learning.
The second acquisition channel which is working great for me is to (Time by time) offering regular promotions and discounts to the students who are interested in my courses.
The third method is also a great one and that is my Youtube channel, where I have almost 20k Subscribers.
Social Media also has given me a lot of customers so it’s a blessings too but keep in mind that I never did paid promotions for my courses.
Question 6: I have seen your Vlogs and Travelling Journey’s, Can you discuss how they are helping you in generating more business/money?
Answer: Traveling is just a start to refresh myself, I don’t expect much from that business at the moment. But I intend to improve it overtime and make a huge difference through my blog and my channel in the future. It’s slowly establishing and will require time and dedication to convert into a proper business. Though, travel industry has a huge potential and I’m more interested in building an asset as well as the audience for the time being.
Question 7: What are the key factors in optimizing the Udemy and Youtube Channel?
Answer: For Udemy, I’d say you have to find a unique topic, or make your topic a unique one.
For example, I wanted to start a course on Udemy and I had a topic in mind which was PHP, and there were so many courses on that topic already existing, so I researched a little and then found out that if I create a project based course using PHP that would have no competition, so I created eCommerce website using PHP which became popular since day one, and Udemy also has an algorithm same like Google, you have to use all of your main keywords in the title/description of the course in order to get a better ranking in the results (Good reviews from students also helps). And for Youtube, I usually try to focus on Meta DATA such as title, description and tags. The video thumbnail is also very important these days.
Question 8: How do you See Internet? and What do you see the future of it?
Answer: Well Ali, that’s a very interesting question, I feel that Internet is an amazing revolution in modern times. If there was no internet, I’d be nowhere. And I see the future of internet very bright and more advanced.
Me: Artificial Intelligence.. Maybe.. But who knows? 😀
Question 9: Any Interesting Experience from your Online Business Journey you would like to share with the audience?
Answer: Online business is all about learning and Implementation. Nothing works overnight, You have to keep on implementing and testing new stuff, basically if you understand what you are doing then there is 99% chance for success.
Question 10: Any suggestions you would like to pass to the professionals, who are already earning money?
Answer: My advice to them will be that you need to be honest with yourself and people you are working with. Don’t hesitate to take bold decisions at crucial times. Never stop learning, as online business is all about new opportunities and new techniques. so nothing is permanent here.
Question 11: Any suggestions you would like to pass to the newbies in this field?
Answer: Don’t start anything before properly understanding it first. I started Blogging in 2010, but before starting blogging, I had invested at least 3 months to learn it. and when I started teaching on Udemy, I had spent at least one month in learning and understanding it. So please learn a thing legally and properly and then start it to get experience and use that experience to master it and think big!
Question: Do You Have Any suggestions for AliRaza.co and How its going?
Answer: You are welcome Ali Raza, AliRaza.co is going great and I like the monthly reports which you are publishing every month. I think you are the first blogger from Pakistan who shares his monthly earning. Secondly, from user experience point, I’ll suggest to move the top banner somewhere at the bottom and there should be a menu of links at the top. rest everything looks great.
Me: Thanks for such an appraisal and Yes the number is very few and I’m glad to be the first blogger who started the concept of Monthly Income Report in Pakistan, but the number is slowly increasing and i expect to see new faces this year who will be sharing there monthly reports as it’s a great way to track your performance and goals as well building a relation with your audience.
As far as the suggestions from the user experience point of view is concerned, I have noted your concerns and I will definitely be reviewing them. 🙂
Question: Thanks Abdul Wali Brother for your time and answering the questions in explanation.. Hope you have enjoyed the interview.
Answer: Your’s welcome Ali Raza. Your Questions were great, Hope it’s going to be a good learning for your audience.
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Thanks everyone for reading out the interview. For those who want to learn, Abdul wali story is quite deep. You can learn few things from him as such I was able to :You shouldn’t need to be worried on what and how people will react to whatever you are doing, just keep on doing. Don’t lose hope, God have a better plan for you.His native language is not English, In fact he has never been to a school but he has thousand’s of students from First Tier World Countries and One of his course is being recommended by the Singapore government itself for there employees.
So What Did you Learn from this Interview? Share your Thoughts via Comments.
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