Bloggers Face-Off: Jeremy Wright vs. Nandini Maheshwari

By Daniel Scocco

Ever considered joining a blog network? Well, then you will probably like this edition of the Bloggers Face-Off. Those bloggers created two of the biggest blog networks on the Internet.

Jeremy Wright is the founder of b5media, a very successful network that includes some flagship blogs like Problogger.net and Copyblogger. Nandini Maheshwari, on the other hand, is the mind behind the Instablogs community, a blog network that is growing very fast. Enjoy!

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Jeremy Wright
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Nandini Maheshwari
1. How long have you been blogging? 4 glorious, heartbreaking, wonderful, fun-filled, tear-jerking years 😉 1.5 years
2. How many blogs does your network have? We’re at about 200 now, give or take 133 blogs and growing
3. What is the main advantage of joining a blog network? It takes most of the stress of blogging away (design issues, software
updates, finding advertisers, etc)
Great community, traffic, exposure, higher revenue potential, and technical expertise
4. How much money does the average blogger on the network make? With our new pay system, most of our bloggers will earn 150-250$/month
doing 4-5 hours work a week
Instablogs, being a large community, it varies a lot from person to person
5. What is your favorite social bookmarking site? To be honest, I don’t use any social bookmarking sites Stumble Upon
6. What is the main revenue source for the network? Banner advertising through premier partners, without question Private Ad sales
7. Do you think AdSense units make a blog look unprofessional? It depends. But even the “most professional” AdSense unit will rarely
pay as a low-end inventory banner (50c-1$)
Yes, if you overdo them
8. Does the network invest money into promotion? We invest back into our bloggers. We have 2 people full time (Shai and
Darren) training other bloggers
So far, we have not spent any money but in coming days, we are planning few ad campaigns for our upcoming community features
9. How many RSS feeds do you read daily? Probably 40-50. But I spend a lot of time on TechMeme 200+
10. If you could give one advice for a novice blogger, what would it be? Find your passion and never lose it. No matter what anyone says, if
you’re having fun and expressing yourself, that’s what matters
Go read Problogger.net. However seriously, best advice would be to have patience, be consistent, and network with fellow bloggers in early days
11. If you could read only one blog, which one would you pick? No question, it’s Savage Chickens My own (http://www.bornrich.org)
12. What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word? Community Passion
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52 Responses to “Bloggers Face-Off: Jeremy Wright vs. Nandini Maheshwari”

  • Kamal Hasa

    Well it’s good to see a Female from India riding waves in the world of Blogosphere 😉

  • Bang Kritikus

    133 blogs, how to manage them ????

  • Jeff

    Wow, I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your Bloggers Face-Off series. It’s truly one of the most addictive topics I’ve read in quite a while. I’m new to blogging, and extremely interested in learning from the pros, and this is a fun way to get some condensed information, and just a general insight into the way the pros look at blogging.

    More, more, more…..please ?

    I think they’re ALL winners.

  • Albert

    What’s the benefit of being part of a blog network?

  • Steven Burda

    Great!

  • Daniel

    Angelina, for all the face-offs the voting sessions lasts from Tuesday to the following Friday.

  • Angelina ——

    Why this voting has been closed 😉

  • Angela

    I had a difficult time declaring who won this face-off. In the end I chose Jeremy Wright. However, that isn’t to say that Nandini Maheshwari didn’t share some very valuable information.

    I picked Jeremy because his responses were better rounded and he has a bit more experience which definitely shines right through in his writing. I’ve had my eye on B5 for quite some time now and hope to join up with them when all my kiddos are in school. Right now with all of my internet projects and blogs I just don’t have any time to devote. And who knows, they may not even like my style of writing but that doesn’t matter because we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. (Sure hope you’re reading J)

    I’ll certainly be keeping my eye on Nandini’s blog network as it’s always good to observe before jumping right in. I also have to agree with everybody that has clearly stated the obvious: Nandini is BEAUTIFUL.

    One thing I have to say is that I think they are both winners and it’s unfortunate there wasn’t an option to be able to vote for both of them. But then again, if that option were available it wouldn’t be a face-off now would it?

    I have to comment them both for being willing to support each other. In today’s cut-throat Internet that is so seldom. People that are unwilling to help others OR are selfish with their blogging usually don’t last long. The negative energy winds up showing through in the end and that’s a sure fire way to fail miserably at networking and making new friends.

    Ok, well – I’ve rambled enough. Congratulations to you both and best of luck with your endeavors! 🙂

  • Geeksugar

    What a great interview and fun idea! I voted for Nandini because I’m a Born Rich junkie and because I agree with her…it’s all about passion. Kudos. What a fun series!

  • Daniel

    Nandini thanks for stopping by, it was really fun to collect the answers from my part as well.

  • Nandini

    Hey Guys.
    This face off was really fun, never knew it could create such a response. Thanks Daniel for that.

    For those who took it a bit seriously, actually things between Instablogs and B5media are quiet cool. Jeremy is very right when he said; things are cooperative and not competitive. Jeremy and I have been chatting for a while and exchanging ideas which have helped both networks, in many aspects.

  • Gayla McCord

    Whew, I’m sure glad you pointed that out tee hee

    I think you BOTH deserve a little recognition from time to time — even if it is just for fun 🙂

    I like Instablogs but I heart b5media.

    I know what side by bread is buttered on *wink wink*

  • Jeremy Wright

    Either way, I’m a pretty big fan of Instablogs. As I’m sure Nandini would tell you, b5 has offered them a lot of help (including ideas that have really helped them take off and earn more revenue).

    The team there does a fantastic job, is incredibly professional and deserves every bit of success they get locally and on the world stage.

    They work their asses off, and it really shows in their growth and the raw strength of the Instablogs community. It’s absolutely fantastic and Nandini and the team have every right to be proud of what they’ve built 🙂

    Just a quick note on the seriousness/sexistness of this…

    This is all in fun. Nandini and I chat every once in awhile (I’m often too busy or travelling to answer lately, which is my loss) and it’s never competitive. It’s always cooperative.

    Instablogs rocks. Nandini rocks. And, yes, she’s beautiful, but she’s also incredibly strong, smart and a great leader 🙂

  • Daniel

    atul, Jeremy is right, the questions about how long they have been blogging was a personal one, not related to their networks.

  • Jeremy Wright

    b5 is 18 months old… I’ve personally been blogging for 4 years.

  • atul

    The fact stated at the top of the comparison chart sums it up for instablogs. b5 is four years old but instablogs has managed to secure that position in just 18 months of its existence, give them those four years and b5 doesn’t even stand a comparison chance .

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