Be a better person.
Every single day.

We’re all trying. Aren’t we?
To get smarter at work. To do better with people.
Just that, I share everything I learn, here.
Shamelessly LOL.

Who is Mani Karthik?

Small-town guy from India, who fell in love with the internet.

Went on to do some awesome stuff and worked with some of the smartest minds, at some of the coolest offices and places.

But wanted to do something on my own and decided to 
return to India to follow my passion.

Today, I’m an entrepreneur & mentor, 
helping early-stage startups grow.

If you got a kickass new app, product or service that needs help with growth, perhaps I can help.

If you’re hungry to learn about marketing
and think you could use directions from me, hit me up..

 

I’m on a mission to help NRIs who want to return to India, make it back easy & safe.

Companies I’ve worked with.

Mani Karthik Companies

The Golden 90s in India

Life was so much fun back then, isn’t it?

“Chitrahaar” on Wednesdays, “Mahabharat” and “Disney Tales” on Sundays!

Lots of cricket, video games, friends and fun!

Boy, I miss those days!

Check out my 90’s India article. You’ll Love it.

The Blogger Life

MK_Professional_Blogger_How_to_start_blogging

Blogging has always been my passion.

Being able to pen down my thoughts & opinion on anything.

And someone from half-way around the globe, being able to collaborate to it.

Man, gives me the kick even today! 

What do you really do bro?

It’s the most repeated question.

I help young early stage startups grow & scale.  I blog & share my learning

here & on my YouTube channel.

I run websites, communities & such online properties.

If you got a product/app/website that can use my help, hit me up!

Are you an influencer?

“Sure. What can I influence you with today?” 

I got a few thousand friends on social media. Doesn’t mean I’m out there to “influence”.

I make friends bro! Like we are, now.

MK Reading

What do you blog about?

I write about everything that I find interesting.

From personal finance to technology, spirituality, and everything in between.

Every day is a new learning and every blog is research.

My blog is just an extension of my personality. 

What tools do you use?

I work from my home office and collaborate with remote teams.

Some of them are in the US, a few in Delhi, and few in Singapore.

We work together using various collaboration tools.

Trust me, there isn’t one day that goes by where I don’t test a new tool. 

How to make money blogging

Being able to make money and earn a living through my blogs are truly a privilege and something that happened as an after effect of the things I do.

Today, blogging could be a career choice for anyone.

At least, it can earn you a side income, apart from your day job. Try it out.

MK Blogging on Laptop

Where do you host your blogs?

I host most of my blogs on reliable hosts with exceptional tech, good (read exceptional) customer support, and a lot of flexibility.

Never the cheapest ones or the most expensive ones.

This is why you’ll notice that, most of my high traffic websites are fast and popular!

What do you use for “SEO”?

I keep experimenting with different SEO tools all the time, but one that I’ve found myself using regularly is this one – SEMrush review.

It’s got everything that let me make my websites “Google friendly” and generate traffic.

It’s one of those tools that I don’t mind paying for. Take a look..

What email tool
do you use?

I’m not a big fan of email marketing as I personally find it spammy. But sometimes, you got to do what you got to do.

So for some projects, I end up using a lot of email marketing automations and a lot of emails..

And I do it only on tools that can send emails to my customers, easily. 

MK_Travel

How To Get Over Bad Relationships

When people talk about how a heart break can bring out the poet or artist in you, or that “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought,” probably never had their heart broken. It feels like physical pain, as if someone has reached into your chest and is...

Why I chose the Innova Crysta over Tata Hexa

So, one of the things that kept slipping down my to-do list is travel. It might sound surprising because even though I've been traveling between US and India, and within US, I feel guilty for not traveling within India. Be it Yosemite or Vegas, everywhere I go, deep...

10 Tips to Be More Productive & Do More in Less Time

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, needs no introduction. His net worth stood at $20.3 billion as of December 22, 2017, according to Forbes. But did you know what else Musk is famous for? For being extremely productive. In an interview to CNBC, Elon Musk said, “Focus...

How to Overcome Depression

That moment when you feel like the sky is falling down on you. Everything you do becomes terrible mistakes. People talk behind your back. You end up alone in a room, not able to share your worries to anyone. You feel alone in a crowd. Vultures all around, waiting to...

7+ Best Websites to Buy Bitcoins in India

Bitcoins are all the rage isn't it? In India, although a bit late, Bitcoin is making an impact with lead stories on popular TV channels and newspapers. With the hue price hike happening, it's no more something that can be ignored and there's a growing interest from...

How Can I Be Happy?

I talk to a lot of folks going through depression and suicidal tendencies. One thing that's common among them is that they don't feel important anymore in life. They feel like there is no purpose in life. Generally, they aren't happy. Let's think about that for a...

5 Biggest Regrets Made by People on their Deathbeds

The mere mention of one's own death can evoke different reactions in different people. While some would see it as an unwanted topic to deliberate upon, others like me would see it as an opportunity to reflect back on life and plan course corrections, if needed. I...

An Enterpreneur’s Guide To Starting Your Own Business in India

India has opened its doors not only foreign investment but also eased the process of starting a business for local entrepreneurs. In fact, according to the World Bank’s report, Doing Business 2016, India ranks #130 out of the 189 economies ranked by the organization....

Why buying a Tesla in India might be a very bad idea

Felt like riding a bullock cart driving my Honda CRV to work today morning. Thanks Tesla! This whole Tesla thing came into my radar when they launched Roadster sometime back in 2010, but I, along with many other myopic guys brushed it aside for a toy. I could see that...

How India Discovered Vasco da Gama

In this amazing talk, Sanjay Subramanyam talks about the historic figure Vasco Da Gama and his "not so popular" perspectives and traits as mentioned in texts of that era by others. This talk will reveal how Vasco da Gama appears to be certain times, a cheat,...

Meditation can reshape your brains – Neuroscientist

In this video, Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist, explains with scientific evidence & brain scans how meditation actually changes the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress. Full...

How to get mentions on Forbes and Entrepreneur

I've been in the SEO business for long and one of the things that my clients keep asking me is whether they can get a mention from top high quality websites like Forbes and Entrepreneur.com. Here's what I know. Is it possible? Yes, it is possible to get featured on...

The Best WordPress Hosts I’ve Tried

So, if you're into blogging and wondering which are the best WordPress hosts out there, you'll find a ton of information on Google. Most of which are great. A few are skewed. I personally have tried a bunch of them during my ten years of blogging and can honestly say...

How to Set up a Home office

If you haven't already thought about it, you will - pretty soon. Most tech companies have the luxury to work from home, and are switching to permanent work from home mode. I can only assume many would follow suit both in US and India....

How to start a US company from India?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imkGq2SXmIE&feature=youtu.be Video Transcript You’re in India but want to start a company in the USA and operate it from India. Is it really possible? Totally possible. In this video, I’ll show you how you can start a totally legit...

The Unseen Side of Internet Marketing

I'm tired of seeing the extrapolated, overhyped, over the top, unreasonably successful life of internet marketers plastered all over the internet. Back in those days, it was some guy sitting on a beach in his boxers sipping Pina Colada with an IBM ThinkPad on his lap....

Talking SEO Workflows with Fernando Angulo of SEMrush [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about voice search optimization, the latest Google updates, top SEMrush features and more with Fernando Angulo, the Head of Communications at SEMrush. Here are some of the topics we touch upon. SEMrush's offering for the India Market.How to...

Learnings from February Google Algorithm Update [Podcast]

So, even as we speak there's a Google update going on. There was one last month around the first week of January. And there was one on Nov 7th. What's going on, and what is Google trying to do here? As webmasters, what can you learn from these updates? Here is a...

SEMrush Review

If you're reading this, you probably already know what SEMrush is. And you're looking for validation on whether or not it's a good investment for your website. I can help.   What is SEMrush? SEMrush is a popular marketing software. Many of you might claim to...

Harsh Agrawal on What 10 Years of Blogging Taught Him (Podcast)

If you're into blogging you probably know him already. Harsh is the superstar of blogging in India today! And he's someone I've been watching for the last ten years or so. The growth he has achieved with ShoutMeLoud.com is truly commendable. [su_note...

How Jagoinvestor Became one Among the Leading Personal Finance Blogs in India (Podcast)

If you've searched anything related to personal finance on Google, it's very likely that you've come across Jagoinvestor.com - a leading personal finance blog in India. In this interview, I talk to Manish Chauhan, the Co-Founder of Jagoinvestor.com. He talks about his...

What about your travel blog?

Just like you, I love travel for sure. But I’m not anything like a typical travel blogger. I don’t carry a GoPro wherever I go. I just can’t.

I’d rather immerse in the place and travel experience that I’d write about on the blog later. I write a lot about travel tips, safety and planning though. Like how to visit USA and which are the best travel insurance for USA, etc.

And what about personal finance?

It’s only since I moved to USA, that I learned about personal finance. Ever since, I’ve been experimenting. Where to invest, what to buy, where to buy, how to cut costs, what’s the best splurge etc.

Personal finance in India is still a young concept but I write a lot about best credit cards in India, stock trading, insurance and the like.

Why you obsessed with India?

India is an emotion. She’s so amazing that I haven’t found any other country as loving as she is.

Every few hours, you’ll find a different language, different culture, different food and what not. She’s overwhelming, she’s unpredictable and she’s so full of life.

To me, she’s a lot of opportunities to contribute, and uplift. 

 

Listened to my Podcast, yet?

Or, watch my YouTube videos, perhaps?

Oh! I’ve been featured on the media. Flex! 😉

Join my FB Group

Answers to Your Questions

Are you an Idiot?

Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. Depends on who is asking and what I did just before. But generally, I am one. I think it’s nice to be a learner. Without assumptions. Like a blank page. You learn as you go.

Can I work with you?

Yes. If you have the talent and hunger, you can work with me and my team remotely. If you think you can help me, please contact me with the details and a quick intro. 

What exactly do you do?

I have a small boutique company on my own. And I have many projects under it. I work with remote distributed teams who help me run the company. So it’s like a large team but working remotely.

Are you a blogger?

Yes. I fell in love with blogging back in the early 2000s and is still strong. Blogging lets me share my knowledge with anyone on the internet. It’s a weirdly satisfying feeling knowing that your blog helped someone.

Mani_Karthik_Top_Bloggers_India

I blog so I share what I learned!

I write about anything that I personally am interested in. As I research on the internet, I also try and create a blog on it, so that others who might be searching for it find it useful. I end up writing on anything and everything! Ah, the blogger life.

I wrote about the best banks in India – it is still one of the most popular articles on the blog. I even wrote about the best matrimonial sites in India once. Even best debit cards in India.

Ever since I got to the world of internet, I’ve been keeping watch of which are the best internet providers in India, so a best internet in India wala post to banta hai boss! Heck, I even have a separate article about best 4G internet in India.

Wondering which are the best tour operators in India? I got you covered. Wondering which are the best colleges for direction? I even wrote about the best online shopping websites in IndiaSheesh, it took a month long research.

 

Mani Karthik Entrepreneur

Blogging for passion and money!

I started blogging back in 2007-ish as a fun thing. Never a way to make money or anything. But this blog has grown so much that today it’s helping millions find answers to their questions.

I write about how to make money blogging but that’s just my way of giving back to the readers. Show them also, a way to make money online, do a side gig and fetch some dollars. Whatever I’ve tested (and sometimes failed) I share.

 

Mani Karthik Entrepreneur

Typical Desi in USA story!

Being in USA, there’s a lot you learn. Everything from how to use credit cards to how to ship things to India. My seven years of life in US was filled with daily learning experiences and boy I wrote about them. Every little thing. Like which are the best India calling cardshow to get job in USA.. how to buy stuff from USA etc. Never did I know that others would find them interesting. But there it is.

I once wrote about what to buy from USA to India – super popular!

And of course, Tech to default hai! lol My Indian genes in the work.

I wrote about how to find unknown callers. I even wrote about best astrologers in India. Ever since I got into the world of personal finance, I wrote extensively about best stock trading apps in India and more..like how to start stock trading and such.

I’ve also been advocating the idea of having a side income via online methods like blogging and such (I talk about it extensively on the YouTube channel). So there are some very popular articles on the blog like best work from home jobs India and such.

 

Travel - One place at a time!

Wish I had a pic where I could pose in front of a private jet! Nah, I don’t do that. Yet.

My travel has been part of my work really. I travel a lot for attending conferences or meet a client or just taking a break between things. Working remotely gives you the luxury of traveling at your leisure.

And I write extensively about travel planning, hacks, tips for visa arrangements and stuff. You know, the dirty stuff I don’t find many people showing off about.

 

How To Get Over Bad Relationships

How To Get Over Bad Relationships

When people talk about how a heart break can bring out the poet or artist in you, or that “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought,” probably never had their heart broken. It feels like physical pain, as if someone has reached into your chest and is...

Why I chose the Innova Crysta over Tata Hexa

Why I chose the Innova Crysta over Tata Hexa

So, one of the things that kept slipping down my to-do list is travel. It might sound surprising because even though I've been traveling between US and India, and within US, I feel guilty for not traveling within India. Be it Yosemite or Vegas, everywhere I go, deep...

10 Tips to Be More Productive & Do More in Less Time

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, needs no introduction. His net worth stood at $20.3 billion as of December 22, 2017, according to Forbes. But did you know what else Musk is famous for? For being extremely productive. In an interview to CNBC, Elon Musk said, “Focus...

How to Overcome Depression

That moment when you feel like the sky is falling down on you. Everything you do becomes terrible mistakes. People talk behind your back. You end up alone in a room, not able to share your worries to anyone. You feel alone in a crowd. Vultures all around, waiting to...

7+ Best Websites to Buy Bitcoins in India

7+ Best Websites to Buy Bitcoins in India

Bitcoins are all the rage isn't it? In India, although a bit late, Bitcoin is making an impact with lead stories on popular TV channels and newspapers. With the hue price hike happening, it's no more something that can be ignored and there's a growing interest from...

How Can I Be Happy?

How Can I Be Happy?

I talk to a lot of folks going through depression and suicidal tendencies. One thing that's common among them is that they don't feel important anymore in life. They feel like there is no purpose in life. Generally, they aren't happy. Let's think about that for a...

5 Biggest Regrets Made by People on their Deathbeds

5 Biggest Regrets Made by People on their Deathbeds

The mere mention of one's own death can evoke different reactions in different people. While some would see it as an unwanted topic to deliberate upon, others like me would see it as an opportunity to reflect back on life and plan course corrections, if needed. I...

An Enterpreneur’s Guide To Starting Your Own Business in India

An Enterpreneur’s Guide To Starting Your Own Business in India

India has opened its doors not only foreign investment but also eased the process of starting a business for local entrepreneurs. In fact, according to the World Bank’s report, Doing Business 2016, India ranks #130 out of the 189 economies ranked by the organization....

Why buying a Tesla in India might be a very bad idea

Why buying a Tesla in India might be a very bad idea

Felt like riding a bullock cart driving my Honda CRV to work today morning. Thanks Tesla! This whole Tesla thing came into my radar when they launched Roadster sometime back in 2010, but I, along with many other myopic guys brushed it aside for a toy. I could see that...

Jose Veloso Salgado’s painting 1898 - Vasco da Gama perante o Samorim

Jose Veloso Salgado’s painting 1898 - :Vasco da Gama Perante O Samorim"

How India Discovered Vasco da Gama

In this amazing talk, Sanjay Subramanyam talks about the historic figure Vasco Da Gama and his "not so popular" perspectives and traits as mentioned in texts of that era by others. This talk will reveal how Vasco da Gama appears to be certain times, a cheat,...

Meditation can reshape your brains – Neuroscientist

Meditation can reshape your brains – Neuroscientist

In this video, Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist, explains with scientific evidence & brain scans how meditation actually changes the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress. Full...

How to get mentions on Forbes and Entrepreneur

How to get mentions on Forbes and Entrepreneur

I've been in the SEO business for long and one of the things that my clients keep asking me is whether they can get a mention from top high quality websites like Forbes and Entrepreneur.com. Here's what I know. Is it possible? Yes, it is possible to get featured on...

The Best WordPress Hosts I’ve Tried

The Best WordPress Hosts I’ve Tried

So, if you're into blogging and wondering which are the best WordPress hosts out there, you'll find a ton of information on Google. Most of which are great. A few are skewed. I personally have tried a bunch of them during my ten years of blogging and can honestly say...

How to Set up a Home office

How to Set up a Home office

If you haven't already thought about it, you will - pretty soon. Most tech companies have the luxury to work from home, and are switching to permanent work from home mode. I can only assume many would follow suit both in US and India....

How to start a US company from India?

How to start a US company from India?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imkGq2SXmIE&feature=youtu.be Video Transcript You’re in India but want to start a company in the USA and operate it from India. Is it really possible? Totally possible. In this video, I’ll show you how you can start a totally legit...

The Unseen Side of Internet Marketing

The Unseen Side of Internet Marketing

I'm tired of seeing the extrapolated, overhyped, over the top, unreasonably successful life of internet marketers plastered all over the internet. Back in those days, it was some guy sitting on a beach in his boxers sipping Pina Colada with an IBM ThinkPad on his lap....

Talking SEO Workflows with Fernando Angulo of SEMrush [Podcast]

Talking SEO Workflows with Fernando Angulo of SEMrush [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about voice search optimization, the latest Google updates, top SEMrush features and more with Fernando Angulo, the Head of Communications at SEMrush. Here are some of the topics we touch upon. SEMrush's offering for the India Market.How to...

Got Something to Tell Me?

 I’m easily a click away on WhatsApp. But lemme pretend like I’m busy and give you my email address. Here!