We thought to publish a bloggers’s interview series. The main reason to start a that type of series is many bloggers like to read about other bloggers. How they start blogging? What are the blogging mistakes they have done? What are the blogging tools they use? How do they make money via blog?
As a first blogger we selected Marko Saric. His blog was featured in BBC also.
- What were the biggest blogging mistakes you have done?
Spending too much time-consuming content from social media and other blogs and websites. This can be considered “learning” but in majority of cases the biggest difference for your blog will be you producing new content for your own blog rather than consuming content of other people.
- Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?
WordPress for managing everything. Google Analytics for stats and visitor data. Simplenote for quick and on-the-go note taking and ideas. I have listed more of the tools that I use and recommend at http://howtomakemyblog.com/indispensable-tools/
- Can you tell us top 3 methods you used to make money from blogging?
Affiliate marketing is recommended for most bloggers.Banner ads and other contextual advertising such as Google Adsense is probably the easiest one to start with.The ideal way to monetize is to create your own products and services which you sell directly to your audience.I have a bit more info on monetizing a blog at http://howtomakemyblog.com/how-to-earn-first-500-from-your-blog/
- What are your top 3 favorite blogs?
That changes all the time depending on what i’m interested in at the time so I don’t have a list of top favorites. I recommend http://nuzzel.com for everyone looking to discover new bloggers to follow. That is my favorite tool for finding interesting content online.
- What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?
Just go for it. Enjoy it. Blogging is a great way of spending your free time. You learn to communicate, you improve your writing, you get introduced to the world of marketing and you get to meet and network with a lot of new people. Much better than sitting on a sofa watching TV whole night long.
- How much time do you spend on social media promotion and SEO of your blog?
I aim to spend half of my time on creating great content and the other half of my time on promoting that same content. I post all my content on my own social media channels (here’s a list of promotional channels that I use http://howtomakemyblog.com/post-publish-routine/) but don’t really do any SEO work. For me as long as I create great content that people love and find useful enough to visit and recommend to their friends, the SEO should take of itself. Kind of like I explain in my SEO guide for bloggers at http://howtomakemyblog.com/googles-matt-cutts-wordpress-the-best-blogging-platform-for-seo/
- Is English grammar and spelling is really important for blogging? What is your opinion about it?
If you’re writing to a global audience then English grammar and spelling is important in order for you to communicate your message clearly. Same as if you are writing in any other language. If your content is mostly imagery and video then it might not be as important as when majority of your content is text.
- What is the recommended web hosting for bloggers?
Anything that works for the individual blogger. No web host will help you create a great blog and attract visitors so don’t think too much about it. Web hosting is a commodity these days. For beginners as long as you can install WordPress and it loads within a reasonable amount of time then you are set from the hosting perspective. Focus on more important things instead such as having interesting and useful content.
- What do you think about full-time blogging? Is it a risk?
If you have a loyal audience, you’re dedicated and you’re making income from your blog on a regular basis then I don’t see any difference in having your blog as a full-time job or being employed in a more traditional position. Your risk is the same with both so that shouldn’t be your main determinant.
- What are your future goals in blogging?
My goal with http://howtomakemyblog.com is to introduce the benefits of blogging to even more people and help them start their blogging journeys as smoothly as possible.