It’s one thing to find success in the world of online marketing and blogging, then it’s another to do the same in the world of Podcasting. I first really started to listen to podcasts when I came across Pat Flynn and listening to his shows. It’s really amazing how many people are finding his blog as a result of the podcast and growing his audience. Since learning more about podcasting I’ve definitely been thinking about starting a series of my own. During my research I came across David Jackson of SchoolofPodcasting.com and thought he would make for a great addition in our continuing meet the bloggers interview series.
1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?
At an early age I was always creative. Be it poetry, short stories, and later I got into cassette decks and recording audio. So I’ve always been creative. As a computer trainer, I had to learn Microsoft Front page, and that got me on the Internet and one thing has lead to another.
2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?
I’ve always been a geek, a musician, and a content producer, so davidjackson.org and schoolofpodcasting.com kind of allow me to be creative and mix in some technology. When I work in the corporate world as a technical instructor I often get pulled into marketing meetings as well. So I write what I love and interest me. I’m also a Christian so I enjoy looking into human nature, helping people, and the whole golden rule.
3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?
On my website schoolofpodcasting.com I list my income statements for the past few months. My income is about 30% affiliate income (through sites like cj.com and others), 20% from membership sites I run, a small amount is from book sales (More Podcast Money), and the majority of it is from one on one consulting.
4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?
To REALLY reach out to anyone who connects with you via comments, email, etc. When you are first starting out (and there aren’t that many), you can turn these people into your cheering squad/marketing team.
5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?
6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?
I sue the Scribe plugin for wordpress for SEO tips, SEO for WordPress by Yoast plugin (same reason), and the PowerPress plugin from blubrry.com for my podcasting needs.
7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?
Much like shooting baskets, playing the guitar, etc the more you do it – the better you will get at it.
8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?
Quite writing for search engines, and just create good content. The traffic will come. Its not going to happen over night, but writing for the robots will get you nowhere.
9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?
$8 on web hosting, and $70 on a theme, and $22 on a header graphic.
10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?
My main site is schoolofpodcasting.com and my blog is at davidjackson.org.
Thanks again David for taking the time to share your advice and story with the Blogging Tips community. If you would like to learn about other bloggers and how they are finding success online, be sure to read through our blogger interview series.