It’s been a while since I last posted an update in the Meet the Bloggers series and I would really like to get these up and running again! While speaking at Affiliate Summit last month I was able to meet up with the parents of Bradley Nordstrom who first started his blog when he was 7 years old. I thought this would be a great opportunity for Bradley to share his story and inspire others to make money online and start a blog of their own.
1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?
My name is Bradley Nordstrom and I live in West Palm Beach, Florida. I have been blogging since around 2009 and love the feeling of typing each word into a post.
When I was just 7 years old, my dad and I went to a local Starbucks when I was reading a book from the Magic Tree House series and my dad was working on the internet. When I finished the short 60 page book I was really bored. I then asked him, “Can I have a website”? He responded, “Sure, what do you want it to be named”? I always thought everything was cool especially me so I said, “BradleyIsCool.com”. Within the next week my dad was teaching me HTML and thats how I created my first website. The picture was of me in my first grade classroom and a caption reading, “Bradley is cool, he loves school”! I thought it was the coolest thing ever so I of course asked my teacher if I could present BradleyIsCool.com to the class. She said sure and at the end of class everyone was amazed.
After about 2 years my birthday was coming up. On October 20th, 2008 I was introduced to my first blog installed with WordPress. I gave my dad the biggest hug and wrote every single day, unless I got grounded for a week or two ( nobody is perfect, haha ). Since then I have came up with money making opportunities online/affiliate marketing as my niche.
2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?
My niche is money making opportunities and affiliate marketing. I chose this niche because I like the thought of earning money online. With affiliate marketing there are many ways to make money including Pay-Per-Lead and Pay-Per-Click as well as hundreds of others. It’s basically marketing and selling other people’s stuff.
3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?
I monetize my blog with Google Adsense, Hostgator affiliates, Amazon Associates, and Revisitors affiliates. I like using Pay-Per-Click ads rather than Pay-Per-Action ads because they are easier to pull in that cash. But on the other hand, they have a lot lower earning rate.
4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?
How to generate traffic, the knowledge of affiliate marketing, and sticking to my niche were the things I wish I knew about when I first started blogging.
Generating traffic is one of the biggest keys to making money on your blog. When I first started I just wrote with about 4 visitors a day. Which were my mom, dad, aunt, and grandma. That’s it. After about 2 months later I wasn’t making any money with my Adsense ads. I wanted traffic but didn’t have any money to buy SEO services or anything like that. I then found out about link directories like LinkReferral.com and those increased my traffic to about 75 visitors a day and I was getting one or two clicks a day on my Adsense ads.
Knowing of affiliate marketing has helped me dramatically with blogging. Now I have something to write about that will help others make money online and how I teach them to do it. Affiliate marketing is a fun way to make money online but could be frustrating some days while others are exciting.
When I first started my blog I wrote about practically anything I could think of including cars, pets, my day at school, etc. Now I write about how to make money online and affiliate marketing. That’s it. Nothing else.
5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?
JohnChow.com, BloggingTips.com, AdHustler.com are the top three blogs I visit daily. But others include ZacJohnson.com, ShoeMoney.com, Dukeo.com, plus a lot more. About 20 of them total.
6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?
- Keywords – Keywords are very important when choosing them because they are the ones that will get you more traffic with search engines than you could ever imagine. If you pick the right ones.
- Social – I use Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, etc. to market my blog and gain extra visitors.
- Content – The most important service in blogging. Without the quality content that stick to a niche and people come back for you have a blog for absolutely nothing. If nobody likes what you are posting pick a different niche that people do like and write QUALITY content. Remember to never copy other people’s content and be completely original. If you do copy search engines like Google will drop your page rank dramatically.
7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?
Some advice I would give to someone just starting their blog would be to write quality content with being original and to be consistent in writing blog posts.
8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?
The best advice I have gotten since starting a blog was to create quality content that readers come back for, generating as much traffic as you can, and trying to get in good relationships with bloggers that you share the same niche with.
9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?
With the $100 I would spend it all on Google Adwords to gain traffic quickly and receive new readers that come back because of he great content my blog has to offer.
10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?
Thanks again Eric 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.