Connect with us

Blogging

Meet KJ Rocker of KJRocker.com

Published

on

One of the common themes among the bloggers we interview in these series is that many of them use their blogs to share their online money making journey with their audience and document the process along the way. Not only is this beneficial to the blogger, but also to their audience as many of you are also looking for the same type of success. In today’s interview we have KJ Rocker who has a blog with the same make money online and document along the way concept. Be sure to read through all his answers as it’s been quite the journey for KJ and his blog.

1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?

My name is KJ, and I am 23 years old. I am an internet entrepreneur. I first started my online career as a Freelancer in January 2010, before that I was working as an call center agent and had really tough times, which lead me to look on the internet for alternate income sources. As I was already familiar with website development and design, I started freelancing on freelancer.com. I can still remember I spent countless sleepless nights bidding on projects, as I invested the money I had in my pocket into buying internet connection etc. So it was a do or die situation for me. Thankfully I did it! Anyway, Later on, a client introduced me to affiliate marketing and I started making good money with it. I loved what I did so I wanted to share my experiences with other people so I joined a few well known forums in order to do so, how ever I kind of felt that without having your own blog or your own site you can`t always share your opinion openly. For example, I posted about an affiliate who was spamming and I personally received their spam mails on a well known forum, In return I got a warning from a moderator of the forum and that was the time when I really thought about starting my own blog.  And thus in October of 2011 I launched kjrocker.com.

2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?

My main focus is Affiliate marketing and to be honest, that`s where my passion is. I love what I do and I love telling others what I do.

3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?

To be honest when I started my blog my aim was only to share my experiences and my ideas I never had any intention to monetize my blog, or in simple words I was n`t blogging for money. However, later on as it started getting famous and people started liking that`s when affiliate marketer inside me suggested me to monetize my blog. Now I monetize my blog by Paid ads, and by promoting products and services which are related to my niche for example courses , competitive analysis services etc. However, I only promote genuine and useful products, it is not about the money, it is about quality and my passion.

4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?

Building relations with other bloggers is very important and I wish I knew it when I was starting out. Your relationship with other bloggers is what helps you most in order to gain more traffic and more exposure, I was always a kind of shy person and was very hesitant to contact other bloggers, thinking they are too big, whereas I am just starting out. So that fear of being just a newbie in blogging kept me away from increasing my reader base. But to be honest there is nothing different and super bloggers are also humans and most of them are really nice people, so I wish I knew that at start.

5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?

zacjohnson.com, dukeo.com, shoemoney.com , copyblogger.com

6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?

First of all I would recommend all bloggers to have yoast SEO Plugin this plugin  is really amazing. After that I would suggest bloggers to use Content Delivery Network, as it makes your site load faster and increases your site performance. Adding to this, seomoz in order to track your all SEO performance.

7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?

For new bloggers I would say go where your passion leads you and target those niches which you have personal interest in. I have seen many people getting confused over what to write about and what topic and niche their blog should cover. I always suggest to follow your passion and in this way you won’t ever have to worry about content.

Also being a blogger your first priority should be your readers, so make sure you give them correct information and what you know best. It’s a fact that we all need money but we will only make money if your readers are happy with you and they trust you, so try your best to never hurt their trust. For example let’s talk about the affiliate industry, just for a few bucks some bloggers won`t even hesitate to review and suggest a network which never pays its affiliates. Always value your visitors more than anything else and specially money.

Socialize with other bloggers participate in get-togethers conferences and always try to have a friendly relation with other bloggers.

8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?

Consistency pays, No matter what you do in your life, If you are consistent and you refuse to give up, You will succeed. That`s guaranteed! Nothing is impossible in this world, everything is possible.

9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?

After domain and hosting costs I`d buy aweber subscription to build a mailing list and start publishing content on my own blog, but also I would start guest posting on other related industry blogs and build my reader base of loyal blog readers.

10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?

I love to connect with my readers and they are always welcome to get in touch with me through my blog contact page.
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/imkjrocker
Twitter : https://twitter.com/kjrocker
Google Plus https://plus.google.com/u/0/109354601972176427604/

Thanks again KJ 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.

  • 29
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

Continue Reading

Blogging

1 Successful Blogger Assumption that Needs to Go

Published

on

I see a lot of bloggers who make excuses as to why they fail.

Some outside condition or circumstance holds sway over these folks.

But even worse; said bloggers tend to say successful bloggers did not have to face any hardship or traumatic circumstances on their way to becoming established, pro bloggers.

I cannot tell a lie; I made a similar assumption as a new blogger. I believed millionaire bloggers took an easy journey while bum me had to face obstacles millionaires never had to face.

I discuss why you need to let this assumption go to build a successful blog:

OK guys.

I live a dream life.

Spending months or years in places like Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Costa Rica, I have seen some of the most spectacular places on earth.

But I faced many obstacles along the way. I ran into financial hardships. OK; let me rephrase that. I lost all of my money LOL! I also had a difficult time with family at points during my blogging journey, some of whom questioned my decisions.

Blogging confused me. Being an entrepreneur baffled me. I became terribly frustrated with my blogging trajectory a few times during my blogging career.

My mom has suffered through a terminal illness while I built my blog. I battled depression earlier during my blogging career.

But here I am. Blogging From Paradise.

Established, pro bloggers usually face and embrace far more difficult obstacles on our blogging journey. Doing so makes us more fearless which helps us grow like a weed while most bloggers feel weighed down by fear, doubt and anxiety.

I can almost guarantee you that assuming successful bloggers had an easy, bump-free, smooth journey is a root cause of your blogging struggles. Even if you succeed on some level you stunt your blogging growth by assuming successful bloggers had it easy while you have it much harder.

Not true, guys.

Diving deeper into obstacles and strong fears, you begin to see why nudging into these energies feels highly unpleasant but also helps you develop a type of fearlessness. Being more fearless than the average blogger helps you create prolifically, build new connections and most of all, you avoid panicking and being shaken out when your blogging results don’t seem to be growing too much.

My life became easier after I nudged into deep blogging and life fears because after these unpleasant but brief experiences, I no longer feared burning out, being criticized or failing. Letting go those 3 chief fears made me work more persistently, more energized and more focused than most bloggers, promoting my success.

Excuses Are For Losers

Excuses are for losers. If you make excuses that you cannot succeed because you face difficult obstacles that top bloggers did not have to face, you only hurt yourself because the statement is untrue.

You lose traffic and profits because you don’t do the uncomfortable but freeing things successful bloggers do to succeed.

Guys; this journey is fun and quite fascinating. Sometimes this blogging journey feels scary. Move forward through scary moments. Do not make excuses. Do not explain away your struggles and failures because you assume successful bloggers would not have succeeded if they did not face the same struggles, because this assumption is untrue.

You probably have yet to face the really deep, scary fears we all need to face before gaining blogging success so release your excuses, move forward based on your passion, be generous, open and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

Blogging gets easier if you cease making excuses and start getting things done.

  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Blogging

Why Bloggers Need to Start Paying More Attention to Your Pay Stubs

Published

on

It’s payday, and you’re ready to go out and celebrate with your coworkers, friends, and family. For bloggers and internet marketers, the concept of a ‘paycheck’ might be something totally new — or something they actually issue to themselves on a monthly basis. However, even for those in the workplace, fewer people are getting actual paychecks and paystubs, as automation is now key.

If you’re asking, “What is a pay stub?,” then congratulations on getting paid via direct deposit. As of 2016, 82 percent of American workers received their paychecks that way.

With direct deposit, you only have to check your bank account to make sure the money was credited. You should still receive a payroll stub from your employer, though, and you need to pay attention to it.

Read on to find out more about why paycheck stubs are important — even for bloggers.

What is Gross vs. Net Pay?

The biggest and most obvious thing displayed on a pay stub is the amount of money you made. But looking at your pay stub also allows you to figure out how you made that money.

There are two types of pay displayed on that stub: gross pay and net pay. The gross wages are the overall amount of income you earned over that pay period, regardless of if it’s biweekly or monthly.

Do you get paid hourly? If so, you would take the number of hours you worked and multiply that by your hourly rate. Both of those things should also appear on your paycheck stubs.

In the world of blogging and affiliate marketing, you might be getting paid a $100 commission on every new hosting referral made, but after taxes, you could be looking at another 30% cut in actual profit made.

As an example, let’s say a worker named Bob makes $20 an hour and worked precisely 80 hours the last two weeks. That means the “gross pay” amount on his check should be $1,600.

What if Bob has an annual salary of $50,000 instead of an hourly wage? Then he would need to divide $50,000 by the total number of paydays in the year. If he’s paid every two weeks, then that adds up to 26 annual pay periods.

Net pay is how much money you’re actually going to see in your bank account after various deductions get applied. Those deductions can include things like taxes, health insurance, and your 401(k).

Employer Contributions

When looking at your payroll stub, you’ll also see a space for something called “Employer Contributions.” What does that mean?

If you work a full-time job with benefits, then your employer pays for a significant portion of your health insurance. You might pay $50 every two weeks, but your employee might pay the other $100. This will be on your stub as “health insurance” or maybe “medical.”

If you’re lucky enough to work at a company that provides 401(k) matching for your retirement, then that will be under “Employer Contributions” as well.

Generating pay stubs used to be more complicated, but nowadays, companies can use an online pay stub generator. It may take a while to create a pay stub for everyone in the building, but the actual process isn’t nearly as arduous as it could be.

Most Bloggers Will Probably Ask ‘What is a Pay Stub?’

Answering the question “What is a pay stub?” is critical, but it isn’t all you’ll need to do to stay on top of your finances. More often then not, pay stubs are still being used, but since we are living in an electronic age, it’s usually all happening behind the scenes.

Avoid the temptation to throw away your pay stub as soon as you look at it. Keeping your pay check records will help you look for any patterns or problems at work. It’s also the best way to provide proof of income.

Don’t forget to put some of that paycheck in a savings account, too. For more on that topic, be sure to check out our top finance and stock market blogs to follow online.

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Blogging

Why All Blogging Metrics Are Vanity Metrics

Published

on

Ha!

Made ya look, right guys?

I did a Facebook Live Broadcast recently discussing this concept.

Check it out here:

All blogging metrics are vanity metrics because you check any blogging metrics to see how YOU are doing. Who cares? What about your readers? How are your readers doing? How are you helping your readers? How are you assisting your readers? If I see one of my videos nabbed a few hundred views I realize my video nabbed a few hundred views but this is entirely unrelated to how my readers are doing, because numbers and human beings are different concepts. Numbers are inanimate objects. Humans are humans.

Passion

I love to blog. I know how I am doing when blogging because I feel passionate about blogging. Do I need to look at a number on a screen to verify that I feel passionate about blogging? Nope. Any time I check a metric I think about how I am doing but checking numbers on a screen has nothing to do with how my readers are doing.

I serve my readers not by checking stats but by writing this guest post. I serve my readers not by checking metrics but by creating a video. I serve my readers by commenting on their blogs and by promoting my readers, not by trying to get bigger and bigger numbers after poring over metrics for minutes or hours on end.

All metrics are vanity metrics because all metrics are about you; you never check metrics to see how your readers are doing but you do check metrics to see how you are doing.

Stats Can Serve a Useful Purpose If……

….you spend a few seconds or a few minutes gauging stats, to see if you want to head in a different direction.

Emphasis on seconds or minutes, guys. Stats can be a little stopover, indicating you may need to let go an activity or maybe you need to expand an activity. Beyond those few seconds or minutes, give the rest of your attention and energy to creating helpful content and building meaningful connections.

Stats never bought my eBook so I do not check metrics. People buy my eBook so I do serve people every day, for hours a day.

Stats are all about you and service is all about other people.

Stop obsessing over how you are doing. Exit survival mode. Exit self-service mode.

Focus on other human beings. Write your next blog post. Create a video. Comment genuinely on a blog, personalizing the comment after reading the blog post. Promote another blogger on social media or via your blog. Be a servant; not a stat checker.

Develop some skills and meet a ton of people daily. That is my blogging mantra.

If you don’t focus heavily on blogging outcomes/stats and trust advice from seasoned pro bloggers you will see increasing success eventually. If you believe in yourself and help people and hone your skills through persistent practice you will succeed through your patient generosity. No need to obsess over numbers because obsessing over numbers is obsessing over yourself. Obsessing over yourself is a recipe for failure because you will run a cyber diary and sell nothing by focusing on yourself; you need to serve human beings to grow your business, not yourself.

Be patient. Be persistent. Be generous. Create and connect. Don’t obsess over stats. If you follow your passion – and you better – you know exactly how you are doing. You’re doing great! No need to verify that feeling with numbers on a screen. You’re good. Ask other folks how they are doing and serve them. Help solve their problems.

Get out of your head into a life of service.

Blogging success will be yours.

  • 5
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Trending