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Meet Oliver Kenyon of AffiliateFix.com

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Oliver Kenyon is a young internet entrepreneur who has been making a name for himself in the affiliate and blogging world. I was recently interviewed on his affiliate forum and did a full week long interview series where I answered all the questions that his forum users had for me. Not only was it a lot of fun, but it was also a great way to connect with his forum users, while also expanding my reach and also helping grow out his forum at AffiliateFix as well. All in all, Oliver has some great stuff going on, which makes him a perfect candidate for this latest edition of “Meet the Bloggers!“.

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

Oliver Kenyon AffiliateFixHello everyone! My name is Oliver Kenyon. Firstly, I’d like to thank Zac for this amazing resource and for inviting me to come and speak with you guys. For those of you who don’t know me I’m fairly new to the scene and only started working full-time as an Online Entrepreneur about one-and-a-half years ago. I’ve always been fascinated by the online world and started my very first website when I was just 13. However, I was trained as a chef and worked full-time in the kitchen until the age of 24. Now 26, I’ve taken the leap to full-time online employment about one-and-a-half years ago when things started to fall into place financially.

A major part of me being able to take that risk was due to one of my projects back then known as CPAFix. Now rebranded as AffiliateFix, we’re slowly making our way to the top of the affiliate marketing resources online and finally getting the recognition we deserve. I started CPAFix when I first stumbled into affiliate marketing and wanted to create a go-to place for everything I needed to learn. They say the best ideas are often those that fill a gap and I felt there was a gap in the industry for an honest, free affiliate forum.

When we launched the second edition of CPAFix, we added a blog as I felt it could add real value to the site. Well, I was right. Now approaching my 100th blog post, I’ve seen a huge increase in activity, interaction and reach and the blog plays a key role to the site. I’ve also blogged on several other sites and I’m currently building my first blog specifically to cover my journey online.

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

AffiliateFix is an affiliate marketing resource, so the blog naturally follows that niche. One of my key focuses next year is to change the style of the blog to add more contextual guides and content. Right now we use the blog mainly for site updates and general news etc. Some people overlook blogs as they feel they need to constantly write long-winded content. However, the key is to make the content relevant. This is why we will keep the blog for site information and also add more tutorials and studies surrounding affiliate marketing.

I’d NEVER advise starting a blog, website or project that you have no interest in. Trust me, I’ve just learnt that lesson myself and it’s not a pretty journey. You will struggle and beat yourself up about the lack of energy and content you have for that specific niche. So ALWAYS stick to what you know and most importantly what you enjoy. For me, I love working online and being an entrepreneur, so anything down that avenue, I’m always going to be fresh and passionate about writing. If you like something, blog about it and eventually you will gather a following of like-minded people, who also like what you do/write about. The key is to enjoy it and let that reflect in your writing, the money will come along soon enough. But, concentrate on why you’re writing your blog first.

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

Right now we don’t put huge emphasis on monetizing the blog although that will change next year. One bit of advice I will say is that I recently did my own private test to see what works best as far as affiliate commission is concerned. Telling people about a promotion or coupon and telling them the plus points is nowhere near as valuable as “showing” them how to use it. So, next year we will adapt all our blogs to reflect that statement. The key is to walk them through something and SHOW them how it can benefit them instead of just shoving it in their face and telling them it can.

We also offer display banners in and around the blog, which are always fully booked. I like to deal with a flat monthly rate and leave companies in charge of tracking and serving the banners etc.

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

Like I said above, one would be that I spent so much time building relationships and getting my readers exclusive deals and not enough time showing them HOW that deal can benefit them. Spend more time on content and less time on the fancy sell, sell, sell stuff. I’d also advise new bloggers to take a look around and gather the best elements from bloggers across the net.

You have to find the right balance between selling something and telling something. Often the two combined become the most powerful strategy. Don’t always think about money, it naturally follows if you have good content and that which readers come back for. Your main goal is to get repeat readers and a good following.

Take your time when you’re thinking about building a blog and think it out strategically. Otherwise, you can end up losing money quick as I have done in the past. One more thing is a blog is VERY time-consuming. Make sure you outsource what you can and focus on what you should be focused on, the content. Before you start your blog, make sure you have time to keep it updated constantly.

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

SmartPassiveIncome – Pat is a true inspiration of mine. If I had to choose one and only one, Pat has it for sure! I only hope one day my name will be mentioned amongst Pat’s!

ZacJohnson.com – No not because you invited me here, but because I’ve been quoted elsewhere saying it. Without starting a ruckus, Zac is one of the older bloggers that still delivers decent content, a few of the same generation just sell shit now they have the following.

LukePeerFly.com – a close mate of mine online and fellow moderator of AffiliateFix. I admire Luke’s blog because he’s a perfectionist. So, although the content isn’t regular, whatever he posts is always going to be golden.

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

Find a good designer! I think the look and presentation of your blog and posts is these days as important as the content. So make sure you have a nice designer and everything looks pro. Apart from that, I don’t tend to use many paid tools. Google is good enough for me for keyword research and I write all my own content. If the content is strong enough, it will get shared and spread out naturally. So, as far as social is concerned, just make sure you have the right bookmarking options.

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

Network – you need to build relationships with fellow bloggers and people within your niche. Personally, I’d always advise being yourself, writing yourself and promoting yourself. Attach your name and personality to your blog and get yourself known in the market. Talk with fellow bloggers, readers, and communities. Get your name out there. I still don’t understand why some people hide behind a domain. Think of yourself as a brand alongside your blog. Get out there. Don’t be shy. Stir some things up!

Never give up – This is so important. People get this idea in their heads that they will start a blog, copy their favorite bloggers and become and overnight success! Wrong! I’m lucky enough to be where I am in such a short time. However, it didn’t come in the 1.5 years I’ve been online. I’ve had dozens of failed sites, lost friends, girlfriends and much more due to the sacrifices I’ve made to get here. You must never give up if you want it that bad. If you’re having a shitty day, blog about it! In most cases it will take years to click, but it will click if you keep going.

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

I’d say be more than just a blogger. You need to be a brand like I mentioned above. It doesn’t matter what niche, you need to put yourself out there – whether it’s on YouTube, social media, networking events or anything else that gets you noticed by more people. I’d just recommend being yourself and getting in people’s faces (and not in a cocky way). By that I mean being everywhere and in all the right places, so people self-consciously think of you and your brand.

I’d also advise to not be too much of a perfectionist. That’s my downfall, I sit and think about posts after I post them and think should I have done that. Is it ok? Is it perfect? etc. Don’t fall into that trap! Content is content and the more the better!

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

Again for me it’s all about a brand. Grab a responsive theme from theme forest and get a logo to match. Everything should be the same colors etc. Get all your social pages up and running and then work your ass off! You can spend thousands on a fancy layout, promotion and all that jazz. But, what it really comes down to is content and the quality of it. This takes me back to point 2: write about something you know and enjoy. If not, people will catch you out and you will get bored, quickly!

Grab a theme from theme forest > Get a logo done > Write some valuable content > get your brand out there > NEVER give up!

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

You can always find me on the blog or forums on AffiliateFix.com.

Or you can check out my company site for my latest project and movements: OkenyonWebs.com

Alternatively, I’d love to connect with you guys on Twitter:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/oliverkenyon

Thanks again everyone and thank you Zac for this great opportunity.

Thanks again Oliver Kenyon 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.

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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

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Meet Karen D’Avino of KarenDavino.com

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Blogging is one of the most exciting ways to create content on the internet and engage with others around the world at the same time. In addition to creating your own content and building your own little spot on the internet, blogging can be quite a resourceful tool for educators, teachers, schools, and even principles or superintendents. As always, when profiling new bloggers and experts in our Meet the Bloggers series, we are looking to cater to all niche markets and areas of the internet.

With all of this in mind, today we have an exciting guest — Karen D’Avino, who is the superintendent of schools and has taken her expertise and talent for this industry to the internet while helping to provide others with the necessary resources and tools to further improve their schools as well.

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

My name is Karen D’Avino. I am an educator with over twenty years of experience in the New Jersey public schools. I most recently served as Superintendent of Schools in the Barnegat Township School District. As an educator always looking to remain abreast of current practices and striving for academic excellence for students and staff, I became engaged with educators online. I was selected to become part of the Compelled Tribe based on my contributions to education.

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

The focus of my blog is on educational improvement. My administrative career has been dedicated to the improvement of schools, education, and both student and teacher performance. The subjects on my blog range from dealing with adversity to behavior management skills.

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

While many other websites and blogs like to post advertisements on their site, I’m simply trying to create a platform where I can provide the best resources and tools possible. Through my personal blog at KarenDavino.com, you will find that my content is dedicated to in district support where parties interested can contact me for consulting work.

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

I began using the blogging portion of WordPress before I created my own webpage. My page is also on Word Press but I wish I knew more about building web pages prior to blogging. I also know more about SEO’s and how online searches work. I wish I knew more about that before I began blogging.

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

http://www.thecompellededucator.com/
https://allysonapsey.com/
https://fouroclockfaculty.com/

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

Most times I use blogging to provide educational support for a variety of challenges that may occur in schools. Through blogging, I have been able to address many topics of concern for teachers but mostly for administrators. I have addressed various funding challenges that school administrators might find in the day to day operations of schools. I have blogged about teaching and learning strategies to implement in the classroom and I have blogged about working with challenging students.

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

Blogging is something I just kind of fell into, but also something that has been quite beneficial and amazing in the process. My best advice for anyone looking to start a blog of their own, is to focus on their passion and see how they can provide value to others. Through my blog I have been able to share some great stories, my expertise, and also help others who are in the same educational environment as I am.

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

Creating content can be a challenge if you do not focus on a few topics. The internet has lots of information and deciding what your niche is will be important to gain and retain constant readers. I would also recommend that anyone in the education space focus some time on connecting with others in education and teacher forums or social groups online. With so many teachers already online, there are some amazing resources available when you put in the time and effort to find and connect with others.

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

I would research the content areas in education where there is a need for information and focus my energies on creating a blog, supportive website, and possible member services. Anyone can get started with a blog of their own, even if they are a teacher or working with a small budget. If you have the time and money, I would invest in a domain, hosting, and maybe a custom logo design or WordPress them to stand out from the crowd.

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

My blog can be found at http://karendavino.com/
You can also see one of my latest radio interviews here.
Also feel free to follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thanks again Karen D’Avino 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.

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Meet Ruben Gamez of Bidsketch.com and Docsketch.com

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Many entrepreneurs have dipped their toes into blogging but not many have gone far. A lot of factors may have played in failure. Perhaps the lack of courage, determination, persistence? There are also instances wherein a venture is progressing but suddenly plateaus in growth. This is often the result of complacency. Successful business owners can attest that facing challenges head-on have led them to great accomplishments and the total lack thereof can do more harm than good.

For Ruben Gamez, he didn’t even have to wait for the challenge to come. He got into blogging by getting out of his comfort zone and challenging himself. Today, he continues to excel as an entrepreneur by constantly finding ways on how to improve his tactic. Learn more about Ruben in this week’s episode of Meet the Bloggers.

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

Ruben Gamez

I started blogging as a marketing experiment and to prove to myself that I would be able to sell my first product. At the time I was working a full time job and had an idea for a software product, but wasn’t sure if I’d be able to bring in enough traffic to make the idea viable.

By this point I had read enough about marketing to realize that blogging was a great way to bring in qualified traffic. I quickly did some keyword research and found a topic that I could write on, and published a post (one week later).

The goal was to see if I could actually bring in traffic, and how long it would take for that traffic to start coming in. After two weeks I started getting traffic to that post (through Google)! I was hooked on content marketing at that point.

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

Initially we started with a very narrow focus of writing about proposals for designers. That’s because at the time, our product was very niche and that was our target audience.

For example, one of the better performing posts we had at the time, was literally titled “How to Write a Web Design Proposal,” which still performs well for us. As you can imagine, there’s only so much of that type of content you can write for a specific niche.

I quickly realized that it was too narrow and eventually expanded to blogging about helping freelancers, agencies, and consultants land more clients.

We went in this direction after talking to enough customers and seeing what interests they had, and what type of content they liked.

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

We have an online software product called Docsketch. So the main way that we monetize our blog is by converting a portion of readers into customers.

It tends to be a longer process because instead of pushing visitors directly into a trial of our product, we work to get them into a drip campaign. From there we can better educate them and build trust. Eventually, some people give Docsketch a try and become customers.

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

Great question. I wish I knew enough to focus on the right type of content, and not pick topics by guessing what would appeal to our audience. Nowadays, we’re a lot better about picking our topics.

For example, one approach, is to start by focusing on a larger category and growing that through individual pieces of content. We’re actually doing that right now, with a “contract templates” section on our site: https://www.docsketch.com/contract-templates/

Based on researching what our target customer is looking for, we are expanding that page with individual pieces of content that can also bring in traffic (like a specific type of contract template). This helps in that you can slowly build authority in a very large category, and the individual contract templates will inherit that authority.

Another approach we take is using tools like Hotjar to run microsurveys so we can ask visitors that aren’t on our email list, what we should write about. We even do phone interviews with some of these visitors (and offer them an Amazon gift card for 15 minutes of their time).

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

Well, I’ll give two blogs because I’m having a tough time thinking of three.

My current favorites:

  1. The Sumo.com blog which focuses on growth stories (so good):
  2. The James Clear blog which focuses on personal improvement through fitness, psychology, and more.

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

  1. Hotjar for microsurveys, visitor recordings, etc
  2. Sumo.com for email collection of all types
  3. Moz for traffic, keywords, and more

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

Look at the top five blogs that you love to read, and deconstruct them. Work backwards. Why do you like them so much?

Don’t look at the specifics of how they’re doing things (images, content length, etc.), instead look at how their positioning hooks you, or how their topic choice gets you coming back. Look at the high level things that make a big difference.

From there, spend some time brainstorming how you can use some of what you’ve learned on your own blog. Then, spend lots of time researching, writing, and promoting 🙂

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

I think the best advice I’ve heard (and that I still try to internalize) came from Derek Halpern. Spend 20% of your time writing, and 80% promoting. That doesn’t mean write for 30 minutes and promote a weak piece of content. That means, that whatever time it takes to write a very high quality piece of content, spend 4x that long promoting it.

One interesting side effect is that you start looking at whether the topics you’re writing about are worth that type of promotion time.

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

I’d use part of it on Sumo.com tool to help me collect leads, the rest on hosting. After that, it’s really just my time on research, writing, and promoting.

The most valuable things that need to be done on a blog don’t cost money. They do involve you investing some time doing them though.

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

My personal twitter and our product.

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Meet Daniel Cowen-Rivers of TravelWeekli.com

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Blogging can lead you to many opportunities. All established bloggers now have been through the phase of being a new comers. They have experimented one way or another along the process. Trying different things out does help in determining your own style and strategy.

We’ve interviewed bloggers covering various niches in Meet the Bloggers. For this episode, we’d like to introduce Daniel Cowen-Rivers. He’s a budding travel blogger. Read on to know more about his journey across the globe and a

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

Daniel Cowen-Rivers

I am a budding travel blogger who travels the world and shares my experiences and travel expertise via social media and through my blog. I got into blogging as I wanted to share my traveling tips and photos with others to make them travel more before global warming destroys the world.

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

I chose traveling to share my love of seeing the world and different country’s way of living. I also wanted more people to find out about the world we live in.

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

AdSense. I have a few paid ads but not that many as I am still new to the game. I’ve started blogging since February of 2017.

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

I did not know about DA and SEO that I know now is very important in order to get sponsored post.

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

The blogs are:

  1. Backpack With Me
  2. Bradley Bow
  3. Hand Luggage Only

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

The three services that I recommended using to help your blog are:

  1. Yoast  A blog in called SEO by Yoast. This makes optimizing my blog post easier to rank higher on Google search.
  2. OneNote – I’m constantly making notes for future articles. As I always have random moments where I’m going by my day and I just randomly have an idea for a blog article. I always carry my phone to write the note in OneNote.
  3. MailMunch is a plugin for WordPress that comes with email subscription templates that you can place in certain parts of your blog and I made mine as a popup.

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

Pick a niche category that you want your blog to be about. As well as this, one of the most important advice I have is one that you need to know when starting out, is how to improve your SEO and DA.

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

Just keep blogging! After a few months, I only got a few readers per day and I’ve thought to quit then. However, I’ve read that it takes people years to get enough readers to be a full time blogger. Just keep blogging and don’t stop.

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

I would use the money to gain more Facebook likes on my Facebook page that in turn will convert readers for my blog. This will be done by advertising the page and blog on Facebook.

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

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