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15 Great Blogger Interviews that Will Blow Your Mind

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In the world of blogging, we all pretty much know each other in one way or another. Most of the time this is through reading each others blogs and seeing names mentioned here and there.

A much better way to meet with bloggers is through meet up events, conferences or if you are lucky… even through face to face conversations.

Content and pictures are always great to help you learn about other bloggers, how they got to where they are today and their life story… but listening to real interviews is even better.

This week I just released my 50th episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur podcast series. Since the first episode I’ve had the opportunity to interview some awesome people, great friends of mine and of course many successful bloggers as well.

As a recap I wanted to highlight some of the best blogger related interviews for you below.

Be sure to check them all out and feel free to leave a review within iTunes to help the podcast grow even more!

15 Great Blogger Interviews that Will Blow Your Mind

Jeremy Schoemaker Shoemoney Check

Jeremy Schoemaker and the “ShoeMoney” Brand

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Jeremy is one of the most well known bloggers in the affiliate marketing space. Once launching his blog at ShoeMoney.com, he started to build a brand for himself and he never looked back. When Jeremy posted a picture of his $100,000+ Google Adsense check, a huge boost of traffic and credibility came to his blog and is still one of the most trafficked areas of his sites today.

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Syed Balkhi, the Wizard of WordPress

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Syed is the main behind the scenes at sites like List25.com, WPBeginner.com and of course OptinMonster — which is one of the best ways to grow your mailing list over night. Each of these sites helped Syed become the mastermind and entrepreneur he is today.

Ian Cleary

Ian Cleary, The Social Media Tools Guy

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With the blogging space already saturated, Ian knew he had to do something different to stand out from the crowd, so he did just that. Ian is now an expert in social media tools to help online businesses and brands grow… take note of how I said “social media tools” and not just “social media”…

John Chow

John Chow, the Master of Blog Monetization

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Probably the most well known blogger in the make money online space, John Chow has a massive following online. What started out as a simple blog to keep his family updated with personal updates and pictures on what he ate, is now a blog business that generates over one million dollars per year!

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor Pays His Mortgage with Google Adsense

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Google Adsense is one of the best ways to make money as a new blogger. It’s actually worked so well for Dave Taylor that his whole blog business is still based around it today… so much so that he started to pay his mortgage off with his Google Adsense earnings from years ago!

Daniel Scocco BlogWorld

Daniel Scocco Shares His Daily Blog Tips

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All bloggers are looking for new ways to grow their blog and take it to the next level. Daniel Scocco created DailyBlogTips and has not only been helping bloggers grow their brand, reach and audience… but has also built a nice business of his own in the process.

Neil Patel Podcast

Neil Patel – Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Analytics Expert

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One of the top SEO and marketing experts in the world, Neil Patel has built out a massive brand of his own while also helping sites like TimothySykes.com and TechCrunch bring their business to a whole new level.

Spencer Haws

Spencer Haws and Dominating Your Niche

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Niche blogging is an excellent way to focus your efforts on a smaller site and audience but reap big profits and success in the process. Spencer Haws is one of the leading experts in this space and is also the creator of LongTailPro, which is currently used by thousands of site owners to find the best keywords to rank their sites.

Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel and the Power of Personal Branding

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When it comes to create a successful blog and business, you also need to think about how it can build your personal brand. This is exactly what Dan Schawbel specializes in. Dan has helped thousands of business owners and individuals build their name and brand through the use of online content generation.

Jeff Bullas

Jeff Bullas and Blogging the Smart Way

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Jeff Bullas is a very successful blogger who has a massive social following online. After leaving his job and looking for what was next, Jeff fell into the world of blogging and has never looked back. Still trying to find your niche and success with blogging, Jeff Bullas can help you out!

Jeni Larson Hott

Jeni Hott and Becoming a Seven Figure Blogger

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Not all blogs need to be in the make money niche or even associated with your name. Jeni Hott created a blog that was focused on the weight loss and diet niche. With the perfect combination of killer information, amazing search results and Google Adsense… Jeni quickly found herself a seven figure blogger.

Mike Thomas Mike from Maine

Mike Thomas Interviews His Way to Success

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Mike Thomas is a blogger that has built a business model around the concept of interviewing other business owners, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Every day Mike interviews a new person on his site and learns more about the products and services they offer. With each new interview, Mike builds up his content and generates commissions in the process.

Brian Warner

Brian Warner Talks Celebrity Networth

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Some of the biggest sites in the world are running off of WordPress. One such site is CelebrityNetworth.com, which is also one of my favorite sites. I reached out to the site owner, Brian Warner, and we did an awesome interview on how it all came together and grew into the mega celebrity site it is today.

Chris Guthrie

Chris Guthrie & How to Make Money with Amazon

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Everyone is a customer of Amazon.com, so wouldn’t it be perfect if you could make money from their site as well? Good news… you can! Chris Guthrie has been making money with Amazon through their affiliate program for years, then he created his own software to help site owners make more money with Amazon by making it easier to do niche keyword and product research. Today Chris is working with Amazon again, but this time he’s created his own product and is selling over figure figures worth every month!

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John Lee Dumas’ Seven Figure Podcasting Empire

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John Lee Dumas is a very well know podcaster, who started Entrepreneur on Fire, a podcast that interviews a new entrepreneur daily. In addition to his podcast, he also has a blog that showcases each episode and documents his business success in the process. With over 700+ episodes recorded and a private members program to help inspire his audience, John is now generating over $300,000 per month in sales!

Awesome Blogger Interviews…

And that’s it my friends… 15 awesome blogger interviews that are sure to inspire and blow your mind!

If you loved any of these episodes, I would love to hear about it. Feel free to leave a comment below and also be sure to leave a review within iTunes and help the podcast reach an even larger audience.

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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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4 Effective Tips for Boosting Reader Engagement on Your Blog

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If you want your blog to be successful and bring good profits, you need to ensure that your posts not only attract traffic but engage the readers. To do this you’ll need to experiment with content formats, open dialog with the audience, involve influencers, and above all, understand your audience’s exact wishes.

From online videos to content creation and social media, there seems to be an endless supply of new traffic out there and different ways to pull users back to your site. With all of this in focus and on the minds of bloggers everywhere, we wanted to highlight some of the best ways to boost content engagement, using many of the preferred mentions we’ve already highlighted.

4 Ways to Boost Your Blog Content Engagement Rate Fast

Post videos

Even if you don’t run a vlog, you need to post an occasional video because that’s the ‘hottest’ type of content today. Check out an aggregation of video marketing statistics offered by Forbes to see why exactly your blog needs more video content. Note that social videos generate more shares.

Live video streaming is also greatly popular today, so be sure to launch an occasional Facebook Live session to share something interesting with your followers. Then post a recording of the stream on your blog so those who missed the airing will be able to enjoy it anyway.

Research your audience in great detail

To boost reader engagement on your blog you need to understand what motivates your targeted audience to actually get into your content. You’ll need to not only consider the analytics data that will show you which of your posts are most popular. You also need to search for information on your targeted audience, such as what kind of posts are generally more popular with them.

The more precise you are in developing targeted content, the higher the reader engagement rate will be. This means that if you seek to create a diverse readership base, you might need to consider launching several websites. In that case, you’ll need to use specialized software and a hosting service that allows you to run multiple blogs. This will make managing them easier, so you’ll be able to focus on creating several posts. Bear in mind that you might be able to apply the same basic content strategy to all your blogs, even if they differ in subjects.

The differences in those strategies and individual posts will be dictated by the data you get from a detailed study of targeted audiences.

Get more influential persons involved

Influencers of any kind can help you boost reader engagement on your blog because if they promote your content, their loyal readers will want to read it themselves. You can also generate more traffic and engagement by mentioning various celebrities and popular bloggers.

A perfect example of this can be seen in one of our expert roundup posts, where 73 different online marketers and bloggers took the time to share their expertise on social media.  The benefit here wasn’t also just for our site. Each of the experts got a lot of exposure out of this, and the audience loved the content as well.

However, you’ll need to be careful if you choose to use mentions. For celebrities, you should research laws and regulations surrounding the issue. You need to be 100% sure that you won’t be sued for mentioning someone’s name or other information in your post. When you mention bloggers, you’ll need to consider those rules too as well as give them a heads up about doing this.

Having various opinion influencers popular with your target audience is a great boost to your blog and personal brand. This will also increase your reach as you’ll get an indirect contact with the influencer’s audience.

However, attracting influencers is a big challenge, especially for a blogger. You can use the tips from Neil Patel, a true marketing guru. Think carefully about how to adapt them to your situation.

Post engaging graphics

Much like with videos, you should post relevant graphics to boost reader engagement because this type of content is popular and shareable. Infographics are particularly effective for this, so be sure to create some. It will be best if your infographics have some original data on relevant topics. But, even simple step-by-step instructions can generate decent shares and likes.

Your every post should contain several images by default as they promote reader engagement and memorization. Be sure to add .GIFs as well, because these graphics are in trend now.

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Best Search Engine Marketing and SEO Practices to Follow in 2018

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Marketing often requires four basic factors: first, there should be people with unsatisfied needs; second, these people should have the desire to be satisfied; third, there should be opportunities for communication; and fourth, there should be an exchange of goods or services. A businessman with keen acumen for business opportunities would readily recognize these unsatisfied needs, build opportunities for communication with these people, and relay the service or product that could satisfy their needs. The important thing is that the prospective businessman is able to reach his target audience via good marketing strategies and tactics.

Understanding Search Engine Marketing

Marketing strategies have greatly changed since the introduction of the World Wide Web. As the Internet expands, it also provides good avenues for new marketing strategies and tactics. It also engenders new buying behavior among consumers, as contemporary consumers first search online for a product or service that they need before purchasing it. On the other hand, business owners are now required to create their own websites to be relevant online.

As highlighted in this article, writing for humans is always going to be the example to follow. It also means keeping the following SEO guidelines in mind when creating content:

  • Keep it unique. Avoid duplicating content that’s already out there. Ask yourself: what can I add to this ongoing conversation?
  • Do more research than competitor sites have done.
  • Consider all options: infographics, videos, podcasts, an interview, a step-by-step guide or even a new tool or template. 
  • Remember that longer content gets more links. If your page is supported by high-quality links, it will move up in the ranks. Although Google has stated that even a few sentences can rank, in general, you’re better off creating content that is at least 300 words or more.

One form of effective online marketing is search engine marketing. It involves website promotion aimed at increasing the visibility of your business site online. It is also designed to make your site rank higher on the search engine page results (SERP). However, this marketing form is wrought primarily through paid advertisement.

In 2007, for example, advertisers in the U.S. had spent 24.6 billion dollars on this type of marketing. Google, on the other hand, leads the pack of search engines that profited from search engine marketing. Furthermore, in the second quarter of 2015, Google got a sizeable 73.7% share of profits from search engine marketing as compared to 26.3% of Yahoo/Bing. Based on these data, search engine marketing appears to be a very profitable business that rakes billions of dollars of profit for search engines.

Social Media Marketing

Your online marketing strategies and tactics would never be complete without tapping into social media. Services like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Baidu Tieba, and LinkedIn have also been used for marketing. LinkedIn, for example, as an employment-oriented service can be used to promote your services and get more mileage for your online marketing efforts, but keep in mind that it is primarily used to establish professional networks.

Just take a look at the screenshot below and how LinkedIn can provide such great information for anyone looking for earnings and jobs reports within any specific niche market. Not only will these same results rank and appear within the search results, they are also heavily shared through social media as well.

Search Engine Optimization

Aside from search engine marketing which makes use of paid advertising, you can also make use of search engine optimization (SEO). Search engine optimization is another way of expanding the online visibility of your site without necessarily paying for online advertisements. Search engines have organic or natural page results, known as SERP, and you can influence these organic results through SEO.

Not many, however, are experts in SEO. Hence, if you are a businessman who doesn’t have the know-how on SEO, you should visit BestSEOCompanies.com and search for the expert that fits your needs. If you want a reliable and trustworthy SEO specialist, this website can really help you with its list of the top 50 SEO services that you can immediately hire.

Business websites that are ranking high in the SERP usually gets two-pronged benefits. First, if your site ranks high in the SERP, chances are casual searchers will click on your website, and you can turn them immediately into actual clients. Additionally, if you get more clicks and visits from casual searchers, the search engine will further rank your website higher.

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What Is the Chief Benefit of Going the Extra Blogging Mile?

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10:15 PM on a Sunday night.

After waking at 7 AM I did an hour of yoga.

I followed up with 4 hours of blogging work.

Toss in another 4 hours of blogging work plus a 1 hour walk and some R and R, and where I am late on a Sunday night. Going the extra blogging mile.

I love blogging. Working late on a Sunday does not feel like going the extra mile because blogging feels fun to me. But putting in a bit more effort when I feel tired helps me to help more people. Going the extra blogging mile also makes me memorable in the eyes of readers.

I know other bloggers who go the extra mile.

My friend Ronald at Web SEO Marketers runs a first rate blog.

Beyond his super content though, he goes the extra blogging mile in the relationship-building department.

A few moments ago I saw this update in my stream when I logged in to Facebook:

Buying the paperback version of my blogging eBook would have been awesome in and of itself. But Ronald snapped a selfie holding the paperback, noted how he just received my book in the email and tagged me to let me know he bought my book and he’d see me in paradise.

Brilliant!

He perfectly embodies how you go the extra mile relationship building wise. Compassionate, heart-centered bloggers think of how they can help folks out. Generous folks always stick out in your mind because we resonate with people who are kind, helpful and genuine in all they do.

Being Memorable Helps Expand Your Presence

I noted Ronald’s rocking blog in this post because he is a skilled blogger, because he shouted out buying my book on Facebook and because both factors make him memorable. I could not fall asleep until I wrote this post and shouted him out because it feels fun to spread the love and to help you guys understand the chief benefit of going the extra blogging mile; people will remember you.

If people remember you they will feature you, interview you, invite you to guest post on their blog, or they will hire you or buy your stuff. As your features, interviews and guest posts increase you will appear to be all over the place in your niche, growing your business slowly and steadily until your generosity and willingness to go above and beyond results in exponential growth of your online presence.

Alonzo Pichardo embodies this type of massive growth over the long haul by going the extra mile.

Check out his Instagram account.

His follower growth and overall engagement levels are staggering, with 55,000 followers receiving Alonzo’s update on the platform.

Alonzo continues to get so many followers because he gave so much of his time, skills and expertise over the past decade. He did not attract 55,000 followers after a week of going the extra blogging mile. He generously served folks for a decade and continues to help folks even if doing so takes him late into the night, becoming more memorable to more folks around the world.

Be Patient

Be patient and persistent in creating value and building bonds. Good things take time.

You may not make a penny through your blog for 6 months after doing the right things with the right energy but you will succeed over the long haul. Every kind act is rewarded over time.

Keep helping people. Focus on the process, not on outcomes. Stay up late to write the guest post, linking in to your blogging buddies to increase their exposure. After you purchase a book, take a selfie and tag the author on social media. Think of how you can impact humanity in a generous, significant way, one friendship and one generous act at a time.

Go the extra blogging mile.

Accelerate your blogging success over the long haul.

 

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