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Meet Louie Luc of Buzznitrous.com

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Internet marketing, content creation and making money online all go hand in hand. You really can’t have the same success in one area, without a key component from another. Before WordPress, it was quite a process to create content and go live with a site of your own — now it’s simply a matter of a few clicks.

With all of this in mind, it’s now easier and popular than ever for people to dive into the world of blogging and affiliate marketing. Many of the individuals featured within our Meet the Bloggers series all share these common traits… and here’s another success story to add into the mix!

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

Hey there!

My name is Louie and I run Buzznitrous.com. I’m a blogger and internet marketer.

If I recall correctly, I owned my first blog back in 2004. I manually installed a blogging software (not WordPress) on my web server and published my first post (which was about the Euro 2004 soccer tournament that was being held in my country) in that summer.

At the time, there wasn’t a clear idea of what blogging was all about — at least, not to me. And, as such, I didn’t give it much thought. In January of 2005, I created an online community for web developers that featured discussion forums and, a few months later, a companion blog. That’s my oldest standing blog ever, it’s 12-years-old at the time of this writing!

During my career as a programmer (although having a college degree in Marketing) I continued launching other projects, communities, and websites aiming to attract more and more traffic and trying to make money online.

One of those projects was actually a personal blog where I wrote every day about what was going on in our society and life. Surprisingly it became one of my most popular blogs and gathered a growing number of readers and followers. By being contacted and reaching out to other bloggers, I finally realized what’s that thing they call “blogosphere” is; it’s a whole world on its own, unquestionably.

For another project of mine, I developed my own CMS (Content Management System) like WordPress from scratch because I wasn’t fully satisfied with how WordPress let me customize some of its core functions and ran a viral videos blog on that platform for about five years.

Following that, I decided to build a new blog to share my money-making-online experiences. I knew there were thousands of blogs of this kind out there but most of them just tell how much they are making and don’t actually show how they do it.

There was a gap to fill and that’s why and when Buzznitrous.com came to life.

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

My blog focuses on online business. The goal is to help and inspire people who want to succeed online, regardless of their level of expertise: from beginners to seasoned veterans.

I felt there was a need for a quality resource that would answer and solve this kind of audience’s questions and problems in regards to everything that relates to online business and its different subcategories (such as Internet Marketing, SEO, Blogging and Personal Development) by showing how things are done instead of just telling how much I made online.

I try to achieve my goal by constantly challenging myself to build and reach success in all sorts of endeavors — from the “simplest” ones (like building an affiliate website) to the more advanced (like launching an online startup or developing a brand) — while documenting every step of the process from zero up until the desired outcome, with both my successes and failures included in the mix.

3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic

At the moment, Buzznitrous is being monetized through affiliate marketing. I don’t promote just any product, though. I only recommend tools, products or services that I’ve used or tried myself and think can be helpful to my audience. I’m not a fan of hard selling stuff; I rather just soft pitch things by explaining how product A or B have helped me reach my objectives.

I make sure to write long, in-depth reviews so that my readers are well aware of what they are getting into if they do decide to go and make the purchase. A good example of that is my review on the Wealthy Affiliate training academy. It’s so thorough that I even get comments from people thanking me and saying that I sure haven’t left any stone unturned.

In the future, I’m thinking about launching my own products or tools for that blog’s audience, but… one step at a time!

On my Niche Website Project Case Study — I’m publicly building a niche website and describing everything I do to make it profitable — one of the rules is to make money through the Amazon Associates Program. The initial goal was to earn $200 a month from Amazon, but that niche website has already reached the $1.5k-in-a-month milestone.

For my older websites, I use Google AdSense — which is not my preferred income source, by the way.

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

I basically wish I knew everything about blogging I learned over the years. 🙂
If I did, I wouldn’t have wasted so much time before really starting to blog professionally and launch my online businesses.

To me more specific:

  1. Take action: This is the number one lesson that I’ve learned: TAKE ACTION! There’s no need to be afraid to fail. Quite the contrary, welcome your failures and mistakes; they are invaluable lessons that will shoot you up to the next level. If you fall down, at least you’ll move one step closer to reaching your goals than you would if you just stood still by not taking action.
  2. Niches: I wish I knew about niches and that I should focus on just one topic and try to build an audience around it; instead of writing about everything and, in the end, about nothing.
  3. The amount of work: Blogging is a lot of work! If you want to do it right and come up with something valuable, you have to be aware that researching, writing, publishing, optimizing and promoting will take a huge amount of time. So it takes commitment and you need to be productive and consistent.
  4. Email list: I wish I had looked at email marketing with another set of eyes. If I had taken the time to really understand and bet on building email lists I would have reached my goals more easily and quickly.
  5. Outsourcing and delegation: I wish I knew about outsourcing but, more important than that, I wish I had learned to delegate some of the more time-consuming tasks than I can have other people doing for me. Even if you know or are skillful enough to learn something (like video or image editing) you need to realize that money spent on hiring help is not wasted, because your time is your greatest asset.
  6. Bet on paid tools and services: I wish I wasn’t such a cheapskate and had put aside a bit of my budget to get some tools and services instead of trying to do everything manually or depending on free tools alone. You’re right in assuming that when you start you don’t have much money to spend and you can obviously use free tools (and you should!). But, when the money starts rolling in, it will be the right time to bet on paid tools and services that will help you reach higher business standards and make your life easier.
  7. Other profitable niches: I wish I knew that the “online business” or “make money online” niches aren’t the only ones or that they’re the only niches people can make money from. There are more than thousands of potentially awesome niches out there and many of them are much simpler to target and more profitable because the competition is low and creating content and ranking high in the search engines becomes easier.

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

To be honest, I don’t visit many blogs or have much time to read them these days. There’s a lesson in that too: there will come a time where you just have to stop spending so much time reading online business/marketing blogs or participating in internet marketing forums and start putting what you’ve learned to good use by taking action.

I like having frequent readers and loyal fans and hope they stay for long but I want them to grab my tips and advice and really use them on their own projects. Of course, they — like me – can switch from being frequent readers to becoming readers that come to update themselves on the latest tactics, strategies, and trends, to see what’s working now.

That being said, I can’t really say I pay daily visits to a set of blogs. But the ones I visit the most are SmartPassiveIncome.com, NichePursuits.com, and Gaps.com.

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

Since I can only mention three, here are some of the tools and services I use:
To get new content ideas there’s Buzzsumo (great way to find pieces of content with lots of social shares that you can then replicate — not copy — on your blog). For keyword research, Long Tail Pro is a great tool. And for social promotion, I like to utilize JustRetweet.

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

If this is your first blog, my advice is to focus on a specific niche and be sure it’s something you’re passionate about, feel you could write a ton of content around (and for many years to come) and that there’s money to be made there.

Bear in mind that this blogging business is very much like growing a plantation; you plant the seeds now to harvest your crops several months later. Meaning that you shouldn’t just give up if you don’t see any exciting results in the first three to six months or, sometimes, even later. Focus on your daily or weekly task and not on the overall outcome. Be persistent, bet on a strategy and on a single traffic source at first. Try to master it and you’ll see something finally coming to life later on.

Also, don’t mimic anyone else. Be yourself, be different than the pack. Pick a unique angle to try and stand out from the crowd.

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

Readers like uniqueness and honesty. They want to read stuff or consume content from a real person like them with whom they can relate to. A blogger needs to treat his/her readers like real people and care for them.

In this business — if you’re blogging professionally you have to see your blog as a real business — it is very important to build relationships both with your audience and fellow bloggers. If you build relationships with your readers, you’ll have loyal fans that can help spread the word about you and your blog. If you build relationships with other bloggers, you’ll support one another and help promote your businesses along the way.

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

I wouldn’t need that much money to begin with; just a good idea for a niche, focus, a unique angle on which to base my writings, persistence, determination and commitment. When my content strategy would be all lined up, I would get a domain name and hosting (you can get those for $50 or less a year).

In a second stage, after publishing some pieces of content, I would use the rest of the money to get a professional-looking theme.

People say that “content is king” and it still is but, tell me, who would you rather link to: a nice, professional-looking, freshly updated website or an ugly, amateur-looking one with outdated posts? The beauty of your design and the care you put in your website or blog plays a very important role nowadays and will continue to do so in the future.

Finally, with everything in place (niche idea, unique angle, domain and hosting, some content published, theme set up) I would outreach to other bloggers to try and guest post on their blogs to get to be known in my niche and bring traffic and readers to my blog

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

People can get in touch with me if they go over to Buzznitrous and visit my “Contact” page. They can either send me an email just to say “hi” or to introduce themselves or visit my social places on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. They can also join my mailing list to get my latest blog updates and exclusive content I send to my subscribers.

Thanks again to Louie Luc 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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