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Meet Katy Manniche of TattooOy.com

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Millions of people are searching for tattoo ideas and designs every day on Google. With such demand for this market, creating a blog with resources, pictures and advice is a great way to grow a following in this space. Whether you are a tattoo artist or simply passionate about getting ink, tattoo blogs are in hot demand right now.

In this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers, we will be discussing tattoo blogging with Katy Manniche, who has quite the tattoo blog of her own. Be sure to read through her story below, check out her blog and also see how you can implement some of her best tips in your site and blogging efforts today.

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

Katy Manniche

Being a creative person as I am I’ve been inclined to reading, drawing, painting and writing since forever. Growing up I had my diaries so it was no wonder that when I found out about blogs I decided to give it a go.

Consistent work on my first blog (which went live in 2012) allowed me to become a more experienced writer. Since I was still in school and needed some extra money, I began looking for a few freelance writing gigs.

I got my first clients and, before long, I was working as a full-time freelance writer and earning enough to sustain myself.

Both my blogging for hire experience and my understanding of my clients’ needs and problems in regards to their websites and businesses taught me a great deal about blogging, SEO, internet marketing and online business.

So there it was — right before my eyes — the perfect opportunity to move on to the next level. I took it with both of my hands and set myself to gradually learn another set of skills which led me to the start of my career as an internet marketer.

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

As I referred above, my decisions in life are very much influenced by my artistic side.

I told you before that, besides writing, drawing is one of my passions. That’s why drawing in the form of body art and tattoos is the main focus of my latest blog titled TattooOy.com.

There I talk about tattoo designs, tattooing best practices, best tattoo shops and parlors and that sort of thematic.

I want to be of assistance both for tattooists and people getting their first (or a new) tattoo on their skin.

The mission and goal for this blog of mine is to become the go-to online resource for everything tattoo related and maybe even help those who are somehow against tattoos understand the immense beauty of this ancient form of art.

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

TattooOy is currently only being monetized through affiliate marketing but I’m planning to be selling ad space in the coming months for extra profit. There could be some interesting sponsored articles deals being offered too. I plan to write, promote and sell eBooks for that niche further along the way, as well.

At the same time, I’ll be paying attention to any good opportunities that come my way. Good money making strategies usually show up when you least expect them. You just have to be open to them and put yourself out there (i.e., include a way to be contacted or search for them yourself).

For my other websites and businesses, I also monetize them through affiliate marketing plus paid ads, Google AdSense, freelance writing (a bit less now) and one-on-one consulting as well.

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

I can’t really say something specific I wish I knew when I first started blogging for several reasons.

First, I jumped right in the moment I first heard about blogs and blogging.

Second, I took every opportunity that presented itself to me with both of my hands.

Third, I believe you cannot know what you haven’t been taught about before actually… being taught about it so it’s useless to waste your most precious asset (which is time) whining and complaining.

Fourth, life will always make sure to place roadblocks and ordeals on your path to test and see if you’re ready to move on to the next stage. You just have to overcome all your fears and hurdles to grow stronger, be more confident and finally reach success.

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

I wish I had more time to read other people’s blog nowadays! It’s hard — and becoming even harder as we speak — to find the time to do it.

Nevertheless, let me share some of the bloggers I used to follow regularly with you guys. (I still read them every now and then or when I need a break).

  • Sue Dunlevie from SuccessfulBlogging.com is a really nice lady who likes helping bloggers reach success in their line of work and turn their blogs into profit machines.
  • Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome.com (who doesn’t know Pat?!) teaches people how to build legit and profitable online businesses that earn you passive income streams (it’s really all about “working how now to reap the benefits later”).
  • Glen Allsopp from ViperChill.com who reveals his amazing SEO and online business strategies. Totally recommended and really impressive insight he’s willing to share with everybody.

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

I’ve used a ton of tools across all my years as a blogger and marketer.

These are my top three tools and services that I use for my blogging activities:

  • Content Samurai for creating quick and presentation slides-like videos that are perfect to illustrate your posts.
  • JustRetweet that I use to promote my articles on Twitter.
  • LongTailPro for keyword and market research.

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

My best advice for someone just starting out is to have fun!

No doubt that blogging can become your real business or main income source. However, you need to take it easy at the same time! Just have fun learning all that you need to learn and trying things out.

Do it bit by bit, one step at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed and figure out things as you go along.

As long as you are yourself and let your personality emerge, you’ll be totally fine. In fact, being yourself is what will make you be different and stand out from the rest.

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

I discovered that grabbing the opportunities life puts before your eyes (before it’s too late) is of monumental importance.

At the same time, considering how rapidly things change these days, I believe that learning every day is crucial in this line of work.

It will require a lot of work and honest commitement from anyone who wishes to become a professional blogger but, let’s face it, nothing in life comes easy.

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

I would buy a really good book on blogging like “The Million Dollar Blog” by Natasha Courtenay Smith, read it, take notes and learn everything that I could.

Next, I would sit down and plan my next move. I would do some market and niche research to answer the following questions:

  • What niche should I choose?
  • How competitive is this niche I’m considering?
  • What to write about?
  • What keywords should I target on my posts?

Then I would set out my content plan and content calendar and go from there.

To accomplish all of this I would need to get a good keyword research tool (or try something free), a domain name and a hosting account.

That’s how I would spend my $100 dollars (well, maybe I would need more than just 100 bucks).

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

Readers of your blog can get in touch with my through my social places:

And, of course, I’m available on my website TattooOy.com.
Also, check my contact page there to learn how you can get in touch.

Thanks again Katy for taking the time to share her 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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1 of My Secrets to Being Kinda Prolific

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I have written hundreds of guest posts for this blog.

I have written about 1000 on Blogging From Paradise between posts and travel pages.

A few moments ago I checked my DA for a sponsored post opportunity. The business owner wanted to know blog domain authority before deciding to place a sponsored post on the blog.

Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 48 and 22,457 external links in.

Not super shabby.

I am kinda prolific.

If you want to publish helpful content frequently, just run with my most basic of tips.

Do not wait around for folks to read your content, comment on your content and share your content before writing your next blog post or guest post.

Do not wait to create.

Do Not Wait to Create

The old me – and most bloggers – became highly attached to any single piece of content I created because I feared the content would not register enough shares, comments, page views and sales. Fear drove me to share this piece of content in many places to boost my stats. All well and good but because fear drove me, I resisted my prolific nature, allowing worry and lack to goad me to do stuff that led to me being the farthest thing from prolific.

Eventually, I observed how bloggers who seemed to be in 10,000,000 places at once simply prolifically created a high volume of helpful blog posts, guest posts and videos. Success found these folks because they did not wait around for readers to check out their blog posts. Said bloggers moved on to writing and publishing their next blog post.

Acting abundantly – not allowing their fears to eat into their prolific nature – promoted these blogger’s success as they created generously, publishing a high volume of content across multiple platforms.

I finally learned of this secret and used it effectively when I chose NOT to wait to create.

Now I publish 3 posts daily on Blogging From Paradise. I also publish the odd guest post from time to time. My success accelerated and my online presence expanded when I decided not to get attached much at all to any one blog post, because the next blog post called me.

No sense waiting around for folks to read my stuff because they simply will read at their own leisure. My job is to keep creating helpful content to help readers build successful blogs. As I move in this direction, everything keeps expanding for me.

All because I chose not to wait to create.

Being Prolific Impacts Folks

Peep this tweet from my friend Corey Hinde of The Good Oil Marketing:

I am humbled by such kind words from an established, super successful internet marketer. This is pretty much what happens when you are prolific; you impact folks in a positive way, and you also expand your reach and help more folks, all because you refuse to hold back.

Tips to Be Prolific

  • Blog mainly for the fun of blogging
  • Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone daily
  • Surround yourself with prolific bloggers to feast on their creative energy
  • Do not wait to create
  • Beware getting attached to any one piece of content; promote posts freely across a wide range of channels but look toward the next blog post, guest post or video to create, in order to become incredibly prolific.

Guys; this journey gets a little uncomfortable at times but if you love fun and freedom more than you fear doing some uncomfortable things you will become a highly prolific blogger.

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How to Get Your Blogging Mojo Going if You Feel Hopelessly Stuck

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I lose blogging momentum sometimes.

You may be in the same boat, being human and all.

But if you regularly find yourself saying “I need to get serious about building my blog” over the course of years it is time to own this fact: you need to get your blogging mojo going before you become permanently stuck in a blogging rut.

I was rut-stuck here and there for many years, on and off. Maybe I didn’t quit blogging totally but I’d start blogging, then stop, and continue this process for weeks on end. Not good.

You can find your blogging mojo and get unstuck by following these blogging tips.

1: Pick a Dream that Makes You Feel Alive

I am led by my dreams, not pushed by problems, because I picked a big old dream a while back. I wanted to circle the globe. Bingo!

Since I wanted to travel the world more than I feared doing uncomfortable, blogging-building things, I built a rocking blog and kept on moving, keeping my blogging mojo going.

What is your dream? Figure it out. Hold it tight.

If you need inspiration watch my video from New Zealand. I filmed this one at Mount Cook a few months ago.

2: Feel Fears Fueling Your Struggles

Some folks believe they lack motivation to blog. Others feel they are lazy. But at the end of the day, if you are not acting, you are afraid of something or someone.

Laziness is fear manifest. So find your fears, by shutting a door and sitting in a quiet room, and if you feel the deep fears you purge the energies and proceed from an inspired, loving, persistent, energized space.

I kept putting off writing an eBook for many years. Turns out I was not lazy; I just feared nobody would buy the eBook because I saw myself as a loser who knew little. I also feared people would criticize me. But I went forward and wrote my first eBook to get out of my fear-rut and to keep on moving.

Some of my eBooks do not sell as much as others and people sometimes post negative reviews of my eBooks but since I do not fear these outcomes, neither have any power over me. I just keep expanding my success, helping folks and befriending blogging pros because I move forward, unburdened by many blogging fears I faced, embraced and released.

3: Study Persistently Energized Bloggers

I am no Tony Robbins but blog persistently from an energized space.

Each day I:

  • do 1 hour of deep yin yoga
  • exercise for 1 hour
  • usually take an icy cold shower
  • focus on having fun with my blog versus attaching to money or traffic outcomes

I have written thousands of guest posts, over 10,000 blog posts (old and new blogs combined) and I have also written over 100 eBooks. Toss in the thousands of videos I created over many YouTube channels (since closed) and you see I am a pretty prolific dude. An energized, prolific dude at that.

You’d be wise to see how I go about my energy ritual daily to take a few pointers. Consider deep yin yoga to open up your body, to open your mind and to form the habit of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Maybe meditating daily opens your awareness. Exercise is definitely a must, every single day.

Circulating your energy freely moves you from being fear-based, lazy and sluggish to being love-based, energized and prolific. I was once pretty dang lazy before I dove deep into energy work.

Wrapping it Up

Keep at it guys. I know this blogging journey feels scary sometimes but if you grab the right blogging resources and follow the above tips you will avoid common blogging ruts that appear to cripple most bloggers.

 

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1 Clever Way to Find Blogs for Reading and Commenting

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Have you missed me?

I dove full bore into promoting my eBook through blog commenting a number of months back. Toss in a prolific blogging campaign over at Blogging From Paradise and some serious video creation and you see I am a busy bee.

A few days ago I uncovered an incredibly neat and pretty clever way to drive traffic to your blog through blog commenting, via a neat method of finding new blogs for your collection.

The Problem

Do you feel stagnant, blog-reading-wise?

I did. For a minute.

Turns out I dug deep into my blogging comfort zone for too many years, reading and commenting on the same blogs week after week, month after month.

If you know anything about successful blogging you likely know that all blogging growth occurs well outside of your comfort zone. So I had to venture out of the familiar by finding new blogs in both the blogging and travel blogging niches because my readers gravitate to both.

Enter a cool method for identifying new blogs for reading and commenting.

Google Image Search

The other day a neat little idea knocked on my mind’s door; why not use a Google image search to find blogs in my niches?

5 minutes later I literally had an unlimited number of blogs for enjoying, commenting and for connecting with fellow bloggers.

The method is simple. Google a competitive keyword in your niche. Example; I Googled “blogging” to start my search.

I then clicked on the “image” link by the top of the page. A series of images popped up related to that keyword.

Some images link to business sites but for the “blogging” keyword, most images linked to well-read, reputable blogs. Perfect.

Blog by blog, I slowly worked through each image, clinking on the blog post URL related to each picture. After reading each post I published a personalized comment and retweeted every blog post, adding the #blogging hashtag for increased targeting on Twitter.

Why this Strategy Is So Powerful

I – like you – have run into stagnant blogging circles on social media and through forums. Even if new bloggers join sites like Facebook and G Plus daily you cannot access and unlimited number of new blogs on a daily basis through either channel once you become an established blogger.

This is not the case with a Google Image search because the sheer volume of new blogs – for competitive keywords – yielded through such a search boggles the mind. Even better? Ranking high for an image search usually indicates a high quality blog for reading, for commenting and for building friendships with top shelf bloggers.

Downsides

Some of these blogs linked to images are low quality offerings. Resist the urge to grab and scarf down rotten blogging low hanging fruit. Stick to quality blogs.

Some images point to business sites. I found this to be especially true when Googling major cities and islands around the world to find new travel bloggers. A high volume of images found during a search linked to tour operator sites. Sifting through tour sites or local chamber of commerce sites to find legit travel blogs requires a significant amount of time and energy.

Spending the time and energy to find new blogs is worth the effort but if you find some keyword image searches seem dominated by business sites – not blogs – feel free to try another keyword that may be linked to predominantly blogs for an image search on Google.

The Verdict

I only dove into this traffic driving strategy a few weeks ago but I noted new bloggers finding me daily through this approach.

If you are stagnating in familiar blogging circles commit 100% to this Google image search method. Reach out to new bloggers, build brand awareness and drive traffic through an easy to follow tactic.

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