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?
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.
4 Effective Tips for Boosting Reader Engagement on Your Blog
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
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.
Best Search Engine Marketing and SEO Practices to Follow in 2018
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.
What Is the Chief Benefit of Going the Extra Blogging Mile?
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.
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 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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