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
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur06.mp3″ show_name=”Jeremy Schoemaker – The ShoeMoney Brand” ]
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.
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur16.mp3″ show_name=”Syed Balkhi – The Wizard of WordPress” ]
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.
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur20.mp3″ show_name=”Ian Cleary – The Social Media Tools Guy” ]
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”…
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur15.mp3″ show_name=”John Chow – The Master of Monetization” ]
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!
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur24.mp3″ show_name=”Dave Taylor – Making a Killing with Google Adsense” ]
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!
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur28.mp3″ show_name=”Daniel Scocco – Delivering Daily Blog Tips” ]
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.
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur09.mp3″ show_name=”Neil Patel – How to Create Amazing Content” ]
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.
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur35.mp3″ show_name=”Spencer Haws – How to Create Profitable Niche Sites” ]
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.
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur36.mp3″ show_name=”Dan Schawbel – The Power of Personal Branding” ]
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.
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur37.mp3″ show_name=”Jeff Bullas – How to Blog the Smart Way” ]
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!
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur40.mp3″ show_name=”Jeni Hott – How to Become a Seven Figure Blogger” ]
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.
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur43.mp3″ show_name=”Mike Thomas – Interview Your Way to Success” ]
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.
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur46.mp3″ show_name=”Brian Warner – Building a Celebrity Networth Empire” ]
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.
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur47.mp3″ show_name=”Chris Guthrie – How to Make Money with Amazon” ]
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!
[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zacjohnson/riseoftheentrepreneur39.mp3″ show_name=”John Lee Dumas – Seven Figure Podcasting” ]
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.
Every Blogger Walks a Different Path
Neil Patel walks a different path than I. I walk a different blogging path than you. Just like no two snowflakes are alike, no two bloggers walk the same exact path. We take different routes. Different journeys require different strategies, detours, tactics and strategies. Neil walked an SEO-rich path. I do not. I chose a prolific, SEO-free path. No one mimics a fellow blogger perfectly because no two humans have the same experience. We succeed by differentiating. Never believe you need to walk the same path as some blogging pro to succeed. Of course, doing so proves fruitless because no two bloggers walk the same blogging journey. Never try to do the impossible. Stop believing you need to do the same things top bloggers do to succeed like top bloggers. I broke many traditional blogging rules to circle the globe as a pro blogger. Of course I created a blogging course, eBooks and audio books. Content? Check. Connections? Check. I honored fundamentals to succeed but never tried mimicking the same journey as any top blogger.
Walk your blogging path. Take your blogging journey. Your blogging path separates you from the herd. My travel stories and blogging lessons make me different from any blogger. Ditto for you. We all have different experiences to call upon for becoming a successful blogger. Respect your uniqueness. Find your blogging flow. I do not enjoy doing SEO to drive Google traffic. Why would I force a blogging journey trough some strategy I disliked working? I should just work a job if I did something for money versus working for passion. Of course, I never took a path like Neil Patel because I do not enjoy SEO-optimizing posts. I succeeded through another strategy. Never believe you need to walk the same path as pros to become successful as pros. New bloggers swing and miss daily by believing success is writing 4,000 word, SEO-optimized posts dominating competitive keywords on Google. Are you nuts? Neil Patel dominates competitive keywords on Google after 10,000 plus hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. You have 5 or 10 hours or maybe 100 hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. Relax. Slow down. Calm down. You have another 10,000 hours of blogging work to do before being skilled, creative and connected enough to dominate page 1 of Google for 1 – let alone 20 – competitive keywords.
But you may dislike SEO all together. Take a different blogging path. Find tactics resonant with you. Perhaps building bonds with bloggers and creating helpful content feels fun to you. Take that route. But know your path differs from any blogging path because we each fly solo and learn different lessons for specific parts of our blogging journey. No two bloggers walk in the same blogging shoes. No two bloggers walk the same blogging path. Two bloggers may walk similar blogging journeys. Bloggers sometimes walk similar blogging paths. But nobody walks identical paths because bloggers have different experiences to learn from during our blogging journey.
Respect your path. Honor your progression. Accept how you blog in the perfect place, at the perfect time, now. Do not resist your blogging path. Everything brought you here to this point now. Accepting your present state of blogging growth reduces resistance to future growth. Surrender serves as a powerful concept. Be completely at peace with your blogging growth now. Hug your progress. Walk your blogging path. Of course, note wins. Celebrate success. Avoid comparing yourself to bloggers. Bloggers experience different situations to benefit from different circumstances. We all have different lessons to learn on our respective blogging journeys. Honor this truth. Cultivate peace of mind. Position yourself to succeed. Walk your one-of-a-kind blogging path to experience your greatest success.
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Hobbies Change for Habits to Change
Over a decade ago, I woke up, watched TV, grabbed breakfast, hit the gym for bodybuilding and returned home to watch a DVD movie. At 2:30 PM I prepared for work. I drove to my security guard job. By 10:30 PM on most nights I drove home. Evening movie. Sleep. Rinse, wash and repeat the following day. I worked a security guard job. My hobbies consisted of lifting weights and watching TV. But my hobbies and habits changed the moment I became a blogger. Morning breakfast vanished. I stopped going to the time-consuming gym. Watching movies every day? Fat chance. My bodybuilding workout and movie hobbies had to change for me to begin the habits of meditating, doing yoga and expanding my awareness daily. Hobbies change before habits change.
New bloggers often struggle because newbies cling to old, worn out, failing hobbies like:
- watching TV for hours nightly
- mindlessly cruising the internet for hours nightly
- mindlessly gossiping on the phone or with family for hours nightly
These low-energy hobbies need to change pronto for you to develop fun, freeing, higher energy habits like meditating, doing yoga, blogging generously and engaging in some form of exercise. Picture those 4 hours you waste on watching TV each evening. How do you find time to engage in different habits? Change your hobbies. Out goes TV, or, TV just consumes 45 minutes per evening. Enter 20 minutes of meditating. Release some hobbies. Fill the time with different, empowering, freeing, sometimes uncomfortable habits. Imagine watching the idiot box for 3 hours nightly. 3 hours pass. Nothing profitable, productive or empowered happens watching the television. But for you to be a pro blogger you need to spend those 3 hours meditating for perhaps 10 minutes and blogging for the remaining 2 hours and 50 minutes. Change your hobbies to create space for changing habits. Changing habits accelerates, colors and influences hobby changes too. My hobbies went from watching TV to circling the globe on meditating more deeply, doing more yoga and spending more time in serious introspection. Life became more uncomfortable but far more fun and freeing as my hobbies and habits changed. I preferred to wander around Ubud, Bali versus watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. My hobbies changed for the better. I respect how we all travel different paths but if your hobbies and habits never changed, you are either enlightened, and never needed to change your meditating and yoga habits, or you have been making fear-driven, comfortable, confining choices wasting your life.
I have yet to see a genuinely happy, peaceful, powerful, prospering person who watches more than 2-3 hours of TV every single night. People call TV the idiot box because television makes you an idiot. Mindless, bland, non-stimulating TV watching does nothing for your growth, happiness, fulfillment, peace of mind and overall abundance. Empowered bloggers cannot spend 5 seconds on idle, mindless, dingbat-style activities. Stop spending hours watching TV each evening. Start spending hours blogging and working on your abundance mindset. Buy a blogging eBook. Surround yourself with pro bloggers. Learn from these pros. Mimic their ways. Gain inspiration from their example. Fill time not with garbage but with goal-achieving, fun, freeing and sometimes scary blogging actions. First, the hobbies change. Gone goes watching TV, gossiping and wasting time on low energy actions. Habits change with the hobby vacuum being void. Begin meditating. Start doing yoga. Awareness-expanding activities unearth fears, nudge you toward love, amplify your generosity and accelerate your blogging success.
Contact Page: Yes or No?
Should you post a contact page on your blog?
In most cases, yes. In few cases, no. Let’s dive in.
For almost all bloggers, posting a contact page on your blog allows readers to contact you quickly and easily. Before traffic and business grows you need to connect with readers fast. Seamlessly connecting with you allows readers to grow your blogging traffic and profits. Picture a potential client with questions about your services. How quickly can the person ask questions and get answers to make an informed decision? Publish a clear, easy to see and easier to use contact page to give clients an easy way to get their questions answered. Clear clients who vibe with your services hire you. Making money online becomes easier if people connect with you quickly via contact pages.
But in a few cases, not posting a contact page actually grows your business. Incredibly busy bloggers with huge, engaged readerships need to cut down on spam and other non-relevant emails. Removing your contact page instantly cuts down on spammy submissions. Publish a contact page and you waste precious time sifting through emails littered with spam, unsolicited pitches and other time sucks. Even if you have not made millions yet, removing your contact page may be a springboard to greater success. Devote time and energy spent sifting through emails to guest posting, genuine blog commenting and promoting fellow bloggers on your blog. Leverage. Spend time intelligently. Reach bigger, targeted audiences by releasing time-wasting activities. Removing contact pages works for incredibly busy bloggers slowly being overrun by spam submissions sent via contact pages. Spend this saved time growing your blogging business through leveraging.
Trust Your Intuition
Intuitively, my gut told me to remove my contact page months ago. I became busier but noted a high ratio of spam submissions through the page. Lazy, non-targeting, struggling entrepreneurs mindlessly click on contact pages and send generic emails, wasting my time and their time. Removing my contact page instantly lowered these spammy submissions by 70% to 80%. Most people who email me now seem to be serious entrepreneurs. These people want to work for me. Gone are lazy bloggers and outreach specialists who wish not to do the legwork of finding my email addy on my About page. I want people to work a little bit to contact me. Of course, working a little bit proves individuals genuinely want to connect with you to discuss business, to ask questions or to simply connect. Build posture. Do you want lazy, mindless people to contact you? Or do you prefer serious, genuine people to contact you?
Ultimately, trust your intuition. I suggest most bloggers to publish contact pages because the majority wants to be easily reachable for increasing your blogging presence. But being busier after building your blogging business makes you think twice about allowing people to connect with you easily.
I wanted to add how even though I publish no contact page, people reach me easily via Twitter and Facebook. I respond to DMs on Twitter, I scan @replies and also respond to Messages on Facebook, including my Message Requests.
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