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.
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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.
Should You Aim for Blog Post Quality or Quantity?
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The human mind is silly. It thinks one or the other. It thinks you cannot have it all. You can have blog post quality and quantity but you need to make a clear decision on what you define to be a quality blog post.
Quality posts do not mean 2000 to 4000 word, pillar style masterpieces. A quality blog post answers the question you asked via title or delivers on the promise you made on the title.
I do understand how Google ranks 2000 word or longer, SEO-optimized posts requiring hours of work for even skilled bloggers to write, package and publish. But Google also ranks 600 words posts. 600 word posts are quality posts. Guess what? For the 30,000 bloggers out there asking the title question, I just wrote a quality blog post because they get a clear, concise, dead on answer.
Avoid Scarcity Thinking
Any time you FEAR posts are not quality because word length is 600 words, you think scarcity, or, not enough, or, not quality. But fear is not true. Fear is illusion. I can write 10, 600 word, quality posts today to make a massive impact and to help people IF I think abundance. But if I only believe I write quality, helpful posts in the 2000 word range, I stopped thinking abundance and began thinking scarcity. I chose fear over love and abundance. Naturally, all bloggers who think scarcity either struggle, fail and quit or work like beasts just to make end’s meet. Not good.
Go for quantity and quality. Some posts may span 800 or 1000 words but you can answer most questions and solve most problems in 600 words if you have immense clarity. Seth Godin answers most questions in 100 to 300 words. You have so much more to work with. So…work with it!
Think abundance. Blog abundance.
I have referenced Gary Vee many times recently and his 2000 video interviews on YouTube. Before he landed world famous speaking gig he had a pure abundance mindset, doing videos left and right, offering quality insights on a high quantity of channels. Blogging fools would try desperately to land an interview on a TV show, pitching, fearing, worrying, striving, and wasting months of time, thinking scarcity. Gary thought abundance, seized every opportunity through interview requests from some entrepreneurs who registered zero views per video, gained massive exposure organically, and, the dude became famous through his abundance mindset.
He thought quality and quantity. He did not hold back.
I am beginning to gain massive exposure through the 5-10 guest posts and blog posts published under my name daily. I do not turn down a microphone. I also know the easiest way to become well known is to focus heavily on quantity and quality, to share the wealth.
Many bloggers would obsess over a quality post being 2000 words, SEO-optimized and all that jazz, spending 4 hours to write said post on blogging tips. Meanwhile, I just wrote and published 8 quality, 600 word posts during those hours. I am being seen helping people in 8 spots. While you are on the sidelines. Even if that SEO’ed out, 2000 word post gains massive traffic over the long term, via Google, I am gaining even more massive traffic, being in 8-10 places daily via my posts and guest posts.
Think exponential increase. Imagine my 10 guest posts building up over 365 days. That is 3,650 guest posts, 3,650 spots where I am spotted online. That is a lotta spots!
See why it pays to think quality and quantity?
How to Leave Your Blogging Struggles Behind
Exit your comfort zone on a daily basis.
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Leave blogging struggles behind.
I love blogging. Blogging feels fun, freeing and quite easy to me. But sometimes, on this journey, my feelings change a bit. Sometimes, blogging feels uncomfortable and I nudge into resistance. Fear rears its head. Mental blocks arise. Sometimes I fear running out of time or perhaps I fear wasting my time. In these moments, I have 2 choices: remain in my fear-filled comfort zone or leave my comfort zone.
I left most of my blogging struggles behind because I choose to leave my comfort zone on a regular basis. Traffic, profits, and all manner of sweet blogging success greet bloggers who feel their fears, leave their comfort zones and do the blogging task, anyway.
What Is Blogging Struggle?
Blogging struggle is doing things or not doing things based on fear. Fear drives you. You blog from a fear-based, scared energy. You avoid traffic and profit and success boosting activities because you fear the opportunities. Example; you struggle horribly to make money and drive blog traffic. I advise to begin generous, relaxed, enjoyable guest posting, to help you increase traffic and profits and success. The split second you THINK about guest posting, you feel a range of emotions, from excitement, to happiness, then, from terror, to anxiety, to a general fear of wasting your time.
If 2 people visit your blog daily and you see zero blogging profits now, and you say “no” to guest posting because of some fears, you will likely struggle horribly, because you avoided guest posting to stay in your comfort zone of fear.
Traffic and profits sit on the other side of fear, outside of your comfort zone. No way around that one. We all pay a fear tuition doing freeing, success-promoting, uncomfortable things. I remember when Zac invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Fear invaded my mind. Would he reject my posts? How about if he hated my posts? What if I wasted my time? Would I be able to follow all the rules? Would he criticize me? Of course Zac is the nicest, kindest, friendliest iconic blogger on earth. He REALLY is, guys. He is an exceptional human being. But fear is irrational, distorting the truths of love, harmony and abundance.
I had to feel all those scary, intense fears, and keep blogging anyway, to write and publish my first few guest posts here. 800 plus guest posts later, I am still going strong. Why? I left my comfort zone those first few times and instantly began leaving blogging struggles behind.
Exit your comfort zone every single day. Do something that scares you. Do something that tests your limits. Publish a 4 paragraph long comment on a top blog, even if you fear:
- nobody is listening
- nobody is reading comments
- nobody will click through to your blog
- you are wasting your time
- the comment won’t get published
This happened to me recently. I spent 15 minutes writing a 9 paragraph comment on Pro Blogger. But Disqus suffered some connection problems and prevented me from publishing the comment. I feared I wasted 15 minutes. But after feeling and releasing the emotion, I let it go, moved on, and devoted 10 minutes to writing and publishing the comment later in the day, when Disqus was working.
Struggles happen if you choose to blog mainly from fear.
Success happens when you nudge into these fears, toward your blogging fun, taking inspired but uncomfortable action on a daily basis.
Go for it!
Exit your comfort zone.
Leave your blogging struggles behind…for good.
Focus on Things More to Leverage Your Blog Quickly
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What is the relationships guy talking about?
Blogging is a people business, right?
Blogging is one part people and one part things. Seriously. I learned this recently because if you depend 100% on people to build your blogging success you cannot possibly scale to massive levels. But if you do focus on things more, like email lists, and blogging platforms, you become less dependent on people, and also, your leveraging potential goes through the roof.
Email List Example
Let’s look at the famous email list. It is a thing. After you publish a blog post, you write a few words, include a link to your latest post, and after clicking a button, email the post to 10, 100, or 10,000 people….or more people. In a split second, you reach 10,000 human beings. Using a thing helps you leverage your presence like mad. Awesome.
But imagine if you only reached 10,000 people by mentioning people in your recent post, and tagging them on social media. Humanly impossible, of course. Let’s say you depend on even, 50 people, to promote your blog post, by mentioning them and tagging them. Linking to and tagging 50 bloggers takes a lotta time. Minimum, even for a 700 word post, it takes 90 minutes to 2 hours – or longer – to go the tagging and mentioning route. Do you see the problem of depending 100% on people and friendships to build blog? You run out of time. Meanwhile, sending your post to 50 email subscribers takes 3 minutes to send the email and literally, a split second to actually publish the email, at the click of a button.
Using Things Effectively Leverages Your Presence
Using email lists, blogging platforms for guest posting and certain tools leverages your presence fast because eventually, you run out of time trying to leverage your presence solely based on grabbing the attention of fellow bloggers. Plus you are at the mercy of humans, and building a fear-based attachment to fellow humans leads to misery because humans change, humans get too busy to promote you, and humans unfriend other humans.
I am for making blogging a people and things business. I have learned this lesson the hard way over the prior 2 months. Befriend people and enjoy the process, but if you want to leverage massively and sprint up the exposure ladder, tap into the convenience of technology by using things to reach more people fast.
At the end of the day, it is about helping more people freely. Use things – aka technology aka inanimate objects – to help people more freely and to help more people, too.
Exit Human-Obsessed and Things-Resistant Blogging Circles
I used to be part of blogging circles 100% reliant – virtually – on human beings, and heavily resistant to things. But none of these bloggers leveraged to big time, super successful levels. These bloggers railed against bots and joked of not using or being a blogging cyborg. All seemed funny. But on agreeing and following their advice I soon learned how incredibly difficult it becomes to grow a successful blog being 100% attached to and dependent on human beings to build the blog. Humans change. Things do not. Plus you cannot leverage humans like you leverage things.
While all these folks complained about emails and automating, they played so small that reaching next level success proved to be 100% impossible. But, I observed how using things like systems and tools will help you reach huge, targeted groups of people in minutes or even seconds. See the email example above.
Instead of complaining about or resisting tech, why not use things to make life easier, to leverage your presence quickly and to reach a huge, targeted group of human beings so you succeed and so people get what they want?
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