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Meet Tanvir Zafar from HowPK.com

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When coming up with an idea or concept for a blog, the most successful ones are usually focused on solving problems or answering questions. With over a billion active sites on the internet today, it’s not enough to simply provide answers. Instead, you need to provide detailed guides, tutorials with visuals and make it easy for your audience to find exactly what they are looking for. After a decent amount of work, promotion and monetization, you could have a nice little recurring income stream in a short period of time. That’s exactly what happened with Tanvir, our latest blogger featured in our ongoing “Meet the Blogger” interview series. Read on to learn more about his story and his “how to” blog.

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

Tanvir_ZafarMy name is Tanvir Zafar Founder of howpk.com. Basically i am a Student (Software Engineering Student). I started my online career at the end of 2008, When I was only 14 years old. One day my DAD told me, one of his friend’s Son making money online. Fortunately, he lives in same city in which we are. I meet him and he told me that he is earning by blogging. My Dad motivated me, if he can earn then why you can’t my son. One day my dad shown me a bank cheque of $XXX with his name as a proof. I was inspired and decided to work on it. I started learning blogging and I got my first payment by blogging in 2011. I know it is a long time, but i didn’t have any mentor to guide me. I struggled myself, done thousands of experiments, had many successes and failures, but I didn’t lose my heart :). As they say, “slow and steady wins the race”.

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

I have many blogs, Some are micro niche and some are broad niche. When first starting, I didn’t have enough knowledge what to select and why. And I think it is the only reason which took me too much time to make my first income. In blogging, niche selection plays a vital role.

My first niche blog is based on messaging quotes and SMS sending Service. I got my first payment from it :). Before this I have many blogs on pictures i.e. car pictures, charming sights etc. but that time I don’t even know what is the purpose of these :). Then I started learning about Keyword Research and Niche. I found very good niche with suitable competition. In this way, I proceed my blogging career to next level.

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

As we all know Adsense is one of the best ways to monetize blog and as like other pro’s I am also using Adsense to monetize my traffic for my broad niche blogs. For niche blogs I use CPA, Paid Ads, and Affiliate as well.

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

When I started blogging I have a desire to learn all about blogging, Although I have good knowledge, but in this field no one can say that he knows everything, in starting I know that all are dependant on your blog, Keyword, article etc. but now i give more time to learn Google algorithms. If you have what it takes to master the art of Google’s algorithms, you will definitely have what it takes to find success in blogging.

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

BHW (Black Hat World), Google Webmaster Blog and My own blogs :). Daily I visit many blogs to learn what’s new in the industry. Bloggingtips.com is also in there.

6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging? (search tools, keywords, content, social)

Google Keyword Planner (for Keyword Research) Google Search results and related search terms (for checking competition manually) OnlyWire (for my social media automation)

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

Research: I strongly advise you to check for your niche twice or more. Because 50% success depends on this. If are good in researching good keywords then you can rock in no time. Many of us fail because we try to target high competition broad niches which have high CPC in this greed we waste our time, effort as well as money. For starters, always go with small and low, when you think you have learned enough, then move towards high and broad.

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

Don’t go for money while writing or blogging, Go for quality, money will be gifted with quality :). As it is rightly said ” Quality matter a lot then quantity”. Let’s say if you have 1 Ferrari and your friend have 5 honda civic, you will be respected more.

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

When I started my blogging career even I didn’t have $100 to invest. I started with free services. But if you have $100, then use it for best hosting for marketing and especially for the responsive and light theme.. Keyword or niche researching is not take cost. Just need to learn how to select good one. there are thousand of tools for this i.e keyword relever, long tail pro, semrush etc.

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

I am available anytime on my blog at Howpk.com, You can also contact me on my social profiles.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanvirzafar123
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106690655697123082959/+Howpk/posts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/adsheat

Thanks again Tanvir 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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How Can You Start Blogging for Free?

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Impossible.

Blogging requires:

  • financial investment; domain and hosting at a minimum
  • time investment
  • energy investment

Blogging is a skill. You invest money to begin developing the skill effectively. Add time and energy through your blogging work and you lay the foundation for a successful blogging career.

You cannot start blogging for free because without financial investment you are not really blogging.

Imagine starting a blog on a free platform.

How can you ever impress people if you fear investing $7 a month on hosting and $14 on a domain?

People see the free platform, believe you to be an amateur, you lose your credibility as potential readers do not trust you, and folks exit your blog.

Investing Money to Make Money

Observe my blog:

Blogging From Paradise

I invested thousands of dollars in my blog over the years and made a lot more money than thousands of dollars.

I bought my domain and hosting 10 years ago as an investment in freedom and greater profits.

Fast forward a decade; I have circled the globe for 8 years, living in places like Fiji, Bali and Costa Rica. The thousands of dollars I invested allowed me to:

  • gain reader trust
  • convey a professional brand image
  • be seen as one of the top bloggers on earth
  • increase blog traffic
  • increase eBook sales, course sales and audio book sales
  • be featured on world famous sites
  • move higher in blogging circles

Imagine if I began blogging for free. Would Fox News want to interview a blogger using a free blogging platform? No. Of course Fox News seeks out renowned leaders and every blogging leader invests money in blogging to do blogging right.

Free Platforms Look Cheap and Unprofessional

Free blogging platforms look terrible.

Can you ever gain reader trust if your blog looks terrible?

Observe the long, wordy, non-branded domain name, including the free hosting company. Imagine if cnn.com was cnn.blogspot.com? Would you trust CNN if the corporation used a free blogging platform? No.

This is from my trip to Turkey.

Imagine if espn.com was espn.typepad.com. Would you trust the content? No.

Even if you intend to never profit through your blog you better buy your domain and hosting because few if any readers trust bloggers on free platforms.

How to Begin a Blog the Right Way

Invest money in:

Invest money in your success.

Begin blogging the right way to cut years off of:

  • your learning curve
  • your success curve

Money circulates; invest money today and it flows back to you multiplied exponentially.

Losing or spending money is impossible in a Universe of abundance.

Develop this prosperity consciousness to begin blogging from an abundant, successful, positive energy.

Develop a Money Consciousness to Make Money with Your Blog

The old saying goes; it takes money to make money.

I take it one step further; it takes a money consciousness to make money.

A high number of bloggers invest money in their blog but struggle to make money. Said bloggers believe they spent or lost money on their blog, which is not true.

Develop a money consciousness.  It takes a money consciousness to make money with your blog, meaning you need believe money circulates, as you release money and it returns to you multiplied in awesome fashion.

I discovered 2 unknown, unexpected income streams recently, both online. Why? I circulate money. I see any investment in my blog, in bills or in anything, flowing back to me multiplied.

Develop this positive, abundant mindset.

Invest money in your blog from day 1.

Begin blogging the right way.

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How to Build Brand Authenticity Using Customer Generated Content

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Creating quality content is the best thing someone can ever do for their company. When done right, it generates a lot of traffic towards the website thus giving a high likelihood of converting the followers into leads. Unfortunately, quality content is expensive and can use up a lot of money, time, and very exhaustive.

Fortunately for us, there is another way to get quality content without having to go through all this hustle. When you make use of this strategy, it will turn out to be more powerful and accurate than other cumbersome methods. This solution is known as User Generated Content (UGC) since it is one of the simplest way to get results without getting tired.

What is the significance of UGC?

The moment you make use of content generated by customers, you automatically create trust with other customers. This is because more than 80% of consumers find content generated by their fellow customers to be convincing and true than what the brands can write about themselves. The assumption is that no one will ever write negatives about themselves unless third parties take over.

UGC is the most authentic type of content as 98% of it is true since customers have no interests in the customers creating profits. If something is bad, they will write it as it is. The reverse is also true. It is therefore recommendable to spend more time curating on the content written by consumers rather than the company itself. You can also use a tool like keyword.com to better create content for your audience and to also rank higher in Google for multiple keywords and search phrases.

The other advantage of UGC is the ability to track all the conversations and mentions. This mostly helps by finding out what the customers think about your services and products. In case of any problem, you can address the same issue. You are allowed to comment on the same wall towards their plights.

The other advantage is to help a company in saving time meant to write content. This time can be allocated to other issues that help in accumulating profits for the business.

Ways to Build an Effective UCG Marketing Strategy

1 – Choose your platform wisely

You do not just create a CGC in any area. The first thing is to ensure that you have a good number of active followers in online platforms. In addition to this, remember that each platform works differently; Facebook users are known for sharing content whereas Instagram is more of visuals. When you ask people for content, remember to be specific with what you want since a lot of us are ready to talk about anything we wish.

2 – Collect independent customer reviews

Customers’ reviews are very vital to any business as they act as personal recommendations to other people who are yet to try your brand. In fact, a lot of people prefer to read a number of reviews before making a conclusion on whether to buy or not. If someone comes across two or more negative comments, a good number will pull away from your page. Remember that savvy customers will always spot fake reviews hence the more reason to stick to authentic customers. The only way to win their hearts is by offering what you promised in the first place.

3 – Offer rewards

There is nothing as encouraging as being rewarded for doing something. Offering rewards attracts a lot of people towards your page as everyone is eager to get something. Don’t try too hard by getting expensive gifts. You can promise that a winner will have their tweets retweeted or you feature their article or business on your page. Not only will they feel happy that they are part of your success but will also attract new users to subscribe.

Neil Patel is often preaching about the process of offering rewards and getting users to submit an email address on your site — which you can then follow up with afterwards. You can read more on Neil and his most recent resources in this article from webdesignteam.com.

4 – Support a charity event

You need to remind your customers that your brand is not after making profits but rather in helping the community in different events such as acts of charity. Let people know that you have a greater vision for them too.

Online platforms can either break or boost your business. This is because a lot of people have turned to recommendation on social media by strangers or friends. If you want better reviews, ensure that your products are quality and services are up to standard.

User Generation Content is the Way to Go!

With more than a billion active websites and blogs on the internet today, content overload is happening daily. The same is true for brands and bloggers that are struggling to create original content on their own.

The better option is to build a platform or content creation and marketing plan that relies on content being created from other users. After all, how much content has Facebook or Instagram ever made… and look at how huge and massive their brands are!

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Be Careful Who You Ask for Blogging Advice

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I retired to a life of travel through blogging.

Do you want to travel the world through blogging?

Invest in my blogging eBook.

My eBook lays out simple, step by step tips to follow for you to travel the world through blogging.

I know how to do it. I teach you how to do it. Easy. Simple. Smart, too; you ask a blogger who lives their dreams for blogging advice on how to live your dreams.

Imagine if you asked people from a blogging tips themed Facebook Group about how to travel the world through blogging? Who are these people? Do these bloggers know specifically how to retire to a life of travel through blogging? Have these bloggers written eBooks and created courses on the topic? Have they lived their dreams?

What ensures said bloggers offer good advice?

Do many of these bloggers offer terrible advice?

Are many of these bloggers experienced, skilled, knowledgeable bloggers, being tops in their niche, like me?

Most bloggers mean well. Some bloggers offer solid advice.

But many bloggers offer terrible advice to struggling new bloggers who follow terrible advice and all of them struggle horribly, following bad advice from bloggers who only know how to fail, versus knowing how to succeed.

Be careful who you trust.

How to Get the Best Blogging Advice on Earth

Follow the top blogging tips bloggers.

Invest money in their courses.

Hire them to coach you.

The best blogging advice on earth flows through premium blogging products and services created by the top bloggers on earth.

100% of the time, following this advice leads to success. Fool proof way to get only good advice because pros teach folks how to be pros.

The only reason why you’d get bad blogging advice is if you follow anybody other than the top blogging tips bloggers on earth.

Beware Free Advice Because it is Often Cheap

Free advice sites like Quora and Facebook Groups require no vetting.

Any blogger can offer terrible advice.

This was from my trip to Fiji.

Beware trusting advice from these spots; well-meaning bloggers often guarantee your struggles by offering failing, inexperienced, terrible advice.

Vet Bloggers Who Offer Advice

Gaurav Kumar offered excellent advice via a comment responding to my live Facebook Broadcast.

If you wanted to vet his advice, checking his Facebook profile and clicking on his eAskme blog link immediately proves he is a top blogger who offers sensational advice for succeeding.

Following blogs, investing in eBooks and hiring bloggers by scanning their blogs is the easiest way to:

  • vet advice
  • trust advice
  • get awesome advice
  • accelerate your blogging success

Research bloggers who offer advice on free forums. Some genuinely offer success-promoting advice through their blogs. Trust said bloggers.

If you click through to see no blog, or a blog hosted on a free platform, or thin, weak content, beware these red flags.

Follow advice only from top bloggers who put their advice in action and succeed from an abundant, generous, calm, confident vibe.

Go to the Top

Follow only the top blogging tips bloggers on earth to get the best blogging tips and to accelerate your blogging success.

Matthew Loomis at Build Your Own Blog offers success-promoting advice. Follow him. Hire him. Succeed.

Why spend hours asking for advice from folks who may or may not have any idea what they are talking about?

Go to the top.

Google popular search terms, vet guest posters on Blogging Tips, follow the best, get the best advice on earth, use the advice, succeed.

Blogging gets easier and easier when you only follow the top bloggers on earth and invest in their premium offerings because getting the best advice from the best bloggers positions you to be the best.

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