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.
7 Surefire Ways on How to Make WordPress Site Secure
According to this study, 73.2% of the most popular WordPress installations are vulnerable to hacker attacks. Surprisingly, the reason is not that WordPress is inherently unsafe.
WordPress is backed by one of the hardest-working and most innovative security teams in the industry. These IT pros tirelessly ensure that the platform is well maintained and secure for users.
You may be surprised to learn that vulnerabilities are often caused by WordPress site owners themselves, through either negligence or ignorance.
You as a site owner cannot afford to neglect your website’s security, and it’s really not difficult to set up a security plan that will protect your site’s integrity. There simply is no excuse!
Here are seven simple tricks that you can implement right now to make your WordPress site more secure:
1. Set up your website’s lockdown feature
Hackers trying to force their way into your site? Set up a lockdown feature that will lock your site after a certain number of failed login attempts.
If your site is bombarded by failed login attempts, you can set up your site to go on automatic lockdown. This feature will prevent the culprits from entering a username and password from the login area. You’ll also be instantly notified of the suspicious activity.
There are two interesting plugins that provide this feature. You can’t go wrong with either, to be honest.
2. Implement two-factor authentication
Require users to provide two different login details to prove their identity.
As a website owner, you can choose how to implement your two-factor authentication scheme, often a password followed by a secret code or a secret question.
One of the more popular ways to implement two-factor authentication is to use an app that will send a secret code directly to the user’s phone. That way only authorized users can gain permission to log in to the website.
Again, there are plugins that will help you set up this authentication feature, each with their pros and cons. Test them out first to determine the plugin that best fits your needs.
3. Change your password regularly
Frequently changing your password is one of the simplest ways to secure your website, as it limits security breaches to all your accounts.
If you haven’t been doing this with all of your accounts, you’re more vulnerable to getting attacked!
It’s very common for people to use only one password for all of their accounts. That means once a hacker gets hold of your password, he can quickly access everything.
When you change your password, don’t forget to strengthen it by using a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers.
Using LastPass to store and save all your passwords can make things easier. Install this add-on on your browser to automatically fill out the login details of the site. You can also regenerate a strong random password for your website straight from the tool.
4. Secure your website’s wp-admin directory
The wp-admin directory is responsible for breathing life in to your website. Once it’s breached, your whole site will be compromised.
To prevent disaster, you can secure the wp-admin directory with a password. Consider implementing a two-factor authentication scheme that will protect both the login page and the WordPress admin area.
5. Limit your use of plugins
As useful and crucial as plugins are to the success of your WordPress site or blog, most WordPress hacking incidents are caused by a plugin.
That’s why you need to be vigilant when choosing WordPress plugins and themes to install.
I’ve suggested plugins you can use for your site, so obviously I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use them. Unless you can limit login attempts using lines of code, for instance, it’s still in your best interest to use plugins for your site.
However, use the fewest plugins possible for your WordPress website. When you have no use for plugins, or even themes, delete them from your database immediately.
Look for plugin-free alternatives that you can use to supercharge your site instead. For example, if you want to redirect pages on your site, learn how to edit your .htaccess file instead of installing a plugin.
6. Get an SSL certificate
An SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, certificate is another effective way to protect your website’s admin panel. SSL encrypts data, which secures the data transfer process between the server and users’ browsers.
When your site is protected by an SSL certificate, it becomes very challenging for hackers to access your information. The best thing about getting an SSL certificate is that you won’t have to rely on plugin installations to secure your website.
Some domain and hosting providers offer free SSL certification for your site. However, if they don’t, you’ll need to buy a certification and manually set it up. The steps in this post will show you how.
7. Back up your WordPress website regularly
The best way to protect your website from attacks is to prepare for the worst. At the end of the day, having an off-site backup will help you restore your WordPress website with minimal downtime. With just one click, you can get your website back up as if nothing happened.
Again, you can use a plugin that will create automatic backups for your site on a regular basis. One of the best ones on the market is UpdraftPlus. With the free version, you can manually save a copy of your site to the cloud. The premium version lets you create backups on a schedule, so you’ll be ready if worst comes to worst.
Website security is serious business. However, many solutions are a piece of cake to implement. Follow these tips and you’ll be doing your part to keeping your website safe, even when hackers attack.
Blog Post Writing – Reasons Why You Should Task a Professional to Help You Write Your Blog Posts
“Too often, feeling intimidated becomes our excuse not to be awesome.” – Scott Stratten
Is your main aim in life to be a successful blog owner and to reach (and influence) thousands of people like The Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle’s blog: The Tig? However, you do not feel as though your writing skills are not up to par with some of the top blogs currently available on the Internet.
Fortunately, not all is lost. And, as the quotation mentioned above by Scott Stratten infers, feeling intimidated is not a reason to believe that you cannot start your blog. If it is your passion and dream, then it is essential to reach for your dream and start your blog. These sentiments might sound old and cliched; however, they are still valid in today’s hectic-paced, instant, post-modern world.
Therefore, the question that begs is how should you get your blog posts written? Bearing in mind, that it is vital to post engaging, informative posts.
The succinct answer to this question is to hire a skilled essay writer.
By way of an extended explanation, here are several additional reasons why you should appoint a specialist to write your blog content for you:
Provide high-quality content
A content specialist is well versed in the art and science of structuring a blog post, or essay, in a way that enhances and highlights the topic. It cannot be reiterated enough that the main aim of a blog post, or any website content for that matter, is to attract traffic and, ultimately, convert this traffic into income.
Track future blogging trends
A writing specialist will prioritize the importance of staying up to date with future blogging trends. As mentioned above, the Internet is full of content, from extremely poor-quality to high-quality on the other side of the scale. And, the high volumes of material that are available for consumption is only going to increase in 2019, and onwards. And the specialist writer will make it a priority to keep abreast of the 2019 blogging trends.
Thus, it makes sense to hire an expert writer to write your blog posts for you. It’s a win-win situation.
Write optimized content
Content that is optimized for optimal ranking on the Internet’s prominent search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo need to be carefully structured so that all of the search engine’s ranking algorithms can crawl through the content finding the keywords and key phrases that the blogger wishes to emphasize. Secondly, and equally importantly, it is vital to ensure that the material contains secondary keywords as well as other phrases that are pertinent to the topic and primary keywords.
For example, if the blog post is on how to score goals when playing football, the writer needs to include phrases that are relevant to football and how to play the game. The modern search engine algorithms are known to search for all of these different types of phrases. If they aren’t found, then the content runs the risk of achieving a low ranking on the Search Engine Results Page. And this negative result is not beneficial to the blog’s overall ranking and traffic figures.
Branding Your Blog: How to Make an Impact to Your Readers
People often think of branding as an exclusively visual component of their website or blog.
And while choosing a logo and coming up with a creative tagline or design plays a crucial role in your branding strategy, there’s actually more to branding your blog than meets the eye.
Before we proceed, ask yourself these questions:
Have you ever stopped to think about what your target market actually thinks of your brand?
What do your published content, your tone on your social channels, and your overall image say about your brand?
You see, to create a holistic brand for your blog, you also need to consider the non-visual aspects of it as well.
Therefore, if you want to generate more traffic to your blog, you need to develop a brand that will attract and engage your target market.
Here are some tips on how you can make an impact on your readers through branding:
Bank on beautiful yet functional design
When it comes to making the right impression on your target audience, there are two blog design elements that you need to focus on – your logo and layout.
Having a logo is important because it doesn’t just symbolize your brand’s identity. It also invites people to get to know you.
Your logo is one of the first things that people see. So if you want your blog to stand out, you need to have a professional logo design that will capture your brand’s core principles.
Renderforest logo maker is one of my favorite tools because it quickly gets the job done without the tedious process.
When it comes to your blog’s layout, it’s not enough that you post kickass content on your blo., You also need to make sure that your blog’s design is optimized for conversion.
Here are three tips to help you create a lasting impression.
- Use large, beautiful feature images to support your content – Using high-quality images is a great way to draw your readers’ attention to your blog. The current trend is to use large images that will compel readers to read your blog articles.
- Highlight your best assets – If you’ve been blogging for a while now, you probably already have a couple of articles that perform better than the rest. Put your best content forward by showcasing them on your blog’s main page.
- Improve your blog’s load speed and UX – Always check your website for lag. Remember, there’s no point in having a beautiful blog if it will take forever to load.
Deliver content that your audience craves for
Your blog’s driving force will always be your content.
This is why, if you want to turn visitors into loyal readers, you need to continually create compelling content that will keep them coming back for more.
Your content should not only clearly represent your brand as a blogger, but also the values that your blog stands for.
When creating content that is tailor-fit to your target audience, make sure to choose your topics wisely. You want to give your audience information that they’re explicitly searching for.
As a freelance writer, I help create customized content for clients using an SEO tool like Serpstat. It helps me to research for low-hanging fruit keywords, scout the competition for opportunities, and more!
If you want to learn how I use Serpstat to implement my content marketing process, check out this review I wrote about the tool.
Interact and engage through comments
Another way that you can make an impact on your readers is to connect with them on a more personal level.
Something as simple as replying to blog comments can make a significant impact on your readers.
When you reply to your readers’ blog comments with insightful and helpful information, you’re not only inviting them to interact with you more, you’re also showing them that they matter.
Or you can reverse engineer the process by commenting on other blogs.
Take a cue from Ryan Biddulph, founder of Blogging from Paradise.
He goes out of his way to leave insightful comments on everyone’s blogs.
Due to his ubiquitous comments, readers can’t help but associate his blog with the quality comments he leaves. As a result, Blogging from Paradise is now one of the most popular and respected blogs around.
Ryan discusses his commenting strategy in his interview here. You can copy his tactic so you can help create a good image of yourself and your online brand.
Get busy on social media
Your interaction with people shouldn’t stop with your blog.
Take the discussion to a broader audience by getting busy on social media!
Your social channels like Facebook and Twitter are not just tools for getting your message out there. They can also be used to reach out to your audience and build your brand.
While there’s a lot of competition on social media platforms these days, you can set yourself apart by following these tips:
- Develop your brand’s personality – Your target audience will be more likely to engage with you when they can relate to your brand’s personality. While developing your brand’s personality may take time, you can find your unique voice by considering your company culture, audience, and values.
- Stick to your content strategy – Stay consistent by picking a few topics that are related to your specific niche. This way, your audience will easily associate you with the industry that you’re a part of.
- Reach out to influencers – Influencers can help you reach out to a broader audience. Building relationships with key influencers in your niche will help you amplify your branding with minimal effort.
How about you – any tips you know that can help others with their blog’s branding? Comment below and share your insights!
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