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 Common Blogger Time Wasters
I wrote an eBook on how NOT to waste time online.
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Full time employees, busy moms and college students working part time often find blogging difficult, for there seems to be no time to blog. But there is time to blog the split second you stop wasting time on these incessant things, for minutes or even hours daily.
I do not buy minutes for my phone. At times, my wife buys minutes when she….just chooses to. I am not a doctor; nobody will die if they do not contact me via phone. I can read a map. I can speak to people offline. My phone is a time waster so I rarely use it. Guess what? Some people believe I am an elite level blogger….and I do not use my phone, barring using it at home, with an internet connection. Doesn’t that suggest you can succeed in blogging even if you do not have a phone with minutes? Turn off your phone or trash it or delete minutes for a few weeks. Observe your fear-attachment to technology and being connected. Save 1, 2 or 10 hours of time of needless phone checking and chatting, over a month.
Email. The ultimate time waster for most bloggers who check email 10 to 20 times daily or more. Unless you are a doctor or in emergency services, your blog is not a life and death business. Clients can wait. Really, they can. But most bloggers are so filled with fear, and too desperately attached to clients, that they check email 10 or 20 times daily, wasting time better spent writing a guest post or blog post. I check email 1-5 times daily. No more. My life reads like a movie because I am creating and connecting versus desperately checking my email, fearing loss.
3: Stat Checking
Oh my goodness; stat checking. Who signed up today? How many courses did I sell? How many eBooks did I sell? What are my metrics? Some bloggers check stats hourly. This is madness, because blogging is a year to year, not an hour to hour, endeavor. Nobody blogs well over an hour to hour basis, so why would you check stats hourly, or even, daily? I have blogged for 20,000 hours. AFTER 20,000 hours, some people believe I am one of the best bloggers on earth. Not because I stopped every hour to SEE IF I WAS DOING GOOD, DOING WELL. Successful blogging is like running a 26 mile marathon, enjoying the journey, and finishing. Failed blogging is like running a marathon and stopping every 200 feet to see if you finished, or, how you are doing. Insanity, and a huge time waster, too.
You will never get it perfect. Sorry. So stop wasting time on your 45th draft and just publish the post. We will love it. I promise. Perfectionism robs joy, steals happiness and snatches freedom from every blogger. Be at peace with publishing content. Edit a bit, but go live. Go public. Stop wasting time trying to make something perfect or flawless because critics find fault with anything, and, fans see past your imperfections.
There you have it, guys. Make sure you buy my eBook on the way out.
Blog Content or Promotion?
I just scanned a tweet. Someone noted how a well-read blog stressed promotion over creating content, going so far to say that blog traffic does not come from publishing great content. 100% of the time, this statement is not true. Why? If you do not publish valuable, helpful, great content, you could promote it in 1 billion places and nobody will care. Nobody will read it. You will not get traffic. Nobody will buy your stuff. You will not boost profits. I know top bloggers mean well, but sometimes they get so analytical that they blind themselves from truths, and advise bloggers inaccurately.
Blog content needs to rock, for people to share it, and for people to buy what you offer, or for people to hire you. But blog promotion needs to be top shelf too, or else you blog in a cyber cave. Nobody will know who you are or what you offer unless you promote your blog effectively through guest posting, through genuine blog commenting and by building your blogger friend network. No way around that one. Like I say in my course for getting featured on top blogs, you want to write your butt off and bond with niche leaders. This means plenty of creating, and plenty of connecting. Or, content and promotion.
But never get promotion twisted, guys. I received a few common emails this morning; strangers asked me if they could submit a guest post to me. I have no idea who they are, what they offer or heck, anything about them. But strangers who never earned my trust want to promote themselves and their blogs on my blog? Nope. I ignore these emails or alert them to buying my eBook so they can learn how to guest post on popular blogs. Promoting your blog is not about promoting YOUR blog. Promoting your blog is about building friendships with bloggers by helping them and asking for nothing. Allow friendships to form. As bonds form, blogging buddies promote your blog freely, expanding your reach and increasing your traffic and profits.
Of course, you need to practice your writing regularly to create skillful content showing off your expertise. Readers only gobble up and enjoy content created by skilled writers. Skilled writers practice writing daily, either online or offline. Nobody becomes skilled unless they write a bunch. But skilled writers do lay the foundation for a prolific, successful blogging campaign because folks freely share good content published by experienced, expert bloggers.
Both Content and Promotion
Focus both on creating helpful content and building bonds leading to cross-promotion. Think of promotion being an indirect thing. You will not promote your blog in 1000 places daily by copying and pasting links. But you will make friends with top bloggers by helping them and asking for nothing. These friends promote your blog in many spots; indirect but powerful, and effective, in spreading your blogging word around the clock.
Keep helping people through your content and through assisting other bloggers freely, asking for nothing. Content, and promotion, both create a dazzling blogging campaign. Beware about getting caught up in either/or; focus too much on content and you lose your blogger friend network, along with massive indirect promotion. Focus too much on promotion by building your network, and you have no quality content for them to share. Easy does it. Balance between each aspect of blogging and you will become a successful blogger.
Does Blog Content Make You Money?
starts off with a Bali Bang. I slammed into the ground during a wicked motorbike accident. Pain followed. Big time pain. Excruciating pain. What was my life and blogging lesson? Never take your eyes off of the road. I looked at a dog for a split second who’d been hit by a car or motorbike. Shaking my head at his injured paw, I missed the oil slick ahead. Ouch. 2 seconds later, I felt like 40,000 monkeys stabbed me in the back and lungs, after hitting pavement, Superman-style.
Blogging is similar. You will be punished if you take your eyes off of the proven, straight and narrow road of blogging fundamentals. One such fundamental is knowing YOU, not your blog, and not your content, makes money. Sometimes, we say blogs or content makes money because we speak in casual terms to help people see importance in creating and connecting. But getting clear, and helping you understand this simple concept, behooves me to stress how your generous practice, your creations and your connections make you money through your blog. Never, ever is it the other way around because blogs are inanimate objects. Content is an inanimate object too; it cannot do anything, or be anything,
You are the one, the blogger, the being, that puts everything into motion. This involves your generous effort, your willingness to learn a skill and your daily practice, creating and connecting for years, to make your content pop. Sure I sell stuff THROUGH my content but it was me, and my generous effort, and not the content itself, that did the selling. The content is not anything. Content cannot do anything. Content is worthless unless bloggers inject worth into it; see what I mean? The blogger makes it pop, or, makes content a dud, and that pop-dud outcome bases itself solely on a blogger’s generous effort and full commitment to learning their craft, day after day, for years of their lives.
You can and will succeed. You can do it. Really. But you need to understand how you are the center of it all. Everything moves according to your focus, practice and generosity. Content is a tool; like a hammer, if by itself, totally useless. Hammers need humans to work, and hammers need skilled carpenters to really sing. Content needs skilled, generous bloggers to make it sing, too, and the skills increase as your focus and generous practice, and service, increases.
Does blog content make you money? Nope, not at all. Put in the time and energy to helping folks for free. Improve your skills. Increase your exposure. In time, slowly add multiple streams of income to your blogging campaign. Allow cash to flow to you as people see you in all types of spots, making a serious impact where you show up, because of your blogging skills. Everything gets easier if you commit 100% to honing your skills blogging-wise because the content genuinely sings when you get the job done, with your prodigious, polished blogging skills.
Content makes zero dollars.
You, through your practice and generous service, develop the skills through which you make your content top notch. Profits follow.
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