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Meet Nile Flores of Blondish.net

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One of the most saturated niches out there is the “wordpress tips and training” niche, yet there is always something new to learn and new people are blogging for the first time every day. Even with that said, it’s always interesting to see how many different “wordpress and blogging” tips sites we can come across, and many of them are quite successful as well. Today we are going to be interviewing the creator of Blondish.net, Nile Flores and how she first got started with blogging and turned her site into what it is today.

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

Niles of BlondishI started blogging in early 2001. I had been on GeoCities and started manual blogging using a 3rd party comment system called Haloscan. Just so you know, manual blogging is where you just write your post and HTML into a static page, and then paste your javascript link to your post.

As that time, I was doing free graphics, sharing my poetry, and just using my site as a hobby blog. I had several other websites I maintained that were related to some of the hugest Yahoo! Clubs (which were then going through the transition to Yahoo! Groups) in existence at that time.

Once I had my own site, I got into web competitions at The Site Fights and got 2nd two years straight out of hundreds of website owners who competed each year. I built a large following strictly for my website at that time. I eventually found b2/ cafelog, which was the script that WordPress was forked from, and the rest is history. I’ve been using WordPress since it began.

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

The focus of my blog is basically helping the creation, design, development, and marketing of a website, particularly those using WordPress.

I chose that niche because at the time, there were so many blogs that didn’t have a real focus, or the website owner was clueless. I’d already had a lot of success building sites and communities that I felt a need to help teach. And when I mean help teach, it was through my blogging. There were people out there teaching and consulting, mostly opportunists giving out breadcrumbs of crappy advice to keep charging their clients by the hour.

Until 2009, I had some personal posts on my site, but those were taken down as I wanted to solely focus on the meat and potatoes that bring people to my site and make me the most money without spamming the heck out of them.

Blondish Blog

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

I do in house advertisements, text links as in my sidebar, very little Google adsense, and occasionally sponsored posts.

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

Wow, you are making me think all the way back then… lol. I was an English major in college, already successful in creating communities and websites, so really, it wasn’t the blogging aspect that I needed help on. It was having better resources to learn from in creating websites. Even though I don’t have that problem today, I’d certainly be farther along.

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

  • Mashable.com
  • TechCrunch.com
  • Just-Ask-Kim.com (Kimberly Castleberry is a good friend of mine as well… actually my best friend.)

6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?

  • WordPress – It seems I can’t live without it.
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast – Great SEO tool!
  • Google Analytics – This really helps me see what people are looking for in my niche and within my website.

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

If you’re just beginning, don’t hesitate to start blogging. If you don’t have a focus yet, keep blogging and also keep in mind to think about what you want to do. Blogs are much like businesses and you definitely have to plan, but if you at least get in the habit of blogging you will be ahead of those just waiting for the perfect time to blog. It is important to remember that you should be blogging about what you are passionate about, as well as have the knowledge for it. The passion will encourage you to keep learning more in your niche.

Oh, and your first blog shouldn’t be in the Blogs about Blogging niche. You can’t start a site teaching other bloggers if you haven’t raised a website in another niche first. There are a few who have turned to community blogging to drive more traffic, because they still lack the experience to maintain a blog or website on an individual level.

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

Keep blogging and use scheduled posts during vacation or hiatus. It really keeps your blog fueled and you don’t lose readers or traffic.

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

$100 is more than enough money to start a new blog. I already do everything, have my own server and have the tools for starting any type of website. I’d probably use it towards marketing.

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

My Site – http://blondish.net
LinkedIn – http://linkedin.com/in/blondishnet
Thanks again Niles 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.

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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What Is Your Blog Post Publishing Frequency and Why?

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From time to time, assess how frequently you publish blog posts. Ask yourself why? Sit. Wait for an honest answer.

I publish 4-5 blog posts daily. Sometimes I publish 6 posts. Why? I share oodles of helpful videos, podcasts and articles but on a deeper level, I intend to get my 124 eBooks in a billion hands or more. Yes; I wrote and self-published 124 bite-sized eBooks. Publishing 6 posts daily allows me to promote 6 different eBooks daily on my blog. I also publish 3 or more guest posts daily to share value and promote my eBooks in more spots. Note; that is 3 or more eBook promotions, in addition to all of my eBooks I promote on social media.

Promoting 124 eBooks daily is no joke. I needed to raise my vibe, practice writing and video and podcasting and get clear on upping my post frequency to drive traffic and business through an approach. I see my blog more as a high volume, blogging news portal, like CNN or Fox News, and less a blog for publishing weekly and leaving it at that. Hey; that is just me, though.

You may be different because all bloggers hold different intents and vibe at different frequencies. Imagine blogging once monthly. Today, you set an intent to publish 5 posts daily between videos, articles and podcasts. Seems foolish, right? Few humans make this quantum leap without putting in years of writing practice and also giving substantial attention and energy to energy management, or, mindset work. Never raise your blog post frequency from energies of fear and delusion; burnout and failure await.

But do bump up frequency if it feels fun, relaxing, prospering and generous to publish more frequently.

On the flip side, pull back on blog post frequency if your current schedule feels heavy, tiring, exhausting and overwhelming.

Only you know how frequently you post and why you post at that clip. You know the honest answer. Be straight with yourself.

Optimal Blog Post Frequency

None exists.

Follow your fun and relaxation.

What feels really good and fun and relaxing, but maybe a bit uncomfortable, to you? Run with it. Daily? Awesome. Weekly? Cool. Twice daily? Great. One post, one day, and 3 posts, the following day? Why not? If readers enjoy your content they read your content, keeping up with what they can keep up with. Trust your gut.

I advise publishing at least weekly in most cases unless you publish a long form post monthly ranking well on Google, genuinely knocking folk’s socks off. Why? People forget you as you vanish from the stream for a month at a time. Blogs are news portals for your niche. News should not be published monthly. Weekly at a minimum works fine for news updates.

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Pondering post frequency, money flows to frequent posters and less frequent posters. Everything money-wise depends on your clarity with receiving money and following your frequency strategy because your energy dictates your income. Feel good, and at peace, and relaxed, about your blog post frequency. Success will find you based on your money energy and life energy, independent of your blog post frequency.

Do the inner work and the outer results expand freely and easily over time.

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Blogging Income Tip: How Do You Feel about Money?

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As I promote my eBook:

11 Techniques to Conquer Anxiety

I ponder one massive source of anxiety for most bloggers: money. Most of you grew up with money limiting beliefs. Money does not grow on trees. Money is not easy. Money is hard to get. Money is scarce. If you want money, get used to owning and facing each money fear because blogging full time requires you to work for free, generously, for a while, and no human with money fears works for free. All humans clinging to heavy money fears only work for pay. What is working for pay? Jobs. Working for someone allows you to get paid for every hour you work because being employees guarantees payment, per work, per your contract.

Guess what? Blogging is a different animal. Nobody gets paid to be an individual, business-owning blogger because blogging is a business. Business is about building something to boost skills and exposure to where your streams of income yield cash for you. Complete 180 from being an employee because you need face money fears, release fears, and proceed from a generous energy to gain skills and exposure enough to earn a full time income through your blog.

How do you feel about money? Does money feel scarce to you? Do you fear running out of money? Be honest guys. Being straight with yourself allows you to make money because before you make money through your blog, you need to face, feel and release money fears. Why? You never move into actions required to make money being burdened by the heavy fear of losing money, a yoke that saddles most of humanity.

I have noted how Gary Vaynerchuk did 2000 YouTube interviews before he began to get major media and TV coverage. He worked for free for 2000 interviews because he was not burdened by the terror of losing money, vibing abundance and generosity and trust. Most of humanity is so scared to lose all of their money that they never give one interview for free; these people work jobs to guarantee they get money for what they do work-wise, but sacrifice their fun and freedom in the process. You cannot live your dreams through blogging if you have no vision for the future and you cannot create a vision if you feel weighed down by the fear of money loss. How can you dream big dreams if you secretly feel terrified to lose it all? The fear of losing it all dominates your mind, body and actions so you will just work a job to get money and you will treat your blog casually, because your blog does not yield money, like your job.

Of course, your blog does not yield money because you vibe a poverty consciousness and poverty-vibing folks never do the generous giving – working for free, for a sustained period of time – to position themselves for success, a’la Gary Vee and his 2000 YouTube interviews. I have written and published nearly 1000 posts on Blogging Tips. Nobody paid me directly for writing and publishing these posts but the traffic and links and money I gained indirectly through these nearly 1000 posts helped me live a neat life. I began giving generously the moment I faced my money fears.

Expect to do the same if you want to live your dreams through blogging.

 

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What Few Bloggers Understand

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I live a pretty sexy life. I have circled the globe for the past eight years through blogging. Pretty cool, right?

But my blogging duties are seemingly mundane, not too sexy at all and in moments, quite boring. I genuinely love blogging. I have fun doing what I do. But I am also a human being experiencing a wide range of emotions on an hour to hour basis. Sometimes, I just want to go to sleep for a little bit because I feel tired and a bit bored with the blogging process. But if I intuitively know it is time to write a blog post I just write the blog post. In these moments, blogging feels boring and mundane and plain and not too sexy. But doing the seemingly mundane things in boring moments lays the foundation for living a spectacular dream life through blogging.

Few bloggers understand this basic fact of sometimes boring activities laying the foundation for a spectacular dream life. Most bloggers believe I do exciting, inspired and amazing things all day long to live an amazing life. This is 100% not true and nothing could be further from the fact. Blogging is fun for me most of the time but sometimes blogging feels boring. Even when blogging feels fun I am not doing anything earth-shattering or jaw-dropping anytime I write and publish blog posts and comment on blogs and promote one or all of my 100 plus ebooks. Does tapping a retweet button and sharing one of my eBooks on Twitter seem earth-shattering? Nope. Simple. East too. But few bloggers understand simple blogging activities lead to great blogging success.

Most bloggers believe you live your dreams through blogging by trying to knock the ball out of the park with viral blog posts and partnerships with the top bloggers on earth. Nope. You live your dreams by simply publishing helpful content, building friendships with top bloggers by being generous and asking for nothing, and by opening multiple streams of income from an abundant, trusting energy. Each of those steps is simple to put into action but sometimes taking each of those steps feel scary or highly uncomfortable. Nudge through the fear. Take the step. Simple, generous actions eventually lead to spectacular results because all meaningful blogging ventures begin with simple, generous actions. Do not believe top bloggers hit home runs everyday. We hit singles again and again and again and again for 10000 to 20000 hours until all those singles add up to something dazzling over the long haul.

Think in terms of tiny impressions made multiple times daily. I could have tried to write a viral guest post on this blog 3 years ago when I first published posts here. But I just chose to do a solid job writing a simple post some 900 times. Now I have written and published 900 + guest posts on this blog which means on a single blog alone I have 900 links or more, based on the ebooks of mine I link to as well. 900 + links leads up to something pretty sexy and spectacular but it was the simple, generous actions I took daily over 3 years of my life that led to the stunning long-term success. Blogging is doing simple things generously for hours daily for years of your life to build something special and meaningful.

Never believe that top bloggers hit home runs every day for a few weeks before they made it big. Anybody who makes it big does seemingly little things with love and generosity every single day over the course of years of their lives. Imagine 10000 to 20000 hours of doing simple things and you get an idea of what it takes to live a spectacular dream life through the medium of blogging.

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