Lots of bloggers like to ask the question is blog commenting really matters. In this example I would say it definitely does.
I read all of the comments that come through on this blog and Ryan Biddulph has been an active blog commenter on BloggingTips.com for quite a while now.
Seeing Ryan’s avatar/face and his comments made me want to go and check out his blog and see what’s going on at his end.
This led me to get in contact with him and profile him in this weekend’s “Meet the Bloggers” interview. Get commenting and provide value and you might just be the next blogger featured on our site!
1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?
My name is Ryan Biddulph. I am a 38 year old globe-trotting blogger who enjoys chilling in paradise, keeping fit and helping you make money online.
I started blogging after receiving my pink slip. I was fired from my security guard job in NJ and heard that blogging could be an enjoyable and prospering means through which I could make a living.
I decided that working for myself was the only way to go so I started blogging after being let go from my job and never looked back.
2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?
My blog focuses on how to generate cash online. Many people want to make money online through blogging; few realize their dreams.
If I could run an informative, inspiring blog teaching you how to make money blogging I could help you travel the world, spend more time with your family and do all the cool stuff that I do.
The 1 problem with trying to make money online is that the moment you focus only on making money you lose sight of what you need to do to make money; creating value and making authentic connections with people.
My blog focuses on sharing tips and tricks to keep your focus on creating value and developing strong bonds with friends so you too can create your own mini – or massive – blogging empire.
3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?
Currently I am monetizing my blog through:
- my ghostwriting services
- my blog consulting services
- selling my inspirational ebooks
- accepting sponsored posts
- selling advertising space
- affiliate marketing
I strongly suggest that any new bloggers should monetize from Day 1; doing so makes you comfortable with the idea of making money online as many blogging vets struggle with monetizing after putting it off for years. You deserve to get paid for your efforts!
4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?
Make friends in high places. You will go as far as the amount of value you create and the size and influence of your network.
I wrote over 300 posts for an audience of crickets on Cash With A True Conscience before I networked aggressively with leaders like yourself Zac. I learned the hard way that you cannot do it by yourself.
Smart, successful bloggers use the concept of leveraging by making friends with other smart, successful bloggers. Aggressively promote other leaders, post helpful comments on their blogs, do so persistently and good karma will flow in your direction through prospering opportunities.
My blog link will reach many more people by doing this interview versus just trying to tweet it all day long because this blogging audience is much bigger than mine. Leveraging.
5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?
- Aliventures.com for simple and powerful blogging tips and trips.
- Problogger.net for keen blogging insight.
- Seohacker.net for tremendous writing tips.
6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?
Hootsuite Pro is a must.
Automating plays a big part in the blogging game and HS Pro allows you to post to many groups simultaneously. Through a quick and easy to install Chrome button you can automate updates fast.
Being a world traveler I could not blog effectively nor successfully without tools like Hootsuite; I would simply run out of time otherwise.
Tweet Old Post is another winner.
You can send out old, evergreen posts on twitter every hour or so to boost blog traffic and shake the dust off of old, relevant content.
Those are 2 social media tools which I really believe in and suggest any new blogger use. I do use a few others but do not deem them absolutely necessary.
Use a few to make your life easier, I say, then get down to creating awesome content and connecting with leaders to grow your blogging audience.
7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?
Now this advice might sound stupid from a guy who just returned from the hospital in India. I had terrible stomach issues and became dangerously dehydrated after 2 weeks of being sick. Some of this was due to pushing myself but most was due to eating something nasty.
In any case you cannot fear pushing yourself to write more posts and expect to become successful. In 99% of the cases you will not be rushed to the hospital in Kerala, India with a feeble pulse like me after pushing yourself as a blogger. You might just feel tired, or stressed, or mentally worn out.
I remember my bodybuilding idol Arnold Schwartzenegger explaining how so few people are willing to go through pain periods to become a champion. Most are average or poor bloggers because they never push themselves outside of their comfort zone.
I have never had a problem with that. Push yourself. See what you can do.
8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?
Tell stories. My best posts are stories about my life. I relate how to make money online to some tale from my experience.
Many top bloggers implore you to tell story after story because we love ’em; movies, books, TV shows, etc. Tell stories through your blog and you will never, ever lack for readers.
9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?
I would buy a domain with hosting to use up the $100 then start writing like mad and meeting leaders in my niche. There are many types of web hosting, but I prefer managed WordPress hosting for my blogs.
It takes only a little bit of money but a ton of time and energy to brand yourself and grow yourblogging audience.
Pro Tip: You can start a blog for cheap by picking one of these free blogging platforms
10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?
You can visit my blog at: Cash With A True Conscience
My twitter: @RyanBiddulph
Thanks again for sharing this opportunity with me Zac!
Thanks again Ryan 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.