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?
My 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.
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.
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.