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Meet Tanvir Zafar from HowPK.com

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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?

Tanvir_ZafarMy 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.

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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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanvirzafar123
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106690655697123082959/+Howpk/posts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/adsheat

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.

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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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How to Leave Your Blogging Struggles Behind

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Exit your comfort zone on a daily basis.

Leave blogging struggles behind.

I love blogging. Blogging feels fun, freeing and quite easy to me. But sometimes, on this journey, my feelings change a bit. Sometimes, blogging feels uncomfortable and I nudge into resistance. Fear rears its head. Mental blocks arise. Sometimes I fear running out of time or perhaps I fear wasting my time. In these moments, I have 2 choices: remain in my fear-filled comfort zone or leave my comfort zone.

I left most of my blogging struggles behind because I choose to leave my comfort zone on a regular basis. Traffic, profits, and all manner of sweet blogging success greet bloggers who feel their fears, leave their comfort zones and do the blogging task, anyway.

What Is Blogging Struggle?

Blogging struggle is doing things or not doing things based on fear. Fear drives you. You blog from a fear-based, scared energy. You avoid traffic and profit and success boosting activities because you fear the opportunities. Example; you struggle horribly to make money and drive blog traffic. I advise to begin generous, relaxed, enjoyable guest posting, to help you increase traffic and profits and success. The split second you THINK about guest posting, you feel a range of emotions, from excitement, to happiness, then, from terror, to anxiety, to a general fear of wasting your time.

If 2 people visit your blog daily and you see zero blogging profits now, and you say “no” to guest posting because of some fears, you will likely struggle horribly, because you avoided guest posting to stay in your comfort zone of fear.

Traffic and profits sit on the other side of fear, outside of your comfort zone. No way around that one. We all pay a fear tuition doing freeing, success-promoting, uncomfortable things. I remember when Zac invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Fear invaded my mind. Would he reject my posts? How about if he hated my posts? What if I wasted my time? Would I be able to follow all the rules? Would he criticize me? Of course Zac is the nicest, kindest, friendliest iconic blogger on earth. He REALLY is, guys. He is an exceptional human being. But fear is irrational, distorting the truths of love, harmony and abundance.

I had to feel all those scary, intense fears, and keep blogging anyway, to write and publish my first few guest posts here. 800 plus guest posts later, I am still going strong. Why? I left my comfort zone those first few times and instantly began leaving blogging struggles behind.

Exit your comfort zone every single day. Do something that scares you. Do something that tests your limits. Publish a 4 paragraph long comment on a top blog, even if you fear:

  • nobody is listening
  • nobody is reading comments
  • nobody will click through to your blog
  • you are wasting your time
  • the comment won’t get published

This happened to me recently. I spent 15 minutes writing a 9 paragraph comment on Pro Blogger. But Disqus suffered some connection problems and prevented me from publishing the comment. I feared I wasted 15 minutes. But after feeling and releasing the emotion, I let it go, moved on, and devoted 10 minutes to writing and publishing the comment later in the day, when Disqus was working.

Struggles happen if you choose to blog mainly from fear.

Success happens when you nudge into these fears, toward your blogging fun, taking inspired but uncomfortable action on a daily basis.

Go for it!

Exit your comfort zone.

Leave your blogging struggles behind…for good.

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Focus on Things More to Leverage Your Blog Quickly

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Heresy!

What is the relationships guy talking about?

Blogging is a people business, right?

Blogging is one part people and one part things. Seriously. I learned this recently because if you depend 100% on people to build your blogging success you cannot possibly scale to massive levels. But if you do focus on things more, like email lists, and blogging platforms, you become less dependent on people, and also, your leveraging potential goes through the roof.

Email List Example

Let’s look at the famous email list. It is a thing. After you publish a blog post, you write a few words, include a link to your latest post, and after clicking a button, email the post to 10, 100, or 10,000 people….or more people. In a split second, you reach 10,000 human beings. Using a thing helps you leverage your presence like mad. Awesome.

But imagine if you only reached 10,000 people by mentioning people in your recent post, and tagging them on social media. Humanly impossible, of course. Let’s say you depend on even, 50 people, to promote your blog post, by mentioning them and tagging them. Linking to and tagging 50 bloggers takes a lotta time. Minimum, even for a 700 word post, it takes 90 minutes to 2 hours – or longer – to go the tagging and mentioning route. Do you see the problem of depending 100% on people and friendships to build blog? You run out of time. Meanwhile, sending your post to 50 email subscribers takes 3 minutes to send the email and literally, a split second to actually publish the email, at the click of a button.

Using Things Effectively Leverages Your Presence

Using email lists, blogging platforms for guest posting and certain tools leverages your presence fast because eventually, you run out of time trying to leverage your presence solely based on grabbing the attention of fellow bloggers. Plus you are at the mercy of humans, and building a fear-based attachment to fellow humans leads to misery because humans change, humans get too busy to promote you, and humans unfriend other humans.

I am for making blogging a people and things business. I have learned this lesson the hard way over the prior 2 months. Befriend people and enjoy the process, but if you want to leverage massively and sprint up the exposure ladder, tap into the convenience of technology by using things to reach more people fast.

At the end of the day, it is about helping more people freely. Use things – aka technology aka inanimate objects – to help people more freely and to help more people, too.

Exit Human-Obsessed and Things-Resistant Blogging Circles

I used to be part of blogging circles 100% reliant – virtually – on human beings, and heavily resistant to things. But none of these bloggers leveraged to big time, super successful levels. These bloggers railed against bots and joked of not using or being a blogging cyborg. All seemed funny. But on agreeing and following their advice I soon learned how incredibly difficult it becomes to grow a successful blog being 100% attached to and dependent on human beings to build the blog. Humans change. Things do not. Plus you cannot leverage humans like you leverage things.

While all these folks complained about emails and automating, they played so small that reaching next level success proved to be 100% impossible. But, I observed how using things like systems and tools will help you reach huge, targeted groups of people in minutes or even seconds. See the email example above.

Instead of complaining about or resisting tech, why not use things to make life easier, to leverage your presence quickly and to reach a huge, targeted group of human beings so you succeed and so people get what they want?

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Long Term Blogging Success: Co-Creation Not Manipulation

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Every blogger who succeeds over the long haul did so through co-creation.

Two blogger met. Two people make friends. Both friends help each other out, for a co-creation, and see greater success due to the co-creation.

I have seen this happen so much in my blogging life over the past 10 years. I befriended Zac many years ago. He invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Years later, all the co-creating I did through 800 plus guest posts helped:

  • increase my blog traffic
  • increase my blogging profits
  • increase my DA
  • increase my brand exposure

Think about it guys; all top bloggers make friends with other bloggers, both parties help each other, and we all win. You win, I win, and our fellow bloggers win.

No Manipulation

You will never create long-term blogging success by trying to manipulate people through fear, smoke, mirrors and other silly tactics, because doing so is like building your blogging business on a house of cards. Even the smallest breeze of resistance knocks down the cards, and your blogging business with it. Bad idea.

What do I mean by manipulation? Imagine you write a blog post filled with bold promises of how to make 6 figures a year, telling bloggers you know the way. You share no specific strategies for making 6 figures. Nope. But you do make big, hyped up claims, filling the 1000 word post with some hefty, silly promises. What are you trying to do? Manipulate humans into following your blog, buying your stuff and giving you money. Your intent is to use fear, greed and desperation to GET money from people. Using fear manipulates people into doing what they do not want to do, for a temporary income boost, for you. But again, imagine a house of cards. A barely detectable breeze knocks down the house, and a seemingly tiny detail knocks down and destroys your blogging business.

When I was a new blogger a LONG time ago, one blogger who claimed to be a 6 figure earner admitted he was lying. He disappeared instantly. His blogging business died because he lied about making 6 figures, because he wanted to manipulate people into giving him money.

Co-Creating Benefits All over the Long Haul

If you guest post on other blogs, you and fellow bloggers create helpful content that promotes lasting success. Imagine building a house on a rock solid foundation, on a granite mountain. Wow! That is a serious foundation. Nothing moves that home. Even a decent earthquake barely makes the house shake. This is what it’s like to co-create content with fellow bloggers.

You both create something together – through a shared post and shared domain name – that is good, and leads to something good and beneficial. Fear and manipulation? No involvement in this process. Love and abundance and service, this is it, and this is why you become successful in building a rock solid foundation, and, in becoming a pro blogger.

How Can You Co-Create?

A few ideas:

  • guest post on your blog
  • guest post on other blogs
  • create joint videos
  • create joint podcasts
  • create joint business ventures

Ultimately, you can co-create with fellow bloggers in countless ways. Being creative is your only requirement.

Think of how the co-creating benefits all of humanity. Think of all the people you can help through your co-creation. Put people ahead of your immediate needs and also, bring other bloggers on board to see the greatest impact over the long haul.

Be generous, help people, make friends and gain exposure. Build a viable, long term, meaningful blogging business. Observe manipulative, flash in the pan bloggers come and go. I have seen thousands of these types die a quick death, like moths flying too close to the flame-temptation of quick, easy riches.

Co-create to out last virtually everybody else in your blogging niche.

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