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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.

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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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

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I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

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Ship. Publish.

Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.

Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.

I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.

I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.

All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.

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Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations

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Ouch.

Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.

Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.

Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.

If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.

Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.

Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.

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