Interviews With Bloggers

 Interviews With Bloggers

On this page you will find a number of people who allowed me to interview them for my blog. These are people who have found success through the Wealthy Affiliate and learned how to blog and market effectively through the platform. I hope you find their interviews helpful!

 

 

 

Zac Johnson Blogger
Zac Johnson Blogger

An Interview With Zac Johnson

 CEO  at www.zacjohnson.com

 

What motivated you to start blogging and when did you start?

I started making money online back in the mid-90s. I did pretty well for myself, especially since I was in high school when I was just getting started. In 2007, I decided to launch a blog of my own to try and build a personal brand and following for myself. In the beginning, it was slow, but like all good things, it was well worth the time and effort put in. Today, starting a blog was one of the best business decisions I’ve made, as it’s completely changed my life and business for the better. One of my main goals and business models is to help others learn how to start a blog of their own as well, through my site at blogging.org.

2. What would be your number #1 suggestion to a newbie blogger who is starting out?

The two most important thing that every blogger or site owner needs to know are;
1 – Niche down as much as possible. Become the authority within your niche and make sure your content always provides value based on what your audience is looking for.
2 – Promote your content. It’s easy to create content… and there is way too much of it anyway. Focus on creating better content than your competition, and then promoting the heck out of it.
It’s more complex than that, but those are the two principles that matter most. I walk through this process in my blog monetization guide.

3. How long did it take for your blog to start getting decent traffic? 

The first few months were a bit slow, but as I came out with new tutorials, case studies and resource guides, it started to speed up. My best content still gets random mentions, shares, and backlinks today… and that’s exactly what you want to see when creating content for a new site or blog. I actually ran a 12-month case study when I launched the blog to see how much money it could make, without actually putting any ads on the site. This was a good motivation for staying on top of the blog and making sure it performed well month after month.

4. What would you have done different if you could go back to your first year as a blogger?

If I started over or had to start a new site again, I would focus on creating less content and focus more on having each article be higher in quality and length. This is the strategy that is working extremely well today. It also makes for a much easier promotion process, and less time spent on writing new articles.

5. What type of writing style do you have? ie..engaging, informative etc.

I just write. I know a lot of people spend hours and hours writing content and then tweaking and putting it through several rounds of revisions. I simply write and then put it out there. I would say my writing style is how I think or talk.

6. What would you say your best trait is as a blogger?

Helping others. This one is easy because it’s how I got to where I am today. I get A LOT of emails every day, and I respond to nearly all of them. You wouldn’t believe how many times I hear from that I was the only blogger to ever respond to them, and how much it’s meant to them. It’s great to hear, and something I’ll always do.

An Interview With Craig Williams

Blogger And Wealthy Affiliate  Member

How long have you been blogging?

Not terribly long. I started some months back, then stopped as other things took precedence in my life. I deleted some of what I had done previously and even abandoned my old site. I had been away long enough that I felt it best to simply start from scratch. That was about… two months ago?

What made you choose the Wealthy Affiliate?

I can’t remember where I first came across it, but I stumbled onto a site that discussed work-from-home opportunities. I don’t think it was a WA affiliate site, as there weren’t really any reviews or attempts to guide anyone toward any particular sites. They simply said “there are good, these are not good.” I checked out two or three at most, but instantly clicked with the atmosphere of Wealthy Affiliate.

What advice would you give to a newbie blogger and marketer?

I think two things are important and somewhat related. First, I think consistency is very important. People are creatures of habit. If you don’t develop the writing habit, you will probably go from writing frequently, to writing periodically, to writing rarely then not at all. That’s exactly what happened to me. I became distracted by other life events, stopped writing regularly and then ultimately stopped altogether. I’d gone from a writing habit to a non-writing habit.
The second thing I think is important is simply to write about something you are passionate about. If you try to write about something that doesn’t interest you simply because you think it will attract others or make money, you’re not going to be as successful. People know when something is phony. If you don’t love something, you aren’t going to convince other people to love it. On the other hand, if you write about something you have a passion for, it can be very infectious.

What do you blog about and where can people find your website?

I have two sites now. One is a WA affiliate site, which is just getting started. My goal is to try to reach people like myself, who have spent way too much time and energy working for someone else who doesn’t appreciate or care about them. I want to help these people find a way to make a living doing something they love, because that’s something I love. I’ve always enjoyed teaching, and trying to help and encourage people. I love when people who have felt like they have nothing to offer can rise up and make a new life for themselves. That site has *just* started, however, so it has a LONG way to go before it is anything resembling what I want it to be. That site is www.startworkingforyou.com
My other site (which is also in it’s infancy, as I have just re-started) is www.geekoutwithdad.com and is about various things that might be considered part of “geek” culture, such as comics, games, movies etc. It also will have some stories about family, kids, and being a dad.
Both sites are very much a work-in-progress, so neither one is too exciting right now, but keep watching! ha ha

How do you stay motivated to keep blogging and marketing your website?

I have always loved writing. The thought of writing for a living has been my dream since I was about 5 or 6. Seriously. I planned on being a novelist back in grade 1 or so. But while working on that #1 bestseller, I just want to keep writing. If people can find value in anything I have to say, that’s amazing. My “geek” site is pretty much for me. If other people like it, awesome, but it’s really about my own interests and hopefully connecting with people who like similar things. My motivation for my affiliate site is all about reaching out to other people who feel the way I have often felt. If I can touch one person and make them feel more optimistic about the future and help them go after their dreams, that is amazing. How could you NOT be motivated by that?

 

 

 

 

 

TOM 

Affiliate Marketer And Blogger

 

How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for right at a year.

What made you choose the Wealthy Affiliate?
I kept hearing that if you want to make it online, you have to have your own website. I searched for how to go about it, and Wealthy Affiliate seemed to have a great reputation with many people giving it a thumbs up, so I looked closer. They provided the training, tools, and support for a low cost, so I became a premium member.

What advice would you give to a newbie blogger and marketer?

I would say find a program that can teach you how to go about starting a blog the right way, and has a lot of training. Realize that it will take some time to learn what you need to know, so don’t rush it. The Wealthy Affiliate training is really good, and very thorough. Take as much time as you need to go through all the training, and when you feel ready, start your website.

What do you blog about and where can people find your website?
I am also a Realtor, and I blog about how to buy real estate, with an emphasis on foreclosures. My website is: http://howtobuyforeclosedhome.com

I also have a degree in Natural Health, and I have a blog to help people lose weight, and get healthy. My website is:
http://foodsreducebellyfat.com

How do you stay motivated to keep blogging and marketing your website?
I enjoy writing/blogging, and I have a passion about real estate, and natural health. so I have a lot of ideas to turn into blog posts. I have also been into online marketing for several years, and I like to make money (who doesn’t?), so the marketing of my blogs is interesting, and challenging. I want to eventually blog full time also, so the idea of working where, and when I want is very motivating

 

 

 

 

 

Geoff

Geoff Stadnyk – Premium WA Member

How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging when I joined Wealthy Affiliate a year ago. December of 2015.

What made you choose the Wealthy Affiliate?

I liked the work from home model because my wife works full time and juggling two kids gets tough when we’re both working. I was also drawn to the idea of never having to own any material product and I’d always been a decent writer.

What advice would you give to a newbie blogger and marketer?

Anything worth fighting for takes time and effort. Affiliate marketing takes hard work but reaps amazing rewards (not only monetarily). Web content takes time to perfect but keep pushing everyday and the results will open doors of revenue in no time.

What do you blog about and where can people find your website?

I started with my first website in a niche I’m more than passionate about, offshore fishing. Anyone interested in that type of fishing can visit at http://fishtfight.com.

My second website was created to share the incredible information gained at Wealthy Affiliate and other online resources I’ve learned about over time. It’s web address is http://thepocketfeeder.com and offers solid information about starting an online business

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