I’ve been wanting to interview Daniel one more time for a while now, he’s very insightful when it comes to blogging, he runs a great resourceful blog over at Daily Blog Tips, he obliged to answer some questions over email for me.
I am the owner and author of that blog. I started it back in 2006, mainly to share the tips and tricks that I was learning with my other blogs and websites.
How long have you been blogging for?
Around four years.
Could you name a few milestones in your blogging career?
I would say reaching 1,000 RSS subscribers, making my first $1000 with Google AdSense in a month, and launching my own product on the market (OnlineProfits.com).
I am just happy that people find the tips that I share on the blog useful. Without the active participation of the readers I probably wouldn’t have the motivation to write over 1,000 posts (we are close to 1,200).
What is a good source of inspiration of new blog posts for you?
I take a look every where to get inspiration for new blog posts. This includes blogs on other niches, mainstream media websites, newspapers, print magazines, television and the like.
If you do any seo which search engine do you focus on more? Google? Yahoo? Bing?
Google, for obvious reasons.
Would you say you put an extra effort into the SEO of your blog? What role does it play in your blog management?
I would say I put the right effort into the SEO of my blog. This means that all the on-page, on-site and off-site SEO factors are in place. There are other projects of mine that are more SEO intensive though, like mini websites.
Do you do any Social Media Marketing? (Twitter, Facebook, Digg.etc)
Yes. I like to play with social bookmarking sites and news aggregators for traffic generation, and currently I am also working more with social networks to build my brand.
Selling ads, what would you say is the best way to do that?
The best way to sell ads is by having a site that is focused on a clear topic and that has high traffic. If you have those two factors, selling ads will be easy.
Do you have any other projects in the making, something we should look out for?
OnlineProfits.com is my main gig right now, and it will probably stay like that for the coming years. There is a lot of stuff that I want to implement there.
In your opinion would you say the blogging niche is just starting out or fading out?
I would say that the meta blogging niche is reaching its maturity. It started some years ago, and today you already have established players and resources.
A blog is just a type of website. A platform that you can use to publish content on the web. I don’t see anything revolutionary coming to it, therefore.
There are some trends worth following, though, including the evolution of Twitter and the integration of social features into blogging and publishing technologies.
What are the 5 most crucial tips would you give to anyone about blogging?
1. Choose a topic you are passionate and knowlegeable about
2. Focus on producing unique and useful content
3. Networking is key
4. Promote your content in any way you can
5. Always test, track and refine
When do you think is a good point of selling a blog.
For one thing, if you start a blog already planning to sell it you won’t go very far.
If you already have a somewhat successful blog and want to sell it, though, sell when the economy is hot and when your monthly revenues are high.
Finally, I would like to know your plans for the future.
Just working on Online Profits and blogging.