Thoughts on life and money

I hold 6 blog experts hostage and “force” them to answer your questions

Alright everyone we all know why we’re here we need answers! Three weeks ago my co-conspirators and I met to discuss the true nature of the problem.These bloggers have the answers and we need to get it out of them. And I am not particular on how we get this done. Okay friends lets turn the lights on, take off their blindfolds, get out the whips and chains and get this party started!
Okay, okay I have a confession to make I did not kidnap anyone. No experts were hurt in the making of the post! At the beginning of the month I turned to my faithful Blog Readers and my lovely Facebook fans and I asked them to share with us what questions were they dying to ask! The response I got was amazing and I want to thank everyone who participated. Unfortunately I couldn’t use all of your questions. So I narrowed it down to three of the best that I felt represented what my followers wanted to know.

Amy from  MI Savings Mama asked

Do you have recommendations for top sources of income?

Sarah Snarski from  Mami’s 3 Little Monkeys wanted to know

How do you balance family with your blogging career?

Erinn Arena Sluka from 3 Sons Have I  needed to know

How do you bring in new visitors so that you don’t end up just preaching to the choir?

And last but not least I wondered

If you could go back in time  to the beginning of your blogging career and give yourself some advice what would it be?

Here Is What They Had to Say

Zac Johnson an expert in Affiliate Marketing From zacjohnson.com advised

If you could go back in time  to the beginning of your blogging career and give yourself some advice what would it be?

I’ve been making money online for over 17 years now and I’ve been blogging for around the last 7 years. If I could go back in time right when I was just starting to make money online, I would have definitely bought up a ton of domain names that would be worth a ton today. Going back to when I first started the blog, I would have to say I would have focused more effort on building own my own membership programs and launching products around my name and blog.

How do you balance family with your blogging career?

I have a good balance between both, and fortunately I love both of them very much which is why I consider myself very successful. I try not to work too much while my wife is home and I get a lot of work done while she is at work, so we are both getting what we need done. I also make sure I take out our dog Foxy for many walks through out the day. Not only does this make her happy, but it gives me a nice 20 minute break as well.

Do you have recommendations for top sources of income?

I am always stressing the importance of growing your own personal brand into something huge. You can sell banner ads and create new ad campaigns, but your personal name brand will be with you forever. Focus on creating quality content and building a loyal following and you will be set.

How do you bring in new visitors so that you don’t end up just preaching to the choir?

I am always making sure I meet new people through various methods, such as speaking at different events around the world and blogging on as many sites as possible. At the end of the day you are going to want to be everywhere. The Internet is huge and the more people you can reach with a positive and valuable message, the better!

Lisa Buben  founder of Inspire to Thrive

If you could go back in time  to the beginning of your blogging career and give yourself some advice what would it be? Start with WordPress – a self hosted site and learn about tags and categories before beginning to blog. I just dived into Blogger and then moved to WordPress and it was a mess! I wish I could do that over again.

How do you balance family with your blogging career?

I don’t do it so well, my husband is always asked me to turn the computer off. I did just sign up for the Buffer premium so I can buffer it til the cows come home and take time off on the weekends. It’s been a help. Turning off the computer by a certain time is important as well for yourself as your family. Otherwise you can get burned out.

Do you have recommendations for top sources of income?

Sponsored Tweets is steady after a while – little consistent money that can build up. Selling product via dropshippers is great if the product and dropshipper are, (You can have hit or miss) Affiliate marketing is good too. It really depends on the product, price and your love of it. You must really like it if you are going to be blogging about it, tweeting about it, etc.

How do you bring in new visitors so that you  don’t end up just preaching to the choir?

Be in new places, I recently joined Biz Sugar and it’s helped me to gain new followers. Don’t be afraid to follower others too on various social networks. Don’t be shy! I also try to find new blogs each week to leave comments and shares. If I really like them I will sign up via email. I find many through Triberr too – a must tool for any blogger!

Marcus Sheridan from The Sales Lion told us

If you could back in time to the beginning of your blogging career and give yourself some advice what would it be?

I would tell myself to understand exactly who my ideal reader/customer is and who is NOT. Most bloggers want to make everyone happy, and therefore end up writing stuff that never truly moves and touches the set of readers that could be your most ideal customer/fan.

I’d also focus more on the numbers that do and do not matter. Today, I realize it’s not about number of comments, shares, tweets, etc. It’s about results—leads and customers. At least, this is the case if you’re a business.

How do you balance family with your blogging career?

Balance, at least “perfect” balance, is a myth. I think if anyone acts like they have it all figured out, they’re likely crazy.

That being said, I travel and speak a lot, and I’m always taking some if not all of my family with me. Although I’m extremely busy, I’ve never been a happier person, and I’m closer with my wife and kids than I’ve ever been.

Do you have recommendations for top sources of income?

That’s a very tough question. Ultimately, I see things not about “sources of income” but rather “lead/client generation.” And when it comes to that, my top sources are:
1. Public Speaking
2. Writing specific content for specific niches—going to broad is usually much less effective.

Regarding my company, about half of my income is from speaking fees, and the other half is from consulting.

How do you bring in new visitors so that you  don’t end up just preaching to the choir?

I focus a decent amount on SEO. Some people don’t , and that’s a crying shame. Great content is understanding the power of Search and Social to generate more traffic, leads and sales. 70% of the traffic to my site are new visitors.

John Chow an Award winning Entrepreneur and Founder of JonChow.com said

1. Start your email list from day 1. Because my blog was a personal
blog, I didn’t apply my usual Internet marketing methods to it. As a
result, the blog didn’t start a list until almost a year down the
road. Had I started the list from day 1, my list would be twice the
size, and so would my income.

2. My blog takes less than 1 hour a day to run and I don’t have a job
to go to. I have lots of time for family.

3. Your best income source, once you’re established, will be your own products.

4. You must always be bringing in your new visitors. There are really
only two types of traffic. Paid traffic and free traffic. I do both.

Enstine Muki From EM Fast Income explained

If you could go back in time  to the beginning of your blogging career and give yourself some advice what would it be?

Now I’m going to advise myself to be careful with the links I get to my blog. Focus on quality content and attract natural links. Avoid commenting and leaving links on just any blog

How do you balance family with your blogging career?

Blogging is like any other business. I have a schedule on when to blog (develop content and visit other blogs) and when to pay more attention to my family. I’m a dad and husband and I don’t compromise this. However, my family as well as my blog need me so I do strike a balance between them

Do you have recommendations for top sources of income?

The only recommendations for top sources of income is traffic. As a matter of fact, if you get consistent traffic to your blog, any monetization model will work for you. Focus on real content and pull traffic

How do you bring in new visitors so that you  don’t end up just preaching to the choir?

Write top content that is ‘sharable’ and search engine friendly. That’s the key to bringing new visitors. Another method is to grow your social media reach.

I hope I answered the questions the way you want and thanks for considering me in the interview

Internet Marketer and founder of Matthew Woodward

If you could back in time  to the beginning of your blogging career and give yourself some advice what would it be?

I would tell myself that you could make money blogging. When I first started out online over a decade ago I didn’t know you could make money online.  I was just doing it because I loved doing it – I always wanted to be a writer/journalist when I was younger and the Internet allowed me to follow that passion.
Then again if I was just in it for the money its likely I wouldn’t have seen the success I have.  A lot of people I speak to purely get into blogging to make lots of money quickly, these are the people that end up making nothing.  When people are so focused on making money they tend to have very short term outlooks and can’t see the woods for the trees.
You have to find out what your passion is in life first and then work out a way to make money with it.  I fell in love with the Internet and built my skill set day by day from scratch, but it took a few years to realise I could make money with it! So the advice I would offer to myself is to follow my passion, not the money.

How do you balance family with your blogging career?

As someone that works near 80 hour weeks 6-7 days a week I’m not really qualified to answer that question. In short, I don’t.I get to spend 80 hours a week doing what I love doing more than anything else.  That has taken over to some degree but I really don’t mind, its great fun! Although in the past year I have taken 2 full months off and blogged around the world from Iceland, Amsterdam, Germany, Austria, Miami, Costa Rica (twice), Spain, New York; Nicaragua to name a few. I suck at balance, I’m either all or nothing ^^

Do you have recommendations for top sources of income?

There is no 1 single source of income that I can recommend.  It really does depend on the niche, what your audience wants, current market climate and which merchants have the best affiliate commercials.You should also never rely on a single source of anything – whether that is traffic or income, if you rely on just one source you will fall-over at some point.  It’s just a matter of time.You can look at all of my income and traffic sources in any of  my income and growth reports.

How do you bring in new visitors so that you  don’t end up just preaching to the choir?

The main goal of your blog should be to build a choir to preach to.  When someone subscribes to your blog that is the ultimate form of commitment from a reader.It means they like what you have to say and want to hear more.  You should spend as much time as possible crafting relationships with your choir.These are the people that are going to keep coming back and providing value to your blog.  Whether that’s user generated content (blog comments/forum posts), social shares (more traffic/higher ranking) or affiliate clicks/sales.  Your choir is a great source of value.With that said, bringing in new members to the choir is very easy.People tend to come up with complicated traffic strategies but I like to keep it very simple. .

Well we did it! We got the answers we needed. I hope you learned as much from this much as I did. Do you any other burning questions that you would love to have answers to? Have you been struggling with any part of the blogging process?

Do you have recommendations for top sources of income?
How do you balance family with your blogging career?
If you could go back in time  to the beginning of your blogging career and give yourself some advice what would it be?

Id love to hear about your thoughts on how you handle the day to day of blogging. Please share with any stories of overcoming challenges and what tools you used. I am so excited to hear what you guys to say!