One of the biggest misconceptions about blogging is that it is a gold rush.
Once you set up a blog and write a couple of posts, I expect to make money off it.
That’s not how blogging works!
Just like any other job, you need to build up your blog by publishing content that offers value and builds trust with your readers. By achieving this goal, you can drive lots of traffic to your blog, which in turn will help you monetize it much easier.
To get to this point with your blog, you need to have passion and persistence.By loving #blogging and doing it on a regular basis, you will achieve success! Click To Tweet
Take it from Freddy Gandarilla, a now successful blogger for Internet Marketing Blog 101. His inspiring journey from construction worker to blogger will open your eyes on what more can you do as a blogger.
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What was the moment that made you decide to become a professional blogger?
When I came across ads online about people making money online, I knew that I wanted to accomplish the same. So I researched more about it and learned about making money with a blog online.
Before you started blogging, what were you doing as a professional?
I was a miserable construction worker!
As a construction worker, did it helped you become a blogger or was it due to necessity that made you blog for a living?
I had dropped out of high school and going to college was far-fetched for me. So, I had to make a living somehow, right?
Construction was one of those jobs that can pay good money. But, of course, it is a heavy-duty type of job. I hated it, but it was paying the bills at the time.
I spent my breaks reading and learning more about success and such. And then I found out about the opportunity to make money online. This was when I got into blogging because I read about people making money through their blogs online.
I would say that having a job I hated, and not having many other opportunities to succeed in life – helped me get very motivated to make it happen online no matter what. Sometimes life does that; it puts you in situations where you can only get motivated and inspire to pursue your biggest dreams!
What was the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome as a beginner blogger?
I had to learn every single thing about blogging and internet marketing from scratch, and I was also struggling with the Writing Aspect. I had to find out more about the art of writing. Being a high school dropout and from another country, it made things a lot harder to accomplish in the blogging world.
For non-writers out there who want to blog, what’s the most valuable advice that you could give them?
I would recommend taking everything Very Seriously. Understand that this is also a Profession – it is a Real Business. So, you should treat it as such.
Invest in the right education, and make a settled decision to make it happen – no matter what. Give it your best dedication and self-discipline. And even if you can’t actually “write” well, learn to Outsource or learn to write well.
There are many ways to build a successful blog – learn the many ways and stick to what works best for YOU.
Related: 15 Dead Simple Tips for Writing Powerful Web Content
I have none. I am very careful with who I work with; I take good care of my time.
Which blog post you have written that you feel the proudest?
Ohh there are many!
But there are a few Epic blog posts that I am very proud of. One is an ultimate step by step guide on how to build a successful blog online – and another great one is titled; ’60 ways to generate network marketing leads’. People love these two ultimate guides right now.
Who among your blogging peers do you consider the best and why?
One of my great mentors is Rob Fore, and one of the guys who taught me the ins and outs of making money online through blogging. He has earned millions of dollars online thanks to blogging alone. This is just one great reason why he has become my mentor.
Here is a picture of Rob and me at an event in Austin, Texas a while ago.
What do you think separates yourself from other good bloggers out there?
I don’t separate myself from the bunch, but I do believe in Uniqueness. Every blogger is unique. Our personality and character are what make us unique in the blogging world.
But, one of my great skills online, that not too many possess is the attention to details. I am a perfectionist, and I tend to care way too much about perfection and paying very close attention to every single detail. I think that can give me an advantage when it comes to helping others online.
List down the blogging tools that you use and explain why people should use them for their blogs.
I don’t use too many tools online. I do keep things very simple. Even when it comes to Keyword Research, I keep it simple. I do most things the old school way.
I only use an Email Marketing Tool (GetResponse), list building and social sharing tool for my blog (SumoMe), and a content research tool (BuzzSumo).
That is pretty much all the tools I use and need. Keeping it simple is one of my main mottos.
How “successful” would you consider your blog?
I have built multiple blogs online in different niches. But, the one blog I am focused on at the moment is my internet marketing blog, and it is growing steadily. I can now take days off whenever I want to, and my blogs will generate traffic, leads, and sales for me on autopilot. This is the beautiful part of blogging online!
What do you think are the upcoming blogging trends people need to watch out for?
The use of Video is growing faster and faster. People love to watch short, valuable videos more than reading a long, detailed blog post. Vlogging is the next big thing that will take over the blogging world.
If there’s one advice that you would say to a starting blogger, what would it be?
Implement the simple L.I.T. Formula. Learn, Implement, Teach. With as much consistency as possible!
Especially in the very beginning of your blogging journey. This is where you need to put in the most work. Pick up momentum and watch your stats grow.
Always be learning new knowledge in your Niche. Study your niche carefully and take the time to also consider your audience.
Remember, it is the People (your audience) who will make or break your blog online. Without them your blog is nothing online, right?
So, honestly care about them and deliver what they need!
Also, understand, right off the bat, that blogging is a long-term process and that most successful bloggers did not earn a penny online probably in their first year of blogging. Blogging is not for the ones who want to make a quick buck online!