If you think about it, bloggers are teachers. They supply you with information about a topic. They provide everything you need to know about the subject.
If there’s a difference between bloggers and teachers, the former can’t force you to detention if you’re not reading the post properly. But that’s neither here nor there…
What matters is bloggers are the bearers of knowledge. It’s a huge responsibility to bear since they have to stay on top of the topic and share updates about the subject. However, the rewards of being a great blogger are endless. You gain the respect of your audience and peers. People will also come to you for information and pay you for the amount you deserve.
Janice Wald found this out the easy way. As a teacher, her transition as a blogger has been relatively smooth. Through the short time she’s been blogging, she has written a book on Amazon and built amazing connections with other influential bloggers (Ryan Biddulph and Enstine Muki, to name a few). These go on top of maintain her blog Mostly Blogging where she shares tips and advice on how to build a traffic-generating blog.
In this post, I got to interview Janice as she talked about her blogging career so far and the things she’s been doing in leveraging her influence.
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Expert Blogger Interview: Janice Wald
1. What was the moment that made you decide to become a professional blogger?
I saw the movie “Julie and Julia,” a movie about a blogger. That was my first exposure to blogging. When my daughters left for college, I turned my focus to blogging. More information about my initial decision to blog can be found by clicking here. I realized I loved the experience and wanted to take blogging to the next level and monetize my blog.
2. Before you started blogging, what were you doing as a professional?
I was, and still am, a teacher. I teach Medieval History to 7th graders. I also get out my passion for graphic design by teaching Yearbook to 7th and 8th graders.
3. What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome as a beginner blogger?
I have no patience. It’s always been one of my worst faults. Bloggers need patience. It takes time to build a community of readers, time to learn to optimize posts for SEO, and time for Google to realize you have a quality blog with longevity. Information on my journey from hopeful hobby blogger to professional blogger can be found by clicking here.
How about a funny client story? One way I monetize is by coaching bloggers. A friend of mine, Charles, had a friend who was critical of his blog. Charles hired me to coach him but refused to tell me how he wanted me to help him. Instead, he had his friend give me direction. It sort of became a three-way arrangement. This was one of my first experiences as a blog coach. I believe the customer is always right. Charles wanted me to listen to his friend, so I did. That’s how I handled it.
5. How much were you earning as a blogger before starting out and how much are you earning now? What do you think caused the change in your blogging income?
As my Domain Authority ranking grew, I raised my prices. I also work as a freelance writer. The reason is that I became busier. I still work outside the home as a teacher. When I get more freelance writing business, I raise my prices. Remember, I still work outside the home as a teacher. I suppose I’m trying to prices myself out of the market. If they pay my increased price, great. If they don’t, I already have other sponsored posts to compose. It’s a win-win.
People want a link from me since I have a decent Domain Authority Rank. The higher it gets, the more sponsored posts I am offered. The article I referenced above, which you can read by clicking here, discusses how monetization became easier as my DA grew. Your readers can follow the methods I listed in the post. It’s a case study of what I did.
6. Which blog post you have written that you feel the proudest?
I’ve published over 1,000! That many to pick from! I’m always proud of my “unusual” blogging tips posts.
These both did well and generated a lot of page views and social shares:
- 47 Unusual but Effective Free Blogger Tricks You Will Love
- Does Your Social Media Manager Know How to Use These 23 Awesome Free Tricks?
The first article ranked high on Google.
7. Who among your blogging peers do you consider the best and why?
Neil Patel— I’ve learned a lot from him.
8. What do you think separates yourself from other good bloggers out there?
I try to be different. I don’t write what other blogging tips coaches share. My methods are proven and unique. I also incorporate screenshots to show people my methods work.
9. List down the blogging tools you use and explain why people should use them for their own blogs.
These are the 123 blogging tools I use! I’m a big fan of Buffer and the free MissingLettr (affiliate link) service. MissingLettr composes my social media posts complete with hashtags and I use Buffer to schedule them. Click here (affiliate link) for more information about the MissingLettr service.
10. How “successful” would you consider your blog?
Based on the compliments and gratitude that are sent my way and my strong Domain Authority Ranking and my financial offers, I believe my blog is successful.
11. What do you think are the upcoming blogging trends people need to watch out for?
Video and more video! Instagram has already come out with IGTV. Video seems unstoppable. More blogging and marketing trends are listed in this post.
12. If there’s any an advice you would say to a starting blogger, what would it be?
Be patient! Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint!
Thanks for reading my interview with Janice Wald! If you have anything to say about the post or to Janice, please leave your comments below. I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions and I hope Janice replies to your questions too!