Internet marketing, content creation, and making money online go hand in hand. You really can't achieve the same level of success in one area without a key component from another.
Before WordPress, creating content and going live with your own website was quite a process – now it's just a few clicks.
With that in mind, it is now easier and more popular than ever for people to delve into the world of blogging and affiliate marketing.
Many of the people on our Meet the Bloggers series share all of these common traits … and here's another success story to add to the mix!
1.) Please tell us something about yourself and how you got into blogging.
Hey there! My name is Louie and I run Buzznitrous.com. I am a blogger and an internet marketer.
If I remember correctly, I owned my first blog in 2004. I manually installed blogging software (not WordPress) on my web server and published my first post (which dealt with the Euro 2004 football tournament that was held in my country). this summer.
At the time, there wasn't a clear idea of what blogging was about – at least not for me. And as such, I haven't given it much thought. In January 2005, I created an online web developer community that included discussion forums and a companion blog a few months later. This is my oldest standing blog ever, it's 12 years old at the time of this writing!
During my career as a programmer (even though I had a college degree in marketing) I started other projects, communities and websites to attract more and more visitors and make money online.
One of those projects was actually a personal blog where I wrote every day about what was going on in our society and in our lives. Surprisingly, it became one of my favorite blogs and garnered a growing number of readers and followers. When I was contacted and reached out to other bloggers, I finally realized what they call the "blogosphere". It is undoubtedly a whole world of its own.
For another project of mine, I built my own CMS (Content Management System) like WordPress from scratch because I wasn't entirely happy with how WordPress allowed me to customize some of its core features, and for about five on that platform viral video blog for years.
After that, I decided to start a new blog to share my online money making experience. I knew there were thousands of such blogs, but most of them only say how much they earn and what not show how they do it.
There was a loophole to fill and that's why Buzznitrous.com came to life.
2.) What is the main focus of your blog and why did you choose this niche?
My blog focuses on online business. The aim is to help and inspire people who want to be successful online, regardless of their level of expertise: from beginners to seasoned veterans.
I felt that a quality resource was needed that addresses the questions and issues of this type of audience regarding everything to do with the online business and its various sub-categories (like internet marketing, SEO, blogging, and personal development) too does, answers and solves demonstrate how things are done instead of just tell how much i made online.
I try to achieve my goal by constantly challenging myself to succeed in all kinds of endeavors – from the "simplest" (like building an affiliate website) to the more advanced (like starting an online startup or the Branding) – as I document every step of the process from zero to the desired outcome, incorporating both my successes and my failures into the mix.
3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?
Currently, Buzznitrous is monetized through affiliate marketing. However, I am not promoting just any product. I only recommend tools, products, or services that I have used or tried myself, and I think they may be helpful to my audience. I'm not a fan of hard-selling things. I prefer to explain things by explaining how Product A or B helped me achieve my goals.
I make sure I write long, in-depth reviews so my readers know exactly what they are getting into if they decide to buy. A good example of this is my review on the Wealthy Affiliate Training Academy. It's so thorough that I even get comments from people who thank me and say that I sure haven't left a stone unturned.
In the future, I am thinking about launching my own product or tools for the audience of this blog, but … step by step!
In my Niche Website Project case study – I'm publicly building a niche website and describing everything I do to make it profitable – one of the rules is to make money from the Amazon Associates program. The original goal was to make $ 200 per month on Amazon, but this niche website has already hit the $ 1.5,000 per month milestone.
I use Google AdSense for my older websites – that's not my preferred source of income, by the way.
4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started blogging?
I basically wish I knew all about blogging that I have learned over the years. ????
If I had, I wouldn't have wasted so much time before I really started blogging professionally and starting my online business.
For me more precisely:
This is the first lesson I learned: ACT! You don't have to be afraid of failure.
On the contrary, welcome your mistakes and errors. They are invaluable lessons that will take you to the next level. If you fall, you will be at least one step closer to achieving your goals than if you had just stopped by taking no action.
If you want to find out what to blog about, you need to find a niche that is money-making but you know how and how you enjoy writing.
I wish I knew about niches and should focus on just one subject and try to build an audience around it. instead of writing about everything and in the end about nothing.
The amount of work
Blogging is a lot of work! If you're doing it right and want to come up with something of value, you need to be aware that researching, writing, publishing, optimizing, and promoting will take a long time. It takes dedication and you have to be productive and consistent.
It is common knowledge that building an email list is one of the best ways to promote your blog, especially to a loyal audience. It's hammered on the head of every blogger, but not many people take this advice.
I wish I had looked at email marketing differently. If I had taken the time to really understand and rely on email lists, I would have achieved my goals easier and faster.
Outsourcing and delegation
I wish I knew about outsourcing, but more importantly, I wish I had learned to delegate some of the more time consuming tasks than other people can do for me.
Even if you know something or are skillful enough to learn something (like video or image editing), you need to realize that money you spend hiring help is not wasted because your time is your greatest asset.
Connected: 15 essential tools for the content creator's arsenal
Bet on paid tools and services
I wish I wasn't such a cheap skater and had spent part of my budget on some tools and services instead of trying to do it all manually or depending on free tools on my own.
They rightly assume that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get started and of course you can use free tools (and you should!).
But when the money starts rolling in, the time is right to start looking to paid tools and services to help you achieve higher business standards and make your life easier.
Connected: 10 must-have productivity tools for your blog
Other profitable niches
I wish I knew that the "doing business online" or "making money online" niches aren't the only ones, or that they are the only niches that people can make money from.
There are more than thousands of potentially fantastic niches out there, and many of them are much easier to get to and more profitable as the competition is low and it makes it easier to create content and rank high on search engines.
5.) Which three blogs do you visit almost every day?
To be honest, I don't visit a lot of blogs these days and don't have a lot of time to read them. There is a lesson in that too: there will come a time when you just need to stop spending so much time reading online business / marketing blogs or participating in internet marketing forums and through what you have learned Must use measures sensibly.
I like having frequent readers and loyal fans and I hope they stay long, but I want them to seek out my tips and advice and really use them for their own projects. Of course, like me, they can go from frequent readers to readers catching up on the latest tactics, strategies, and trends to see what works now.
That being said, I can't really say that I visit a number of blogs every day. But the ones I visit the most are SmartPassiveIncome.com, NichePursuits.com, and ShoutMeLoud.com.
6.) Can you give us three recommended tools / services that you use for your blogging?
Since I can only mention three, here are some of the tools and services I use:
To get new ideas for content, there is Buzzsumo (A great way to find content with lots of social shares that you can then replicate, not copy, on your blog.)
For keyword research Long Tail Pro is a great tool. And I like to use for social support JustRetweet.
7.) What advice would you have for someone just starting their first blog?
If this is your first blog, my advice is to focus on a specific niche and be sure that it's something you are passionate about, feel like you can write a lot of content (and for years to come) and that there is money made there.
Remember, this blogging business is very similar to growing a plantation. You plant the seeds now to reap your crop a few months later. That means if you don't see exciting results for the first three to six months, or sometimes even later, you shouldn't just give up.
Focus on your daily or weekly task, not the overall result. Be persistent, start with a strategy and a single traffic source. Try to master it and you will see that something finally comes to life later.
Also, do not imitate anyone. Be yourself, be different from the pack. Choose a unique angle to stand out from the crowd.
8.) What is the best advice or tip you have come across since starting blogging?
Readers like uniqueness and honesty. They want to read things or consume content from a real person like them that they can identify with. A blogger needs to treat and care for his readers like real people.
In this business, building relationships with both your audience and other bloggers is very important when you need to blog professionally and see your blog as real business.
As you build relationships with your readers, you will have loyal fans who can help you get the word out about yourself and your blog. When you build relationships with other bloggers, you are supporting one another and promoting your business along the way.
9.) If you only had $ 100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?
I wouldn't need that much money at first. Just a good niche idea, focus, unique point of view on which to base my writings, persistence, determination and dedication. If my content strategy were lined up, I'd get a domain name and some type of web hosting (you can get these for $ 50 or less per year).
In a second stage, after posting some content, I would use the rest of the money to get a professional looking topic.
People say that "content is king" and it still is, but tell me who would you rather be linking to: a nice, professional looking, freshly updated website, or an ugly, amateur looking website with outdated posts?
The beauty of your blog layout and design, as well as the care you put into your website or blog, play a very important role now and will continue to do so in the future.
Ultimately, with everything in place (niche idea, unique angle, domain and hosting, some published content, topic setup), I would reach out to other bloggers to try to guest blog their blogs to get known in my niche and get traffic and generate readers to my blog
10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?
People can contact me by going to Buzznitrous and visiting my "Contact Us" page. You can either email me to say hello or introduce yourself, or check out my social places on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can also join my mailing list to receive my latest blog updates and exclusive content that I send out to my subscribers.
Thanks again to Louie Luc for taking the time to share your advice and story with the Blogging Tips community. If you are interested in learning more about other bloggers and how they succeed online, be sure to check out our blogger interview series.