Money VS Passion: TRJ’s Quarter-Year Update

This post is my first update on my journey so far. If you have been following the journey, or just intrigued to know what I have been up to those past 5 months, then I invite you to read on.

First of all, this is not exactly a “quarter-year,” but I only thought of this post about two weeks ago or so, and I was either going to do it now and be a little behind on the “quarter” part, or wait for it to be like half a year update or something. But I eventually decided to just do it now.

I felt like I should have a post where I document what has been going well for me so far on this journey and what needs improvement. So that I can have an overview of where I am exactly.

I started this journey in December 2018, so this is currently my 5th month on the journey.

I have had some downs and a whole good deal of ups, and I’m working my way through this as hard and as fast as I can.

Downs

I’ll start with the downs first, so I can end this on a positive note.

1. No day job

So far, I haven’t managed to find any day jobs that would allow me to do what I love doing, which is writing.

I enjoy writing, whether it’s blogging here or writing fiction, and living to do just this was my ultimate dream. But, you know, it would have been nice if I managed to get paid for that as well. However, no luck so far in that area.

2. No more Redbubble

Another bad news is that my online store on Redbubble, which was actually bringing in some profit, got suspended for no reason about 2 months ago.

I figured it out by chance, when I was checking for broken links on my website here and found that my store’s link was one of them. I mean imagine finding out like that; not a very pleasant surprise.

I contacted them a dozen times, for about 3 weeks, and I received no answer. Until I eventually tweeted them and someone replied to me a week later.

They said my account seems to have had some kind of a “suspicious activity” that violated their rules or so and which has resulted in suspending it.

Now I have not logged into my account nor uploaded any new designs for over 3 months prior to this suspension. So, there is no way in hell I had anything to do with this activity.

When I tried to have a better explanation as to what kind of activity exactly that would be considered “suspicious,” to the point that they would suspend an account without even a notice; their reply was that they don’t know and they can’t tell me what it is exactly.

That was it. They literally shut down a person’s source of income with absolutely no explanations.

They shut it down and they don’t even know why it was shut down. However, they still banned me from ever using their service again.

I wrote a post some time ago about my experience with print-on-demand websites and I talked about how much I love and recommend Redbubble as a free online shop, I sincerely take that back now. Please do not use this service.

I wholeheartedly believed it was an amazing service at the time, but you can only judge something based on your experience and what you have seen, and at that time, I only saw a great service. But now and after how they’ve treated this whole situation, I honestly would just recommend you go for any of the other alternatives on that list.

3. No books read

So, I had a plan to read a book every month. One book that would help me progress and benefit me on this journey; and I would write a review about it here to share the best ideas discussed with everyone.

However, I only managed to read 2 books throughout the past 5 months.

I will try to get into the habit of audiobooks, because apparently having to stare at words on a screen 24/7 is not making me very enthusiastic about seeing more words on any other page.

Ups

Now to the good and productive side of the journey!

1. Investment

I mentioned in a previous post that I started my first investment in real estate through a local home construction company; starting with a very humble amount of money, the least amount they accepted actually.

This one is successful so far and is supposed to provide a little amount of interest in the next few days, as a quarter year profit, which will hopefully help with my saving up target for the year.

2. Saving Goal

Speaking of saving up, I’m sort of halfway through my annual saving goal, so this is good news as well.

I have been practicing a lot of ways to help minimize my spendings as much as possible, since my income is not that great at the moment. So, I follow these saving money tips religiously.

I still need to find some form of a stable job though, since it’s apparently the only way I will be able to progress a bit faster with my goals.

3. Retirement Account

I was in the bank a few weeks ago and I was asking about the available index funds to see if I could afford any.

And I found something else, that is a bit similar, which is a type of insurance that withdraws a fixed amount from your bank account on a monthly basis and provides a certain profit every year.

The profit percentage is not fixed and it is mostly connected with the economy, so it is sort of a similar thing to index funds; however instead of making one-time payment to buy a fund, I make smaller monthly payments, which kind of suits my current financial situation.

So, I opened an account there and this is considered my first long-term investment method. (If you are in Egypt and want to know more about it, just contact me.)

4. Knowledge

I have learned so many new things in those past few months.

Some things I have already implemented in my life and practice and some are things that will help me in a bit of a long-term, such as the various investment methods that would make it easier for me to see what exactly I would want to do with my money once I have enough of it.

5 months ago, I had absolutely zero knowledge in any and all of the below.

a. Making Money

  • I learned how to become a host and make money with Airbnb. I was planning to put that to practice a bit earlier, but decided to put it off for personal reasons. However, I still have it on the list of things I will be doing soon.
  • I learned how to invest in index funds, and I consider this to be one of the highlights of my accomplishments, if I say so myself. This is also the first thing coming up on my list once I have enough money to put in a fund.

B. Blogging

I have learned a lot of tips and ways to help with my blog’s performance, whether it be through applying SEO or other methods that I shared here to drive more traffic.

Learning this stuff and applying them gradually has made a noticeable difference in the way the blog has been performing.

Below is a graph of my views and visitors from December 1st until April 25th. And I will not be sharing any numbers, because my focus is not on the numbers at all, just as it shouldn’t be anyone else’s, as long as progress is being made.

The point is that this curve/chart is going upwards, not a flatline and not heading downwards. That is the only thing that matters in stats.

Blog stats (views/visitors) from the period of Dec 1st to Apr 25th

Since I learned about Google’s SEO and applied most of what I learned to my website, I’ve definitely started seeing a difference in traffic, in that, I have been gaining a lot more visitors from search engines, Google and others, in the past few weeks than I have been since I started this blog.

There is no graph I could manage to get from the WordPress stats to show this progress.

But here’s how my website has been performing as recorded on Google Search Console from Dec 29th till Apr 23rd.

Google Search Console stats for my website from Dec 29 to Apr 23

I learned a lot about Pinterest, too, and how to use it to drive traffic to your website.

I’m still working on seeing results from this one as I have just started; but I did see my very first few clicks from Pinterest last week, and my curve is also moving upwards. So, hopefully, I’m on the right track.

Below is a graph of the profile reach stats over the past few weeks since I started working on the account, from March 27th to Apr 25th.

Pinterest profile reach from March 27 to Apr 25

C. Wellbeing

I have also learned how to manage goals and set up clear and achievable plans.

I developed a lot of habits that has helped my productivity, such as creating lists for everything, which has hugely impacted my life, to be honest, and helps me achieve my daily goals every day.

Also, thanks to this, my house is always clean now, because I’m rocking those chores! That’s probably too much information for you, but I wanted to put this out there: Little accomplishments count, too.

I’m physically much better than I was a few months ago, too, thanks to a workout routine, a few detox challenges here and there, and learning more about physical health and ways to keep a good posture to ease my neck and back pain.

I’m also mentally motivated, blogging-wise, thanks to a great company of bloggers who have found and read my blog and granted me with nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award, the Blogger Recognition Award, and the Sunshine Blogger Award, which I am yet to publish a post about.

5. Great Company

Speaking of great company, last but definitely not least, throughout the past few months, I have met so many amazing people.

Some of them couldn’t have been more supportive of my journey and never seem to miss an opportunity to cheer for me and lift me up with their comments and feedback.

And some of them have inspired me in a lot of different ways, and maybe without them even knowing it.

But all of them are incredibly nice and friendly people with genuine personalities that have left a huge positive impact on me.

And I would like to take this moment to give them a shoutout, just because I can (in no particular order, websiteTwitter).

Erin@Erinbabysteps
A. Jackson@AMisanthrope1
Hannah‏@PagePlacePlate
Vanessa@TheWblogger
Sandy@sundaywithsandy
Mikaela@fit_blondie_mj 
Roger@mindandlove1
Syeda@Gurru_Says
Mama Robbins@MamaRobbinsLife
Alpana@chand_alpana
M. Lanen@lanendevries
Sophie Alice@prosateuse
Kenzie@MsKenzieMack

These people have been the cause of some of my smiles, giggles, or laughters; they either taught me something new or just been such great companions that made my journey, so far, a much more enjoyable one!

I cannot wait to meet more amazing people and learn more and, hopefully, achieve more of my goals to eventually reach the ultimate one: Becoming my own boss.

Till next week, happy days!

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Blogger Recognition Award (x5)

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There is no official badge for the award, so I just designed this one. Feel free to use it or create your own.

I am extremely humbled and honored to have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award five times in the past 3 weeks. It is honestly wonderful to be recognized for my work by my amazing fellow bloggers.

My first nomination was by one of my favourites, Roger Petersen (mind and love).

Roger’s blog is a place where he shares thoughts on life and all that comes with it. I really love the way he writes posts in the form of a story, because his story-telling technique is brilliant and he has such a good sense of humor that makes it all the more fun to read.

Make sure to check his blog out, you’ll grow addicted.

I was then nominated by Gurru Says and Mama Robins (An Undistracted Life). And it is ironic because these two amazing bloggers were already on my list of nominees when I was preparing this post after my first nomination. But they both beat me to it!

Gurru Says is probably the most versatile blog you will come across, you will get lost there in all the different kinds of information you can learn. You definitely shouldn’t miss this one.

Mama Robins’ blog is about self-improvement, family and parenting. She shares so many valuable information and life lessons to learn. So make sure to check it out too!

I then got nominated for the award by the ever so lovely, Emily Mae Hood (New York Family Adventures). She writes about ways to go on adventures and explore the world around you within your budget. It’s a really lovely blog and you can read more about how she started it here.

An update to include the 5th nomination by one of my very good blogger friends Sean Flac (Sean Flac 2.0). His blog is a mix of health and fitness, consumer product reviews, parenting and a lot more. Make sure to check it out!

About the Award

The Blogger’s Recognition Award is an award handed out by bloggers to bloggers to recognize the hard work, effort, and dedication they are putting into their blog.

It was created as a symbol of approval and motivation; and to let readers know more about other bloggers who deserved to be followed.

Award Rules

  • Write a post displaying your award.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Nominate 10-15 bloggers who you believe deserve to be recognized.
  • Let the nominees know they have been nominated.

How My Blog Started

I started this blog two months after I had quit a job I hated, and at a time when I was uncertain of what my next step was going to be.

All I knew at that time was that my goal was to create a life for myself where I don’t need to work in a job I hated just because it pays.

So I started searching for alternative ways to have income, and I found that the one thing most of those people who succeeded in achieving financial independence had in common was that they all had some kind of an expertise and an outlet to share it on.

It was either a book, a course, a website, a youtube channel, or a podcast. Some kind of an outlet to have a presence and share their knowledge, and maybe even charge for it, because they were experts in one field or more.

So, I sat there and wondered how to do this myself. What is it that I know so well, or that I am so good at, that other people would be interested in learning? What can I offer?

To my sad surprise, I had a big, fat nothing. I had not excelled in anything that was worth sharing with anyone.

This was a moment where I felt a huge disappointment in myself; but I wanted, no actually, I needed to get out of this situation and figure a way to make it happen. I started to think, “how can I do something different? What will make someone interested in listening to what I have to say even though I am not an expert?”

That’s when the idea of this blog came to me.

I figured most of those websites in the specific niche of creating financial freedom are created by people who have already made it.

I can be different by being me, being honest about my situation and my journey. I’m going to be sharing from the point of view of the beginner who is still trying to learn and figure everything out themselves. I will share what anyone like myself would have to go through to achieve the kind of success that those experts have reached.

And I hoped that maybe this would create some kind of connection with whoever reads my words; that they would find that the information I share really helpful and do tackle the areas that they would have wanted to search for, if they were heading towards the same path.

This idea for a blog came to me sometime during the last 3 days of November 2018 and I published my 1st post on the 1st of December 2018. The speed of which this happened was because I didn’t want to have second thoughts about it.

I just needed to start, take a step ahead and not worry about the outcome.

Fast forward to April 2019, my blog is actually being read by a good number of people and I am writing a post sharing my nomination for my fifth blogging award and being recognized by my fellow bloggers.

So, yea, so far it’s going great!

Two Pieces of Advice For New Bloggers

I feel it’s funny I would be giving an advice, given that I sort of am a new blogger myself, but here are my two cents:

  • Pay attention to your stats, number of visitors/views, (yes you read that right) because this is how you will measure your progress and know if you are heading forward or backward; however, this should only be for awareness purpose. Do not give it much of your time or energy. Instead, focus most of the time, energy, and attention to the content and the quality of what you are putting out there. When you do your best to create great content, readers will find you and will recognize your work.
  • Be consistent. I know this is probably something that everyone says about blogging. But it really is crucial to any new blogger. And it is not only because you are still trying to build an audience, but also it is for you, for your own sense of accountability. If you are serious about your blog, you need to mentally treat it as such. Once you start slacking and missing one post after the other, you will lose that sense of seriousness and commitment. So, whenever you find yourself losing motivation to create content, remind yourself of the reason why you started in the first place.

List of 15 Nominees

Below is a list of 15 blogs that I have enjoyed reading and believe they should be recognized for their work.

I also tried to list ones that did not receive this award before; however, if you already did, I guess you just deserve more of them then!

The nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award (in alphabetical order, yes I did):

  1. Baby Boomer Super Saver
  2. Baby Steps
  3. Frantasmagoria
  4. Going Places with Kendra
  5. Hedy Zhou
  6. In Asian Spaces
  7. Kekoas Korner
  8. Life of Siobhan
  9. Pinwheels and Piggy Banks
  10. Queen Media Collective
  11. Sam Space
  12. Steph’s Social Pie
  13. The Conflict Expert
  14. Tranquil Trekker
  15. Write On Ejaleigh!‏

Again, a big thank you to the amazing bloggers who nominated me and congrats to all the nominees!

Till the next awards season, happy days!

10 Different Ways To Increase Your Blog Traffic (For Free)

In this post, I explore, in detail, 10 different methods that can help you reach a wider audience and attract more visitors to your blog. You will know what they are and how exactly you can use them to achieve your target.

All of the methods here are things you can start doing today!

I chose to write on this topic for this week because I recently asked fellow bloggers about the most challenging parts of blogging that they feel they needed help with, and getting blog visitors was the one that most are still trying to figure out.

Since the idea of creating a website or a blog is to share your ideas and content with the world, then most certainly part of your focus would be on how to get more people to reach it.

And so, in this post, I explore 10 different methods you can try to help you increase the traffic to your blog and have more readers. They are all things that you can start doing right now.


Jump to:

  1. Master Social Media
  2. Engage Your Family and Friends
  3. Work on SEO
  4. Submit Your Sitemap to Search Engines
  5. Create An Easy-to-Navigate Design
  6. Build an Email List
  7. Interact with Readers on Similar Blogs
  8. Write Guest Posts
  9. Conduct Interviews
  10. Use Different Mediums

1. Master Social Media

This is probably the most obvious outlet that you would use to drive traffic to your website. But if you are not using it right, you might still not be getting traffic.

There are so many options when it comes to social media and each of them has its own rules and ways of gaining an audience.

To be able to make the best out of each one, you will need to familiarize yourself with some of those rules and “etiquette of use” if you will.

I’m going to go through some of them briefly here.

Facebook
  1. Always share your new blog post to your Facebook profile
  2. Automate sharing the new blog post to your FB page
  3. Add a link to your website to both your profile’s and page’s about section
  4. Join Facebook groups related to your niche and share your new posts there
  5. Make sure to add helpful or attractive information from your post along with the link. This would drive more interest to click it. (This applies to all other social media platforms.)
  6. Interact with other bloggers in these groups and visit their blogs too
Twitter
  1. If you have a separate Twitter account for your blog, make sure your website link is in both accounts’ bio
  2. Leave a link to your new post on the “comment threads” and “follow trains” you find. There are accounts and hashtags dedicated for such posts (you can check @bloggerstribe and #bloggerswanted for a start)
  3. Make sure you interact with other bloggers and don’t just throw your link and take off. This increases your chances of attracting some of them to your site
  4. Mention bloggers in your niche that provide useful content. This way you are supporting a fellow blogger and also an opportunity for you to be exposed to their audience (especially beneficial if they have a bigger following)
  5. Share and re-share both your new and old posts on your profile
  6. Use the right hashtags that fits your content and interact with tweets in those hashtags
Pinterest

I wrote an entire article about Pinterest earlier, How To Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide For Bloggers, but I will add here the main points that you should pay attention to.

  1. Learn Pinterest’s SEO and remember it is mainly a search engine like Google
  2. Use attractive Pins with clear fonts and coherent colours
  3. Use infographics to give a glimpse of what your post content provides
  4. Claim your website and add a link to your profile
  5. Re-pin similar pins to your niche to increase your visibility on feeds
  6. Use the right keywords and hashtags to appear in search results
  7. Join group boards of bloggers with content similar to yours
  8. Pin/re-pin daily
Instagram
  1. Add website link in bio (I know I said this many times already, but you really should leave a link to your website everywhere you are online.)
  2. Attractive photos; obvious but still has to be said. Make sure your photos are of high quality and with good lighting and are actually related to the content of the post you’re promoting
  3. Add an excerpt to the photo’s description or some information to attract viewers enough to actually go to your bio for a link
  4. Try to coordinate colours and keep a coherent theme for all your photos. This gives it a more attractive and elegant look
  5. Use relevant hashtags
  6. Don’t use the exact same set of tags on every post. Try to change it a bit, whether in the number of tags you use or the tags themselves. This is because Instagram also has alogarithms that could very much mark your photo as spam (in that, it wouldn’t show you in the top/recent results of a hashtag)
  7. Comment on other photos that are similar to yours and engage with other commenters on those photos. If they’re interested in their content, they will most likely be interested in yours too. (Applies to every online comment section, everywhere.)
  8. Post daily! (It is said that one photo everyday is the magic formula for Instagram.)

Now, if you will take my humble opinion, if you don’t already have a huge following on one of those platforms, it is better if you focus your efforts on one or two platforms at first and once those take off, you can then expand your effort to more of them.

This is just so you don’t overwhelm yourself with too many channels at once, each with their own posts to schedule and rules to follow and interacting to do, especially if working on your blog is not something you do full-time.

2. Engage Your Family and Friends

As important as it is to share your work on social media, it is equally important to share it with people around you. Family members and friends who might be interested in knowing what you’re doing.

You can send them a link in a message whenever there is a new post published (that you know they may want to read) or if they are following you on social media, maybe check in with them and make sure they checked your latest post that was about so and so.

If your content is indeed of value, they will not only be interested in reading it but they will also want to share it with their own circle of friends.

For example, I get visitors to my website from South Korea, which is unlikely to happen given that I only write in English, but because I share my posts with my family, my sister shares them with her friends who are in SK, and they share them with theirs, and so on.

Those are unique visitors you wouldn’t necessarily be getting if it weren’t for those people around you.

3. Work on SEO

If you read about SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), you know that it is one of the main factors of driving traffic to your website.

I published this article, The Simplest Guide To SEO For Beginners, that goes into great detail and provides step-by-step checks to help you optimize your website to become SEO friendly.

However, here are some of the most important things that you need to pay attention to when working on your SEO.

a. content

  • Your posts ought to be detailed and elaborative. A longer post indicates more knowledge and therefore a priority of appearance on the SERP (search engine results page).
  • You need to make sure that you are providing quality content and that you share things that other people will have interest in learning about. Because if your posts are long but users bounce off of your website too quickly, this means to Google that your content is not good enough to be shown on a first page, for example.
  • You also need to make sure you are using the right keywords throughout your articles to drive the right audience to your content. The people that are actually interested in reading what you have to say.

b. Mobile Usability

When working on your SEO, you must put into consideration the mobile user and how easy it is for them to navigate through your website.

People are browsing the Internet on their phones most of the time, so if your website is not built for mobile usability, it will not be shown in any search results page for a query that is searched from a mobile phone.

This would cost you a lot of potential visitors. So, to make sure your website is mobile friendly, use this free test through the Mobile Friendly Tool.

You will enter your website’s URL and it will run a test giving you a detailed report of how your website is performing and whether or not it is mobile-friendly.

Learn one more free method that will boost your SEO and drive more traffic to your blog!

4. Submit Your Sitemap to Search Engines

Every search engine like Google, Bing, or Yahoo! has a page where you can submit the link to your website’s sitemap.

By submitting the website you allow those search engines to crawl your site pages and collect information about your website. While search engines already crawl the Internet looking for new links, it may not have yet indexed your website, if it is still a new one. And it may also not reach and index every page on your website.

Another perk to doing this is that search engines like Google can actually alert you if you have any kind of error on your website such as pages that don’t load or aren’t accessible on mobile phones.

So, by manually submitting your sitemap:

  • You speed up the process of indexing your website by search engines.
  • You increase the chances of more of your pages showing up in search results for these search engines.
  • You learn more about your website’s weaknesses and how to improve it.

You can check out this step-by-step article on how to submit your sitemap to each of the major search engines.

If you are a WordPress user, you can just check this page to see how you can submit your sitemap.

5. Create An Easy-to-Navigate Design

This is actually one of the things you would need to work on from an SEO perspective, but I wanted this to be on a separate point because of how important it is.

Apart from SEO, if your website is generally unattractive, or cluttered with too many links, ads, and images that are put in an incoherent way, this will make it hard for the visitor to navigate your site and find your quality content and, therefore, they will not be coming back to your website again.

They will most certainly not be sharing posts from it or recommending it to other people either.

This way you would be losing a possible recurring visitor and other potential unique visitors that could have come through them.

So, pay extra attention to how your site pages look from the point of view of the visitor. If you are not sure what exactly an appealing design is supposed to look like, consider the design of your favourite websites and blogs, ones that you feel comfortable reading and navigating through them, and try to create something similar.

6. Build an Email List

Having an email list is one of the best ways to increase traffic to your blog. This is because you can easily send your list letting them know you have a new post published.

The other great thing about having an email list is that you actually have full control on this list. Unlike with social media pages, where you do not really own anything there and if the platform shuts down or your account gets suspended you lost the connection with your visitors forever, with an email list, you always have a way to communicate and promote your content with your visitors.

In your emails, try to provide value and not just link to your new post. Provide a reason for the reader to bother clicking through this link and reading the full thing.

However, when sending those emails, make sure you do not spam your list or they can very much unsubscribe from it.

The best way to do this is if you send this type of email once a week or twice a month, that has a collective of your published posts in that previous time-frame.

Especially if you publish daily posts, no one wants to receive emails every single day from the same website asking them to go check their new post. (Or maybe that’s just one of my pet peeves.)

7. Interact with Readers on Similar Blogs

This can be a huge traffic drive for you if you do it right.

Search for the most popular blogs and websites in your niche and go to their latest posts and add comments there. After you do that, read what others have commented and see if you have anything you can help them with.

For example, if one of them asks a question that you happen to know the answer to, or better yet, happen to have a blog post that explores that topic, comment with a brief advice then link them to your post where they can find more about it.

Make sure when commenting on these posts, that you actually add some value with your comment. This is your way to show off your intellect and knowledge. If you will just type “great post,” then don’t even bother.

You ought to read the post, and either add information from your own experience with the matter, or ask an interesting question. Something that has the potential to either strike a conversation or drive commenters to your website because you are knowledgeable in an area that they are already interested in.

8. Write Guest Posts

Writing a guest post for a well-established blog/website in your niche, that also has high viewing rates, will most certainly give you a bigger opportunity in reaching a wider audience. (Also a major SEO boost, because backlinks!)

And those readers will be ones that are already interested in the type topics you discuss on your own website. So they will easily click on your link and will genuinely want to read your content.

You can search for websites that has the option for guest posting by simply googling (your niche + guest post). You will find plenty of websites asking for guest post submissions.

Check the ones that appear to have quality content on their website and high rates of interactions (comments/social shares) and ask to write a post for them.

When you write a post, you will of course have a link to your own website at the bottom of your article in the “about the author” section.

You may also link to one of your posts within this guest post if it is relevant and will add more value to the reader or help them understand something better.

There is also this very informative guest posting guide if you want to learn more about it.

9. Conduct Interviews

Interviewing influencers and well-established bloggers in your niche can be another great way to drive traffic. This is because you will, also, be exposed to this person’s audience.

When you interview someone, they will most certainly be sharing that interview with their own circle of friends and on social media (and maybe even link to it on their website). This will create major traffic to your website.

By interviewing professional bloggers or influencers in a certain filed, you are also offering the people who are interested in taking the same path these pros took a grand opportunity to learn. They will want to know how they did it and their journey to get there. So, you will be attracting anyone who is interested in their field as well.

Ask the right Questions

To go about this the right way and create a successful interview, you ought to first have a prepared set of questions that will result in an interesting conversation.

Because if your questions are boring, so will be the answers, and no one wants to read boring content.

To get a better perspective of how interesting or not your interview questions are, imagine you are the reader who will be reading this interview. Will you be eager to read the answer to this question? Will it add some value to you in any way?

In order to have interesting questions, you may want to think of what you are actually trying to get out of this interview. How will this interview benefit you and your readers? And also maybe challenge the interviewee a little bit, make them think.

Given that you have, of course, done your research and know enough about the interviewee, you may also find things about them or their work that will spark interesting questions.

You may even go to your social media followers and ask them to pitch in some of the questions they might be interested to know the answer to!

Here are also some helpful tips on how to approach a blogger for an interview and what exactly you need to pay attention to.

10. Use Different Mediums

Providing the content of your blog posts in more than one form can very much increase your audience base and help you reach a wider range of people.

Because while there are people who would rather read the content, there are many other people who might find it more convenient to listen to your article instead, which would allow for multitasking.

Others might feel more engaged if they watch a video explaining the content instead of reading it.

Of course no one is going to spend their time creating content for all three forms (although, it would certainly be great if you do have the time for that), but realistically speaking, not everyone will have the time or the tools to create content for more than one form.

So, there are a few options to explore here.

Podcast

If you are interested in creating content for your blog in the audible form, you can go about this by creating everything yourself or have an app/plugin do it for you.

If you will do it yourself and make it available as a Podcast, you can check out this article and scroll to the “common technical questions” to know the kind of equipment you may need. (I will publish a post soon where I get into detail on creating a Podcast for your blog, so if you’re into this option, stay tuned! – Edit: It’s here!)

If you don’t think you will have the time or don’t feel like investing in tools to make this happen, you can opt for the plugin option.

You can use a plugin, like Play.ht for WordPress, that will allow you to convert your blog posts into an audio file, and simply attach that to your blog post.

This will give you the option to provide the content of your post in an audible form with nearly no effort on your part.

Of course the two options are not entirely the same. A Podcast with your voice speaking and interacting will be different from a generic voice reading the post word for word. However, it will still serve the purpose of providing a different means of information consumption to your visitors.

Video

The other option is to provide your content in a visual form. This one can be a bit more time-consuming than with a Podcast, however, it is also a more engaging outlet that has its own wide audience.

If the enormous popularity of Youtube is any indication, it is that people love to watch stuff!

Your options here are much like with the Podcast, you have one option with less work and equipments required and one with a bit more work.

In order to convert your content into a video, your first option is to create a setting and film yourself explaining the content of your post for the viewer. If you will opt for this option, you will need to consider a number of things for your set such as lighting, good camera, and a proper background.

If you will be filming the video yourself, make sure you use the right tools and equipment for an attractive and appealing look for your video which will make your visitors actually want to watch it until the end. They don’t have to be expensive tools, you just need to learn the technicality of it.

Here is a very good video that explains in detail how to create a YT video from scratch and with basic equipments, like your mobile phone.

The other option is you can record your voice only with a screen that displays titles, bullet points, and images, as if you are giving a power point slide show presentation, for example.

You can learn how to do this here.

I have seen both examples done on very popular websites and so they can both be successful.

Last word on this one:

Whether you will opt for a podcast or a YT video, they both can be equally successful and they both can increase traffic to your blog and widen your audience base.

So it all really boils down to what you are more comfortable doing and what you think you can afford either financially or time-wise.

Also note that not necessarily every post on your website would make for an interesting video material or a Podcast episode.

If you will be creating either of those, try to target first the posts that already had high rates of engagement on your website, or posts that you feel you could add to it or can make for an interesting topic in your Podcast discussion or video.

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I hope this list can be a somewhat helpful source for you to start increasing your blog traffic and getting more visitors.

Till next week, happy days!

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