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Have you wanted to initiate a blogging adventure for years, but haven’t yet?
Or, are you a thriving blogger in search of user-friendly shortcuts…to ensure you’re making the most of your precious time?
If you said yes to either of those questions, KEEP READING!
This comprehensive guide is packed with hand-curated and relatable blogging tips just for you!
As you’re likely aware, there are plenty of published blogging tips floating around on a variety of mediums for voracious bloggers.
I’ve personally learned many strategies from gifted bloggers who were kind enough to spill their secrets, such as graphic design hacks and hashtag strategies.
However, a challenge I’ve run into is that some of the blogging tips articles either heavily relied on skills that require expert-level technical experience OR failed to include personal details that made the article “relatable” in nature.
Therefore, we’ve compiled an evocative masterpiece that is a perfect balance between technical tips AND personal anecdotes from REAL successful bloggers.
Out of 102,000,000 bloggers in the far-reaching blogosphere, we interviewed 13 thriving bloggers who have all been featured on Feedspot’s Top 100 Personal Development Top Bloggers List.
Yes, they’re kind of a big deal. As you’ll learn, they started their blogging journeys for very different reasons:
- Some craved creativity.
- Some wanted to document their passion project.
- Some initiated a personal quest to lift others up, due to their own challenging journeys.
- Some were infatuated with monetization and passive income.
I am personally in awe of how each one of them transformed whimsical dreams into action due to their determination, ability to learn from mistakes, and persistence in creating quality content.
They also have a passion for helping others succeed…some are even willing to serve as virtual mentors to YOU!
Every single blogger revealed how they started their blogging adventures, how blogging has transformed their life, their best monetization tips and their contact information.
Below you will find the 13 evocative and informative interviews to help you get motivated about blogging…..ENJOY!
1. Meet Luminita Saviuc from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? I just felt like I had something to share that was bigger than my environment at that time, and I needed an outlet to do so.
It all happened without too much thinking.
I guess it’s true when they say: there’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
It was time… 🙂
How has your blog changed your life? In many ways. Most of which are beyond words. I truly feel that the blog chose me and not the other way around. And it helped me to become conscious of how unconsciously I was living my life. And how unconscious I was of my own Truth and Nature.
It brought me closer to my Self, my Purpose, my Path in Life, to people from all over the world and to Truth…
This blog is like a treasure that revealed to me something that was already there but had no idea I had it… I never knew I could write, let alone about things that are so deep, beautiful, and life-changing.
It also got me a book deal with the biggest publisher in the world, Penguin Random House – based on my famous and viral article 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy that carries the same name and a little extra: 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy: An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy,
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? Well, this is something I’m still learning to do because I am so passionate about my message that I didn’t pay too much attention to the financial side.
And I guess that’s something that needs more attention. There are many costs you have to take care of when running a big blog, and you want to make sure you don’t have to stress about it.
I’m sure others know more about this. I’m still learning and getting better at it.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? That there comes a time when you have to do other things as well, like writing a book, creating a program, etc, and if you can’t let go of blogging for a while because you feel too guilty and are too attached to a certain way of doing things, you might get a kick in the b**t.
So, let go. Relax. And trust that your people will still be there when you come back 🙂
What blogging tools could you not live without? Happy to say that I can live without most of them 🙂
How can other bloggers contact you? firstname.lastname@example.org is the best way to get in touch with me.
2. Meet Marelisa Fábrega from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? I was setting long-term goals in several different life areas, and I decided that one of those goals was to be financially independent.
I defined financial independence as being able to pay all my expenses from passive income.
I quickly realized that to achieve my goal of financial independence, I would have to make more money. At the time I was working as a lawyer, and I was a salaried employee.
The first step I took was to brainstorm different ways to increase my income. Of course, there are the usual routes of asking for a promotion or switching to a higher paying job.
However, I decided that I no longer wanted to be solely dependent on a salary.
That’s when I started generating ideas for creating new revenue streams.
I was following a few blogs at the time and, since I’ve always loved writing, I realized that blogging was something I would enjoy doing.
At the same time, a blog would allow me to create additional sources of income.
I’ve been passionate about personal development since my early twenties, so I decided that sharing the knowledge that I had acquired in the field of self-growth would be the way to go.
There’s a popular Venn diagram that illustrates that you should blog about something that you’re interested in, that other people want to learn more about, and that will allow you to offer products for sale that others are willing to pay for.
I realized that personal development met all three of these criteria.
Therefore, I bought a domain name, purchased hosting, and got started on my wild blogging adventure.
How has your blog changed your life? Starting a blog is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It has changed my life for the better.
First, my blog has become my main source of income.
Also, it’s done all of the following for me:
- I went to business school before getting my law degree, and blogging has allowed me to put many of the things that I learned in business school into practice.
- Blogging has turned me into an entrepreneur, which means I now wear several different hats. One moment I’m making creative decisions—such as deciding on the layout for a blog post and the images that I’m going to use–, and the next I’m making editorial decisions, like choosing what topics to write about next.
- I’ve learned an incredible amount in the field of personal development from all the research I’ve done to write my blog posts, and this has allowed me to grow as an individual. I feel that I’m not the same person now than I was when I first started my blog. Instead, I’m a better, happier, healthier version of myself.
- I’m more confident. Blogging is extremely competitive, and the fact that I’ve been able to create a successful blog in a crowded field makes me feel like I can do anything.
- I’ve received countless messages from people letting me know that my blog has helped them to feel better about themselves, get more done, and live life more fully. This has given me a sense of purpose and has made my life more meaningful.
- To anyone who’s on the fence about starting a blog, I would encourage them to go for it.
What advice can you give new bloggers about monetization? There are two main pieces of advice that I’d give new bloggers about monetization. The first is to not be afraid to monetize.
Lots of blogging newbies believe that potential readers will be put off if they land on a blog that’s being run as a business. That is a blog that’s monetized.
But the reality is that people are constantly searching for effective ways to solve their problems.
If you can offer them ways to lessen their pain points–at a fair price–, they’ll be more than happy to buy from you.
What’s important to keep in mind when planning a monetization strategy is to always focus on offering value, and to refrain from being intrusive in your marketing efforts.
The second piece of advice that I would give about monetization is to create your own product.
Although you can get started by promoting other bloggers’ products, becoming an Amazon Associate, or offering your services as a freelancer, the best way to leverage your blog is by creating your own eBook or online course.
Creating your own product will allow you to be recognized as an authority in your niche.
It’s also a great way to create passive income since you only have to create the product once, and then you can sell it over and over again.
Finally, nothing beats the satisfaction of knowing that you took a product from concept to launch and that people are buying your product and using it to improve their lives.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? After I had been blogging for a while, I lost my blog. The hosting company that I was using disappeared overnight, and I had neglected to make a backup of my blog.
Fortunately, I didn’t lose my list of subscribers, so I didn’t have to start again from scratch.
Nonetheless, it was a painful experience.
The lesson that I learned from this experience is the importance of choosing a reliable hosting company, and always have a backup of my blog.
What blogging tools could you not live without? There are many blogging tools that I use regularly that make my life easier.
Three tools that I particularly love, are the following:
- Canva, for all things graphic design related
- Thrive Leads to grow my list
- ConvertKit for email marketing
How can other bloggers contact you? Visit daringtolivefully.com) OR follow me on Twitter @Marelisa.
3. Meet Seline Shenoy from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? I’ve always loved to write and express my thoughts, but I didn’t consider blogging until my
coaching clients suggested it to me.
When I was life coach, I used to send out weekly newsletters to my clients and a few of them complimented me on my writing and said I should start a blog. That’s when the seed got planted and I started exploring the possibility.
How has your blog changed your life? It’s changed everything! When I first started it provided an outlet to process my feelings and
heal some past pains.
Now, it’s a creative outlet and a platform where I can connect with people from all over the world. It’s a place where I can express my individuality and share content to help people live better lives.
What could be more fulfilling than that?
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? Focus on offering value instead of monetization. You’ve got to deliver content that’s useful and that addresses the needs of your target readers.
To get there, be ready to engage in trial and error and stay flexible. Pay attention to feedback and key metrics, and then make changes
based on that.
Don’t expect to make money overnight – you have to work at it!
Establish a name and build a robust following before trying to monetize.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way?
To not take things personally. I used to get hurt whenever people left mean comments, disliked my posts, or unsubscribed to my newsletter. I had to develop thicker skin and realize that not everyone is going to resonate with my message.
I had to get my ego out of the way and write from my heart and from a place of service.
What blogging tools could you not live without?
- Canva – I use it for creating visual content. It’s easy to use and offers a variety of options.
- Yoast SEO – A WordPress SEO plugin that I use to optimize all my posts. If you want to be a serious blogger your SEO game should be on point.
How can other bloggers contact you? You can reach me at my website. If you want to learn more about my blogging techniques and how I grew my audience, they can check out my e-book “Blogging Superstar: 8 Steps to Creating a Stellar Blog That People Will Love.”
4. Meet Scott Young from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? I was interested in a lot of topics around self-improvement and I wanted to get better at writing. I think I started because I had a lot of ideas I wanted to share.
How has your blog changed your life? Well, it’s sort of becoming my life, so I can’t really delimit the changes.
I’ve been writing full-time for over a decade now, and it’s been a constant part of who I am for more than that.
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? Worry less about monetization.
Instead, focus on growing an audience.
Building an audience is, generally, much harder than making money from an audience.
It also takes much longer. I think many bloggers rush to try to make money to justify the activity, but I think this can sometimes distract them from the work they really need to do to develop a strong writing style and an audience.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? I was slow to use email newsletters, sticking to RSS for much longer than I should have.
I think in many ways I’ve been slower on technical adoption, so I’ve missed trends that catapulted newer bloggers (syndication, or social media, for instance).
But I’m not sure it’s a failure, just not a strength of mine.
What blogging tools could you not live without? I focus less on tools more on writing. I think if you can write, the tools matter less.
How can other bloggers contact you? Feel free to reach out to me via my website!
5. Meet JD Meier from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? I really wanted to share what I was learning with anybody in the world that needed it.
I found myself reading a bunch of great books, learning from incredible mentors, and building skills that I know could save people a lot of time, money, and pain.
I figured I could create a simple place on the web to help people “stand on the shoulders of giants” by drawing from great books, great people, and great quotes.
Ultimately, I wanted to create a place to put “wisdom at your fingertips.”
How has your blog changed your life? I’m always learning. And I learn faster now because I’m always asking, “how can I use this?” and “how can I teach this?” and “how could this be better?
I’ve learned that working on my blog is working on my life.
It teaches me to keep trying things and to use feedback to improve.
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? It helps to think about making money in a very clear way.
It’s about knowing the market, creating value, and capturing value.
Money is an exchange of value.
If you keep that in mind, then also remember that if you do something for money, you can end up hating it. And if you do something just for your passion, but there is no market, or you can’t create a customer, then it’s a hobby.
Without an audience, monetization won’t matter.
And to build an audience, solve pains, needs, and desired outcomes.
So, a great question to ask about your blog is, who do you serve?
By knowing who you serve, you create clarity around what sorts of monetization even make sense.
A simple way to think about monetization with a blog is:
- Sell other people’s products (affiliate sales)
- Sell your time (advertise your services on the Web)
- Sell your products (sell information products on the Web)
Just understanding that, gives you a simple framework to think through ways to make money that might match your style.
For example, you could review the products you love.
A more advanced concept to keep in mind is “energized differentiation.” If you can create a fun experience or generate energy, you will outperform the boring and bland, and monotonous options on the Web.
So, to really win the money game, you have to think in terms of first winning a position in somebody’s mind.
You do that by doing good for the planet and good for the people.
You do that by being somebody who cares. You do that by continuously getting better at what you do.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? If I can’t think of a good title for a blog post, then don’t write the post.
I can’t believe how much “buried treasure” I created by not naming my blog posts better.
I finally realized that just like people just a book by its title, they judge a blog post by its title too.
I’m getting better at naming blog posts, but it takes practice.
If I get the title right, it’s exciting, it’s compelling, it’s memorable, it’s sticky. It’s the hook. But it’s more than the hook. It helps people figure out what’s inside the article without wasting their time or forcing them to read it only to find out it’s not what they were looking for.
What blogging tools could you not live without? I love email. This always surprises people, but I write my blog post in an email, by writing to myself.
I’ve actually written 1,200-page books using email. It blows people away when they hear that, but I found that email can be a very nice form of white space.
Email is such a simple tool for writing, and sending yourself drafts, or, if you needed it, dictation.
And it’s so universal, so ubiquitous.
I can do it wherever I am, and even on my phone.
I’ve done incredible research into topics over lunch, by opening an email, capturing ideas, diving into topics, and using an email as my dumping ground.
I still find that when I just write an email, it comes out more personable, and I think that’s important.
After all, people read blogs to hear from somebody about their experience or their insight.
And if you can explain something to them as you would explain to a friend, that’s when I think you really find your true voice.
How can other bloggers contact you? I’m available at Sources of Insight.com (http://SourcesOfInsight.com)
6. Meet Thea Westra from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? It wasn’t so much about blogging, as it was to do with the fact that a much larger audience can be reached, more effectively and easily, when posting content online.
The world is literally at your feet!
Originally, I had created many individual HTML pages. There was no connection between the pages, therefore visitors did not find any of my earlier content without me again introducing it to them, individually and deliberately.
Way back then, I began to notice that many larger and more well-known sites were using the WordPress blogging tool, so I decided to take a closer look.
What attracted me was the fact that visitors could, easily and at their leisure, dive deep to explore all my past content, plus so many plugins were available that could do many interesting and useful tasks on the site.
Using a blogging platform was so much simpler, looked more professional, saved a ton of time, and seemed to be much more favored by search engines too.
How has your blog changed your life? It’s made my work so much more enjoyable and fun.
It’s now such a pleasure to manage and post content. Particularly because, not long ago, I decided to focus on only one site and gradually add all my content to it (this is still a work in progress).
I’ve also made many new connections. As the blog becomes more visible in search engines and at other places online, I’m regularly contacted by fellow bloggers to share content, experiences, or ideas.
It’s also really nice to know that once a piece of content is created, it’s not lost. No matter where someone lands at my site, they can click through and hang out for hours, to explore and share my past or other more recent content.
Working online has allowed me to no longer commute to a workplace and to be at home with my husband who also works from home, teaching piano. The time freedom is terrific, in that I can choose to work evening, Saturday, and early morning if any of those options suit my week better.
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? Build a list of subscribers (this is a must).
On every page of content include an opt-in which offers something free and of value for which visitors exchange their email address.
Send an email to those subscribers every day. Here’s a free guide from the service that I use.
Most bloggers will tell you that the vast majority of sales come from email subscribers rather than first-time web visitors. From experience, I find this to be true too.
You do not need to solely rely on your own products for generating income. Become an affiliate of products that you know might do well with your audience, then build email and blog content around those products.
Here’s a shortlist of some affiliate programs to which I belong.
In every email, I include a link to a listing page that carries many affiliate product links, as well as my own.
You need to find fun ways to continually expose subscribers to products and gifts that are monetized.
Whenever you publish a new piece of content, send it as a broadcast to your subscribers. Then add it to your regular follow-up email series, for future subscribers to come across it too.
Search engine visitors increase when you too increase the number of visitors to your pages.
Make everything as shareable as possible, in a variety of formats, so that you’re not the only one doing the heavy lifting of getting your content out there.
My posts have social sharing buttons, shareable images, a free eBook download, and a video.
Sharing options provide a way to enlist the help of subscribers and site visitors.
I also provide social share buttons in each email to subscribers.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? It was quite a while before I began to add subscribers to my own email list.
I now know to include some way for visitors to opt-in to my email list, at every piece of content I create.
It’s such a missed opportunity when we don’t find a way to contact our blog visitors again and again, by adding them to a regular mailing list.
Focus on growing that subscriber list for yourself.
When you have a list, no matter what happens to your own web sites, you have a way to contact those followers and keep them in the loop.
You can then also continue promoting affiliate products, should you lose everything of your own. I also recommend backing up every piece of work.
We’re all only one hack (or human error) away from wiping the lot and needing to start again.
A quick security tip is to host your site with one service yet register your domain at another.
I host my domains at A2 Hosting, yet have those domains registered at Namecheap. This way if one is hacked, the bad guys won’t have access to your whole business.
Buy the .com domain for your business name and your own name. As you become more well known, you’ll definitely want ownership of those before anyone else snatches them!
Do not wholly rely on social media sites for communicating with your audience. Use those sites as a tool for growing your own email list.
That way if any social site disappears or changes rules, you’ll still “own” your subscribers to take anywhere you like.
What blogging tools could you not live without? I guess the best way to answer this is by way of a list.
Even though some of the following aren’t necessarily “blogging” tools, they are all considered essential tools for the creation and sharing of my blog content.
So, here are a few of my favorite tools in no particular order:
If there’s any tool you’re thinking of getting and you’re not sure, just get in touch, I’d be happy to help.
How can other bloggers contact you? With each of my responses above, I’m sure I could have expanded to be the length of a book.
I’ll trust that others who contributed to this round-up post will enlighten you with ideas I’d not yet touched.
Contact me if you’d like to know more about anything I wrote today. The very best way to contact me is at this contact page here.
7. Meet Don Dulin from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? To be honest, I didn’t know blogging was a thing when I started.
I just created a website and over time, I started writing and liked it.
It definitely was more of a personal diary at first, and then over time turned into a website where my goal was to help others live their best lives.
How has your blog changed your life? It allows me freedom and opportunity. When I started, it was just a hobby. Then it turned into a nice little side hustle.
Then, I was laid off and I decided to see if I could turn it into a full-time income. I was able to and life has been great since. By working from home, I can take a break during the day to run some errands so I don’t have to spend time on the weekends doing chores.
I get to spend time with my daughters and eat breakfast with them every morning.
If I need to watch them for the day, I can change my schedule for the day without issue. Overall, it has been an amazing opportunity.
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? Focus on finding low competition keywords and write articles that you can rank for. This will bring you traffic which will allow you to apply for the better-paying ad networks.
With that said, making money blogging is a journey.
While some will get lucky and strike gold quickly, for most site owners, it is a much longer process.
You can easily go 6 months to a year without making much money, if at all. Don’t let this discourage you.
Keep your eye on the long game and watch your traffic. If it is growing, you are doing something right.
In time you can apply for ad networks as well as affiliate offers to start making money
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? To stop focusing on the things that don’t really matter.
In the beginning, I spent a lot of time wanting my site to look perfect and to write a great ‘About Me’ page.
The truth is none of this matters in the long run. Well, it does have an impact, but not as great as you think.
Your time is precious and you are better served spending it on the things that will make you money, not the things that are nice to do.
What blogging tools could you not live without? A SEO tool hands-down. They can be expensive, but there are some good low-cost options out there.
To be successful you need to know what people are searching for and how to get what you want ranking so people can find it. It takes a lot of work, but once you have a blueprint to follow, it is easy to do.
This isn’t to say everything you write will rank because it won’t.
I still write what I think is great content and it never shows up high on the search results. But more often than not, my content does show up and it drives traffic to my site.
How can other bloggers contact you? The best way to reach me is to find me on my site, UnfinishedSuccess.com. I respond to all emails and love interacting with readers and other bloggers.
8. Meet Dr. Steven Cangiano from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? I became enamored then disenchanted with the personal development industry.
I noticed early on that the coaches/teachers/instructors are great at activating positive, emotions, dreams, visions, and passions. Unfortunately, the installation of these worthy ideals was unpredictable.
How has your blog changed your life? This whole journey set me on a new path. It stimulated my academic roots, forced me to reach out to people, allowed me access to and a reason to communicate with super-intelligent and caring people. I also get to work from home with my wife.
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? Make your content relevant, professional, and take a stand for what you really believe. Do not be offended and when you get push back.
Try to understand their viewpoint and if they make sense incorporate what you learn into your next piece.
Grow, evolve, look at the other perspectives especially the ones that make you and your content better.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? I tend to be too technical and not connect with readers. I still struggle with that issue. Sometimes I find myself trying to convince rather than inform. I am getting better at both.
What blogging tools could you not live without? I am lucky to have a team of editors. I have created a safe space for them to give me feedback.
They are from various backgrounds and age ranges– it is enlightening, informative, and humbling.
How can other bloggers contact you? email@example.com
9. Meet Ellen Tran from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? I started blogging when I was in high school. I suffered from anxiety and depression and used my blog as an online journal.
How has your blog changed your life? Blogging has helped me get through high school.
When I first started blogging, I wanted someone to notice me (even if it were a stranger). Instead, that flipped around and I ended up writing for others who suffered from mental health.
I also enjoy helping others who are in the infancy stages of starting their own blogging adventure.
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? My advice is to not look at monetizing your blog as “making money quick.”
Unless you know what, you’re doing or have a history in marketing/business, it’s going to take ages to start seeing income from your blog.
I know from my experience that I started earning something within 2-3 years of blogging.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? It’s tough to make money and it’s imperative to learn lots of different skills.
It’s not easy!
You have to conduct research (specifically on SEO), create content, proofread, edit, create sharable graphics, and market your post successfully.
What blogging tools could you not live without? I definitely cannot live without Grammarly and Canva! I used both these tools often (technically “daily”) and they helped me so much with my blog.
How can other bloggers contact you? If you feel like collaborating or wanting to say hi, feel free to contact me here.
10. Meet Happily Hedy from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? I have always loved writing, and I thought having my own little corner of the internet where people would read my stuff would be super fun.
From rants to fun “get to know my posts,” I basically envisioned my blog as an online diary or creative space and loved the idea that I could also make money from it eventually.
How has your blog changed your life? Blogging is one of those things that you have to be super self-motivated about, because you have to go out on your own to find resources to learn more, and you’ll have to experiment through trial and error to find success.
I’ve been able to self-teach myself several marketing concepts through my blog.
But beyond that, blogging is what segued me into starting my own graphic and web design studio, which is my main small business right now.
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? First off, when you focus on monetization, a lot of the “fun” in blogging can go away because you need to niche down and really think of it as a business, meaning some posts that you might think are fun to post, won’t be that beneficial to your blog or monetization process.
So, be prepared for this mindset shift if your main goal is to make money– it’s something not a lot of bloggers talks about.
That being said, it doesn’t mean you can’t post “fun” posts at all. You just need to find a good balance.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? You don’t need to be on all the social media platforms to have a successful blog.
I personally really tried growing on Instagram, because that’s where my target audience was (until Tiktok came around, that is — but I didn’t even touch Tiktok, haha).
It was super time consuming and didn’t bring much return on the investment of my time. Plus, I don’t like the idea of forcing myself to post for the sake of posting, or the numbers.
Ultimately, your mental health matters first and if you find that you’re aimlessly scrolling and burning out trying to “keep up” with the algorithm, just leave.
My numbers weren’t really affected after I stopped posting to Instagram, and I’ve definitely felt a weight lifted off my shoulders.
I’ve seen many big bloggers put less emphasis/stop posting on Instagram too. Of course, if you have the funds, I’d recommend outsourcing.
There are benefits to Instagram such as connecting people in your audience — I made sure to move those people onto my email list.
I market more on Facebook and Pinterest now and don’t have a problem with it, so just find what works for you, and don’t stress too much over the numbers.
What blogging tools can you not live without? I love Google Calendar and Trello.
Both tools are helpful related to scheduling when you work on your blog or are just creating project deliverables.
Of course, a good hosting platform for your website is always a must, and I absolutely love Greengeeks.
How can other bloggers contact you? I always love hearing from fellow bloggers, so feel free to reach out through the contact info on my website, happilyhedy.com!
11. Meet Victor Step from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? I often say that the two best decisions that I have ever made were becoming a vegetarian and starting a blog.
I was a very shy kid for most of my life. I was afraid to make new friends or to say “no” to something I didn’t want to do.
Unfortunately, as I grew, all of it only got worse.
Long story short, panic attacks became so common for me that I even decided to quit university. But at the same time, that experience was a turning point for me. I knew that I needed to do something about my mental state to change my path.
I began to create small tasks for myself that would make me “braver” such as public speaking classes or starting a blog.
All of this led me to the idea that I want to help others. Self-development helped me with my own anxiety, so I knew that it could help others as well.
As a result, I began to write about self-development, hoping that it can help and encourage those in need of it to become better versions of themselves too.
How has your blog changed your life? I’ve become more creative.
When writing about life, it requires you to think and content to include in a blog post. I’m able to relive memories and recall meaningful events from my life.
Also, whenever I write a post about a topic that I am not fully familiar with, I do a lot of research. I’ve gained A LOT of knowledge over the years.
Finally, I often make videos on YouTube for my blog. At first, I feared the camera as much as I feared public speaking.
However, now I have absolutely no problem filming myself and that has changed my life tremendously. Filming myself has actually made me less anxious.
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? Don’t get into blogging just for the money. It takes time to monetize your blog since blogging is a long-term game.
If you get into it just for the money, you will be disappointed.
Don’t try to monetize your blog instantly. First and foremost, as a new blogger, you need to publish as many articles as you can to find your own unique style.
Also, learn SEO and focus on growing your audience. Once your blog has started to attract a decent amount of monthly visitors, only then you should start thinking about monetization.
It does, however, take time to get to that point.
Don’t go for cheap ads on your blog or sponsored posts that have nothing to do with your blog’s niche. You won’t earn much with sponsored posts, but your audience will see what you are doing, and they won’t like it.
As for ads, they will make your blog look messy and are also not profitable unless you have millions of readers coming to your blog monthly.
Instead, look into affiliate marketing, selling physical or digital products through your blog.
Promoting your online coaching is also a great option if you have the knowledge that can help others.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? At one point my blog was growing rapidly and I was extremely happy about it.
I was like a little kid and thought that my success would never end.
But unfortunately, it ended faster than I could imagine.
I did everything right, but Google released a new update to their algorithms that pushed many of my popular articles out of sight in the search engine results. In one day, my traffic fell by 30%.
I felt mistreated, but I kept going forward nevertheless.
Unfortunately, though, about two months later, Google released another update that made my traffic fall by another 50%. I was devastated. I quit blogging… but only for a month. I then realized that I had forgotten why I started blogging in the first place.
After reminding myself that I started blogging to help other people, my motivation returned and I began to write.
Slowly but surely, my blog traffic began to grow again.
Don’t let things that are outside of your control to discourage you.
Always keep in mind why you started blogging in the first place.
What blogging tools could you not live without? With blogging, to grow, you need to understand SEO – Search Engine Optimization.
It isn’t hard to grasp, but you must understand it to be successful.
If you are using wordpress.org, which is the blogging platform I always recommend, you can download a free SEO plugin called “Yoast SEO.”
Yoast SEO is a plugin that no blogger can live without.
It will help you learn about SEO like no other.
As you write your blog posts, it will tell you where and what to apply to make your posts “SEO friendly”.
Of course, you also need to learn about keywords and keyword research. Using the right keywords and applying them correctly will guarantee that you are publishing posts that
- People have interest in.
- Can be found in search engine results.
You will need to use a keyword research tool. Some tools are simple, and some are advanced.
It’s up to you which tool you use, but the point is that you can’t do sophisticated keyword research without a keyword research tool.
How can other bloggers contact you? You can contact me through my blog – https://gedground.com or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. Meet Kael Ranschaert from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? My brother-in-law was the one who suggested all the information I had been studying.
He thought it might be a good way to learn about the process of creating an online presence and sharing valuable content with others via a blog.
I jumped at the idea and have just slowly chipped away at it over the years, and hope to continue to do so for years to come.
How has your blog changed your life? I think most importantly it has given me some confidence in my own voice.
I’m typically very shy and filled with tremendous self-doubt.
While I did have totally selfish motives of obtaining financial success as my brother-in-law had achieved online, I’ve found that not really to be a driving factor for me.
I just want people to suffer less, and if there is something I can share to help others reduce their time spent in suffering I leap at that opportunity. It has become a heart project for me.
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization? I monetize three ways: Google Adsense, Amazon Affiliate, and Paid Posting. The ladder of the three has been most profitable over the years.
The other two means require little to no time to manage or put in place, so I leave them running regardless of their inefficiency. To be honest, marketing the site for financial growth and gain has been my biggest downfall. I just don’t prioritize it.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? It has to be a labor of love or you will feel like an absolute failure within months of starting and probably throw in the towel if you don’t see much traction.
I would also have to say there is a certain degree of luck when it comes to succeeding.
Sitting at home alone, without any accountability or teammates to inspire you leaves little in the tank when it comes to days when you are dragging your feet to post. Post anyways.
What blogging tools could you not live without? I think a regularly updated theme is a must. I got mine through ThemeForest.
There are brilliant plug-ins with WordPress, but by far the most important tool that is vital is the self-discipline to post.
Set weekly goals in the first couple of months/years until you start to build up traction.
Don’t get lost in the time-suck of trying to make your site fashionable or artsy. People first and foremost want to relate to your words and message.
How can other bloggers contact you? You can connect with me 7 days a week on Instagram @GrowthGuided.
The other option is to shoot me a message via the contact section of www.growthguided.com.
I’d be glad to and answer questions for people looking to start their own blog/website.
13. Meet Warren Wong from
What made you want to get into blogging in the first place? Blogging is a place where I can be myself, a place where I can share the mistakes I’ve made so that others can learn from me.
I’ve always been passionate about being our best selves not for others, but for ourselves.
I discovered personal development many years ago when I was in a dark place in my life.
I devoured anything I could get my hands on, and eventually, I decided that I would share what I learned, so people would know that the grass is not always greener on the other side and that it’s better to water your side instead.
How has your blog changed your life? I’m always pleased to hear from my readers and how my writing has helped them in their lives.
Even in a small way, like learning how to get better sleep, or mending a broken relationship with their parents.
It’s these little things that keep me writing, and know that I’m making a difference.
What advice can you give to new bloggers about monetization?
- The money will come.
- Be authentic and write about things that people need help with.
- Overnight success is a lie.
- Be passionate about what you do, and it won’t feel like work.
- Learn about SEO – it is really important.
What blogging lesson did you learn the hard way? I thought everything was going to be a lot easier than it actually was.
Keeping yourself motivated to write can be tiresome. Learning about SEO can be daunting.
Putting yourself out there can leave you shaking in your boots. Do it anyway. A few years down the road, you’ll look back and laugh at all the mistakes you made, but proud that you stuck with it.
Don’t give up, you will get better!
What blogging tools could you not live without? There are plenty of blogging tools out there, but underrated ones are Facebook Groups!
There is a huge community of bloggers ranging from hasn’t started to been doing it for decades.
Leverage the experience and wisdom and you’ll start seeing results.
How can other bloggers contact you? You can find out more about me on my blog. I love hearing from my readers, so don’t hesitate to contact me!