How to Succeed as a Professional Blogger

In the following interview, you will find out how Jitendra Vaswani is making money blogging. He has multiple blogs. His main blog is BloggersIdeas.  He is an experienced marketer. If you are interested in making money as a blogger, this interview is for you.

We will cover a variety of topics from content creation to content promotion to blog monetization.

Check out our interview with Jitendra, to find out what you need to do to succeed as a professional blogger.

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Success Harbor: What were your goals when you have started BloggersIdeas?

Jitendra Vaswani: First of all thanks Geroge for taking time to interview me on your blog. I am Jitendra Vaswani founder of Internet Marketing Blog BloggersIdeas.com & also founder of latest WordPress plugin SchemaNinja.com

When I started I didn’t have specific goals because I just started blogging to learn SEO and want to know how this SEO thing worked. I was working for clients and I got good knowledge about SEO from my clients’ projects.

I really wanted to learn to blog through BloggersIdeas and I did. Through the process, I learned more about WordPress basic things like plugins and how to post articles.

Through BloggersIdeas I learned a lot of things in SEO. I got to learn about affiliate marketing and now my source of income is WordPress.

Success Harbor: What were the SEO tactics that you have learned through BloggersIdeas?

successful bloggerJitendra Vaswani: I learned many SEO techniques through my blog. Most importantly, I learned that if you don’t experiment with anything new in SEO then you are not going to learn. So I tested a lot of things and learned a lot. I tried white hat SEO only because this is my main blog where I cannot do blackhat at all.

I was not aware of many link building techniques like link wheel, tier link building & PBN. Through my blog, I made solid connections in my industry and from experts, I learned new things to get results.

Success Harbor: What were the most effective ways to drive traffic to BloggersIdeas during the first year of blogging?

Jitendra Vaswani: The most effective ways to drive traffic to my blog was social media and I build some good connections with industry influencers by taking their interviews. I took interviews of experts on my blog and by getting their interview I used to get a lot of referral traffic. Through referral traffic, people came to know about my blog and I built more solid relationships.

Whenever you are posting new content on your blog try to share on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & others. This will give your content more visibility and you will get more traffic to your content & in turn, you will get business.

You can share content on some of these high traffic sites:

  • Reddit
  • Scoop.it
  • Rebelmouse
  • Triberr
  • Behance.com
  • Stumbleupon
  • Digg.com
  • Diggo.com
  • Bizsugar.com
  • Blogengage.com

I recommend that build some connections in your social circle and you will start seeing traffic to your blog grow like hell.

Success Harbor: How many different ways have you and are monetizing your blog today?

Jitendra Vaswani: I am monetizing my blog through various methods:

  • Banner ads
  • Sponsored posts and sponsored reviews
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Paid listing
  • Consultation services

These are my methods of monetization to make money from my blog. Most of the income comes from affiliate marketing. Affiliate income is my bread and butter. I also have some more blogs which give me a good income but still BloggersIdeas is my main earning resource for now. I am building more resources and investing my money into my product launch SchemaNinja.com.

Yes, this is my first product launch and I am working very hard on it.

One advice to budding bloggers, never depend on a single resource of income.

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Success Harbor: Regarding your blog monetization. What kind of outreach do you do to get advertisers, sponsors, and consultation clients?

Jitendra Vaswani: Sometimes I reach out to advertisers, clients & sponsors, sometimes they approach me directly through my contact form on my blog. I used Facebook ads to reach out to clients. I  do a lot of Ad Network reviews on my blog so I see a lot of Facebook ads by ad network so I approach them for reviews & then I make a deal with them. Also, I spy on other competitor blogs that what kind of reviews & deals they get on their blog.

Spying on competitors always help you to grow your business.

Consultation clients I get through my blog & portfolio. I have my portfolio where I listed all of my services like SEO, digital marketing, branding & blogging.

Success Harbor: How do you determine the topics that you blog about?

Jitendra Vaswani: For choosing topics I use Google trends and spy on my competitor blogs. I see what keywords they are targeting and what strategies they are using their my blogs. I use some tools to spy on my competitors, favorite tools are SEMRush & Ahrefs for now.

I use Google Keyword Planner tool which helps me to decide which keywords are better to rank and I always choose low competition keywords. Because I can rank them better for now. If your blog starts ranking for low competition keywords then you can target highly competitive keywords.

Success Harbor: Most blogs and websites never get traction and part of the problem is poor content. What is your process for creating GREAT content?

Jitendra Vaswani: Yes true most blogs fail to get traction because they don’t focus on a niche, many newbie bloggers make the mistake of creating multi niche blogs & they fail miserably. Focus on a specific niche and work on it very smartly. Check out what your competitors are doing for ranking. I always use tools like Ahrefs for spying on competitor blogs.

First, master a single niche and then try to work in a different niche. Failing is a part of success. I always learn from success and learn from my mistakes.

Choose titles wisely and optimize your content well to rank them on Google. Content can only be great if you put your soul into it. Create stories and build momentum in your content. Connect with your audience and you are going to nail it.

Success Harbor: There is a lot of talk about content creation, but I find not enough about content promotion. What is your preferred method(s) for promoting content?

Jitendra Vaswani: Networking is important. Build some solid connections in your industry and you will find traffic coming to your blog.

Success Harbor: In terms of content promotion. Can you share your method for networking to help you promote your blog?

Jitendra Vaswani: For content promotion, I always share my content on social media I try my best to engage with my audience there only. Facebook is the best method for me to promote my content and I get leads from there only. I use FB very wisely for my business. I try to build solid connections through it. Many of the marketers still don’t know how to use FB they don’t know how to take advantage of  FB for their business. FB is very powerful tool for business. I love FB very much.

Don’t waste your time on social media for just chatting, create great content and engage with your target audience.

Success Harbor: What are the most effective SEO tactics for new websites?

Jitendra Vaswani: There are many SEO tactics for a new website.

Some are listed below:

  • Define niche
  • Research
  • Execute.

On page & off page SEO plays an important role here. Follow Google’s algorithm closely and stay updated about changes in SEO. I always read blogs to learn new ideas and strategies for my blogs. If you are following these blogs you will be able to learn about SEO:

  • Searchenginejournal.com
  • Quicksprout.com
  • Seroundatble.com
  • Searchengineland.com
  • Kissmetrics
  • Trafficgenerationcafe

Success Harbor: What blog promotion tactics, tools or sites have helped you make your blog a success?

Jitendra Vaswani: I always share my content on social media, I try to share on every social channel so that my content gets more traffic and links.

I use the following to promote my blogs:

  • Web 2.0 sites
  • Social bookmarking
  • Blogging communities sharing
  • Guest posting
  • PBN links
  • Taking & giving interviews
  • Giving & taking testimonials
  • Speaking
  • Consultation

These strategies helping me a lot to rank my sites.

Tools I am using for my blogs are:

  • SEMRush
  • Ahrefs
  • Hootsuite
  • Google keyword planner
  • Money Robot

Success Harbor: What tactics can you recommend to those bloggers who have a hard time getting traction with their blogs? What steps should they take?

Jitendra Vaswani: Be persistent in blogging, it is not easy to get traffic unless you know about SEO techniques. First, learn and then only you can master your skills. I always try to learn from everyone. I just learn as much as possible. So don’t stop learning, your growth will stop if you stop learning. Keep learning and have a great social media presence.

Your network determines your potential for success.

Success Harbor: If you would have time to do only one website marketing tactic for a new site, what would that be?

Jitendra Vaswani: I will do great SEO for that website and start making money from that. Choosing a niche is important, if you know your niche then you can rank for any keywords. So master the art of finding the right niche. I also try to read case studies which help me to get better results.

Success Harbor: How can people find out more about you or connect with you?

Jitendra Vaswani: People can subscribe to my blog here: http://www.bloggersideas.com/subscribe and get latest updates on my hustling life.

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George Meszaros is the editor and co-founder of Success Harbor where entrepreneurs learn about building successful companies. Success Harbor is dedicated to document the entrepreneurial journey through interviews, original research, and unique content. George Meszaros is also co-founder of Webene, a web design and digital marketing agency.
2017-09-19T09:56:15+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Articles, Blogging, Business Success, Interviews|30 Comments