I’ll continue the series that started last week with another friend blogger, Nathan Rice. Here is a quick excerpt from his About page:
So this blog is for you. From regular Joe bloggers to professional theme developers, hopefully you will find tips and tricks here that will help you make the blogs you work on BETTER. If there are any questions you have about web design or WordPress theme development, feel free to suggest topics for future posts here on the blog. I’d be happy to consider them and see what I can do.
1. Let’s make a short introduction (name, age, location, occupation, favourite 3 blogs).
2. What made you start a blog?
Initially, I just wanted a personal webspace where all my social media stuff could be aggregated. But it sort of evolved into much more over time. Now I contribute to many different blogs, on many different subjects.
3. Why did you choose your current topic?
Mainly because it’s what I know best and am most passionate about.
4. What ad networks (not affiliates) you currently host and what’s the most profitable so far?
I haven’t experienced good ad revenue through the standard stuff like adsense, widgetbucks, amazon, etc. Most of my revenue comes from the establishment of authority. Then consulting gigs come in, custom theme requests, etc.
5. How do you deal with regular posting and deadlines?
At the moment, posting is scattered. I’m still settling in, but I hope to have a theme for every weekday, then anything else is just extra.
6. How much time do you spend blogging (this includes commenting on other blogs, documenting for new articles and optimizing for search engines)?
About 3 hours a day. I try to comment on at least 1 blog every day, more if possible, especially if there are multiple blogs in your niche.
7. What are the most rewarding parts of blogging? What about most frustrating?
Rewarding? Meeting people. Blooging is very social and you can meet a lot of very cool people. Frustrating? Plateaus. Seeing traffic or revenue flatline is terrible.
8. Have you ever used any black SEO method for increasing your rankings?
Mine? No. But back when I first started making WordPress themes, I did include sponsored links, which is a big no-no.
9. Do you see yourself continuing this blog for a long time?
No end in sight.
10. What’s your plan for the next 3 months?
A redesign, a few more free themes, maybe an ebook.
11. What’s your plan for the next 6 months?
Increase subscribers. I want 500 subscribers in the next 6 months, but there is a lot of work that goes into that.
12. Have you been struck by the recent PageRank decreases?
Actually, my pagerank rose on both of my personal sites :)
13. Describe your blog in 3 words.
WordPress, WordPress, WordPress
14. Tell me 5 tools you’re using in your daily/weekly/monthly blogging activity such as browser extensions, web site tools (netvibes.com, digg.com, facebook.com), email client, traffic and analysis tools, blog plugins, etc.
- Firefox with the web developer toolbar, Tidy, and the del.icio.us toolbar buttons.
- Gmail, couldn’t live without it
- Google Analytics
- My MacBook :-)
15. How do you get inspiration for you articles?
Life, mostly… especially for my personal blog. For NathanRice.net, I get most of my blogging ideas from experience building custom themes for clients.
16. Tell me 5 biggest mistakes you’ve made since the beginning of you blog.
- Launching with a poor design
- Allowing threadjackers to ruin conversation
- Monetizing too early
- Putting money over innovation
- Being a “johnny-come-lately” too often.
17. What makes your blog different from all the other?
Different? Not much. I think my articles go a little deeper into the belly of WordPress than most WP bloggers, while trying to stay understandable. I think I do a good job at that. In this niche, it’s not “better” that makes you more popular than the rest. Innovation is key here.
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