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Blogging Tips for Beginners – An Exclusive Interview with Sherman Smith

Today I welcome our guest Mr. Sherman Smith for a chat. Sherman happens to be a Blogger and Internet marketer. In this interview he was able to give an insight of his experiences in the online world – how he dealt with failure and overcame the challenges he encountered. He revealed some strategies which he applied to ensure the growth of his online business, and then he gave some blogging tips for beginners who are still starting out on blogging.
Less i forget; he is a good salsa dancer, so after reading this interview you may have to hook him up for some serious lessons on salsa dance[lol].

The details of this chat is a bit lengthy so as usual, get a glass of wine or juice if available, and enjoy this conversation with Mr. Sherman

Blogging Tips for Beginners – An Exclusive Interview with Sherman Smith

Chinedu: Hello Mr Sherman, we are pleased to have you here with us. Welcome to my blog.

Sherman: It’s a pleasure to be here and thank you Joseph for giving me this opportunity.

Chinedu: Please tell us more about yourself.

Sherman: I reside in sunny Southern California which is where I was born and raised. I have a degree in Computer Information Systems and work for a school district as one of the computer technicians.

Chinedu: What was your reason for going into blogging, and for how long have you been in the blogosphere?

Sherman: When I was in Network Marketing back in 2010, my sponsor recommended that I go into blogging even though I didn’t believe anyone would read any of my posts LOL.. but I got the courage to start it and the rest is history.

 Chinedu: How many blogs do you have?

Sherman: I only have one blog

Chinedu: What are/is the main idea(s) of your blog(s) and what kind of service(s) do you render?

Sherman: My blog is geared towards anyone, specifically those with home businesses that want to start doing online marketing with a focus on Blogging for personal branding. I promote an online marketing system as well as other tools and plugins that marketers can use to enhance their home businesses.

Chinedu: How much time do you dedicate to your blog in a day, week or month? What measures do you take to ensure that you keep track of this?

Sherman: It’s on a weekly basis and I dedicate between 30 minutes to an hour a day. Or at least I make the effort to. I really don’t have a specific system to keep track of this. What I usually do is come up with a title for the following week’s blog post and use that as the indicator to start my next post.

Chinedu: How much time do you think is sufficient for a newbie to dedicate to a blog in order to achieve success?

Sherman: That really depends on the person and the time that they have. But if you have the fundamentals in place as far as plugins, themes, opt-in boxes, etc.. it shouldn’t take a long time. I say at least 30 minutes a day

Chinedu: At what frequency do you think a new blogger is supposed to publish posts in order to keep up in the blogosphere?

Sherman: As far as frequency, you want to be smart about it. From my experience, I’ve had more success with posting once a week as oppose to posting every day. You really want to focus on engagement and interaction with other bloggers by commenting, sharing their posts and also replying to comments on your blog. On top of that you want to engage with other bloggers on social media. It creates a strong synergy resulting in more of a family unit.

Chinedu: Your blog attracts a good number of comments and i guess your traffic range would be high as well. Would you mind discussing your monthly traffic stats?

Sherman: I really don’t want to discuss the traffic stats, but I do want to emphasize that as far as traffic is concern, you want to focus on generating more detailed targeted traffic. If you’re in network marketing, you don’t want to just focus on network marketing traffic. You want to focus on those people who have a strong interest in the products/services in your industry who are open to doing network marketing. This is why it’s important to pay attention to your traffic stats. I for once use Google Analytics to figure out who my market is and how to improve the targeted traffic coming to my blog.

Chinedu: Keeping blogging aside; do you have any other job(s) or parenting responsibility? If yes; how do you manage this together with your blogging career?

Sherman: I have no kids but I do work full time (8 hrs/day, 5 days/week) as a computer technician. I also give private lessons in salsa dancing on the side whenever there is a chance.

As far as managing, I tend to squeeze enough time each morning, afternoon, and night to work on my blog. I also use automated tools that helps promote my blog posts

Chinedu: Wow! You dance salsa? I will surely come for lessons in no distant time [lol].

What do you engage yourself with during your leisure hours?

Sherman: During my leisure hours I’m always on YouTube learning something or watching a movie LOL… I love YouTube. Besides that I’m usually out salsa dancing or at the gym.

Chinedu: What really interests you most about blogging, and what frustrates you most as well?

Sherman: It was really about what I learn from other blogs with a focus on home businesses and how to grow it online. When I was in college I didn’t understand why students would major in Marketing. To me it seemed like a real easy major, up until I started blogging and doing online marketing. This really burst my bubble! I came to realization of how important personal branding, social proof, difference in good and bad content, etc.

The one thing I really like is sharing something I just learned or sharing my past experiences with others. I get really stoked when people find my content valuable for them to apply. This is when I realized that being able to help others in this manner is really my life’s purpose.

Also Read: Nosa Ero Nosa Shares his Blogging Experience

Chinedu: What do you think is currently the most effective method of driving traffic to a blog?

Sherman: There is no one way of doing this, but from my experience, the best way is through paid advertising if you want to get fast results. Besides that, using the free strategies of commenting and engaging those who are within your niche.

Chinedu: What are you secrets for attaining this level of success in your blogging career?

Sherman: It’s really keeping it simple and being consistent with it. But one thing you want to keep checking for are your statistics. You want to use tools like Google Analytics to see how you’re doing so far and figure out ways to improve.

The simplest thing you want to do is comment and engage on other blogs as well as your own. You want to figure out who has “authority rank” in the blogosphere within your niche.

Chinedu: As a blogger, have you ever experience failure or felt inferior? If yes; how did you tackle all of these?

Sherman: Oh yes, failure at times can be a constant thing, and also I felt inferior. But if blogging is something that you really have a passion for, then you’ll figure out eventually how to turn those failures into successes and the inferiority complex will dissipate.

Chinedu: Would you mind giving us an insight of your other experiences while climbing the success ladder?

Sherman: I started around 2010, so right around that time all you need to concentrate on was SEO even if the content wasn’t that valuable. But then around 2011, that’s when you noticed the Google Updates started making a big voice. So all of the old tactics and tools I used before didn’t work. Blogger took a different routine, and it was, and still is one long educational process.

I do have admit that I took some time off from blogging. I started focusing more on paid methods like Paid Per Click and Solo Ads. I did get a lot of leads from them, but very low sales. By the end of 2013, that’s when I realized that you must brand yourself and focus on building rapport and relationships with others. That’s the benefit of blogging. Other’s can see what you’re all about before they make a decision to connect with you, or even do business with you.

Chinedu: If you could turn back the hands of time to your life as a newbie, what corrections would you have made?

Sherman: First and foremost, I would use my blog to build my email list as well as engage with others like I’m doing now.

I would have focus a little less on SEO and more on delivering more valuable content as well as promote my blog a lot more than I did.

I would also would’ve focus more on marketing metrics using tools like Google Analytics.

See Also: SEO Best Practices – Interview with Atish Ranjan

Chinedu: How do you monetize your blog? And what is your most effective means of making money online?

Sherman: I have done Reviews on different tools and themes, as well as an option box for the online marketing system I promote mainly for those that are in network marketing and want to promote their business online.

Chinedu: Among the existing Social Media platforms, which do you spend more time on and what is your reason for spending more time on it?

Sherman: I spend more time on Facebook and Twitter.

The reason for Facebook is because its the site I’ve grown my accustomed to, and for twitter, I use it specifically on my phone to maintain my interaction with other bloggers.

Chinedu: Ever since you ventured into blogging, what do you consider your biggest challenge?

I had challenges. Writing and Engaging LOL… Not the best challenges when it comes to blogging, right?

I was always a horrible writer, but in due time with blogger I keep improving by taking the advice from other bloggers. I don’t know where I would be without them.

As far as engaging and interaction, socializing with others is a weakness of mine. I consider myself more of an introvert. Shy sometimes, but more introvert. I really like to do my own thing, but other people have mentioned that I need to come out of my shell a bit more, so that’s what I’ve been working on for the past year.

Chinedu: As a blogger with much experience, what principle(s) do you suggest for every blogger to hold on to?

Sherman: Be the best YOU as a blogger. Don’t be afraid to express your own opinions and your own beliefs. This is what makes you unique, and you’ll find that the right people will be attracted to who you are!

Chinedu: Mention some bloggers whom you admire and look up to, and tell us how each had contributed to your blogging career?

Sherman: There’s quite a few to name… Ryan Biddulph, Adrienne Smith, Harleena Singh, Enstine Muki, Sylvian Nuccio… I actually wrote a blog post where I gave homage to each one… here’s the post

Chinedu: No doubt, every new blogger needs a mentor to guide him/her. What is your say on this? Do you think it is advisable for a blogger to hold unto just one, or many mentors? Please give reasons for your answer.

Sherman: Anyone that has reached a level of success you want to get to and you admire, is going to end up being your mentor, whether directly or indirectly. A lot of home business entrepreneurs follow the teachings of Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie still even though they have already transitioned.

So if you can find someone that will mentor you directly, then great! But I believe bloggers should also keep an open mind to what’s out there. Whatever your mentor may not know, someone else may have the information and experience that come with it.

Chinedu: When did you earn your first income from blogging?

Sherman: In 2011

Chinedu: Would you mind telling us your monthly earning from blogging?

Sherman: I never share what I make. Sorry

Chinedu: What is your say on email marketing? What strategies have you used for increasing your number of subscribers?

Sherman: I have used both PPC and Solo Ads. Email marketing is a great way to build trust with those that subscribe. There are quite a few people who only use email marketing to brand themselves instead of a blog. So this is a great option as well.

Chinedu: Mention your top blogging tools for improving your site performance.

Sherman: I use Kingged.com
Buffer
Revive Old Post
Facebook Boost Option

Chinedu: I guess you are an American, what can you say about the American bloggers of today? What kind of bloggers do you think America will be able to produce in the future?

Sherman: I would say that American bloggers are a little bit more open and free with their writing if you know what I mean. From my standpoint they’re more liberal in saying what they feel more so, but outside of that, I believe bloggers from other countries are more technical than American bloggers. This is what I also see in the future

Chinedu: Discuss your source of inspiration all through your days of blogging.

Sherman: My source of inspiration is just looking back at how far I came in the blogosphere and sticking to this passion.

Chinedu: Would you advise a child of yours to venture into blogging?

Sherman: Yes, especially if a child of mine is introverted like me 🙂

Chinedu: Being an experienced blogger and online personality for years, what changes do you think should be made to this blog to improve our site performance?

Sherman: The site is very clean, and there’s not too much I can change. I would add more images pertaining to each point made on each post, have between 1000 to 1500 words on each one, and make each point stand out more as far as headings.

Also read: A Chat With Larry Frank

Chinedu: Thanks for the advice. Would you mind giving a motivation statement for the newbies and others who might be reading this conversation?

Sherman: I remember reading this quote some years back and it stuck with me. Especially when I get into arguments, which I rarely do, trying to prove my point
“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.” ~ Galileo

This question reminds me of the “selling the sizzle, and not the steak” approach when it comes to sales. You can always conjure something up within the soul of people for them, and only them to realize it themselves so they can take credit for it.

Chinedu: Nice piece there. It was really wonderful having you here for this chat, thanks for coming, have a pleasant day ahead!

YOUR SAY:
I hope you enjoyed, and tapped something from this interview with Mr. Sherman Smith.
Let’s have the rest of the conversation via the comment section. Should you have any contribution or question as regards this chat; or something else to say to Mr. Sherman, kindly use the comment box below
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How Blogging Would Have Looked Like Without The Social Media

No doubt, blogging is actually a nice profession. It can be very beneficially when practised properly. To me; the effects of blogging is worth more than money alone, it goes a long way in changing entirely the behaviour of a person. It is an effective medium of socializing with like-minded people around the globe, it improves the writing skills and reading culture of a person.

The basic aim of every blogger is traffic – to reach out to the public and notify them about His/Her product or service. After this is achieved one can now think of the secondary objective of most bloggers, and that is the issue of making money out of it, right?

Over the years, there have been different strategies of attracting visitors to a blog. The Search Engines are there, we have the Forums and then the Social Media isn’t left out; Infact this currently seems to be one of the most effective methods of bringing a load of readers to your blog, especially when you have got lots of friends and followers. The Social Media has played, and is still playing a big role in promoting the contents of a blog.
It is so true, beyond reasonable doubt, that every pro-blogger; or may be I should say every successful blogger, has an account with one Social Media site or the other. They have a large number of friends and followers as well. This has also helped them in growing their number of blog readers. The same goes to every other blogger whether new or old – we all use the Social Media to our advantage, to achieve our basic objective ‘Traffic’.

 

 

How Social Media Contributes to The Success of a Blogger

Most bloggers; if not every blogger, know about the benefits of Social Media to a blog. Social Media contributes immensely to the the career of a blogger. Below are some of the ways through which Social Media can put a smile on the face of a blogger:

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Audience

A wide range of audience can be reached via the activities of Social Media. After writing, publishing and then sharing your unique content on Social Media, there is always a positive effect. Your friends and followers head straight to your blog to read your contents, to see what you have to offer. It may surprise you to learn that 80% of the traffic of many bloggers come directly from social media.
The more friends and followers you continue to meet on Social Media, the more audience you attract to your blog. In other words; Social Media helps a blogger to draw new blog visitors and manage existing ones as well

Relationship Building

Looking at Facebook as a case study, there are lots of groups that are being set up for different purposes. Some are for different religious organisations, education, entertainment, etc. Just like some of the above mentioned; blogging communities are being established as well. In such blogging communities, bloggers can meet and interact with each other, learning from the experiences and ideas of each other, visiting and dropping useful comments on the blogs of each other, and lots more.
In a nutshell, Social Media builds a cordial relationship among bloggers.

See: Nosa Ero Nosa Shares his Blogging Experience

Marketing

The Social Media attracts a great amount of people, 70% of the world all have an account with either Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Stumble Upon or any other Social Media site not mentioned here. Marketing a product or service on Social Media is like telling the world about your particular product or service. Imagine having 1000 friends or followers on ten different Social Networks, you are actually showcasing your product or service to 10,000 people, isn’t that great? If you are able to create a product that will serve the needs of such audience, there is a possibility of getting such product sold to 80% of your audience and making some bucks.

Marketing on social media doesn’t just end at advertising to your friends and followers alone, you can go beyond that range and even get to people who may not be part of your friends or followers. Lets take Facebook as a case study. Facebook offers paid advertising program that allows you market your product to targeted audience by just spending some dollars. I have been using Facebook advertising program on my news based blog and I must confess that the result have been overwhelming. What I enjoy most about Facebook ads is that one is allowed to target a particular group of customers within a specific location, interest and even age bracket. You should probably check out Facebook ads program and start using it for your online business promotion

With all the points explained above, it is an  inarguable fact that the social media is one of the best marketing arena for bloggers and online marketers.

Site Improvement

Wondering how Social Media can help you improve your site offerings? Sure it can! And it has been helping a lot of bloggers.

When you share an update on your Social Media account, definitely you must receive feed backs from your friends and followers. It is these information that allows you understand how customers are actually reacting to your product. If you are a Tech Blogger and you share on your Social Media account, an article in which you recommended a particular gadget to the public; you friends and followers are always ready to drop comments about that particular post. If the product is good, you continue winning the hearts of your clients, and if the product happens to be bad, you may be blasted. When you share an update and get blasted, you will be compelled to work harder in order to make improvements.
The Social Media helps improve the offerings of a site.

See Also: Larry Frank [The Tech Evangelist] Reveals How He Grows His Blog

Bloggers owe these benefits to Social Media [though some of these can be gotten else where] and then here comes the big question:

What Would Blogging Have Been Like Without The Social Media?

I have been pondering over this for sometime and now i have decided to share it with you. What do you actually think would have been the state of most, or all bloggers if there were no Social Media? Would it have been this interesting or otherwise? Do you think there would have been other sure strategies of driving traffic to a blog?

Lets have the rest of the conversation via the comment section.
You may have a thing or two to add to this, feel free to share your ideas as well.

Share this post with your friends and followers on your Social Media accounts, i will really appreciate.

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Nosagie Ero Nosa Shares His Blogging Experience

Not very long ago, I was opportune to hold a chat with Larry Frank who shared his blogging experience with us. Today I have another guest in the house, and guess what? He is one of Nigeria’s biggest tech bloggers.
He is Nosagie Ero Nosa of Techrez.com. In this interview, Nosa was able to share his blogging experience, he gave an insight of how he overcame all the hurdles he encountered while climbing the success ladder, and less I forget; He also revealed some tips that will help a lot of bloggers out there, especially the newbies. Now I will suggest you seat back, get a glass of wine or juice if available, and enjoy the details of this educative and motivational interview.

Nosagie Ero Nosa Shares his Blogging Experience

Chinedu:  Hello Nosa, I’m happy to have you here for this brief conversation. Welcome to my blog.

Nosa: Thank you so much Chinedu, it’s a great feeling to be here.

Chinedu:  You are indeed a well-known figure; especially in Nigeria. However some persons reading this chat may never have heard about you. Would you mind introducing yourself to all?

Nosa: My name is Nosagie Nosa Ero (aka Nosa). I am a fervid blogger and a geek. I am a person who is fundamentally honest; I am interested in finding the twin flame of my heart’s burning desire. I won’t settle for less than that, really. Why would I? Even if it takes lots of patience, I’m willing to wait.

Chinedu:  When did you venture into blogging and what prompted you to take such action?

Nosa: Thanks Chinedu, I started blogging in 2007, but I was generally unsuccessful until 2013. All through those years, it was very much frustrating. I always wanted to do things differently, I craved for excellence but I never achieved anything. I have a philosophy which has guided me up to now, and that is to “live in excellence or die in mediocrity.” I chose life; hence I had to keep working hard. My blogging journey started after becoming a reader of Psxextreme.com. The editor-in-chief, Ben Duka, quickly became a role model; I eventually decided to be like him. So I created my gaming blog, which was my first blog ever, it was largely successful and quickly become the second biggest gaming blog in Africa. Although, I never earned a dime, until it suffered a devastating hack that made it disappear from the internet. I was completely inexperienced then, and couldn’t get access to any backup.

Chinedu:  Getting your blog out of the internet can be so frustrating. However, I’m glad you are back on track.
So what is your current blog all about? What kind of product/service do you sell/render, and what niche is your blog centered on?

Nosa: TechRez is a core technology blog; it is designed to be at the fore-front of technology in Nigeria – a nation that has been corroded by entertainment. I am motivated by the early results, and I think the future is bright. We want to push start-ups and put technology and entrepreneurship in the DNA of our youth. Sadly, we can’t do that alone…

Chinedu:  The name of your blog ”Techrez”; how come about it? I believe you have a reason for using that. What is your reason for choosing such a name?

Nosa: TechRez is the short form of Technology Re(z)urrected. It basically compliments what I said earlier; to resurrect technology in Nigeria and Africa.

Chinedu:  Aside Techrez, do you have other blog(s)?

Nosa: Yes I do, I have a personal blog, you can find it on www.meetnosa.com and I am currently working on another project, which should be bigger than TechRez. I am optimistic we could change the mediocrity celebrated in a niche I had abandoned few years ago.

Chinedu:  No doubt, your blog posts attracts a large number of audience. Would you mind discussing your monthly traffic stats?

Nosa: I wouldn’t call my audience large, but then again, if you measure it up against the low love of technology in Nigeria. I think it pretty decent. Our monthly stats, averages at between 120k – 150k visits. In April this year, we celebrated our first ever one million page views milestone.

See Also: SEO Best Practices – Interview with Atish Ranjan 

Chinedu:  The contents of your blog are very awesome. How do you manage to come up with such great posts? What are your main sources or means of getting latest tech updates?

Nosa: Thanks for the compliments Chinedu, I do my best to follow the trend globally with recent emphasis on local contents. I get news from anywhere, so there are no really specific places, it could be on Facebook, press release from companies, data, Twitter and on few occasion, people submit a tip or news to us, then I verify the facts and make a news out of it.

Chinedu:  Tell us the measures you took to attain to this level of success

Nosa: I measure myself against the goals I set. Success can’t be measured in reality, it is an ongoing process. I set different benchmarks and parameters in achieving a goal without losing enthusiasm and hope. I set very high standards, and push myself to the very extreme into achieving my goals. For example, I am using one of the best hosting services and equally using one of the best web frameworks in the world. All of these are deliberate and conscious efforts to becoming the best that I can be.

Chinedu:  Could you please give us an insight about your struggles in the blogosphere? How did you overcome the challenges you encountered?

Nosa: Basically, I have struggled in all aspects of blogging. Ranging from content creation to design, security, hosting, revenue, funding and improving my writing skills. My biggest struggle was dealing with a DCMA against Mitch Bartlett. I had a flourishing blog with international presence, until I got hit by DCMA, where all my popular posts were un-published and de- indexed by Google. How the guy was able to single out all my popular posts still beclouds my imagination. That facilitated my migration to WordPress, even before the case was decided. Although, I won but the damage was done already. I didn’t get top spot ranking for those keywords anymore. Subsequently, we narrowed our scope and decided to rebrand ThatNaijaBlog to TechRez.

Chinedu:  What was your greatest challenge all through the moments of your blogging career?

Nosa: My greatest challenge is becoming an authority blogger. Great people don’t become great by a sudden flight; it takes patience and determination over a course to become great. I feel that time will come, soon enough.

Chinedu:  Every blogger holds on to various principles. What do you think are the do’s and don’ts for every blogger?

Nosa: A blogger should know why he has decided to become a blogger. A blogger has to research his niche and become a master of it. He should verify facts before hitting the publish button. One of the few things to avoid is black-hat SEO, and most importantly plagiarism.

Chinedu:  Mention some bloggers whom you admire and look up to in the blogosphere, and tell us how each had contributed to your life as a blogger.

Nosa: If I am to do this I am very sure, this interview section won’t end. There are so many bloggers who have imparted my blogging journey, unaware to them.

Chinedu: What is your secret for generating traffic and achieving success as well?

Nosa: There is no secrete really, if you write quality articles, it would always attract traffic. However, one has to follow the trend and not rely entirely on SEO. Basically, I submit some of my articles to forums like Nairaland and make effective use of Facebook ads. The emphasis remains on quality content, the reason of this is because, you can drive instant traffic to an article, but if it’s not worth reader’s time. They won’t return. The goal is to retain your visitors.

Chinedu: When did you earn your first pay from blogging?

Nosa: My first earning was in 2013. 🙂

Chinedu:  Sounds unbelievable, it actually took you over six years to earn your first pay? Well, with this most newbies will understand the fact that blogging is never a Get-Rich-Quick scheme.

How much do you earn monthly from your blog?

Nosa: After the Linda Ikeji saga, it has become increasing difficult to reveal such. I am not used to doing that as well, but we earn a decent amount, at least, enough to pay our bills.

Chinedu:  What are the top blogging tools you use to improve your site offerings and check your blog performance as well?

Nosa: I basically use Google webmaster tool and Statscounter

Chinedu:  Do you work from home?

Nosa: Yes I do.

Chinedu:  You are a Nigerian blogger, what do you have to say about the Nigerian bloggers of today, and what kind of bloggers do you think Nigeria is going to produce in the future?

Nosa: We have an ecosystem of incredible bloggers and it amazes me how far we have come within a span of 10-years. I believe we just have to keep working hard; we should feed our blogs, so it has the capacity to feed us in future. Nigerian bloggers are very intelligent; with the necessary support from government and companies, we can have enormous number of celebrated bloggers in Nigeria, like we have in India.

Chinedu:  Nice to learn that you have such faith in your country in terms of blogging.
Aside blogging, what other jobs do you do? If any; would you mind telling us about it?

Nosa: I bless people. If you know what I mean. hoho….But there are plans to become a farmer, in the nearest future.

Chinedu:  Lol…I really do not understand what you mean by ‘blessing people’, but I won’t push further on that. Perhaps my readers may understand better. About the farming issue; I think that’s actually a nice decision.

How do you monetize your blog?

Nosa: I do that with Adsense, Infolinks and affiliate network with Konga and Amazon.

Chinedu:  Which do you think is the most effective strategy of driving traffic to a blog; Search Engines, Social Media, Blogging Communities, Forums, etc. Please give reasons for your answer.

Nosa: If you asked me this question 6-month ago, I probably would have said Search Engines. However, I see an enormous power in Social Media, because it takes minimal effort to reach a targeted audience.

Chinedu:  What has been your source of inspiration all through the years? If you have got a mentor, can you please discuss your experience with Him or Her?

Nosa: My mentor is Ben Duka of I sent him a message, showing my admiration for his excellent work and equally told him about my plans. I never expected a reply, since he was a white dude, writing for an authority blog with an Alexa rank of 17k in 2007 and direct access to Sony, whose gaming division it covers. I got a mail from him the next day and that’s what made me who I am today. If he had not encouraged me, I’m not sure I would be the recipient of this interview.

Chinedu:  Wow! Mr Ben Duka must have impacted immensely in your life as a blogger, I will love to have a chat with him someday.

So being an experienced webmaster who has been on the field for a couple of years, what do you have to say about this site? What changes do you think should be made to improve the performance and offerings of this site?

Nosa: Your site is looking fantastic already, the layout isn’t off-putting and I can see a good number of high quality articles. I think working on your Social Media presence wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Chinedu:  Thanks for the compliment, I’m glad you could let me learn of a way to add value to my site. We will surely work on that.

What do you have to say to young bloggers and all those reading this chat?

Nosa: Bloggers fail because of wrong mentorship, find a mentor and ask the right kind of questions. Form a formidable relationship with bloggers who see the blogging ecosystem with their mind and not their eyes. Always aspire for excellence, develop a habit of doing things unsuccessful bloggers don’t like doing, and above all, trust God 🙂

Chinedu:  Thanks a lot for honouring our invitation, it was nice having you here. In one way or the other, you have impacted in the lives of my readers. Thanks once again for coming and do have a wonderful day ahead.

Nosa: Thank you so much, it was such a great time here. See you at the top and enjoy the rest of the day.

Conclusion
I believe you enjoyed this informative conversation with one of Nigeria’s biggest Tech Blogger. Indeed a lot of lessons can be tapped from this chat. As for me; I learnt a great deal; one quality of Nosa i admire most was his level of perseverance. From what he just revealed; it is so clear that he blogged for over five years without earning any revenue from his blog. In spite of this, he kept working hard and never gave up. Every other person in such a situation currently, should do likewise.

Your Say

Let’s have the rest of the chat via the comment section. Should you have any contribution or question as regards this chat; or something else to say to Nosa, kindly use the comment box below.

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5 Tips To Living a Successful Life

He was standing at the balcony of his family’s rented apartment which is now dilapidated and looks like it’s gonna collapse in the next few hours. His parents were out for a visit, his elder brother was inside taking a nap and his younger sister was out to see a friend.
I think he didn’t notice me entering the compound as his eyes were fixed to a particular position. Looks like he was deep in his thought, only God knew what he was thinking.
I entered the house went upstairs to the balcony, the dude was still in the exact position he was when I saw him from the gate. I was a little bit startled as i have never seen Johnson being so deep in his thought. I visited to know if he will be able to go with me to the field for a football match. I stood for a while staring at him before he could realise that he wasn’t alone. He turned around smiled at me and came for a handshake.
Johnson had been staring at a brand new car parked in front of the building opposite to his. When i enquired why he was staring at the car, he replied ”that car is so beautiful, i wish i could own something like that someday but i know it isn’t possible. This car is way too expensive.”
I couldn’t believe my ears.
Yes he wanted to own that car, he wished he could ride on such a car someday, but something keeps telling him Boy do not dream too much, this is not for people like you, you can never be in such a position, think of something lesser.

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I believe this is the same with a lot of us. We aspire to do great things, to make our dreams come real, but thoughts like this keeps discouraging us.
I have been in such a situation, and i sought for solutions, I met people who have attained to the height which I wish to get to, I read from the experiences of great people. After my little research and discoveries, my mode of thinking changed, it is these measures i took that i am going to share with you today. So relax, sit back and make sure you carefully read this to the end. By the time you have practised all the points listed here, you will be feeling successful already.

How Successful People Speak and Think

Know The Right Thoughts and Choose Them:

There is power in spoken words. You have to discover the power in your thoughts and words. Most times our problem starts from our thoughts. When our thoughts are been manipulated by our number one enemy, we tend to think differently, our actions and attitudes changes.

We are attracted to what we constantly think about. If you always think positively, you are going to be a positive person. If you think joyful you are going to be a joyful person. If you think rich, I bet you are going to be rich. If you think happy, you are going to be happy. It is so impossible to remain discouraged unless you keep thinking discouraging thoughts.
So always focus your thoughts on the positive and you will recieve a positive result.

Know The Power in Your Words:

Just like my friend, he had a negative thought about his future, his words weren’t that of success and this could be very disastrous.

I immediately rebuked him when he made that statement, and if you too are lying on that same plane, you have got to make a change. Our words are self-fulfilling prophecies. If you give your thoughts the opportunity to defeat you and then give birth to negative ideas through your words, you action will follow the suit. We need to be deeply careful of what we think and especially what comes out of our mouth. I keep holding ‘thought’ and ‘word’ together because i believe in the saying ”Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh”. Let your words be that of success if you wish to be successful.

Speak to Change Situations:

Now look take a look at this brief story:
Few months ago Rita’s dad was a victim of partial stroke. He earlier had a High Blood Pressure and i think that gave rise to the stroke issue. He was on the sick bed for a couple of weeks looking so lifeless, he could hardly move a part of his body. I have never met him in such condition before, this was the first of its kind.

My friend Rita was so confused, and each time she looks at her dad, her heart keeps telling her that he was never gonna come out of this situation alive. But thank God she didn’t allow this thought of hers to take over her words. Whenever she has that feeling, all she did was to say aloud ” My dad isn’t going to die!”. This actually worked well for her, because today that same man who had been lying on the sick bed is standing upright, walking comfortably with his two feet.

Instead of sitting back and thinking about our misfortune and failures, we should always strive to get back on track, speak to change our situation and intensify this with a bit of hard work and persistence.

Speak Words of Blessing:

Do you know that our words can affect our children for evil or good? Do you also know that as a parent your words can profoundly influence the direction of your child’s life?
With our words, we have the ability to to shape the future of anyone over whom we have influenced.

Negative words tends to destroy a person quicker than you can ever imagine. It is so impossible to speak negatively about a person and then turn around and expect that person to be blessed. So is it with ourselves, We cannot keep vomiting negative words about ourselves and then hope to emerge successful in our endeavors. We ought to speak words of blessings, life changing words, positive word that will take us to the height we wish to attain.

Format Your Mental System:

It sounds so embarrassing for a blogger or any other person out there to look at his or her computer and say ” i hate this computer, it never does what i want it to do.”
One can have the most powerful computer in the world but when it is programmed with the wrong software, believe me you are as good as not having a computer.

The same thing works with humans, we are wonderfully made, we are programmed for success; but when we allow devious viruses to access our minds, subtly changing our software or corrupting our values, we go through life with low self-esteem, worries, fears, feelings of inadequacy and insecurity. To worsen the whole scenario, we pass on our negative attitudes to others.

Change the way you think, our emotions responds to what we think about. If you go around thinking angry thoughts, you are going to be angry, if you think sad thoughts all the time, you will be sad. Think thoughts of success and victory, thoughts of happiness, and you will find yourself living at your full potential. Let go of the past and focus on the future because it has something pleasant for you.

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A Chat With Larry Frank

 It is my pleasure to bring to you, my first guest, he is a passionate geek, so techie to the extent that he earned himself the title ”The Tech Evangelist”.There isn’t a tech related news or tutorial that cannot be found on the blog of this fellow. I am talking about the Nigerian based young blogger, Larry Frank. I have known Larry for a couple of years now, indeed he is nice person to be with, he communicates freely, he is a great teacher and in fact my relationship with this friend of mine have been beneficial. Today Larry Frank talks about himself and his blogging career. In this brief chat, he was able to throw some light on his experience as a newbie and the mistakes he made when starting out on blogging. Every business person must encounter failure but you shouldn’t be discouraged as a result. Hope the young bloggers reading this may tap a bit of inspiration from this.

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Update: Larry’s Blog FlowinTechBlog.com is now at TechRibs.net. All links have been changed as well.

A Chat With Larry Frank

CHINEDU: Hi Larry Frank, it is my pleasure to have you here for this brief chat. Welcome to my blog.

LARRY: Hey Chinedu, wonderful blog you’ve got here, all the same it’s my pleasure to be here on your blog.

CHINEDU:  At this point, I believe my readers are wondering who you really are. Would you mind introducing yourself?

LARRY: Sure Chinedu, I’m Larry Frank a Nigerian blogger, a passionate geek who love to share his findings and experience with others. Apart from sharing my findings and experience via blogging, I’m in love with my piano.

CHINEDU:  So Larry, for how long have you been in the blogosphere?

LARRY: I once ran a forum but that was long ago and my blogging career began about two years ago.

CHINEDU:  What prompted you to start blogging? What actually motivated you to venture into blogging?

LARRY: Actually when I ran my forum then, although a wap site anyway, what we did most were cracking of free browsing tweaks and I would say I’ve been in the field on writing and replying to comments for a long time, not until many of us who owned forums started switching to blogging, so I saw it as a nice move to switch from forum to blog. This was the conception of FlowingTechBlog. And while on my blog I still maintained the tech niche. All thanks goes to Oscar Frank of OscarMini.Com he was the one always there for me at the early stage.

CHINEDU:  While blogging as a newbie, I believe there were certain things you didn’t do right owing to ineptitude in the field. What do you think were the mistakes you made and how did you get on with all of it?

LARRY: Everybody has a story to tell either good or bad, I’ve made some silly mistakes and I’m glad I was quick in observing my mistakes. I think it’s nice you see my article Titled: An Alien In The Blogosphere: My Mistakes In The Blogging World. In this article I talked about my mistakes as an Alien in the blogging world.

 

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CHINEDU:  What niche do you specialize in? [And why do you chose this niche?]

LARRY: My blog (FlowingTechBlog) is a tech niche blog that cover’s, Mobile tutorial, PC tutorials, gadget, Tech News and in fact all tech related issues, on seeing the title (The Tech Evangelist) it gives a clear explanation of what the blog is all about. As I said earlier I ran a forum that was more or less a free-browsing portal and I deal more on free browsing for gadgets, so while switching to a blog I continued what I knew how to do best although I made it more professional this time.

CHINEDU:  Looking at FlowingTechBlog, one can’t easily resist the nice, valuable and catchy contents contained therein. How do you come up with such great posts?

LARRY: Thanks for the complement anyway. Whenever I want to write an article I bring out minimum of one hour and while writing. I visit active forums and blogs in my niche and also visit question and answer sites, then write a post with an answer to questions people ask most. I write in a conversational tone. I make sure I write my voice.

CHINEDU:  Throughout this whole period you’ve been blogging, what have been your most efficient strategy of driving traffic to your blog?

LARRY: Search Engine is no doubt the best way to drive mind blowing traffic, but it needs to be worked on anyway. Apart from search engine, I make use of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. Forums that are in my niche and blogging communities like indiblogger, blogengage, kingged and klinkk are all great places, and I use them to promote my blog.

CHINEDU:  What have been your major source of inspiration all through the years?

LARRY: Thanks goes to Oscar Frank, I must confess, blogging isn’t a “get rich fast” business. At the early stage of my blogging journey he always told me that “hard work pays” this words have kept me all through the long run.

CHINEDU:  Just like many, or maybe I should say every other person. I believe you have either a role model or a mentor in the blogosphere. Who do you actually look up to in the blogging planet?

LARRY: 100% credit goes to Oscar Frank Of OscarMini, he’s one of those tender hearted persons, he has been by my side since the early stage and even till now he’s still there like someone I can look up to, in fact my first blogs domain name was bought by him although not a tech niche blog. I also use this medium to say a big THANK YOU to him.

CHINEDU:  As a blogger, your eyes are always fixed on your computer, discovering means of achieving the sole aim of most bloggers; revenue! But I strongly believe that you still got time for leisure. What do you occupy yourself with during your leisure hours?

LARRY: Actually during leisure, I’m either reading or writing articles to help enhance my writing ability, else I must be with my piano, I must confess I’m in love with my piano. Probably playing the piano is one of my priorities.

CHINEDU:  Aside blogging, are there other skills you’ve acquired that adds to the level of your income? Be it freelancing or so?

LARRY: Yes I’m a web designer who loves to play around with scripts and there are series of websites I’ve designed, not only that, I create and design blogs. The truth is, all my businesses are online apart from an offline job which I do part time.

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CHINEDU:  It’s really nice to have you here Larry Frank, and I believe we’ve actually said a lot. It is so obvious, beyond reasonable doubt that some of my readers are newbies in the blogosphere. What advice do you have for them?

LARRY: Anyone who wishes to venture into blogging should know that blogging isn’t a get rich quick game, and it takes only the strong mind to go through the ups and downs. At a time blogging can be really be frustrating, and what can see you through in such circumstance is perseverance and patience, if these two work together in your blogging career then surely yours would be a successful blogging career.

CHINEDU:  It is indeed a great pleasure to have you here Larry Frank, in one way or the other, I believe you must have immensely impacted in the lives of all who had read this conversion. Thanks for coming, do have a wonderful day.

LARRY: Thanks Chinedu for this awesome opportunity. I appreciate.

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