VeteranBlogger.com is a site dedicated to help bloggers succeed online. A visit to the site reveals a wide variety of helpful articles on topics such as content creation, SEO, WordPress, affiliate marketing and more.
I got to know Bapun, the owner of Vetran Blogger via Twitter. I’ve asked him a few questions…
Bapun, as you describe on your blog, VeteranBlogger.com, you are an engineer and a longtime blogger from India.
I was really moved by your bio, where you say that you dedicate this blog to bloggers, who left blogging just for the lack of proper guidance. It really felt this way as I was reading through your blog. Your site is all about helping bloggers and guiding them on WordPress, making money online and more with simple and useful tips.
So, Bapun, having read a few of your posts I have the impression that you’ve been around the blogging scene for a while.
How did you grow this blog (VeteranBlogger.com)?
Having recently started this blog, I wanted it to be a catch all for the beginning blogger. What I realized via email questions is that many people want to diversify their WordPress [blog] without changing their whole theme. So as of late, a lot of my posts have been about different WordPress plugins and codes to add functionality. This has helped to grow the blog and obtain new readers via Twitter and word of mouth.
I think word of mouth is huge and goes hand in hand with [Google] +1. I try to utilize more social media than traditional link building to spread the word.
What bloggers have inspired you?
Some of the bloggers that inspired me: Ana Hoffman of Traffic Generation café, Lisa Drubec of The Friendly Blogger, Blogging with Beth, Devesh of Tech N Share, Gail Gardner from GrowMap, Gini Dietrich of Spin Sucks and Ingrid Abboud from nittyGriddy blog.
It’s nice to shout out bloggers that I personally feel are in the same league as Darren Rowse and even Seth Godin. They don’t get enough recognition for what they do.
What are you doing to monetize your blog?
Right now, I am taking monetization slow. However, I do dabble in some affiliate marketing for products which I know and trust. I will never recommend something I think is a bad product. My readers are too important to me.
I also plan on developing a forum as an extension to Veteran Blogger that will utilize heavy hitters consulting services.
As you mention in your blog, one of the most common questions bloggers have is about how often to post. Yet you come up with 1-2 posts every day! What do you do to get fresh ideas? How do you get over writers block?
I have started posting twice a day. Whew! Writer’s block hits me when I least expect it; however, I know that people have asked me questions and I can post about that. I can also turn one post into a 2 part series.
I try to have a theme for the day and write 2 posts on that. For example if I discuss brand building, then both posts for the day will tackle that topic. I read A LOT of blogs. I learn from them and then try to come up with my own angle on what they taught me.
What other niches do you blog about?
LOL….many actually! I blog about movie releases/reviews, business blogging, people searches and becoming a DJ.
What does it take, in your mind, to become a successful blogger?
Dedication and true devotion to your blog. Patience is key here….if you throw in the towel too soon, you will not see the fruits of your labor.
What do you use Twitter for?
I use Twitter to build relationships and see what’s HOT right now.
What impact did Triberr have on your blog and on your social media presence?
Triberr has been a blessing. It allowed me to reach more people by utilizing relationships I have already built. It helped me to get new readers and learn about people I may never have heard about before.
There seems to be a heated debate over Triberr and some marketers see it as a way to game the system in order to gain more Twitter followers by automating
tweets. What’s your take on that?
I 100% DISAGREE. There is no one in my tribe that I do not know and vouch for. Therefore, they have built their brand with me and I know they are quality people. They do not game the system, use black hat techniques or spam their followers.
In my opinion, Triberr is not about gaining more followers, it is about reaching more people with your content. After all, that is everyone’s goal. It is a tool I use, along with many others to build my brand.
Now that you can review all posts before you tweet them, there is no reason people should say that it’s just blind tweeting.
Dino and Dan should be quite proud of their accomplishments. It’s like some people using Fiverr. They pay $5 to have their post or ad blasted to someone’s Facebook wall or Twitter followers. The people providing the service usually do not care what your ad or content is about…they want the money.
The benefit of Triberr is real people decide if you are trusted and reputable enough to belong to a tribe and provide value to their followers.
How about you?
What is your favorite blogging strategy?
What are your favorite blogs?
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