Today we are going to publish interview with a professional Blogger, Interview with Minuca Elena,
|Interview With Minuca Elena : Journey fo a professional Blogger : eAskme|
Q : Please share about yourself and your story to enter in blogging?
In Romania, often, employers refuse to hire beginners because they lack experience, so you first have to go through several low paid jobs, until you can find a decent job. Then you take a loan from the bank to buy an apartment, and agree you will have to pay for the next 30 years until you retire.
I didn't think I would be happy in this scenario, so I chose something different for my life. I decided that I wanted to become a blogger and earn money from home using the internet.
This is how I came to start my blog, MinucaElena.com, in December 2015. One of the things that particularly attracted me about blogging is that this opportunity is available for everyone. It requires no special studies, nor big investments, just a willingness to learn.
I bought my domain name and then paid about $30 for an entire year of hosting for my site. I've never looked back since!
Q. How the idea to make your own blog came in your mind? How you found the right people to develop it and what big obstacles you faced?
Ans. When I decided to start my site, I knew that people could earn money online but I did not know exactly how they did it. I used to believe that bloggers need to spend at least a couple of years until they can get a decent income.
So, my plan was from the beginning to work as a freelancer and make blog posts for accomplished bloggers. The problem was that I didn't know about the basis of blogging, I didn't quite get the bigger picture.
Luckily, I found a blogging coach, Sue Anne Dunlevie from Successful Blogging, who is absolutely great to work with. I started one of her courses, and I learned about all the income streams a blogger can have and how to achieve my goals.
I now create influencer roundups that provide quality content and bring huge traffic. I also help bloggers connect with influencers.
A roundup is a type of post in which experts from a certain niche (can be anything between 10 or 100 bloggers) answer one highly significant question.
Think of it as a group interview. My job is to identify the experts and reach out to them to invite them to participate. In the end, I put all the responses together into a blog post, making sure everything flows well.
My clients get a lot of traffic thanks to my roundups because all the contributors to the post share it with their followers and often link to it on their blog. As a general rule of thumb, the more experts I feature, the more traffic the roundup tends to generate.
Ans: I think that this depends on the person. Many people start a blog as a hobby, and work on it in their spare time, so it takes them years to build a career out of it.
For me, blogging has changed my life for the better. I was determined from the beginning that I wanted to build an online business. I firmly believe in the power of positive thinking, and working tirelessly towards achieving my set goals.
Now, my online activity is my only income source.
I can afford a comfortable lifestyle and am able to travel as I please. I like that I can organize my time the way I want. I don't need to ask permission from a boss to go on a holiday.
I am my own boss. I feel that my brand can only expand as I make a point to go above and beyond for my clients to smash their expectations.
Q. What are your favorite Internet marketing tools?
Ans: I use Canva to make the collages for my expert roundup. It's a free tool that has lots of features that you can use to make customized images for social media and blog posts, infographics, design your logo, etc.
I use Buffer to schedule my posts for social media, especially Twitter. I post on a regular basis the interviews and roundups where I am featured. I also like to share useful content on blogging related topics.
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Q. What is your daily schedule? And how do you maintain your tasks?
A few of my daily tasks are:
- making various lists
- sending lots of emails
- interacting with other bloggers on social media
- editing my posts and promoting them.
Ans : For me, blogging is the best opportunity for a regular person to build his or her business without big investments or special skills. In the internet marketing world, it doesn't matter what age, religion or nationality you have. You can become a successful entrepreneur provided you work hard and never stop learning and growing.
Blogging is a business and also a way of expressing your creativity. Lots of online writers become published authors. Building an audience and getting their feedback can give you the confidence you need to take action towards seeing your book in a library.
For me, blogging is also a wonderful way of meeting new people from different cultures. Through my online endeavors, I now have friends all over the world.
Q. Which are your favorite blogs?
Ans: I read lots of blogs where I can learn how to become a better blogger. My favorite is Pro Blogger. I especially like to listen to Darren Rowse's podcast.
I also like Smart Blogger. Jon Morrow is a great writer. Another blog that I read all the time is Successful Blogging. It teaches how to get more traffic and how to convert subscribers into paying clients and make more sales.
Q. How much time do you spend on social media promotion and SEO of your blog?
Ans. I do not spend a lot of time on SEO. I create my content to help my readers, not to trick Google. So, I do only on-page optimization. I promote my blog anytime it is relevant, on Facebook groups and Twitter. I haven't measured exactly how much time it takes me daily.
Q. How much time do you spend for blogging daily?
Ans. The time that I spend blogging depends on how many projects I have. I usually work about 6 hours a day during the week, and 3- 4 hours a day on the weekends.
I guess one of my biggest challenges is organizing my time and eliminating distractions. I spend more time on Facebook than I should, but at the same time, this helps me build connections with other bloggers and promote my expert roundups, so I don't consider networking wasting time.
Q. Message for Readers?
Interact with your readers by answering the comments they leave on your blog and always remember that you were a beginner not long ago, so be understanding.
Q. What do you like about eAskme and how it can be more helpful for readers?
Ans. I love your blog because it offers great content on a variety of topics. I like reading your interviews with different bloggers, and I always feel inspired by them. The site has a pretty design and it is easy to navigate between all the categories that you have on your blog.
Thank you for inviting me to share my blogging journey with your readers.
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