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Answer Our Blogging Questions

Today’s post is going to be a little different today.  I wanted to try something new and turn the tables to ask you some blogging questions and see what your views and opinions are.   I had this idea of getting you to give me your answers and then turn it into a post at a later date (with full credit given to you).   Thought it could be a good idea to get some reader insight.

It’s a bit of an experiment, so I’m not sure if this will work, but I thought it would be worth having a go.

Please take a look at the following blogging questions and answer as many (or a little) as you want in the comment section.  There is no right or wrong answer; it would just be nice to get your opinions.

I’ll try to pick out the best replies and put them together in a future post for you, plus it may lead to some other future posts.

What Do You Think…?

  1. How do you see blogging developing in the future?
  2. Which social media sites do you use the most?
  3. What’s your favourite social media site and why?
  4. What’s your least favourite social media site and why?
  5. Do you do any SEO (search engine optimization) for your site?  And if not, why?
  6. What is your opinion on Black Hat SEO?
  7. Have you used any Black Hat SEO in the past?  If so, what consequences did you find (if any)?
  8. Do you know the difference between White Hat SEO and Black Hat SEO?
  9. What would you say are YOUR essential ingredients when setting up a site? (i.e. hosting, domain, WordPress, etc.)
  10. If you were starting up a new blog/online business and you had $100-$200 to spend, what would you spend it on?
  11. Do you sell affiliate products on your site?
  12. Where do you go to find affiliate products to promote?
  13. What method makes you the most money on your website?
  14. How long did it take you to first make money with your site?
  15. Have you ever outsourced any website work?
  16. Which sites do you use to find people to outsource work to?
  17. What makes you want to come back to a blog again and again?
  18. What turns you off from a blog?
  19. What aspects of blogging/running a website do you struggle with the most?
  20. How long have you been blogging and how much traffic do you get on average in a month?
  21. Do you use social bookmarking sites?  If so, which ones?
  22. Do you (or have you in the past) use social media advertising?
  23. Which social media sites do you advertise on?
  24. What are your favourite/most useful WordPress plugins that you use?
  25. How many posts do you publish a week (on average)?
  26. Do you have a set publishing schedule (i.e. Mon, Wed, Fri)?
  27. How many words (on average) do you write for your posts?
  28. Where do you get/find images for your posts?
  29.  Are you a full time or part time blogger/website owner?
  30. What do you love/hate about blogging?

To make things a bit easier, could you please include the question number at the start of your comment (i.e. #14 My opinion is…).  Also, if you have any questions that you would like answering, let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

Thanks in advance!

Matt

About Matt Smith

Matt Smith is the founder and editor of OnlineIncomeTeacher. He is a Professional Blogger, SEO Consultant & Web Developer, running a number of sites from the UK. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

  • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

    Hi Walter, thanks for answering our questions. :)

    The plugin that I use for my related posts is called ‘Yet Another Related Posts Plugin’ (aka. YARPP).

  • John Banks

    Hey Matt – cool idea for a post!

    #10 – If I had this money to when starting up a new site the answer would be traffic. I am seeing great results with paid traffic now – at first I was put off with it but if you can get a better return than you put in then it is very easy to scale up. It takes some testing at times but once you get the idea it can be a nice profitable way to get targeted leads. I would use it purely for Facebook traffic as you are able to get leads for as little as $0.01 very easily indeed – of course it depends on the niche.

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      Hi John, cheers for the great answer :)

      I think there is a lot of potential with Facebook ad traffic. Like you say, it can be pretty cheep to get your name out there and begin to direct people to a site. Think this is an area that will explode in the next 12-18 months as people wake up to advertising in this way.

  • Jason

    Interesting. Here are my two cents :)

    #1 – will become even more commercial (unfortunately)
    #2 – Twitter
    #5 – Yes
    #6 – Works if done right – although the term is kind of outdated in my opinion
    #7 – Yes, none
    #8 – Yes
    #9 – Niche
    #11 – Yes – I don’t sell everything though, it has to fit to my blog.
    #12 – I search within my niche.
    #13 – Sponsored Posts, affiliates
    #14 – a looooong time. I didn’t start out to make money blogging.
    #17 – Great Content
    #18 – Too many Banner advertisements – it just turns me off.
    #29 – Part time (although the term itself is debatable)

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      Hi Jason, thanks for all your answers :)

      I find sites that have to many ad banners off putting as well, especially when they are placed everywhere (in sidebar, within posts, popups, etc.). Just distracts from the content.

  • Andi the Minion

    1. How do you see blogging developing in the future? – I really wish I knew, I cannot
    say. I think people will need to concentrate on creating authority style sites and they will probably need to do it by creating a Co-operative of people with different and complimenting skills.

    2. Which social media sites do you use the most? – Twitter/Facebook/Google+

    3. What’s your favourite social media site and why? – Facebook, it is easy to use and can give more information than a 140 character Tweet. Twitter seems more for a ‘drive by shouting’

    4. What’s your least favourite social media site and why? – Probably LinkedIn, don’t fully understand it and do see it as a social media site followed by Pinterest.

    5. Do you do any SEO (search engine optimization) for your site? And if not, why? – I occasionally do keyword bases posts, occasionally do guest posts, not done one for a while though which is not good.

    6. What is your opinion on Black Hat SEO?- I used to be scared of it and any repercussions from Google but from what I now see if it is done really well and not using spun articles black hat becomes white hat SEO link building that Google likes only it is controlled by one person and not done naturally by hundreds or thousands
    of people, and it works.

    7. Have you used any Black Hat SEO in the past? If so, what consequences did you
    find (if any)? – Have dabbled :-)

    8. Do you know the difference between White Hat SEO and Black Hat SEO? – Yes I think so, however it is all merging now and some say it is a more grey hat SEO now.

    9. What would you say are YOUR essential ingredients when setting up a site? (i.e. hosting, domain, WordPress, etc.)- Having the right niche then the rest that you listed along with good content.

    10. If you were starting up a new blog/online business and you had $100-$200 to spend, what would you spend it on?- I wish I knew :-) Probably paid traffic like John Banks said, maybe outsource some articles or even have a good eBook made. I would now consider bringing in a full time outsourcer, doing a physical job here in the day/evening to earn money to pay someone to do the bulk of the harder work on the cheap.

    11. Do you sell affiliate products on your site? – Yes I do

    12. Where do you go to find affiliate products to promote? – Good friends, JVZoo and
    sometimes Clickbank, as yet I do not sell too many as I focus on my companies own stuff.

    13. What method makes you the most money on your website? – Selling our own top end products.

    14. How long did it take you to first make money with your site? – You won’t believe this
    but I am not sure, I decided to build it up before I tried selling stuff.

    15. Have you ever outsourced any website work? – Yes, sort of. Not so much on the main site though.

    16. Which sites do you use to find people to
    outsource work to? – Odesk mainly

    17. What makes you want to come back to a blog again
    and again? – Great useful content and
    content that has a voice.

    18. What turns you off from a blog? – Loads of pointless guest posts, 500 word articles of nothingness and bad English unless I know they are foreign and working very hard with a language that isn’t their native tongue then I give them plenty of slack and respect their hard work and determination. :-)

    19. What aspects of blogging/running a website do
    you struggle with the most? – As I do most of it alone, pretty much all of it at the moment :-) Thinking of paying a WordPress guy to do that side of things, I like to do it and learn it so I know it but before you know it a lot of time can soon be lost.

    20. How long have you been blogging and how much traffic do you get on average in a month?- Been blogging for over a year and traffic, not as much as I like, there is a big
    difference in figures I get from Statpress Reloaded and Google Analytics so I am unsure but this is bad, I focus on my content more and believe that traffic cannot help but go up if I focus on that.

    21. Do you use social bookmarking sites? If so, which ones? – No, I have paid people in the past to do it but I often feel it is like sticking posters up in a dark empty room. I don’t understand them, I have a bookmark tool bar, everyone does, so why would a stranger bookmark my posts anywhere else? And why would I do the same? who would see it?

    22. Do you (or have you in the past) use social media advertising? – Yes we have used
    Facebook ads in the past.

    23. Which social media sites do you advertise on? None at the moment.

    24. What are your favourite/most useful WordPress plugins that you use? – Yoast SEO, Digg Digg, Akismet lol

    25. How many posts do you publish a week (onaverage)? – 3

    26. Do you have a set publishing schedule (i.e. Mon, Wed, Fri)? – Yes, same as you say in the question :-) Mon, Wed & Fri

    27. How many words (on average) do you write for your posts? – Too many probably! I try and hit 1000 each post, anything less is short changing people I think.

    28. Where do you get/find images for your posts? – Flickr, Google search, make my own at times

    29. Are you a full time or part time blogger/website owner? – I am yes, 8 hours a day doing something connected to it.

    30. What do you love/hate about blogging? – I love being able to write and work from
    home while listening to great music, I love the freedom I have and that I meet many great people online. What I hate is that I am not overly organised so I make jobs harder than they are also I am a creative person and at times a lot of the other tasks associated with blogging can be long winded and tedious. There is a lot of work involved and if you do not see it as a business then motivation and energy can soon become depleted and it is very easy to become distracted. I am the king of being distracted.

    Will that do you? :-) Great post and a great set of questions Matt.

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      Cheers Andi :)

      Am a bit surprised that you picked Facebook as your favourite social site. Personally I find it a bit annoying to use, much prefer G+, but that’s just me.

      Totally agree with you about sites that publish generic 500 word posts just for the sake of it. Can be very off-putting. Much better to publish a single quality post than lots of pointless short content.

  • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

    Wow Clair! Thanks for the EPIC responses :)

    Tend to have the same opinion as you about Tumblr. There are so many better alternatives out there to use, it does seem that many bloggers (like us) use it just for the sake of it. That said, I’m sure there are plenty of great bloggers that do use it, though I’d guess they are in the minority.

    Love a long post as well :) 700 words is my minimum now, though I can (and have recently) written 2500 word posts. The scary thing is that I could write more, they are the edited versions!

    Clair = Legend :)

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      Matt Smith
      Wow Clair! Thanks for the EPIC responses :)

      Tend to have the same opinion as you about Tumblr. There are so many better alternatives out there to use, it does seem that many bloggers (like us) use it just for the sake of it. That said, I’m sure there are plenty of great bloggers that do use it, though I’d guess they are in the minority.
      Love a long post as well :) 700 words is my minimum now, though I can (and have recently) written 2500 word posts. The scary thing is that I could write more, they are the edited versions!
      Clair = Legend :)

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      • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

        Hi Attila,

        Sorry for the inconvenience. Have just checked the spam folder and found your comment in there. I hadn’t deleted/disapproved it, some just get wrongly sent there that’s all.

        Could only find one of your comments though (the one in this discussion). How many had you posted?

  • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

    Thanks for the great replies Attila! :)

    Also nice to hear from a programmer, rather than us WordPress types. Haven’t got much of a clue about programming a site from scratch, so it’s interesting to hear your views.

    I like to create a lot of my images too for my site (not all though). Such a good way to get the image that you want for a post, instead of having to hunt round for the perfect image. Can be a nightmare at times to get that perfect image!

    I have to admit, I’m a little surprised by your reaction to Google+. Personally I really like it, but then I’m not a developer. I can’t stand Facebook, really annoys me at times with their marketing rules (pay for ads to get fans and then pay to show your fans your content), I know I’m not the only one.

    Sorry again for the mix-up with your comment going in the spam folder, think it was because you added a couple of links that’s all. Just let me know if it happens again and I’ll find it for you. :)