Hey you bloggers we are back again with another stunning interview session!
As part of our BloggersIdeas interview series, today we have Professional blogger Adrienne smith, She loves sharing what she have learned over at her blog, adriennesmith.net.
She ‘ve become pretty much a fanatic for all things having to do with blogging, driving traffic to your blog and building relationships with your readers. She is keen blogger and always ready to help fellow bloggers.
Lets explore with Adrienne.
Please tell us about yourself and your educational background ?
I want to thank you as well Jitendra for this opportunity and I’m happy to be here.
My name is Adrienne Smith and I’ve been online now for seven years. I was an executive assistant for over 31 years while in corporate America. When our company downsized I made the decision to do something else with my life and eventually found my way to the internet to see if I couldn’t build a business online.
It took me quite a while to understand how this all works and what it was that I enjoyed doing the most. Blogging just ended up being what I loved and my passion has always been to help others. Those two things just ended up going hand in hand.
As far as my educational background I didn’t attend college and I’m pretty much self-taught. Everything I learned how to do I either did it on my own or took a course to learn the skills.
I’ve always loved to learn although at times it can be rather overwhelming.
With increased volatility in the search engine landscape, how do you see SEO’s future shape up in the time to come? Does it still remain competitive to Paid Search Marketing?
In all honesty, SEO is not my area of expertise and I don’t even write for the search engines anymore. I did back when I was doing just affiliate marketing and wanting to rank for certain terms.
As I ventured away from that though I started writing more for my readers and stopped concentrating on SEO.
The one thing I know we all can be sure of is that SEO will never die. Without it there would be no search engines so I’m sure as the years go by that Google will continue to improve how content is being found in the search engines although we may not always agree with those changes.
I don’t want to get on Google’s bad side but I can’t ever seem to please them so I concentrate more on referral and social traffic.
I don’t do any paid search marketing so I can’t really comment on that.
How do you increase your Facebook shared post reach to your audience? Any ideas?
I haven’t concentrated much on Facebook to be honest with you. Ever since they changed their algorithms in order for us to pay for our content to be promoted I have put more focus on other social platforms.
Now when my product is released hopefully this October, I may concentrate more on their ad network then promoting to just my fan base.
I haven’t taken the time to really grow that mainly because since they changed the way our fans see our content I didn’t want to be obligated to Facebook in that way. I know I would have a much better reach with their ad network then just my fan base.
What is call tracking in SEO, why it is important. Please give examples?
Again, SEO is not something I do but I have heard of call tracking and I believe this is how it’s defined:
“It’s a way for online marketers to track which sources, campaigns and keywords generate phone calls.
From what I’ve heard some of the biggest companies in the world use call tracking to measure the effectiveness of their PPC campaigns and SEO efforts. I can see why these companies would value call data significantly.
Marketing agencies also use call tracking. They use it as a way to prove their worth to their clients. It is especially popular among agencies that do PPC and SEO work.”
How do you optimize 404 page errors on websites?
I have a custom 404 page so that if someone lands on that page I have a cute message waiting for them. I actually direct them to my “Start Here” page so that they can find the information they were searching for.
Once I release my upcoming product I’ll have an advertisement on that page directing them to that as well.
I think that you should use this page to the best of your ability since people will have issues at times finding what they want.
Google Recently launched Panda and many big businesses got badly affected by it, were any of your sites affected by it?
None of my sites were affected by Google Panda.
What is the reason behind your Blogging success?
I was determined and consistent.
I had listened to so many people tell me what to do that I added what they shared plus what I felt comfortable doing and it just seemed to work well for me. I did what I knew would bring me results and I did that five days a week consistently.
Still to this day I do those action steps which is why my blog has remained where it is with my readers and I’ve built up a great community, subscriber list and client base.
According to you, what are the best ways to promote a Blog?
For me personally I love blog commenting. I do promote my posts on the social media sites as well but by commenting on other posts and putting yourself out there in front of enough people then they’re going to pay attention and be eager to see what you’re all about.
Of course, your comments have to be genuine and add value to the conversation because that’s what will make you stand out.
How are you building relationships with your Readers. How do you make them stay on your blog?
I truly care about my readers and they can tell from the content I write and how much I’m eager to help them.
When you like someone and you know they are helping you, you just want to hang around them for a while and learn more from them.
When you reach out to them and let them know that you want to help, no strings attached, people are more open to wanting to come back time and time again.
It’s not just about the content you write but people just want to know you truly care.
Penguin Proof, Panda Proof link building – Do those things exist.(I’ve been seeing link builders package or talk about this one on their services offered) ?
I seriously don’t pay attention to things like this. I’ve never heard of either of these terms. I do my best to provide valuable content to my readers that will benefit them so as long as you focus your efforts on delivering in that way I just don’t worry about Google’s next big thing.
Call me naïve if you want but I have yet to be affected by any of their changes so I must be doing something right.
How many years have you been blogging. What do you feel about blogging?
I’ve been blogging for six years and I started on the free platforms. I’ve been blogging on AdrienneSmith.net for five this past June.
I love blogging and I feel it’s the best way to get in front of your target audience and let them know who you are and what you’re all about. It’s the best way to help them learn, grow and solve their problems all while building relationships with them that can lead to having them either purchase what you promote or tell their friends all about how fabulous you are.
How many blogs do you have. Which blogs do you follow regularly?
I have three blogs at this time. One is inactive and I started it because of a course I was taking several years ago. I wanted to keep it up as a reference.
The other one I have I’m fixing to take offline because it promotes an affiliate product that I believe has run its course.
There are several bloggers that I met at the beginning of my own blogging journey that I look at as really dear friends. They all write such wonderful content in different niches and I can honestly say I still follow them to this day. Those people are:
Now there are a lot of blogs I visit regularly so that would be pretty long list.
What are your tips on traffic generation? Please reveal some must use techniques to get more traffic to new blogs?
Well as I mentioned earlier, blog commenting is my favorite way of getting out there in front of people and it’s the reason I am where I am today. By leaving genuine comments on people’s blog they’ll start to really notice you.
People pay attention to that and will start reaching out to you because they want you to do the same thing on their blogs too. It’s the best traffic source for me still to this day and has brought me so much success.
There are literally dozens of ways to drive traffic to your blog but you have to find where your target audience hangs out plus you have to enjoy those platforms too. I’m on several others as well but these are my best sources to date.
If you have any questions about this interview, please do ask in the comments below !
Jitendra Vaswani is the founder of SchemaNinja WordPress Plugin, prior to SchemaNinja he is the founder of big internet marketing blog BloggersIdeas.com & Digital Marketing Agency DigiExe. During his more than 6+yrs long expertise in Digital Marketing, Jitendra has been a marketing consultant, trainer, speaker and author of “Inside A Hustler’s Brain : In Pursuit of Financial Freedom” which has sold over 20,000 copies, worldwide. He has trained 3000+ digital marketing professionals till date and has been conducting Digital marketing workshops across the globe from 5+ yrs. His ultimate goal is to help people build businesses through digitization make them realize that dreams do come true if you stay driven. Check out his portfolio( jitendra.co). Find him on Linkedin, Twitter, & Facebook.