I have recently started a new section on my blog. This section is devoted to the stories of bloggers. You will find many amazing stories here that will drive you through a new dimension of blogging. In the series, the first name Michael Pozdnev- A successful blogger who is known for his BFF Commenter technique. You will find the details about this technique in this post as well as Michael has revealed the success and failures moments of his blogging journey. I have already read this post. It’s quite interesting and being a blogger, you must read it.
Just say it: “I want to be a blogger.”
A year and a half ago, I said these words to myself, and then it all began…
It was like the Universe suddenly started helping me.
I had a goal. More importantly, I had all the resources I needed to reach that goal.
Thank you, Nikhil, for the opportunity to write for your blog. This is the first guest post I’ve written in my life. Every day I do something completely new, and this makes me happier than I’ve been in all my 33 years.
Why Do I Want to Be a Blogger?
- Because I can help other people.
- Because I can make new friends.
- Because I can ask for help.
- Because it’s fun.
- Because blogging is a journey.
My relatives don’t even understand what blogging is. Have you ever needed to explain who bloggers are to other people?
You’ll need to explain a great deal and clarify what it is you do.
You’ll have to discuss how you are going to make a profit out of it, and so on…
I usually say that it’s like being a writer or a journalist. Upon hearing that, older generations nod their heads. Yeah, yeah, now it’s clear. The truth is that they still don’t understand, but they love me just the way I am. 🙂
My old friends think that blogging is very easy.
Just write whatever you want and the money will flood in. They see that I travel a lot. They see that I can afford to live the life I want to live. But they never see the price that I’ve paid to accomplish all of this.
I’m sure that every one of you – and anyone who’s ever blogged – understands how hard it really is.
After all, the traffic doesn’t come from nothing.
You’ll need to work hard every single day. For bloggers, a typical workday looks like this:
- Choosing topics for new articles
- Writing interesting material
- Shaping the posts
- Searching and processing the images
- Researching the keywords and other relevant words
- On-page optimization
- Off-page SEO
- Commenting on other articles
- Reading new posts by other bloggers
- Making backups and checking the security of your blog
- HTML and CSS
- Making landings and content upgrades
- Email marketing
- Promotion, promotion, and once again, promotion
- A handful of other important and necessary details
If you decide to become a full-time blogger, you may want to think twice.
Then think again!
And prepare to work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life.
Yes, this is hard. But it’s overwhelmingly interesting too.
You’ll find new people, new channels of communication, and new gains and successes.
You will be able to live the life you deserve.
No other full-time job will ever give you the same opportunities.
The most important thing is to never give up!
Take a new step every day. I just ask that you avoid making the silliest mistake:
Creating beautiful articles and thinking that people will find them themselves.
That’s just not how it works.
Promotion is the key to every blogger’s success.
One of the challenges to becoming a successful blogger is…
I’m always surprised by how many bloggers are afraid of SEO. They believe that it’s too hard or too easy, and in either case, they may not think that SEO is a very important part of blogging.
Not too long ago, I got to know one successful blogger, Sue Anne Dunlevie. She asked me to write a guest post for her (Thank you, Sue!), but she made one thing clear:
Why is that? Why don’t bloggers like to read about SEO?
Why are there so few SEO search queries on Google?
Everyone knows that search engine traffic fuels every successful blog or website.
In the modern world, every business owner has a website. In fact, there are 988 million websites in the world! 2.5 million new blog posts appear every day.
And “Game of Thrones” interests everybody… (I must confess, I’ve watched every season.)
The truth is that search engine traffic can help make all your dreams come true.
That’s why it’s so important to pay SEO the attention it deserves from your very first steps as an amateur blogger.
Trust me when I say that SEO is no more difficult than learning how to read or walk.
Once you understand the basics, the magic of SEO will start working automatically when you create your articles.
For example, a simple SEO audit will help you increase your traffic substantially – sometimes by dozens or hundreds of times. So, why is it that bloggers don’t like to read about SEO?
Never be afraid to learn something new! Go to Google and ask your questions. You’ll find thousands of useful articles that cater to every level of understanding.
To give you a better picture of what I’m saying, I’ll tell you my blogging story.
Blogging Journey of Michael Pozdnev
Hello, my name is Michael.
I’m the founder of I Wanna Be a Blogger. I was born and raised in Belarus, a country with which you might not be familiar.
I’ve always liked to read.
No, I’m lying.
My interest in reading began when I was 10.
My mom used to give me interesting books on adventures and journeys. At first I was opposed to the idea of reading, but it didn’t take long before I couldn’t get enough. I especially liked detective and historical novels. I was reading everything I could get my hands on, day in and day out. 🙂
I loved learning about other countries and seeing the characters in my books travel all over the world. Then I learned that you needed money for that 🙂
This led me to a career in web design when I was 17. For more than 10 years, my company was creating websites and online shops for other companies and individuals. We were organizing different educational seminars and taking part in many projects.
It was very interesting, and I enjoyed studying the different aspects of IT, from programming to design to SEO. (I’ve always liked SEO and online marketing the best.)
Eventually, my partner and I decided to stop creating projects for other people. We started to create niche sites instead.
Five more years passed, and just like anyone else, we had our ups and downs.
Then, about a year and a half ago, I decided that I wanted to become a blogger.
I didn’t know anything about blogging and the life of a professional blogger, even though I had more than 15 years of experience in SEO, marketing and web design. But those things are completely different.
A blogger has to combine dozens of professions.
A blogger has to do hundreds of things at once, and he or she might suffer from constant stress and a major lack of sleep. But it’s worth it!
When you transition from an amateur blogger to a true professional, you’ll see a few things change. Just take it from me – chances are that you will have to work harder than ever before. 🙂
The Main Mistake of an Amateur Blogger
I knew too much. 🙂 Sometimes too much knowledge can work against you.
- I wanted to do the A/B test from the very beginning.
- I wanted to create the most beautiful images.
- I was analyzing my statistics every single day.
- I was making every possible change to the design of my blog.
- I was experimenting.
- I was installing a bunch of WordPress plugins.
- I was making different landings.
- I was testing different email marketing programs.
- I was promoting my Twitter account.
- I was getting paid likes on my Facebook page.
- I was writing letters to other bloggers.
- I was commenting on other bloggers’ material.
- I launched a campaign in Google Adwords.
- I was making content upgrades.
- Opt-in forms.
- I was reading dozens of articles every day.
- I was writing monster posts. (My first one was more than 8,000 words long, the second was 6,000 words, and the third topped off at 4,000 words.)
My main mistake as an amateur blogger was that I applied all my knowledge at once.
My advice: Forget everything you knew before you started your blogging journey. Concentrate on just one task. Get rid of any of your or other people’s thoughts on what you should do. Choose your goal and define the ways you plan on reaching it. After that, concentrate on each of these ways individually. Believe me, and you’ll know what to do at once. For example, now I know that I should write guest posts. And I’ve already gotten started. 🙂 Thank you again, Nikhil!
Results of an Amateur Blogger in 120 Days
120 days ago, I published the first blog post of my life.
I knew that I needed to be different from other bloggers in my niche, in order to attract their attention.
I spent a few months thinking about the topics of my future posts. Then, one day, I realized what I needed to do.
I needed to conduct an SEO analysis of the top online marketing bloggers:
Brian Dean, Neil Patel, Bryan Harris, Ramsay Taplin and Robbie Richards.
I spent more than a month researching which SEO tricks I should use. I needed to understand which strategy to choose to promote my blog.
And I succeeded. 🙂 The blog post was successful, and other people – including the experts themselves – loved it.
As I started from scratch, I needed to find a way to get instantaneous traffic. I didn’t want to wait for months before Google would bring viewers to my blog.
I spent every day reading dozens of articles, but more importantly, I was reading the comments. It seemed to me that all those commenters knew each other and were friends.
One day, I realized that these commenters were the target audience I’d always dreamed of. Soon my first BFF Commenter technique appeared and let me search for new friends.
And thanks to that technique, I got more than 13,000 pageviews in that period of time! 1,300 social shares! 160 comments! Keep in mind that I wrote only 3 blog posts.
But most importantly, I made my dream come true!
I became a blogger!
What I Do Now
I’m currently building relationships with other bloggers. I’m contacting them, writing them letters, giving them advice and sharing their posts on my social media accounts.
Now I receive plenty of offers to write guest posts.
People offer jobs to me.
The most valuable thing is that they offer me the chance to be their friend!
In a few days, I plan on starting a new journey with the girl I love. First we’ll fly to Georgia, and then to Armenia. These are wonderful countries!
I am sure that this journey will give me a better understanding of myself, and it will help me become a better and more successful blogger.
To everyone who is reading this article: I’d like to offer you the chance to become my friend!
You can always rely on my help and knowledge. When I do something for other people, I become happier myself. 🙂
Give me this joy, and please become my friend!