Having nearly 200 FaceBook followers and more than 600 Twitter followers in just 4 months of blogging isn’t an easy task to achieve and that is exactly what Ruth Zive of Freelance Writing Blog has done!!!!
All that credit goes to her dedication towards writing and if you read just one article of hers, I can wager that you will be hitting those like and follow buttons on her page. Quite deservedly, Adrienne Smith honored her with the SunShine Award and I am sure everyone who follows Ruth agrees with me here when I say she has done everything possible to get nominated for the award.
Ruth in turn surprised me by passing on the torch to me by naming me in her list of bloggers to achieve the SunShine award. That day was very special to me since it was the first time ever anyone has taken notice of my blog and wrote about it in those kind words. Thanks once again Ruth for the honor.
So, today it is my turn to return the favor by featuring Ruth Zive in the Naked Truth of Bloggers series and am sure my readers will find her very informative and resourceful. If you like what you read, please do not forget to leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.
|1.||How long have you been blogging?||Only about four months|
|2.||How many blogs do you own and contribute for?||I own 2. My main blog, The Freelance Writing Blog is the one that I write for the most. I also own a speech writing blog called Speechwhiz and I am a columnist at The Daily Muse; I contribute twice every month.|
|3.||What is the main purpose or objective of your blog?||To help anyone who is interested in developing better copywriting and content marketing strategy to grow their business. So – other freelance copywriters, marketing executives, business owners, etc. The blog also gives me an opportunity to extend my reach, grow my clientele and establish a sense of credibility online.|
|4.||How many posts do you write on an average per week?||I try to write 3 for The Freelance Writing Blog.|
|5.||How much time do you devote for your blog on a daily basis?||Too much, considering it doesn’t generate any revenue! Probably a couple of hours.|
|6.||How much time do you spend on tracking RSS feeds?||I check every day. But I don’t spend a lot of time on it.|
|7.||What is your favorite social bookmarking site and Why?||Hmmm…probably Twitter because it’s quick, easy and a great way to connect with other people.|
|8.||What is your blog’s monthly revenue?||I don’t yet have any DIRECT revenue from my blog. But my blog has brought me clients for my freelance writing business.|
|9.||How many page views does your blog generate daily?||According to Wordpress STATS, I get approximately 300 – 400 unique visits every day.|
|10.||Name one blog(apart from yours!!) you read every day without fail.||Copyblogger|
|11.||What is your blog’s main revenue generator?||Offline freelance copywriting business|
|12.||Do you believe in Alexa rankings for measuring traffic?||Not particularly|
|13.||Do you accept Guest Articles on your blog?||Yes, but I have guidelines and parameters to ensure that the posts will resonate with my readers.|
|14.||Do you believing in spending money on promoting your blog?||Within reason.|
|15.||Do you answer to all the comments on your blog?||I try to.|
|16.||How did you market your blog during your initial days to get the readers that you have?||Social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn), by leaving comments on other blogs related to my niche, search engine optimization.|
|17.||Any mistakes to learn from and avoid?||Pay for a self-hosted (Wordpress.org) blog and invest in a good theme. Also, choose a domain name that includes one of your keywords.|
|18.||What is your source of new post ideas?||I read a LOT of other copywriting and content marketing blogs to really understand emerging trends and concerns. I listen to my readers’ feedback and I keep a running list of topic ideas as they occur to me during the day.|
|19.||Is having a “niche” important to bloggers?||I think it’s important to write about something you love. I LOVE writing. My writing ‘niche’ market is technology, but I write about writing and content marketing. That’s my passion.|
|20.||Any advice to a start-up blogger?||Think long term. This is something that I struggle with, especially considering I’ve only been out of the gate for four months. I want things to fall into place quickly and cleanly. But this is a journey. Slow and steady wins the race.|
|21.||Bio:||Freelance Writing Blog
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