The Naked Truth

The Naked Truth About Kristi Hines

Yes, you guessed it right. This is THE Kristi Hines from the Kikolani fame!!!!!! I have to say here that I haven’t had the honor of interacting much with her (I can imagine with all her fan following and busy schedule), but then, I have been a regular follower of her articles on her blog and no surprises here – Big Fan 🙂 Welcome to another episode of “The Naked Truth” on DailyMorningCoffee.

I love her “Fetching Friday” posts where she lines up all her favorite articles and posts for the week and you get to know more about many wonderful bloggers through that. It is a great idea for a weekly post that will make you sit back and review what you read and how it impacted your writing thoughts.

I am personally having a great time featuring these awesome bloggers on my series and getting to know more about them and their interests. Kristi is one of such established writers who have made it big in this blogging world and it would be a dream to be anywhere close to her standards. And to think that she immediately accepted my invite to share her information through these questions shows how easy-to-reach she is. Thanks Kristi.

As always, please leave your thoughts behind in the Comments section and I would love to hear what you learnt new about Kristi from this interview. If you would like to get featured on this series, please Contact me.

Kristi Hines
1. How long have you been blogging? I have been blogging on and off for over ten years, and a little over three years within my current niche.
2. How many blogs do you own and contribute for? I actively contribute to four that I own and over ten others as a part of my freelance writing career.
3. What is the main purpose or objective of your blog? The main objective of Kikolani, my main blog, is to educate personal, professional, and business bloggers about blog marketing strategies.
4. How many posts do you write on an average per week? Two to three for my main blog and probably ten or more for others.
5. How much time do you devote for your blog on a daily basis? For my own blog, I probably devote an average two hours a day between commenting and social networking.
6. How much time do you spend on tracking RSS feeds? I spend a good bit of time in my Google Reader catching up on the latest blogging, social media, and SEO news.
7. What is your favorite social bookmarking site and Why? Delicious is my favorite bookmarking site, mostly because of the tags and how easy it is to find my old bookmarks thanks to them.
8. What is your blog’s monthly revenue? My blog itself probably makes around $1,000 per month in advertising and affiliate links – the rest of my income is through my freelance writing.
9. How many page views does your blog generate daily? Kikolani has anywhere from 1,000 to 2,600 page views daily, depending on the day of the week.
10.Name one blog(apart from yours!!) you read every day without fail. Social Media Examiner
11. What is your blog’s main revenue generator? Affiliate revenue from products I use (themes, eBooks, plugins, etc.).
12. Do you believe in Alexa rankings for measuring traffic? I sometimes use it to make a general comparison between two sites to see which one is more popular.
13. Do you accept Guest Articles on your blog? Yes – my guest post guidelines are here: Guidelines for Guest Posting
14. Do you believing in spending money on promoting your blog? Definitely, but not for paid links 🙂
15. Do you answer to all the comments on your blog? I try to, but sometimes I’ll miss the ones over the weekend and then be too caught up in the start of a new work week to go back to them.
16. How did you market your blog during your initial days to get the readers that you have? I started marketing with blog commenting. It is a great way to network with others in your niche!
17. Any mistakes to learn from and avoid? My biggest mistake was not starting a mailing list early on. I missed out on keeping in touch with a lot of my early readers who have since moved on.
18. What is your source of new post ideas? Social media, question & answer network, and my own daily challenges / discoveries.
19. Is having a “niche” important to bloggers? I think having a specific niche gives you focus. If you are writing about anything and everything, it’s hard to focus on what to write about and where to market it.
20.Any advice to a start-up blogger? Definitely make the investment and go with a self-hosted WordPress blog if you plan on using it for business or making money online.
21. Name a Blogger who inspires you Farnoosh Brock at Prolific Living
22. Bio I am a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast who enjoys photography, tennis, and hiking.
Freelance Writing Portfolio Kristi Hines
Blog Kikolani
Follow Me On: Twitter

I hope you are enjoying the naked truth series here on DMC. If you would like to get featured, reach out to me using the Contact Form.

About the author

Praveen Rajarao

Praveen Rajarao is an Entrepreneur and in his spare time blogs on his website – and His topics range from blogging to technology to affiliate programs and making money online and how-to guides. Daily Morning Coffee is also accepting Guest Posts from Professional Bloggers at this time, take a look at “Write For DMC” page for more details on the same.


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  • Praveen and Kristi,

    I love these posts.  I like reading all of the answers to the questions.  

    Some of the people I am familiar with and then I learn more about them.  Others are new to me and enjoy meeting them.

    Great way to get to know other bloggers and what they are doing.

    Thanks for putting these all together Praveen and great to get to know you Kristi.

    Dee Ann Rice

  • Loved the interview Kristi and Praveen!

    I have known Kristi for sometime now and I do agree that her Fetching Friday’s are simply awesome 🙂 

    It is always wonderful to learn so much from her tutorials and guide like posts- they explain everything to the tee. And the best part being that after going through one of her such posts, you really never have to go looking elsewhere for anything else 🙂

    She IS indeed THE Kristi Hines 🙂

    Great interview Praveen and keep them coming 🙂 Love your series- as they are all a learning experience for everyone.

    • Harleena – Welcome back and I am sure you know Kristi well being a good writer and blogger yourself. 

      I am enjoying the series too and it is always a pleasure to hear from my readers that they are gaining a bit more via these posts. 

  • Praveen, great idea! 🙂 I think I might just adopt this. Amazing interview – I follow Kristi too and totally agree she’s fabulous! 🙂 Glad I “met” your blog! Happy Sankranti to you!

  • Excellent interview Praveen! I’ve been a fan of Kristi since I came to know about her blog, Kikolani!

    Kristi – Nice blog name! 🙂

    Happy Sankranti everyonel. Heading to other interviews on your blog. 🙂

  • Excellent post! My company & I love Kristi. She’s well respected in the blogging community, and that in of itself is already a huge step in the right direction. I don’t need to tell you how many great bloggers there are out there.The fact she’s a prolific writer, with great insight makes her even more admirable. Her use of social networks and interactions is what we all strive for. Thanks for giving us a deeper look into her work! 

    • SEOcopy – Welcome to my blog and thanks for leaving back your comment on this post. 

      Glad you are already aware of Kristi and her blogs, and am sure everyone of us are grateful to know her even better. You have said some very kind words about her and of course she is well deserved of those. Thanks once again.

  • First time on your blog, Praveen. And I can see there’s a lot I can learn from you. I love Kikolani. Kristi is so friendly – I once mailed her with a query and she was quick to respond and follow through. 

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