For anyone unfamiliar with Darren Rowse, two of his blogs (Problogger and Digital Photography School) are some of the most popular ones in the world. He was one of the first bloggers to actually make a full-time living from blogging. He shares a ton of his tips and ideas on his blogs to help all of us out.
I have used Problogger to learn some of things I have implemented on this site and thank him for making his tips free to use. He has also released a book recently entitled ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income. I highly recommend checking it out, especially if your looking for a paperback book on blogging.
So how did Darren start out in blogging? Here is a quick paragraph I found on Darren’s extended story page:
“Now I’d like to say that at the moment I hit publish on my first blog that the earth shook and a light from heaven came down and I was suddenly transformed into a full time blogger – but as we all know it doesn’t happen that way. In fact for the first 12 or so months of my blogging very very little changed.
This reminded me a lot of my own story. It is awesome to see how far he has come since first starting. Lets hope I can follow in his footsteps.
How long did it take you to generate enough income to become a full-time blogger?
Going full time was a very gradual process for me. I went from it being purely a hobby to being a part time job to a full time job (and beyond) – that process took me around 2 and a half years (although it’s hard to pinpoint completely as income went up and down a little from month to month and I help onto other part time jobs for longer than I absolutely needed to.
What is the most important thing a blogger can do to standout from all the other blogs in their niche?
There are a lot of things actually and frustratingly it is never the same for each blogger. Some rise above the clutter because they were first, for others it’s that they stick at it the longest, for others it’s an amazing ability to communicate or great wisdom or a way of bringing fresh insight, for others its their ability to connect and network within their niche…. the list could go on.
One thing that I do notice most bloggers who rise above the clutter is that they are quite often prolific – they work hard, not just writing content but networking, engaging in social media and more. Look at someone like Chris Brogan (chrisbrogan.com) – he’s producing heaps of content, engaging on Twitter like crazy, attending lots of conferences and much more.
On average, how much time a week do you spend on your various blog projects?
It is way beyond a full time job for me. I’m spending 50-70 hours a week on my work. It’s no hobby any more.
I recently did an interview with Tim Ferris and asked him what advantages a blogger has in getting a publishing deal. Now that you have a book released, what are some tips for a blogger to get a book published?
The way I landed the ProBlogger deal was that the publisher (Wiley) sought me out because I’d established a profile and expertise in my field. As a result my main advice to bloggers is to work as hard as you can to build up your readership, brand and profile in your niche. This won’t guarantee publishers will come knocking on your door – but it’ll increase the chances of that and help also if you pitch them.
Would you ever be interested in doing a guest post here on Life of Justin, or vice versa? I had to ask : )
I’d really love to some day. I have not been doing too many guest posts of late, mainly because of the demands of my projects and having a very young family – but hopefully things will lighten up at some point to enable me to get back into that again as it is something I’ve enjoyed.
And that concludes the interview, I hope some of the questions helped everyone learn a little more about successful blogging. If you would like to learn more, go check out Darren’s blogs or head over to Amazon and check out his book.
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