I have been reading a great Blogger interviews on Ileane Smith’s Basic Blog Tips and many other blogs, I though it is really a great way to increase engagement and build relationship with other Bloggers that is why I decided to start a Blogger interview series on my blog.
This is the first interview that I’m publishing here at GuideAndNews.
I have emailed her and hassled for an interview, She agreed to answer some of my questions.
So, Her we go!
1. Ali, Some of the readers might already know you because of your guest posts on popular blogs, but for those who still don’t know you, please give us some information about yourself and your personal life and a little bit about Aliventures.com?
Sure! I’m Ali Luke, I live with my husband in Oxford in the UK, and I blog at Aliventures about writing, blogging, and self-publishing. I also write for a number of other websites — some as a guest, others as a paid freelancer and I have a writing community/teaching site called Writers’ Huddle.
2. When and why did you start Blogging
I got into blogging a long time ago, when it was all about personal journaling, and I had a couple of very dull blogs! Later, in 2007, I got interested in blogging in a more professional, topic-based way: I was attracted by the idea of combining two of the things I love (writing and the internet) and, if I’m honest, I was also hoping to make some money.
3. I see your posts on several popular blog, including Daily Blog Tips, ProBlogger, CopyBlogger and TheChangeBlog. Can you tell us what is your main goal of writing for those blogs?
I do get around the blogosphere a bit! The Change Blog pays me for my posts — in fact, I’ve been a paid writer there for several years. There are also three other blogs — currently — that I freelance for. Daily Blog Tips, ProBlogger, Copyblogger and other writing or blogging related blogs don’t pay me, but they do allow me to reach a big audience — which helps my own blog and my mailing list to grow.
4. Let’s talk about blogs you are involved with, how many blogs do you have?
The only active blog that I own is Aliventures. I’ve had two other blogs in the past, but I don’t write on them any more. I’ve also added a blog to my site Lycopolis.co.uk, which is for my novel Lycopolis, but I only post there occasionally.
5. When did you start guest Blogging for Daniel’s Daily Blog Tips?
I think my first guest post on Daily Blog Tips was in 2008 or maybe 2009. Towards the end of 2011, I started guest posting there much more regularly. At the moment, I usually have a post on Daily Blog Tips every two weeks.
6. What other methods you use to promote your blog without guest Blogging?
Guest blogging has been my most effective method, but I also use Twitter a lot to share my posts and to share great content from other bloggers. A lot of my traffic comes from Twitter, so this seems to be working well!
Commenting on other blogs can also bring in a bit of traffic, but I haven’t found this to be an especially effective technique.
When I speak at events or conferences, I always let people know about my blog, too.
7. Can you share your secrets of guest Blogging with us?
I’m not sure these are really “secrets,” just pieces of tried-and-tested advice!
- Don’t write a guest post then choose a blog to send it to; choose the blog first. That way, you can write a post that’s on-topic and in the right style — boosting your chance of acceptance.
- Always read the guest post guidelines — and follow them carefully.
- Write the very best post you can, and make sure you edit and proofread it. If you have spelling mistakes, you’ll create a poor first impression.
- Don’t be greedy. It’s usually OK to put one link to your own content in the body of your post, but more than that is pushing it. Focus on using your bio to drive traffic, instead.
8. Which other blogs do you read regularly?
As well as the blogs mentioned already, I enjoy:
Write to Done (I guest-post there, usually monthly)
Men with Pens (I guest post there too)
The Creative Penn (I guest post there occasionally)
…and there are plenty of others that I read on at least an occasional basis, too.
9. Finally, What are your goals you have set for yourself, your blog and your guest Blogging for future?
I’m planning to open up my Writers’ Huddle site for new members in September, so I’ve got quite a few different goals surrounding that (like doing more guest posting over the summer, and building my audience on Aliventures).
Over the past year, I’ve been doing quite a few live events, speaking to groups of writers/bloggers — and that’s something that I’m definitely going to be doing more of in the future.
Thanks for the interview Ali.
So, If you have any question in your mind which you want to ask from Ali than do ask it by commenting below, Hope she will get back to you.