Meet Nile Flores from Blondish.web

One of the most saturated niches out there is the WordPress Tips and Training niche, but there is always something new to learn and new people are blogging for the first time every day.

Even so, it's always interesting to see how many different websites with WordPress and blogging tips we can come across, and many of them are quite successful too.

Today we're going to interview the creator of Blondish.net, Nile Flores, and how she first started blogging and made her website what she is today.

1.) Please tell us something about yourself and how you got into blogging.

I started blogging in early 2001. I was at GeoCities and started blogging manually using a third-party commenting system called Haloscan. Just so you know, when you're blogging manually, just write your post and HTML in a static page and then paste your javascript link into your post.

At the time, I was doing free graphics, sharing my poetry, and using my website as a hobby blog only. I had several other websites that I ran that linked some of the biggest Yahoo! At that time there were clubs (which then went through the transition to Yahoo! Groups).

Once I had my own website, I entered web contests at The Site Fights and took second place for two years directly from hundreds of website owners who competed in competitions each year. Back then I built up a large fan base exclusively for my website.

I finally found b2 / cafelog, the script that WordPress was forked from, and the rest is history. I've been using WordPress since the beginning.

2.) What is the main focus of your blog and why did you choose this niche?

The main focus of my blog is essentially on creating, designing, developing and marketing a website, especially those that use WordPress.

I chose this niche because there were so many blogs at the time that had no real focus, or because the website owner had no idea. I've had a lot of success building websites and communities that I was dying to teach.

And when I mean help with teaching, it's through blogging. There were people out there teaching and advising, mostly opportunists, who gave shitty advice to burden their clients by the hour.

By 2009 I had some personal posts on my website, but they were removed as I wanted to focus solely on the meat and potatoes that people bring to my website and make me the most money without spamming them.

3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?

I do house advertising, text links like in my sidebar, very little Google Adsense and the occasional sponsored posts.

4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started blogging?

Wow, you make me think back then … lol. I was an English major in college and I was already successful at building communities and websites. So it wasn't the blogging aspect that I needed help with.

There were better resources to learn from while building websites. Even if I don't have this problem today, I would certainly be further.

5.) Which three blogs do you visit almost every day?

  • Mashable.com
  • TechCrunch.com
  • Just-Ask-Kim.com (Kimberly Castleberry is also a good friend of mine … actually my best friend.)

6.) Can you give us three recommended tools / services that you use for your blogging?

  • WordPress – It seems I can't live without it.
  • WordPress SEO from Yoast – Great SEO Tool! It's definitely my favorite WordPress SEO plugin
  • Google Analytics – This really helps me see what people are looking for in my niche and on my website.

7.) What advice would you have for someone just starting their first blog?

If you're just starting out, don't hesitate to start blogging. If you don't already have focus, keep blogging and think about what you want to do.

Blogs are like businesses and you definitely need to plan, but if you at least get into the habit of blogging, you will be ahead of those who are just waiting for the perfect time to blog. It's important to remember that you should blog about your passion and have the knowledge to do so. The passion will encourage you to learn more in your niche.

Oh, and your first blog shouldn't be on the blogs about blogging niche. You can't start a website teaching other bloggers if you haven't already created a website in another niche. There are some who have turned to community blogging to get more traffic because they still lack the experience of maintaining a blog or website on an individual level.

8.) What is the best advice or tip you have come across since starting blogging?

Keep blogging and using scheduled posts during vacation or break. It really keeps your blog updated and you won't lose readers or traffic.

9.) If you only had $ 100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?

$ 100 is more than enough money to start a new blog. I already do everything, have my own server and the tools to launch any type of website. I would probably use it for marketing.

10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?

  • My website – https://blondish.ne
  • Twitter – @blondishne
  • Facebook- https://facebook.com/NileFlore
  • LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/blondishnet

Thank you again, Niles, for taking the time to share your advice and story with the Blogging Tips community. If you are interested in learning more about other bloggers and how they succeed online, be sure to check out our blogger interview series.

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