Janice Wald is the founder of Mostly Blogging. She is a great author, trainer, speaker, and social media enthusiast; she is an entrepreneur with multiple personalities.
As a teacher, Janice’s transition as a blogger has been relatively smooth. She has made excellent connections with other bloggers in such a short time.
At Mostly Blogging, Janice discusses a range of topics;
– Blogging strategies
– Social media
– Personal growth and much more.
Janice has authored a couple of books, which are available on Amazon. She discussed step-by-step directions for creating content, tips for increasing readership, and much more in her book An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog.
In this interview, we discuss Janice’s approach to blogging, how it has helped her achieve success, and what you can learn from her if you want to start a successful blog of your own.
Are you interested in finding out more? It’s time for the interview to begin.
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Interview with Janice Wald
1. Thank you for accepting our request, Janice. Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
I am a teacher-blogger.
My interest in helping others as a middle school teacher naturally led to my interest in helping others as a blogger.
English is my field of expertise. I have a career in teaching writing. Teaching students to write in the classroom and teaching bloggers to write online are closely connected.
2. What led you to pursue this particular career path?
When my daughters left for college, I finished my master’s in education.
The teachers at the university praised my writing skills, giving me the confidence I needed to write online.
My daughter leaving for college afforded me the time for blogging. A post about why I started blogging is on my blog.
3. Throughout these years of blogging, what lessons have you learned?
I have primarily learned the importance of SEO.
When I started blogging, I assumed that content was king and readers would flock to my articles on the strength of the content, but it didn’t happen.
You need a niche.
You need to do keyword research to determine your post’s focus. Keyword research ensures the audience’s interest in your topic, and you can beat the online competition.
4. What motivated you to keep going?
I loved the writing. I made blogging friends.
Ultimately, my husband took over the business side of the blog, so we ran the blog together.
Resource: Watch Janice’s youtube video.
5. Your success as a blogger is a result of what?
I prioritize SEO research which boosts my traffic. I also prioritize link building, which helps me generate blogging income.
Finally, I try to write about my topic thoroughly, covering all aspects. This includes answering the Frequently Asked Questions about the topic found on Google when you search your keyword.
6. What has been your most interesting experience since you started your career?
I won the Best Internet Marketer and Best Blogger Awards at the 2021 Infinity Blog Awards.
7. What dos and don’ts would you want to share as a Blogger?
I do keyword research thoroughly before writing about your topic, as I mentioned in my previous answer.
Make sure the content is not just fluff. Keep your ego out of your blogging.
Takeaway: By writing quality content, you will attract people looking for information on the topics you cover. These readers will visit your blog more often and share it with their friends. Not only will this help you increase your website’s traffic, but it will also help you build a reputation as an expert in your field.
8. How do you bring more visitors to your site?
When you do SEO keyword research and optimize your post for the keyword, you can generate Google traffic for years.
Takeaway: There are several ways to optimize your blog for search engine optimization. You’ll start on the right path with simple SEO tactics, such as adding keywords to your blog content and title. Once you have a good foundation, you can try more complex SEO techniques.
9. How would you describe your writing style?
I have a way of breaking down complex topics like SEO into easy-to-understand information.
Readers have expressed their appreciation for my ability to simplify complex topics. A reader once said that this SEO post I wrote had warmth, which I took as a huge compliment.
10. How serious are you in building backlinks to your blog?
I take link-building very seriously.
I usually begin my day by building links. Please remember that these are no-followed links, but I believe Google wants you to be omnipresent.
Nofollow links count, but not as much in passing link juice.
11. Do you mind telling us the tools/plugins you use on your blog?
Sure. Here are a few of the blogging tools that I use.
I use KWFinder, MozBar, and Ahrefs.
- KWFinder: I use KWFinder for keyword research.
- MozBar: I use MozBar for competitive analysis. MozBar tells me the DA of my competitors.
- Ahrefs: I use Ahrefs to check the rankings of my keywords. Ahrefs has a Content Gap tool that tells me what my competitors are doing that I’m not.
Takeaways: If you’re looking to start a money-making blog, you’ll need the right tools to help you get started. Several options are available, and you must choose the right one for your needs.
12. Your success on Quora is a result of what?
Thanks for the compliment.
I go in spurts on Quora. I use Quora to build links whenever I have time since you can link to relevant content.
Lately, I’ve also been putting my relevant YouTube videos in Quora answers. I hope that your readers will enjoy my blogging and marketing videos.
13. What are your long-term plans?
I plan on finding ways to stay regimented so my blog continues to grow in authority.
I write on sites like Medium. Although Medium gives no follow links, I can add them to my post.
In addition to improving my SEO, I believe my brand and authority are spreading. I also plan on developing my video-editing skills to improve my YouTube video quality.
14. What is your time management strategy for your blog, family, and business? For the blog to run smoothly, do you follow a particular schedule every week?
Yes. I also work outside the home as a teacher, so I must stay regimented to complete everything. I wake up and work on link building.
I go to school. On my breaks at work, I respond to my emails. When I return home, I walk my dogs and blog until dinner. Then, I watch television. I market on the weekends.
15. What are your favorite books?
Jodi Pichot’s Small Great Things captivated me.
I found the Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging book extremely useful in terms of blogging books. On my blog, I wrote a detailed review of this book.
If you’re looking for a marketing book, I recommend Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Final thoughts about Janice Wald’s interview
Creating quality content about blogging and SEO has been the passion of Janice Wald for years. She uses a variety of channels to spread her content to a broad audience.
Please look at her website, and sign up for her notifications to see what she posts regularly.
Hopefully, the interview with Janice Wald from Mostly blogging helped you better understand building an authoritative blog.
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