With 12 Blogs and counting, Peter Pelliccia of WassupBlog shows no sign of relenting. But how did he get into blogging in the first place? What inspired him then and what still inspires him today? Read on to find out.
- 0.1 Website(s)
- 0.2 Best Business Purchase?
- 0.3 Best Advice I Got?
- 0.4 Biggest Inspiration?
- 0.5 Favourite Business Website?
- 0.6 Hours Spent Blogging?
- 0.7 Top 3 Traffic Sources?
- 1 How I Got Into Blogging
- 2 When I Realised I Had “Made It”
- 3 What I Have Accomplished So Far
- 4 What Made Me Successful So Quickly
- 5 I Wish I Had Known This Earlier
- 6 If I Were A Newbie…
- 7 A Typical Day In My Life
Best Business Purchase?
That would have to be FlexSqueeze which is the theme I use on all my blogs bar one which uses Thesis.
Best Advice I Got?
Never give up, reply to all your commentators and give them a surprise by visiting their website and leaving a comment in return.
That would have to be Mitch from I’m Just Sharing (imjustsharing.com).
Favourite Business Website?
I have to be totally honest with you by saying that I don’t really have one.
Hours Spent Blogging?
About 20 – 30 hours a week but there can be times when I can easily double that.
Top 3 Traffic Sources?
Well, according to Google Analytics 39% come from search engines, 31% is referral traffic and the last 30% is direct traffic. A lot of the referral traffic comes from comments I’ve left on other blogs.
How I Got Into Blogging
Originally I went online because I heard there was money to be made. The first thing I tried was doing surveys online. Unfortunately I paid money for what I thought was a list of legitimate survey companies to join. The problem was that list wasn’t worth the money I paid for it.
It was then that I decided to start my own website, The Elusive Pot of Gold which offered the same service for free. Don’t laugh it was my first ever website and I designed it myself from the ground up. Anyway, my first blog came about because I heard that Google liked sites that were continually updated and so Well Blog Me was born. The rest is history.
When I Realised I Had “Made It”
For me it wasn’t so much the money as it was that people were starting to regularly read my website and taking my advice. This meant that I had earned a modicum of respect and trust which in turn lead to more and more sales. I’m not making a fortune but these days I blog more for the love of it than I do for the money.
What I Have Accomplished So Far
As I have progressed in my blogging career I’ve come to understand SEO a lot better which has helped me to get my latest niche site to #1 on Google for my targeted search term. Once I got there I slacked off and it is no longer #1 but that’s cool because keeping it there would have taken the fun out of blogging.
What Made Me Successful So Quickly
I don’t know that I would say I got there quickly. It took a fair bit of time and a lot of hard work. The thing that worked for me was replying to every comment on my blog and following them back to their website to return the favour. I also left quality comments on other blogs which helped to build my brand as well as increase the traffic to my blog.
I Wish I Had Known This Earlier
The only time I got sucked in was the time I mentioned earlier when I paid for a list of survey sites. Now I do a lot more research before parting with my hard earned cash.
If I Were A Newbie…
As a newbie who wanted to succeed in blogging I would do the following.
- Rather than using those freebie blogs like Blogger I would host my own website. This shows others that you’re a serious contender and gives you complete control.
- I would buy a professional theme. I’ve wasted so much time on trying to get a free theme I liked that if I had counted the man hours used in the search or trying to adapt them to do what I wanted I could have been a hell of a lot more productive.
- I would invest the money in buying the products that would make my blogging life easier as well as those that would help me financially.
A Typical Day In My Life
It changes from week to week. Currently I start work at 5am and work till 2pm. I then come home and check my emails. I would then check to see if anyone has left a comment on my blogs and I would reply to them.
I would love to give you and hourly update of my daily life but I don’t have a regime that I adhere to. If anything I’m probably the most inefficient guy when it comes to blogging and doing things around the home. I tackle things when I feel like it and often not when I should because a lot of the times I tend to procrastinate.