Ask Me Anything!1 min read

Hey guys,

Cristian here, and I just thought we could have some fun until the new e-book drops.

Ask me anything blogging related in the comments section below, and I’ll do my best to offer a proper reply. Anything you’d like to know about blogging, getting readers, monetizing your blog, and stuff like that.

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

51 thoughts on “Ask Me Anything!1 min read

  1. If you had a time machine that allowed you to talk to your younger self just as you started blogging, what would be your top three points of advice?

  2. I like Pareto’s principle: the idea that about 80% of your results come from only about 20% of your efforts. In terms of growing your audience, what are the Pareto principle actions that gives a blogger the best return for the time invested?

    1. Focus on the quality of your interactions, not the quantity. Don’t comment “nice post” on hundreds of blogs, but offer thoughtful and interesting comments on a few dozen posts.

    1. Well, I started monetizing early in my blogging career. Six months in, something like that. I was doing just that, as blogging was taking almost all of my time, so I HAD to monetize.

  3. Hey Cristian,
    First of all, thank you for doing this. I am overwhelmed with all the information the internet provides for new bloggers. And I am sure so many of us are. So, this should be helpful.

    I have just started about a couple of months ago and I am taking it slow. I was getting some visitors initially, however, my last 3 posts have literally zero visits. This seems unusual. Could you please suggest how new bloggers can get some traction in the beginning?

    Also, how important are tags? I thought they were getting me visits initially, but I am not sure anymore.

    thanks in advance,

    1. Focus on creating great content, and then network with fellow bloggers. Read and comment on other people’s blogs.

      Also, tags are extremely important. Never more than 10 tags. Try to make them as general as possible.

  4. Thank you so much.
    How do I know if I have a writer in me, if I must continue this route?
    In this fast and furious age and time where do writers stand?

    1. You don’t. You just do your thing. The more you do it, the more you end up loving it. After a while, the love is still there, or it’s not. You will know. But you can only do by doing it.

    1. Well, online is the way to go, but I wouldn’t put too much faith on Goodreads. Try Amazon’s KDP. That’s where I release all my novels and short stories.

  5. Hi Cristian, I was wondering what a blogger needs to do to monetize their blog in terms of set up. I read that you have to set up your own company and do your own taxes? How does that all work and where does one start? I am thinking about monetizing my blog in the future, but am a bit scared to take that next step as I do not know where to start.

    1. I am not based in the US, so I cannot offer you advice on setting up a company and all that. I am sorry for such an useless answer, but there are surely better resources out there, especially from someone who lives in the US and pays taxes there.

  6. My question is about word count. What is the ideal length of a blog post to keep readers engaged? (I know that if a post is too long then it’s called an essay or an article.)

    1. Hi Darlene,

      It’s not about word count, it’s about how engaging your writing is. Also, it’s about the way you format your posts (subheads, bullet points, etc.). Paragraph length also matters.

      These factors matter more than just word count.

  7. First, thank you so much for offering your help, I really appreciate you doing something like this! 😄
    Second, here’s my question: Other than commenting on other people’s posts, and using tags, what are some other ways that can get my blog really out there, and make people want to follow it?

    1. Hi Mary,

      Lots of things. You can promote your blog offline to folks you meet, you can use social media, you can pay for ads, you can interact at conferences/meetings, you can guest blog on other people’s blogs, be interviewed, or work on different projects with others.

  8. I am writing poetry in my blog and i want to know am i protected by any copyright laws once i post it privately . Not interested in followers at the moment .thanks Jj nathan

    1. I’d say the Premium one. I had the Business, but asked for a refund. The plugins integration didn’t feel right, and it just wasn’t worth the investment.

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