Name: Daniel Cleveland
Business: Smart Website Marketing
Can you tell us who you are and why you started blogging?
My name is Daniel Cleveland, I’m a 25 year old blogger. I’ve been blogging since I was about 16, and have created numerous niche blogs all revolving around my personal interests at the time. I started blogging on SmartWebsiteMarketing.com primarily to help out some friends who were starting up their own blogs. I found that while there are many websites with instructions and how-tos for intermediate and advanced bloggers, there are not many for novice bloggers.
What is your blogging niche and who is your ideal reader?
The Smart Website Marketing blog appeals to novice bloggers, small business owners, and solopreneurs. I write posts to provide resources for people who are just getting started with a website or blog. While I also mix in some more advanced concepts from time to time, I make the concepts as novice-friendly as possible. In this way, people just starting their first blog will be able to understand and implement the ideas that I discuss.
What mistakes have you made and how did you solve them?
My biggest mistake so far was not backing up one of my older websites. It was subsequently hacked, which resulted in the removal of most of the content and stripping the website down to its basics. However, this inspired me to write a post about how to backup WordPress websites. This way, the same thing won’t happen to my readers.
What success/s are you most proud about?
I’m very proud of my rapid Twitter follower growth. By experimenting with a few different methods and finding what works, I was able to increase my followers from a few dozen friends to nearly 25,000 people. I can attribute this to my decision to focus on Twitter, as well as my personal social sharing ratio of content curation, retweets, and my own article promotion.
What are your future blogging goals?
The thing I struggle with the most is consistency. I still have so many post ideas that I want to get published to help out my friends and followers. But with work, family, and friends it’s difficult to find time to publish high quality Daniel Cleveland
posts. I would like to find a rhythm that works for both myself and my followers so that I can continue to give them the best content possible.
What is one inspirational quote that keeps you motivated?
Galations 6:9 says “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” This Bible verse is very much in line with what most professional bloggers say. They often mention that many people who set out to start a blog work hard at it but then give up before they see the rewards. With Smart Website Marketing I’m trying to do what is good. My goal is to help people start their blogs and accomplish their dreams. So I know I must continue to work hard and not give up to see a blessing both in my life and my readers’.
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