15 Secrets of Success shared by a Professional Blogger

I had a chance of Interviewing Janice Wald, one of the few bloggers who have managed to succeed online while working full-time at their day jobs. Janice Wald is a Teacher by professional, Author, Blogger, Freelance writer, as well as a Blogging coach. She lives in California USA with her Family. She shares her secrets of Success as a Professional Blogger.

Secrets of Success

She started blogging over two years ago at Mostly Blogging, and with each passing day, she has continued to grow as a blogger, as well as encounter success on the way. She shares tips and strategies that have helped her achieve success at blogging over a short period time.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I saw the movie Julie and Julia, a movie about a blogger, and was sold on the idea of blogging! My daughters left for college which left me plenty of time to start a blog. I like the idea of helping people and I also love writing. More information my motivation for blogging can be found in this article.

How do you help other bloggers succeed online?

I write articles explaining how to follow tips which will make bloggers more successful, for example, I write articles offering blogging tips, social media tips, SEO tips, writing tips, time-saving tips, and technological tips for bloggers. All these tips help bloggers become more successful online. My tips follow various formats: tutorials, interviews, and how to posts. In addition, I hold 6 networking events per month so bloggers can grow their readership.

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Besides bloggers what other people do you help online?

I help other kinds of writers too. I am still featured on book blogs. I’ve written and published an eBook and authors want to know information that will empower them in the area of book publishing. Your readers can find my blogging tips eBook  here.  I also help marketers. Marketers need my SEO tips which give them visibility in search engines so they can make sales.

What accomplishments have you achieved as a blogger?

I was featured in the Huffington post. My blog was nominated for the most informative blog at the 2017 Bloggers Bash awards. I was interviewed in a podcast, and I’m honored to be consistently included in expert interviews. More information about my honors can be found here.

I have seen you have a big following on your social media accounts, especially Twitter and Instagram, how did you manage to build this big following?

Thank you for the compliment! The strategy for Twitter and Instagram, interestingly enough, is the same! You want your follower count to be greater than the number of people you are following. You need tools to do that. For Twitter: This post explains how to use Tweepi and Crowdfire to keep your follower/following ratio in check: How to quickly get hundreds of Twitter followers. Instead of using Tweepi and Crowdfire, I now use Commun.iT and Crowdfire, both are free tools. As far as Instagram is concerned, this post discusses how to boost your Instagram following: 8 Things you need to know for monetizing Instagram. I follow the same strategy I do with Twitter: I make sure the number I follow is less than the number that follow me. To do this, I use the Followers app, a free tool I love.

Which Strategies did you use to build your subscribers list?

This post explains proven strategies for growing your subscriber list: How to Easily get 100 Subscribers in one week.  One of the strategies explains why you need a valuable optin.  This post offers 50 mostly free optins that your readers can choose from: How to Easily get new followers with Optins.

How do you balance blogging and your day job?

I am very VERY regimented. For the most part, I spend every waking moment on my blog. Even while watching TV, I clean out my Twitter box, I brush my teeth while I work on lowering the number of people I follow on Instagram. This post will explain and offer additional schedules for your busy readers: How to Blog and Still have time to sleep.

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You have authored several books, tells us something about your latest book and why bloggers should get it?

My blogging and social media tips eBook was recently reviewed here.  Rather than brag, I’ll quote an excerpt of the review of my book:

It’s Urgent If You Blog To Read This Book!

Urgency, made this book hard to read. After blogging for almost five years, I thought I knew enough to write a book about blogging!

Ha ha! I learned so many tips, some quick, some that took longer, that it took me two weeks to get halfway through Janice’s book because I had to stop so many times and take action.

Do you want to grow your blog?

By that I mean have more traffic, readers, friends, and people who are influenced by YOU?

Blogging has changed since I started five years ago. Hundreds of thousands of bloggers have joined the blogosphere. If you are OK if NOBODY visits your blog, then do not bother to read this book.

If you are convinced that you KNOW everything about blogging, and your blog could not get ANY better, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.

If you get confused by all the tips, tricks and blind alleys that you head down trying to understand all the skills involved in blogging, then READ the book.

What if you STILL have questions when you reach the end of the book?
By the end of the book, you will probably have visited her blog and gotten acquainted. Not only that, you will have met over a hundred influencers in the field or niche of blogging. Some of them are probably going to be your next best friends.

This is my book blurb:

Are you a blogger? Are you ready to see your page views skyrocket? If so, you know the importance of using proven tips to engage readers, improve content, and increase blog traffic.

“By your reading this particular ebook, you’re finally ready to cut through the clutter and all of the confusion and online noise.” Janice Wald’s tips are proven by research and easy to understand and implement.

AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL BLOG, a collection of Wald’s blog articles, contains step-by-step directions for content creation. By following the advice in these posts, you will be able to increase your content’s visibility. Follow her

Your readers can buy my blogging tips and social media eBook here.

Secrets of Success

How can you describe how you have achieved success online as a blogger & what are some of the challenges you have faced along the way and how did you overcome them?

These questions can be answered well by the information in this post: 18 ways you can have one of the most popular blogs. It explains how my priorities evolved from traffic to monetization so much so I am happy when I see my PayPal account. The post also explains hurdles I had to overcome like lack of patience. Blogging is for the patience people! Until I started blogging, I was never patient.

What are some of your favourite blogging tools you would recommend to new bloggers or even seasoned bloggers and why?

In this post I explain my free blogging tools:  123 of the Best Free Blogging Tools that will save you time Blogging, the post offers free blogging tools that I love! If I had to pick a few, I’d pick Buffer for my Twitter scheduler, PixTeller for my graphic designer, for my editor I love Grammarly.

How have you managed to maintain a reliable traffic to your blog over and over again?

I promote everywhere: This post lists 79 free places you can promote your blog:  79 Effective ways to get free Blog traffic. You may be surprised at the websites where people are receptive to your content. For example, until recently, I didn’t think to promote at LinkedIn. Today LinkedIn is one of my top referrers of traffic.

What key advice would you give to anyone aspiring to succeed online as a blogger?

Patience is a virtue! Blogging is a marathon not a sprint. Don’t quit! Just when you get frustrated and decide to quit, you may find Google finally believes your blog exists and starts showing your articles to people. Success takes time and anything worth having should be worth waiting for. If you want success badly enough, then wait out for the disappointment. A friend and I conducted a study aimed to help disillusioned bloggers wait out the disappointing times. This may help your readers: Beginner Blogging tips.

How would you define quality content that quickly catches audience attention and goes viral?

These posts explain what I did and what my guest author did that made our posts go viral.


What are some of your short term and long term blogging goals?

Short term: Spend more time on Quora

Long term: Become an Instagram Influencer


How can people connect with you on social media?

 Anyone can connect with me via:

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Author: John Mulindi

John is very passionate about Digital marketing. He blogs on topics ranging from Social Media marketing, Search Engine optimization, Internet Marketing, Email Marketing, to Personal Development. In free time he likes watching Football, Reading, Listening to music and taking Nature walks.

75 thoughts on “15 Secrets of Success shared by a Professional Blogger”

  1. I recently found Janice’s blog and I have found all of her tips for blogging not only helpful, but really inspirational! I often use her posts as a guide to help me grow my blog. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post – another one bookmarked! xxx


  2. I actually love her blog and find it so informative and useful. Thank you for this great interview, it’s always interesting to read about the experiences of other bloggers esp. successful ones like her.

  3. This is a wonderful read. I will defiantly be looking at the links provided now to help my blog.
    Thank you SO much for posting.

  4. Nothing is more cool and awesome than learning from professional blogger like you 😀 Thanks for your generous tips!

  5. I let my blog get a little dormant in 2018. I just started working with it again recently. I am bookmarking this post so I can spend more time on all of the tips and tricks that Janice provides. I NEED HELP!!!

  6. This is so inspiring John! I’ve taken my notes and yeah, patience is so key because success doesn’t come overnight- it takes time to build an online empire. As long as you deliver value, with patience, you’ll get it!

  7. Janice is such an inspiring blogger! It’s amazing that she can blog and work at the same time. So cool she got featured in Huffington Post too. What an accomplishment!

  8. It’s disappointing to hear that she uses the follow/unfollow method to raise her Instagram following and she is unfollowing people while she is brushing her teeth….. Other than that, good interview.

    1. Hi Joanna, it about the algorithm, actually if you want to gain followers on Instagram or even Twitter, you need to keep the number of people you follow less than those that follow you.

  9. It’s always good to read about other bloggers and their regimes. It’s not easy to succeed in blogging though it might seem so. We might do all that we are supposed to, read all those how to articles and implement but at the end of the day a lot depends on luck too.

  10. What a great interview! I am always looking for ways to grow my blog and earn more income from it, so this is helpful.

  11. It is a worth interview to read who want to become a professional and successful blogger. It is very much beneficial for beginners. We should be thank you for sharing all the secrets of success with us. I am totally inspired by you and will do something big in my life.

  12. I always like reading interview posts. They are inspiring and always teach us something new through someone’s personal experience. Thanks for this wonderful post.

  13. I love Janice’s blog and all of the great posts that she has. She often shares them on my Traffic Jam Weekend Linky Party. We have featured her among our favorites many times. Enjoyed learning more about her with this interview. Thanks, John!

  14. John,
    This is amazing! Thank you for featuring me on your blog.
    Hopefully, your readers will find information that will make their blogging journey more successfully. More tips for growth await them at MostlyBlogging.com.
    I’m off to share your wonderful interview. Thank you again!

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