To begin this month of July 2015, Efogator is bringing you an awesome interview with a computer frick/blogger, a proud Nigerian. He will be sharing his experiences in blogging and how far he has gone and some of the very keys that has helped him.
Efogator: Please tell us your name
Larry: I am Larry Frank by name
Efogator: Tell us where you are from and a little about yourself
Larry: I’m a young Nigerian, an origin of Amaeke Abam in Aro-Chukwu local government area of Abia State, but reside somewhere in the city of Port Harcourt Rivers State Nigeria. A computer freak, a gadget lover, a writer and a geek to the core. I’m in my late teens as at time of this interview though.
Efogator: Tell us about your blog
Larry: Currently, I run quite a number of blogs, but give more concentration to just two (a tech and an entertainment blog), you can see my tech blog LarryFrank but my entertainment blog is something I won’t like to talk about for some personal reasons.
Efogator: What is your purpose of blogging?
Larry: I’ll say it all started for fun, I used to blog for fun then in some stage of my blogging journey, the purpose of blogging changed from just being fun to a passion, but as at now I’ll be frank, I blog for money, just like many other
Efogator: What were the challenges you faced at the beginning of your blogging
Larry: Talking of challenges I faced, just like every newbie will always complain of driving reasonable traffic to their blogs, but in my case it was different because, I really didn’t struggle with driving traffic to my blog, I knew my onion on that. But at that, I did have quite some obstacles on this journey.
When I started as a blogger, I had no Computer of my own, I used a mobile device to write my posts and I also visited the cyber cafe frequently in other to fix up some tasks that I couldn’t fix with my phone as you know mobile devices aren’t just enough to do that. This really dug a hole in my pocket.
Efogator: How long have you been blogging?
Larry: I’ve been around the internet since early 2012, and started blogging at the end on same year. So 2012 – 2015 I’m just three years in this journey.
Efogator: What is your main source of traffic generation?
Larry: For my tech blog, I get my traffic mainly from google search engine, forums and social networks. But my entertainment blog gets a boom traffic from
Efogator: If your blog generates income, what is your main source of income.
Larry: Sure my blog does generates income, and like every blogger will recommend google AdSense as the best source of income, I also will recommend it too because I also earn a lot from it. Aside google AdSense I also make some money from sponsored posts, reviews and banner ads too.
Efogator: Who are the 4 bloggers that has inspired you so much?
Larry: Complete credit goes to the below bloggers: Oscar Frank of www.oscarmini.com, Antonio Omeihe of www.campuslink.com.ng, Isaiah Joseph of www.omoscowonder.com, Nosa Ero Nosa of www.techrez.com
Efogator: In this age of high competition in blogging, what do you do to stand out?
Larry: I’ll say trying new things is a great way to achieving your goal. I’ll also say invest, invest and invest. Yea I just spend on anything that can bring success to my blog. So I think trying new things and investing on my blog have made me
Efogator: How do you handle the SEO of your blog?
Larry: I use some tools that really help me in managing my blogs SEO, these tools are: Buzzstream.com, Majestic.com and Linkprospector.citationlabs.com
Efogator: What are the 4 things you do not do as a blogger to keep you on the path of success?
• Firstly I think writing my articles myself is one thing that has kept me on the long run, unlike many bloggers in Nigeria who copy peoples
• Improvising, yes I mean it when I say improvising, I think of new ideas, and implement them, surely some won’t work out well, but I’m always glad when one does work.
• Being social is something I recently found out that works, like I said I’ve been blogging since late 2012, and all the way, I’ve not been connecting with other bloggers, but trust me, a year ago, I decided to connect to other like-minded people and trust me, I had a lot to gain from that.
• In don’t let it all out of the bag, for every success there must be a secret. I surely help friends and colleagues but there are somethings I won’t be able to tell to people.
Efogator: Which of the blogging platform do you prefer and why?
Larry: WordPress! Yes wordpress, the fact that wordpress has a big fan base and that is enough reason to go for it. The whole crowd can’t be wrong in going for it.
Efogator: In your opinion, why do so many bloggers fail and only few succeed?
Larry: Yea I always say blogging is a win-win situation, but it’s as well not a get rich quick scheme, a lot of newbies in the blogosphere think they’ll just create a blog, write a post and connect to their bank account then get a million dollar
Due to the fact that they want to get millions from their blogs in minutes, they do all sort of things to get traffic to their blogs, thereby forgetting to build quality. And I keep saying, no quality, no success. Take a look at the few that succeed in blogging, they keep to that quality.
Efogator: What’s your advice to young bloggers out there?
Larry: On every blog I’ve being hosted on, whenever this question comes up, I just say smart work and persistency, blogging they say is all about working hard but I’ll say it’s all about working smart, learn from people’s experience, follow the right track, keep doing, just do it one more time.