As you all know that the interview series of BestOfGuru (BOG) has been a good success in terms of different series with different personalities from different Niche Bloggers. Today we are introducing one of the well known inspirational blogger buddy, whose birthday is today (15-12-2015). We welcome Ikechi Awazie to share some of his blogging knowledge as well as a personal chat with us. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ikechi Awazie !!
Gurunath: First of all welcome to BestOfGuru(BOG) and thanks for giving an opportunity to know about you more with this interview.Please introduce yourself briefly and how did you enter into blogging, for our BOG readers.
Ikechi Awazie: My name is Ikechi Awazie and I am from Nigeria. I began blogging when I was no longer comfortable with some of the article platforms. I wanted to make a difference with my ideas, improve the lives of others and build a like-minded community.
I discovered that blogging could achieve these goals and thus Be a Light to the World was born.
Gurunath: What is the idea behind to start a motivational/inspirational blog although there are many other top niches?
Ikechi Awazie: I experienced the hardship of trying to be different in the world that accepts status quo. Most people would want to make a difference, but they suffer from low self-esteem because they are scared of living their comfort zone.
There are others who have a wrong idea of what it means to make a difference and feel you have to be popular or be a star, thereby disregarding little actions.
I have decided to create a blog that will let people understand that they are an inspiration and can make a difference in their home, neighbourhood and community.
Gurunath: Alongside blogging, you also do freelancing. what type of things you do and tell us how freelancing helps an individual to build a career?
Ikechi Awazie: I am freelancing part-time in Web and Content development.
Freelancing is a great way to pursue other interests and dreams. Freelancing gives you the opportunity to build a career and gain experience till you become self-employed full time. It is also a great way to have more streams of income.
Gurunath: As an inspirational blogger how can you make the readers motivated when they feel out of ideas to create articles and blog posts?
Ikechi Awazie: I believe that everyone can make a difference and I pass this message in my posts all the time.
I make my readers understand that if they work towards improving the lives of others with their gifts or talents and get rid of their self-doubt, the sky is definitely the limit.
Gurunath: What is the biggest challenge you have faced in freelancing and blogging according to you and how did you overcome that?
Ikechi Awazie: My biggest challenge in blogging was engagement. It seemed that my blog was a ghost town till I joined the Aha Community where I met awesome people with whom I created an awesome relationship.
For freelancing, my challenge is not new to those who are just starting. It is about building a reputation in your field.
Gurunath: How much time you spend on blogging, Social Media and Social Promotions? Any other tools you implement to get more Social Media presence?
Ikechi Awazie: I love blogging so much that I do not keep track of the time. As for Social Media and Social promotions, I work towards building a relationship with others by commenting and helping as much as I can. This makes my Social promotions very easy.
Gurunath: What type of SEO related tools you use and how that help a blog get good traffic?
Ikechi Awazie: My strategy for SEO is to have an insight on the problems of my audience. I search for keywords on Google keyword Planner and this gives me an x-ray of the issues.
I then write posts based on the problems and so far, it has helped me to get good traffic.
Gurunath: Whats your opinion on Guest Posts, Sponsored posts and Ghost posts? With differentiating them, can you tell us which is the best thing to go for to earn money plus reputation?
Ikechi Awazie: Guest posts are a great way to build relationships with other bloggers and to introduce your brand to new people. Guest posts also help to spread your message.
Sponsored posts are contents that one is paid to publish on his blog by advertisers. It is where you are promoting products and services of others on your blog to earn a commission.
Ghost posts are written by writers who create content for someone else.
All the post types are a great way to make money, but I believe that a Guest post is the best thing to go if you want to earn money and reputation.
Gurunath: Every person will have someone who inspires or motivates them, who is your inspiration in blogging and which blogs you follow on a regular basis?
Ikechi Awazie: I always find it difficult to answer this question and that is because I have a mindset that everyone can make a difference so I read blogs based on my interests and create relationship with as many people as possible which is why I am so blessed to be in the Aha Community where you find awesome people who are ready to help. The members inspire me so much.
Gurunath: Does blogging have the power to change someone’s life?
Ikechi Awazie: Blogging has made a difference in so many lives which is why today, many people are blogging and businesses are not taken it for granted.
It is a known fact blogging has enabled bloggers to:
Become Thought Leaders
Provide information to their audience which has fostered strong relationships
Build Like-minded communities and strong brands
Gurunath: In Blogging it is very common that bloggers get frustrated and hopeless in certain situations, what is your best advice in that situation?
Ikechi Awazie: No man is an island. My advice to bloggers is that they should learn to network with others especially with those that are pros in their niche. This reduces the tension in blogging and you get to learn and avoid so many mistakes.
Gurunath: What type of future features or changes you are expecting to see in blogging?
Ikechi Awazie: I see more people participate in blogging
I believe there will be better Content management systems that will be packed with sophisticated features that will make the life of Content creators easy.
I see new content types introduced in future.
Blogging would become a basic requirement for business.
Gurunath: Last but not the least, any message to BOG readers?
Ikechi Awazie: Thanks for giving me the opportunity to make a difference in this post.
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