Blogger Interview: Mark Wielgus

Todays interview is with Mark Wielgus. Mark runs the blog 45n5.com. 45n5 is the home of the now infamous Make Money Online Top 100 list. Mark also runs the ad network ShowYourAdHere.com.

  • Question 1: In your about page you state that you started your 45n5 site in October
    of 2005 and made over $1000 in the month of December 2006. Care to share
    what an average month clears you now?

    When it was hobby money it was fun chronicling the adventures. I keep
    my earnings to myself now 😉

  • Question 2: Are there any specific experiences related to the rocket-like success of
    your Top 100 list that you’d care to share?

    Create something cool and let people know about it. Promotion was the
    key to the top 100’s success.

  • Question 3: You recently pushed out your ad network, ShowYourAdHere.com, which is quite the undertaking. What growing pains have you had to overcome that you
    didn’t expect? Also, originally the network was to be named nofollowads.com.
    Why the name change?

    The name change came because I thought ShowYourAdHere was more viral and not tied to an initiative by the search engines.

    The biggest growing pain was actually doing the initial programming.
    I worked on it two weeks straight night and day to get it started.

    Another hurdle was figuring out how to do a hosting setup that
    wouldn’t lock up websites if the host went down. I’m now using DNS
    failover and 2 hosts. They aren’t completely redundant, however they
    won’t return a dead page now should one host go down.

  • Question 4: You recently made the decision to try and post a video post every day.
    What helped you make the decision to go video? And was it worth it?

    I have missed one day already which I’ll make up soon 😉 I enjoy
    video so I wanted to do more of it.

    I wish more blogs would do video. I want to create the type of blog
    at 45n5.com that I would want to follow, therefore it for sure needs a
    bunch of original video.

  • Question 5: Do you feel that your location in Kentucky, and more specifically your
    distance from the heart of silicon valley, has any negative effects on your
    business?

    It has some good points. It’s dirt cheap living. I can still
    communicate with the same people around the world. It’s central to
    most of North America.

    Business wise it’s a good bet living in Kentucky. Personally Kentucky
    is way too conservative for me.

My thanks go out to Mark for participating in the interview and for giving some really great answers. You can go see the Make Money Online top 100 at 45n5.com or check out the best revenue share ad network at showyouradhere.com

Blogger Interview: Caroline Middlebrook

Today’s interview is with Caroline Middlebrook.  Caroline runs the aptly named blog, Caroline Middlebrook,  at http://www.caroline-middlebrook.com/blog/.  She just recently released her newest ebook guide on building niche sites with wordpress.  Make sure you check it out.

  • Question #1: You just released your ebook on developing niche sites with wordpress.
    What effect has that had, if any, on your website?

    • Well one of the biggest marketing efforts that I did was an email campaign which was quite successful so it has brought in quite a lot of links and traffic. Mainly though, the biggest effect has been the income that it has generated for me 🙂
  • Question#2: What tips could you give a fellow blogger who wants to put together his/her own ebook?
    • Load up your favourite wordprocessing software and just start writing. Once I got started it was a lot easier and now that the book is finished it’s a lot easier to go and make edits to it. It can seem daunting to write an ebook if all you have done so far is write a blog post but it really does get easier as you get into it. You don’t need a brilliant topic because you can always tweak it part way through – just get started and give it a go.
  • Question #3: Software suggestions for ebooks?
    • The free (and open source) Open Office software is very good and also has the built in facility for exporting the file to a PDF which is very handy. Other than that, no software is really needed.
  • Question #4: What do you feel are the keys to your success?
    • I think the biggest factor is that I write in a very different manner to many other people in the IM niche – I don’t pretend to be an expert, I don’t use marketing hype, I will honestly slate something that I don’t like and I am not afraid to blog about my failures. People find it refreshing and I think a lot of newbies resonate with me because I started out from scratch just like they did.
  • Question #5: Do you feel that the niche blog arena is becoming saturated?
    • No of course not. People have been saying that for years! Really I don’t think there’s any such thing as saturation in a niche – it’s all about supply and demand. The only reason there would be a lot of competition in a niche is because the demand is high and there’s always room for just one more good blog!

My thanks goes out to Caroline for her willingness to answer my questions.  Make sure you go over and check out her blog.  She’s just gotten a new design recently and it sure looks sharp!