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Interview with Daniel Scocco of DailyBlogTips.com


Tell me about your blog Daily Blog Tips?

Back in 2005 I started building my first blogs. Some of them grew quite fast, so in 2006 I launched Daily Blog Tips, with the goal of sharing the tips and tricks that I was learning working with blogs on the web.

We recently crossed 20,000 RSS subscribers, so it is going pretty well.

What has been the most exciting thing about writing for Daily Blog Tips?

Definitely the possibility to interact with the community of readers that we have on the blog. I remember on my early days of blogging when I would get excited when one comment appeared on any of my posts. Somehow you always remain skeptical whether people are really reading your stuff or not, and when people leave a comment it is a sign that they are reading, and it gives you motivation to keep writing.

On Daily Blog Tips we get over 20 comments per post on average, and most of them are very insightful, so it becomes a pleasure to write for the blog.

What was your first blog?

I had tried to build some websites before (even used Geocities!), but my first attempt at a blog was called “Future Tech,” and it was hosted on Blogger. After that I tried to build some blogs using raw HTML files (and failed miserably…), and then in 2006 I discovered WordPress, and I have been using it ever since.

Where do you see growth in the blogging field?

Everywhere. There are quality blogs growing in every niche. I see blogging merely as a very simple form of web publishing. In other words, blogs are just types of websites that allow people to easily publish things online. Under that definition, you can see that blogging has a long way to go, as long as the web itself.

How has the growth of social media affected blogging?

Blogs are part of the social media, which is basically the production and distribution of content by people (as opposed to by companies that are part of the mainstream media). So social media includes blogs, wikis, social networks, social bookmarking sites, online forums, photo sharing services, video sharing services and so on.

What is the biggest tip you would give to a newbie blogger?

Focus on creating unique and valuable content, and be consistent with it.

What do advertisers do that you wish they wouldn’t?

Sometimes advertisers use the wrong metrics to gauge the popularity of websites. For instance, they might rely on traffic ranking services that completely misreport the traffic trends for some websites.

What do bloggers do that you wish they wouldn’t?

Many bloggers give up too early. I wish they would stick longer.

What new ideas are advertisers coming up with to take advantage of new trends?

It is an exciting time for creative folks. There are many companies using social media and viral content to promote their services or products these days. Did you see the buzz about the “best job in the world” thing? That was a marketing campaign by the Queensland state in Australia.

What do you do to improve the world?

Not that much. I just do my small part, like working honestly and behaving ethically. But that is not enough. One of my goals is to create an institution to help poor people here in Brazil, but I still got work hard to arrive there.

What do you do that is green?

I try to save water when possible (i.e. in the shower).

What is one thing about you that not many people know?

That I play the saxofone.

What’s your favourite book?

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (non-fiction), and The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald (fiction).

What is on your iPod?

I don’t have an iPod, but I do have an MP3 player. I listen to different stuff, from Eminem to Nickelback.

What are your contact details (email, company, blog, facebook, myspace, forums, etc)?

DailyBlogTips.com is where I blog actively, and you can reach me there via the contact form.

OnlineProfits.com is my main gig these days. It is an online marketing and business training program.

What events do you go to?

I attend industry events and conferences when I am able to, though I miss a lot of the action for not being in the US.

How do you prefer to communicate?

Face to face.

Thanks to Daniel Scocco of DailyBlogTips.com !