Interview With Successful Blogger And Online Business Man Enstine Muki

Enstine MukiToday I have the pleasure to present you with an interview of successful online business man and blogger, Enstine Muki.

A couple of weeks ago, I asked him if he would give me the favor to do an interview with me and we had a long chat on Facebook.  Besides being very knowledgeable when it comes to blogging, traffic, SEO, social media and more, Enstine, is also a very nice persona that I’m so happy I’ve got to know better recently.

It’s my hope that you will learn a lot through this interview as it’s full of wonderful tips and nuggets. So here we go…

S. Hi Enstine first off I wanted to thank you so much for accepting this interview and answering few questions that I’m sure will be so helpful for my readers and yours as well I’m sure.

So, to start, please, let us know a little bit more about you. What do you do? And where do you live? Or any cool thing about you we might not know about you yet.

E. Thank you Sylviane for giving me this opportunity to interact with your wonderful community. I have been one of your readers shortly after I started blogging in 2012. I came to your blog through a comment you dropped on Adrienne’s blog.

My name is Enstine Muki. I’m from Cameroon in Central Africa. I live in Douala, one of the most spoken about cities on Africa. I speak both English and French. I’m father of 2 and I have the most beautiful woman on earth as wife.

I have been a freelance php developer since 2007 here in my country. I co-own NjangiHost.com, a webhosting company here in Cameroon.

S.  What made you start blogging and when was that?

E. Before I got into blogging on August 21 2012, I was already working online, creating web sites and web applications. I’m creator of EasyRetweet.com (sold out), CashDonator.com, ViralBird.com and a couple of others. I have created over 200 websites for clients worldwide.

While maintaining EasyRetweet, I came across so many wonderful bloggers who inspired me big time. I’m talking of bloggers like Brian of  BlogEngage  Justin of DragonbloggerKiesha of Weblogbetter, Deborah of socialWebCafe, etc

My immediate push came from Brian when he proposed a partnership between EasyRetweet and BlogEngage and gave me the opportunity to publish my first ever guest post on his blog. That was even before I ever started my own blog. My first article as a beginner was published on EmFastIncome (also sold out).

Since then, I have been passionate about blogging. My writing skills have grown thanks to tips from unique blogging friends. As a matter of fact, Adrienne’s posts and Sue of WriteClever have been of great help. When I later on made Harleena of aha-now, I got even more inspired.

I have so many wonderful friends that have helped me to where I am now. It’s not really possible to list them here.

S. I read in one of your posts that you went from starting a blog to an Alexa ranking of 93K in just 34 days. How in the world did you manage to make that possible?  I think we all need to know that, some even more than others.

EThis is the blog post you are talking about right?

Well, a lot has been written on how to lower Alexa stats. Some black hat and some white hat. My experience of posting content daily for about 30 days proved to me that Alexa loves freshness. Well, some bloggers have mentioned that they did same with no good results. That makes me want to think Social media has a role to play. Let me continue with the next question as it relates to this

S. In a recent conversation over a Facebook chat you said that the more you put the link of your blog post on social media the better it seems to be for Alexa ranking. So, my question to you is how many times it’s a good number to post each blog post on various social media platforms?

E. From my experience, I think social media signals influence Alexa stats. How many times you post on social media and the traffic from top social media sites like Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter could be having an impact on Alexa.

I specifically don’t have exact figures but what I know is I post to over 10 Facebook groups, 10 Google+ communities, LinkedIn and of course Twitter. I recommend looking at the post I mentioned in question 3 above where I gave details on what I did in 34 days

S. How much time would you say you spend on promoting each of your post, and do you do it in one day or over several days?

E. As a matter of fact, I don’t have any specific amount of time I assign to promoting my blog posts. Generally, I take 2 days to share new articles on social media and this I do manually. I have 2 Facebook Fan pages, about 10 groups, about 10 Google communities. I do also take time to share on blogging communities like Blogengage, klinkk, kingged, bizsugar, inbound, etc. You agree with me that manually posting to these communities takes a lot of time. The more these communities and groups, the more time it takes.

I’m aware there are programs to automatically post to some of these platforms with a simple click but I think that completely defeats the purpose of community membership. A community with no engagement and interaction is dead. If everyone does auto-posting, no one will be there to vote, comment, click the links, etc

S. What would you say is the MOST important thing you need to do to make sure your blog will climb up in traffic and popularity steadily over time? I’m still struggling with that.

E. There are 2 things I recommend here;

1 – SEO: If you want steady traffic in a long run, start by publishing SEO friendly content today. Some bloggers just go ahead and write content without thinking Search Engines.  Search engines are important source of traffic. I don’t understand why we need traffic yet neglecting the very source of it.

Google has tossed most of us left and right but we shouldn’t quit following search engines best practices. Others get huge traffic from Google! Why shouldn’t you?

Yesterday, it was about keyword density. Today, that has changed.  It’s more of keyword variation (LSI)

Neil Patel in this post said something so important about this. According to him “The sheer variety of words is also an important factor that can improve your SEO… The more variety you have, the better you’ll perform in search queries. Remember, Google isn’t just delivering results that have an exact match to the query. It delivers results that are semantically related”

Sometimes, as bloggers, we keep away for weeks due to circumstances we cannot handle. During this period, SEO is the only source of traffic that can keep you going.

2 – List Traffic: Building a list is the second thing I recommend here as a source of traffic. It is the surest source of traffic you can tap into at any time. Each time you publish a post and mail your list about it, there is surely going to be traffic rush to your blog. The bigger the size of your list, the more the traffic you get

Ok I know most of us hail social media for traffic. Yes, you need it (social media) for traffic and popularity. However, if you stop growing your social media base and sharing content on it regularly, the traffic too will almost instantly stop

S. I just read your post where you’re talking about finding bad links on your site, and I feel that your post raises the question again. Should our blog be no-follow, or should we take care of this on an individual basis?  For example, I can control the links from people who comment on my blog, but it’s not easy to control who’s linking to your site. So, what’s the best remedy for this?

E. You are referring to this post right?

Ok I want to suggest setting your blog to nofollow with a possibility to do individual adjustments. You don’t want to be penalized by Google for leaking out page rank do you?

You can have full control over your blog’s outbound links. However, it’s absolutely difficult to control any link that points to your blog from outside.  The best you can do is ask Google to neglect such links by using the Disavow tool.

Secondly, be careful when you leave comments on other blogs and link back to yours.  Be very selective in the choice of blogs to comment on

Don’t do the crazy things others do – buy some crappy seo backlink gigs on fiverr or SEOClerks. That will simply mean buying disaster for your blog

S. What type of site do you think Google call dangerous or suspicious? And how bad do you think it is to have sites like those pointing to our blog?

E. Here are the 6 cases Google may suspect any site;

  • A sudden and massive growth in backlinks
  • Linking from irrelevant content
  • Creating keyword rich backlinks
  • Creating massive do-follow outbound links. Google may think you are selling links
  • Creating keyword stuffed contents
  • Getting massive inbound links from sites that have been penalized by Google

Any site that does any other activity (usually black hat) to manipulate Google is suspicious. Note that Google is smarter and will always fish out such sites.

Of course linking to these sites is dangerous.  It’s as dangerous as having a relationship with terrorists. When they are hunted down, you may not be able to escape.

S. What do you think is the best way to find targeted traffic for your blog?  For example, for someone like me who has limited time, and still trying to widen my audience, what are let’s say the 3 FIRST STEPS you would tell me to take?

E. I don’t think there is anything that replaces search engine traffic if we are looking for free targeted traffic. That’s actually my first recommended step for targeted traffic. Of course, it starts with OnPage – Writing the kind of content that is loved by search engines and shared by readers. This generally will boost your OffPage SEO by attracting links from visitors (natural linking)

You may want to buy traffic through search and social PPC. That too can bring in a lot of targeted traffic. Of course, it’s not free here.

Another option is to buy banner space on related blogs. In addition to this, you may pay bloggers to review your blog. That’s something few bloggers do but I think it can be very productive. If your blog is reviewed on a highly targeted blog with high traffic, be sure to get some interesting exposure.

I know you are thinking what about social media? Well, how targeted this is depends on how you grow your social media base. If you have random fans and followers, you may not expect anything good.

For someone like you with limited time, an option could be to hire a Virtual Assistants whose responsibilities are to post quality comments on targeted blogs with links back to your blog, share your posts on blogging communities, (comment other blogs and vote your entries), share on social media, participate in forums, etc

S. Where do you find inspiration to always write about exciting topics?

E. As a matter of fact, I don’t have specific places to mention here. However, being very active on the blogosphere (though, not full time), I get often inspired by reading blog posts and comments. I do also think my best posts have been inspired by my personal experiences. I try to create content from things that happen around me. I share new things I learn, discoveries, solutions, etc. At every given moment, I always have lots of ideas because there are new things I meet every day.

S. What advice do you have for people who want to make money from their blog?

E. The first advice I have for money making bloggers is to build an active blog first. If your blog is sleepy, with crappy content, making money will be difficult. No one will ever buy space on your blog or pay you for a sponsored post if your blog cannot meet his or her expectations. Advertisers want targeted exposure. That means No Targeted Traffic, No Money.

From my experience, no advertiser is ever willing to pay you for advertising service without being satisfied with your traffic stats – how many unique visitors, impressions, source of traffic, time on site, etc.

So you see, to make money from your blog, focus on building it up first. Of course, you have to be sure your blog’s outfit is impressive. While that does not guarantee earnings, it can turn advertisers away if poorly built.

As soon as you think your blog is active enough to earn money through advertising or product reviews, don’t just sit and wait for clients. Go get them. I love what you wrote in this post Sylviane. I highly recommend it as it’s working for me. Bloggers who want to make money should step out and go to meet advertisers.

Secondly, if you want to generate some income from your blog, think of building a list. You may not understand how this works but the money making power of your list is huge. It’s like a market of ready buyers – well, that’s true for a list properly built.

There is no blog monetizing method that can really generate income without consistent traffic. If you want to go with Adsense or promote Affiliate marketing products to earn commissions or go by promoting your own products, having targeted traffic is a must

S. What is the number on tips you would want to give to any blogger who is still struggling with their blog?

E. One of the reasons some bloggers struggle with their blogs is lack of knowledge. There are things they want to do but they keep missing the point because they don’t know how it’s done. I encourage investing in studies. It is never too late to learn and no knowledge is useless. If there is some area in blogging you are struggling with, I advise taking a break and studying it properly.

If you have been around for years and think it’s still not pulling, why not sign up to some great blogging course? There are a couple of them out there that can help get you results.

Another option is to get a mentor who will take your hand through the difficult steps in blogging.

Thanks for these wonderful questions Sylviane. I hope my answers will help your readers get one or two things. I’d love to welcome everyone over at my blog….. where we can discuss ways to make money online and much more. Feel free to contact me with any questions. We can discuss a lot of things together. What’s the essence of blogging if bloggers don’t communicate with each other?

S. Well thank you so much for accepting my invitation, Enstine and for sharing such wonderful insight that both my readers and yours can benefits form.

Now, if you’ve read this wonderful interview, please, add to it by commenting down below… Any question, welcome!

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64 Comments

  • Carol LynnTwitter: carollynnrivera says:

    Hi Sylviane, I’m glad you introduced us to Enstine today. Enstine, you have quite a long list of accomplishments! I especially appreciated what you said about learning, near the end of you interview.

    “If there is some area in blogging you are struggling with, I advise taking a break and studying it properly.”

    That could be said of everything in business! So many times we do something because we think it should be done or someone has advised us to do it and then we get stuck. And yet we plow ahead and keep going. But wouldn’t it be better to take a step back and realize that you’ve reached your limit and that it’s time to learn and try something new? That’s excellent advice.

    I found your take on SEO interesting as well. Very true, search is a tremendous source of traffic for many businesses. And yet it is one of the most frustrating and unmanageable parts of marketing. Even strictly white hat SEO is not necessarily enough to get your site out there. Just within the past few days I listened to Matt Cutts talking about “popularity” vs “authority” and while he didn’t say anything new (inbound links = better ranking) I think he is vague enough about what he does say that it misleads the average person into doing stupid things. I have my own rant brewing on that one, so I will probably turn it into my own blog post :)

    Anyway, thanks to both of you for a great interview and I enjoyed reading it!
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    • Hi Carol,

      Nice to see you back!

      Indeed, Enstine has some great insights in here, so this was one of the easiest post for me :) I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Yes, please, write a post about your own traffic/ranking recipe. I’m sure it’s going to be great!

      Thanks for coming and have a great productive week.

    • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Hi Carol,
      Thanks for the exciting comment ;)
      I told Sylviane I know this interview will bring me closer to more great minds and that’s exactly what it’s doing ;)

      I really appreciate the opportunity to feature here Carol and thanks for being the first to react.

      Hope for a stronger friendship in the days ahead
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  • Ashley FaulkesTwitter: madlemmingz says:

    Hi Sylviane,
    great guest to have on your blog. I have known and worked with Enstine a little over the last few months. He helped me promote my Twitter course when it came out and I helped him a little with a recent project.
    He is a very knowledgeable and helpful blogger and it was great to learn even more about his past and his blogging experience here on this blog!
    Thanks so much for this interview! great idea
    ashley
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    • Hi Ashley,

      At least that’s one way to attract people that don’t usually come to my blog, to have a new guest such as Enstine in here.

      Indeed, he’s very knowledgeable about online stuff, as well as a nice guy, which for me is even more important. I’m glad you enjoyed his interview where he shared some good tips.

      Thanks for coming and have a great week blogging.

    • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Hi Ashley,
      Good to see you here!
      I can’t forget you went extra miles to shoot a video for my promotion. That’s the positive side most product owners lack. Good luck to you in your online journey. I’m confident you will break your limits

      Do have a wonderful week ahead and we keep keeping a warm relationship ;)
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  • Chery SchmidtTwitter: cheryschmidt says:

    Good Morning Sylviane, I did hear about your interview with Enstine before it happened and have been patiently waiting for it.. LOL
    Great Stuff, I love all the tips and do believe that building a list is important, I have done this in the past and am going to get started on this again.

    Thank you so much for starting my week on the right foot so to say You Both Rock.. Chery :))
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    • Hi Chery,

      And I hope you had a good trip and a good time on your event.

      Oh, really you’ve heard of this already? anyhow, I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s full of good advice, indeed.

      Hope you have a great week!

    • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Chery I see you are here earlier than me ;) I love your presence in my community dear friend and what you are doing is tremendous.

      This interview was highly requested on kingged. I’ll soon be sharing it there if no one does before me ;)

      Hope you are having a wonderful week
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  • donna merrillTwitter: donna_tribe says:

    Hi Sylviane, thank you for having Enstine as your guest today.

    Enstine,
    It is so nice to know a little bit more about you. I’ve been on your blog and it is fantastic. You are always pumping out great content. I was never a big SEO person, but a bit mindful of it. I do see the importance of it, but back in the day, when it was all about SEO, it was painful to read some black hat bloggers!
    I think being on Social media is so important for our rankings. I’m glad the algorythms changed because we can meet so many people on our social media sites that can come to our blogs.
    Yes, we need to build our blogs up before we get into marketing and it is important to heed your advice when you said that if one is struggling in an area in blogging, take a break and study it properly. I’m a strong believer in that one!
    When it comes to making money on your blog, it is all in the list process. That free optin on our sidebar will bring targeted people to our list because they are already interested in us, and they have the know like and trust factor!
    After that, comes the marketing campaign with PPC and so on.
    Thanks for these wise words,

    -Donna
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    • Hi Donna,

      Yes, Enstine is a great blogger, and he will be here very soon I’m sure.

      I agree the opt-in form is great stuff to build a list. in my new one here, while the first 25 were people I know who read this blog it keeps growing with names I’ve never seen before. I think that once this one grows big I may get rid of all the old ones that don’t do much for me anymore.

      Of course, social media is very important indeed. My favorite one is LinkedIn because it’s the one that gives me most positive results.

      Thanks for coming and have a great week, Donna.

    • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Hi Donna,
      I’m so excited to see you here and thanks for sharing this post on social media ;). Yes, I have seen you on my blog dropping interesting comments

      Your comment to this post is spot on too! Thanks for reading the interview and making this excellent comment as usual.

      Let’s keep the relationship warm. We must make it big in blogging

      Do have a wonderful week ahead
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  • Harleena SinghTwitter: harleenas says:

    Hi Sylviane, and welcome Enstine – it’s SO good to see you featured here today :)

    I loved the interview, and ALL the nuggets you shared with us. There’s always so much to learn from you and and your blog Enstine. It’s remarkable how well your blog has risen within such a short time span and continues to do so, even though you are only working part-time on it.

    I still remember the awesome guest post you wrote for my blog and the comments it got – you rightfully deserved to be called the ‘money making guru’ – wish I could learn a little of those tricks and tips, but that’s what good friends are there for, to help you learn and share the knowledge with each other.

    Like you, I too believe that having a strong social media presence IS essential. I also share on many groups and G+ communities, much beyond 10 as you mentioned and it becomes tiring at times because you also need to check the notifications and reply to the comments even on those places, but that’s got it’s own charm. I take it slowly and perhaps might lessen on the places I share too. I know you are very active on JustRetweet, Kingged, Bizsugar and of course BlogEngage, which are all important – I see you all over there :)

    Thanks for the kind mention, and this was surely a lovely interview Sylviane. You asked wonderful questions and we all got to learn a great deal from Enstine himself – an inspiration in himself. Have a nice week, both of you :)
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    • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Hi Harleena,
      This interview is the continuation of the beautiful thinks on your blog in January ;) That guest post was huge exposure that brought me many more engaging friends and business. Of course, you saw the traffic report ;)

      Sylviane has given me another boost through this interview. She’s been a wonderful person and of course, you can see that from what she does here. You both are wonderful writers I’d love to feature on my blog in the near days ahead.

      Thanks for the constant push you give bloggers in your community ;)

      Do have a splendid week ahead
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    • Hi Harleena,

      It was very nice to interview Enstine, because I knew he was going to share some very interesting tips and good advice. I really asked him questions I had and thought that many more people would take advantage from them.

      You’re right, just sharing your blog post on social media takes time. It could be at least a good part-time job of its own. I’m trying to do better with it, but at times it’s challenging.

      Thank you for coming by, and have a great week ahead!

  • Kumar GaurawTwitter: kgauraw says:

    Hi Enstine,

    It’s great to see you here at Sylviane’s blog with such an awesome interview! The tips you have shared are so very valuable.

    I have seen your writing and in depth analysis you do before you publish your content and I admire you for that. through this interview, you have helped a lot of people get to know you and learn from your experience and wisdom – both.

    Thank you for taking time to answer these great questions from Sylviane and have a great week!

    Thanks,
    Kumar
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  • Arun Kallarackal says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Nice to see the interview of the ‘money making blogger’ himself here! Enstine is an influencer. And he is one for a reason! He shares some timeless money making tips through his blog. He not only shares those stuff, but also makes them happen. I mean, he not only preaches, but also ‘does’ makes things possible! This is what I admire about him.

    Talking about this interview, you’ve done a good job at being the interviewer. Nice and direct questions posed by you. And Enstine too has offered to the point, honest answers. I particularly was interested in the Alexa rank and its relation with social media signals thing he said, in an answer to your question. I can see why Enstine’s blog has good Alexa rank. Because I see him share his blog posts consistently on social sites!

    And I also loved the way he thinks. He said in an answer to not ‘sit and wait’ for advertisers. Once the blog is ripe for monetization aspects, we should approach them! That’s a good way of thinking. It is like- ‘not waiting for things to happen, but go out and make things happen!’.

    Really enjoyed the interview Sylviane! And thanks to Enstine for those honest answers and sound advice!

    Arun

    • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Wow! great comment Arun !
      I just read your comment on my blog and here you are again. I see you read this interview word after word. The proof is the knowledge in your comment. I love that ;)

      I know we have better blogging days ahead. Let’s keep keeping the relationship. We shall succeed ;)

      Do have a wonderful week ahead
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    • Hello Arun, and welcome to my blog.

      I’ve tried to ask Enstine questions I really wanted to ask him and I know that many people would have wanted to ask him too. I know that he doesn’t only say things but applies them to himself as well, and that’s why I wanted to know more about him.

      I’m very glad you’ve enjoyed this.

      Thank for coming and have a great day!

  • Justin Germino says:

    Great interview, Enstine is dedicated and resourceful and I am glad to see him growing more and more successful over the years. I myself am dealing with the aftermath of Google penalty stripping all my PageRank, and my Alexa going the other direction as a result of traffic loss. Tip, don’t allow any guest posting, with dofollow links in author bio ever, it isn’t worth hosting the article even if it is a good one.

    • Hi Justin and welcome here.

      Wow, I didn’t know that about links of guest bloggers in the bio. I wonder why it would be bad if it’s a reputable blogger?

      Any details on that?

      Thanks for coming :)

      • Justin Germino says:

        Reputable is subjective, Google is looking at how they build links and what keywords/anchor texts they are using. So even a reputable blogger who may write 30-50 guest articles in a month and have them distributed may end up with penalty, I can’t really say. Google says no dofollow links with compensation, but they are fuzzy on if you are being provided guest content, that is compensation for the dofollow link (the content is the compensation) so it could violated the ToS just based on that merit.

        While I think many users of MyBlogGuest abused the service and caused the penalty to widespread affect many, I think by MyBlogGuest going down this is only going to increase the direct to guest publish attempts out there which should make anyone weary of guest content. People should be focused on raising awareness for their social media profiles, links to learn more about them or even an ebook or something they are selling is fine, but nofollow the link, if readers are interested they will click to learn more, comment, engage…etc.

    • Enstine Muki from money making bloggerTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Hi Justin,
      Good to see you here and thanks for the engagement! You remember the early days of EasyRetweet when you and a couple others brought in impressive suggestions and modifications? Through that constant interaction, I admired blogging, developed and interest and went into it and today I can say it’s a beautiful step I took ;)

      Oh sorry for the bad experience with Google and I hope you soon get out of it

      Do have a wonderful rest of the week Justin
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  • William ButlerTwitter: wiarbu says:

    Greetings Enstine,
    Nice to meet you again, this time on Sylviane’s blog. You’ve offered not only some great advice, but from your valuable experience. This is also a great way to share your knowledge, and in the process help others.

    Have a great week!
    Bill
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  • Adrienne
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    Hey Sylviane,

    What a great interview with Enstine and you really got him to open up in this one.

    I think that’s so sweet what you said about your wife Enstine, I love that. I didn’t realize you had your own hosting service either so that was something new I learned about you. I knew most of the others which is why I know you’re very knowledgeable when it comes to certain things online.

    I agree for the most part with some of what you shared but like Carol said, SEO is one of the most frustrating things ever. Oh sure, it still works when done correctly but I guess I just don’t see it being done correctly for the most part. I know for me I walk on the straight and narrow and have never done anything black hat in my life yet I still fall on the bad side of Google from time to time. I think it’s from the lack of knowledge because it’s hard to understand it all due to how often they change the rules.

    I also think as far as “monetizing” your blog goes I think people really need to consider what type of business they want to run because so many people are chasing the small dollars that they’re missing the bigger picture. Once again though, it depends on what they want to achieve while here.

    Thank you so much for the mention and I’m so glad we met through blogging and I’ve enjoyed what you’ve had to share over the past few years too. Gosh, we are going on two years now aren’t we, can you believe that!

    You’re doing a wonderful job Enstine and I have no doubt you’ll continue to do so as time goes by. Keep up the great work my friend.

    Great interview Sylviane and wonderful questions you asked Enstine. I really enjoyed this.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Hi Adrienne,

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this interview of Enstine. I know he did a great job in answering my questions. This thing became an over 2000 word blog post, so I love that too!

      I’m like you, I wouldn’t even know how to do a black hat thing, yet it seems that Google has whipped out my personal development from their search while I’m there on Bing. Go figure.

      The reason I even chosen that blog title “understanding your subconscious mind” was because back then, I was ranking number one with that keyword phrase. Then, it seems that some SEO gurus got it and now they rank while I’m gone. But again in a private chat Enstine did tell me that Google was stupid, which in some cases, they are. At times they are rewarding the very thing they’re saying they’re against. Just had to say this :)

      Thank for you input and have a great week ahead!

    • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Hi Adrienne,
      While thanking you for your engagement on this post, I’m grateful to Sylviane for giving me the opportunity to share with her audience.

      Yes, my wife and 2 kids all together make the best thing that ever happened to me. My son is 3 weeks and I’ll be happy to share some pics as soon as my wife returns from spending some time with her mum ;)

      Fortunately, while SEO is most frustrating, it is not the only source of free traffic; Social medial, list building, blog commenting, guest posting, etc can still drive traffic to our blogs.

      I understand why some bloggers completely turn their backs to Google. They still succeed without the search engine master after all ;).

      My take is if you figure out what works for you, stick to it and make a difference.

      Hope you are having a wonderful week Adrienne.
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  • Karnal Singh says:

    Hi Sylviane,
    You have done very useful thing.I am following Enestine for around 1 yewar now,he writes well….It is always educative to listen to those who have succeeded in blogging.It gives the newcomers very good insight…

  • Sunday says:

    Hi Sylviane,
    ! What an insightful interview. Enstine Muki is great blogger and wonderful person. I have seen some of his works and I agree, he is experienced in many internet marketing related topics.
    I am thrilled about the fact that a blogger can lower Alexa ranking sharing links in social media. Enstine’s take on this is revealing. This is a key takeaway for me and an actionable one at that!

    He has spoken like a professional that he is, and its important we are reminded of his takes on how build traffic – Good SEO and list building!

    This comment was left in kingged.com – the content syndication and social bookmarking website for Internet marketers where this post was shared.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor

    http://kingged.com/interview-successful-blogger-enstine-muki/

    • Hi Sunday,

      The Alexa ranking getting better because of link sharing on Social Media was news for me too. Actually Enstine had told me that a few days before the interview so I increase my social media exposure right away!

      Thank you so much for you visit :)

    • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Hi Sunday,
      Thanks for the comment and nice words. With readers and commentators like you in ones community, there is always a reason to push forward.

      Thanks for the comment over there at kingged ;)
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  • Nanda RahmaniusTwitter: NandaRahmanius says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Woaah..awesome post, indeed!
    I know Enstine Muki and often visit his blog to add to my knowledge about blogging and making money blogging. This interview makes me excited!

    For me that is still struggling with my blog, this kind of knowledge can not get from ordinary post. It can only be obtained from an interview with a person skilled in the field. By reading this article, I feel more and more knowledge that I have not yet. Looks like my blogging journey is still far away :)

    Thanks for sharing this awesome interview, Sylviane.
    It’s very good insight!

    Nanda
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  • LisaTwitter: Lisapatb says:

    Hi Enstine anad Sylviane, great interview. I didn’t know Enstine had such an extensive background and was the founder of EasyRetweet. No wonder his Alexa ranking dropped so fast with all his past experience. I’m not sure I agree on being extra careful where you leave comments, – they are a form of being social and getting to know other bloggers. It’s a tough call when their niche is a little difference than yours but must we really check pagerank/Alexa on each?
    I didn’t know you had 2 children, what ages? Such a nice compliment to your wife too. :)
    It’s great to know more about your Enstine.
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    • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Hey Lisa,
      You are such a good friend I found last year too ;) and thanks for this comment
      Yes, I created EasyRetweet and sold it out ;) It’s been a good experience online

      About being careful commenting, you don’t have to check pr or alexa. You have to just make sure you are in your niche and in case of any suspicious site, you can leave a comment without linking back to your blog. I think that’s better.

      As one of my active readers, I know you’ll be around my blog to check it out

      Have a wonderful week Lisa

      My first daughter is 4 now and the guy just arrived closed to a month this moment. Pictures will be up on my blog ;)
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      • Hi Lisa,

        I know what you mean about not being easy to be careful where you leave comments. As we search for blogs to comments we might have made some mistakes here and there, but how to know it? That is the question, indeed.

        I also comment outside of my niche at times, and I would hate to be penalized for that!

  • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

    Hi Nanda,
    I know and love your constant visit and engagement on my blog. Thanks for coming over here too and dropping a comment.

    Let’s keep the blogging bond hot for a better tomorrow ;)
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  • Kaloyan Banev says:

    Wonderful interview. I hope I will catch Enstine myself, for interview at my blog soon.

  • Mi MubaTwitter: BAMoneyBlogger says:

    Enstine Muki is the most promising pro blogger who has still long way to go because of his prowess in techie things and his innovative blogging skills. Thanks a lot Sylviane you interviewed him and opened so many further hidden aspects of his blogging insight and blogging vision.

  • Suprabhat says:

    hey this is Enstine Muki even i regularly read his blog he always post that content which help me in some way to improve my blog even i always read his full article , don\’t know why but he is talented writer

  • Sherman SmithTwitter: shermanksmith75 says:

    Hey Sylviane and Enstine,

    What a great interview! I’ve first got on Enstine’s blog maybe about 7 months ago. I found him through Adrienne Smith’s blog. But I do have to say, Enstine is always pumping out great, valuable content that’s be helpful to me, and God only know’s who else it’s been of great help to.

    I’ve heard about Enstine’s blog getting 93K in 34 days and I did wonder how in the world did he do this? Now i got my answer. I do believe that Social Media has a big role to play as far as getting great ranks and traffic. Also have great, valuable SEO stricken content helps a lot too. I’ve notice a couple of my post getting a lot of shares and traffic from being more active on Social Media as well as applying SEO to my posts!

    Thanks for sharing this interview and I hope you both are having a fantastic weekend!
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    • Enstine MukiTwitter: enstinemuki says:

      Hi Sherman,
      Good to see you on this interview and thanks for the engagement ;)
      Yes of course you are one of the hot members in my community. I remain ever grateful for your constant visit, sharing and engagement on my blog ;)

      Yes, it’s been about that period too since I have been visiting your blog constantly and of course, you have a unique writing style which make you stand out. Keep it up for better days ahead!

      Hope to see you around Sylviane’s blog as often as possible. Do have a wonderful week ahead bro
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  • OktoTwitter: oktohakim says:

    Hi Sylviane,Hi Enstine, good to see you here. I\’ve been visiting Enstine\’s blog for long though, so this guy is not very new to me. Agree with all the answers of the interview above.All the best for both of you
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  • Lisa Magoulas says:

    WoW! what great information here Sylviane and Enstine. Ya know, I’ve been blogging since about 2011 – more faithfully this past year – but I still don’t know the ins and outs- kinda fumbling. My biggest struggle is growing my list. I’m very interactive on the Social Media “chat” platforms, but have not done so well with my blog/web site. My list is very small and despite my efforts – it’s not growing. So I need to work on that. Other than that, I love all the additional information Enstine suggested – I do check points to see what people want me to write about – I just don’t get a lot of interaction. I’m obviously missing stuff – I’ll keep checking the points here. Thank you. Lisa

  • Fredy says:

    Hi Sylviane,I have been seeing this guy in his blog and also in other people\’s and I think he is doing great in this area of blogging. Congrats Enstine and keep up. I read your post on how you sold your blog last year and started the current one. My great shock was that you are \’new\’ and still shinning. This is a great achievement. you should keep on sharing the great secret to help us move far.

  • Lynne says:

    Great interview! So many things to learn from Estine Muki that will help all us bloggers out there. Very informative and helpful. Thanks!

  • Rohit Singh says:

    Very nice tips and you must generate great quality content regularly and keep on learning new things which are happening in your niche.One should always blog about useful content which might be useful for your readers and this will gradually increase your authority in the niche or topic and increase traffic to your blog

    And Great blog post for pointing out best SEO practices for increasing your search engine rankings My advice would be learn basics of SEO especially if you are beginner and later on you can opt for advanced level SEO techniques.

  • JeevanjacobjohnTwitter: Daringblogger says:

    Great Interview, Sylviane!

    Enstine’s blog is a must follow! I like him because he always thinks outside of the box, especially when it comes to making money (and honestly, he is the one who inspired me to think what I could do to make money through blogging).

    Yes, the way he grew his new blog was phenomenal…All his hard work paid off ;)

    I still have lot to do, especially in terms of marketing. I have been focusing too much on commenting, and too little on marketing (I do love the comment I get, but if I want to make money with blogging, I definitely need a more efficient reliable traffic source).

    I will definitely try the tips mentioned here (Thank you Enstine!).

    And thank you, Sylviane, for hosting this awesome interview!
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  • maxwell iveyTwitter: mistermidway says:

    Hi Sylviane; thanks for sharing this interview with us. most of us would not be able to reach people like this without your help. I noticed he mentioned that you have to build up your blog traffic prior to trying to make money from your site. I think my traffic is very solid but still no takers. last month i had almost 10,000 visitors, 25,000 visits, and over 72,000 page loads. am on a similar pace this month. still no takers. wondering if i should be disappointed or not. thanks again, max
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  • EmebuTwitter: ngobless says:

    This is highly motivative i must say, the Man Enstine Muki is somebody i have come to admire for his meekness in dealing with others. i believe we are yet to see the best of him. More grace and and angelic kind of wisdom for excellence online and offline.

  • Carol Amato
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    says:

    Ciao, Sylviane,

    Wow! What an awesome interview with Enstine. So value-packed, it’s not even funny! I really enjoyed getting to know him better. :-)

    I think building a list is the first thing we should do, and also build up organic traffic in the meantime. I do think social media is important, but I don’t focus on it like some do.

    Prefer to keep most of my energies and efforts building up my own domain, not wasting my best pictures, anecdotes, quotes, etc. on social media, so I put my best stuff on my own domain, then share it on social media platforms.

    He sure is an expert, and I agree wholeheartedly with all of his advice. I especially like the advice not to buy back links, as so many marketers are trying to cut corners, but this is not the way to do it.

    I absolutely could not do what I do without my virtual assistants. I have one full-time, and two part-time assistants, and they allow me to accomplish so very much, I’m so grateful!

    I think his advice is spot on to build up the blog traffic and engagement before expecting good results when you monetize. Even in this article he’s recommending being proactive, which was the main focus on his guest article on my site. He definitely lives what he teaches and preaches. :-)

    What a blessing! Thank you so much for sharing, and I will definitely be sharing this article with my friends…

    Have a beautiful day.
    – Carol
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    • HI Carol,

      Well, am I glad I’ve mentioned this to you, because it was in the days before I met you, so you had not seen that interview. Yes some great stuff there.

      Wow, you have 3 virtual assistants? You must be doing something good my dear. I will get there too, I have no doubt.

      Thanks for reading this and commenting.

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