Interview with Mitch Mitchell
The first time I visited this blog, I’mJustSharing.com, from my fellow blogger, OgbongeBlog, immediately, the blog was added to my “Sites I read daily lists” because I love what the owner of the blog was talking about then. I love the idea of sharing everything you have with people you don’t even know nor had any experience of how they behave, think and act. So, that is what draws me closer to the site to become a regular reader.
The site was fantastic and now, today, I have the pleasure of bringing the owner of the site, Mitch Mitchell all the way from ImJustSharing.com so that we can learn one or two things from his as a successful entrepreneur, published author and a blogger.
So, below is the interview with Mitch Mitchell:
Give us a brief introduction about yourself and your powerful blog – ImJustSharing.com
I’m actually an independent consultant in a few other fields who already had a different blog before I decided I wanted an outlet to talk about anything I cared to. My blog I’m Just Sharing was created in December 2007, which means it’s coming up on the 4th anniversary of its existence. Although I can talk about anything, I tend to talk mainly about blogging and social media.
Your blog is based on tech and some other related niche, just like thousands of others, what makes it stands out from the other blogs in your niche?
I put my own spin on things based on observation. No one can look at my blog and say they’ve seen “that” before. Even if I speak on topics that someone else has talked about, I use my own words so you’re getting something unique every single time. That and, when I’m in instructor mode, I tell it all from first step through completion, so no one ever had to worry that a step has been missed.
ImJustSharing (I’m Just Sharing) is an innovative name according to its tune, how did that come to your mind when you’re first thinking of starting the website?
As I said, I wanted to talk about anything and everything, and I wanted blog name for that. Unfortunately, “I’m Just Saying” was already taken and I figured that since I’d be sharing my opinion on things that it worked just as well.
How do you get the majority of your visits? Please share some tips for getting more visits for our readers.
The best way of getting visitors to my blog was to go out and comment on other blogs. I decided to find 15 blogs that I would concentrate on to make my comments, but I found so many interesting topics that I wanted to read based on CommentLuv that I ended up commenting often on a lot of blogs. That started the process and even now tends to be the biggest driver of traffic.
On your business as a blogger, what’s the importance of Alexa and Google PR on you and your business?
Google PR has no interest to me whatsoever, but it seems to interest people who like to pay for advertising. I have none of that on I’m Just Sharing because, as it’s my premiere blog, my rates are kind of high, but I have advertising on one of my other blogs. However, I find Alexa is definitely important to keep my eyes on. I know some people don’t think it’s all that accurate, but as a tool it’s indication of what your traffic might be works well, especially without using the Alexa toolbar, which is what you hear a lot of people griping about. In my mind if I can keep my blog under 100,000 and try to get all my other blogs and websites as close to that as well it means I have the best opportunity to compete with others for business online.
Why did you start blogging? What was your first thought when you were creating ImJustSharing.com?
I started blogging for business with a different blog because I’d read how it was a great way to show your expertise in your field. When I created I’m Just Sharing I wasn’t really sure where I was going with it for the first couple of months and thought I might just use it to talk about affiliate products. But that got boring and I realized that I wanted to talk about things and share my opinion, and that’s when things really started to take off.
What was your aim when you first started your website, ImJustSharing.com?
Just to give my opinion on things. I also hoped that maybe I’d sell some products or make money through affiliate ads; that didn’t quite happen.
What do you consider SEO as? What’s the importance of SEO in blogging, according to your own believe as a successful blogger who owns many blogs with good success stories?
Well, we all know SEO is search engine optimization. It’s very important because it’s what helps influence search engines that you’ve written something that people might want to see. As this blog is non-niched, it becomes even more important for me to make sure that they know what each post is about. I’m really amazed at some of the ways people find content on this blog, so I figure I’ve done a fairly nice job of it all.
How do you see the future of the internet, particularly, blog-o-sphere in the next 10 years to come?
I keep reading where people think that blogging is going to die; I doubt that. The one thing people love is to talk and share their opinion on things, and let’s face this one fact. If you look at Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus, what you’ll notice is that most people share blog links, even if those links are to images on something like Tumblr. However, I also think that certain people are going to move to the forefront because more bloggers will be sponsored once advertisers realize who’s attracting the most visitors for their consumers. I think the written word will never go away, but I think more video blogs are going to take over because they’re easier to do for many people.
What are the last words you want to say to the audience? How can they take inspiration from you? Please give your tips on how to survive and succeed in the blog-o-sphere.
Too many people think blogging is very difficult, but it’s not. You have to have dedication and an imaginative mind. You need to see things in the mode of stories, because everyone can tell a story. You have to expand your realm so you’ll always have something to talk about. You have to be honest and speak in your own voice, while also making sure that what you put down in words is conversational enough so people aren’t struggling to read what you’re writing. And finally, when people visit your blog, you must interact with them, especially those who are taking the time to write great comments. That will help to enhance your reputation more than anything else. Just have fun with it.
You can even watch the video interview recently produced by Mitch below where he answers most of the questions from his recent interviews.
Thanks for having you on this blog, Mitch and for your awesome time spent in getting this interview done for our readers.