Interviewing Max Miroff from Blog Badly.
Brief Intro about yourself?
How did you get started?
Well, my first blog was MoneyMoose (dead/discontinued) and I got the idea from my dad. We were laughing one night about The Daily Show and Colbert Report and I tried my hand at writing up a parody article myself. He thought it was funny, I thought it was funny, and for the four or five months (can’t remember) I wrote MoneyMoose, my readers thought it was funny. I started Blog Badly on the side, as well, not realizing how hard it is to manage two blogs with quality content. I quit MoneyMoose after losing my inspiration (you try making clever financial jokes for several months – it’s hard!). And that’s where I am today – running Blog Badly.
Do you run your blog under any “Media” type site? Like I run mine under the control of Gurilla.net
Pfft – and let some big dogs control my blog and make me filthy stinking rich? Naaaah.
But now that I think about it, that doesn’t sound too bad.
How long have you been blogging?
Ten months in total – five months on MoneyMoose and nine on Blog Badly (there was some overlap)
Whats your strategy with your blog in general?
1. Write great, provocative, funny, and useful content.
2. Make my readers love me. I write for them mainly, after all.
3. Network with other bloggers and make them love me, too.
And that’s basically it. I do SEO too, of course, as well as various types of marketing – but you can read about my specific techniques on my blog. That’s what it’s about, after all!
How do you get rss readers?
I make hundreds of g-mail accounts and subscribe them all to my feed.
I like to think it’s because my content is so great that people subscribe, and it’s also because I have a message after every post that reminds them too.
Do you give out freebies?
Freebies? Of course. In terms of knowledge, that is. Any of my readers – anyone in general, actually – can come to me over an instant messenger or my contact form and ask me anything. That’s an open offer for all of you Blueverse people, too. I’ll answer it to the best of my knowledge. It won’t be as in-depth as my paid sessions, of course. Hint hint.
My AIM is TehMaxM and MSN is moneymoose[dot]com[at]gmail[dot]com.
Whats your opinion about the importance of PR in a blog’s life?
Meh. It helps you get brownie points with advertisers and makes me rank higher on various ranking lists, but other than that I haven’t seen an effect on PR changes on my search engine traffic. I get a decent amount of visitors from search engines, even on my pages that don’t have a rank. It is what it is: a way to tell how many backlinks a page has.
Do you consider the top100 list at 45n5.com as authoritative?
Of course not! Any authoritative list would place Blog Badly as the #1 spot (for obvious reasons).
Any thoughts on my post on Blogs are not the authority, the Bloggers are?
You bring up an amazingly valid point there. Bloggers make the blog – the blog doesn’t make the blogger (and you can quote me on that!). Aside from cheesy quotes that sound like they’re from a seventies movie, though, I really must agree.
Would you sell out your blog at some point?
Probably. There are a lot of things I could do better with the next blog I’d inevitably start. If I get a good offer, I’d definitely consider it.
And I’m hoping by “sell out” you mean sell. I’d never be a sellout!
Do you think people should sponsor wordpress themes?
It’s a valid link building method, I suppose. If you’re lucky and get a top blogger to use the theme with your link, you hit the jackpot. I personally can’t comment on this as I haven’t sponsored any themes myself, though.
What’s your take on sponsored reviews?
If it makes me filthy stinking rich, it’s acceptable. The problem with most bloggers is that their sponsored reviews don’t add any value. No one cares about a credit card article on a MMO blog or a legal advice column on a satire site. What I do with my sponsored reviews (only thirty bucks, by the way, if there are any takers among you) is offer advice on how to improve the site/product that wants the review as well as a general overview instead of just the fairly useless summary most people offer.
What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Money. Lots of money. I’d love it if some of the bloggers I read just sent me thousands of dollars through Paypal. That would really, REALLY make my day.
Other than that, though, knowledge. Knowledge is the most valuable human resource there is (other than boatloads of money).
Did Aweber play a vital role in your growth?
Aweber? Pfft. Never used it and I probably never will.
Do you think Pagerank plays a vital role in a blog’s life?
Eh. It certainly helps, but one could live without it.
Did you ever consider selling links to those underground link sellers, you know, the ones that mail you and ask you to sell in-content links and pay per year.
To regular readers: If they’re relevant enough and I got a good offer, I’d definitely do it.
To Google employees: What’s an in-content link? Sounds dangerous. I would never consider doing anything like that at all. And I don’t sell sponsored reviews or anything like that. What’s SEO? All I do is write a blog. Please don’t hurt me
Did you ever get an offer of selling your blog out of the blue, if so how did you react to it?
No. Feel free to send me one, though, and I’ll tell you how it goes.
What are your thoughts on my free wordpress themes here, be as blunt as you can.
You want me to sit around and review each and every single one of them? That’d take all day! Which means if you paid me enough, I’d do it.
But as a brief overview, I like some and hate others. That’s how it is with all things. But hey, they have an average of 300 downloads/theme which is a hell of a lot more than my 0 downloads/non-existent theme, and it seems to be working out for you. That makes them great. Sonette is quite nice, though.
Overall what do you think of blueverse, once again be as blunt as offensive as you can.
Be as blunt and offensive as I can? What do you want me to do, start a smear campaign against it?
Alright, well, where to start… uh… it’s a blog in the MMO niche and it’s not as generic as most of the others. The posts are nice and you have a straightforward style. I like that. It’s a quality resource. I’d make you a badge that said “two thumbs up from Max Miroff” if my Photoshop trial didn’t expire.
Any tips for my readers?
Of course. My tip is: if you want to find more tips from me than just this one, check out Blog Badly. It may make you cry and it may make you laugh, but it’ll definitely leave you with a new perspective on things.