I originally met Kristi Hines through being a staff member at Famous Bloggers. Her articles were great and she always loved to jump in and respond, something I respect from bloggers who run successful websites. It can be time consuming and sometimes difficult to fit in replying to comments, but worth the shot in the end.
Kristi loves to network and it shows. Her website, Kikolani, is extremely friendly and chock full of must read posts on blog marketing, social media strategy, and blogging tips . A little background on Kristi – She married and is from Arizona. She her hobbies are photography, writing, and poetry. Her own career is being an Internet Marketing specialist, so she really knows her stuff!
So, without further ado, here is my interview with Kristi Hines.
NILE: What inspired you to start blogging, or why did you start blogging?
KRISTI: Interestingly enough, I started Kikolani as a personal poetry site so I could share my writing with my soon to be husband at the time two years ago. After I was blogging for about six months, I found myself becoming more interested about covering the blogging process, and changed the theme of the site.
NILE: Kikolani talks about all aspects of blogging, including marketing. What are the most effective ways in your opinion that a blogger can market their website?
KRISTI: The most effective marketing for a blog is through social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and niche networks if applicable), making sure your content is optimized to be found by search engines, and blog commenting.
NILE: Have you ever had some difficulty in the beginning when trying to reach a target audience? If so, how did you overcome that issue?
KRISTI: I never had a lot of difficulty – but I also did a LOT of giving right from the start of my blogging career – commenting, sharing other people’s articles, sharing the link love, etc. with blogs that were in my niche. Those things really helped in bringing an engaged audience back to my site.
NILE: In your opinion, what is it that you believe a person must do in order to become influential amongst their niche?
KRISTI: Don’t look at blogging as a way to make money. Look at it as a way to help others. Don’t just think about what information you can sell – think about what information you can give to help your target audience. If you don’t have a post that can help someone who asks you a question, point them to a great post elsewhere.
NILE: What advice to you have for new bloggers who want to become successful and influential?
KRISTI: Monitor your niche on social media. See what people are asking about. Write about those things. Share what others in your niche are doing as well so your blog can become a fully rounded source of information.