When I started blogging in 2011, one of my biggest dream was to travel the world by making money from home.
I didn't know how that will happen, but that one burning desire kept on pushing me to do better every single day.
Luckily I got sponsored Thailand trip and then Dubai trip, which motivated me to work even much harder because nothing better than travelling the world with someone's money.. ha ha.
When I was reading many blogs, one particular blog captured my attention because the author of the blog was making money by travelling the world. He was visiting countries after countries and still making money by coming out of his comfort zone.
This was something awkward to me.
As a blogger I could understand how difficult it is to manage your business life when you are travelling many countries.
I always wanted to learn the tactics, because I am also going to start exactly same life very soon. 🙂
So I decided to have him on this interview series, because not only I but you can also understand the tactics by going through this interview.
Today we have Ryan Biddulph with us. He blogs at Blogging From Paradise, where he shares top-notch tips to maintain your blogging and travel life.
He has launched an eBook series where he talks about blogging, make money online, building a blog, building authority and many other things to build a better online business.
Today he is going to share about his life, how he started and how well he is managing his travel life.
Hey Ryan, you are truly living the life from paradise and inspiring thousands (if not millions) of the bloggers all across the globe to enjoy desired life, so I am feeling awesome to have you on my blog.
Ryan: Thanks for having me Kulwant.
#1. Tell us about you, your educational background and how you stumbled across blogging?
I have a bachelors of science in Meteorology so blogging is a bit of a stretch for me 🙂 I found blogging after being fired from my security guard job.
I wanted to work online but didn't know where to start. Blogging made the most sense to me for it was One Stop Shopping for visitors, who wanted to eat up all of the content I shared.
#2. “Blogging From Paradise” is an awesome and inspiring name for a blog. Was this your first blog? how you got the idea to name it?
No, I had a few blogs before Blogging from Paradise.
I thought of my life; I had been blogging for the past 3 years, and I was living in paradises like Bali, Fiji and Costa Rica, so I decided to just go with my life story, to tell it, and to inspire other bloggers to do the same.
#3. You have written an awesome “Blogging From Paradise” book series. What inspired you to start this series and how this is helping you in your business?
Thanks Kulwant! I knew starting a blog would feel empty unless I had eBooks to go along with the blog posts. Ebooks are great brand builders.
Ebooks also helped me establish my authority. Seeing books with my name attached helps folks to trust me a bit more and I also am spreading my brand awareness by making them super cheap.
I am giving away the tips I used to blog from paradise for only $2.99 per eBook because I want millions of people to join me on this journey.
That low price and really neat story has helped me reach a bunch of folks through Amazon and through my blog.
#4. I observed that you do very less affiliate marketing with your blog as compared to other bloggers. What is the main reason to avoid affiliate marketing on your blog?
Actually, I just started sharing a neat way to become a Blogging from Paradise Amazon affiliate. Other than that I avoid affiliate marketing because I am branding me, for the most part.
I did sell Hootsuite Pro for a while because I use it, and benefit from it, but overall I like selling my own products and services because I am big on keeping everything aligned with the Blogging from Paradise brand.
#5. Blogging has taken a big shift in recent years and content marketing is becoming “next big thing.” According to you what have changed in recent years and where can we predict this industry in next 5 years?
In recent years people are more focused on getting value, and in-depth value at that. That is the future trend too in blogging. People want blogs to be value-sharing-portals.
So I do my best to spread value for free, and also, to spread some value with a price tag on it, so I can make a living too 🙂
#6. You are living “laptop lifestyle” by visiting many places in the world. How do you manage everything when you are travelling, and what suggestions would you like to give anyone who wants to travel the world by doing blogging?
I manage a hectic schedule by doing 2 things daily: create, connect.
I create by writing, and I connect through blog commenting, and through social media. Living the laptop lifestyle forced me to trim the fat; I did fewer things, and did them well, to save time.
As for globe trotting bloggers, fall in love with being free more than you fear doing uncomfortable stuff, and you will do the freeing things, and you will live the internet lifestyle.
#7. Which is the most awesome moment in your blogging journey?
Creating Blogging from Paradise, by far. I have been tweet endorsed by famous folks, and I spoke at NYU, but the moment I bought that domain name, I was thrilled! I knew my blogging life changed in that split second.
#8. You might have seen that everyone wants to become a blogger these days. What suggestion would you like to give anyone who is going to start his first blog?
Blog to free you, and to free your audience. Don’t get too attached to outcomes like money, and vanity stats, and metrics, and anything other than freeing you, and freeing your audience.
That freeing driver will inspire you to become a creative machine who changes SO many lives.
#9. Do you use any tools (productivity, management, keyword research, book writing)? Tell us some of your favorite tools by giving the reason.
Not a tool guy here Kulwant, really. I use Hootsuite to automate updates. Other than that, meditating, and doing intense stretching sessions, and exercising, all these things inspire me to be productive, to manage my time, and to write like a machine.
#10. Which is your main income stream and how much time are you devoting every day to get desired results?
Right now it’s freelance writing but that’s because I haven’t promoted my eBooks yet. Too busy writing them, to promote them.
I believe income generated isn’t a time thing, but an energy. I worked like an animal for years, to make next to nothing, money-wise, and now I work a bunch less, and make much more income.
Just get clear on why you want to make money, and tie that reason to being free, and you’ll create and connect your way to a full time income.
#11. Where can we see you blog next 5 years down the line and what are your future plans apart from blogging?
I keep all my energies focused on the present. I just work/play now to free me, and to free my growing audience.
Thanks so much for the opportunity Kulwant!
Thanks a lot for this interview. 🙂