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CWA – Interview With Ms. Ileane of Basic Blog Tips

Hello Friends! I am your host, Atish. This is time for the 7th interview of The series  “Coffee With Atish”. This time TechTricksWorld Brought the Interview with Ms. Ileane from Basic Blog Tips. Let me tell you one thing, Its the first interview of a Female Blogger on TechTricksWorld.  I am a regular reader of Basic Blog Tips and impressed with the blog’s content.

I am not gonna tell you more because She has lots of words to share with you all. Here goes the interview.. 🙂

Atish: Hi Ileane, Welcome to TechTricksWorld. There is no need of introduction because the name of yours is well enough to say everything about you but as the part of formality tell a little about you?

Ileane: Thanks for inviting me and I’m happy to be here. I’m from Philadelphia and I’ve lived here all my life. I work for a technical book publisher and I’ve been with the company for almost 30 years. I’m a single Mom, even though my daughter Nikki is all grown up now and lives in LA these days.

This Is How Ilean Looks

Atish: When and how you came to blogging ?

Ileane: I started blogging in 2009. It happened by mistake because my daughter called me up all excited and said “Mom I started a blog!” I was really happy for her and I thought it was the coolest thing. At the time I didn’t know how to subscribe to blogs via RSS feeds so I thought I was subscribing but it turned out I was really signing up for my own blog instead. 🙂

Atish:  How many blogs you are handling and which was the first one?

Ileane: My first blog was Ms. Ileane Speaks. It’s a WordPress.com blog and even though I don’t write for it any more some of the posts still get traffic and it has a page rank of 2. I started my self-hosted WordPress blog – Basic Blog Tips back in 2010 and that is my primary blog. I also have one on Blogger and I just started a new microblog on Tumblr about 2 weeks ago.

Atish:  Are you a full time blogger? Please Tell us about what you think about the full time blogging and part time blogging?

Ileane: I’m not sure if I would call myself a part time blogger although I do spend a great deal of time blogging. I have a lot of other online interests too, for example I have an active YouTube channel, I have a podcast and I’m very active on social media. I certainly don’t make a full-time income from blogging if that’s what you mean. I’m very passionate about blogging and if I’m not writing blog posts, I’m reading other blogs.

Atish: Many bloggers find it very difficult to bring traffic to their site, in your opinion which is the best way for generate the traffic?

Ileane: Organic search engine traffic is by far my number one traffic source and that has a lot to do with having great content in the eyes of Google and the other search engines. I have some really fantastic guest bloggers helping me provide value to the community and it keeps the content fresh. The rest of my traffic comes from a combination of sources including social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon and blogging communities like BizSugar also play a big role.

Atish: What do you think about guest blogging and comment posting which are being used by bloggers for building links and traffic?

Ileane: You hit the nail on the head right there with those two topics! They are winners and not only does guest posting and blog commenting build backlinks it also helps build relationships. That’s very important because relationships and making strong connections with other bloggers are the cornerstone to making a name for yourself and finding true success on the web.

Atish: Is blogging for you just a passion or a medium of earning too? Does it help you to earn enough cash to make living?

Ileane: I use any money that I make from blogging to pay for things like hosting, and software. I also like to buy gadgets, but I actually donate most of my profits to charity. I think the best way to generate a substantial income on the web is from product development. I haven’t got into that yet, but maybe I will some day.

Atish: What is the happiest moment of your blogging life?

Ileane: Wow, that’s a hard one. I have a ton of really great blogging memories….
Back when I was still blogging on WordPress.com I knew I wanted to migrate over to self-hosted WordPress. I really struggled with the decision about keeping my old blog name or finding a new domain name. I knew that I had to find the right domain name that had SEO value and really represented what the blog was going to be about. I spent about 2 weeks thinking about names and changing my mind back and forth, until finally it actually hit me one day when I was in the car driving to work. Basic Blog Tips! I couldn’t wait to get to work and turn on my computer so I could check to see if the domain was taken. Oh how I prayed that domain wasn’t taken. As soon as I got to work, I looked the name up and when I saw that it was available I was ecstatic! So I guess if I had to pick one special moment I would say, that was it. Finding the perfect domain name was really a joyous day.

I’m really glad you asked that question because I never  thought about it that way until now.

Atish: What are your future plans for your life and your blogs?

Ileane: I plan to continue to grow Basic Blog Tips and expanding my audience with podcasting and doing YouTube videos. As far as my life goes, I would love to do my traveling and spend more time with my family and loved ones.

Atish: Who has impacted you most in your blogging career, and how?

Ileane: I have to name two people that have had a huge impact on my blogging as well as my personal life and they are my daughter Nikki and my best friend Kissie.

Nikki is my biggest critic. She is the one who will say to me – Mom that doesn’t sound right or you should change this or that. Most people try to be nice all the time and they don’t want to hurt your feelings and tell you when you suck! But Nikki loves me enough to be brutally honest because she doesn’t want me to embarrass myself.

Kissie started blogging the same time I did but before that we would communicate by email and write these hilarious epic conversations that would go on for days. We always would say to one another “you should write a book”. I value her opinion and she gave me the initial push that help me take my blog to the next level. I can always count on her support.

Ilean With Her Daughter Nikki

Atish: Would you like to give any message or tips to new bloggers?

Ileane: My message to new bloggers is not to get caught up in the numbers. Don’t worry about page rank or subscriber rank or any of that just go keep creating good content, find your voice as a writer and add value to every post. The other tip  is keep your branding consistent by using a gravatar and a Google profile image and use that same image for all your social network profiles.

Atish:  Would You like to share your favorite quotation?

Ileane: One of my favorite quotes is a line from a song and it goes like this – No matter where you go, there you are.
The reason I like that quote is because it’s a reminder to always be the best you can be. Don’t think that just because people can’t see you misbehaving that you’re getting away with something because the truth of the matter is that God sees everything.

Atish: What do you think about TechTricksWorld? If any suggestions then Please share with us?

Ileane: Great job! I meant it really. You have all the right ingredients for success. You have a beautiful design layout and simple navigation. You also use attractive images and most importantly you have some good content. The only thing I would do differently is get rid of the blank ad space. I would fill the header with AdSense or some affiliate ad like CommentLuv and I would get rid of the empty ones on the sidebar. They aren’t adding any value to you or your readers  it might give new visitors the wrong impression. Other that than I would say two thumbs up my friend!

Thanks so much for asking me for this interview, I enjoyed myself. You know how to ask some really great questions. Thanks for your time. God bless you and All the best for your future endeavors.

Thanks Ileane For giving your precious time for this interview. I will surely consider the suggestion you gave for TechTricksWorld. I wish you all the best for your future endeavors.

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  • What an interesting interview ! Hey Ileane , you have always been one of my inspirations in the field of blogging , and I love to read your amazing articles on Basic Blog Tips . In fact , you will always be my inspiration , and apart from that , I want to say good luck for your future !

  • A Details interview that easily encourage newbie’s. I am following her blog some last two months and her work is really amazing.

    • Hi Olawale! Thanks for adding me to your to-do list LOL! Please use the contact form on my blog to get in touch with me if you have any questions or if you need help with anything.

  • Great to see Ileane’s here at TTW. It was nice reading her blogging journey.
    I first came across her blog to check out the customization of blogskin,and then gradually became a regular reader of BBT.
    Anyways,thanks Atish for interviewing her out.

    • Hi Ajay, Hesham is responsible for that Thesis Awesome blogskin. I can’t take one ounce of credit for it. He has done a super job so I always tell people how wonderful he is. Thanks for your support and let me know if you need help with anything in your blogging.

  • I am familiar with Ms. Ileane. I am following her in Stumbleupon and also in bloggers 🙂

    BTW, nice interview. Simple but when you read and understand it, you will surely get the most important advice in blogging by being inspired with the successful bloggers like Ms. Ileane.


    Oh my, her daughter is so beautiful and gorgeous 🙂

    • Edille, how are you? I’m enjoying the updates they made to StumbleUpon, how about you. Thanks for your sweet words about me and my daughter.

      • Hi Ileane,

        Thanks for asking, I am doing fine and great 🙂 Oh yeah about Stumbleupon, I am not good at using the service as I am not receiving well-enough visitors from them. Any advice you can give me how to use it properly to drive traffic to website?

        However I am happy now with my visitors coming from SE as they convert more earnings than SU traffic 😀 But any advice about Stumbleupon is really appreciated 😀

  • Nice well explained Interview. I read all the interview of CWA but I liked it the most. It seems that Ms. Ileane enjoyed a lot while answering Mr. Atish’s QUestions. I loved to read this.

  • I really liked what Ileane said about new bloggers. New bloggers really get demotivated very early when they cannot see the numbers. But the truth is when you go on updating quality content, over a period of time, the numbers will go up. Thanks Atish for sharing the interview.

    • Leonor, Keep up the good work of putting out quality content and eventually the numbers will move in the positive direction. Thank you.

  • Atish, Ileane reached out to me and gave me advice early on in my blogging experimentation. She is an active member of the blogging and social media community. My first reaction was, “Who is this lady showing up in my blog’s comments?” I was to learn how truly engaged and helpful she is. She has an inspiring spirit. Today I created my first Twitter list called Great Souls. Ileane was the very first entry. Ileane, you are special and it shows!

    • Astro, you touched my heart with that comment. This is exactly why I do what I do, because in the long run people like you, really do appreciate it. Thank you so much for your feedback.

    • Hope It will grow with such personalities like Ileane. I am impressed with her attachment wit this interview. As she has replied to every commenters. Great job Ileane. Thank you so much

  • Another great interview Atish. You are really becoming very good at this!
    But then again it wont be too difficult to get an interview with inspiring answers from Ileane!
    I am a big fan of her, she is a great inspiration and rolemodel.
    It is almost disturbing how kind and helpful she is, it makes most nice people look like indifferent *holes in comparrison.

    I’m looking forward to your next interview Atish! But you set the bar very high for yourself with this one haha.

  • I seem to find Ileane in the strangest places, so I’m glad that she’s been interviewed here. Great stuff, and of course a great blog. And she’s got a large collection of videos; I know because I subscribe to her channel. Great job to both of you.

  • Hey Atish,

    I am so so glad you directed me to this post! I am so busy with the contest that I miss out on so much wonderful things happening around! But thanks once again!

    Ileane is an inspiration. I first got acquainted to Ileane when I got regular on we blog better and yes, I was truly amazed by such amazing content she has to offer.

    What I really love about your blog Ileane is that the articles you publish are so easy to relate to and practical. I loved reading your interview and hoping to be much more regular. I loved guest posting for your blog! It was a wonderful experience. Will find time to do some again!

    P.S. That is a lovely photo of you and your daughter Ileane 🙂 Big hugs going out!

    Thanks for doing this Atish!

    • Hi Hajra,
      I am honored to see you here. I thought you have missed this one so I intimated about this one. Keep reading techtricksworld.com and please tell me if anything I am missing here.

      thank you again for posting your valuable comment here.

    • Hi Harja, It’s been a pleasure to get you know you in the blogosphere and you are welcome at Basic Blog Tips anytime. Thanks for your sweet comment.

  • Hello Atish,

    Even I published Ileane’s interview few weeks back, ever since publishing I got so many leads and it’s still the most popular post on my blog.

    You raised so many interesting questions, which I missed on my interview. I’m feeling bit envy on you for that 😀

  • Hi Rahul! It is a rare chance that someone gets to interview me these days. You might be surprised how many requests that I have to turn down these days. I really appreciate you for stopping by and leaving a comment this time. Thanks friend!

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