Interviewing a blogger is often related to marketing your blog with the audience of that respective blogger whom you’re interviewing.
When you interview a blogger, you and your blog is put into the limelight as such interviews are likely to be shared by that respective blogger and readers.
He/she is likely to have good audience around him/her which would be interested in knowing what questions you asked and what the answers were.
Thus, sparking a first step towards marketing your blog, your blog will start receiving a good traffic and thereby reputation among the readers.
But it’s not easy to interview a top blogger.
How many of you have had tried interviewing a blogger?
How many of you’ve really succeeded in interviewing a blogger?
And here comes the final question – Did you fail in getting a nod from a blogger for interview? I’m sure if you’re one of those who have failed, you would’ve abdicated the idea of interviewing a blogger by now and you would probably be thinking of some fresh ideas for your next blog posts or may be some other reason which I don’t really want to find out.
I don’t really know how much ravenous you’re in the beginning of this post, but what I do know is you’ve either tried to interview a blogger in the past and failed or you’re interested in getting a blogger for interview.
Whichever the case would be, you’ve arrived at the right place and you won’t be disappointed. ;)
Before beginning out with this in-depth article regarding interviewing a blogger, there are few things which I would like to share with you.
Something about mini-index
I call it a mini-index as it really puts an idea about my blog posts in handful of bullet points or whatever you call it. This article is composed of following points-
Preparing Yourself for Interviewing a Blogger
- Selecting a Blogger
- Building Communication
- Communication Medium
- Writing Purpose of Interview (POI)
- Getting “YES” from a blogger
1. Selecting a Blogger
The process of selecting a blogger is often considered as hectic because it involves pinning down skills, interest of your audience and comparison between various bloggers.
Although, it’s not a good idea to compare between two or more bloggers because each one of them have their own flavors. Once you’ve selected that special blogger to host on your blog, it’s time to proceed ahead in building communication.
2. Building Communication
I’m sure that some of you would be having a good relationship with a plenty of pro bloggers but if that’s not the case then you don’t worry.
Actually, the process of building communication and selecting a blogger often depends on whether you know the blogger already or you’re the one who wants to know him.
In the first which assumes that you know the blogger well, you would have improved communication before getting into him or her. Now, let’s assume, you’re just starting up and you don’t really know that specific blogger but you did choose him because he is very popular and could help you garner good amount of attention.
In this case, it’s pretty much sure that he/she is not going to accept your interview request unless he knows something about your existence.
So, to mark your existence, you got to follow their social profiles and blogs regularly.
Don’t rush into sending a friend request. ;)
Instead, subscribe to follow their public updates or simply follow their twitter account and start interacting with their updates. Often leave a beautiful comment on their blog posts but make sure you don’t spam and don’t post short comments such as the following ones.
- Thank you. Excellent article. I enjoyed it a lot.
- Super Article buddy
- Thanks for the informative article
- … And so on
3. Communication Medium
I don’t think I really need to stress on this point because I’ve already discussed few key element in building communication section.
Various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Google Plus, LinkedIn etc. are great platforms to improve your communication with that respective blogger. Make sure that you use these communication mediums wisely.
Writing Purpose of Interview (POI)
Why do you intend to interview that respective blogger?
That’s the simple question which you need to answer well in good format to make it look like purpose of interview. At the moment, there is no hard and soft rule for purpose of interview.
A blogger is very eager to know your purpose behind interviewing him and be aware that it’s the only way to impress him/her with your intentions and skills.
4. Getting Yes from a Blogger
If you’ve followed steps that I’ve mentioned in this article appropriately then there is absolutely no chance of getting rejected from a blogger.
Although, I can’t really guarantee you on this, all I can say is there are more chances of getting yes from a blogger through this method instead of others.
Don’ts to follow during this process
- Don’t ask too many questions. Ideally, 15 questions are enough to reveal most of the information of a blogger.
- Don’t really ask them to disclose their financial details with respect to blogging.
- Don’t ask general questions, instead go for some quality and useful questions.
Over To YOU!
Did I missed any points to follow before interviewing a blogger? Did you ever interview a blogger on your blog? Do share with us in comments