Bloggers’ Bench with Seth the Giveaway Guy

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Let’s sit down on the bench next to Seth and ask a few questions about his blog: www.giveawayguy.blogspot.co.uk

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Welcome Seth, can you tell us a little about yourself, and your blog?

I’m Seth, owner of the Giveaway Guy blog. I enjoy writing reviews and entering giveaways in my spare time, and that’s why I created the blog. I want to help others find useful information and have the chance to win cool stuff too! When I’m not blogging, I work for an online marketing agency where I have a fulfilling career in search engine optimization (SEO).

How long have you been blogging for?

I’ve been running the Giveaway Guy blog for two years now. Before that, I didn’t blog much.

What inspired you to start a blog, and why did you choose your chosen subject?

I needed a place I could call my own where I could share my reviews and whatnot, and also point people in the right direction to cool stuff I’ve found. I’ve always been obsessed with winning things and trying new products, and the blog is a platform for me to do that.

Is this your first/only blog?

It’s not my first, but it’s the only blog I maintain right now. However, it’s the first blog I’ve truly been proactive with.

How much time do you spend on your blog per week?

Recently I’ve been very busy with work, but when I’m not swamped I generally spend five to six hours a week researching, writing, and reaching out to brands to ask if they’re interested in being featured on my blog.

What’s the best bit about being a blogger?

The best thing is I get to share my opinions and have followers with the same interests. As my blog gets more exposure, I make more friends and connections. And thanks to these friends I was runner-up as Thrifty Guy of the Year.

What’s the most frustrating thing?

The most frustrating thing is not having enough free time to write more. But it’s a hobby, so I try not to worry about it.

Do you find that bloggers support one another?

I do, but I’ve also found that most bloggers can be very busy (including me), so collaborating and networking isn’t a guarantee. In my experience, some bloggers can be “too cool” for me, but most people are generally very nice.

Do you tell people when you meet them, or friends and family that you are a blogger?

No, and for a silly reason. I’m kind of embarrassed because blogging isn’t seen as a cool thing to some people, so I never go out of my way to talk about it. My wife is always happy to tell friends about it though, and if people are interested then I’m happy to explain the ins and outs of what I do.

Can you remember your very first post?

Nope, I had to go look! The first post was just me creating a contact page for the blog, but the first real post in the sense of blogging was a review of a salon in Boston that I got my hair cut at. The owner had a pug that was hanging out near the chair I was sitting in. I loved that the dog was part of the action, and now that I have a puppy of my own, I understand why people bring their dogs everywhere.

What do you wish someone had told you about blogging at the start of your journey?

I kind of expected this to happen, but when I first started emailing brands to ask if they’d be interested in being featured on my blog, practically no one responded to me. I thought, “What am I doing wrong here?” I researched what other bloggers do and found that most of the time I’d either get no response or be rejected. But never give up, because people eventually do respond.

Is there any advice that you would like to give people who are thinking about becoming a blogger, and those just starting out?

If you’re thinking about starting a blog, what do you want to be known for? For me, I love doing reviews and giveaways, so becoming Giveaway Guy was a no-brainer. Think about what niche you want to be in, and then become that guy or gal.

In the beginning you won’t have an audience, but share your posts on social media and ask to partner with other bloggers (like I’m doing with Whispering Stories here), and soon enough you’ll have visitors coming to your blog. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or collaborate.

What’s next for your blog, any big ambitions for it?

Right now I’m in cruise control but I’ve got a few ideas for the upcoming year. One, I want to feature some other bloggers on my blog who also enjoy reviews and giveaways. Some new faces.

Two, being that I’m an SEO specialist I want to apply some things to see if I can rank on the first page of Google for certain search queries. This is harder than you think…

Apart from your blog where else can we find you on the internet?

You can find me over at :-

@StaticSeth

 

I would just like to say a very big thank you to Seth for giving us an insight into his blogging life, and we wish Seth lots of success for the future.

 

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