Interview With Daniel Scocco of Daily Blog Tips

Daniel Scocco is the blogger behind Daily Blog Tips, the 28th most popular blog in the Technorati 100. He has been blogging since 2005, and has since become an authority in the area.

I managed to score a quick 10-question interview with Mr. Scocco recently, and rather than bore you with more prologue, here it is:

When did you get into blogging, and why?

I started blogging late in 2005, as a hobby. I always loved the Internet, and always wanted to create websites (I had tried with Geocities before, but they were pretty crappy sites). Then in 2005 I found myself with a huge load of material that I had written for my degree thesis (it was about innovation management). So instead of letting it accumulate dust on my university I decided to share that stuff with people via a blog. That is how I got started.

Can you give us a brief overview of your average blogging day? When do you blog, how much time do you spend looking for ideas, doing research, writing?

I check emails first thing in the morning (usually I clean my inbox in 1 hour). Then I write articles in the morning, and in the afternoons I work on promotion, networking and maintenance tasks.

Did you originally intend to make money blogging?

No, as I mentioned before it started as a hobby.

You seem to have done well monetizing your network of blogs. Do you have any advice for those who have fairly well established blogs and are trying to do the same?

Focus on growing the blog and its traffic. If the traffic and the audience is there, monetizing it will be easy: you just need to test the different revenue options and see what performs best on your niche (e.g., affiliate, adsense, direct banner selling).

How much time do you spend in a day reading RSS feeds? How many do you subscribe to?

I would say one hour a day. I subscribe to over 200 RSS feeds.

How many domain names do you own?

Around 50.

What are your favorite social media/social bookmarking sites? Which do you enjoy the most? Which do you find the most beneficial to your blog?

I use Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit and Delicious pretty much daily. StumbleUpon is definitely the most beneficial one to my blogs, as it sends a consistent amount of traffic month after month.

What is your opinion on the importance of design? How much of a difference does a unique design make?

Having a unique and professional design is a positive thing, though it is not essential. There are plenty of bloggers out there making a lot of money with freely available WordPress themes.

But if you have the budget, then yes grabbing a custom made design can take your blog to the next level.

What is the most helpful advice you would give to a newbie blogger?

Focus on providing useful and unique content.

If you could travel back in time and register five domains, which would they be?,,,,

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for posting this interview with Daniel Scocco. I’m sure, like me, your readers got a lot of helpful tips. In regards to what Daniel said about monetizing your blog, traffic is important. With sticky readership and traffic come many opportunities to grow a real business from blogs. Also, if you decide, as Daniel suggested, to use an affiliate network to monetize your blog, you could try experimenting with different offers to see which will bring the most revenue to your site.

  • Steven Finch

    Interesting interview but i would have really liked to seen some more exciting and deep questions about his blog and where is blogging going in the future, and possibly earnings. Steven Finch

  • Danny Cooper

    I agree with Steven, I would have loved to see you go further with the questioning, I think the last answer was pretty predictable!

  • Tom –

    Thanks for the interview! I love reading about other bloggers!

  • Matt

    @Steven and @Danny, well, it was my first real interview. Maybe I’ll do better next time. :)

    I would like to interview more bloggers and designers in the future, when or if I get the opportunity. I’ll keep your comments in mind next time around.

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  • Tech @ InkAPoint

    Really cool.

    Me too got an opportunity to chat with him. Check it out

  • Vinicius Viana

    domainer man wow o/

  • Luka Malding

    Daniel is great. I saw here a cool infogrpahic on Daniel if you want more info on the guy