Blog Blazers :: 40 Top Bloggers Share Their Secrets

by derek on November 12, 2008 · 71 comments

Last week a new book on blogging hit the shelves – the digital shelves – and it features interviews with 40 top bloggers as they share their secrets to creating a high-profile, high-traffic, and high-profit blog.
Blog Blazers by Stephane Grenier provides insights from some of the most successful bloggers on how to avoid common blogging mistakes, as well as things like what the top blogs have in common.
You’ll learn from people such as Seth Godin, Aaron Wall, Yaro Starak, and Derek Semmler.
Wait a minute…Derek Semmler? That’s me!
I am so happy to tell all of you that Steph had contacted me awhile back about this and asked if I would be willing to be interviewed for his book. It is quite an honor to have been included among this group of bloggers, as there are some true superstars included in this book.
Inside the book, you will find the collection of bloggers providing tips and advice on topics such as:

  • What’s the most common mistake new bloggers make?
  • What’s your best tip for writing a successful blog post?
  • What’s the best way to make money from your blog?

If you’d like to pick up a copy of the book, you can purchase it on Amazon or directly from the Blog Blazers website.
Or…you can win a free copy!

Blog Blazers

As you can see in the picture, I’ve got my hands on a copy – multiple copies actually – and I am pleased to tell you that I will be giving them away!
On Thanksgiving Day, I will be selecting 5 winners that will each receive a copy of the book Blog Blazers.

Contest Rules

Entry requirements are extremely easy – simply leave a comment on this post explaining what question you would ask these top 40 bloggers and you’re entered for your chance to win!

  • Comments will be accepted until 11:59pm CST, November 26th, 2008.
  • Only one entry per person will be counted.
  • Winners will be selected at random using the Random Integer Generator on Thursday, November 27th, 2008 (Thanksgiving Day).
  • Winners will have seven days to respond with their contact information. In the event a winner does not respond, an alternate winner will be selected.

Bonus Entry: Write a new blog post about the book – feel free to mention that you read the blog of one of the coolest guys in the book, ahem – and you will receive a bonus entry. Be sure to send me an email with the URL to your post so I don’t miss it.
Anyone and everyone is eligible to win, as I will ship the book world-wide. Also, while I am not the author of the book, I have had a few people ask me if I would sign the book. If you’d like it to be signed by yours truly (aka Chapter 15), all you need to do is ask.
Good luck everyone!
By the way…for those that know about my participation with Movember, you can see I still have not yet sculpted my ‘stache.

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Michael Kwan November 12, 2008 at 9:46 pm

I think one of the best questions that you can ask these guys, if only for curiosity’s sake, is what they would be doing if there was no such thing as the Internet.

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Michael Kwan November 12, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Oops, I realize that I have a typo in my URL above. Missing a letter.
Michael Kwans last blog post..What’s Up Wednesdays: Why We Remember

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derek November 12, 2008 at 9:51 pm

I’ve updated the link for you in the first comment. πŸ™‚

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Nick@romandock dot com November 13, 2008 at 9:27 pm

I see that commentluv likes you again πŸ™‚
Nicks last blog post..The Part 15 Message On Your Electronics

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Charlie on the PA Tpk November 12, 2008 at 9:48 pm

What an esteemed honor for you; congratulations.
Charlie on the PA Tpks last blog post..Veteran’s Day

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Ling@Uptake November 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm

What are the long-term career prospects of blogging? I mean, will blogs be around, say 10 years from now? Or will somebody come up with something new, and all your money-making blogs be suddenly worth squat? πŸ™‚

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Kelvin Kao November 12, 2008 at 10:24 pm

Wow, Derek, Damn. That’s awesome!
My question: Which one is considered better: having one very popular blog, having three good blogs, or having twenty mediocre blogs?
Kelvin Kaos last blog post..New Series of Experiments Around Here

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Danny Cooper November 13, 2008 at 1:43 am

Hi Derek, Congratulations at being part of a book! I’m sure that is a great feeling.
Question: If you could do it all over again, would you choose to be an blogger and internet marketer or something completely different??
Danny Coopers last blog post..The Blog Comment Blueprint is Here!

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Jessica W November 13, 2008 at 3:57 am

Congratulations for being a part of the book Derek! I am sure it is great achievement.
Mine question would be: Will you continue to blog when you retire ?
Jessica Ws last blog post..Why is Professional Web Design so Important

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Andrea November 13, 2008 at 9:48 am

Wow that is great derek! congrats, I WANNA WIN!! i never win at anything.
My Question: If you could change one thing about your blog, what would it be?

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Nick@romandock dot com November 13, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Hey, congratulations…I’m excited to read the free copy that you’re going to send me when my number comes up in your random number generator πŸ˜€
As for a question to ask each of the contributors of the book, what is your favorite part of maintaining your site? (design/coding, writing, promoting/marketing, etc)
Nicks last blog post..The Part 15 Message On Your Electronics

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Andrea November 13, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Send you? No, he is gonna send ME! right derek, ol buddy ol pal? :p

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Nick November 14, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Haha…keep dreaming πŸ˜€
Nicks last blog post..The Part 15 Message On Your Electronics

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derek November 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm

With both of you being such active members of the community, I’ll see what I can do if you’re not selected as one of the winners.

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Steve@Free iPods November 18, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Ooohh, Teachers Pets, Teachers Pets :):)

Ryan November 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Congrats on appearing in the book!
I hope any PR shots taken were pre-Movember…
:-}
Ryans last blog post..How Dare You Be So Prepared

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derek November 17, 2008 at 9:51 am

Lol…unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) my picture does not appear in the book. The head shot on the blog was taken earlier this year, prior to the current Movember look.

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Nicole Price November 13, 2008 at 10:22 pm

The question first. What advise do you have for bloggers who blog for the joy of it and not to make money?
The compliment next. Derek, you have bowled me over. You might like to consider a permanent change to the temporary look!
Nicole Prices last blog post..Save Money on Medication

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derek November 17, 2008 at 9:52 am

I’m growing accustomed to the new look but my wife is not a fan at all. πŸ™‚

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Jean@Japanese Bushido November 14, 2008 at 6:03 am

Hey Derek! Congrats on being in the book, that must be a great pleasure! I hope you get some nice change from the book πŸ˜‰
Jeans last blog post..Early History of Bushido and Samurai

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olly@ Best Laptop Deals November 14, 2008 at 7:51 am

Hey Derek – congrats – you must feel proud and rightfully so. I am sure this is the start of great things for you!

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derek November 17, 2008 at 9:53 am

Many thanks!

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Blog for Beginners November 15, 2008 at 12:09 am

Learning from the top bloggers has always been my interest for a long time and now with 40 tops bloggers sharing their secrets, I wish I could get my hand on that book.
Yan
Blog for Beginnerss last blog post..8 Google Lessons I’ve Learned from Garry Conn

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Allan November 16, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Put my name down. Crossing my fingers. If I win, I’ll write two blog articles about the book and you! That’s worth two additional entries, no?
Allans last blog post..Semper Fidelis

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derek November 17, 2008 at 9:54 am

If you write them before the contest deadline, they would count as entries. πŸ™‚

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Derrich November 17, 2008 at 9:48 am

Hey, D! Congrats on being a part of this book. I just read about it over at BlueFur…representing the Derekich’s everywhere!

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derek November 17, 2008 at 9:55 am

Thanks D! Tryin’ my best to represent!

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Mert Erkal November 18, 2008 at 3:36 am

Congrats Derek, I have recently posted about the book and your contest. I would ask them this question: “Can jobless people survive during financial crisis with make money blogging? If so, what are their suggestions?”
Mert Erkals last blog post..6 Useful Sites For Finding Blogging Jobs

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derek November 18, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Mert, thanks for adding a note about the contest into your blog post!

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Karen Putz / DeafMom November 18, 2008 at 7:42 am

Congrats, Derek! That looks like a great read. Here’s my question: Can you share the moment that you knew your blog was truly “taking off?”
Karen Putz / DeafMoms last blog post..You’re Not Really…Deaf, Are You?

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derek November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Thanks Karen!

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Steve@Free iPods November 18, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Fantastic news Derek, glad to see your efforts continue to pay off.
My question for the top bloggers: How do I get more traffic πŸ™‚

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derek November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm

I appreciate the support Steve!

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Health insurance india November 19, 2008 at 5:47 am

This book can be helpful for guys who want to earn money from their blogging efforts. By the way how much is the cost for this book?

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danielle November 20, 2008 at 3:03 am

hey derek, congrats! glad to know ur blog is going strong and is being recognized for it!
danielles last blog post..The $12.4 Million Blog: An Interview

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derek November 21, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Danielle, as an FYI, I mentioned your blog in the interview. πŸ™‚

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XYFloyd November 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm

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i own an awesome website where you can make money online..most our users are making like 20-50 bucks a day.. with minimal work.. its pretty simple to do.. its actually so easy to do you won’t believe ill actually pay you to do it.. and its 100% free to sign up and try.
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Internet Strategist November 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Congrats, old friend. I always knew you had a great blog. I’d love to read the book. Is the book already sold out at Amazon or not available yet? Someone should encourage some book reviews for us to read.

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derek November 21, 2008 at 5:39 pm

The last time that I looked on Amazon, it was still available there (or you can buy it direct). There is a link to Amazon in my latest post about my current reading list.

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Internet Strategist November 21, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Not today – it is out of stock at Amazon already. So I added a link to the direct site too.

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pauletet November 22, 2008 at 12:21 am

I cant wait to have a copy of that book. My question is what do you think makes a top blogger on top?

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Thomas Thiriez November 22, 2008 at 9:15 am

Hi Derek, thanks for the offer.
Question: Do you think a successful blog could be sold just as any company, or is it the author that makes it unique and successful, and there would be no point in purchasing a blog ?
Thomas Thiriezs last blog post..TwistedWave 1.5 is available!

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Steve@Free iPods November 22, 2008 at 10:29 am

I personally come on here because of Derek, it wouldn’t be the same place if someone else took over (even if it was that hot lady who do some guest posts πŸ™‚ )

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JiMpiSh November 23, 2008 at 1:12 am

Here I am and you KNOW I need to get a copy of that book! I think the best question that I could ask albeit a very broad one would be, “Where & how do I start?” I know there’s been numerous posts and howtos written over the years on this, but for ME, that’s the number one. I’m sure one day when I’m ready to sit down and pick your brain that will by my first question for you too!
PS. Please sign my copy! πŸ™‚

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Neil@Free PS3 November 25, 2008 at 9:42 am

Great book. I think I will be purchasing this from amazon as I have just got a nice voucher for it.

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Brian Yamabe November 26, 2008 at 10:18 am

Really interested in reading this book.
My Question: What’s the top reason that a person should blog?

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Dave November 26, 2008 at 10:28 am

I’d want to ask: What would they recommend doing for an established blog that is well search optimized and monetized, but failed to develop a strong subscriber base/community. Strategies for retroactive community-building, essentially.

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Tyler Ingram November 26, 2008 at 10:28 am

My question would be: What made you get into blogging and why do you keep doing it? Sans revenue you might generate of course πŸ˜‰
Tyler Ingrams last blog post..Is Political Correctness Slipping For Retailers This Year?

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Frugal Dad November 26, 2008 at 10:41 am

With many mainstream companies, small businesses, and other organizations recognizing the value of blogs and begining to hire corporate bloggers, would any of you rather write for them, or continue to write for yourself?
Thanks for the opportunity to win! Looks like a great read!
Frugal Dads last blog post..Have You Ever Been Embarrassed To Be Frugal?

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Neil@PS3 December 2, 2008 at 2:28 am

I have not been blogging for long but I think part of the appeal to blogging is that you can do it in your own time and talk about anything you want to talk about.
I don’t believe it would have the same feel to it if you were hired to do it. It would become too mainline and you wouldn’t have full control over the content

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Dinarni Efta Sutrisna December 4, 2008 at 11:55 pm

oh no, I was late
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Steve@Free iPods December 6, 2008 at 4:33 am

Derek, hi, just wanted to say a massive thanks, the book arrived this morning, thanks for the message.
You certainly deserve some good Karma for 2009, cheers !
Steve

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derek December 6, 2008 at 11:32 am

Steve, thanks for letting me know the book arrived and for the kind words! Here is to a great 2009 for all of us!

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Steve@Free iPods December 6, 2008 at 2:03 pm

πŸ™‚ Thanks again Derek

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Cashmere Lashkari January 8, 2009 at 4:26 am

You should not be so modest. You are a top notch blogger. I know I would have loved to win that book.
Cashmere Lashkaris last blog post..Bargain Shoe Shops: Berry, Dawar, Ideal and Chor Baba

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Eric @ Top 40 Songs February 9, 2009 at 1:31 am

Nice work. That’s quite an honor. Thanks for your contribution!

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Lim savington February 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

Blogging means to me, saying your own personal opinion about an article and respecting what other blog comments are. I can’t believe some earn money through blogging. It is a good help for others. Thanks…
Lim savingtons last blog post..25 ways you can beat the economy with these savings tips

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saglikportali December 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm

i’m really interested in reading this book.

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Cameron@Interest Savings June 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

I don’t think there are any real secrets to blogging. It’s mostly about being passionate about what you are saying and developing a connection with the readers.

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