Bloggers Face-Off: Liz Strauss vs. Mike Sansone
This week the Bloggers Face-Off will feature two conversation bloggers. What is a conversation blogger? Someone that connects other bloggers, establishes relationships and creates conversations.
Probably you already know Liz Strauss from the Successful-Blog. She managed to create a vibrant community on her blog, and she is also the mind behind the SOB (Successful and Outstanding Bloggers) program. Mike Sansone is the author of Converstations, a blog that is focused on helping bloggers and business entities to create conversation platforms.
I have been following those two bloggers for quite some time, and one thing that I learned with them is that you need to focus on the others if you want to succeed. It is about participating on the community rather than insulating yourself. Anyway I think you will learn a lot more with their answers, enjoy!
|1. How long have you been blogging?||Almost 2 years||About 18 months|
|2. How many hours do you dedicate to your blog daily?||Too funny (I spend all my time blogging)||1-3 (this includes comments and feed reading)|
|3. Do you make money with your blog?||Yes||The blog drives my business, but I don’t have ads on the site|
|4. What is more important, community or traffic?||Community||The conversation is more important than the rankings|
|5. How many RSS subscribers do you have?||Around 1500||Approx 2000|
|6. What is the best way to boost the RSS subscriber base?||Write quality, passionate content they want to read||Provide multiple ways to subscribe to the feed (email, buttons, links)|
|7. Do you think AdSense units make a blog look unprofessional?||Depends on the blog, how it is formatted||Depends on the placement of the ad. If it’s at the top and presents a hurdle to the content – yes|
|8. If you could give one advice for a novice blogger, what would this be?||Love and serve your readers, write your passions, know the Internet has no eraser||Don’t write to attract an audience. Write as you’re already having the
conversation with them
|9. How many RSS feeds do you read daily?||I bounce over about 50; read about 10 – which ones change daily||I subscribe to 320+ feeds and search strings. There are about 150 I “scan” daily|
|10. Do you answer to all the comments on your blog?||Yes||Yes|
|11. If you could read only one blog, which one would you pick?||Right now, it would be How to Save the World by Dave Pollard||Logic+Emotion|
|12. What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word?||Love||Others|
Here is a list of the previous Face-Offs:
- Darren Rowse vs. Jeremey Shoemoney
- John Chow vs. Matt Coddington
- Rand Fishkin vs. Lee Odden
- Al Carlton vs. Vic Da Silva
- Danny Sullivan vs. Barry Schwartz
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25 Responses to “Bloggers Face-Off: Liz Strauss vs. Mike Sansone”
Thank you, Daniel.
It’s always great to be invited to be a part of your blog. I enjoyed the chance to be here with my friend, Mike and to learn more about him and myself as well.
This is a wonderful series. Congratulations on it!
Liz, it was my pleasure.
I am glad you liked the Face-off series, also if you pass this round we might match you against other famous bloggers, I think you could take someone on the league of Shoemoney :)! But Mike should be a tough match, he has quite a loyal fan base.
Tony D. Clark
I’ve loved this series Daniel – but having to choose between two great friends is too hard.
I think I’ll just sit back and watch this one 🙂
I love the series. It’s probably my favorite on going theme. I always appreciate the insights from successful bloggers.
Go! Go! Liz… I’m sure you’re gonna win…you really provide great stuffs out there… thanks for all your time(yeah that’s today that I know HOW much time you really give to blogging!)
perhaps it’s time to buy you a mobile through which you can keep in direct touch with your blog lol…do you still remember me question?
Thanks for the great series of face-off. Now I know why Liz responds to comments at all hours of the day and night. Does she ever sleep?
Once again thanks for the great site and community building projects.
A great series indeed – and how about the similar answers and the combined mantra at the foundation of these dance: “Love Others” – that’s perfect!
Thanks for a great series and a wonderful post.
Dave and Mike, thanks for the nice words.
I am glad most people like it, because I also have a lot of fun collecting the answer for the face-offs, its a win-win situation!
One of the best articles/interviews i have stumbled upon on blogging yet
keep up the good work
Great face off again. I love this series. I really liked Liz’s answer to question numbner 2, LOL.
This series is a great way to get a quick behind the scenes look at our favorite bloggers. However, in this case I can’t pick a winner – I like them both way too much!
Mark and George, thanks!
Char, a lot of people said that hehe, I guess its because both bloggers have great communities behind their back.
Terrific post and wonderful idea for a series.
Like Tony and Char, I can’t vote. I’ve learned so much from each of them and they both are masters at what they do – in their respective ways. It’s so neat how their answers flowed and the end is perfect… love others.
Keep up the great work.
Amazing, both of them have 57 votes 🙂
Yeah, I decided to close the poll on a tie, they were very close since the beginning so I figured why not!
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