Bloggers Face-Off: Mark Ghosh vs. Engtech

By Daniel Scocco

Welcome to the 17th edition of the Bloggers Face-Off. As I mentioned last week, I will be experimenting with biweekly matches this month, so expect to see them every other Tuesday.

Do you use WordPress? Then you certainly know our first blogger, Mark Ghosh. Mark is the author of WeblogToolsCollection, probably the most popular blog on the Internet featuring WordPress themes, plugins and related news.

Engtech is another famous blogger. Recently he changed the name of his blog to InternetDuctTape.com. It is a suitable name, given that the blog is a must read for people interested in programming, technology and blogging tips. Now to the interview!

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Mark Ghosh
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Engtech
1. How long have you been blogging? Since early 2002 1 year on internetducttape.com, 4 years including personal blogs that no longer exist
2. How many hours do you dedicate to your blog daily? Between three to four hours of work, scattered throughout the day 2-4 hours on average (I don’t blog every day)
3. How many page views does it generate daily? Between 10k and 15k 4000 to 6000
4. Do you make money with the blog? Yes, but I spend most of it on authors and servers No, wordpress.com does not allow ads
5. What is the biggest blogging mistake you did? My biggest blogging mistake was, well, there are lots of them. I make small mistakes all the time and try very hard to minimize the bigger ones. *knock on wood* Not getting my own domain name, and not switching to a more customizable hosting solution once I realized blogging was going to be serious business
6. Do you think Alexa is reliable? It used to be but I am becoming more disillusioned every passing day with Alexa. My traffic and user numbers have doubled over the past quarter but my rank has fallen in Alexa Not at all. The only people I would trust to give an accurate measure
of traffic is Google
7. How long should a blogger wait to monetize the blog? At least six months in my opinion. The possibility of making money poisons the reasons for blogging Less than one year πŸ™‚
8. If you could give an advice for a novice blogger, what would it be? Blog for the sake of blogging. See you if like the idea of reaching out to strangers and if you do, participate in the conversation with enthusiasm and passion Set a goal, and only do the things that align with your goal. Use blogging to compliment an aspect of your life, but don’t let it turn INTO your life
9. What is the best promotion method you have used? Competitions. Developers and visitors love them and it gives sponsors a chance to get their name out Building relationships with other bloggers and getting linked to by
bloggers with wider audiences
10. What is more important, the content or the design? Both. Design and content are both responsible for bringing users back to your blog. A beautifully designed blog without any content is useless and vice versa Design can get attention, but only content will keep it
11. If you could read only one blog, which one would you pick? techmeme.com. Not a blog per se, but definitely my first read Beats Entropy – like sex, reading blogs is better when you’ve really gotten to know someone
12. What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word? WordPress Non-abstruse
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22 Responses to “Bloggers Face-Off: Mark Ghosh vs. Engtech”

  • engtech @ internet duct tape

    Thanks Daniel! πŸ™‚

  • Daniel

    My pleasure Engtech, it was a lot of fun as usual.

    “Design can get attention, but only content will keep it,” good one.

  • Bill Petro

    Loved the article.

    How did you insert a table into your WordPress article?

    Thanks.

  • Daniel

    Bill, make sure you are using the “code” editor, as opposed to the “visual rich” one. You can change that on the users profile if needed.

    Once you are in the code editor just use the normal HTML code for table.

  • Jonathan

    Mark takes home the gold on this one.

    Maybe I’m a little bias though since I’m an author for WLTC..

  • A.J.

    I voted for Mark because I know his blog and have used it several times and he’s successfully monetized it. I have to admit however that I was pleasantly surprised to stop by engtech’s blog and will be regular reader there from here out. I just couldn’t get past the fact that it’s on wordpress.com when comparing though…

  • Nathania

    Dude, engtech – if wordpress.com is holding you back from monetization and yet you have that much traffic, for the love of working for yourself – host it yourself and bring in the cha ching

  • Andy C

    Use blogging to compliment an aspect of your life, but donÒ€ℒt let it turn INTO your life

    That has to be the single best piece of blogging advice. Ever. Encapsulated in a sentence. Superb.

    Set a goal, and only do the things that align with your goal.

    And, yet, doesn’t this contradict it. I run a personal blog which I enjoy writing. I don’t have a ‘goal’. ‘Goal’ implies a tanigible and measurable target: make money, increase readership/comments or write N posts per week whereas my ‘goal’ is to simply keep enjoying it.

  • engtech @ internet duct tape

    @andy:

    Ah, but “simply keep enjoying it” is a wonderful goal, and focusing on the tangible numbers might prevent you from enjoying it.

  • Mr Angry

    Wicked close vote. Go Engtech!

  • Ferdie Frederic

    This is really interesting. But man 10k hits daily. I can only dream about something like that

  • Daniel

    The voting was pretty close until yesterday, then a horde of Mark’s fans invaded the blog :).

  • papajoneh

    And I’m one of Mark’s fans πŸ˜€
    great coverage. Interestingly, now you in my feeds supplier list. Thanks.

  • trzelno

    roalco

  • Bang Kritikus

    Thanks for your face-off

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