Bloggers Face-Off: Yaro Starak vs. Shawn Collins

By Daniel Scocco

I am pleased to present two heavy-weight Internet marketers on today’s Bloggers Face-Off. They probably need no introduction, but I will give one anyway.

Yaro Starak has been building websites and online businesses since 1998, and he has done pretty much it all. I had the pleasure to work with him some time ago, and I can testify on how knowledgeable he is when it comes to the web in general. Entrepreneurs Journey is his blog, and a must read for all web entrepreneurs.

Shawn Collins, on the other hand, is a legend of the affiliate marketing industry. He has been doing it since 1997, and he is also the co-founder of the Affiliate Summit conference. If you want to learn about affiliate marketing, make sure to check his blog.

Now to the face-off!

yaro starak
Yaro Starak
shawn collins
Shawn Collins
1. How long have you been blogging? Since November 2005 Since February 2004
2. What is the total sum of money that you made with it so far? Advertising and affiliate income probably totals around $200,000, though it’s tough to say. That’s NOT including BlogMastermind.com membership fees Not available
3. Do you think that any Internet marketer should also have a blog? Definitely – especially if their brand is based on their name and expertise Only if they have something to say
4. How long should a blogger wait to monetize his blog? I suggest you avoid the distraction of money and wait 3-6 months while you build a good blog first No wait, but in moderation
5. What are you favorite monetization methods? Affiliate marketing is my favorite by far Manually creating contextual text links
6. Is there an ideal posting frequency? No, at least not one that applies universally to everyone. The ideal amount is what delivers the result you want 1-2 times daily on weekdays
7. How many RSS feeds do you track daily? None, I read a couple of blogs directly and tend to browse from blog to blog late at night before going to bed 15
8. What is the biggest mistake you did along the way? Not build an email list from day one Using Blogger then MovableType before WordPress
9. What is the best way to gain RSS subscribers? Include something of benefit for your reader in every single post you make so they come to expect it and desire more from you Offer email option; produce original content that solves problems
10. Can Twitter be good for Internet marketing? It functions well as another communication device, so it’s definitely usable for Internet marketing. I think it’s best as a relationship building tool, but it may turn out to be helpful for direct response marketing too, if used in tandem with a blog or some form of landing page Twitterfeed is good to syndicate a blog on Twitter, but strategy should include a majority of real, manual Tweets
11. What is a good blog to learn about Internet marketing? Well all modesty aside, mine is definitely a good choice! So is Shawn’s :). Spend some time browsing the top 100 make money blogs at http://www.45n5.com/top100/ and you will find plenty of options MarketingVOX.com
12. What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word? Consistency Consistency



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21 Responses to “Bloggers Face-Off: Yaro Starak vs. Shawn Collins”

  • Rob H

    Very nice comparison and Q&A. For Question 5. I would say I have had more succuess with Affiliate Marketing than contextual ads. I tend to combine affiliate marketing with contextual ads.

    Again, nice blog post.

  • Freya Sykes

    Being fairly new to your blog I’ve only just come across your bloggers face off feature…I love it. It’s top trumps for bloggers and it really appeals to my geeky, stats nature!! lol! Great. 🙂

    http://www.freyasykes.com

  • 1to1million

    Great advice from both….

    But voted for Shawn because his advice is clear, simple and to the point!

    Follow them both on Twitter

    Shawn – http://twitter.com/affiliatetip
    Its PageRank = 5/10

    Yaro – http://twitter.com/yarostarak
    Its PageRank = 5/10

    You can nominate them for an IMTWEET Award
    @ http://twitter.com/IMtweet

  • Stan Dubin

    I voted for Yaro as he seemed more forthcoming overall.

    This was the first time I’ve seen this feature on DailyBlogTips. I liked the format: short and sweet, but the questions were sufficiently pointed to elicit some good info.

    Stan

  • Rick

    I’ve always enjoyed this feature on DailyBlogTips. It is by far my favorits for finding quick tips from those who have been there. Thanks!

    Rick

  • James

    I vote for Yaro..i visit his blog often and found a lot of useful post there. But Shawn i only visit his blog incidentally from the 45n5 top 100 list..

  • Dividend Growth Investor

    I guess in order to be successful at blogging, one needs to be consistent in their efforts.

    Nice article!

  • Ben Moreno

    This is an excellent post. It gave me some good advice. I am motivated to write a post right now!

  • Mike Poperszky

    I liked the face-off, but did it seem like Shawn was bored or something? Maybe it was just the format. I will go check out both their blogs anyway.

  • OldSailor

    I agree with Yaro’s reasoning on biggest mistake. Building up a email list is necessary.

  • Shawn Collins

    Hi SEO Genius –

    I wasn’t in a rush to end the interview – I was trying to keep things as brief as I could for the format.

  • Shawn Collins

    Hi Jacky –

    I think you’re referring to my short videos? If so, I take questions anybody has on affiliate marketing and provide quick answers via video and text.

    But those are just part of my coverage – I also publish lots of data on the industry, podcasts, other types of videos, breaking news on affiliate marketing, etc. on my blog.

    Thanks for having me, Daniel.

  • SEO Genius

    Another great face off, i do prefer Yaro’s answers in the interview it seems like he was trying to give something to the readers were as i felt shawn’s replies were more to get to the end of the interview.

  • team ray

    i was a fan of yao but then his blog got repetitive and i notice it was

    nothing but a huge sale pitch for all his products and others

    so shawn collins gets my vote

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Jacky, the Bloggers Face-Off is a interview with short answers mostly. Shawn is a very nice guy and smart guy, take a look at his blog and you will see.

  • Jacky Supit

    tell me a homie, but i am not familiar with shawn. and after reading this interviews, i don’t even want to know more about who is he.

    i was expecting about something more i can learn then just short answers like that.

    but he made it to the bloggers face off anyway, so at least it works for him i guest

  • Rajaie AlKorani

    Looks like consistency is more important than I thought

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Jeremy, I am glad to heat it 🙂 .

  • Jeremy

    I liked Yaro’s response to the ninth question. That is exactly how you conned me into subscribing to your feed, Daniel. 🙂

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