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Why You Should Not Refuse Being Interviewed

During my life as a blogger I’ve been approached many times to give an interview but unfortunately, due to lack of time, I’ve had to decline most of them. Emmanuel of Income Scene was the latest to approach me and luckily for him I not only had the time but the inclination to answer all the questions he provided. This resulted in Peter Pelliccia Interview – Founder Of Wassupblog.com. So, if you would like to learn a little more about me and what makes me tick why don’t you head on over to Emmanuel’s post and don’t forget to leave a comment  :thumbup_ee:

Truth be told I was crazy to refuse all those other interviews and I really should have made the time because those interviews would have had great SEO as well as great marketing potential. There are many reasons why you should not make the same mistakes I did and Im going to list them here for you.

Why You Should Do Interviews

  • Exposure: You’re a blogger right? Well something that all bloggers crave for is exposure and what better way than to answer a few questions in the knowledge that the interviewee will link to your blog in return.
  • Backlinks: Yep, something else that all bloggers crave are backlinks and just in case that first point slipped past you an interview can lead to several links back to your blog.
  • Personal Brand: A well answered interview will show the reader that you know what you’re talking about, that you’re a blogger to be reckoned with and that it would be in their best interest to head on over to your blog so as to learn more about what you have to share.
  • Helping Others: Usually, depending on the questions asked, an interview can help the reader to learn something new about certain topics and once you’ve wet their thirst for knowledge guess where there going to go to learn more?  :smoke_tb:

So, you see there are many positives for doing an interview, so the next time someone contacts you about doing one, get out of your comfort zone and jump at the chance You won’t regret it.

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    1. You are so right Ben, talk about missed opportunities :wallbash_tb: :laugh_tb:

  1. Doing interviews is very useful, as you have pointed out, in terms of
    SEO and personal brand. On one hand, as we all know a backlink is a backlink, so it could increase serp or bring referral traffic, while on the other hand an interview increases our exposure and could make as to be perceived as experts in a certain field. Therefore, from my poitn of view, I think the time we invest will pay off on the long run.

    1. Yep, and if its a win win situation then there is no reason why we shouldn’t do it.

  2. Congratulations on your interview Sire! (Well Blog Me – ? :-) )
    OK, it says I have to talk more because it thinks I’m a spammer. Well, I’m not a spammer I’m just not all that chatty this morning. But the coffee is almost done brewing and I’ll be waking up soon. There, is that ENUFF?

    1. Well Blog Me, yeah, well I thought it was a good name for a blog at the time. Actually, I still think its pretty good. :wink_ee:

      As for your comment, it didn’t think that you were a spammer at all, just that you were trying to be slack by leaving too short a comment :naughty: :laugh_tb:

  3. Well, I tried to read the interview, but no matter what, your friends site wouldn’t load, no matter whether I use IE, FF or Chrome. Oh well….

    1. Hey Bruce, maybe he can’t handle all the extra traffic I’m sending his way :innocent1_tb:

  4. Very well. Those tips were quite interesting. I would not discard a chance to be interviewed because it helps us to be widely known among more people and it’s just a credit that we’re doing good. Plus, the small benefits also makes us accept every good chance to get interviewed. Thanks for the tips.

    1. Not to mention that its an honour to be asked in the first place :thumbup_ee:

  5. Great stuff! definitely useful information. Really true! you should not refuse the chance to be interviewed because your lucky day might be the day you got interviewed. You’ll really never know!

    1. Does that mean I should go out and buy a lottery ticket Vernette? :innocent1_tb:

  6. How did you measure the actual benefits or impact after giving the interview? Please share some statistics to give us an idea of what to expect in terms of return on investment.

    1. Too early to tell Tom, I’ve only just done the interview.

  7. Great arguments! If someone asks for an interview, I’ll give it to him. What if they ask for photos as well – what kind of photos do you suggest? The logo of my website, a picture with me, how should I be dressed – office or casual? There are lots of details that might be important.

    1. Hey Elena, only a woman would be concerned with what to wear :wink_ee:

      Honestly though, I’d go for a photo of yourself, which is what I should have done. Or, you could superimpose your photo over your website so that you could kill two birds with one stone.

      1. Great idea, Sire! Thanks for replying. When time comes, I’ll superimpose my picture over my website.
        PS: Men should be concerned about their outfit as well.

        1. Anytime Elena, always glad to be of help.

  8. Totally agreed with the views about taking interviews Peter! As it not only build brand but a big way to get back links. The greatest thing I love about this is helping others. A greatest deed which is sure to pay you back in near time.

    1. I love helping others as it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. :drunk_tb:

    2. That is so true Marie, but I love helping other just for the sake of it. If I get something good from it at a later date then that’s just a bonus.

  9. Sire, that’s for sure those folks who get scared of the interviews. In reality everyone of us would get nervous when we get interviewed for something that is very beneficial for us and our blog, definitely we should not step back!! Thanks Sire!

    1. Luckily this interview was a written one which you shouldn’t be scared of as you get to do it in your own time giving you time to think about your answers. As for a real life interview, that is something else entirely. :jitters:

  10. very nice post Peter finally you made up your mind to do interview.
    Its a great way to get new readers too from other blogs and backlinks

    1. Thanks Ricky, and it’s quite easy to do as well as all you have to is come up with the answers.

  11. Interviews are symbiotic in nature. They increase your exposure, bringing your thoughts/idea/links/products to entirely new markets/consumers, and the interviewer get the benefit of having your input on their sites to satiate readers’ needs for interesting info, and increase readership, page views. This is definitely helpful advice for bloggers. It’s so punk rock, bloggers promoting other bloggers, I love it.

    1. It is a pretty good way to get noticed and so much easier than having to do guest posts, especially considering they approach you and not the other way around.

  12. Nice interview Peter, I made a typo though which made me realise how cool it is though to have a commenting system like yours where you can edit your comments afterwards! :smile:

    And thank you for the comment on my blog – for some reason they are NFing now where they were DFing before, I’ve no idea why? Bloody annoying and I’ve tried to fix it! If anyone reading this knows how to debug this (I’ve tried all the obvious things) then please do get in touch! :hairout_tb:

    Any thanks for sorting out the parsing error thing!

    1. Thanks so much Roz, I’m glad you liked the interview.

      As for the typos, I wish more people used the plugin because I hate it when I publish comments with typos in them. :wallbash_tb:

      Did you change anything that may have caused that, like your theme perhaps?

      1. Hi Peter, yes that plugin is really valuable.

        The theme I’m using is the same as the one before so it’s not that however Google have been making a lot of changes to all their products lately (this only happened since the G+ release) integrating them all over the place – and I’m guessing they snuck it in there but I’m going to persist because I feel it’s only fair to give commenters a link back to their blog that counts.

        1. Hey Roz, maybe this post will help

          1. Thanks Peter, there’s an extra step here that wasn’t in the other article I read, later on I’ll give this a try, fingers crossed! x

            1. I’ve got mine crossed for you too Roz :nerd:

  13. I’ve never done any interviews, but I could definitely see there being plenty of advantages to them. On top of the reasons you listed, you also build a stronger connection with the interviewer. Since you are helping them out by agreeing to the interview, that may open up more partnership opportunities with that person. The exposure you can get from the interview itself can be enormous though.
    Jeremy recently posted…My First Childhood Exposure To GamblingMy Profile

    1. Hey Jeremy, that’s a great point! Thanks for bringing it up :thumbup_tb:

  14. Of course, I think being interviewed is a privilege and should definitely not be ignored if you have the chance to do it.

    1. And yet I have done it in the past but I won’t be doing that again.


  15. Twitter:
    Interviews help with advertising your blog because people share interesting opinions they hear with their friends.
    Just be careful, you will surely want to appear as a professional, not some amateur who paid to get interviewed :P Go prepared and you have nothing to fear!
    Thanks for sharing
    Rashmi Sinha recently posted…Google DriveMy Profile

    1. Yep, just take your time when aswering the questions making sure your answers are precise and the sort that show others you have a good grasp on your subject / niche.

  16. I recently got asked to do an interview for a talk radio station Chattin’ in Manhattan and because of my traveling it took some effort to organize and do the interview via Skype but it generated so much interest in my blog within a few days, I was really surprised. Doing an interview can really create instant interest especially ones that record you speaking and prove you are a real person with something to say and your’re worth listening to. You can hear my interview here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/chattininmanhattan/2012/04/07/homeless-teen-to-successful-entrepreneur-1

    1. Way to go Matt, I’m not sure that I would have been able to do that. :ponder:

  17. Great post – And yes , There is really no true value that one can put on the publicity gained by an interview. Even if its only for a small time website or magazine. In my Personal experience I have gained a lot of Business contact end new customers through various Interviews in the last couple of years. Thanks for the great post , I enjoyed the reading experience. Thanks for sharing.

    1. No worries Anton, always glad to share my opinions. :smoke_tb:

  18. Being interviewed in any form of media is a great opportunity to be known and to take a few steps in making yourself as well as your product known in the market.
    Thanks for having this on your blog.

    1. No worries Karyn, its what I do.

  19. Through interview we can dish up knowledge to our audience and can also divert traffic to our site. It is the best virtue to dish knowledge to as many people as you can.

    1. YesHelp the audience and divert traffic? Sounds good to me :drunk_tb:

  20. Being interviewed is almost like letting the world in to your personal life which can be a little uncomfortable for some people. Although, it definitely is great for business and getting exposure to yourself or blog, product, etc. Great post~!

    1. Yes it can be difficult but it is worth the effort. Also a good interview can help to build trust as people learn more about you.


  21. Twitter:
    Well aren’t you glad to did accept Sire. I’ll have to head over there and ready your interview.

    I’ve done quite a few now and it does give you more exposure and helps people learn a little more about you. I hope you won’t be turning any more down from now on.

    Okay, so I’ll see you later and you have a great week. Off to read your interview now.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Sure am Adrienne and there is no way I’ll be turning any down, at least not unless they ask some really shocking questions :wink:

  22. I’m new to the Blogging world. So no one is gonna approach me for interviews. Even then interviews for me are scary. :( This post is very encouraging though.

    1. Hey Jane give it time and work hard and it will happen.

  23. Totally agree, we should give ourselves chance to be expose and help others through our interview. We can really inspire other writers and people by sharing our experiences and strategies.

    1. Yeah, we should always try to be inspirational to others. That’s a great attitude to have Elle.

  24. Well you make a convincing argument for not refusing interviews. Now I just have to hope someone actually asks me for one! :)

    1. Don’t worry Louisa, I’m sure it will happen soon.

  25. For all its worth, I would never ever decline any interview that would benefit me on the other end. I like the idea you’ve put up in here – to not just experience the benefit, or exposure, but also to help other people as well.
    Michael recently posted…The Tallahassee Handyman – Mike WreggittMy Profile

    1. Thanks Michael

  26. I do agree on your statement Sire. Your tips are very interesting and I’m having fun of those. Interviews will build your confidence and the way you handle things on what you have said during the interview. I think the common interest above is exposure. If are expose to it you will be known and being popular of what you have done.
    Farrel recently posted…Samsung Galaxy Note 2 QuadMy Profile

    1. Nothing wrong with a bit of exposure, that’s for sure.

  27. Nice article, andI am totally assured that giving interviews must be a very effective tool for self-branding and marketing, but it requires an already reached position that means somebody wants to interview you.

    1. That’s true Julie, and as long as someone is dedicated and made an impression of sorts online then it’s only a matter of time before someone asks to interview them.

  28. Although i haven’t try the interview process. I believe it will help you to build your credibility and authority and your personal brand in this internet marketing world. Great tips Sire!

    1. Thanks Becca

  29. Hi Sire,
    Congratulations on your interview.Hopefully I will check Emmanuel’s post and give comment there :) Thankyou for informing us why we should do interviews.

    1. Great idea Syeda, that way you will take advantage of an extra commentluv link :wink:

  30. I am glad to see that Emmanuel of Income Scene was the latest to approach you.
    You are right, Sire Interview gives full exposure and bloggers should do interviews for better exposure.

    1. Yeah, I hope that they don’t make the same mistake I did by turning the interview down.

  31. Yeah this is seriously good advice. I’m looking to do some interviews and obviously there is some apprehension but I think they are the best content. People respond to discussions better than stories.
    Jacko recently posted…Video – Could Zimmerman be sent to #StopKony?My Profile

    1. You go for it Jacko!

  32. You make a lot of good points. There’s really no reason that you shouldn’t do an interview if someone requests it. It’s free exposure and it really doesn’t take that long.

    1. Just make sure you remember that when you get asked Mike :wink_ee:

      1. Yeah, well, I haven’t run a proper blog in a long time, so nobody ever asks me lol. How many is enough words? I wrote more than you mr. Sire. :tongue_laugh_ee:

        1. Hey Mike, I’ve set it for twenty, and as the boss of this here blog I get to write as many as I like :smoke_tb:

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  35. Twitter:
    Exactly, you should have known better, and once again if you’d listened more to me you’d have been a star. lol Luckily, I did get you to do one of those early interviews, and also got you to write a guest post. Now when you get big I can come to Australia and help you spend your new wealth. ;-) :lol_tb:
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…An Epic Battle; There Will Be Songs…My Profile

    1. Yeah, that’s what the wife says too Mitch, so don’t feel too bad if I don’t always take your advice :smile:

  36. Well, totally agree with you. It deserves the time. You will get more after each interview. Sometimes you will get a good opportunity from it.

    1. I think so too Sambrena.

  37. I agree one should never miss an oppurtunity to attend an interview.I get to learn a lot on various aspects as I attend an interview .It enables me to enhance my skills and test my knowledge that I have learnt.Above all it’s a great experience,I suggest one should be ready to face it as a challenge.

    1. Yeah and like most of life’s challenges you usually come out better for facing and overcoming them

  38. It has always been a pleasure for me to help others though sharing my experiences and knowledge. But I have always shied down interviews. Thank you though, i realized how needed I am by other people.

    1. That is a fact, there is always someone out there who needs to heat what you have to say so one should never lose the opportunity tobe heard.

  39. Practice makes the man perfect , once you face interview you get to know your weakness and strong points , and this will help you a lot in future .

    1. A very good point Raj, thanks for taking the time to comment.

  40. hi,
    its really awesome post.. till now i did not get a chance of interview. but if i get a chance i wnt miss that. through interview we can gain more important point and tips which are very useful.
    many thanks for sharing this tips with us.

    1. Give it time Alana and I’m sure it will happen

  41. It’s an opportunity to strike when the iron is hot, when you think about it. It’s best to jump at the call when someone is interested in interviewing you. After all, an interview can be a chance to put your best foot forward, and provide some impressive visibility to what could be a brand new audience for your blog.

    1. Yep, I’ll be jumping at the next one Erwin. I mean even if there are some questions you’re not comfortable with, you can always leave those questions out.

    1. Yep. there’s a lot of good reasons to do it :wink:

  42. I agree with you Sire, interviews are very helpful to enhance our business and it will help our business to move into next level. I learned a lot from your blogs.
    Thank you..

    Thanks,
    Rick@kanyakumari

    1. You’re very welcome Rick.

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