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June 23, 2009

Blogging While Brown 2009: An Interview with Angel Laws of Concrete Loop (Video)

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As part of my coverage of the Blogging While Brown conference last weekend, I was able to interview Angel Laws, the founder and publisher of the very successful entertainment blog, Concrete Loop.

Angel started the blog as a hobby and built it into one of Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites of 2008.  The blog covers black celebrities and gossip that for such a long time were ignored by other gossip sites.  Now she says she gets 700,000 unique visitors a day and makes $250,000 a year with her blog.

Angel was part of a panel about making money online and she had some great tips for bloggers:

  • Never work with just one ad company.  She works with six.
  • Figure out who reads your site and get feedback about your site using polls.
  • Remember that keeping readership can be harder than getting it.

Here's more advice from Angel.  On what happens when big success comes:

On the hardest thing about starting her blog and the easiest:

Her number one piece of advice for new bloggers:

It's obvious to me Angel is one smart cookie and I really enjoyed meeting her.


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