A Quick Interview with Timo Kiander from productivesuperdad.com

In today’s interview we are going to be talking with my mentor and my dream coach Timo Kiander from Productive Superdad.

Timo’s blog is all about productivity and time management related tips and the tools for career and business minded folks.

Since starting the blog 4 years ago, it’s been a great benefit to Timo in both revenue and through building personal relationships and contact online.

I hope you enjoy this excellent interview with Timo Kiander, as I know I did.

1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?

My name is Timo Kiander and I run a blog called Productive Superdad. I started this blog in 2010.

In addition, I have just started a Finnish time management blog called AjanhallintaVelho (which is Finnish for ‘Time Management Wizard’).

Not only am I into blogging, but I’m also into sports (marathons/triathlons), and spending time with my family (a wife and a son).

I live in Finland and I’m 42 years old.

I have been blogging on and off since the year 2000, but my English blog (Productive Superdad) is a serious attempt to turn blogging into a real business. Later on, I’m following this same plan with AjanhallintaVelho.

My topic of focus is productivity, which is what I write about in both of my blogs.

2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?  interview-with-timo-kiander

Well, I’m passionate about productivity, so choosing it as my writing topic was easy.

I wrote a book about online business productivity last year and that’s when I decided to start writing solely for this audience (i.e. people who are building their businesses, either part-time or full-time, but who want to do it productively and efficiently).

3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?

Not much.

I recommend products every once in a while, and some of the money comes from book sales. But in general, this is only pocket money and not serious income for me.

I’m planning to write more books for Kindle starting this summer, so I’ll see how things turn out. Also, I’m about to start business coaching and speaking on a larger scale later this year.

So far, my main goal has been building an e-mail list, so that creating my own products and services would become much more justified later on.

4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?

Towards the beginning, I took a lot of training on what specifically distracted me from taking action.

It took me two years to hire a coach, but eventually when I did, I obtained the necessary focus that I needed. Finding a coach from the get-go instead of buying a lot of training products would have been the smartest move for me.

5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?

There days when I don’t have time to read or visit any blogs at all. However, the ones I regularly visit are:

  1. Boost Blog Traffic
  2. Blogging Wizard
  3. Buffer Blog

6.) Would you say you are a successful blogger?

Yes, I do consider myself a successful blogger.

I have written over 100 guest posts, I have written a book, and I have been able to work with some of the big names of the industry. So yes, I would consider myself successful.

7.) How many bloggers have you successfully helped till date? Are they near success at all?

Anyone who reads my blog and receives help on their time management problems is someone who I have helped. Obviously, not all of them contact me and say that I have helped them somehow.

Of course, I hope that I have helped many people :)

8.) What are your major challenges online? And how have you been able to get past them?

The biggest challenge is definitely the information overload, primarily in the form of information products and having lots of potential great blog content to explore.

I think that the biggest help has definitely been hiring my own coach. He has helped me to focus on the important things, so I was able to eliminate a lot of irrelevant information.

9.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?

This is actually a list of four different services because I believe that they all make a big difference to my blogging:

  • Buzz Sumo
  • WunderList
  • Google Drive
  • Fiverr

The first one helps me to conduct research and figure out the topics I should focus on.

The second one is not directly related to blogging, but it’s a way to keep my work organized, by having a task list.

The third one helps me to keep all of my documents organized. I write and store all my documents in Google Drive.

The last one is Fiverr, where I try to micro-outsource as much tasks as possible for someone else to handle. This allows me to free up my time and to focus on the important aspects on my blog.

10.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?

Keep a tight focus on what you are doing by:

a) Hiring a coach if possible

b) Picking a traffic source that brings you the biggest results (for instance, guest posting)

c) Connecting with influencers by interviewing them

d) Start building your e-mail list on Day 1

e) Take action every day – the more instant the action, the better

I think that with those four steps, you will be ahead of the game and will be able to take bigger steps forward instead of trying to be everywhere and do everything at once.

11.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?

Write more on other blogs rather than on your own blog – especially when starting out.

When you’re first starting, no one is reading your blog anyways, so you have to take your writing elsewhere in the form of guest posting. That’s how you can get readers to subscribe to your blog.

Apply the 80/20 rule: Focus 80% of the time on other blogs and write content 20% of the time on your own blog.

12.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?

Buy a domain name, buy decent web host, subscribe to a decent auto-responder service, and buy a premium WordPress theme.

I would spend the rest of the money on running expenses (for instance, if it would be writing a lead magnet for my list, the expense would go towards getting it a nice cover on Fiverr…).

13.) What sets you apart from other bloggers?

I’m focusing exclusively on online business productivity, and I haven’t met too many bloggers who are doing just that.

Also, I’m not that much into social media or SEO stuff. I’m focusing solely on guest posting as my promotional technique.

In addition, I don’t really care how many visits my blog receives daily. Rather, what matters the most is how many subscribers my e-mail list has and that my e-mail list is responsive.

14.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?

By sending me an e-mail. I don’t spend that much time on social media, so getting in touch through e-mail is the best way to contact me.

You can also set up a Skype call with me if you are interested, but e-mail me first so we can discuss the details.

Of course, anyone who is not familiar with my work, I encourage you to download my free book as well.

Thanks so much Sir Timo for taking the time to share your advice and story with the Blogging Whiz community.

Back to you my distinguished readers.

Hope you picked one or two lessons from this awesome chat with Timo Kiander of Productive Superdad?
I’d like if you could share some of the things you picked from this great interview with Timo Kiander by using the comment box below.
And if you would like to learn about other bloggers and how they are finding success online, be sure to read through our blogger interview series.

Sam Adeyinka

Sam Adeyinka is the Co-founder and editor of Blogging Whiz and Promotivator. Get more from Sam on Google+ and connect with him on facebook or twitter
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  1. says

    Hi Sam Adeyinka
    It is wonderful to see the most perfect interview blog post. The way you asked questions is really awesome and replies of Timo are equally great which shows how wonderfully on same wavelength you both were during the interview. This is called the art of effective communications.
    It is not easy to make some one say which you want to. You asked all the questions to extract info which your blog audience wants to know. You succeeded in your task so wonderfully. For this a big bravo to you.
    Once again thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful blog interview post.

    • says

      Hey Muba, Ts a great delight to see your comment and to also meet you here on the kingged dot come network.

      Timo is indeed an authority blogger and he further show that in his mind-blowing answers. Concise and perfect wordings.

      I think he was the one who made this interview a delight to read. :)

      BTW, you shared some awesome tips in your post, “How to take interview of a pro blogger that must go viral”.

      That post was an explosive one and I so resonated with it all the way.

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. says

    Hi Sam,
    Nice to read yet another interview with lot of information to pick up preserve and perform!
    It’s really nice to know about another wonderful blogger and his working style. This is indeed a wonderful thing to know more about the fellow bloggers this way. I appreciate Sam for selecting such personalities to be interviewed.
    In this interview question # 11. Tim said: “Write more on other blogs rather than on your own blog – especially when starting out.
    When you’re first starting, no one is reading your blog anyways, so you have to take your writing elsewhere in the form of guest posting. That’s how you can get readers to subscribe to your blog.
    Apply the 80/20 rule: Focus 80% of the time on other blogs and write content 20% of the time on your own blog.”
    I slightly disagree with this point, since, for a new blogger getting other platform to write is not that easy. These days most of the bloggers’ prefer or check out the details of the writer thru different sources like Alexa etc, and if the page stands or occupies a good position in the Alexa rank people will jump into it, otherwise a BIG silent NO :-) I think for a newbie its very difficult to get a good rank at Alexa. thus they deny the chance of accepting as their guest writer.
    But at the same time if he or she is a good writer then they can show their presence at different blog or web pages by commenting constructive and relevant comments to those pages.
    I partially agree to this last point mentioned in point #11: Apply the 80/20 rule: Focus 80% of the time on other blogs and write content 20% of the time on your own blog.”
    Here indeed a major portion of the blogger’s time goes to other place and the only 20% to his page, in such cases I don’t think he can show or exhibit his quality products in his own space. This is only my conviction.
    Thanks Sam and Tim for this wonderful and thought provoking post.
    Best Regards
    ~ Philip

    • says

      Hey Philip, how’s you today? Trust fine.

      Disagree? Well, it’s bound to happen but can I share my little story with you?

      In 2013, when I created my first blog – Pro Motivator. One of the things that stood me out from the rest of other bloggers we started together was guest posting on other blogs.

      From now, since then, I have done over 16 guest posts. I have stopped guest posting for the main time anyways.

      Here’s the secret: I made sure that I connected with every of the bloggers I approached first of all and that was through reading their posts, ebooks if they have. I made sure that I comment on all of their blog posts.

      I also made sure, I read their “guest blogging guidelines” before I make the move of talking to them.

      I will also make sure I show them some of the articles have written both on my blog and on other few blogs.

      Can I tell you that known of the guest posts I submitted was decline. They were all accepted. And that too on blog of means like, comluv of Andy Bailey, Nopassiveincome of Erik Emmanueli, ViralWriter of Gilbert Samuel, Topbloggingcoach of NWangene Theodore and the rest of them.

      See Philip, it’s about your connection with those bloggers. You can’t expect me to accept your guest post when I don’t have any prior knowledge about you.

      Hope you understand, Philip?


    • says

      Hi Philip!

      I think that what matters right from the get-go is to get as many people as possible reading your content. When you are starting out, you have to find the audience from somewhere.

      Later on you can focus more on your own blog.


  3. says

    Hi Sam!

    This is very interesting and valuable interview with Timo Kiander!

    I really appreciate the share!

    I got some new good value out of this short and sweet interview :)

    I always knew the power of guest posting but I have to say that I have underestimated it and I have to put it more into practice.

    Especially when successful bloggers like Timo are talking about it.

    Anyways, thanks for sharing this great info and keep up the great work with this blog!

    I wish you the best success online!


    • says

      Hi Freddyjr, it’s so nice to see you here on the blog and I’m guessing it’s your first time here, right?

      Timo is one guy who knows his onions well and when he says this is the way to and you know it really is. :)

      So speaking bout guest blogging, truth is this phenomenon cannot actually be overemphasized…. I can still remember very vividly back when I started blogging seriously in 2013, one of the things I learned from hours of reading and scrutinizing many different articles was “Guest Blogging”. I did it and got massive results from back-links to my blog to making new and quality relationships and the likes.

      Guest blogging really is the way to go if you’re a newbie blogger. I have seen and heard different folks who through guest blogging blagged their ways through to suspicious success.

      So Freddyjr, I’m glad you now have a new view of guest blogging and would be giving it a go soon and I say whenever you’re ready, do stop by here to drop us a guest post. You know you’re always welcomed to guest post here, don’t you? 😀


    • says

      Hi Freddyjr!

      Sure, guest posting is effective and it has helped me to grow my e-mail list a lot.

      In fact, it’s my number one way of promoting my work.


  4. says

    Hmm Sam. thanks for featuring Timo on your blog. This interview is a very educative one and i really learn from it.

    I Love the response to the $100 question. I will also choose to do the same thing because it is all about starting well. THE MONEY IS IN THE LIST and i see it as a wise idea to invest in list building tool like auto-responder from the 1st day of blog.

    Hope you will feature more inspiring guys like this.

    Have a nice week ahead.

  5. Mohammad Naved says

    Very nice interview bro,these interviews also encourage us to strive in blogosphere..You are a good interviewer sam, I liked the style of this interview…

    Mohammad Naved recently blogged— Eid mubarak sms

  6. says

    Hey Sam!

    Great interview with Timo. I must say his advice about someone who is just starting a blog is spot on! Hire a coach!!! was the first thing he said and I can tell you from experience, that if you don’t have a coach of some kind, it can take a long time for your blog to flourish.

    I see blogging as a business, so when you start up any business, you have to have come capitol put aside to start. It is worth it in the long run as long as you have a marketing plan.

    Great interview!


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