Interview: Alex Fraiser, World's Most Successful 16-Year-Old Blogger

Alex Fraiser Interview: World’s Most Successful 16-Year-Old Blogger

by Nick Scheidies and Nick Tart on January 30, 2010 · 31 comments

In January 2009, at the age of 15, Alex Fraiser used his web design know-how to start Blogussion.com, a blog about blogging. As the year went on, Blogussion thrived – bursting not just with insightful articles but also with an ever-growing, increasingly enthusiastic community of subscribers.

In January 2010, Alex and his business partner, 24-year-old Seth Waite, launched their first product – a web theme modeled after Blogussion’s unique style – to immediate success. With an Alexa ranking under 20,000, Blogussion is now the highest ranking blog by a 16-year-old on the Internet.

When Alex isn’t helping people around the world make their blogs as popular and profitable as possible, he’s just a normal high school junior in New Jersey. He lives with his family and enjoys camping, playing ping-pong, and cheering on the New England Patriots.

The following is a short excerpt from 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs (Volume 1).

Q: What drove you above and beyond, towards entrepreneurship?

A: My dad is what really inspired me to start [Blogussion.com] up. He lives in Florida and owns two seafood restaurants. Obviously, blogging and owning a restaurant are two very different things, but the fact that he’s his own boss really inspired me to go out and do it myself.

When you think of a teenager nowadays, you think of some lazy kid who has no direction in life. I don’t want to be like that. I like to look deeper into things and I can’t stand just sitting around. I like the idea of working hard now, so you can earn big later. I’ve worked in my dad’s restaurants before, so I know what that’s like. Manual labor sucks, dude.

Q: How do you balance your business with other priorities?

A: School has to go first. I’ve always been taught that if you don’t succeed in school, then you’re not going to succeed in life. But [given the success of Blogussion.com], sometimes I think that maybe school’s not what I should be focusing on the most.

I’ll be honest – I was so eager to develop my theme that I might have missed out on a couple of homework assignments. But if I want to keep my business going, I’ve got to do well in school. It’s as simple as that. I love high school. I’m not about to drop out.

I’ve definitely been trying to balance my schoolwork and my freelancing stuff. For instance, we have all these mid-term projects for school right now. It has been crazy. But with useful productivity tips I’ve learned from blogging, I can manage all these different projects at once.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: If you want to learn more about me, check out Blogussion.com. It’s built around my personality and my thoughts and it also has some crazy-awesome content. There’s also a contact forum if you ever want to chat. I also have a more personal blog, Asnio.com.

This is an abridged version from Alex’s interview in our latest project, 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs. Alex and his blog have inspired me more than any other person or site on the Internet. In fact, if I didn’t come across his site, you’d still be looking at my crappy, old design. His interview is saturated with insight on the blogging world and it provides a detailed account of what it’s like to be a successful, internet entrepreneur.

Alex Fraiser’s Top Quotes

“Manual labor sucks, dude.”

“I like the idea of working hard now, so you can earn big later.”

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1 Tom | Market Samurai January 31, 2010 at 1:09 am

Great interview Nick. I have been following Alex for a while and reckon that he has so much potential. So will your new project be an ebook?

2 Nick Tart January 31, 2010 at 10:14 am

Yeah, I told him I’m glad I got to talk to him before he’s really famous! First and foremost, it’s going to be a paperback book. We’ll also sell it as an ebook and we’re looking into offering some sort of a membership site. Thanks for the comment, Tom!

3 King Sidharth January 31, 2010 at 10:56 am

I am the most talkative guy I’ve ever know but remind me of Alex and I am speechless (and inspired to the very core of my being).

4 Nick Tart February 1, 2010 at 12:10 am

Haha! That’s an awesome comment, King! Alex is a huge inspiration to a lot of people. I’m pumped that he agreed to do an interview for this book. Young people outside of the Internet realm will learn a lot from him.

5 King Sidharth February 2, 2010 at 4:00 am

Oh yes indeed, If I ever could I will write his Biography. That will be enough inspiration for years to come. He is just 2 years younger to me and has proved it that age is just a number. Cool yeah!
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..A How-to on Hardcore Motivation =-.

6 Nick Tart February 2, 2010 at 11:47 am

Haha… I bet he would be thrilled to have you write his biography, King!

7 Alex Fraiser February 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Give me a few years, THEN we’ll have a biography. ;)
.-= Alex Fraiser´s last blog ..Is Premium Content Really a Big Myth? =-.

8 rere27 September 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

i definitely need to check this guy out. i have blog but i also have a ton of schoolwork. at theend of the day ihardly have anything to talk about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9 Agent Deepak February 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

I am now a regular reader at Blogussion. Alex has done a tremendous job with his blog. When I was 16, I had no idea of blogging.

I love his no AD policy. It has inspired me to keep my blog AD free too.

Also love his quality content. There is always something new to learn from him.
.-= Agent Deepak´s last blog ..MARKETING vs SELLING Your Blog =-.

10 Nick Tart February 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

Yeah, it’s so cool that he doesn’t clutter his site with ads! It adds to the perceived value of his site and, in the long-run, it’ll be more profitable.

Thanks for the comment, Deepak!
.-= Nick Tart´s last blog ..Interview: Alex Fraiser, World’s Most Successful 16-Year-Old Blogger =-.

11 Alex Fraiser February 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Thanks! I really love to blog and just hope all of this stuff pays off later.

As for the ads thing, some people agree, and most people disagree. But, I think it has had a great impact on my blog and has given me plenty of space to put content that is useful to readers.

I am curious as to how well ads would perform on my blog now as I get offers, but I’m not curious enough where I would actually break my policy and do it. I don’t think there will ever be an ad, other than my own ads, on Blogussion as long as I’m running it.
.-= Alex Fraiser´s last blog ..Is Premium Content Really a Big Myth? =-.

12 Nick Tart February 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Yeah, I’m pretty curious how well ads would perform on Blogussion too, Alex. But my guess is that it’s not worth it man. You’re building one of the most successful sites on the net and ads will never pay more than the products you will release to people who respect you and your business.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope everything is going well!
.-= Nick Tart´s last blog ..Starting Out Online: From the SEO Perspective =-.

13 Alex Monroe February 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Another New Jersey entrepreneur. That place producing good ones :)
.-= Alex Monroe´s last blog ..7-Eleven CEO an Undercover Boss, Joe DePinto =-.

14 Nick Tart February 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Yeah, it must be something in the water. Savannah Britt is also from New Jersey!

15 rere27 September 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

no, U have it alllllll wrong. virginia is where it is coming from

16 john January 7, 2011 at 7:30 am

Hi you!
You can share me this theme in site. I like it but i dont have money. Pls.

17 Nick Tart January 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hey John! I’m flattered that you like our theme, but it’s not for sale or sharing.

18 Mi Muba October 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Tons of inspiration for a newbie blogger like me; sometime I think blogging is the cup of tea of younger lot and middle aged people like me nothing to do with this passion-demanding profession. But when I see several successful bloggers crossing the age of 50 I come to conclusion age has nothing to do with any sort of venture only passion and commitment is must.

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