Becoming a successful blogger doesn’t occur overnight but requires some amount of hard work. Over the past few months, I’ve immensely enjoyed blogging by adhering to the following rules I will disclose herein. To be sincere, I have lost count on people asking me on How to promote their blogs. Just last week a blogger friend asked me in a phone conversation this same question which I couldn’t tell him over the phone. So viralwriters, here are the 10 quick steps on how to become a successful blogger. I hope you find it useful.
Just before I go in-depth, I’d like to ask these simple questions, these are the things you must consider before becoming a successful blogger;
Why do you blog?
Do you blog because you have passion for it or perhaps you blog just to make money online?
Are you really determined to becoming a successful blogger? (I’m sure you’re expecting this)
Oh you already have answers to these questions right? How then do you go about achieving it?
Are you ready to be known and great in the blogosphere? are you ready to become a successful blogger? Check out the tips below to learn the best ways to splash your blog round the blogosphere.
Quick Steps to Becoming a Successful Blogger
Let Your Contents be Excellently Filled
This point cannot be overemphasized. I’m forever puzzled as to how people could stoop so low in limiting the creative power of their minds by settling to steal other people’s contents; I mean to say Operation “Copy & Paste”. I think two weeks ago, a friend of mine voiced out his discontentment about people copying his contents. That isn’t fair. See, my advice is this; “don’t be a copycat”, be the original creator of your content.
//A little tip from Gilbert Samuel
If you want to avoid your content from being copied, you can protect your content with Copyscape or tynt. Credit goes to Adrienne Smith for this tip. To elaborate this, check out her post on How to get others to build your links. Remember, Google hates Plagiarism.
//Now back to my Guest blogger
Tips to help you write great contents: Make use of Google Keyword planner, Topsy, Generate Blog Idea, Market Samurai, Long tail pro, Research your topics, Brainstorm, harness the power of your mind and start typing.
Embrace the Heart of Being Social
I know you’ve always heard that famous phrase that says thus “If you build it, they will come.” I beg to disagree with this thought and I think that word should be rephrased to something like “If you market it, they will come.”
What is the essence of writing great masterpieces and people aren’t reading it? I decided to visit a friend’s website and on getting to his webpage, I found out that there was no comment at all on any of his posts. Were the contents that boring? No. They were of course great but he doesn’t share them. I knew this because he told me.
Trust me you will need to be a social freak if you’re on a high way to becoming a successful blogger. See, social media has really made our lives much easier and I don’t think a blog can do without it.
Must read: Social media strategies to promote your post
Be a Consistent Blogger
If you’re looking for ways on how to become successful then you mustn’t skip this. There is nothing more than blogging regularly, I remember I used to run a wordpress.com blog, I still visit it though but not like before and that is due to some of my other engagements in the blogosphere and outside it. While browsing through this blog, I realized that the more I post, the more people visit. As a blogger, you need to have a specific time and day you post; doing this will make your readers know exactly when to get your post updates on their mails. “The more you publish blog posts, the more traffic you’ll get.”
Belong to a Community/Tribe
As a blogger, you need to be a member of a community. There are tons of communities in the blogosphere some of which are Triberr, Bizsugar, Blogengage, and a host of them. Facebook groups are also very effective, few weeks ago; I stumbled upon a post at Enstine Muki’s Blog 23 Active Facebook Groups For Bloggers. If you are a newbie, I’d suggest you read that post. You can also check out some blogging communities to promote your post. In all the communities mentioned, I’m more active on two and I also wrote a review about it – Best blogging community to promote your post
Gilbert just created a tribe of recent wouldn’t it be great if you join his tribe. Check it out here
Attach Your Blog URL to Your Email Signature
I know you will be like does this technique really work? Yes it does. If I’m not mistaken, most of the authority bloggers I’ve had the rarest privilege to connect with uses this technique – Adrienne Smith, Esther Coronel, Sue, Neal, Enstine Muki, and other great bloggers, they all use this medium.
Every day I send out close to 600 emails and if like me, you read and also send out mails, this technique will surely work for you, trust me you have nothing to lose, after all blogging is all about testing and you will only stick to what works best for you, right? Now, imagine how many mails you send and forward every day and think about the possibilities and the results it would yield.
Write for Other Blogs
Another ingredient of being an authority blogger is in writing for other blogs, which alternatively is known as “Guest Blogging”. This isn’t new, right? Well, it’s new to some people and it’s because of them you’re now reading this (Newbie Bloggers).
When I actively joined the blogosphere, one of the things I was introduced to was guest blogging; I downloaded many different Ebooks that teaches the importance of guest blogging and how to write a creative content.
There are lots of benefits of writing a guest post, some of which is that you will get to talk to another audience, the owner of the blog you’re writing for will give you the opportunity to drop one or two links alongside your byline, that is, a short Bio of yourself. This is called back-link. Those links can be those of your “Blog’s URL” or “Twitter Page”. You will also get traffic, gain subscribers and gain exposure as well as build quality relationships with likeminded bloggers. There are many other benefits but I’d stop here. If peradventure your writing style is great, chances are you will succeed in turning those visitors into loyal subscribers of your blog.
Hey guys, if you are not yet doing this, you should consider starting it, trust me you will be thankful you did.
Warning: Don’t send out the ugliest of your works but the very best, I mean the very best of your masterpieces as it will surely go a long way to making you an A-list blogger. You can check out my post on how to be a guest blogging addict.
Be an Active Commenter on Your Blog and Other Blogs
Perhaps you saw a post that interests you, like this one, don’t you think you should leave your two cent comment? I never knew its usefulness until I read some of the “Wordpress.com” tutorials. I am now a comment enthusiast, thanks to the likes of Harleena, Sue Neal, and Adrienne who stressed and taught me its importance – these people comment from the heart and their comment are always a kind of mini-post, especially Queen Harleena. Her comment really fell into what this post is saying – Epic comment vs Great article.
As a blogger, you should also make it a responsibility in replying to every comment on your blog. The best way to engage your readers is by replying their comments. That way they will know you care and will trust you, even to read what you have to say.
Perhaps I should let you know that if you ever are going to be known or great in the blogosphere, you must truthfully engage in this activity and make it a habit else you will only succeed in being unknown.
Proofread and Edit Your Article
A lot of bloggers do the mistake of not proofreading or editing their works before hitting the publish button. No one will like to visit your blog when all you give them is crap. That’s why you need to proofread and edit your post. I read a post on Sue Neal’s blog the other day tiled “Writing Tips: How to Turn Your Draft into a Masterpiece” , that post has really helped me a lot and I will suggest you read it.
Literally, I will not publish my article if am not satisfied with it. For instance, this article was under scrutiny for good 9days before it was sent to Gilbert Samuel for publishing. I’m the number one critic of my work and it has really helped me in writing great contents.
Tips: Edit and proofread your article as though it were not your own. Let another eyes analyze it. You should read Sue’s post in the link above to understand the technique of proofreading and editing your articles.
Connect with Top Bloggers
Another way to quickly become a successful blogger is connecting with top bloggers in your niche. I decided to include this because from my observations throughout my travels in the blogosphere, I have come to know that this idea is pretty helpful and works very effectively.
There are millions of bloggers – great bloggers out there and have been opportune to connect with some of them, some of which I’ve constantly mention in this article. To save you the scrolling, here; Adrienne Smith, Harleena Singh, Enstine Muki, Babanature, Obasi Miracle, Susan Neal and a host of other fantastic bloggers. Ever since I met these bloggers, my blogging career has indeed taken a dynamic U-turn and they have really made me a successful blogger.
You can also check get a full list of successful blogs here – 20 successful bloggers, asking yourself questions like how to be a successful blogger? Those list of bloggers are going to inspire you.
It has many advantages because they’ll also help in promoting your post, an example is a post I wrote on 45 experts share their best monetization strategy which went viral, you can check it out. Being a successful blogger also depends on how you make money online, the post will really inspire you and you can also check out these top 12 successful affiliate marketers.
So what are the benefits of connecting with these so called “Successful Bloggers”, you would ask? Good question.
So here you go:
- You get invaluable tips worth a lot of $$$ for free
- You get permission to use their contents
- You get to interview them
- You get to guest post on their blog
- You get the opportunity to partner with them
- They give you links and connect you with other Top influencers.
Bonus Tips to Becoming a successful Blogger
Professional blog design – things to consider when designing your blog
A well-defined topic – How to create an attractive blog title
Good Writing Style
Conclusively, be a successful blogger, you will do well to follow the above lessons. I’m sure there other things I should have included that aren’t here. Please indulge me by dropping them in the comment box in order that we might learn from ourselves.
One more favor, I’ll be very grateful if and only if you share the ish out of this post.