How to Become a Successful Blogger and Make Money
Do you want to make your blog work as hard as you do and make some money? However, before we start discussing the ways to succeed as a blogger, let us make it very clear that you cannot start earning thousands of bucks from your blog overnight. Blogging can be turned into a full-time business but it takes patience and persistence to reach that point. Here are a few tips that will help you on your journey to becoming a successful blogger.
Be a good reader – Obviously, you want to write and make people read your posts. But, if you want to be a successful blogger, you’ll need to be an avid reader first. Read other blogs in your niche to see how successful bloggers target the audience. Read the blogs/books that educate you about the successful blogging. Read books regarding the art of writing or about developing an online business. Be sure to read as much and as you can. Reading helps you gain in-depth knowledge and when you have the knowledge your writing improves automatically.
Treat your blog as a serious business – Blogging is not only about writing a post and publishing it. If taken seriously, blogging is a full-grown online business. You and I may have a different definition of ‘successful blog’. But, one thing remains same in all cases… you need to take it seriously. If you think that you’ll run your blog in part-time whenever you get leisure from your regular work, you can never be successful as a blogger. Even if you keep blogging as a part-time work you’ll need to be serious about it. You’ll have to dedicate time to blogging in your routine rather than utilizing your leisure.
Organic traffic and guest posting – Do you think SEO is just for businesses and not for bloggers? Think again, for blogging is indeed considered as an online business! So yes, you need to learn SEO and the related techniques to get organic search traffic. If you only depend on the link of your blog you share on Social Media for generating traffic, you’ll never make up to the list of a successful blogger. Most of the successful bloggers get the majority of their traffic from organic searches and that can only be earned if you know the art of SEO. Always remember, SEO is an umbrella term and you’ll need to do many things under it. The most common of them is to get your guest post approved and published by other successful bloggers. Imagine your blog getting published on a site that you consider as successful. Exciting isn’t it. Along with the glory, you also get their readers to see your post and then visit your blog.
Never lose consistency –When we say consistency, we mean consistency in publishing on the blog. But, it is not the only thing where you need to maintain consistency. It is very good if you maintain a consistent schedule for publishing your post. But, you should also check for consistency in the types of posts you publish. It is always good to have a niche for your blog. Even if you don’t have a defined niche, your blog should not seem like a collection of bits and pieces. In addition to these, you should also maintain consistency your writing style. Keep your target readers in your mind – your returning readers should recognize your blog just by skimming through it, regardless of the page they land on.
Bring value to your blog – This is a major pitfall for many bloggers. Instead of creating a value they try to go viral. You might get a heavy flow of traffic with a viral post once in a while but it is never the way to gain long-term success. People like entertaining posts but it eventually becomes boring as they do not create any value for the society or let’s directly say your target audience. Whenever you plan to write a blog post keep in mind its usability; think if your target audience will be interested in the post after 6 months or one year? If the answer is no then the post cannot pave your path to success as a blogger.
Bring uniqueness to the table – Believe it or not, almost all blogging niches are oversaturated with bloggers. If you wish to stand out of the crowd, you’ll need to bring something unique to your readers. Be creative in designing your blog. If your blog is already made and overhauling it is a costly affair for you, don’t go for it. But, you cannot ignore to be unique while writing your post. Start by researching the topic you wish to write. You’ll be happy to see that most of them have a similar title and even the post is almost similar. Now, search the possibility of being unique when you approach the same topic. Suppose you want to write about a daily routine for a healthy person. You’ll find the majority of articles dealing with what to do and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You may write about the bad habits to eliminate a healthy lifestyle. You’ll write on the same topic but the way of approach will help you stay unique. Perspective and style do matter.
Be authentic – Don’t forget that honesty is always the best policy. By treating your audience as fools you make a fool of yourself. Everybody out there knows that the product or service links you share in your post are affiliate links. If you try to cover this up, it will become more visible. When you are writing as a blogger, create original posts with your real experiences and anecdotes and put a note on affiliate links or sponsored posts whenever you use them. Trust us, readers are more likely to click and buy from your affiliate link if you don’t try to hide the fact.
Hope to see you excel as a blogger!