Learning how to become a successful blogger is every blogger’s dream…
In fact, every blogger asks this question when starting his/her first blog.
But, as you may already know that only a few bloggers really make it to a point where they’re truly recognized as successful bloggers.
So what is it that these few successful bloggers know and you don’t?
After all, you’re already writing far better content than your competitors.
So, why is it that your competitors always seem to get all the organic traffic and loyal readers while you don’t?
What are you not doing that they are?
Before I answer your question, I’d like to confess that I have been through this phase.
When I started my first blog, I couldn’t make it go past the “never-heard-of-it” barrier.
But thankfully, I never gave up.
After studying nearly 100 popular blogs in my industry, I finally discovered a pattern.
Now, don’t get me wrong! I didn’t find any magic pill or a silver bullet that could make a blog an overnight success.
In fact, there is no such thing as an overnight success for that matter.
Like every other legit profession, it takes hard work and patience to succeed at blogging.
And what I meant by discovering a pattern is that there are certain things that every successful blogger seemed to have done.
In this post, I’m going to reveal those things that I’ve discovered.
I’m going to share with you 5 outstanding tips that anyone can follow to become a successful blogger.
That being said, let’s get right into it!
Blogging isn’t rocket science.
And the fact that anyone can start a blog is what makes it so unique than other professions.
But the question still remains unanswered…
How to make a blog successful?
With so many bloggers out there, how can you break through the noise and be heard?
Though there isn’t any defined path. There are, however, certain tips that could help you become a successful blogger.
Below, I’ve shared 5 incredibly useful tips for beginners on how to become the next successful blogger in any industry.
Let’s start with the basics.
I know that this has been said like a million times already, but it’s actually the most important aspect of making a blog successful.
In fact, not defining a blog’s niche is the #1 mistake that the majority of first-time bloggers make.
For starters, by blogging about multiple topics, you won’t be able to build a loyal community of readers.
Secondly, you won’t be able to come up with the right content strategy.
And most importantly, you won’t be able to gain any authority in the blogging world.
So, it’s highly recommended to define your blog’s niche when starting out so you can accurately target a specific market.
Plus, there are many benefits of defining your blog’s niche.
For example, when you define your blog’s niche, you’ll grow the right community of readers.
People will look for you when they know what specific topic you write about.
And lastly, niche-focused blogs are also considered more powerful on the internet.
So, if you’re starting a blog for the first time, think about what you’re most passionate about.
Is it cooking? Gardening? Productivity? Fitness? Gadgets? Gaming? Or travel?
Let’s suppose you’re passionate about FItness.
Now, fitness is a broad and extremely competitive blog niche.
So, does this mean you won’t stand a chance and should just drop the idea of starting a fitness blog?
Instead, what you can do is narrow down your blog’s niche to an ultra-specific topic.
For instance, instead of starting a fitness blog, start a blog that helps people lose weight with a keto diet. Or, start a blog that helps people lose weight with no equipment workout plans.
This will help you target a niche market and attract an ultra-specific audience to your blog.
To become a successful blogger, you must focus on solving your readers’ problems.
You see, the majority of people use Google and other search engines to find solutions to their problems.
And if you can make your blog the best resource that helps your readers with the right solutions for their problems, then you have a very high chance of becoming a successful blogger.
In fact, all successful bloggers always look for their readers’ pain points and try to provide the best possible solution.
So, right after you’ve defined your blog’s niche, start identifying the most painful problems your target audience is having, and provide them the correct solutions.
As you’ll start providing more and more correct solutions through your blog, your readers will soon start seeing you as the right person to follow to find solutions to their specific problems.
This is another common mistake that I have seen many first-time bloggers make.
Time and time again I have stumbled upon blogs with no picture. No name. And no social proof.
This is a BIG mistake.
If you’re starting a blog for the first time, then you need to understand that people – your average readers – always like to know the person behind the blog.
They want to know about your personal and professional background, your experience and expertise, and what makes your blog unique than others.
So, it’s important to introduce yourself to your readers on your blog.
Start with a personalized About Me page.
Most first-time visitors are likely to visit your About Me page if they’re impressed with your content.
And the About Me page is the best place to talk about… well, you!
So, start your About Me page with a small introduction about yourself and explain:
Why you started your blog.
What are you blogging about.
And most importantly, why your readers should read your blog.
Although, don’t get carried away too much.
Remember, while the About Me page is there to talk about yourself, but your blog is not for bragging about yourself only. It’s still about your readers and helping them solve their problems.
So, give your readers valid reasons to read your blog.
Check out my About Me page and pay attention to every sentence I have written.
As you will read, you will notice that even though the majority of information is about me, it is still written focusing on my readers.
Similarly, you should also create your About Me page focused on your readers.
And, apart from your About Me page, you should also create a Contact Me page.
Having a Contact Me page will ensure your readers that they can reach out to you in case they need your personal help.
Plus, offering such accessibility will make your readers more loyal to your blog.
After you’ve defined your blog’s niche, identified your target readers’ most painful problems, and created a personalized About Me & Contact Me page, it’s time to get to the real work.
Once you’ve done all the basics right, the next step is to create, create, and create.
Don’t worry about anything else and just focus on publishing content. Lots of it.
And if you think you’ve run out of topics to write about, write about the same old stuff that everybody else is writing, but write it differently.
Figure out creative ways to provoke your readers’ minds while writing on the same old topics.
Prove to your first-time visitors that you’re worthy of their attention by presenting a unique perspective on the same old topics.
The end goal here is to publish an abundance of useful content that solves your readers’ problems, while also impressing your readers with your personal viewpoints.
Call it a mutually beneficial partnership, professional relationship, or simply an alliance, but you must start networking with other bloggers in your industry.
Networking with other bloggers has its own set of benefits.
For starters, even though blogging is a solitary job, you will require other bloggers’ help to achieve your blogging goals.
Look at any successful blogs and you’ll notice mentions of other bloggers’ names, products, courses, etc.
It’s because most bloggers form alliances with each other to borrow their popularity and expedite their readers’ growth.
And you should also do the same.
Here are a couple of ways to network with other bloggers in your industry and form profitable alliances.
blog comments are like killing two birds with one stone.
It not only allows you to start a meaningful conversation with other successful bloggers in your industry, but it also helps to build backlinks for your blog to increase your domain authority.
So, go ahead and start writing insightful comments and successful bloggers will start to take notice.
Apart from blog comments, you can also network with other bloggers on social networking platforms.
There are already more than enough social media channels available to connect and engage with other bloggers.
Twitter, for instance, is the best place to start a conversion with a fellow blogger in your industry.
You can also join Facebook & LinkedIn groups to connect with other bloggers and form profitable partnerships.
The easiest way to start forming alliances with other bloggers in your industry is by linking back to their blogs and let them know about it.
Now before you get your hopes high, let me lay down some truth.
When you’ve just started linking to other bloggers on your blog, don’t immediately expect them to give you a link back or a shout out on their blogs.
Most successful bloggers are busy with their own schedules, however, they do take notice of each and every person who links back to them.
The main goal of linking to other successful bloggers in your industry is to let them that there is a new kid in the town.
And as you link to other bloggers while publishing lots of content on your blog, they will eventually consider giving you a shoutout on their blogs or social media with a link back.
Guest post is one of my favorite ways to network with other bloggers in my industry for many reasons.
For starters, writing guest posts on other people’s blogs will help you create backlinks for your blog, which will ultimately increase your blog’s domain authority.
Secondly, you will also have a chance to showcase your skills and expertise to an entirely new audience and attract some of them to become your loyal readers.
So, apart from publishing lots of content on your own blog, you should simultaneously reach out to other bloggers to ask about guest posting opportunities on their blogs.
While talking to other bloggers on social media is fine, but nothing beats the real-life interaction.
And blog conferences are an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow bloggers in real life and expand your blogging circle.
Plus, blog conferences are also great for learning about upcoming trends, new ways of doing things, and big changes that are coming down the line in the blogging world.
And besides meeting other bloggers and learning about upcoming trends, brand PRs and representatives also attend such blog conferences to network with bloggers in their industry.
So if you’re interested in partnering with any brand and help them promote their products on your blog, then attending blog conferences is definitely worth it.
So, do you have what it takes to become a successful blogger?
There is only one thing that separates successful bloggers from others.
Successful bloggers persist in accomplishing their blogging goals without worrying about challenges.
They care deeply about solving their readers’ problems and their readers know this as well.
And most importantly, successful bloggers also understand that blogging is not an overnight success. So they focus on playing the long game instead of looking for quick wins.