Becoming a blogger is actually very easy, all you need to do is just start a new blog and write about the topics you like. That's super easy, right?
Now, when we talk about how to become a successful blogger, you will definitely agree that there's a lot more you need to go through before you can have a large audience and make thousands of dollars every month.
This is something I've had to learn myself, and I know I'm not yet where I want to be so I need to keep learning more and more every single day. Today I'm sharing with you these 6 lessons every blogger needs to learn before becoming a successful entrepreneur.
6 Lessons Every Blogger Needs to Learn
1) Success takes time, dedication, and patience.
If you're serious about blogging and you really want to become a successful blogger, you need to think about your blog like any other business out there. There are many businesses out there, but not all of them are successful.
Producing great content that keeps people engaged is not an easy task to achieve, therefore, you need to be patient, but also consistent. This is what I mean, the most successful bloggers I know of, were not really the best writers when they were blogging as beginners – they didn't have thousands of Twitter followers when they started.
Look around and stare at what other bloggers are doing, think about the things that you can do better and start doing it, and do it consistently. That is definitely going to set you apart, but it'll take time to see those results, so be patient, be dedicated and consistent.
2) You need to give a lot before you start to receive
Blogging is all about sharing what you know with other people who know a little less than you do. You don't necessarily need to be an expert in order to help someone, you just need to know a little more than them.
Make sure you're focusing on helping people out rather than getting a lot of benefit for yourself, successful bloggers add value to their community, they focus on helping people out as much as they can and that's the reason people keep coming to them over and over.
Here's a list of things you can do to add value to your community:
- Find forums and social media groups related to your niche
Go there just to answer questions for people. This is not only going to help you add value to them, but you also have the chance of bringing Free traffic to your blog if you can come up with blog posts to answer the most common questions.
- Add value through comments in other blogs
This is also very practical and it works for adding value to your audience and bring traffic to your site. Don't leave a comment on a popular blog if you don't have anything that would answer other people questions or really contribute to enriching the content of the post.
- Add value through guest posting
Yes, guest posting is also a way to add value to your community, not only you add blogging tips and value to a new audience of people that you'd be able to reach by guest posting in other sites, but you also add value to the community of fellow bloggers.
If someone gives you the great opportunity to publish something on their site, you have a chance to impress them. Take time to research the whole blog and find out what type of content creates more engagement so that you can publish something they have not covered yet.
By doing this, you're building strong relationships with other bloggers and grow your audience since many people will read your blog, and most likely feel engaged with it.
3) Treat your Blog Like a Business, Invest in your Blog.
This is truly a common mistake even among experienced bloggers who have been around for years. Many people start blogging as a side business while they continue to work in their regular jobs and most of them tend to quit their job as soon as they're making some money with their blog.
That's a HUGE mistake!
This is what I mean… When you quit your job because you are already making as much money with your blog, you're simply switching from one job to another. Yes, you're treating your blog as if it was your job.
And I don't want you to misunderstand what I'm trying to say… Yes, you obviously want to dedicate as much time as you can to your blog, your business, but you also have to think about “Scaling your Business”
Here's what I'm trying to say… If you want to become a successful blogger, but you start spending your blog's income on paying your bills, buying food, etc. You'll have no money to invest in your blog's growth.
Here are a few things you can invest in before you start spending your blog's income in yourself:
- Get a better hosting company (Many people get started with shared hosting because that's cheaper).
- Invest in Premium tools to make your job more efficient.
- Hire a designer and improve the look of your blog.
- Hire more people to work with you and produce more and better content.
- Invest in marketing solutions.
4) Looking at your Stats will not get them up – Schedule your activities
It's normal to be anxious about getting results when you know you've worked so hard, but you'd be surprised to notice how much time you spend just looking at your analytics when you should really be working on the things that will give you results.
Scheduling your daily activities can help you increase your productivity a lot.
Start by making a list of things that represent high priorities, things that you know you have to do every day no matter what, also look at those tasks in which you have a deadline, and the end you add the ones that have more flexibility, but you still have to do them.
Make your list of daily activities, weekly activities, and even monthly activities, and stick to it with discipline until it really becomes a habit. This is going to save you a lot of time and make you a lot more productive.
5) Become a better blogger by reading more
I always get surprised to see how people really don't understand the power of reading, and this also applies to bloggers. Many bloggers don't develop their skills by reading books or even reading other bloggers blog posts, which can really improve our knowledge and writing skills.
I rarely see people talking about the last marketing, business, or self-development books they've read. But yet, they want to become successful, now guest what?? Successful people read a lot, they just develop the habit and they read a lot because they want to become even better.
If you want to become a successful blogger, read what experts in your industry have to say, read what they read, learn about the strategies they've used, and implement them with your own blog.
Like I've always said, if I'm trying to do something that someone else has already done, why do I have to make the same mistakes they've already made. I'll rather learn from their mistakes and do what they did, but faster.
Here's a list of some of my favorite books, in case you want to start reading:
- The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert T. Kiyosaki.
- The 21st Century Business, by Robert T. Kiyosaki.
- Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman.
You can also consume your favorite's bloggers eBooks, if you ever want people to buy your eBooks, why don't you buy theirs.
6) Know your audience and write for them
Yes, I know blogging is about sharing with other people about the things you like, but if you're blogging for business and not just for fun, if you really want to become a successful blogger, you need to know your audience, those are your potential clients.
You can run surveys from time to time and asks your audience what are the things they're struggling with, ask them what type of topics they want you to cover, how they want it, and when they want it.
You can also put this in practice with your social media groups, in forums and even asking the people in your email list.
Once you get to really know your audience, you'll be able to engage with them in a better way, you'll know exactly what they're looking for and how to present your products to them.
Now, it's your turn to take action… Are you ready to become a successful blogger?
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