To be a successful blogger, it is important to study the life, attitude, culture and trends of successful bloggers ahead of you. A study of the blogging lifestyle of prominent probloggers is worth emulating.
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It is worthy of note to study their analytical approach to blogging to be able to achieve their remarkable feat of success in the blogosphere.
In the context of the subject matter, prominent probloggers like Darren Rowse of problogger, Zac Johnson, John Chow, Pat Flynn, Martin Brinkman, brian clark, Jeremy schoemaker, Neil Patel, Kristi Hines, Mike Stelzner, Ramsay Taplin, Carol Tice, Jason Acidre, Derek halpen , Adrienne Smith, Harleena Singh , Ileane smithe,. Jay baer e.t.c will be studied with the aim of applying what they did to become a successful blogger.
There are so many probloggers out there, however the above shortlisted names are popular and they are mostly seen as mentors to most internet newbies.
I strongly believe that mentorship is a great way of getting and becoming successful in any career, I’m of the firm conviction that the below listed habits, if applied, embraced by newbies and even probloggers will ultimately lead to a successful career in the blogging world.
- No 1 Habit – They are highly proactive bloggers
Pat Flynn was laid off from work, he sat down, took responsibility and started smartpassiveincome- he makes more than $100,000 usd per month. Daren Rowse was into three types of job and was a minister (working in church) for 10 years before becoming a blogger; he took up responsibility in becoming a blogger since 2002. (http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/01/25/becoming-a-problogger/). Brian clark took up responsibility and set up the present day copyblogger empire, which comprises studiopress genesis, synthesis web host e.t.c.
Harsh agrawal of Shoutmeloud took up responsibility and started with the same and as at now, remains one of the leading blogging site in India.
One notable attribute with all of them is that they took up responsibility for their actions and future and this is the pure meaning of a proactive mind.
A proactive blogger takes up responsibility for their life, actions and deed. Nobody bullied them into it; they are bloggers that don’t give excuse or blame someone else for their failure. Despite the unstable Google algorithmic updates (panda and penguin), they still maintain their status quo, adjusting to the trend and kept on blogging.
Proactive bloggers work on the things they can do something on, something they know about; they don’t focus their attention and efforts on circle of concerns.
If you want to be successful as a blogger, take up the challenge, be proactive, don’t take no for an answer, don’t engage in excuses, don’t blame Google penalties for your predicament.
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- No 2 Habit – They have a Niche and a Personal Mission Statement
The mission statement of Darren rowse at problogger.net is: ‘Blog tips to help you make money blogging’. Since 2002, he and his team have kept to this mission statement.
The guys at Edmunds.com- leading auto website in the world has a simple mission statement and that is offering ‘Car Tips & Automotive Advice’.
Martin Brinkman of Ghacks.com mission statement is: ‘technology news blog covering software, mobile phones, gadgets, security, the Internet and other relevant areas’. Below are compilations of their goal’s and mission statement
- Zaz Johnson mission statement is: “offering affiliate marketing tips”
- Brian clark is: ” Offering content marketing solutions’
- John Chow is: ” teaching and showing you how to make money online”
- Pat Flynn mission statement is : “show and help people on how to make passive income online”
- Kristi Hines mission statement is : ” offering content development services for businesses and bloggers”
- Neil Patel is: ” helping your blog grow in traffic” ( Pls note, he has more than one blog, and so do most of these people)
- Derek Halper: : Offering online marketing strategies with psychology”
- Neil Patel is a digital marketing consultant showing people how to get more traffic to their site and achieve good conversions
- Mike Stelzner runs social media examiner, commited to showing people the basics of social media marketing podcast’
- Ramsay Taplin, runs blogtyrant and he helps and teaches people how to make money from building website, nurturing and selling it.
- Adrienne smith ( a very good friend and motivator) is a coach; committed to helping people achieve success online by building and maintaining healthy online relationships
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Highly successful probloggers have a defined niche and a personal mission statement. You can’t be jerk of all trade and expect quality result.
Either as a newbie or even a probloggers, it’s important to carve out a solid, focused identity for yourself.
- No 3 Habit – They are avid Guest posters
Zac Johnson, Yeremi Akpan, Ileane Smith, John Chow and the legendary Darren Rowse all agrees that guest posting is a powerful factor for anyone to be an authority in his/her chosen field.
Apart from helping you become an authority, guest posting currently is the modern day SEO of gathering backlinks.
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All of them from my research and analytical studies are either guest posting on related blogs or have guest posting options enabled on their site.
Even, the new entrant, reginaldchan.net used the power of guest posting to land 7, 977 organic traffic in just 60days to his blog. Greg, of dearblogger.org used the same concept and achieved a PR3 for his three month old blog.
I have been seeing lots of bloggers that claims to be a guest writer guru, but to be honest with you, none of them matches up to the standard of Kristi Hines. she is a guru, she understands the terrain and mostly offers her guest post on authority sites. You can only contact her for this service if you have the money, quality is not cheap ( at least from 800USD upward).
If you want to achieve their sort of remarkable success, be a guest post guru!!
- No 4 Habit – They focus on relationship and blog engagement
We are gradually moving away from an era of ‘content is king’ to an era of ‘relationship is king’. This is highly true going by the recent and modern method of gaining high search engine rankings. Anyway, the underlying long term trend that will benefit a content marketer should be an integration of both content and relationship is king concept into their blogging mindset.
Probloggers have an understanding of this and that is why they focused more on social media signals e.g. the likes of twitter, Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, pinterest e.t.c enabled.
I have come to understand that for a business to survive in a competitive world, they need to embrace and sustain relationships with their customers. Successful bloggers and probloggers have an understanding of this concept, therefore building and cultivating a culture of interactive relationship and engagement is important.
For instance, successful bloggers knows that a quality content shared on twitter and retweeted can go viral to millions of people and readers globally.
Most of them offers polls, contest, forum activities e.t.c. on their blog
I did a research survey on all the people mentioned above, none of them has a follower that is less than 500. Most of their followers on twitter, Facebook, Google plus are in thousands. Darren rowse, Adrienne smith, Neil patel, harleena singh are exceptional in this field
So, looking for their kind of blogging success, work on this point!!
- No 5 Habit – Synergy – they embraced the power of collective contribution
Synergy, as defined by freedictionary means ‘ the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of individual result’
Successful bloggers, just like successful business moguls understand the power and concept of synergy. They have a team that works together. Darren rowse has a team that understands and flows with the vision of Darren himself. Brian clark and the studiopress/synthesis empire has a powerful team comprising yoast ( Joost de valk), brian, simone smith, Brain gardner all coming together.
John chow, Paul Edmondson ( hubpages), shoutmeloud, Zac Johnson, Neil Patel, Martin Brinkmann, Derek Halpen, Jay baer, Ramsay Taplin, Jeremy Shoemaker, Mike Stelzner e.t.c. utilizes the combined power of a quality team.
Learn to reach out to people within your niche; do barter trade ( exchange of ideas, contents, social media sharing of posts), you will be surprised to see many genuine people online that want to help you!!
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Your team can be your authors, contributors, staffs, design teams, editorial staffs, moderators, guest posters e.t.c.
Note: A tree does not make a forest, therefore if you want to be successful in the blogging world or your online business, embrace and practise this truth.
- No 6 Habit –They are consistent and write for people
A look at labnol.org reveals that the publisher ( Amit Agarwal) publishes content on specific and consistent days. Same thing goes for Neil Patel’s kissmetrics blog, problogger.net , Harleena Singh’s blog, Jay baer’s convince and convert blog e.t.c.
One noticeable trend about probloggers, influential and successful bloggers is that they publish blog posts on a scheduled and consistent pattern.
Being consistent with your publishing helps both the search engines to better understand and crawl your site while at the same time, it gives your readers and subscribers a sense of seriousness, comfort, relaxation and professionalism.
Another point worthy of note on the seven habits of successful bloggers is that they ‘write for people and not for Google or the search engines’. John Chow made me understand this (after reading a particular article on his blog). This is one powerful secret of becoming a Google friendly blogger. John Chow said
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‘If you concentrate and write for people, Google will in turn like you’
Have you ever wondered why Google scrapped the Adwords sandbox traffic estimator???..think about it!!
To be successful as a blogger, write and post content that are well detailed, helpful, resourceful and very informative!!
- No 7 Habit –They embrace Email marketing services and offer free E-Books
A commonly said adage in the affiliate blogging niche is ‘ the money is in the list’…..Over the years, I have come to realize the truth behind this statement that the money is truly in the list, and how does one get the list? the list comes from the emails!!
This is highly true as most probloggers embraced this marketing strategy. Check out all the names and blogs of people I have mentioned in this post, you will discover that they have mass email subscribers, and they also offer free E-books.
They have subscription boxes either on the sidebar of their webpages, or at the bottom of each single post or the subscription form can just come as an animated form (e.g. as noticed on this blog).
If you don’t have Email subscription form on your website or blog, you better get one NOW, I highly recommend Aweber or getresponse.
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Summary and feedback
The above points are tips on how to be a successful blogger; I however solicit for more inputs from fellow readers, either through the comment section below.
I stand to be corrected and possibly criticize, and if your name or blog is not mentioned, kindly let me know through the comment section below.
But, most of all, your inputs to better compliment this post is highly welcome.