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How To Become A Successful Blogger

The internet is full of great articles about blogging, including how to become a successful blogger.
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So what does it really take to make it big in the blog world, and, for that matter, the Web world as well? Of course there isn’t some instant mantra that you can follow to get blogging success, but by following these simple tips, you can make your mark, and most probably, become a star and generates substantial income.

Why are some people effortlessly popular and well liked? By contrast, other people, no matter how hard they try, never seem to be able to gain the same trust and respect. Even if we may not like to admit it, most people secretly crave the respect and admiration of other people.

In a world where so many blogs are being published you need to know what qualities are necessary to rise above the crowd and stand out like a superstar. Anyone can become a successful superstar blogger but not everybody.

Be Prepared To Have No Readers

In the beginning, it is quite likely that the only person who visits your blog is you. Things are usually slow when it comes to visitors on blogs.

Remember that there are millions of blogs on the web all vying for readers' time, and though you're not just another blogger, you are just another blogger in the bigger picture.

To build a loyal reader base you need to be persevering enough to go a long time with a very few set of visitors. But perseverance does pay and will pay in the long run. Be persistent and consistent and you will see the results soon enough.

Originality And Consistency

One of the biggest turns offs to blog readers is plagiarized content or using somebody else’s material and passing it off as your own. You have to have your own style when blogging. Developing your own style and voice in your writing will take time.

There are no shortcuts. Now this style can be 'inspired' from the writing style of somebody else, but it cannot be a direct rip-off. You just can’t afford to be seen as a copy-cat. If you want to use somebody else’s material be sure to cite the source and provide a link back to the site from where you got the information.

The blogosphere is littered with one post and ten post blogs. If you wish to make a name or earn an income from blogging you will need to be there posting to your blog regularly. If today is April and your last post was in January, the likelihood of anyone reading your blog is slim to nil.

With blogging, you have to be regular. This is not to say that you should think of it as a daily chore, but more that you need to have at least some schedule of regularity in your updates.

You may choose to write every day, or you may choose to write once or twice a week. Whatever the regularity you decide, stick to it. It is the only way you can try and ensure regular visitors at your blog. Choose a regularity that you are sure you can keep.

Be Controversial, But Careful

Being controversial is sometimes a sign of independence. Of course, many times it's an attempt to get popular quickly and cheaply. If you decide to be controversial for whatever reason: to increase the popularity of your blog, because you strongly feel about something or any other reason—do not lose your sense of civility.

It's true that your blog is like your own kingdom and what you say on it is entirely within your right to expression. However, if you have voices of dissent on your blog you should, as a matter of courtesy, allow them to be aired. Don’t just allow positive comments. Be ready to handle both the praise and criticism.

Of course you may choose to edit or delete comments that are full of four letter words and foul language. Allowing both praise and criticism on your blog will send clear signals to your readers. You will jump up in their esteem as a serious blogger who is willing to allow discussion both sides of an issue.

Otherwise, you risk losing their respect and being labeled as a propaganda swilling, pompous, self-adulatory windbag!

Don't Expect To Get Rich Soon

I don't expect, I know I will if I continue to tread on my desired and targetted goals. Work smart and sometimes work like hell.

Some of us are smart enough to recognize that riches alone won't make us happy. We never started chasing money for money's sake.

You've probably heard the phrase "money can't buy happiness," and to a large extent, that's true. But recently, a new study shows that money actually can buy happiness if you use it to buy time.

Researchers found that when people use their money to pay for services that increase their free time, they report increased life satisfaction.

Stop caring about becoming rich. Instead, start focusing on becoming free. The funny thing is - You'll become a millionaire in the process. There are so many proven testimonies, you just need to look up!

Build Your Authority

It is a mistake to try and become popular. But there are proven concepts, strategies and even plots.

Do you seek to impress people, through appearing to be wise, and to drop names and important achievements into the conversation? When you magnify your ego, you only increase your popularity with yourself. If you can work without demand for outer recognition and praise, people will warm to your natural humility.

Let actions speak louder words; if you do good things, there is no need to act as your own self publicist – you're not a politician standing for an election.

Portray yourself like the person you always wanted to become. So to feel brave, act as if you were brave, use all your will to that end, and a courage-fit will very likely replace the fit of fear.

Bring yourself out of your comfort zone in order to achieve your targets. Adopt a behavior which will lead you towards a better future. Challenge and motivate yourselves to act in a different manner to meet your desired goals.

In the 1920s, Alfred Adler developed a therapeutic technique that he called "acting as if". This strategy gave his clients an opportunity to practice alternatives to dysfunctional behaviors. Adler's method is still used today and is often described as "role play".

But in today's competitive world, it's hard to "role play" unless you know what you are doing. Professional blogging usually means that you are becoming an authority on some specific topic area. This will mean that at times you will need to take the extra effort to do stuff which you may consider tedious, boring and not cool.

For example as part of your blog you may be required to review different software tools. It may be that you have a preference for one particular tool and really dislike another.

You will need to be objective and be able to articulate why you dislike a particular and learn to separate the "facts from the fiction" of your personal likes and dislikes. That is not to say you should not express your likes and dislikes.

One of the advantages of being a popular blogger is the level of authority that you can command with your reader population. If you can clearly state why you dislike something it will get your fans thinking along those lines and they may agree with you. Of course they may also disagree.

Add Reputation

As with most things these days, you need to have some reputation to make a mark. And that reputation needs to be built. The easy way to build your reputation is by becoming an expert in any particular area that you are especially interested in.

This is easy. Choose any topic of interest and research it on the Internet for six months and you will know more about it than most people.

Reputation as a consistent blogger with an informed and well-articulated point of view will more or less guarantee a loyal group of frequent readers.

You also need good reputation to ensure that what you say is 'bought' by your readers. Otherwise, you’re just another chap with a big mouth.

Wear The Entrepreneurial Mindset

We all have a mindset, yet often we are not consciously aware of it or the profound effect it has on our lives. A mindset is a cognitive belief system consisting of interrelated beliefs, assumptions, and knowledge that we use to process information, inform our decisions, and guide our behavior. An entrepreneurial mindset is a specific set of beliefs, knowledge, and thought processes that drives entrepreneurial behavior.

An entrepreneurial mindset can be developed and enhanced through entrepreneurial experiences. And to cultivate the entrepreneurial mindset, we must create entrepreneurial learning experiences within our classrooms, organizations, and communities.

Goal setting will help clarify and remove doubts about what the blog is supposed to do. Start with a plan and be ready to change it if things are not working out expected. This is the entrepreneurial mind set.

Create Your Own Personal Brand

In this day in age, you need to build your own brand. Long gone are the days of individuals staying at a job 15 to 20 years. You have got to be an expert on something. The most important job that you have today is to be the CEO of your own brand.

Personal branding is important when it comes down to marketing yourself to others. You can use personal branding in several ways: To build your own company as an entrepreneur or consultant. To market yourself to a company and increase your value as a potential employee.

What should it look like? How should it make people feel? Will it resonate with my target audience? First and foremost, you should pay much focus on building your brand. You'll continue to shape and evolve your brand as you expose more customers to it and learn more about who they are and how to speak to them.

How can you create your brand if you don't own YourName.com? And don't forget to create social accounts that reflect your brand. Remember, you need to build your online business, including your website or blog, like you build a castle right from your computer locally.

Build Your Community

This part will require a lot of focus. You have to create your following. After all, that's where the bulk of your success will come from. In order to create a following, you have to create conversations. You have to join every conversation surrounding your topic.

Think about how often you see brands shouting their messages at their audience. No engagement, no context, no conversation. Those brands look spammy and self-centered, not exactly trustworthy.

Brands that foster community on the other hand clearly care about their customers. They converse with their customers, sometimes even one-on-one.

They want to learn more about their interests, needs, and behaviors. They want to solve their customer's problems. As a result, their customers care about them and what they have to say in return. They become loyal to these brands.

A community is a place for inclusion; a place where people bond over a common interest, passion, or purpose. It's a place where relationships are built.For businesses, a community is a place where your customers build relationships with each other and your brand.

You can start creating one either at Facebook or Linkedin.

Write Top 10 Epic Posts On Your Niche

You need ideas. Many ideas, not only for your first post, but for your next posts too. Start by creating top 10 epic posts on your particular niche.

These top 10 posts is like a blueprint or the odyssey of your entire blog. In the days to come, you will be creating more suplementaries, expositions, commentaries and updates based on these top 10 epic posts. Create these posts so that it can be shared again and again. That's why it is called epic post.

Epic content is the content that rocks a reader's world. It gives them hope and strengthens the trust they have for you. Epic content is content that makes people stop whatever they’re doing to read, share, and link to it.

You need to pay more focus on these 10 posts. Edit, update, edit and update these post whenever you can. Your blog business will have higher chance of success when these posts become popular and get more backlinks to these pages.

Let these posts be featured on your homepage and social pages like Linkedin.

The secret is not in writing many posts but in creating quality shareable posts. When you get 100 visitors, and they like it, there are high chances that 1000 more people will like it, and so millions more. What you need to do is promote your posts, again and again, including through paid promotion, till millions and billions read them.

Conclusion:

Success in blogging is not a short-term possibility. You will need to "nurture and water" your blog so that it grows both in content quality and readership.

SEO is a long-term strategy and SEO needs time. Pay attention on optimizing your blog to get the best result out of your blog.

A formal written objective will help keep you focused on the task and enable you to benchmark yourself for success. Pay attention to what is happening and analyze the reasons for success so that you can build on it as well as the reasons for failure so that you can take corrective action.

The road to becoming a successful, financially independent blogger is long and hard but the rewards of reaching your goal can be very satisfying.

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