I am sure you read before that over 95% of blogs that are created are abandoned. This statistic could be skewed due to the fact that most people who create a blog do not have any plans on doing it long term. That is, this figure probably incorporates people who are simply trying blogging out. Still, there is no denying that the overwhelming majority of people who try blogging do not stick at it.
Everyone starts blogging enthusiastically. It is not uncommon for some new bloggers to update their blog every day for the first few weeks due to how much they enjoy it; though it soon becomes clear to them that blogging is a lot of hard work. It can take months or even years before a blog acquires a good readership and when this becomes apparent, most people become discouraged. They simply do not have the time, patience or desire to stay in for the long haul.
Even those with experience with making money online have struggled to build a successful blog. I have seen many successful internet marketers dismiss the power of blogging after they failed to develop a blog they launched. They went into it thinking that if beginners can create a blog and make it successful, surely someone with a proven track record of making money online can do it? Sadly, that is not the case. They wrongly assumed that blogging was easy and that their prior success with other websites ensured they would be successful with it. Rather that admit their own failures with their blog, they dismiss the medium as not giving a good return for your investment.
Many do persevere with blogging and go on to make their blog's a success. Those who do have qualities that others did not. Today I would like to talk about the habits that effective bloggers have and how it helped them succeed.
1. They Are Highly Motivated
People get motivated in many ways. Some work hard out of necessity whilst others are driven by the fact that they have not achieved what they wanted in life. Whatever their source of their motivation, it is clear that all successful bloggers are highly motivated in making their blog a success.
They are willing to to make sacrifices to ensure that their blog reaches its potential. Without doubt, the biggest sacrifice anyone can make is with their time. So if you want to develop a successful blog, you must be prepared to reduce your leisure time in order to get things finished.
“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent” – Norman Ralph Augustine
2. They Stay Up To Date
Knowing your subject matter is essential to blogging. Top bloggers all stay up to date with the latest news and views surrounding their topic. It simply is not possible to write with conviction if you do not know what you are talking about. Therefore, it is important that you stay up to date with the latest news and events.
“Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power” – Horace Mann
3. They Plan Ahead
Planning will help you define your long term goals and push you to take the steps necessary to reach them. Being content to simply plod along one day at a time is unlikely to lead to great things. By planning ahead you can break down what needs to be done and then commit yourself to doing them.
“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals” – Michael Korda
4. They Treat Their Blog Like a Business
If you treat blogging like a hobby, you will likely see hobby results. You need to give blogging the respect it deserves. Don't worry; treating your blog like a business does not mean that you will no longer have fun updating your blog. What it does mean is that you need to take blogging seriously and have a purpose in everything you do with your blog.
Think about the end result of everything you do. If something is not going to increase your readership or increase your bottom line, perhaps you need to evaluate whether it is worthwhile.
“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell” – Confucius
5. They Analyse What They Do
Being analytical does not always mean checking Google Analytics several times a day (though for some bloggers it does). Successful bloggers are always reviewing what works and what doesn't. To do this effectively you need to be able to look at your own work objectively and say whether your previous decision was right or not.
Has your decision to write longer more in-depth posts proved worthwhile? Is your lack of interaction with readers effecting your blog's growth? Examine everything you do with your blog, from how you are using your time to how you are investing your money.
“Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good” – Plato
6. They are Doers
Having a clear vision of what needs to be done is obviously important, however it means nothing if steps are not taken to actually make that vision a reality. All successful bloggers have a track record of actually getting things done. Great ideas are worthless without execution.
Becoming a successful blogger is less about what you have done in the past and more about what you are prepared to do in the future. Your dreams will not become true unless you make them so.
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other” – Walter Elliot
7. They Do Not Let Setbacks Keep Them Down
You need to be willing to take risks and try out things that you have no previous experience with. Sometimes this works out well, sometimes it does not. To be an effective blogger, you need to be able to accept that everything will not go to plan. The issue is not whether you will experience setbacks – you will. Traffic and income targets may be missed and articles may not be well received. The key thing is to not let these setbacks discourage you from moving forward.
“Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward” – Victor Kiam
By looking at the working habits of top bloggers and examining what drives them to do what they do, you can learn a lot about what is required of you to reach the same heights. What makes some bloggers successful and others not is a subject I find fascinating and something which I discussed in great detail in my free eBook The Traits & Habits of Successful Bloggers.
I would like to leave you with some questions that I hope makes you think about your own situation:
- What drives you to become successful?
- What are you willing to sacrifice in order to become a success?
- Is your blog going in the direction you want it to?
Thanks for reading, Kevin
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