Blogging is a very popular and successful way to share information and getting involved into the internet economy. Many people around the world make their living just from their blogs and for this reason many new people get into blogging every day, thinking of it as a shortcut way to earn money. But the problem is if you want to earn money from your blog, you have to be a successful blogger.
How to be a Successful Blogger
You have to make sure people like your content and also share it with others. But in reality, after creating a blog, most people just realize that it is not that much easy to make money online from their blogs. Today in this post I’m going to share few tips which I provide my clients to get success in their blog business, so that you can also be a successful blogger.
1. Proper Niche
A proper niche is something that can make any online blog successful and help to get some good return. Most of the cases, people create blog which they think is trending in the internet, but this is a savior misconception. Just because most blogs out there talk about new phones, gadget and other tech stuffs doesn’t mean that you have to do that same. Choose your niche depending on what you love and in what you have most experience and knowledge. As an example, if you are a sports fan and always gather new sports news, I will always suggest you to create a blog related to sports and to be more specific, the exact sport you like (e.g. football or cricket related). If you are a foodie, then create a food blog and write good content about your experience, suggestions related to foods, restaurants etc.
Always remember that in the internet always some people is searching for something you know or your like. Not everyone is a tech junkie or a webmaster, so create your blog on the topic you have good knowledge and good experience.
2. Unique Content
Every time I speak about internet success, I speak about unique content. I’ve seen many bloggers to start their blog with great contents and overtime they stop producing good unique contents and start copying stuffs from other blogs or website. Don’t be evil. Google releasing new algorithm updates every month and with every update it is getting better and smarter. So, if you create content which is not unique, you will eventually find it out and your blog ranking will get highly effected from this.
If you can’t produce new and unique content every single day, then don’t do it. Post one article each week, but make sure it is awesome and people love it. Otherwise you are deep into the sea of internet economy.
3. Good User Experience First
Most blogger generally create their sites with a pre-goal of earning lot of money from their website, so they design it in such a funky way that it includes a lot of ad, referral links within their site and articles. Don’t do that. Always remember, the major priority of your blog is to produce good quality content and it must needs to be showcased such a way that when people actually land on it, they can properly concentrate on your article without being distracted by other things like social icons, annoying ads, banner etc.
I personally don’t like widget as it distract people attention from the primary objective (i.e. the article), so I don’t suggest my clients to use that. But if you are using a sidebar widget, make sure you put as minimum things as possible. Mostly keep recent posts, popular posts and categories. Also don’t jump into showing advertisement on your blog from the very beginning of it. First make your blog popular for the readers and also for the search engines and when you have good popularity & good amount of visitors, opt for Google Adsense as your ad partner. Don’t use any other ad solutions in your site as rest of them shows annoying animated, popup ads making your readers annoyed by it. So as a result either they will leave your site and never come back again or they will install adblock for your site, either way it is not going to help you. So stick with Google Adsense.
4. Proper On-page SEO
This is a very important thing for all blogs and bloggers. If you don’t have good idea about on-page seo, then search engines may not be able to index your site properly. On-page seo is nothing critical and very easy to do after few tries. If you are using WordPress for your blog (which I highly suggest), there is a plugin called Yoast SEO, which is more than enough for your on-page seo needs. What you have to do is just make sure you have a proper title, description and focused keyword for your blog post. That’s all! Rest will be handled by Yoast SEO plugin itself.
But, if still have no idea what I’m talking about or don’t know how to do this small steps, I will highly suggest you to watch some tutorials about yoast seo plugin on YouTube and still if you don’t understand, I think you should higher some professional to make the on-page seo tweaks for you.
5. Create an User Community
This is very important step to become a successful blog, as you see there are mostly two types of people in internet who surf on the web. One is those people who comes from search engines and the others are loyal user community towards your blog and its content. The first kind of people just come along, read and go away (mostly), but the second kind of people will appreciate your work, share it with their friends and give you a long time benefit in your blogging journey. But to create a user community (mostly newsletter based), you have to ask your users to enroll for your email list or newsletter list so that they can stay engaged with your site whenever something new has been published.
I personally use and prefer OptionMonster (specially for the exit intent feature) for the option forms popup and to ask my readers to enroll for my email list. But if you are wondering why I’m using OptionMoster beside other alternative, that is a whole new chapter to talk about. But if you are interested to know, post that in the comment below and I’ll write a whole new article about it.
Now after you have a good user community for your blog, you will always know that there are some people around the world, who are gonna read your articles and maybe share it with their friend, giving your blog more prospect and space to grow.
Few Extra Tips
Here are few extra tips which might help you to create a good article and a good blog.
- Try to write a little long articles. Generally I suggest to write article with minimum 1000 – 1200 words. Search engines loves long articles along with the readers. Because in long article people generally expect to see everything explained elaborately, which is not the case for small articles.
- Use reference image and videos to entertain the readers within your article. Just text sometimes makes people bored.
- Provide a link to the sites where you took any reference or quotations. In short give credit to people who helped you.
- Don’t put a lot of hyper links within a post. At most I will suggest you to use at most 10 hyper links within a single article.
- Make sure you have a proper sitemap.xml file for your blog. This can be easily created from yoast seo plugin for WordPress.
- Submit your blog into Google and Bing webmaster tools. Trust me it helps a lot to get properly indexed on search engines.
- Don’t change your website URL frequently. Use one single URL with consistency.
- Make sure you have a robot.txt file for your site and it does not block popular search engines to crawl your site.
Always remember that there is no shortcut in success, you cannot create an extremely popular blogs within weeks. You have to believe in it and keep working for it and one day you will see yourself at the top of the pyramid. So, just make sure you have a good looking blog with a readable font size and less distracting object allows the readers to concentrate on your article. Produce awesome quality unique content which are nowhere available expect your blog and always chose your NICHE carefully, so that you love write new things about it and the reads can also you’re your experience & excitement in it.
So, what do you think, does this tips helps you improve your existing blog or maybe to decide what changes you need to make with your existing or upcoming blog? Let me know in the comment section below. I’ll love to hear your thoughts about it. If you think there is something more which needs to added then also feel free to share that in the comment section below.
Also from now on I’m going to release at least one article each week especially for bloggers and webmasters with news how tos, tips, reviews and more. So, if you have any special request for any topic, feel free to let me know in the comment section below.