How To Succeed In Blogging


Here are 41 tips from my years of blogging that you can implement and benefit from right away:

  1. Read - The more you read the better writer you will be. Being a blog reader helps you understand the mind of the blog reader. What they want, how they like information to be presented, what turns you off. Read good blogs and note your thoughts.
  2. Take one step - Chunk it down. Don’t be overwhelmed, take one step at a time and keep going.
  3. Be interesting - Readers want to find fresh, valuable, entertaining remarkable information. Make an effort to deliver more than just facts. Make it about them, not you.
  4. Get your point across - Style, grammar, spelling all count for nothing if your audience doesn’t get your meaning. Make sure you are understood.
  5. Deliver the goods - Being valuable is more important than following any rules
  6. Be consistent - You are only as good as your last post
  7. Prioritize quality over quantity - Fewer kick-ass articles are better than many so-so posts
  8. Develop expertise - You might not be an expert now but you can be. Dive into your subject and hoover it up.
  9. Hold on to passion - Keep the fires burning, don’t let your subject turn into a chore.
  10. Communicate fascination - If you love your subject then let your readers know, share your enthusiasm, make it contagious
  11. Write better - All of us can improve our writing but it takes effort and motivation
  12. Grow your experience - Do new things, broaden your horizons, stretch yourself
  13. Share your experience - When you learn something new, tell your readers about it
  14. Explore and experiment - Keep trying new things, never stagnate
  15. Be unique - If you are the same as everyone else, why would anyone visit your blog?
  16. Look good - Appearances count, both in terms of your blog design and your posts. Make your content zing!
  17. Make a great first impression - Do new visitors know what your blog is about in under 10 seconds? Can they navigate easily? Where is your best content?
  18. Build momentum - Keep pushing every day, do not be content, it takes less effort to keep going than to stop and start over.
  19. Optimize - Keep tweaking, continuously improve
  20. Write with focus - Don’t squander your readers attention, give them what they came for
  21. Build your reputation - Know what you stand for and deliver it consistently
  22. Go for keywords - Find out what your readers are looking for and write about it
  23. Write compelling headlines - Get attention, promise a benefit, provoke interest
  24. Offer full feeds - Attention is more important than page views
  25. Interview - Supplement your knowledge by interviewing experts
  26. Break news - Be first to a story, let everyone know and see the links flood in
  27. Run contests - Contests are fun and build awareness
  28. Research, survey and poll - Research results are newsworthy and differentiate
  29. Toot your horn - Celebrate successes, send out press releases
  30. Monitor your stats - Stats tell you the health of your blog. Where is traffic coming from? Can you do more of what works? Is your blog growing or sliding? There are many free services.
  31. Comment and answer comments - Nurture your audience, make them know they are valued. Comment on other blogs.
  32. Link generously - If you want links then you have to first give them
  33. Join forums - Break out of your bubble, meet people where they are
  34. Give stuff away - You get what you give. Free downloads get rewarded with links and traffic.
  35. Make friends - One of the pleasures of blogging and also a route to success
  36. Guest blog - Write brilliant content for other bloggers and see your brand grow
  37. Ask questions - Curiosity is a virtue
  38. Twitter - Constantly communicate and get to know people. Anything too short for a blog post can be delivered in 140 characters
  39. Stumble - Train yourself to discover, recognize and share brilliant content. What you can identify you can imagine, what you can imagine you can create.
  40. Rebel - Break the rules, go against the flow, zig when others tell you to zag, do your own thing your own way
  41. Enjoy - Keep doing what you do until it stops being fun. When it is no longer fun, bring the fun back.

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