The digital world and social media have opened vast opportunities to embark on something, have a global audience, and earn money. But it needs a lot of hard work and the willingness to adapt before your efforts will pay off.
Blogging is one of those things that you could start as an online hobby and hopefully, eventually yield income. Blogging is an online means to get your message and thoughts across.
You can blog as often as you want and about any topic you wish.
Blogging for money requires discipline, patience, and grit. Below are some habits of bloggers which make them successful:
They set active goals
List down your goals and include both short-term and long-term goals. You need to be proactive and action-oriented to become a successful blogger.
One of your goals should be to write a specific number of articles or posts in a day or a week or a month. Needless to say, practice makes perfect. And the more you blog, the more your posts will show up in search engines. This will eventually result to attracting more readers.
Blogging gives you the opportunity to write about anything and everything.
But if you just aim to write aimlessly and to flaunt your big vocabulary, then you might end up not having an audience after all.
Whether you blog to share information or for entertainment, write with your readers in mind. Think of what information would be useful to them.
Write things that add value and are easy to digest. Devise ways to get your reader’s attention and to keep them interested.
Apart from writing, you should make it a goal to read a lot. This will help keep you updated. Reading will enable you to improve your writing skills and enhance the quality of your blog.
They stay organized
You can have different ideas going through your head which you’d like to write about. But it’s important to organize your thoughts and how you’d like to work on your blog to maintain focus.
Successful bloggers keep their posts short and simple. So use short paragraphs, sub-topics, bullet points or number lists. This will keep your reader scanning and glued to your post until your last sentence.
They make plans
You make plans on a daily basis. Even the most trivial tasks require planning. It’s the same with blogging. For example, you’ll need to plan about how your ideas would stand out or how to get people to read your blog.
Even though you’ve planned out every detail, you need to be flexible. You need to monitor where your niches are headed. This will help you post up-to-date information.
Also, you need to be willing to write about things that you’re not generally interested in. This will give you wider readership.
Working online is being in a fast-paced and fast-changing environment. Thus, being adaptable is a must.
They make networking a habit
Blogging can be lonesome especially since you could just be working on your own all the time. Six months could pass by and no one could have seen your blog.
This is where you need to network and establish relationships with other bloggers. They’ll be your source of advice and inspiration. Also, they’ll be your healthy competition.
Your guest blogger will most likely announce about the blog that they wrote for you on their site.
Networking need not be exclusive to your fellow bloggers. You can also include your readers. This is where social media could be a helpful tool. If you reach your readers through social media, eventually, it will drive them to your blogs.
They use time wisely
You can do research and browse the Internet all day without you realizing it. This is why it’s important to allot specific amount of time for research, writing, editing, etc.
Make time to also look into your readers. Check your blog site’s statistics to know more about your readers. This will help you find out what they care about. Then, you’ll be able to decide what topics are best suited for them.
They’re not afraid to fail
Similar to any endeavor, failure is part of the game. You could be blogging for a year and no one has read any of your posts. So, do some research on how to get your work read.
Successful bloggers start with a passion to share their ideas.
They cling to that passion until their voice is heard. You’ll also need to be optimistic enough to keep blogging until you get your first reader.
They share their ideas for free
To build credibility and trust, you’ll need to share your ideas. The fact is that your ideas may not be new. But still, sharing what you know will make your followers believe that you’re not just in for the money.
They adapt to new tools
In the past, you needed to know about codes for you to start blogging. Thanks to innovation, you can now post using user-friendly templates in most blogging sites. You can even customize your blog. What you just need are the curiosity and interest to learn new things.
You need to make sure that your blog’s interface can be viewed in any of your reader’s gadgets — be it smartphone, tablet, laptop, and/or desktop computer. Your reader is most likely to follow your blog if they find it easy to read on any of their gadgets.
They never stop learning
You’ll need to thirst for constantly changing information. You need to accept that the things that work today may be obsolete by tomorrow.
Blogging is an easy endeavor if you’re just writing for yourself. But if your goal is to get your message across, you’ll need to be patient and creative.
You’ll need to have grit.
Embrace the habits of bloggers which make them successful and you’re off to a good start.