Everyone loves and strives to be successful and people give a different meaning to success. It could be more money, fame, prestige, positive influence and power.
You’ve always wonder how successful bloggers achieve it so that you can learn and emulate them.
Don’t think too far, the answers lie in their mindsets and traits to blogging.
Even if you’ve been blogging and you consider yourself not successful to the standard you want and still hitting the rock, this post can be of great discovery and benefits to you.
You’ll understand the mindsets and traits of successful bloggers, and what some shared their secrets to success.
1. Be an extrovert
I had a discussion with a lady who blogs. She had overcome a deadly disease and she is thinking of educating other people about it preventions, treatments and etc even though it wasn’t part of her blogging subject.
But there is a problem; her good thinking was distorted by her mom when she seeks her counsel perhaps she was part of the journey during those bad periods.
Due to some spiritual belief, she was advised against revealing such thing in public, something that might have been educational and perhaps, saves the life of her followers and even further the relationship or anybody who tried her technique.
I did my best to convince her and even educated her on the numerous benefits this might bring but to my knowledge, she never did and that helpful idea might end in secrecy.
As a blogger who desires to be successful, you’ve to be extroverts.
You’ve to love sharing information, your experiences, and expertise to your followers.
This trait of being introverts is what makes some bloggers experience writing block, because, they simply are introverts and some don’t know it.
They don’t like to network, meet new people or go to new places.
They don’t practice new things and have new great experiences.
Even if your information is worth a premium, be confident to charge top dollar for it.
As far as you’re confident that your product will solve the problem, as it has passed through testing and beta-testing.
You’re good to go for a premium …
Many successful bloggers are extrovert; they share information even outside their blogging subject that seems helpful to their audience.
In this way, they’re increasing their value, influence and positively impacting their followers’ life.
Nevertheless, I’m not trying to ignore the fact you should have a secret, it’s allowed and we all give different meanings to the term secret.
What you consider a secret and might be something I’ll gladly love to share to the outside world but habits shouldn’t get so introvertly bad that, you won’t be able to share or teach what you consider to be of help to another fellow being of yours.
If you don’t do it now and grab the privilege been given, you’ll surprise another blogger will do the same thing, and grab all the fame, prestige, and wealth from it.
Be helpful …. .
This is a strong feeling you’ve by expressing your opinion about a subject (blogging) and make a meaningful contribution to teaching, coaching and offering products or services.
If your intention for blogging is to start making money, you’ll get burn out quickly and disappointed when the money is not flowing in and/or perhaps flowing in but not the way you expected it.
Successful bloggers don’t start by monetizing or applying endlessly for Google AdSense.
Don’t get things mix up … …
If you apply for AdSense early during your journey and you’re given, that’s fine but if you aren’t, you shouldn’t feel discourage and stop blogging.
Your first task as a newbie blogger who is just starting out is to build followership and if possible, have your own community.
This is what the richest and successful social internet business did.
The likes of Google, Facebook and etc.
It’s not an easy feat to build your followership, and this is where you’ve to consistently create content that meets the need of your readers and spends time promoting that content, whether via free (organic) or paid advertisement.
To discover your passion, you need to be YOURSELF and think out of the box.
You’re unique, distinct and nobody can be like you and you can never be like me or another person.
You simply have your unique contribution to your industry.
Don’t sway but flow with the tide as it comes along.
If you don’t know what your passion is or they’re so many till you feel confused about which one to choose, here is what you can do.
According to Farrah Gray in his book “The truth shall make you rich”, he suggested you ask yourself these 3 questions. They are:
a) What comes easy to you but hard for another person?
What do you enjoy doing that your friends, colleagues, and relatives compliment and praise you always for doing an outstanding job?
You do a lot of things, but make sure you’re observant next time and watch out for signals.
You might have taken it for granted and intuitively not aware of the praises because you consider it something so cheap and easy for you to do.
Think about it, you’ll discover something.
b) What can you do non-stop even if you don’t mind getting paid for it?
What is that act or thing you like doing for people whole-passionately that you don’t care about any reward and money?
You accept anything they give you.
Think about it because it’s high time you turn it into a serious business — a good package solution.
c) What do you enjoy doing as a form of service and giving back to your community?
Yes, there is passion in that and you can convert it to a profitable business.
Is it by educating toddlers or babysitting them, teaching the adult’s basic education, engaging in social welfare or anything as a contribution to your society for a better co-existence?
When you discover what you’re passionate about, you can use blogging as a social platform to communicate, build relationship and community, thus; building a profitable business.
What some successful bloggers think about passion?
This is the virtue in everything you do and blogging is not an exception.
You must be aware that blogging is not a quick money making affair or a job that will make you rich and famous overnight.
Blogging isn’t a job you’ll be getting thousands of visitors per day or month, you’ve to work smart towards it.
It’s not a job you’ll start getting ranks for posts on the first pages of Google, Bing, & Yahoo etc.
It takes time …..
You’ve to be patience in achieving your entire goals. There will be failures, but through it, all, accept it as an advantage for learning and becoming smarter at what you enjoy doing.
Blogging is filled with great potential and such feat can’t be achieved overnight. It requires your smart work, steadfastness, keeps re-strategizing & re-testing are the factors to success with no absolute substitute.
You have to keep working on your website, publish quality and relevant contents (articles, infographic, images, audio & videos), and promote your published contents.
One of the leading bloggers in India, Harsh Agarwal started his blog as a form of hobby and he never made money for some time.
Heather Armstrong [dooce.com] blogged without any income stream for 3 years.
All these bloggers are successful today because they were patience.
If you desire to be successful like them, you’ve to exercise the same mindsets and traits by been patience.
DON’T GIVE UP, with the right principles on blogging business that you’re learning and patience; you’ll arrive safely at your goldmine.
If you see it, you can do it.
Remain steadfast till you achieve it.
Do you have many options to start from, so many activities begging for your attention?
I went through the same experience myself and it doesn’t work out right.
Start with the topics you have greater strength, experiences & expertise.
You must have a center of attraction where all your energy will be well spent and utilize, while you hire others to do the rest job for you.
Follow One Course Until Successful.
Many successful bloggers identify with this mindset and trait, and it’s wise you adopt it as well.
5. Risk taker
There is no business that doesn’t have its own risks.
It is akin to consequences of our actions. It could either be good or bad.
Expect risks, failures and challenges in your journey to emerge as a successful blogger.
And all these will make you grow and develop.
At the beginning, you might not get it right with your business model, but as you build and improve along, you’ll surely get it right which will translate into great results such as higher income margin, and popularity that can’t be beaten.
Think back over your achievement so far, you must have remained committed to achieving them. They weren’t smooth sailing but the experiences you pass through have to increase your knowledge and make you stand firm.
The same approach should be adapted to your blogging.
To be a successful blogger, you’ve to consistent at what you do.
This requires continuous knowledge, creating new strategies and taking actions.
You’ve to research and create quality content for your target readers.
Quality is paramount and remembers, there is no perfect blog anywhere. I’ve personally updated my blogs which resulted in higher traffic and sales.
Blogging requires originality and you’ve to be creative about your contents by standing out from the rest of bloggers in your industry.
Don’t copy anybody you feel is successful in your blogging subject.
It requires writing original and quality content for your target visitor which can be your innate thought, ideas, expression, and style no matter your application.
The content you publish is what will keep attracting visitors to your blog and make them come back for more.
Thus, your traffic will keep increasing with popularity which will eventually translate into consistent income if you have premium offers like an advertorial, digital or physical goods and services.
In addition, Google and other search engines provider like original, engaging and creative content. This is one of the factors for increasing your ranking on search result pages and finally getting to the first page.
Successful bloggers are entrepreneurial in spirit.
They’re business savvy in every single operation and management of their blog.
Even though, I stated money shouldn’t be your utmost priority and motivation to start a blog but it doesn’t mean you should neglect every opportunity that comes your way about getting the reward and value for your work.
Blogging is a serious job and business, and you’ve to treat it that way.
You’ve to create products and offer premium services if your subject gives room for that.
An entrepreneur is a problem solver.
You’re simply providing a solution to your target visitors through your contents and not all might be free.
You’ve to study your visitors, know their needs, struggles, and problems and provide it for them.
If you’ve 3 advertorial spaces and there is an increase in demand for one of them. What you smartly have to do is to increase its price and observe the demand rate.
By doing that, you’re getting to the root of its real value.
In addition, breaking your advertorial price plan into months, quarterly, half a year can be a better value strategy.
Make sure you applying entrepreneurial skills to your blog and watch out for the dots and connect them up.
Successful bloggers operate like a serious-minded blogger.
9. Research and read
Successful bloggers are skilled researchers and readers.
Reading blogs related to your niche is one of the most effective ways to improve your writing and knowledge.
What you read will fuel your imagination and broaden your mind which will eventually shape how you write and result.
10. Learn SEO
To be successful as a blogger, you’ve master the art of search engines optimization (SEO).
Some bloggers are neglecting SEO, not including it in their traffic and marketing strategies and this can be very wrong and right.
They would rather focus on social media traffic.
SEO might be very competitive to get rank on the first page but the benefit that comes with it is enormous.
It’s only in search engines where you can get seriously targeted readers who are researchers and some might become your regular readers, subscribers, and buyers.
All successful bloggers that I know exercise this trait and mindset of optimizing their posts for search engines and you’ve to follow this method in other to be successful.
If you have the budget for social media marketing, it’ll complement your optimized post because one of the signals search engines watch out for in ranking your posts are your social shares and traffic.
Why waste all that money on social media marketing without optimizing your posts for SEO traffic as well.
You’ve to learn how to optimize each of your blog posts with the right keywords for search engines.
Successful bloggers are great networkers.
You’ve to invest time in leaving a comment on other blogs and forum which are related to your subject.
Follow them on twitter, create rapport and relationship.
Some actually accept the guest post or they demand you write for them, you can make inquiries about that.
Join Facebook and Linkedin group that deal with your related subject; creating awareness and networking for your blog.
Always doing this can build trust and community.
You can also get ideas for new content, based on what your readers expressed with their feedback.
12. Keep an effective calendar
Successful bloggers have the mindset and trait of keeping a publishing calendar that cut across their blog and other social media platforms.
Having a detailed daily and weekly publishing schedule for your blog will help with consistent publishing, thereby improving your engagement and community.
You’ve to schedule time for creating and promoting contents through the various social media platforms and discussion forum, attending to your visitors’ comments and managing your adverts which require effective organization skills.
Neil Patel: One of the fatal mistakes I see bloggers make is to blog when they feel like it …… they forget that new fans want more content and they fail to deliver…..
If you like to be successful at your blogging business which I know you want and deserve it, you must follow these right mindsets and traits of successful bloggers.
It might seem hard, but that is where success lives.
Success is not easy to come by, that’s you’ve to work hard on your mindsets and traits to blogging business.
You’ve to want it, visualize it and keep chasing after it till you get it …
And remember, your best is in the future …..
You must not be too introverting but an extrovert who likes to give helpful information that will improve the lives of your target audience even if it’s outside your focus subject.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep what you consider secret.
You must be passionate about your blogging subject, in fact, some experts in the industry regard this as the bedrock of blogging.
Passion is the fuel that keeps you growing and developing.
You must have a focus, stick to your strength till you’re being proven and stop swaying or dabbling around.
If you don’t position your blogging business very well and stand firm, you’ll discover you’ve lost a lot of time with waste resources.
You’ve been patience in everything you do. This is compulsory and a standard moral virtue.
Cultivate the habits of being consistent with what you do. If it once a week you can publish a new post or send an email to your subscribers, strive to consistent at it.
This is where your publishing calendar comes at play.
Be original, and always research about the latest information on your subject. You’re not different from a teacher, so you keep yourself updated.
Be entrepreneurial and always watch for every opportunity to serve your audience. It might be free or premium.
I belong to the SEO family and many successful bloggers never neglect the art of SEO in their blogging.
Learn about SEO wherever you find it and keep practicing it for better and development of your blogging business.
These are the mindsets and traits you’ve to cultivate as a blogging lifestyle.
I’m not left out as a writer but many of those traits are already part of me. I’ll be sharing how practically I imbibe them into my blogging business.
Over to you. …
Do you think some of these traits don’t belong as mentioned?
Which mindsets and traits do you consider important to you?
And if you’ve already practicing some, adapting them into your business lifestyle, how did you find it easy to practice?