If you love and wish to be a successful blogger, there is no place to start learning than to study how the successful bloggers made it.
What makes them astounding is deeply rooted in their mindsets and traits. It doesn’t matter how long you have been blogging; this article will benefit you.
You are about to learn mindsets and traits of successful bloggers, and what some shared as their secrets to success.
I had this discussion with a lady who blogs. She had overcome a deadly disease. So, she was thinking of blogging it, educate and enlighten other people about her journey, preventions, treatments and etc.
It sounds like a fantastic idea.
She wanted my own advice in regards to the advice her mother gave who was against such an idea.
Her mother ideology was based on the belief system such activity must be kept secret and private. Doing so will prevent evil eyes and mind from invading her peaceful atmosphere.
She respects her so much due to immense supported she gave her throughout those healing time.
I remembered I told her, such belief system is false and vague.
Her thinking and idea are right. She will educate and help save many lives with her knowledge and experience.
In addition, she could blog the topic anonymously, crop her head from images and edit videos with great privacy and as a respect to her mother counsel. She will still be able to educate people in great secrecy.
I did my best to convince her and to my utmost knowledge, she never started this sub-category.
Dealing with clients that already possess their own working belief in blogging can be tough in addition to the influence their social lifestyle has; they play a great role in goal achievement.
Most times, I don’t argue with such a client. I allowed them to pass through the journey and feel the result.
In addition, it helped me to develop better consultation strategies where I charge a fixed amount for such service, different from appointment time.
As a blogger who wants to be successful, you have to be extroverts.
This client case seems extreme, but there is no subject that can’t be shared publicly especially when beneficial to fellow mankind.
You have to love sharing information, your experiences and expertise to target audience.
The trait of being introvert is what makes some bloggers experience writing block.
They don’t like to open their mind to people and new thinking.
They don’t network, meet new people or visit new places.
They don’t practice new things, take up challenges and have new great experiences.
Even If the information is premium, be confident to charge top dollar for it.
As far as you are confident it will solve people problem, it has passed through testing and beta-testing.
You are right to go on premium.
Many successful bloggers are extrovert. They share personal information even outside their blogging topic that seems helpful to their audience.
In the process, they are increasing their value and influence; and positively impacting their audience life.
Nevertheless, I am not going to ignore the fact you should have secret. It’s allowed and we all give different meanings to the term “secret”.
What you consider secret can be what I will gladly like to share with the public.
But such habit shouldn’t get so bad, you won’t be able to share and teach what you consider to be beneficial and helpful.
Remember, if you don’t do it now and grab the privilege (knowledge) been given to you, you will be surprise another blogger will do the exact same thing, and grab all the fame, prestige and wealth from it.
It will appear the supernatural force removed what was given to you and gave it another person who took full advantage of it to better people lives.
Passion is the strong feelings you have when expressing your opinion on a topic while making a meaningful contribution through teaching, coaching, offering products and services.
If your purpose to start blogging is to make money, you will get burn out quickly and feel disappointed when the money is not flowing in, perhaps in the amount you expected.
Successful bloggers don’t start by monetizing and applying endlessly for Google AdSense.
Don’t get things mixed up. If you apply for AdSense early and you were given, that is fine but if you aren’t, don’t feel discouraged and quit blogging.
Your first task is to define the purpose of blogging.
Do you have one? If no, you are less likely to quit cheaply.
A defined purpose is the aim and objectives for blogging. This helps with laser focus and clarity on want to achieve.
The second and important task is to build followership and if possible, have your own community.
This is what the richest and successful internet business owners did. It is not an easy feat to build followership.
This is why you have to consistently create content that meets the need of your readers, invest time and money promoting them through free (organic) search engines and paid advertisement traffic.
Let’s go back to passion.
To discover your passion, you need to be yourself; it is a sign of integrity which helps you think outside the box.
You are unique, distinct and nobody can be like you and can never be like me or another person. You simply have your unique voice, personality, and contribution to the industry.
Don’t sway but flow with the tide as it comes along.
Be original that is the message.
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?
I understand you engage in a lot of activities, but next time, be observant and watch for signals. You must have taken it for granted and intuitively not aware of the praises because you consider it so cheap and easy.
Think over it, you will discover something.
b) What can you do non-stop even if you don’t mind getting paid for it?
What is that action you like doing for people whole-passionately you don’t care about any reward and money? You accept anything being given as reward if only, thank you.
Think about it. It is high time you professionally build skills around it and turn it into a serious well package business solution.
c) What do you enjoy doing as a form of service and giving back to your community?
There is passion in community service and you can perform better when converted into a profitable business.
Is it by educating toddlers or babysitting them, teaching the adult’s basic education, engaging in social welfare or anything that brings a contribution to your society for better co-existence?
When you discover your passion, you can use blogging as a social platform to communicate, build relationship and community, thus; will be building a profitable business in the future.
What successful bloggers think about passion?
1. I started blogging out of interest and I never put any advertisements … I had no idea what AdSense is and what SEO is ….. Harsh Agarwal of Shoutmeloud
2. Don’t let external factors dictate your success, focus on what you could control: your attitude ….. Jeff Goins of Goinswriter
3. That money can’t buy you happiness but sharing your knowledge on a subject you love can ….. Darren Rowse of ProBlogger
The blogging gurus have to bear their mind and it resonates with my thought: think about an aim and purpose far bigger than money when blogging.
When money comes, it will mean nothing because you have something bigger to achieve.
This doesn’t mean you don’t need money for your daily business activities, of course, it is paramount for growth and development but don’t let it be a motivator.
Believe this: if you have clear and defined purpose for blogging, it must surely generate consistent income and stay profitable.
There is a virtue in everything you do and blogging is not an exception.
Many bloggers quit blogging out of impatience.
You must understand blogging is not a get quick rich job.
Blogging is not a job you will be getting thousands of visitors per day or month. You have to work smart towards it and it needs patience.
Blogging is not a job you will start getting search ranks on the first page of Google and Bing.
It takes time …..Patience!
Blogging is like every other business you know out there.
It is absolutely a digital representation of physical businesses.
Blogging is for an entrepreneur.
Blogging involves risk-taking and you must approach it with serious-mindsets.
You have to be patient to achieve your entire blogging goals.
There will be failures but accept it with the mindset for learning, growing and becoming smarter at what you enjoy doing.
Blogging is filled with great potential and such feat can’t be achieved overnight.
It requires smart work, steadfastness, experimentation, re-strategizing & re-testing are success factors 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.
For example, Linda Ikeji is one of the Nigerian finest, popular and successful blogger.
I watched an interview she granted where she says she blogged for 4 years with no income. Can you withstand that?
She is still one of top Nigeria blogger till date.
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 of dooce.com blogged without any income stream for 3 years.
I operate this blog nearly for 3 years as well without income.
All these bloggers and my blog are successful today because they were patients.
If you desire to be successful like them, you have to exercise the same mindsets and traits of patience.
Don’t give up!
With the right principles on blogging business, as you are learning with patience; you will 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? There were so many activities begging for your attention.
I went through the same experience and it produces a bad result.
Start blogging with the topics you have greater strength, experiences, and expertise. You must have a center of attraction where all your energy will be well spent and utilized, while you hire people to do the rest of the job for you.
Follow One Cause Until Successful.
Many successful bloggers identify with this mindset and trait, and it is wise you adopt it as well.
5. Risk taker
There is no business that doesn’t involve risks. It is the consequence of our actions and decision making. It could either be good or bad.
Expect risks, failures, and challenges in your journey to emerge as a successful blogger. These will make you grow and develop.
In the beginning, you might not get it right with the business model, and as you build and improve, you will surely get the right model uniquely design for your business.
This will translate into result such as greater income and profit margin, a popularity that takes efforts to be beaten and finally achieve your aim.
Think back over your achievement so far, you must have remained committed to achieving them all.
They weren’t smooth sailing but the experience you went through have to increase your knowledge and make you stand firm.
The same approach must be adapted to your blogging business. To be a successful blogger, you have to be consistent at what you do.
This requires continuous knowledge, creating new strategies and taking actions. You have to research and create quality content for your target readers.
Quality is paramount. Remember, there is no perfect blog anywhere.
I have updated my blog for relevancy which resulted in higher traffic and sales.
Blogging requires originality, quality content for your target visitor and you have to be creative about it. This involves your innate thought, ideas, expression, and style no matter your application.
You have to stand out among the rest of bloggers in your industry.
Don’t copy anybody you feel is successful in your topic. The content you published is what will keep attracting visitors to your blog and will influence them to come back for more.
Thus, traffic will keep increasing with popularity which will eventually translate into consistent income if you have premium offers such as advertorial, digital or physical goods, and services.
In addition, Google and other search engine providers like original, engaging and creative content.
This is one of their criteria for increasing rank on search result pages and finally getting the content to the first page.
Successful bloggers are entrepreneurial in spirit. They are business savvy in every operation and management of their blog.
Though, I stated money shouldn’t be your utmost priority and motivation to start blogging.
This doesn’t mean you should neglect every opportunity that comes your way for getting the reward and return value from your valuable work.
Blogging is a serious job and business, and you have to treat it that way. You have to create products and offer premium services if your subject niche gives room for that.
An entrepreneur is a problem solver.
You are simply providing a solution to your target visitors through contents and not all will be free. You study your visitors critically, understand their wants, struggles, problems and provide it in premium.
An example: If you have 3 advertorial space-slots 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 and value.
Doing that, you are getting to the root of its real value.
In addition, breaking your advertorial price plan into months, quarterly, half a year will be better real value strategy.
Make sure you apply entrepreneurial skills to your blogging and watch out for the dots and connect them. Successful bloggers operate with business-minded spirit.
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. Not only blogs, read books, scientific magazine and papers, an industry magazine, watch TV and listen to radio and audiobooks.
What you read, watch and listen will fuel your imagination and broaden your mind which will eventually shape how you write and deliver valuable content.
10. Learn SEO
To be successful as a blogger, you have to master the art of search engines optimization (SEO).
Some bloggers are neglecting SEO because it is competitive. SEO might be very competitive to get rank on the first page but the benefit that comes with the hard work is enormous.
It is only in search engines where you can get serious targeted readers who will become your regular readers, email subscribers, and buyers.
Not including SEO in your traffic and marketing strategies is wrong and serves as a disaster in the future.
Every business such as blogging is about building something for the better future and if you are not taking the risk to optimize your blog content for search engines, you are practically neglecting the future.
You will keep spending more on traffic.
Successful bloggers exercise this trait of optimizing their contents for search engines and you have to follow this method to be successful.
If you have the budget for social media marketing, it will complement your optimized post. One of the signals search engines watches out to rank your posts is your social shares and traffic.
Why waste all that money on social media marketing without optimizing your contents for SEO traffic as well.
You have to learn how to optimize each of your blog posts with the right keywords for search engine users.
Successful bloggers are great networkers. You have to invest time to leave a meaningful comment on other blogs and discussion forum related to your subject niche.
Follow them on Twitter, like and retweet tweets that fancy you. Create rapport and friendly relationship.
Some give room to write for them (guest post) or you can make inquiries. Join Facebook and LinkedIn group related to your subject and be helpful to members.
This will create awareness and networking opportunities for your blog.
Always doing these will build trust and community. You can get ideas for new content to write from a relationship and what readers expressed as feedback.
12. Keep an effective calendar
Successful bloggers have the trait of keeping a publishing calendar that cut across their blog and other social media platforms.
Detailed daily or weekly publishing blogging schedule helps with consistent publishing. This improves your engagement and community.
You have to schedule time for creating and promoting contents as well through social media platforms and discussion forum; attend to your visitors’ comments, email, and manage your adverts which require effective organizational skills.
One of the successful bloggers says: 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….. Neil Patel
If you want to be successful in your blogging business, you must follow these mindsets and traits of successful bloggers.
They are simply:
1. Be an extrovert.
2. Be passionate about the blogging job and helping people overcome problems.
3. Be patience, never give up. You are near the goldmine.
4. Be laser focus: Follow One Cause Until Successful
5. Be a risk taker: face challenges and you will be better than your peers.
6. Practice consistency for every activity.
7. Be original, be yourself. This is where your blessing resides.
8. Be entrepreneur: take advantage of every business opportunities.
9. Always research and read.
10. Learn SEO. It remains the future.
11. Always network with great and successful minds. You will be great and successful as well.
12. Keep an effective calendar. It is tough to practice but you will be above others.
These points seem hard, but that is where real success lives. Success is not cheap, that is why you have to work smart and hard on your mindsets and traits to blogging business.
You can develop intelligent success strategies from these mindsets and traits. You have to want it, visualize it and keep chasing after it till you get it…
And remember, your best is in the future.
You must be an extrovert who likes to give helpful information that will improve the lives of your target audience even if it is outside your focus topic and blogging subject.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep what you consider secret. You must be passionate about your blogging subject.
In fact, experts in the blogging industry regard this as the bedrock of success. Passion is the fuel that keeps you growing and developing.
You must focus, stick to your strength till being proven and stop swaying or dabbling around. If you don’t position your blogging business very well and stand firm, you will lose time and waste resources.
You have been patience in everything you do. This is compulsory and standard moral virtue. Cultivate the habits of being consistent with what you do. If it is once a week you can publish a new post or send an email to your subscribers, strive to consistent at it. This is where you utilize publishing calendar.
Be original and always research the latest information in your subject. You are not different from a teacher, so you keep yourself updated.
Be entrepreneurial and always watch for every opportunity to serve your audience better. It can 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 we have to cultivate as a blogging lifestyle.
Over to you
What trait do you find hard to practice or you feel doesn’t belong?
What do you think generally about this article?