What does it mean to be a successful blogger in the first place?
I want to attempt an answer to this question first before giving some vital tips I know will help you achieve success.
Many bloggers for different reasons. Success in blogging is simply meeting your purpose in blogging. Now ask yourself ” why did I set up my blog?”
- To generate income ?
- To promote my business ?
- Just to have fun ?
- To expand my knowledge in a certain topic?
You setup a blog to make money online for instance. Are you meeting this purpose? How much can you generate consistently?
By the way, how long have you been blogging?
Some of us have been blogging just for a few months. Others have been blogging for years. Whatever the case, the top question remains – How successful are you?
How to know you are already failing.
Remember the excitement when you decided to set up a blog. It was like you found the most precious stone on earth. You were filled with an immeasurable dose of enthusiasm. You knew you just found that thing to help you achieve your gold.
Remember when you published your first article and got your first comment from a well known blogger. You were even more excited weren’t you? You could write even more than 2 articles per day. You would get up very early to read other blogs, comment them and publish more articles on your own blog.
But something is wrong now …
The interest and excitement you had at the beginning is dying out. You now go for days without even bothering to respond to comments on your blog. You feel lazy to write and publish contents as usual. You are looking for other things to do.
This means you are moving towards failure my friend and you’ve got to do something about it
You are not alone though
This is a common stage in lives of many bloggers. Sue Neal wrote a very clever post about this issue giving some tips to help you bounce back. Check out her post – Beware Blogging Land Mines. At one moment, one of my friends, Theodore Nwangene got lazy in blogging too. In addition, Yeremi Akpan went for approximately 50 days without publishing an article on his blog. Here is his story.
So you see that failure has been threatening the lives of many in this blogging activity.
I recommend you read Sue’s article I mentioned above for tips to get the ball rolling. One other article I can point you to is Darren’s 7 Ways to Stay Inspired and Avoid Bloggers Burn Out. Here also is Lisa’s piece on how to get over blog burnout.
Be a successful blogger in 2014
To help you succeed in 2014, I encourage you enlarge your blogging community through networking with more and more blogging friends in your niche. One of the very important things your friends will do to keep you moving is post content on your blog while you are feeling broke. Your friends can also help with post ideas from here and there.
Getting shares, likes and tweets from friends during moments of burnout is a big gift from them to keep some traffic coming in. One of the things that will help you big time to achieve the required success are friends. While search engins are failing, friends will normally not disappoint you except you don’t join the ends correctly
It’s becoming faily easy to make friends online as a blogger these days. Here are some tips to help you out:
- Make sure your blog is pro
- Publish attractive contents
- Link to others from your targeted contents
- Comment on other blogs
- Respond to comments on your blog
- Comment their posts on social media
- Make out time to chat with them on Facebook, Twitter, etc
- Guest post on their blogs
- Give them the opportunity to post on your blog
- Vote and comment articles on community sites – BlogEngage, klinkk, Kingged, BloKube,Bizsugar,BlogDash, etc
- Share, like, tweet and Google+ friends’ articles
- Interview them
- Help them resolve is
- Feature them on your blog
- Retweet their tweets
Make it a point to add more friends to your portfolio this coming year. Also be a good friend to others who approach you. The more of these friends you get this year, the more you move closer to your success.
Now tell me in the comment box below – what are your plans to making it in the year 2014? Have you already laid down a strategy?