Time ago may be you started your blog for fun, but now you would like to begin to get serious.
We know that anyone can become a blogger : today, it only takes five minutes to create a blog.
But very few bloggers arrive to involve a large public and even less are the ones who can live from their web activity.
So the question is : “How to Become a Successful Blogger” ?
I made this list of steps to follow, which in my opinion can help you figure out how to have success as a blogger.
1 . Passion
All the most famous bloggers have a great passion for what they do and they put this passion in what they write.
You will notice it when you read these successful blogs : you may feel the love of the writers in their work, understand that they find it exciting.
The passion is really the first quality of a good blogger.
Without that, you do not go far away. The internet is full of blogs with ten or twenty posts, with low quality post or even with content written from automatic software, just with the purpose to make few bucks with Google Adsense.
My suggestions before create a blog, when you have to choose your Topic, is just thing about what you would like to talk or write every single free moment of your day, and you will found out the topic of your blog.
2 . Niche
As a good blogger, you know how to choose your right niche. And you will discuss about this topic, resisting the temptation to broaden your comments and articles to other completely different topics.
You should stick to the content that you have choosen to write about. Choose a niche that will represent your audience, create useful articles only for those specific users.
In other words, as good blogger you should remain faithful to the editorial line that you have choosen.
3 . Constancy
As many other business not online, also in the case of blogging, you will see the fruits of your work over time.
I have read time ago an article written from a popular blogger, where she wrote that you will need 18 months, at least, in order to see the results of an online business.
Try to publish your posts with constance, and you will be rewarded by search engines, having traffic increase.
It is very important that you think about the timing to publish your posts. Think about your duties and commitments, and choose between post everyday, two or three a week or just one post a week. Then stick with this program.
This is very important, in order to respect your readers.
Think for example of a blogger that publishes a post every day for two weeks and then disappears for a month : this attitudes, rather than retain visitors, will let them run away from your blog.
Above all the RSS Feeds Subscribers, would like to read a scheduled content.
4 . Personality
As a good blogger, you should have personality and not be afraid to show it.
You should explain what YOU thinks, expose yourself, assume your responsibility for what you write.
We may even say that a good blogger is Brave.
You may learn from experienced people in your niche, see how you can prove your personality and transfer it in the content of your blog.
5 . Dialogue
As a successful blogger, you should be able to establish a nice dialogue with the public of your site.
Involve your visitors in the content, push the comments, make questions to your visitors, you may even ask them some help !
So try to respond to all comments, even those critical to your position.
As a good blogger, you should share your knowledge with your readers. It is a fundamental thing.
You should give away, if you want later to receive comments, receive compliments, or even as last goal receive money from your readers, if your will is to create an online product.
Sometimes you should share your secrets, something that you have learned trough the years of your experience (or something that you have learned from other popular bloggers).
6 . Quality content
It is always the same suggestions, the first one, the most important one.
In few words, if you want to become a famous blogger, it is essential to know how to create quality content for your public.
We can say that the content is of quality when it solves a real problem to people in your niche.
Content is the king !
See for example the last modifications of search engines like the Big Google : they are trying to remove SPAM from the internet and encourage high quality content sites.
If you keep writing good content, also your visibility and popularity around the web will increase.
7 . SEO
As a good blogger, you should master the SEO techniques. You should know how to get high rankings on search engines. It is pointless to have a blog full of high quality content, that nobody reads.
So for example, insert your main keywords in the title tag of each post, in the H1 tag and in the URL of your posts.
The most important aspect of Search Engine Optimization is getting links to your site.
The more frequently your site appears on search engines the more visitors it will receive : this is called Organic Traffic.
Focus on acquiring backlinks from a websites that are similar to your niche and from sites that have high Google Page Rank.
And keep writing high quality content : you will invite people to link to your nice posts.
Do not forget to set up your site to be SEO friendly ! (See how to do it here).
8 . Correct Writing
Your authority, or web reputation, also pass trough an impeccable spelling, grammar and syntax in your articles.
Writing skills also means knowing how to involve your audience, through a personal and lively prose.
Keep writing and you will learn how to do it better.
In essence: your authority on the web depends on the quality of your writing and how your style of communication knows how to appreciate your content.
9 . Multimedia
You may think that a picture is worth thousand words.
Adding images in a post makes a more effective communication of your message.
Remember to optimize images with SEO techniques : use your keywords in the description, and take care of the alt text or tags. Be sure that the pictures that you have choosen, can match the content.
And remember to use not only images, but try also audio and video files to best enhance your posts.
10 . Graphics
The graphics are the dress of your blog : in other words, the Theme.
It is the responsibility as a good blogger to find an artwork that expresses your taste and which, at a glance, perceive the type of communication that you want to create between yourself and your audience.
The blog theme I use is called Fresh News, and it’s from WooThemes. I highly recommend them and their themes are definitely worth investing in.
Do you have any other information to add or any other suggestion ?