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6 Things Successful Bloggers Are All Doing {How To Be Successful}

By Sep 19, 2013July 10th, 201447 Comments

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Have you ever stared at your computer and wondered how to be successful at blogging? What is it that sets certain websites ahead of the pack?

We’re taking a close look today at how to succeed in the land of social media and naming the 6 traits that those doing it well all share.

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How To Be Successful at Blogging

You have discovered your love of writing. Pouring your heart out through your fingertips onto the keyboard as the words dance across the screen has become cathartic for you. It’s opened your life to a whole new world of blogging.

If the time comes when you start to look around and think, I want something more, then be sure you have the right tools in your tool belt to help you to take the leap to the next level.

1) Get Professional

If you know up front you want to be a professional blogger, start off professional. You will want to purchase your own domain, set up hosting and get a professional design. Remember that first impressions are everything! When a reader or potential sponsor comes across your site, you want them to instantly decide to stick around.

2) Work Your Social Media

Depending on the direction you want to take your website, your stats will matter at some point. This does not mean that you are looking for 100,000 daily page views. What will set you apart from the pack is one (or even two) social media accounts where you have a strong presence. Maybe you have a particularly visual blog that does well on Pinterest or maybe you’ve gone and fallen in love with Instagram.

Whatever that platform is, work the system. Get and stay active on the platform consistently. Focus on growing your numbers over time and then highlight that account not only on your blog, but also when applying for sponsored post opportunities or even working as a consultant to help others replicate your success.

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3) Stay True to Yourself

Find your voice and stick to it. Not everyone will agree with you, and unfortunately, not everybody will like you all of the time. But that’s okay. Don’t change who you are or your voice to please others. Be honest and be yourself! The support and respect from others will soon follow.

4) Be Persistent

Through blogging and social media we continue to learn. As we continue on, we discover more about ourselves. We grow even further into the blogger we are meant to be. The more we blog and continue to let those emotions pour out through our fingertips, the more we evolve as a person. As we grow individually, our blogs continue to grow with us.

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5) Have a Purpose

Decide early on what your goal is when it comes to blogging. Is your goal to help others, make them laugh, provide information or something else? Whatever that goal is, stick to it. Everyday when you wake up strive to fulfill that purpose. When you feel like giving up, think back to your original goal. Remember why you started blogging in the first place and use that to motivate you to push forward.

6) Use Your Blog as a Platform Your Call to Action

When it comes to how to be successful at blogging, your call to action (and how effectively you are able to activate your readers around that follow up) is important. What is it that you want readers to do before they leave your site? Is it click an ad, download an eBook, sign up for a newsletter or something else entirely? Whatever your call to action is, be sure that your blog clearly reflects how your readers can dive in quickly and easily.

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When it comes to blogging and social media, what are your secrets for success? Any words of wisdom for how to be successful and become the blogger you were meant to?

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  • Katie says:

    Thank you ! Great tips 🙂

  • My best tip for being successful is –

    Don’t Give Up!

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  • Paisley says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I have been looking all over for something this easy to understand.

  • This post is very helpful! I’m so happy that I had the oportunity to gain this knowlege! Great tips! 🙂

  • Great tips for us bloggers. I’ve tweeted it and google+ed it. I like the idea of really focusing on one social media and standing out there. Thanks.

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  • Mitch says:

    Hey Kimberly,
    Awesome Post, i enjoyed reading this, a blog can be a great business but with time, and energy sadly!
    that’s y i think in order to succeed , you cannot do it all on your own, you can always get help and interact with other bloggers.
    i think interacting with other bloggers can be crucial for the success of every blog, bloggers help each others with promoting the blogs, guest posting, commenting , ….
    after all, it is networking that makes every business goes around!
    Many thanks and Best wishes!

  • Wonderful tips! I think having a plan is key.

  • Charlotte says:

    Really awesome tips–thanks so much! I really do need to work the social media angle more than I do. I’m on Facebook all the time, but not really not so much for my own blog which is a shame. I could make all the excuses in the world, but I just need to be more on top of things.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Nikki says:

    Thank you for the tips! I just got back into blogging after a 2 year break, so I’m working on getting my site built back up again!

  • Carline says:

    Great tips! I really needed to read this 🙂

  • Sarah Fuller says:

    I think the realization that success is not overnight and you must be persistent is key.

  • Emelie says:

    Great tips, as usual! 🙂

  • Elizabeth says:

    Another good suggestion is finding balance! Just like everything else in life, don’t let your blog, stats, social media overwhelm the other parts of your life – family, friends, life outside of the internet.

  • Great tips! Especially the reminder to stay true to yourself. Sometimes that can be tough when so many possibilities are around all the time. Good stuff!

  • ah.. great tips and resource too.
    Growing in social media platform is my favourite for blogging

  • Bames says:

    Great post. Thank you so much for the tips. I will definitely try to follow as many of the tips as I can 🙂

  • Thanks for the post! I’ve been really going at it for about 5 months now and it’s fun to see the readers steadily growing (though not exploding). I’ve thought a lot about why… mostly it’s for me and if it helps others (which I’d love) that’s all the better!

  • Ashley Sears says:

    Really great advice, I love the part where you say be true to you. That’s the ONLY thing you can do better than everyone else hands down.

    I think finding other bloggers with goals like yours and building a strong group to network is a huge really important as well. I’ve made some amazing friends from blogging, and it’s those relationships that have helped my blog become what it is today. Well, that and a lot of perseverance on my part ;).

  • Kim says:

    I’ve done many of these things and I am still not “successful” at blogging. Then again, I think one would have to be specific with how they define success. We look at numbers as our gauge of success whether it’s our stats, FB followers, or Twitter followers.

    During the past three years, I’ve followed countless tips and abandoned just as many and still haven’t been, by my own definition or these, successful at blogging. It sounds bitter but in all reality it’s that it’s allowed me to re-evaluate what matters to me. Writing is what matters. If I happen to reach a few people who say I helped or inspired them, that’s awesome. I’m still hoping to grow and build my fan page but it’s not something I’m working my butt off to do and I’m okay with that for a change.

  • Yes, I have a 5-year plan and after 18 months have transferred to WP.org and reading and learning all I can to improve my blog and social media presence.

  • Becki W says:

    Great tips, but every time I try to use social media to my advantage (say 2 FB posts a day asking questions) I seem to lose 3 – 4 likes. How does one try to connect with their audience if the audience leaves as a result?

  • Great tips. I need to use instagram and increase my pinterest. numbers. Have got to start writing more as well/

  • Great advice, thank you!

  • Social media is my down fall. I really need to put in more effort.

  • These are awesome tips! I need to work on my call to action and get more readers to comment and sign up for my newsletter.

  • Great tips. One thing I always wonder about for a tip is, hiring a blog designer. How do us poor folk actually do that? I’ve done the best I can with the free templates because right now, there is no money for a blog design.

  • A Morris. says:

    I’m not so sure the social media part is so vital anymore, most people just ignore Tweets etc. The best bet, I think, it just to be pretty damn groovy with your content and everything will be much more awesome from there. Competitions go down well, too, especially food stuffs like chocolates. Not overly surprising.

  • AmySue says:

    Very useful tips and advice. I’ll be checking more into the section on having a professional blog designer to tweak a few things. I spend too much time trying to figure out the technical things when I just want to write 😉

  • Shashi says:

    Thanks so much for these Awesome tips!

  • Sharon says:

    I always have to remind myself to stay focused when my blog is not at the level I would want it to be. I know that slow and steady is definitely something that I need to remember. Growing and becoming successful at blogging takes time.

  • Katie E says:

    Great tips – on a day when I really needed them 🙂

  • Excellent tips! Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve just been blogging for about 5 mos and I am always looking for ways to grow my blog.

  • Great list of posts throughout this post! Wonderful advice 🙂

  • Karen says:

    Tip number 2 is exactly what I need to work on, I have spread myself so thin trying to keep up with all my social media accounts I am not growing any one of them well. Time to concentrate my efforts. Great tip thank you

  • Thanks for the great tips. I’m currently on WordPress.com but I’m expecting to get my own Domain eventually. I also designed my blog.

  • Kir says:

    great, wonderful tips Kimberly. (I should have known it was YOU writing this!!!)


  • Awesome tips! Thank you! 🙂