The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

Do you want to be a successful blogger? Do ideas for posts randomly pop into your head whenever, wherever? Do you think about ways to improve your blog?

How to write more? Better? Faster?

Do you study what the most successful bloggers have done to get to where they are right now?

You are not alone. I do this too. It’s one of my passions. To see what makes the difference. What works, what doesn’t, and to understand the why. Because of this, I can write cute posts like this one.

Here are the seven best habits to have as a blogger.

1. Effective bloggers are prolific

The first key to being a successful blogger is to write. A lot.

The more you write, the better your writing gets. Talent that does not get used, is wasted. And the more posts you add to your blog, the more juice you’ll get from search engines. And more content means more reader visits to see what’s new.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still an advocate for quality over quantity, but the truth is that effective bloggers work hard. Putting a successful blog together requires a lot of time in front of your computer, and not surfing Facebook or posting pictures of what you had for lunch on Instagram.

Great bloggers put a lot of time into researching, writing, editing, and planning posts for their blogs.

2. Effective bloggers are creative

If you’re ready to take risks you need to come up with creative ideas all the time. The sad part is that, as time goes on, it can feel overwhelming to come up with and act on new ideas that keep adding value to your blog.

If you want to be truly creative you’ll need to keep taking action, and never let self-doubt, the naysayers, or the urge to procrastinate be stronger that your will to succeed.

3. Effective bloggers are really, really, really passionate

You’re passionate about what you blog about, aren’t you?

I know that so many advertise being passionate about your niche that it has become such a cliché, but this does not make it any less true…

Not only do you need to feel strongly about whatever it is your writing, but you also need to make your readers feel it too.

They need to feel your fire.

4. Effective bloggers never stop learning

If you’re new to blogging, you’re probably on a steep learning curve at the moment.

Maybe you tell yourself that things will get better when you’ve been doing it longer.

No, it’s not. It never gets easier, no matter how good you become.

Mostly because you’ll always need to step up your game. Also, because things change very fast.

And you have to keep learning.

If not…

What happens to a building that is not lived in?

A car that is not driven?

Have you ever noticed they decay faster than usual?

The same is your blog. Staying the same means a slow death…

5. Effective bloggers are focused and consistent

Successful bloggers develop a schedule and stick to it.

They write consistently about their topic of choice, and with a consistent voice and approach. Whether they post three posts a day or two posts a week, their readers know what to expect.

6. Effective bloggers are visible and engaging

A lot of bloggers view comments as a bit of a pain in the dorsal region, so to speak. Yeah, I’m feeling very PG-13 at the moment.

If you think that replying to comments is a waste of your time, you might want to reconsider. And fast. Before you’ll find yourself in “no-comment land.”

Effective bloggers see their blog readers as interesting people who they naturally want to interact with them, not just some statistic. They reply to comments on their blog posts and talk to their readers on other social media because they value them.

The best bloggers focus on creating strong content that resonates with their readers. They’re not afraid to be provocative or share personal stories. They have that unique voice and point of view which creates reader loyalty.

Effective bloggers really talk to people. They show they care, and engage their readers rather than just going through the motions of networking because it has to be done.

7. Effective bloggers are persistent

Did I ever tell you about the Chinese Bamboo tree? No?

Well, the Chinese Bamboo tree requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine. In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity. In the second year, again, no growth above the soil. The third, the fourth, still nothing. If there are no results, it is easy to become discouraged and give up.

But then, in the fifth year, something happens. Growth. The tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!

Overnight success is a myth, and top bloggers understand this.

More so, they even count on things being harder than their most pessimistic expectations. Persistence and patience are a top blogger’s best friends.

Successful bloggers don’t give up. They do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes.

What trait do you think is most valuable?

What do you think the most important trait of a top blogger is? It might be one of these seven, or something completely different. Do let me know in the comments section below!

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533 thoughts on “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

  1. Yes! Writing a lot is critical. Creativity comes next. All the others will follow.
    I’m just starting out with my Shrew blog and find that my seasonal business has set me back a little, but in a few weeks I’ll be blogging full force with lots of material that’s been building for a few months…

    TX!

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  2. Very interesting and helpful. I started writing a blog and stopped. I am starting over with the thought blogging is real and there is actually an art to it. I need lots of advice. I am peeling myself away from Facebook because I am tired of the meaningless jabber and the flowery and monotonous memes. I look forward to reading your blog.

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    1. I got 3000 comments for my own blog the optimist power of mantra healing. But unfortunately so many hurdles came in my life & so many have stolen my contents as well site also has been hacked so now i am making another site here to put all these blopgs here.

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  3. This is so useful-thank you!
    I need to start a schedule of some kind. I have so many ideas but struggle to find time to write. Also-I’ve had a few posts where I’ve put significantly less effort into them but had much more interest…patience needed I think!!thanks for the post!

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  4. Thank you for this post- especially about passion and consistency. I am a forever writer but a first time blogger who really wants to engage people by talking about what I love. Sharing your passion is personal and vulnerable but I hope people will respond, feel what I feel. Cheers~ Karen M.

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  5. The schedule for me is now most important. I’ve tried daily, but with a full time job, new certification exams to study for that won’t happen. Now reblog on Saturday and Sunday is an “instant replay” of some of 2/3 of my posts. I loved reading this again after blogging for a few months. Learned something new both times I’ve read this. Thanks!

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  6. I was very interested to read what you say about the comments section. I never enable comments on my essays because, being one who has been trolled and traumatised by the Facebook haters, I`m afraid I`m a little gun shy.

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      1. Easy for you to say perhaps. I am clairsentient – that means I feel the words and the hate behind them. Also, it is my name up on my Business banner (on my Facebook Page) so they are not just hurling abuse at a hollow pseudonym. And yes, I know those people are cowardly keyboard warriors but it still has an impact, the first time one experiences that abuse.

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    1. Royal Avian, might I humbly suggest that you’re no different than anyone who “puts themselves out there,” via blogging, among other writing pursuits.

      You don’t have to “feel” the hatred behind their words. You can choose, instead, to see their comments as a chance to practice empathy and compassion. It’s easy to practice them on people who are not attacking you. Doing it re: the “haters” is where the real work comes in. Lest you think I don’t know, or have never experienced it, let me tell you, I speak from YEARS of experience.

      I started a blog when my first book was published, in 2006. By 2008, I had 2000 UNIQUE hits, every month. And I had stalkers. “Haters.” People I actually knew, know, IRL, who would attack me, my writing, my CHILDREN, even.

      One, a “professional writer” herself, was especially vitriolic. She posted whole paragraphs of my new book (a baby novelist at the time, my first published book out of a small press back east) on her own author blog and tore the writing, MY writing, apart for the world to see. And she had tons of followers, because she’d been writing professionally longer than me, much longer.

      If I had allowed her to hurt me, I would have given over all my power to her, which is what she sought. Why give them what they want? Your power is yours to give or hold. You allow others to take it, via their words.

      So instead, I thanked her. It was one of the most valuable–although meant to be hurtful–lessons I’d ever gotten in terms of edits. I even thanked her profusely for her “tough-love” critique! (She moonlights as an editor, and charges quite a bit for her services–so she gave me a free edit, and didn’t charge me a dime for her efforts!)

      I have always used my real name. I am not impervious to purposeful, hurtful things, but…when you realize the person on the other end must be extremely troubled to go to the trouble of hurting you, denigrating your work and efforts…allow compassion to fill you for them. Recently, back in 2015, one of my poems, taken out of context, went viral, and I was the object of a “sex-worker fatwa calling for my digital jihad” as my editor and I like to joke.

      They came after me on every social media platform. They wrote hateful, horrific things about me, inundating every social account I had, and yes, my PA had to screen comments for a while until it died down. But I only responded to those who genuinely wanted to ask about the poem, and I did so with compassion and empathy. I won more fans of my work through that, than the “haters’ took from me.

      You say your “clairsentient”? Not sure what that means…probably a variation on “empath.” See, people who are sensitive think they have some special ability others do not. It’s not true. Many people are extremely sensitive, and if a single, hot breath of hateful air brushes you and puts you in tears, you might be in the wrong business. But if you’re a writer and it’s WHO YOU ARE, then it’s important to know that not everyone will love your work.

      Incidentally, I have an actual, neurological condition that makes any sort of stimulation, positive OR negative, ignite my conditions to the point where, at times, I shake so badly, I can’t control it. If a car alarm goes off near someone, they might jump. My physical body reacts, despite telling myself, “It was just a car alarm,” as if I am falling from a tower. I have no way to control my physiological reaction. I might even have a seizure. So…yeah, it’s double-tough. I’m mostly home-bound because of it. But I am a professional novelist, poet, AND performer/public speaker. My conditions have had a huge impact on my ability to promote, do what I used to do, but I work hard to stay in a space where I’m “okay.” If I am not “okay,” I don’t even get online, let alone social media.

      There’s a difference between “trolls” and people who simply disagree with your POV. If someone is simply angry about what you wrote, and they tell you so, “inelegantly,” so to speak, here are some ways to respond, without engaging.

      “Thank you for that feedback, and taking the time to share it with me. Peace to you, and thank you for reading, and supporting my blog.”

      “Well, there you have it. I hope you have a great day today.”

      “You know, you may be right. I’ll look at that. Thank you so much for reading.”

      And mean it. MEAN every ‘thank you.’ They can’t hurt you, that’s an illusion on your part.

      However, there are trolls. They say “Don’t feed the trolls.” Well, yes and no. If someone is overtly hostile, threatening, or being just plain abusive and evil for the fun of it, there are ways to block those people through moderation. If they keep changing accounts or IPs, you can contact local authorities, because cyber-stalking and harassment is a crime. I did a quick search, and each state has different laws. In North Carolina, USA, you can look at what constitutes cyber-stalking:

      https://statelaws.findlaw.com/north-carolina-law/north-carolina-stalking-laws.html

      I’ve been told, over and over, that being a writer requires a “thick skin.” I kind of disagree. When you become impervious to words–any words–it can affect your own experience and process. I prefer to say that to be a writer, you must cultivate a certain attitude of objectivity, along with empathy and compassion. “Observe” their comments with a detached eye. You are in charge of your own reactions. The only way someone can “push your buttons,” Royal, is to have buttons available to push. Unless they know you, really know you, their hatred is NOT ABOUT YOU.

      Some will tell you the most effective way to silence them is to simply ignore their comments and delete them. However, in my years of experience, this only tells them you can’t handle them, or yourself, and they keep coming at you. When they get NOTHING from you but love, they go away. Trust me. Fear feeds hate. Hate feeds hate. Compassion…empathy, and sincere love…they don’t know what to do with it. You diffuse everything they write, and they go somewhere else.

      Or, in certain weird circumstances…you find out why they are so angry, and your words just might heal them, or save their lives.

      IMO, that’s the sacred calling of the writer. To reach through distance, past gender, ethnicity, religion, cultures– everything that makes us different from one another–and find the common threads; then use them to stitch up the gushing wounds of the human heart.

      Peace to you.

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      1. Thanks, J.A. Carter-Winward. I’ve got a great respect for what you have done here. In itself, the time you have taken out to write this detailed and relevant response is an expression of great love. You are a blessing to the world. May the love, empathy, and compassion you show to others come back to you in floods. You are appreciated.

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  7. You already said it: Respond to comments! How may we even hope to build a good blog if people who take the time to write a comment are just ignored? But – I’ve got one more for you: To administer your body of followers every 2 or 3 months. Find out what they are doing – if anything, and leave a comment letting them know you have been visiting.
    These check-ups will also enable you to delete those that have already terminated their blogs long ago, and you’ll never be waking up to having 5000 ‘followers’ when your actual count is closer to 500! 🙂
    The average blogger don’t last more than 2-4 years, then interests may shift. How many of your blogging friends has a history exceeding 10 years? Not many – for sure!

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  8. This is great! Thank you for this I’m new to blogging so trying to get out there a bit. Mine is a personal journey that I want to share with the world to inspire and help others find their identity. Feel free to have a look: godfidencediary.wordpress.com

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  9. Thank you for this. When I first started blogging almost a year ago I had lots of ideas and wrote weekly pretty consistently. The past six to seven months I have been really struggling with things to write about. There are still so many things I don’t understand about blogging and I think this has been a cripple as well.

    I at least created a by a subtitle to my blog (not sure if that is the write word to use) which I actually like- Information, Inspiration and Insight. My blog is geared toward women, but not one thing in particular except for the running theme of women empowerment.

    I am hoping your blog inspires me to continue blogging because I do enjoy it.

    Thank you

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  10. Thanks for the wise words of advice! I can’t emphasize your third point enough — passion truly is one of the most compelling qualities a person can have. My passion has always been writing, and words like yours encourage me to continue exercising my creativity and curiosity on my own blog. Grateful for the inspiration 🙂

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  11. How about the art to keep finding fun in what you are doing? Ofcourse it is hard work and ofcourse you are passionate, but sometimes the passion just seems to have dissapeared. I think to push yourself in finding the fun in what you do, not only in blogging but in everything you do, is very important as well.

    Loved your post by the way! A very informative and motivating article.

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  12. Focused and consistent. I don’t have a platform or niche. I love to take road trips and I now take photos along the way. I write at my destination. I’m also inconsistent with my schedule. Great advice overall. Thanks! Constantly learning but will not quit.

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