The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers5 min read

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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  • drbkhan

    This blog is really inspiring, though most of the things we already knew but what a beautiful reinforcing specially for the people like me who are new to the World of Bloggers

  • JV

    Worth to read !!

  • awajghrim

    The Chinese Bamboo Tree, Five years of nothing, to touch the sky!

  • empowergreatsuccess

    If i had to pick one trait it would be never stop learning. Social media is always changing and many users are active on multiple platforms. It is good to know where your posts are shared to get an idea of where it is shared consistently

  • rakeshdadhania

    Encouraging to me. At the end of the blog, I realized that most of the things referred, I relate to them. So do not worry, just jump into it with the commitment to work hard (liked the example of building- being used vs not used).

  • everydayclimb

    Reblogged on Everyday Climb! Thanks for good info.

  • Anand Bose

    Very informative and motivating. Anand Bose from Kerala

  • John Jeemon

    Creativity will take you to the top and persistance will keep you on right track. Inspiring for new comers like me.

  • Jeremy L Smith

    Love this post! Persistence is key! Blog through it!

  • Annika Spalding

    Thank you for sharing these tips – and you are so right!

  • samdiya2

    My most important trait of a top blogger is that, effective bloggers are prolific. Thank you, for this wonderful post.

  • kevsstateofmind

    As a newbie blogger, I found this post very helpful. Thank you so much for this ^^

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you for reading. And for the comment!

  • twistingsuburbia

    Just came across this particular post – the bloggers I enjoy have a sense of humor – about life, about themselves, about writing. They don’t have to make me laugh out loud all the time (I enjoy a wry comment as well), but we need to stop taking ourselves so seriously! (perhaps I should take my own advice)

  • Uzma Sayed

    Reblogged this on Perfect Adversity.

  • Phemmy

    Creativity is the highest point in any undertaking, even so, blogging requires persistence especially when the money is not coming in at the beginning.

  • thehonestpeach

    This is one of those posts that you read and say, “Well, duh!” throughout the article…until you get to the end and realize the brilliance of it, and how badly you just needed someone to tell it to you. Thank you for that.

  • Dartmoor Explorer

    As startup bloggers this was really useful and hopefully will help us reach an audience

  • Rabindranath Pradhan

    wonderful inspiring post.

  • meiness87

    I really enjoyed your article – it’s realistic and great 🙂

  • Keri

    Thanks for this and I love the bamboo story. I am bamboo I am bamboo…….

  • BriebearInternational

    This post is fantastic – very motivating. Thank you for your words. I’m off to draft another blog post!

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Best of luck with your blogging.

  • cindyvermillion

    I am relatively new to blogging so your post has been extremely helpful to me. I know I will become a better blogger because of it. I’m hungry to learn new ideas and find bloggers to be more intentional in their processing. Facebook is great to be able to connect with family and friends, but I find it easily fatigues me.I’d like to contribute my thoughts and ideas that encourage healthy dialogue and the exchange of ideas. There is so much to learn in this beautiful world of ours!!

  • Karen A Szklany

    I think consistency, dedication and creativity are most important. I try to find different ways to express ideas so that my site stays fresh. Taking an essay writing class to polish my skills….which will help me grow as a writer across genres.

  • countryheartspark

    Enjoyed this blog and the interesting advice which I agree with. I am so glad passion was on your list. I tend to only write about things I am passionate about, so verbalise a lot of emotion in my writing. I was feeling unsure if maybe I had tunnel vision on some topics, but maybe not. Passion stands at the forefront of all my writing. Thank you.

  • Big Happy Life

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I definitely need to work on the ‘consistent voice’ part. Which parts, if any, do you need to work on?

  • areilly88

    As a new blogger, I’m really appreciating your perspective, experience, and tips. Thank you!

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

  • Jonathan Davis

    I definitely believe persistence is the key in any sort of content creation. People give up too easily in life.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Indeed, Jonathan. I agree. Hard work on a daily basis can substitute talent.

  • mycreatorscreation

    Very informative post. I find all the tips quite valuable, not only to read but to put in to motion for myself. The two I like most and probably need to work on is Persistence and Passion. I am finding though that the more I work on my blog, the more I’m loving what I’m doing.

  • rashu2015

    Thank you for the tips. They are useful.

  • janetsm

    I think #4 is the most important — never stop learning!

  • fitlifeandtravel

    I love this! Thanks for this valuable info, I will continue to improve and incorporate these ideas! Thank you again!

  • Vicki

    Grab your readers attention in the first sentence and always end on a positive note.

    Readers will come back if you’re honest and speak from your heart.

    …….and never, ever, put more than a couple of sentences in each paragraph. Write one long 800 word post in one long paragraph and I, personally, will never finish your post or come back.

  • nickcady

    Excellent post!

  • Mama Buzz

    Great read! Thanks so much. I’m new to the blogging world and yes, as a reader…that’s what I look for in a blog.

  • hmaxwell217

    Good article,but has anybody tried these tips and found them helpful?

  • inaloveworld

    In my opinion they all are important, for we cannot define ourselves/ our work only through one of them. I will add: be yourself, for the only limit you have is you! Thank you for sharing great information!

    • Chaya: The Wisdomkeeper

      Thanks for this reminder! These tips are great and I’m new to this. Info was overwhelming and this slowed me down.

  • M R Awasthi

    Well expatiated much worth a keen followup.

  • Lisa@LismorePaper

    Very good article. Great share. All steps are key.

  • Linda Vernon

    I agree with alll of these! I think of my readers as a tribe of people who I click with. I’ve met so many wonderful people since I started blogging— so many truly gratifying connections. It’s the process I love. When the outcome is good, that’s great too! Oh but I love the process. The joy of the writing. That’s what keeps me going.

    • Cristian Mihai

      That’s the idea, Linda. To focus on the process, to understand deeply that blogging is a tool that enables you to connect with like-minded individuals.

      • Linda Vernon

        “To understand deeply”. I love that. I’ve never taken the time to understand blogging “deeply” even though I’ve devote so much time and energy to it. It’s brought me so much joy. But I feel like I’ve skimmed over the true nature of it. I think you are on to something there and I would love to read a post by you about understanding blogging deeply, Cristian.

  • Kathi

    This is a great essay, and I agree with you! All seven are crucially important. If I could add one thought, it would be to pray earnestly, asking God to lead us, so that our writing is inspirational and uplifting. Blessings~

  • Steve Holder

    Thanks for sharing this. I needed it, and I shared it on ny blog.

  • countryheartspark

    Heartfelt passion is a must. If you totally believe in what you write, honesty is what you share.

  • anthonydambo

    Being passionate,persistent and honest are vital to becoming to successful blogger

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