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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  • WinZi

    I have loved and enjoyed this. been blogging for coming to two year now, and this is profound knowledge. Everything ties in together and everything stands out well for me, especially because one without the other enlists a bit of compromise on the holistic picture of a blog. Thank you.

  • coffeebyv

    Thank you for this blog post and your tips for successful bloggers. It is so true that we have to keep doing and growing. I was that person who just wanted to write a blog but I still looked at other people because I couldn’t give up that uncomfortable feeling of being embarrassing in front of them. But I have realized recently that it is not important to look at our enemies but we have to find good friends who really trust us and who are some kind of support for us. 🙂

  • susielindau

    I agree!
    I think effective bloggers also respond to comments to build community.

  • JOY journal

    Better than coffee. 🙂

  • Mom By The Sea

    Never give up! I’ve given up on blogging before and I’ve learned so much from that mistake. This time I have realistic expectations, and a plan for consistent content. Thank you for this post!

  • That Beautiful Mess

    Every new blogger like me should read this article, thanks for sharing!

  • JanBeek

    Reblogged this on janbeek and commented:
    Already 2273 readers have “liked” this and 91 persons have reblogged it, but that’s okay. I will be #92. And I was #2274! All us writers are looking for ways to improve our writing, right? This blogger has practical ideas that resonated with me. I think they will touch your blogging heart, too!

  • TheTaskGirl

    This post really strikes a chord with me…I try to do most of this stuff and it’s nice to know that despite the fact that I’m still a little new to blogging, I’m on the right track! Thanks for such a great post. It’s really inspiring!

  • Kathryn Atkins

    Reblogged this on Business and Life: Trends and commented:
    I think I get it! Prolific+creative+passionate+learning+ +consistency+visible+ persistent= Lots of VERY COOL followers and fellow bloggers. THANKS for posting!

  • parkdalear

    Good advice—particularly on the art of writing. One must write in order to become a better writer.

  • threeringsconnections

    Thank you for the insight. 3 weeks into blogging and it’s overwhelming. Everyone’s comments are encouraging.

  • createveinvan

    Good article. I’ve been blogging for 4 years and love it. I think being creative is key as you’ve mentioned. The key is to not be afraid to try something different. If it doesn’t work, So be it, better than not trying at all. If it works, pretty cool to watch others copy what you are doing or try.

  • John Holton

    I think the most important of these seven traits is the first, writing a lot. I’ve blogged daily for over four years now, and I’ve found that blogging daily has fed the other six traits.

  • Bette A. Stevens

    I think the most effective bloggers are both passionate and engaged with their community. 🙂 Happy Blogging!

  • ~Curiosity~

    Enjoyed this post a lot! I couldn’t agree more with being persistent and engaging!
    I can attest to the engaging blogger because I now have over 400 readers and I am truly passionate about writing and getting back to my readers/commenters!

  • MyStoriesWithMusic

    Great post, I guess blogs are like Chinese Bamboo trees 😊

    • Cristian Mihai

      They almost always are. Gotta work an awful lot for that overnight success.

  • kirbyblogs

    Great read! All seven are essential to becoming a great and successful blogger, but I really like #2.

  • Ravisingh

    Superb! I am in complete agreement with you! very sensible advice!
    Thank you for this!

  • storygal

    Those are excellent points. I think consistency and quality are important.

  • Jack

    Great tips and useful advice that will help me on my blogging journey. Thank you.

  • Nathan Laibuch

    I couldn’t agree more. These are really thoughtful tips for bloggers

  • glamourwithchristine

    I think this is a fantastic blog! I have just started blogging about my passion that I’ve been avoiding for SO long. Why? Because it is everywhere and so many woman already do this. But I had an itch that I had to scratch! BAM… Blog.

    Anywho! I believe that it is important that successful bloggers have empathy. They need to understand and step into their reader’s shoes. Then, it may be easier to write for them and yourself!

  • dpranita583

    Thanks for the nice guidance.

  • LernenSurfen

    No comment 🙂 I couldn’t agree more. These are really thoughtful tips for bloggers
    Thanks for the nice guidance.

  • Regina

    Very profound and useful advice. I am a new blogger and appreciate the tips you had to offer. I even took notes!

  • Undine

    Good article.
    I have been blogging for a few years now, it’s hard work but I enjoy it and get great feedback.

  • Kelley Crumley

    Excellent post! Thank you. I am just starting out and learning new skills everyday.

  • CatMeena

    Love this – short, sharp, simple tips – helpful motivators. I’m relatively new to blogging and am still learning, it’s good to hear that persistence pays!

  • Cyn

    All of these habits that you mentioned are extremely important and valuable, but I think that passion is extremely important. In my opinion, one can’t do much without passion. No matter what you’re doing. Passion is what keeps you hooked and it gives you the ability to truly be able to push beyond limitations. It’s natural to get stuck and sometimes not even know what to write about next but once the passion strikes up within you again, the words start flowing through you. Thank you so much for sharing this. Great post!

  • Niki Flow

    Thank you for this post, Cristian. I’m so grateful I found your blog today. You’ve given me a lot to think about and study. I’m relatively new to blogging but have been a passionate writer for over 50 years.
    Like most bloggers, I’m sure, writing has been one of the joys of my life. I’ve always admired people who could share their writing openly. I shared my stories with my friends and family but only began sharing with others on the internet after I became a grandmother. The love for these children, the need to leave something of value behind — I think that was my catalyst. I finally got brave enough to (self) publish a small volume of poetry two years ago. The most important thing for me in writing has been to lose myself in my writing and let go of every notion of about who I am. In person I’m shy and self-conscious, but that goes away when I write. When I let go, that’s when my muse shows up. I started writing my blogs this way about four years ago, but I wasn’t consistent until recently. This daily need for fresh content was daunting! I found a way to to meet this challenge that works for me personally, I reach out in meditation on the “innernet” to try to feel what the world needs to hear that day. My blog under1000skies was created to publish inspirational photos, stories and poems submitted by homeless creatives. Since most of my homeless friends are very busy with survival, it’s not often we’re gifted with these treasures. On the days in between, I try to keep the blog inspiring with beautiful photos and quotes — great advice from wise people. I know what inspires, me but it’s hard to know if it will inspire others too. So for me, showing up daily despite doubt, letting go of limiting beliefs about my voice, is my priority right now. I still have a lot to learn. Thanks for reading. Your words really made me think today!

  • That Lady

    I totally love this!
    This is what I needed!

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed reading this post.

      • That Lady

        I totally did!

  • maximcartography

    I am inspired on the last haibt about being persistent. I will take that to heart. Thanks.

  • The Rocket Mom

    Thank you for sharing this post. I’m new to blogging so all the tips are really meaningful !!

  • zeba raihan

    I am just inspired the way you write and manage so many blogs.. 🙂

  • 2daywelearned

    Just started blogging and I’m glad I saw this post! Thank you.

  • Female in Seminary

    Changing quickly hardly never happens in real life. It is a long hard process, so what are sustainable changes we can make as bloggers?

  • Zikanni'smusings

    Started blogging in October and it’s still overwhelming. There are a lot of days that I feel totally dumb concerning everything. It’s really nice to see something as encouraging as this. Thank you so much.

  • livingbewitchingly

    This is very good advice and as a new blogger I am coming with a lot of passion, creativity and eagerness to learn, and I am becoming enveloped in the process more and more every day. So according to this post, I am well on my way to becoming a highly effective blogger! I am very excited. Thank you!

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