Do you want to be in the top 1% of bloggers, both in terms of audience and earnings? Do you want to share words that change lives, influence people? Do you want your readers to act on your advice?
Well, if you want to become a top blogger, you’ve got to know the answer to a few simple questions.
11 Questions You Should Know the Answer to if You Want to Be a Top 1% Blogger
Before you answer these questions, know this: it’s extremely important that you answer honestly. You’re not tricking anyone but yourself if you try to provide what you think are the right answers, because you will have to act, and when it’s time to act, you will find it impossible to keep moving forward on the road to blogging success.
1. Are you ready to work harder than you’ve ever worked before?
Blogging is often described as passive income. There’s nothing passive about it, especially when you’re just starting out.
The reason most bloggers quit within their first three months is precisely because of the amount of time and energy that is required of them in order to build momentum.
If you think blogging is a walk through the park, you will soon realize it’s more like Jurassic Park actually, and that you have to spend an awful lot of time on creating and promoting content.
2. Are you willing to work more for less?
The first month of blogging earned me $1.05. Before taxes.
My first month on Medium, I earned $10.76 before taxes. Four months later, I’m earning almost twice as much every day.
The truth is that blogging often seems an attractive alternative to a regular job because of all the success stories that get shared around.
Yes, you could make a lot of money, but consider that on Medium alone, some 95% of writers don’t even earn $100 per month.
This is something that you need to consider, because you will lose heart if you set your expectations unrealistically high.
3. Can you deal with high-levels of stress because of fluctuating income?
The most I ever earned during a month was somewhere around $14,000. A couple months after that, as I struggled with some health and personal issues, I barely managed to earn $700.
If you don’t publish content, if you don’t promote, you don’t earn. It’s as simple as that.
Besides, sometimes there are external factors at play.
After all, I earned over $35,000 during the first three months of 2020, and then the coronavirus pandemic happened, and I had to work twice as much for half the money.
Because you are either selling advertising, selling a product or service, or earning your income through Medium’s Partner Program, sometimes you will earn a lot less during a certain month for no apparent reason.
4. Are you willing to write your truth, no matter what?
The 1% of bloggers, the blogstars, are willing to write their truth, even if their fingers shake against the keyboard.
Are you willing to be authentic?
Are you willing to be vulnerable?
If you are worried what your mother might think about your writing, or whether your might upset a friend by writing a story about them, you’re going to struggle to write the words that truly matter to you.
It’s the things that keep us up at night that we must absolutely write about, it’s the things that we care deeply for that we must be brave enough to write into existence.
5. How do you feel about having to interact with others in an online environment?
Look, blogging might be popular among introverts, but the truth is that you must be willing to network.
If you want to grow a successful blog, you must comment on other blogs, reply to comments on your blog, and generally write e-mails, replies, chats, and so on and so forth.
One of the most underrated aspects of blogging is this. Are you likable? Do you play well with others?
If not, you are going to have to be brilliant. So brilliant, in fact, that people will still read your words even if they think you’re kind of a jerk.
6. Do you have a strong enough why?
Why do you blog?
Is it for the money? Is it because you think it’s easy? Is it because you want to impress people? Or is it because you want to express your ideas and thoughts?
If you don’t have strong enough reason to go through all the trouble to grow a successful blog, you are going to give up after a couple months at best.
A strong enough why will guide you towards success. Figure out your why, figure out a reason to blog that is both compelling and inspiring.
7. Are you willing to do what it takes to consistently publish new content?
The blogging world is very competitive. Some people work 16 hours a day at their blogs. Every single day. Including Christmas.
Are you willing to find the time to be consistent? Are you disciplined enough to write even when you don’t feel like it?
The top 1% are at the top because they are not in the excuse-making business. They get the job done, no matter what.
8. Are you patient enough?
Patience is a virtue, especially for the aspiring blogger.
It takes a while to build momentum. It takes a while to figure out what topics you most enjoy writing about. It takes a while to figure out what your readers want to read, and what type of readers you want to be reading your content, and how to write a headline, and how to write and introduction.
It takes a while.
Be willing to suffer for it, because patience is the kind of suffering that requires that you maintain high-levels of enthusiasm as you wait for something to happen.
9. Are you passionate enough about your niche?
Sorry, but this is something you have to answer.
Are you writing about a certain topic because you think it’s popular?
I write about personal development because I’d most certainly jump off a building if it weren’t for my passion for improving my life. I write about motivation because my mind words as a kind of pep-talk generator because I rarely want to do anything.
So, I ask you again, are you passionate enough about your topic(s)?
10. How well do you handle criticism? What about an absolute lack of feedback?
A lot of bloggers quit because no one reads their stuff. And a lot of them also quit because someone hated their writing.
How thick is your skin? Can you handle the heartbreak of writing your heart out only to receive a like and a comment? Or no comments at all?
11. Do you believe you could become a top 1% blogger?
Yeah, I kind of saved the best for last.
Do you think you’re worthy of such success? Or do you constantly place popular bloggers on a pedestal?
There are a lot of ramifications with this question. Do you believe you can improve your writing skill? Do you believe you are forever destined to spend your time fighting for survival at the bottom of the food chain?
Are you teachable? Are you willing to learn? Are you willing to let go of your ego and do whatever it takes to improve?
Do you feel there’s something special about you, about the way you write, about the ideas you share, that make you worthy of becoming a top 1% blogger?
Most bloggers never become successful because their ego is too fragile, because they don’t believe they deserve to be successful.
Before you try to make blogging a big enough part of your life for you to aspire to become one of the top 1% of bloggers, you should know the answers to these questions.
You should base your decision to become a blogger on an honest assessment of your capabilities, aspirations, mindset, and your willingness to step outside your comfort zone.
Ask yourself these questions and, if you answer truthfully and honestly, you know if you are willing to pay the price to become a successful blogger.