50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger14 min read

Do you want to improve your game as a blogger? 

I know, silly question.

Well, in that case, there’s some good news. Well, about 50 of them.

Fifty ways that will help you become a better blogger.

On Consistency

1. Set a schedule for release. Keep in mind that it has to be realistic. If you only post once a week, fantastic. Once every other week, brilliant. Whatever you do, keep this promise. Consistency matters. A lot.

2. Write every day. You don’t have to publish every single day, but make sure to write. The more you write. the stronger your creative “muscle” gets.

3. Use a time-based goal, rather than a word-count goal. Aim to spend, let’s say, one hour writing every day, rather than forcing yourself to write 1,000 words or even 5,000. This way, you can more easily track your progress, and you get a real sense of how much your productivity increases.

4. If you’re struggling to write, don’t quit. Rather, do some other type of work (editing, rewriting, formatting). There’s always something to do when it comes to blogging, such as checking out what your competition is doing right (or wrong.)

5. Read every day. Set a goal for this as well. If you don’t read, you don’t acquire the tools you need to better yourself as a content creator, and you are oblivious to the conversation that goes on in the community. If you set a goal to read 10 articles every day, be sure to read 5 about your niche and 5 that aren’t related to your niche. That way you will be better able to connect seemingly unrelated dots and come up with a eureka moment.

6. Use procrastination to your advantage. By scheduling your unfinished draft one week from the day you start to work on it. You force yourself to either publish an unfinished work or write, edit, and format your article within that time-frame.

7. Comment on a few articles every day. Make sure to budget your time accordingly. But keep this in mind: commenting on other articles is the single best way to grow your blog’s audience.

8. Learn a new word every day. Because it’s fun. It’s also useful.

On Building an Audience

9. Define your ideal reader. Get to know them.

You’ve probably heard this one a hundred times before. But it’s important.

If you want to stand out, you need to learn what keeps your readers up at night. What do they fear? What roadblocks are they facing? What do they desire?

When you know the answers to these questions, your content will be more compelling and you will gain traction faster.

10. Always add value.

If you want to stand out, set a new standard in your industry, and make
a living from the Internet, you need to always add value to your readers.


By providing people with clear, actionable steps. By inspiring them to take action, by showing them how to solve a problem. By entertaining them. By enabling them to connect with like-minded individuals.

Always ask yourself, “what is the reader getting out of this?”

Pro-tip: click here to download a high-resolution version of this cheatsheet, print it out, and write down as many ways as possible to add value to your readers.

11. Work on building your e-mail list.

Many argue that email marketing doesn’t work anymore.

But that’s just not true.

Email still the best marketing channel. It gives you the chance to reach people directly, to promote your content, to sell your products/services, to quickly switch platforms or change your blog’s domain name in the future (without having to worry about losing all your followers.)

12. Keep it human!


When it comes to building an audience, you need to realize that you have to show your readers that you’re an actual human being.

Sounds weird, doesn’t it?

But the truth is that 99.9% of readers will prefer a more conversational tone, will prefer to read about an empathetic tutorial on how to do something from someone who has failed in the past (and knows this and assures them that they can do it too) than read the arrogant musings of an “expert.”

Another thing to keep in mind is the way you interact with your readers.

Do you engage with them? Do you reply to comments? Do you address them directly?

Are you writing for your readers?

Are you talking with your readers? Are you talking at them?

Which of these define your style best? The teacher or the companion, the person who helps you go from point A to point B, who’s there for you to help you take the steps it takes?

On Content Creation

13. Wait 24–48 hours after you finish writing your first draft. Then read, edit, read, edit, until you have something you’re proud of.

14. Before you publish your article, ask yourself these questions. If you feel that there’s more you could do, then put your article aside and wait a few more days. Do a bit more research, write something else, watch TV, get your heart broken. You will return to your article and be able to do much more with it.

15. Ask fellow bloggers for feedback. It will taste bitter at times, but it’s the medicine you need. You can’t improve without help.

16. Be bold. Literally, by highlighting the most important insights and notions within your articles, and figuratively, by being bold enough to write about your truth, the truth that matters, the way you want to write it.

17. Be open, curious, present, and engaged. Experiment and have fun. Write about the topics that excite you, that inspire you. Write a poem once in a while, or a short story. Try your hand at a lengthy essay on a topic that inspires you.

18. Punch the damn keys! Yes, I mean it. Punch the keys. Feel the weight of each word as you type it on your computer. Feel the emotion behind each sentence as you write it into existence.

19. When you write, turn off the Internet. And the TV. If that doesn’t work, throw your phone out the window and lock yourself in the bathroom. Write on a piece of toilet paper, if you have to. Yeah, I meant to say that you should limit distractions. That’s the idea.

20. Inspiration only finds you in the shower or when you place your head against the pillow. Otherwise, do the work, no matter what.

21. Don’t try so hard to be original. Before you start thinking in a bad way, let me clarify what I mean by being “unoriginal.”

Many newbie bloggers think this way: “If I get into a competitive niche, I will never succeed. I need to find an original idea. Something no one has never thought to blog about.”

So they either get into a strange niche or combine topics in a way that no one would ever want to subscribe to their blog.

But here’s the thing:

These kinds of “original” ideas will only ensure you are competiting in a niche without readers.

At the same time, your creative output will suffer greatly because, let’s face it, great artists steal. Always.

Order a print of this infographic to remind yourself that all great artists (of blogging) steal.

22. See how your article looks like if you delete your first paragraph. If it’s better, ask yourself if you can delete the next paragraph as well. Do this until you come up with the best introduction to your article.

23. Write down all your ideas. All of them. You can use all sorts of tools for this, from Google’s Docs to writing down in your phone’s notes app, in a notepad, or even as drafts on your blog.

24. Read your article aloud to anyone who can stand it — including the house pets. Sometimes it helps to read it backwards. In any case, it helps when you read your work out loud. Does it sound like you? Does it resemble the way you talk? If not, adjust accordingly.

25. Take care of your paragraphs. As a rule of thumb, anything longer than 5 sentences is a bit of a problem.

26. Take extra care of your sentences. Use simple sentences, avoid passive voice, limit your use of adjectives and adverbs. When it doubt, cut it out. If it doesn’t make sense anymore, put it back in.

27. Work on your headlines. Write at least 3–4 different variations for the same article, decide on which one sounds best. The one you like most? That’s probably the clickbait. Discard it. Choose from your remaining headlines. If you have to choose between curiosity and benefit, choose to state the benefit more clearly. Curiosity often leads to clickbait headlines.

Download this free guide on how to write an irresistible headline.

28. Take the time to develop a strategy for writing a blog post. This is one of the most underrated aspects of blogging. Write down a few steps on what to do, how to do it, and why you should do it.

Something that looks like this:

For more on writing a phenomenal article, check out our guide here.

29. Write on the scene. If you want to write about a beach, get a picnic rug and go write by the sea.

30. A picture is worth a thousand words. The perfect picture is worth twice that. The truth is that, yes, we write words, we tell stories, but we should also acknowledge the fact that we’re a (mostly) visual species. Take advantage of that. Take the extra time to choose the perfect images for your blog posts.

31. When in doubt, always ask your readers what is it that they’d like to read from you. This is one of the most underrated tools: ask your readers. Directly. Via e-mail, in your blog posts, on social media. What would they like to read from you?

On Inspiration

32. Listen to how people talk. Listen to what they talk about. A lot of what I write is the by-product of conversations I overhear.

33. Go through your old articles. Choose the best ideas, discard the rest.

34. Do stuff. I’m serious. Try new things, develop new hobbies and passions. Learn a new skill. Or a new language. Or even invent your own language. The more you actively and creatively step outside your comfort zone, the more inspired you will feel.

35. Exercise. I can’t stress just how much of an impact it has. The endorphin rush, the serotonin, all of that will help boost your focus. It doesn’t matter what type of exercise, just get moving.

36. Consume art. All kinds of art. It doesn’t matter. The idea is to feed your brain. A lot of my articles were inspired by song lyrics, TV shows, or even paintings. 

On Mindset

37. Never underestimate the value of one. Don’t chase followers, focus on making friends. Don’t try to please everyone, but rather just one reader. Write and network as if you are looking for a best friend.

38. Overnight success does not exist. You have to show up and keep showing up for a long time. Otherwise, even if your first article goes viral, it won’t matter. Inner fortitude is developed by doing the work consistently for a long, long time.

39. Focus on personal development. It matters. A lot.

Believe it or not, your blog is a mirror reflection of you. Believe me, I’ve had my fair share of bad habits ruining my blog, my chance of properly monetizing my content and ideas, or my ability to grow my audience.

That’s why you must spend time building your character, your skills, and your work ethic.

40. Do not be afraid. Of failure, of success, of what people think, of what they’ll say to you in a comment. 

41. Know your why. A strong enough why can overcome any how.

42. Do not fear perfection. It does not exist. Forget this fairytale you tell yourself about the perfect article and focus on the 1% daily improvement.

43. The only way to win is to keep punching the keys when you want to give up. That’s when everyone else gives up. Do you want to be successful or do you want to be like all the others who gave up?

44. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to break some rules. The act of writing a blog post is a creative one. Do not be afraid to sometimes think outside the box.

45. Remind yourself that you can only write an article one word at a time. Be patient. It takes time to become a top blogger.

46. Your attitude is far more important than your aptitude. Keep this in mind as you write your articles, respond to comments, or sell your products. It is your attitude towards blogging that matters far more than how good you are.

47. Be brave. Few ever are. Write about it, even if you think the world is going to hate you for it. There are few bloggers out there who have the guts to share the truth, even if their fingers shake against the keyboard. Always write your truth. Always.

48. It’s better to have fun doing work that matters than it is to suffer in order to make money. Don’t write about topics you couldn’t care less just to earn a bit of money. It won’t be much, and it won’t be worth it. Write about the stuff that sets your soul on fire.

49. They don’t care how much you know. They want to know how much you care. The best advice when it comes to getting readers, keeping readers, and making readers fall in love with you.

50. The goal is to write. There’s no other goal. The goal is to punch those keys. When you feel like it’s not worth it, remind yourself that. The goal is to write, to just place one word after another, and hope that for someone they’re the right words in the right order at the right time.

There’s an art to improvement, and it all has to do with the courage to pursue deliberate steps towards improvement.

That is all.

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comment 169 comments
  • JanBeek

    Than you for this rather comprehensive list, Jordan. I am not sure what I would add to it! The one that resonated most with me was #47, “Approach blogging with gratitude, not just with a ‘must do this’ attitude.” I am grateful for my blogging friends, the connections I have made via WordPress, and the inspirations I gain from other bloggers like you & Cristian. Thank you!

    • JanBeek

      First of all, it should say THANK you (not “Than you”)!! Secondly, it should say “…bloggers like you, Jordan, and Cristian.” I should have recognized your contribution by name. Sorry about that! But, the original comment stands: I am not sure what I would add. This is quite comprehensive!

  • Leoniechinup

    Thanks for the tips. I’m new at blogging and having lots of fun. I think talking to the cat or reading your entry out loud helps to improve the flow of dialogue.

  • Mark G. Knox

    Write first and furiously. Then edit.

  • Anesii

    I was definitely inspired. I’ll add one: “Do not get discouraged, it won’t be easy but it’ll be worth it.”

  • benjaminlee

    Love this! #34 especially. Exercise as you mentioned really opens up my mind.

  • Deidre Gillies

    Love this! Most helpful. Thank you for sharing.

  • Sonderwriter

    Love the last one: don’t be afraid to shock- you are not who you think you are. We shouldn’t limit ourselves to a pre-determined identity. All of us grow- and that is normal and healthy!

  • leahsletters

    I like your tips, and it’s a stretch to add one, but I like to choose a blog topic that drives me forward! If I’m passionate about what I’m learning and writing, I can hardly tear myself away from the computer. I trust that with time and lots of work I’ll get better and engage more readers!

    • Jordan Peters

      Being passionate about your niche is the main requirement of being a successful blogger. There’s no way around it.

  • itsjusttiana

    So many motivational ideas.
    If youre ​new and currently arent ​close to fellow bloggers, who are some good people to have look at your blog?

    • Jordan Peters

      It depends on your niche/topic.

      But the thing is that every kind of feedback is more than welcome. From your readers, from other bloggers in your niche. It does not matter. A like is a feedback, a comment is feedback, someone who hates your content and tells you that is feedback. No feedback is also feedback.

      • itsjusttiana

        Wow, I never thought of it that way. Very helpful. Thanks.

  • Stars On Flames

    It’s like the best way to become a better body builder, keep building that body. To be a better painter, paint. To be better at talking in public, talk in public more. I agree.

    • Cristian Mihai

      If running is difficult, run more. Do this for everything is hard.

  • kiyana411

    Great post. I don’t think I can ever get tired of blog posts that are centered around how to become a better blogger. Great tips are always provided and I’m filled with more drive to continue on this blogging journey.

    • Jordan Peters

      Thank you, Kiyana. We also don’t get tired of writing such posts.

  • Cindy Dawson

    My favorite new tip: Don’t be afraid to shock. Great post, Jordan!

  • Cyranny

    #34 really made me smile 🙂

  • JanBeek

    Yes, I think it helps me especially to “approach blogging with gratitude, not just with a ‘must do this’ attitude.” I am grateful for this community of blogging friends – and the ability to reach out to this wide, wonderful world of people daily. I appreciate each person who takes the time to read and respond. #52 To inspire others, share what inspires you. (Thank you, Jordan, you do that so well!)

  • Tanya

    Love it! -the blogger 😊

  • maylynno

    Great advices but i always wonder about the quantity of blogging as a way to become as you mentioned “the blogger”. Peronally, i have an issue with quantity because it lacks quality with time, because writing is a process of maturation and assimilation of new ideas and ways of writing. My question: how can you garantee that you will not repeat yourself with the everyday task you mentioned?

    • Cristian Mihai

      All great bloggers repeat themselves a bit. They have recurring themes, they are all about certain ideas and topics. And as their understanding of those topics grows, so does their audience. One rule of thumb is that if you say something once, no one’s paying much attention. Really. Folks have to read about something a few times before they understand it.

      • maylynno

        Thank you for replying ❤

  • Darazizi

    Great Tips!

  • Michael

    Thanks for this post!

  • Maz

    I had to save this. Thanks for the tips!

  • Moru J. Kokoro

    Read the comments/ responds to your previous blogs whether good or bad. New ideas can come from the mind of your reviewer.

  • kellyyarborough

    Keep it simple and Think of yourself as a storyteller.

  • bigskybuckeye

    Developing consistency to writing and blogging is essential. My writing awakens my creative side to craft something, but I need to rely on my concrete-sequential side to develop a schedule to allow for successful moments.

  • JanBeek

    No wonder you, Jordan, and Cristian share the Art of Blogging. You think alike! You been hangin’ out with one another a lot! Yup, your ideas are similar – some the same – all good advice. I appreciate you both. Now I’m off to read to my dog. See ya later. Thanks!

  • ableharrison

    It’s very nice, what a lesson.

  • Eromonsele Emmanuel

    I think everyone should leverage their social media especially Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, they really convert!
    Watching television programmes is something that has definitely worked for me, I’ll be working on an article and info from TV most times help in the development.

  • bekitschig

    What a great list! Thank you

  • Alegriabohem

    Encouraging and practical tips. Thank you

  • Haroon Mirza

    I am learning sometimes new everyday reading blogs is helping me alot

  • kimsammy

    This will help, thank youuu ✨

  • Sarah Abou Said

    A great article! Thank you! a question though, when do you think is the best time to post an article? and how do you know your audience, i might be writing for a certain group but then another group might seem more interested!

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you, Sarah.

      Never seemed to matter for me. I’ve read all sorts of opinions and stats (saturday for traffic, monday 7PM PST for comments), but in my case, there seems to be no difference.

      I do try, however, not to post when the entire United States is asleep. That’s pretty much it.

  • luciatshepo

    Thank you for this😭💕🙏

  • AnuRijo

    Amazing post..read read read…and I like the point saying turn off the internet and phone 😂

  • sarahdz_wsu

    This is a really wonderful article. My blog so far is just for my classes as I finish my BA; so it’s barely a real blog. I plan on redoing it and continuing it as a blog once I’m done though. This will come in pretty handy then. Thank you for publishing.

  • celly1989

    Great advice! Thank you for this post. For me, I struggle the most with consistency but I will follow your suggestion and spend a little bit of time each day working on my blog and reading other blog posts. Thank you 🙂

  • spotlightchoices.com-C. Wilson

    Thanks for a very informative post. I really like “Be bold. Literally, by highlighting the most important insights and notions within your articles”

  • Mary

    Thank you for this post! I was having a lot of problems with the new WordPress editor which just came, and I was tempted not to publish anything yesterday after a lot of things went wrong. But after reading this, I decided not to give up, and I started over and published my post anyways. So thank you 😊

  • Lucy Ike

    Thank you so much Christian for this. I’m new to blogging and dumped my blog after creating it. I’ve found the zeal to go back to it now and do better.
    Thank you for the wonderful tips!
    Off I go to put them to good use.

  • Ms.Rose

    I just started blogging and this has been very challenging but I posted my first blog now I just have to get my website to look how I want it! Definitely a learning process.

  • iamvhardik

    Thanks for this amazing post! I have been struggling with too many ideas for quite sometime.

    This list helps me streamline my thoughts and publish on a consistent basis 🙂

    • Cristian Mihai

      My pleasure. I had a lot of fun writing this post.

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