What makes the difference between a successful blogger and one who struggles to get readers, earn an income, and find true fulfillment in the work that they do?
Quite the question, right?
After all, if we’re being honest, we all blog because we want some level of success. For a lot of different reasons.
Maybe it’s because we want to have an impact on the world around us, maybe there’s some injustice we want to be fixed, or maybe we want to make a living doing what we love.
But how do successful bloggers do all that they do?
Well, they develop certain habits and routines that make them different than the rest of the crowd.
1. They Set Goals and Objectives
Successful bloggers know that one cannot hit a target one does not see. They know what they want, why they want it, and what steps they need to take to get it.
When you set a specific and measurable goal, let’s say “earn $1,000 per month by the end of the year,” you become motivated to figure out ways to reach that goal. You develop the necessary mindset, attitude, abilities, and skills.
As they say, you either find a way or make one.
2. They Act
There’s a huge difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it. Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action.
It’s as simple as that.
Success depends on the simple act of making a decision to do.
So make that decision.
And take action.
3. They’re Productive, Not Just Busy
The average blogger is just busy, mistaking motion for action. They try to get a lot done, but rarely finish things.
Successful bloggers are productive.
The difference between these two is as follows: motion is like a rocking chair; lots of movement, but it’s not going anywhere.
Being busy is oftentimes a way to mask mental laziness… it’s the bloggers who are all over the place, switching tasks every 15 minutes, that seem to go nowhere at all. And quite fast.
The solution to all this? Review your commitments and goals. Put first things first. Do one thing at a time. Finish that thing. Then work on the next thing.
4. They Take Advantage of Multiple Platforms
Whether it’s sharing quotes from their articles on social media, or discussing one of their articles in a Youtube video, or talking with others in their niche, successful bloggers know that they have to build audiences on as many different platforms as possible.
Different type of content also means that they reach far more people.
Blogging, especially in 2020, is a game of exposure. The more platforms you use, the more exposure you gain.
5. They Focus on Small, Daily Improvements
The so-called compounding effect.
Small daily improvements added over long periods of time can literally make you something else.
Imagine going to the gym. One hour every single day. Doesn’t seem like much. Odds are, there’s not much change happening for months, maybe even a year or so.
But after that?
You will literally be made of something else than most other people.
The same principle applies to blogging. If you get 1% better each day, you will be able to produce higher quality content faster within a year or so.
While the unsuccessful blogger is obsessed with reaching some imaginary destination, the successful blogger focuses on the process of progress, which both inspires and motivates them to do the best they can.
6. They Persevere. No Matter What
There’s no other tool that will ever matter more than perseverance.
If you do not treat blogging as a long and arduous journey, you will fail.
It doesn’t matter how talented you are, how smart, or how much knowledge you have.
If you do not persevere, especially when you’re starting out, when everyone else is giving up, you will not become a successful blogger.
7. They Are Masters at Adjusting Their Strategies
Sometimes this means that they have to change even what’s working. They experiment with different types of content, with frequency, and with the way they approach networking.
The unsuccessful bloggers are dead-set on doing things a certain way.
Well, the truth is that the most adaptable always wins.
Even if something’s working right now, always spend some time thinking about ways in which you could improve your strategy in order to become more effective or take advantage of new opportunities.
8. They Know the Reader Is Always Right
One of the most difficult things to accept is to acknowledge that the reader is always right.
The unsuccessful make excuses for the fact that no one reads their content: the readers are either too dumb, or they just don’t care, or the game’s rigged somehow.
Blogging is a social game. If others don’t like your content, if they don’t read it, then you need to change something about your content.
Maybe your headlines need a bit of tweaking, maybe you need to pay more time formatting your articles. Maybe your introductions are boring, or maybe your writing style is not clear and concise enough.
Whatever it is, you’ve got to realize that the reader is always right. There’s no point in complaining or trying to come up with excuses.
You either produce content that people want to read, or you don’t.
9. They Understand the Importance of Networking
Successful bloggers are brilliant at this. They network and engage other bloggers in their niche, they collaborate with others, they guest blog, interview others, and mention other bloggers and their work.
They comment on other articles, they share articles on social media, and they become part of the conversation.
Especially in 2020, when writing great content is no longer enough, the goal should be to network in such a way as to be able to capitalize on the audiences of others in our niche.
These are all common-sense tips. They are just as simple as a boxer learning how to throw a punch.
But it’s these simple motions, done over and over again, on a daily basis, that make the difference between the successful and the unsuccessful.
Keeping these differences in mind and taking the necessary steps will help you develop a proper framework for success as a blogger.