The 5 Must-Have Traits of Successful Bloggers

One of the questions I get asked the most is, “How do I become a successful blogger?”

First of all, we should define what success means, and I think each and every single one of us has a different definition. For me, success as a blogger means to have the community you want, to earn money as a side-effect of providing quality content to your readers, and to do all that without feeling like you’re doing one long list of chores daily.

On the other hand, having a successful blog will only be the result of massive amounts of time, effort, determination, consistency, and perseverance.

If you want to be a successful blogger, here are five qualities you must have. Continue reading “The 5 Must-Have Traits of Successful Bloggers”

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Making Money from Blogging

Blogging and money. Some of the sleaziest words in existence. Most folks don’t know how to make money from their blogging, while others are too shy to even attempt it.

And at the same time, without a financial incentive, beginners tend to slack off on learning about this online environment, building a community, or writing great content; if you’re not getting paid, why even bother?

I see a lot of bloggers rushing to monetize, and I think that they got it all wrong: choosing certain topics because they think will make them money (rather than writing about things they’re passionate about),  not focusing on their content as the most important thing on the blog, and overwhelming this uninspiring and uninteresting content with lots of ads.

These blogs rarely survive longer than a few months because the blogger gets frustrated by the lack of initial earnings and/or feedback, and has no real interest in the topic to keep punching those keys. Continue reading “Making Money from Blogging”

[Blogging Mindset] The “Big” Secret

“The secret is in the line.”Charles Bukowski

When you first start blogging, it’s all too easy to daydream yourself into chronic procrastination. After all, you’re not where you want to be, so why not spend a few hours each day thinking up of all the ways in which becoming a blogging superstar is going to enhance your life.

At the same time, there are so many technical aspects, from themes to plugins to formatting, to images, to sharing videos… it’s easy to spend most of the time taking care of such stuff.

Then there’s the sheer quantity of available resources. Just think of how much time it would take you to read all the articles on this blog alone. Then the comments, to get a feel for what folks want or have tried.

It’s all too easy to forget what really matter when it comes to blogging.

What is that, you ask? Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] The “Big” Secret”