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23+ Successful Bloggers Share Their Best Advice To Beginners

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Blogging: it can be cathartic and empowering, but the roads towards becoming a successful blogger are not without its bumps.

 

There is a key thing that most successful bloggers will tell you is practically mandatory in your journey. We’re talking about the desire to never give up. If you want to make your dream come true, you have to stick to it, put in the work, and focus on the community you want to grow around your words.

 

Apart from this key principle, here are some other great tips from 23+ successful experts/bloggers that may help you achieve your own blogging goals!

 

BUT FIRST, I want to give a big thanks to everyone who contributed. Without you, this post just wouldn’t be possible! And so for that, I’m extremely grateful!

 

Bloggers/Experts Share Their Best Piece of Advice on Starting a Blog

1. Pete McPherson

Founder and Podcaster @ Do You Even Blog / CEO @ Online ImpactYoutuber 

Comparing ourselves to others is a natural thing we humans do. And while it can benefit us to look at the competition as a way to improve ourselves, it can also come with a downside.

And so rather than feeling down about our growth as opposed to others, we should use that for inspiration and as a drive to push ourselves forward!

2. Rand Fishkin

2. Rand Fishkin

"Create Unique Value in an Area Where You Have Personal Passion

The world of content creation is incredibly competitive. Every brand and millions of bloggers are already trying to attract an audience through content creation and promotion. Social networks are doing their best to keep visitors on their platforms instead of promoting posts that send traffic out.

You've got an uphill battle, and so my best advice is to choose a format, a style, and a topic niche where you have three things:

#1: Personal Passion and Interest—I’ve never seen a blogger who disliked their niche or their distribution methodology have long-term success. Choose something that interests you. 

#2. An area where you can provide unique value to your audience—unique value is different than “value”. Everyone can claim to provide “value”. Unique value is when you craft something that cannot be found elsewhere AND is valuable. That combination is why it works. 

#3. An area that reaches your audience—if you love TikTok but your audience isn’t there, sorry, you’re gonna have to look somewhere else. In addition to the two criteria above, this third one (adding a focus on where your audience is/what they want) will make sure you’re reaching the people you need to have success. 

It’s a tough road, tougher than it’s ever been. But if you follow those steps, you’ve got a real shot. Good Luck! 

Co-Founder @ Spark Toro / Prev. Co-Founded Moz and InBound.org / Author 

As a blogger, you want to choose a subject that genuinely interests you. This is important because it allows you to sustain motivation throughout the long journey that blogging is!

Additionally, blogging about something your very passionate about, allows you to be at your best and serve your audience with the utmost value! Just be sure you’re strategic about reaching your audience.

3. Ryan Robinson

3. Ryan Robinson

“Set realistic expectations, build smart habits that ladder up to your goals and embrace a mindset of experimentation.”

Founder @ RyRob / Contributor @ Forbes and Fast Company / Podcaster @ The Side Hustle Project 

Dreaming big is surely part of the game, and you don’t need to start by thinking small…but you do need to be realistic.

Big goals that are impossible to achieve only lead to heartbreak and may even prevent you from seeing the bigger picture and taking risks!

4. Julia McCoy

4. Julia McCoy

“Don't give up too early. It takes 12 months on average of consistent blogging to start seeing results—most bloggers quit on the second or third month and completely miss out on the rewards.

I have five brands fully sustained through blogging for nine years now. It works. Just don't give up too soon! Stay committed, true to your mission and deliver value, and you will see success.”

CEO @ Express Writers / Educator @ Content Hacker Academy™/

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your blogging career. But if you hang in there a while longer and deliver the best possible value, the results will come! Just don’t throw the towel too soon!

5. Joshua Hardwick

5. Joshua Hardwick

“My advice would be to target topics with search traffic potential. If nobody is searching for what you're talking about, then you're never going to get traffic from search engines. (And that's important because most blogs get the bulk of their traffic from search engines) ”

Head of Content @ Ahrefs / Founder @ The SEO Project 

The truth is, it’s not just about pouring your heart and soul on every blog post—you also need to be strategic.

 

Building up traffic to your blog can be achieved through social media and some ads, but there’s nothing like having search engines on your side!

6. Andrew Shrage

6. Andrew Shrage

“We advise every aspiring blogger to determine at a very early stage how they plan to monetize their blog. This is especially important for bloggers who’d like to earn side income — and perhaps eventually full-time income — from blogging but presently work full-time or run non-blogging businesses.

We recently published an in-depth guide to monetizing blogs. It outlines 12 legitimate ways to earn income from blogging, mostly on a recurring schedule. 

You’re not restricted to just one income stream, of course, and you shouldn’t limit your options, especially early on. But your choices will depend to some extent on the content or purpose of your blog. For example, paid memberships and instructional courses work well for blogs built around the publisher’s professional expertise or business acumen, especially if you have proprietary tools you can sell.

If your goal is to eventually transition to blogging on a full-time basis, consider trying to earn significant passive income from your blog, take monetization seriously. The more thought you devote to this question in the early stages of your blogging career, the greater your chances of sustaining your blog long enough to reach your blogging goals.”

CEO and Co-Founder @ Money Crashers 

Aspiring bloggers should determine pretty early on how they want to monetize their blog, and what sort of income they expect from it, especially if you want to slowly move towards earning your living through blogging exclusively!

7. Darren Rowse

7. Darren Rowse

“Really think about who is reading your blog. Put yourself in the shoes of your reader. Ask yourself who your reader is, why do they need your content, how do they feel toward this topic, what’s their past experience, aspirations, and barriers.”

Speaker / Author / Blogger / Podcaster and Founder @ ProBlogger and @ DigitalPS

Always bear in mind that there are people on the other end who are reading your content.

So be sure to always consider their needs, questions and aspirations when creating a piece. Think: are those clicking on my links getting something out of it?

8. Tom Dupuis

8. Tom Dupuis

“The 2 things I see bloggers struggle most with is SEO and affiliate marketing. When you write an article, research a long-tail keyword (eg. in Google Autocomplete) and write in-depth content that is better than whoever's in the top results—that is the gist of SEO. A video, table of contents, or an infographic can help improve engagement.

For affiliate marketing, most bloggers promote hosting companies because they offer some of the highest commissions. Do the math on how many sales you would need to make a living. Getting 2 sales/day is a lot easier than 20 sales/day.

Finally, don't try to do everything, that is the purpose of selecting a niche.”

SEO is a intricate subject, but you essentially have to make your content search engine-friendly. This means focusing on keywords, creating high-quality content, and adding interactive elements to boost engagement.

 

As for affiliate marketing, don’t try to do everything. Figure out what works for you and stick to that!

9. Matt Diggity

9. Matt Diggity

“Be original. When you start a blog, you’re one of thousands in any given niche. Stand out by creating original content that goes against the grain.

What do I mean by that?

Most bloggers will simply copy whatever has already been written in the niche. This is fine, but boring.

Take a different approach and use your own case studies, experiments, and test results to either support or refute the general consensus.

It takes more work, but gets a MUCH better result.”

CEO and Founder @ Diggity Marketing

Avoid creating content that just reiterates the same points that other bloggers have made dozens of times. Rather, bring your own unique personal experience, ideas and knowledge to the web!

 

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

10. Dmitry Dragilev

10. Dmitry Dragilev

"If you knew you were not going to make one penny doing what you're doing now, would you still do it? If the answer is yes—continue doing what you're doing.

If the answer is no or maybe—think about what you're doing. Maybe it's time to change what you dedicate your time to."

Blogger @ Criminally Prolific / Founder @ JustReachOut.io

While money is certainly a big motivational factor behind blogging, it shouldn’t be the main driving force.

Rather, blogging should be seen as a opportunity to share ideas and help others!

11. Nathaniell Brenes

11. Nathaniell Brenes

“My best advice to new bloggers is to set achievable goals for daily action. In my opinion, burnout is the #1 killer of blogs with massive potential.

People are busy trying to be the next massive success story and be that one guy who made $100k in six months, but those stories are the exception, not the rule. Most people have to take a long, winding path to success. You'll go much farther writing 500 words per day for 5 years than 10,000 words every weekend for six months.

Even if you hear those amazing success stories from guys treating their email list like a virtual ATM, it doesn't always tell you the whole picture of what's going on. Is that income sustainable? Can you repeat the process? Is your business protected from unexpected events like Google updates and world events?

Building a business you can rely on for income to pay the mortgage and buy food for your kids is a day to day task. You can't just set it and forget it. Do daily tasks that move you in the direction of your long term targets, and try your best to enjoy what you do!”

Segment your daily activities into small goals that you can achieve without putting too much strain on yourself. Blogging is a marathon, not a race.

12. Nick Loper

12. Nick Loper

“Keep writing. Blogging takes practice, and practice comes from writing, reading, and paying attention to what's working on other blogs. It takes time to find your voice, your style, and—for Google—to find your domain authority.

Even if no one is reading your stuff at the beginning, every post you create is another excuse to practice your craft.”

Founder @ Side Hustle Nation / Podcaster @ Side Hustle Show

No writer was born with the unmovable ability to put down thoughts to paper coherently. That’s a skill they developed over time, by reading, writing, hating what they wrote, and trying again.

13. Jill Holtz

13. Jill Holtz

“You have to really understand your reader, what interests them, what pain points do they have that you can help them solve, what are they looking for. Always consider “What’s in it for them”?

So for every blog post you publish, run it past that question. Are you writing for them or for yourself? It should be for them. Why should they care? Why should they click? Then make sure you deliver what you promise if they do click.”

Let your readers be the guiding force in your blogging journey. Your personal style makes the content yours, but the narrative you present is always about them.

 

Successful blogs are built around helping others find the solutions to their problems. Which is why it’s imperative to create content that is designed to help solve specific problems with custom-tailored solutions.

14. Kristin Larsen

14. Kristin Larsen

“Treat your blog like it's a business. This will help you get in the mindset from the beginning.

In the beginning, there's a lot of sweat equity involved, meaning you have to put in the hard work first. While you won't get rich overnight, putting in the time early on will pay off down the road if you stick with it!”

Perseverance is key, no matter if you’re blogging as a hobby or want to turn it into a career. A business owner has a plan which they use to guide themselves and base most decisions on. Your blog is your business!

15. Ben Huber

15. Ben Huber

“In an ever-crowded online landscape, there's still plenty of room for new bloggers to carve out their own space. A solid content strategy and a unique personality go a long way in building an audience of loyal followers, but all of that is made easier by learning how to drive traffic to your blog. Without it, all of that good content and unique material falls by the wayside.

To avoid being a member of that club, focus your precious time and energy outside of content creation to mastering a specific social and/or otherwise organic platform (be it Facebook, Pinterest, Tik Tok, YouTube, Google or any number of plausible channels for finding your audience).

If you're already finding some level of success in reaching an audience on a specific platform, triple your efforts in doing so. Take an advanced level course, find an expert-level mentor, do whatever it takes to learn everything there is to know about that specific platform and it's algorithm. Finding success in one area leads to a baseline level of traffic, readership and revenue that will eventually allow you to acquire more resources to diversify into other areas.

Rather than be spread out in your efforts over 9 different social media platforms, consolidate all of your time and energy into mastering one, grow your authority in that niche, and then leverage your learned skills (and newly found audience) into growing your exposure elsewhere.”

You need to focus on promoting your content. This much is true even for experienced, successful bloggers, who still need to rely on various channels to get the word out there.

But, instead of trying your luck with every social media platform under the sun, learn everything you can about one and master it.

16. Simon Crowe

16. Simon Crowe

“Focus on being as helpful as you can. Seriously, help as many people as you possibly can and the subscribers, comments, rankings, affiliate commissions and all that good stuff will follow.

The second thing I'd say is treat your blog as a real business. This means have a designated workspace, set specific time aside to get your to-do list done and hold yourself accountable.

And finally, but most importantly, stick it out. Yes, you'll be working for free for a few months and have nothing to show for it. Your blog will seem like a ghost town. Welcome to the world of blogging! All beginners go through this but if you keep your end goal in mind, take small action steps consistently over time and refuse to give up then that little blog of yours will become bigger than you ever thought possible.”

There’s a lot of reward in being genuine and trying to lend a hand to people, regardless of the niche you’re writing in. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and give them something that can truly help them.

At the same time, try to understand early on that your blog won’t turn into a gold mine overnight. Just as with any other business, it will take a lot of time and hard work to grow your blog and make a profit.

17. Aly Biggar

17. Aly Biggar

“Don’t expect success to happen overnight. It takes time to build an engaged following, so don’t get discouraged when you don’t see the results you had hoped for right away.

Put a strategy in place, and it gives it a fair shot, but always be open to switching things up if it’s not working. Keep your head up and try not to focus on the day-to-day numbers (as hard as it may be!).”

Founder @ What Moms Love

Don’t stress about the daily stats of your blog. There will be fluctuations, some days will be better than others, but you’re in it for the long haul!

18. Anikt Singla

18. Anikt Singla

“Plan to fail. Here’s something I’ve told my readers. Successful bloggers didn’t have all the answers to their questions when they were starting. What they had, however, was the courage to take the first step. Remember, there’s no such thing as guaranteed success. Have the courage to take action and don’t fear failure. Just remember to learn from mistakes and plan HOW to get back on track. Blogging, in particular, involves a lot of trial and error.

Secondly, you always have time. “I don’t have time for that right now, I’ll do it later.” That’s the excuse that we’ve all used at some point. The truth is, you always have time to invest in your passion—be it blogging or running a small business. It doesn’t matter if you can only afford an hour or two of your spare time per day. That still adds up to fourteen hours a week, which is more than enough time to make significant progress.

And lastly community building is key. I personally don’t like the word “traffic” when describing your blog’s readers. Without them, I find blogging meaningless. That’s why I make the effort to make them feel like they’re part of the Master Blogging brand. I often communicate with my followers on social media and even arrange meet-ups in real life. That is the least I can do to show how grateful I am for their support and trust.”

Founder @ Master Blogging 

It’s incredibly important to embrace failure and extract lessons from it, rather than letting them demotivate you. 

 

Make sure to focus on building a community too. After all, your blog is nothing without the people who read and share your articles.

19. Sara Trezzi

19. Sara Trezzi

“Blogging isn't a get-rich-quick scheme. It's a business. And to be successful in blogging you need to approach it like a business. Always research your niche, learn from successful bloggers, and be inspired by what they do. Content is king. Be true and honest with your readers. Always remember to be helpful, no matter what you decide to write about.

Don't let social media distract you from what you are trying to build: use it wisely. Concentrate on one platform at the time, master it, and only when you do, move onto the next one. And above all, have fun!”

A blogging career comes with its fair share of difficulties and it is by no means an easy and quick way to make money. The truth is, it takes dedication, hard work, and strategic thinking to be successful!

20. Josh McNair

20. Josh McNair

“Focus on the things you love. Creating and maintaining a blog is a lot of work and it is easy to get burnt out if you just pick something to write about that you don't love. For example, I love to travel and experience new things, so I made my blog focus on that.

This is important because of all the long days and nights I have put into making the blog a success; if I didn't love what I was doing it would be a chore to work long hours on it. If you focus on something you love though, that makes it a lot easier to put in the time needed to make the blog a success.”

The journey to blogging success is a long one, but when you bring passion and dedication to this calling, you’re bound to find that success and fulfillment await you!

21. Annette White

21. Annette White

“Whatever you choose to blog about, make sure you know you're going to absolutely love writing about it.

Maintaining a successful blog takes dedication and many hours of work a week. If you are not truly passionate about your topic, not only will readers see right through your articles, it will be tortuous every time you sit down at the computer to create a new post.”

It’s important to remember that as you navigate the waters of beginning your blog, that this journey ultimately has to be fulfilling to you before it can be enjoyable for anyone else.

If you aren’t having fun writing your blog, no one else will have fun reading it.

22. David Ning

22. David Ning

"The one advice I have for those who are starting out is to do whatever they can to sustain that motivation. I’ve seen too many people get super excited at the beginning and write a bunch of articles, only to have that enthusiasm die down after a while and make no updates.

Readers want to go to a site and see that it’s being continually updated. Otherwise, they’ll lose interest and move onto another site.

Don’t be like those people! Do whatever it takes to stay consistent!"

Founder @ Money Ning 

Motivation tends to drop after you’ve been blogging for a while, but you need to figure a way to keep those levels up! Staying motivated can even help you get through the low times when you may be considering quitting.

23. Sam Dogen

23. Sam Dogen

“The secret to any blogger’s success is to build a brand that makes you different from all others. The second secret is to never quit. If you never quit, it’s much harder to fail!”

Blogging takes hard work, planning, and long-term commitment, but if you’re willing to invest in your future and cultivate a loyal audience by providing valuable content, then you’re bound to find that success awaits you!

Over to You

 

So we’ve finally made it to the end and I hope these blogging tips help you shape your journey and motivate you to push forward!

 

That said, please let me know down in the comments which piece of advice was your favorite or if you have any of your own advice you’d like to share!

 

And finally, thanks again to all those who contributed! I am forever grateful!

 

 

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