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
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!
#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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
“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.”
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!