This blog post is strictly for the bloggers who want to be successful. Success is something that everyone strives to achieve.
When I talk about success, it doesn’t only mean earning a huge income rather you decide what success means to you and set the goals. If you get those goals, you can consider yourself successful.
Same goes with blogging. You set some goals, and if you get that goal, you can consider yourself successful.
However, at the general level, people consider earning a good income and becoming famous as success which is also fine because these two things are significant measures of success at some level as far as blogging is concerned. Moreover, for a few people, success may mean something else too.
Whatever the success measures are, you always need something special in you to make yourself successful in blogging. There are some traits and skills that you must possess to succeed in this highly competitive blogging industry.
I have prepared a list of those traits and skills based on my experience that you need to succeed in blogging.
Writing is the most important part of blogging. If you are not good at writing, things may be tough for you for getting success. You may hire people to write for you but that you can do if you have the budget for it which usually not the case with newbies. Newbies don’t hire someone else rather they do their all blogging stuff on their own.
Therefore, if you are going to start blogging with a mindset of becoming successful, you must need to write well. If you are not good at it, I would advise practicing to write as much as you can and get them checked with someone who is good at writing so that he/she can tell you the mistakes, and give suggestions for improvement.
!Remember, Practice makes a man/woman perfect!
I would recommend you check out the post by Wordstream that mentions the ways of improving writing skills.
Pro Tip: If you are good at writing, and still you are staying away from writing on your blog, you are going wrong.. This thing happened to me twice in my blogging career where I have not written a single article for a month, and then when I tried writing something, words were simply not coming out to write good content.
2. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
No traffic source is better than search engines, and you get search engine traffic to your blog only when your blog ranks on top pages for high searched keywords. But, it is not that easy to get the first page ranking on search engines specifically on Google.com. However, there are set of techniques and strategies available to make sure your site ranks well, and that set of techniques called as Search Engine Optimization.
SEO is a very important skill to have because you must have to write content that is user-friendly as well as search friendly so that search engines give your content priority over the poorly optimized content.
If you have good knowledge of SEO, you can write well-optimized articles, and can build quality backlinks for them which help your articles rank well.
3. SMO (Social Media Optimization)
If you are reading this blog post, that means you are using the internet. And, you know most of the internet users use social media sites to connect with their family, friends, and for many other purposes. Adweek says that online users spend their 28% time on social networking websites that clearly tells that there is a huge crowd of people hanging out on social media.
Therefore, if you promote your blog posts on social media sites, there is a great possibility you get a good amount of traffic to your blog. But, just sharing something on such sites is not that great rather you need to learn the smarter ways to promote your posts for maximum benefits. You cannot get much success with your blog without using social media. I recommend you read the post on Entrepreneur.com that tells about how, when and where to promote your content on social media as this will be a good start for you to learn the best ways to get maximum benefits from social media.
4. Blog Commenting
Blog Commenting is crucial for every blogger because it helps build relationships and drag targeted traffic to your blog. You need to be skilled in blog commenting so that you can write better and catchy comments that grab the attention of other people out there. If you are good at writing great blog comments, that’s great. But, if you are not able to write good comments, do check out the things to remember while blog commenting to be an expert in this field too. amylynnandrews.com has shared an awesome post about the tips on commenting that you can read here.
There might be many skills you would need to do different things in blogging, but these 4 are the most basic and important to have in order to succeed.
You must be helpful to everyone. Always try to help the needy ones but yes, help only to those who are serious and worth of your time. There are many people would be asking you for things that they can even find out on Google easily, so don’t spend your quality time on such people rather help when it is needed.
I have learned many blogging and related stuff just by helping others, and you can do the same too. I have written a blog post in which I have mentioned why should you help the newbies that can give you a better insight of benefits you get when you help others.
To succeed in blogging, consistency is the key. Thus, this trait is must to have if you eagerly want to taste success. I have seen many bloggers who are very successful in today’s date and their key to success is consistency. Even I have been consistent towards my blogging venture ever since I started. Though, I am not that successful yet, but I am doing well. And, I would say that consistency can make you stand much closer to success.
3. Friendly behavior
In blogging, you must be very friendly with your readers, fellow bloggers, and with everyone you interact. Friendly behavior gets you many readers, good friends, followers, and there are immense benefits you get when your behavior is friendly with others.
Again, I would say there are so many traits you should have in you but these 3 are the most important in Blogging.
Competition is tough in blogging, and thus, you need some extra talent, traits, and skills to cope up with such fierce competition.
Though above-mentioned are the basic ones that are imperative to have; you can have more skills to perform even better. As many good skills and traits, you would have, you will be closer to success. Therefore, work hard to get these skills that will lead you to succeed in bogging.
What do you think of these mentioned skills and traits? Share your thoughts in comments.