There are several key habits for blogging success that will help you become the BEST blogger you can be.
Let’s break these down in order to grow your blog and help you achieve the success you’ve always wanted while honing your effective blogging techniques and strategies!
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The first habit you should cultivate for blogging success is to make and set realistic goals.
This is important because it gives you not only something to shoot for, but it also helps you to pave your own distinct path. Every blog and blogger is different, and so every goal you set will be different than someone else’s.
Don’t compare your progress to another blogger’s, focus on your own goals and your own aspirations.
For example, if your goal is to make money as a blogger, then you should set a path of small milestones leading up to a big goal – say making your first $1000. You could make goals for how many sponsorships you’d like in the first 3 months, how many brands you may reach out to every week, or how many views you’d like to receive.
Once you have these goals set up, then you track your progress towards them. The best part is tat these are entirely personal and aren’t set in stone. If you find yourself drawn in a different direction then just adjust your goals!
Set a Schedule.
The most successful bloggers are consistent bloggers.
You must constantly be creating quality content and releasing it out into the wild in order to draw readers, attention, and success.
A planner is your best friend when creating an organized schedule.
I live and die by my planner, which you can get as a free special gift. You want to plan out exactly which days you will be posting, which days you will be focusing on social media, and which days you will be researching content or new strategies.
Hootsuite is a fantastic tool for scheduling your social media. You just plan your posts for Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and then just let it go! I also use Tailwind for scheduling my pins, which saves hours off my week.
I also love to plan out my post topics in advance, usually at the beginning of the month. That way, I already know what I will be discussing and won’t have to waste time sorting it out or creating content later.
Going hand in hand with planning out your weeks, months, and years for blogging success comes another preparation tool – the list.
I love checklists as much as I love my planner! Lists help to ensure that you never forget the tiny details, the little things that have a tendency to fall to the wayside. I have checklists for what to do after I post on the blog, what to do before I post on the blog, and even checklists for when I’m just planning out series or posts.
Not only do the lists help you stay on track, but you’ll see an increase in productivity as well. When you know exactly what you need to get done, it all comes together much easier.
For forgetful people like me, these lists definitely save the day. I never forget to share on social media or check my email anymore.
Kick Stress to the Curb.
Stress is a sneaky demon, and one that is not easily avoided (no matter how much you plan ahead!)
In order to achieve blogging success, you have to figure out how to best handle the inevitable feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed.
While following a schedule and your lists will certainly help you, we all get behind sometimes. Life loves the occasional monkey wrench!
It may be a short break from blogging, it may be a hot bath, or it may be just a short walk around the block to find inspiration again.
Whatever it is, every successful blogger has found a way to manage this stress and stay focused on the positive.
Take Care of Yourself.
Another habit for successful blogging is a simple one that is frequently forgotten.
You have to take time for yourself. This is not negotiable, my little workhorses, and I know from personal experience.
When I first started blogging, I quickly became addicted. I tried to post every single day, while being incredibly active on all platforms of social media, and while reaching out to other blogs to network.
It was exhausting, plain and simple. I worked myself to the bone.
A burnt out blogger is not a successful blogger.
Strive for Betterment.
You should always be seeking steps towards a better you. Complacency and stagnancy are not habits for blogging success.
In fact, blogging shouldn’t be your only focus in life, no matter how important it is to you or how passionate you are about it. You need to always take little steps towards a better you.
Find other venues for your passion, whether that’s learning a new language, creating new recipes, or crocheting.
A well rounded blogger will not only have more unique points of view on their topics of discussion, but they will also have inspirational outlets where they can blow some steam and come back to their blog refreshed and ready to go.
Rock Your Mornings.
Mornings are rough. I completely, one hundred percent understand that.
That being said, you have to be ready to get to work in order to achieve blogging success. Treat your blog like you would any other job. You get up and you get your coffee and you rock your mornings and jumpstart your day as best you can.
You may never be an early bird, but you can be a productive one!
Like I said, if you want to a successful blogger, you have to treat your blog like a business.
Write that down and put it on your wall somewhere that you can look at from time to time, because you’ll need that reminder when things get tough or you don’t see the growth in your blog that you set on your goal sheet.
No matter what = ups and downs your own blogging journey may bring you, you have to continue to work as hard as you possibly can (remembering to take a break or two!).
This is especially difficult if you work from home, where all sorts of distractions can pull you away from what needs to be done. Keep your eyes on that planner and checklist, and you’ll be okay.
Most of the bloggers or commenters that visit your blog will be wonderful, helpful souls who offer words of wisdom from time to time.
Sometimes, the advice they give will be something you already know or something that you don’t feel is helpful. Most of the time however, these little helpful hints will be incredibly useful to you.
When people offer you advice, listen to it, soak it up, and take the time to consider what they are saying.
I’m not telling you to follow every single little thing that is suggested, but I am telling you to pay attention to it. Suggestions will often help you stand out as a blogger and will keep you on track for success.
Now, I also want to take this time to briefly mention the not so kindhearted people that will visit your blog.
I truly hope that these will be few and far between for you – but they will happen. Keep in mind that criticism has its place, and while these people may not choose the softest way to communicate, they sometimes have a point as well.
Speaking about commenters, successful bloggers are engaged with their audience.
They respond to emails and comments, they network with other bloggers or viewers on social media, and they send out email newsletters to their subscribers.
It’s easy to get distracted and forget to respond to comments, which is why having a planned schedule is helpful – you can set aside a specific block of time to do just that.
Instagram and other social media can be confusing and tricky at times, but it is worth it to explore. You can find tons of potential readers (and friends!) this way, quickly growing your tribe and helping you stay on the path to blogging success.
When you sit down to work, focus only on what you need to get done.
Don’t check your email when it’s time to focus on promoting your blog. Don’t play on your phone when you get bored 3 minutes into an arduous task. You get the idea.
Focusing is difficult, especially when you’re just not in the mood to put the pedal to the metal of your blog. That doesn’t change the fact that in order to be successful, being focused is one of the most fundamental habits you can develop.
I promise that you can check your phone when you’re finished with your post 😉
Dedication to your blog is key to your success.
I know it can be easy to get discouraged with your blog, and I know that there are some days when you just feel like you can’t handle it.
Let me tell you this, though. You can handle it.
You can rock your beautiful, amazing blog as long as you stay committed to it and willing to give it your all.
Treat your blog like a flower, because it will wilt without your attention. Readers will lose interest with a blog that isn’t kept up to date. With a little love, even a neglected blog can blossom if you give it a chance.
Not every day will be a blogging cake walk.
There will be (plenty of!) days when you feel lazy or just plain not in the mood to get any work done.
On those days, work extra hard. I know, I know, that’s not at all what you want to hear – but it is what you’ll need to do.
At the end of the day, when you reflect back on how you felt that morning and how much you still got done, you’ll feel SO proud and SO happy with yourself.
Successful bloggers work even when they don’t feel like it, because they are determined to succeed.
Here are lazy tips to grow your blog from bed on those rough days when you can barely muster up the energy to work.
Be Ready to Learn
It seems like every single day brings a new change to blogging trends so flexibility is a must when it comes to blogging success!
You have to constantly be checking out top blogs in order to see what the blogging superstars are up to. You have to constantly be checking keywords, tags, and categories to see what’s popular and what’s not.
Successful bloggers make it a point to learn something new every. single. day.
That may seem like a big undertaking, but it comes much easier once you get into the swing of things. Sign up for a course from a blogger and see what they have to offer. Subscribe to a new, interesting blog and check out their posts.
There are so many places that you can learn and seek out new info!
The number one most important habit to blogging success is to simply love what you do!
Don’t blog about recipes when you hate cooking just because you think that’s the only path to being a successful blogger. Blog about what fills you with passion every day.
It doesn’t matter how obscure your passion is, there will be people who are excited and ready to hear from you.
If you aren’t passionate about your blog, how can you expect anyone else to be? They’ll want to feel how much you care in your posts!
Plus, it is way easier to stay focused and determined when you actually care about what you discuss. It doesn’t matter if you’ve only just started your blog. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been blogging for years, all that matters is that you’re passionate about what you share with other people.
I hope these tips bring you some fresh, new practices that will up your blogging game. What are your best habits for success?