4.23.2015

5 Tips To Being a Successful Blogger


Although I do not regard myself as highly successful, people have been asking me for tips on blogging and suggested I write an article about how-to-be a successful blogger.  I wish it was a simple 1-2-3 process and boom!  You're this super famous, incredible blogger.  But it's not.  And different methods work for different people.
Below are a few tips that I have learned, personally, over the years of blogging.  Take them and apply them accordingly.

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1)  Write well
If you can't write better than a three-year old (...who hasn't learned to write yet), then you shouldn't be allowed on the worldwide web.  Simple as that.  I'm not only talking about spelling here, but vocabulary, grammar, capitalization, punctuation, the whole nine yards.  This is literally the first step to being a successful blogger.


2)  Know
Know what your blog is about.  Why did you start it?  What do you want people to learn from it?  What is your main focus?  What do you want people to think when they visit your blog?


3)  Visit & comment
Your followers like to know you're a real person who actually cares.  I'm not saying to visit and follow and comment on every single one of your followers' blogs, but head over there every once in a while.  You can leave a simple comment such as 'Thanks for your consistent commenting on my blog!' or 'Hey, just wanted to say thanks for being a follower!'  It makes them feel acknowledged and recognized.  And they obviously like you, since they follow your blog, so for you to make an effort and stop by theirs will boost their good opinion of you.


4)  Publicize
Don't be afraid to ask people to visit your blog.  Just once, though.  Maybe twice every 6 months or so.  There's nothing wrong with letting them know about it, but when you get too pushy, that's only a turn-off and will make them NOT want to visit your blog.  I heartily recommend that you make a Facebook page, invite ALL your friends (even people who you don't think will actually take the time to like it and look over it.  You never know if they might...), and update it consistently.  Interact with your followers and fans.  Share your blog posts on the blog page.  Do the same with Twitter.


5)  Consistency
That 'schedule' option becomes your new best friends.  So you can't be online for a week while camping?  Answer: Schedule.  You're working consistent 10-hour days this week?  Answer: Schedule.  Find a time to sit down and write a bunch of posts and then schedule them for throughout the week.

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I hope these, or at least some of them, have helped you and given you good ideas to taking on the blogging world.  Comment with any other tips you have learned first-hand!  And feel free to leave your blog link for me to check out.

You can check out another post I did on blogging here.


15 comments:

  1. Great tips. I believe these really are the basics of great blogging. As an aside to the comment on visiting and commenting I would just add that the blogosphere is a friendly community. Commenting on other peoples blogs is a great way to help people find your blog. And it is really FUN to meet both people who are similar to you and people who are quite different. Don't just comment for the sake of getting more views on your blog. Endeavor to get involved in the community, make friends, and have a great time.

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    1. Thanks, Susanna. And yes, definitely agree with that.

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  2. Great points Raquel! Pretty useful.

    I would also add that posts should be brief and if possible, write with bullet points or numeration (like you did here). I've found that most people (myself included) just don't have the time to read really long posts anymore. So make it concise.
    Also, write what you're passionate about while making it FUN. Put images, get creative. My favorite blogs are blogs that not just inform or teach me. But blogs that also do it in a fun way.

    Thanks once again for sharing, Raquel!

    Tell the World

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    1. Thanks, Titi. And yes, I totally agree with you. I won't even read blog posts that I can't scroll through quickly and see how long they are. If they're super long, I just won't even bother (cuz I usually don't have time haha). And bullet points are always helpful.

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  3. This is fantastic advice, Raquel! I think I struggle the most with the second and last pieces of advice. Consistent content is important, consistent in both subject matter and scheduling.

    And while you might not consider yourself a "successful" blogger, I definitely aspire to the way you maintain your blog. :)

    Dani from A Vapor in the Wind

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    1. Keep it up, Danielle, and you will reach your standards.
      And aww thanks!

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  4. Wow! I see you have been blogging for longer than I have, Raquel! I have been so blessed over the years with making wonderful new friends and meeting sisters in Christ through blogging and I praise Jesus for allowing me to have the opportunity to share my heart and life on my blog!
    These are good tips you've listed here...I am sure many will benefit from reading them:)
    Blessings to you in Christ,
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Amen. It's a pretty fun adventure! Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Great tips! You are 100% correct on all counts. I've found the most important thing a blogger can do is visit other blogs and COMMENT because no one likes to feel like they are being ignored by blogs that they regularly visit and comment on. I try and do this every morning, while I have an hour of quiet time. I pull up all new posts on my blog roll and go through them one by one.

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    1. Thanks, Fisit! You're a new follower I can depend on to receive a comment from whenever I post something new:) Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Thanks so much for your post Raquel! I appreciated your thoughts and points about blogging! I hope to have a blog myself next month and am doing some careful research on it before that comes. Are there any cautions you would have about blogging tho?

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    1. Oh! Cautions? This might require an entirely separate blog post! Let me work on this;)

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    2. Hey Emmy, check out my latest blog post - http://www.itsjustraquel.com/2015/04/6-do-nots-about-blogging.html

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