This guest post is written by Onibalusi Bamidele, a 16-year-old entrepreneur.
More and more blogs are being created everyday. Since we have hundreds of millions of bloggers with more evolving everyday, there’s competition and only the best will survive.
To be successful, you need to know some things you can implement to make your blog a success. Below are 8 great and very important things every blogger must know.
1. Great Design Matters
With more blogs being added everyday, many blogs begin to look alike, and so you should stand out from the other blogs.
One of the most important things in an online presence is a great user experience, which design is part of.
If you have a unique and attractive design that gives a good user experience, it’ll be easy to promote your blog and gain loyal readers.
In blogging, many judge by design. No matter how great your content is, if they see a bad design, they conclude that your content is also bad without even reading.
Also, many skim blog posts. A very readable typography helps to encourage readers to read it instead of skimming it.
2. Research and Write Valuable Content
With more blogs being added everyday, it is very important to make your blog stand out, not only by design but also by valuable content.
Many blog about “general blogging tips”. This might get you search engine traffic. But it also determines your blog’s growth and what kind of readers you gain.
When you write valuable content, your readers share your content with their friends, on their blogs, social media, etc.
Photo: Paul Watson
3. It Takes Being Creative
Many new bloggers say they’ve been blogging for some time, but are not seeing results. It’s very important to know that in blogging, you need to add your own spice of creavtivity to be successful. So, be creative.
You can be creative in so many ways:
- coming up with an topic nobody else had came up with
- the style of your writing
- the angle of your post
- how you promote your post
– It is all about doing something unusual, a little going out of the box.
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4. Goals are Important
One very common thing I notice among bloggers is they lack goals. Many of them don’t set goals and wait for things to happen, and this continues to fuel their laziness.
One of the most important things you can do for yourself (not only in blogging, but in life in general) is to plan your future.
You should not just wait for things to happen but have a way you want it to happen.
It’s also important to set achievable goals using a time-frame. It’ll be unrealistic for a new blogger to say “I want 10,000 daily visitors in my first month!” An example of a good and realistic goal is, “I want to get 300 subscribers this month.”
And even though you might not achieve your goals, they would drive you toward working harder to take your blog to the next level.
5. SEO Matters
Many bloggers obviously don’t know about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and funny enough, some are not even ready to.
SEO is very important, so invest your time into learning a good deal about it. You might also want to hire an SEO expert if you’re not ready to learn it.
One SEO tip is get a good and fast wordpress theme because a clean code is easy for the bots to easily and properly crawl your blog.
Then you’ll get better page rankings and overall traffic (Also, Google’s ranking is now partly based on site loading speed).
Here’s a blog post I wrote on wordpress seo to get you started.
Photo: Danard Vincente
6. Promotion is a Must
It surprises me that my 1-month traffic surpasses the traffic of 4 months of a blogger who blogged for months before I knew what blogging was.
No matter how valuable your content is, you will still need to do some PUSH in order to get the desired traction.
You don’t just sit down, do nothing, and expect people to flock to your blog. Even if you think your content will go viral, you’ll still need some readers to give it a push before it does.
The number of readers you have can determine how successful you are. Traffic is a must. For more tips, please get my free ebook on how to get lots of free traffic.
7. It Begins With Your Headline
Having personally suffered from this, I’ve also seen many bloggers with great content but nobody to read it. I figured out one of their major problems is: their headline sucks.
Yeah! No matter how great your content is, you should have a great headline to back it up.
So if you have a truly great content, you should make sure it goes viral by giving it the right and magnetic headline.
Spending a few minutes tweaking your headline might be what makes the difference. I’ve seen a fairly new blog go popular on StumbleUpon because it has a powerful headline.
So, never underestimate the power of an headline.
8. Networking is the Key
Yeah! Networking is very important to the success of any blogger.
Two or more can achieve far more than one. Networking with bloggers in your niche is very important to your success.
You can network with other bloggers by commenting on their blogs, writing for them (like what I’m doing here), and meeting on social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook, Sphinn Stumbleupon, Digg, etc.
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This guest post is written by Onibalusi “Oni” Bamidele, a 16-year-old entrepreneur.
He owns a young entrepreneur blog, where he shares some great entrepreneur tips with his readers. Please check it out! 🙂