Becoming a successful blogger is just like becoming successful at anything else in life, whether that’s fitness, business or anything else. They all require hard work. Always.
People often start a blog and think that pushing out one post a week is going to change their lives and they’re going to be able to quit their 9 – 5 job. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn’t work that way. You’ll be lucky to make a penny. Blogging requires a lot of hard work.
Here are my tips on how you can become a successful blogger and start banking.
3 Posts a Week Minimum
If somehow your life is more hectic than a hollywood film stars when they’re promoting a new film and you can’t manage a new post every day, then you really need to aim to write and publish at least 3 new blog posts per week, otherwise you’re going to struggle to become successful.
Blogging is a little bit like throwing shit against a wall – some of your content will resonate with people and pull in traffic, but most of it won’t. At least not anytime soon anyway.
The best thing to do is make the most of any free time you have and schedule posts ahead of time. I understand that sometimes your brain just doesn’t click and you can’t think of anything to say, so it’s important to maximise your creative days and bang out as much content as you can. And schedule it. That way fresh content keeps going out, and you’re never pressured to write.
This is something I always recommend to clients when advising about SEO, too.
Don’t Be a Quitter
It’s a hard pill to swallow for a lot of people, but the majority of humans are naturally quitters and followers. That’s why we have more workers than business owners. If I had to choose a single word to describe the journey to becoming a successful blogger, it would be perseverance.
Don’t allow yourself to be a quitter. Whether it takes 3 months, 6 months or 2 years you should persevere until your train arrives at the station filled with diamonds.
There’s honestly no greater feeling in the world than when your business, or blog in this instance, turns the corner and you start to see traffic and revenue start trickling through the door. It makes all of those hours, days, weeks and months of hard work completely worthwhile. All those thoughts of giving up, doubts in your abilities and direction, gone in an instant.
Stick at it until it happens. Trust me, you will reach your idea of blogging success.
Monetise Your Blog Correctly
Monetising your blog is obviously an important step if you want to be a successful blogger, but it’s important to monetise it correctly in order to avoid turning your readers off.
My recommendation would be to monetise your blog with affiliate links only when you just start out. Don’t use display advertising like Google Adsense until you reach 25,000 sessions a month, and instead use Mediavine who deliver better earnings per 1,000 impressions than Adsense.
Sponsored posts and reviews are another way you can monetise your blog right away alongside the affiliate links. That’s where businesses and brands will pay you to write about them. I wrote a post on how to make money blogging which I suggest you read right after this post. Avoid using annoying and intrusive ads such as pop-ups as these will make your readers go elsewhere.
It may take weeks, even months to make money blogging. But you will. If you persevere.