22 Secrets Of Power Bloggers

I was watching Seth Godin who is one of the worlds top bloggers, being interviewed the other day on an online video. Power Bloggers 22 Secrets

I had never seen him on video before or even seen a photo of him except for his blog photo which is a rather memorable partial image. What really intrigued me was that my first impression (which frankly is still embedded) was that he is the “Woody Allen” of social media both in manner, speech and great insight.

In the interview he said that he doesn’t participate on Facebook or Twitter as he didn’t want to lose his focus and clarity that he brings to his blog which is his primary focus and he then went on to say “Most people are a wandering generality rather than a meaningful specific” which from my research is a quote from Zig Ziglar which he said, indicates that people  who lack clarity about their life purpose weaken their effectiveness to a massive degree if they don’t  get clear and motivated about what they want most out of  life.

This rather insightful quote made me think about what makes the top bloggers successful and extremely influential in their subject of choice.

So here are some of the characteristics that the power bloggers exhibit that brings them so much influence and power.

22 Secrets Of Power Bloggers

1. Consistent:

If you want to build a following and create influence your fans will come to expect to read your articles on a consistent basis whether that be once a week or every day. Don’t disappoint them!

Chris Brogan posts every working day. His blog ranks “Number One” on the Advertising Age for global marketing blogs.

2. Write well

If you are wanting to do well online you need to be able to write well and I don’t mean perfectly but good enough to help position you as being articulate and well read and Brian Solis does this with skill, expertise and a dose of panache.

3. Uniqueness

If you are going to stand out you need to be unique and Gary Vaynerchuk with his video blog titled “Wine Library TV”  does that with his vigourous personality.

4. Mix it up

The Hubspot blog uses humour, webinars, text, PDF’s, Online video and even a weekly online TV broadcast for an industry that can be a touch monochromatic.

5. Focus

I have read blogs where I am not sure what their area of expertise is or if they have a split personality, Mari Smith is well known for her focus on Facebook

6. Be Personal

Your readers are wanting to see “you’ because it makes you real and authentic John Chow’s Blog goes on a trip to China and talks about food and even takes photos of bowls of food.

7. Provide Analysis

If you want to be seen as an expert glossing over the surface is not going to cut it. The readers are wanting to see that you know your stuff. Brian Solis knows how to go into some great analysis of his topic of choice.

8. Provide detail

Some real facts, figures and detail are what your fans are keen to see that allows them to see the data and the facts to back up your story. Case studies, surveys and research are often a great fan topic.

9. Be controversial or thought provoking

Be willing to be controversial. It can get you noticed!

10. Be passionate

Leo Babauta with his blog Zen Habits demonstrates his passion with his consistent theme of simplicity and being passionate in the extreme. His blog is one of the top 100 blogs in the world.

11. Teach and Instruct

Lee Odden in his Top Rank Blog gives great instructions and “How To’s” that help his readers optimize their websites and implement social media marketing for their business.

12. Break News in your niche first

Breaking a story first in your industry gives you “Cred”.  Mashable seem to be able to do this regularly and it also helps to have over 2 million subscribers.

13. Provide great depth of resources for your readers.

For me if a blog has a lot of resources that help me with my business, passion or hobby then I am coming back time and time again and the Hubspot blog does this in spades through case studies, research and how to videos.

14. Foster and Nuture your fans and tribe

Seth Godin the author of “Tribes” says Smart innovators find or assemble a movement of similarly minded individuals and get the tribe excited by a new product, service or message, often via the Internet. he also says that you only need 1,000 fans to make a difference.

15. Provide a rich media experience

Hubspot’s blog does this well with a great array of media including video, text, image, slideshare(Powerpoint) and podcasts. It has also increased its blog post from one a day to sometimes 3 daily.

16. Provide a unique design and brand name

You can make the brand your name (personal names are great for personal branding) or it can be something different such Smashing Magazine which is a great blog design

17. Have an opinion

David Meerman-Scott who has certainly influenced my path with his book “The New Rules Of Marketing and PR” is not afraid to tell corporations what his views are and has led him to be invited into the boardroom of General Motors and meet with CEO’s. His blog is called Webinknow.com

18. Be Original

Don’t be afraid to be original, so check out So Good Blog which is an absurd look at the world of  food and is not afraid of being different.

19. Write a book or two

Dan Schwabel knows how to promote his personal brand and he also knows that a well written and promoted book will make his blog rock and his influence.

20. Connect to your peers and help them out

You will find that a lot of the bloggers are unafraid to promote each others blogs through linking and commenting on their own blogs. They also often collaborate on projects and joint ventures. Reciprocation is a a very powerful tool.

21. Be everywhere even if you can’t be there

If you can’t be there personally you can participate online and a lot of the bloggers are guests on podcasts and webinars even when they are on the other side of the Globe. The power bloggers are everywhere!

22. Do presentations and public speaking

Almost every person mentioned in this post is  a keynote speaker. It helps the blog!

The top bloggers of course do not have all these characteristics but you will find that they will tick the boxes for quite a few of the ones I have mentioned.

So what other characteristics do you think are important to be an influential power blogger?

Comments

  • http://stephenlangitan.com/ Stephen Langitan

    I am still going on with this.. at least always to improve by blog and reachs point by point..
    Thanks and have a good day!

  • http://www.webinknow.com/ David Meerman Scott

    Jeff – Like you, I have learned a lot from Seth. You have a great list here. Thanks for posting. I’d add one more — Don’t talk about your own products and services in your blog. Nobody cares. Instead talk about things of interest to your audience.

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    Jeff: great list of points to follow and references to others who are doing it well.

    David: great point (a topic you covered at length in World Wide Rave which I thoroughly enjoyed).

  • http://www.clarkstonlegal.com Timothy P. Flynn

    Of all the so-called “social media”, I’ve found blogging to be the most effective in a marketing sense and for SEO purposes. I’m fortunate to be in an industry where many clients seek my services on line these days. Also, many of my colleagues cannot write well; so I have an advantage. By doing many (but not all) of the things on this list, I’ve risen to the top of geo-specific searches in my market. Google seems to love regularly updated quality content. And why wouldn’t they?

  • http://www.CarolynWinter.wordpress.com carolynwinter

    Jeff what a terrific and inspiring interview! As a self employed person the world of marketing has been quite an odyssey in the last 10years. In quest of what should I be doing next, I remember the copy writing jargon phase (you know 3 page length long letters with 10 special offers and a bargain price at the bottom) was something I never mastered and still feel slightly nauseous looking at. Well, that was one of many strategies that never felt right but seemed to be the only thing out there along with ads, pays per clicks etc.

    To now hear this industry of marketing/communications talk about ways to just connect with people as real people is refreshing. It’s like society has reached a new level of consciousness where integrity wins the day. I think the real challenge is the learning curve of unhooking from the previous generation of marketing know-how. I think we need a detoxification camp for that!

    This video helps!

    Have a great day!
    Carolyn

  • http://www.businessesGROW.com/blog Mark W Schaefer

    Well done. Pretty comprehensive list Jeff. I would add “connect to others” through comments and helping them with their own blogs. Thanks!

  • http://www.source-blogger.com Source Blogger

    Guess it’s no longer a secret now?!

    Why do non-descriptive lists leave me needing a hug afterward?

    Source Blogger
    “Determined to make you a better blogger”

  • http://resort-job-in-mn.1177332742.info Garza

    Why do people lie?

  • http://dd20century.com Joanne Capella

    Great advice! I’m just starting out with my blog, so the timing of your post is right on! Thanks for you including all these excellent examples for inspiration, too.

    BTW, I’m taking a course on Social Media this summer from Syracuse University. I’ll post a link to your blog on the class site.

  • http://www.TheFranchiseKingBlog.com Joel Libava

    Jeff,

    I’ve only recently found out about you. Great blog. Great posts, too.

    Please keep the hits coming. I’m learning a lot!

    The Franchise King®

  • http://lifebytesrealstories.wordpress.com Sharon

    Thanks for a really informative post Jeff. Most articles I’ve seen on blogging seem to either concentrate on one or two points or they’re scattered and un-focused. Your piece is thorough and right to the point. My writing partner and I are concentrating on #19 and #22 Doing well with #s 1,2, 5, and 6 and now we have excellence in many other #’s to strive for!

  • http://www.mypurplebutterfly.net PurpleB

    I like this one 9. Be controversial or thought provoking

    I did that yesterday and I had one comment about it which I believe lit a fire. Good to know, however, I do not imply I am an expert on any field, I base my writing on my own experience and that in itself is enough for me. I loved your blog post it was very informative.

  • http://www.PhoenixRealEstatebyTiffany.com Tiffany Herrmann

    Great insight Jeff! Finally we have reached an era where authenticity counts & enhances ones personal brand! Nice work~
    Tiffany :)

  • http://lara-garuba.blogspot.com lara

    I am new to blogging,and I have been looking for tips and guide
    On how to be the best. This is really detailed and insightful.
    I recommend this to others to adopt.

  • http://www.jeffpinkham.com Jeff Pinkham

    Thanks I enjoyed the video and the introduction to seth godin

  • http://www.eltalearning.com Jignesh

    Do presentation and public speaking is one of my favorite way to get attention about your blog and expertise. Last time when i give my presentation on Effective blogging & adsense integration…i really learned the real effect of public speaking..that not only boost your traffic but also your personal branding.

  • http://fastandstrong.wordpress.com Tim

    Great article. I especially agree with your point about helping other bloggers out online. What many people don’t understand is that the online relationships are much like offline relationships. People want you to be honest, upfront, and willing to have their back should they need help. Get in good with other bloggers, help them succeed, and you’ll see your own blog taking flight.

    Cheers,
    Tim

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    Searching for clients are on of the topmost needed by a company. Success of their business is in the number of clients. Some would prefer to create blogs in order to attract more costumers. Many blog sites are now offering services to those who want to avail.

  • http://explorewhatsnext.com/ Dr Aletta

    23. To do all of the above develop a thick skin and be selfish with your time.

  • prague hotels

    This is a great article for blogging. Thanks for the guidance!

  • forlan

    I like to analysis a news or blog post. That make sour blog post different with other blog post

  • http://pajamaproductivity.com Annie Sisk

    Great roundup, Jeff. I like the idea of ebooks or email courses (preferably, as Derek Halpern suggests, because they keep subscribers hanging around long enough to fall in love with your content) too. You can go into deeper detail, perfect the content without the added pressure to “get it on the blog tomorrow” that sometimes creeps up. 

  • http://pajamaproductivity.com Annie Sisk

    Great roundup, Jeff. I like the idea of ebooks or email courses (preferably, as Derek Halpern suggests, because they keep subscribers hanging around long enough to fall in love with your content) too. You can go into deeper detail, perfect the content without the added pressure to “get it on the blog tomorrow” that sometimes creeps up. 

  • http://AuthorityPublishing.com Stephanie Chandler

    Great examples here. With so much content online now, I think it’s most important that a blog writer is in touch with his/her target audience. If your content doesn’t appeal to their wants and needs, it won’t matter how often you write or what you do. Always write for your audience!

  • http://motherwouldknow.com/ Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    Excellent list. I find the items about connecting to other bloggers more true every day. And as the famous New Yorker cartoon said – “In the internet, no one knows I’m a dog” It doesn’t matter what your age, gender, religion, etc – online the connections are more easily about shared experiences, needs, values – rather than the superficial stuff. 

  • Rahul

    Thank you Jeff for your insightful comments, this does require dedication but once you get the ball rolling consistency and regularity are important as you pointed out to keep your readers engaged

  • http://twitter.com/liordegani Lior Degani

    Great article! Especially agree on Having an opinion. Reading too many neutral posts, with no opinion expressed. Trying to express my opinion as much as possible!

  • http://twitter.com/liordegani Lior Degani

    Great article! Especially agree on Having an opinion. Reading too many neutral posts, with no opinion expressed. Trying to express my opinion as much as possible!

  • http://www.facebook.com/malikasecrets Malika Bourne

    #22 was the most challenging for me. do you have a post on how to get public speaking engagments? thank you Malika

  • http://twitter.com/Carol_Stephen Carol Stephen

    Wish I’d found this a long time ago, but the content is timeless. Thank you for all the excellent ideas!

  • irkitated

    Good info and was definitely an interesting read. I have been blogging on my personal blog for a year but it is difficult to market because im not selling a product or providing advice… I am writing humour and opinion columns. It is definitely a challenge to market this as compared to some of the other business blogs i’ve worked on. I am hoping that by having quality content and a good following on social media I can continue to grow.

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    Nice Post,,,blogging is a important point to showcase our ability to where we are stand in online because today online marketing industry be long’s to creativity and uniqueness

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    Hi..
    Thank you for sharing information . Good info and was definitely an interesting read. I have been blogging on my personal blog for a year but it is difficult to market because im not selling a product or providing advice… I am writing humour and opinion columns. It is definitely a challenge to market this as compared to some of the other business blogs i’ve worked on.It,s a very useful and nice post .

    thank you