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6 Lessons from the Top Bloggers: A Beginners Guide

6 Lessons From The Top Bloggers A Beginners Guide

If you are new to blogging, then it is a great idea to research some of the best tips to help you get started. There are so many new blogs being created everyday but only a few of them will actually become successful and see a large readership.

So it is best to get as much information as possible before you start the blog, to ensure that your overall strategy is a good one.

Take a look at these 6 lessons from the top bloggers.

#1. Don’t rush the profits

We are starting to see more and more brand new blogs only caring about money and trying to implement a monetization strategy way to early. You should put any monetization strategy on the back burner until you have found yourself a great way to get to attract a large amount of people to your blog. Any monetization strategy will require people doing something, so you should first focus on actually getting the people.

If you try to push advertisements or affiliate products on your blog right away, that is only going to scare people away and will make the growth of your site much slower. Growing your blog’s brand, gaining credibility and authority, implementing marketing strategies, and creating valuable content should all be your first priorities.

#2. Blog about something you enjoy

If you are going to make a blog or a website, be prepared to be in it for a while. Blogs aren’t something that just becomes successful overnight. It requires a lot of time and effort, so if you don’t actually like what you are working on, how do you expect to last long enough to reap the rewards of a successful blog? The more you are passionate about a topic, the better chance you are going to create valuable content, care more about the blog, and manage it better.

A lot of people nowadays are picking niche blogs just because they think that specific niche will get them more money. If they don’t care about the niche and come up with bad content, then they won’t even attract an audience anyways. So, it’s much better to just do something you like than forcing yourself to do something you don’t.

#3. Learn as much as you can about SEO

You are going to need to take some time and research as much as you can about search engine optimization and how to get ranked higher. SEO is when you do certain techniques to get indexed and ranked higher with search engines. This means that once you are ranked higher, you are going to see much more traffic that is steady and targeted. This is how most very successful blogs get most of their traffic.

There are so many aspects to SEO, that it can be quite confusing at first, but if you are blogging on a content management system such as WordPress, then you can easily get a few plugins to assist with the main aspects of on page SEO. They will make sure your keywords are ok, optimize your title tags, and do much more.  Just know that implementing SEO doesn’t happen overnight. It is going to take time and effort, just like a blog, before you see noticeable results. This isn’t a miracle way to all of the sudden get steady streams of traffic. It only works once the search engines have increased your rank.

#4. Keep the blog to one niche

The reason why a lot of blogs fail is because the blogger thinks it is a good idea to post about multiple different topics. You should only be creating content about one niche and only other relevant things to that niche. As soon as you starting posting other stuff, then that is when you will start to see your loyal readers start to fade. Loyal readers will only come back to your blog if they know what type of content is about to be posted. Once you start posting something they don’t care about, they are gone.

Also, any traffic that you actually do attract with the random posts, will not stay long on your site because as soon as they finish that content, they won’t find anything else that is interesting. This could increase your bounce rates, make your traffic inconsistent, and all types of other things. So just keep your blog focused on one niche at a time.

#5. Communicate with your readers

You will need to communicate with your readers. They can be a great source of information. They can provide feedback telling you how to improve your blog, they will let you know what they like, and they will eventually grow a personal connection with you since you have responded to his comments and/ or messages.

Responding will also show to other future viewers that your blog has an active webmaster that cares enough about what their readers think to respond. It gives off a much better impression of the blog and makes people trust you more.

#6. Always create the best content possible

This is a pretty obvious lesson, but your content is the number one reason people will continue to come to your blog. If you can’t seem to create enough good content to keep your audience interested, then you are going to see some major traffic issues. The biggest reason why people seem to have such a hard time getting good content out is because they don’t take enough time to make something valuable. They try and rush through the whole content creation process to start doing other things regarding their blog. Getting distracted with all of the additional tasks is a easy and common thing that happens with bloggers, but its important to never compromise the value of the content.

These are 6 very important lessons that all new bloggers should follow. They will ensure your blog doesn’t fail right away and has a much better chance of becoming successful. After you start blogging and get a feel for things, you will be much better at managing your blog and knowing what you should and shouldn’t do.

Guest author: Ness is a guest blogger for make-a-web-site.com. She writes everything about making a website, finding the right hosting for your site and how to start a blog. 

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Comments

  • Rich J.

    One of the best articles on beginning blogging I’ve read. I definitely learned these lessons the hard way. This article even gave me a new idea/approach that I hadn’t considered before for current and upcoming projects.

  • Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment. There are two steps that need to be followed to profitable blogging.
    1. Build credibility with free content first
    2. Then package and monetise your premium content

  • Very good stuff we will get a lot out of this one post – thanks ness.

  • Good read. One problem I am having right now as a new blogger is figuring out exactly what my niche is. It is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Any suggestions for that?

    • Gil Michelini

      On what topic would you give up sleep, food, or fun with friends/family to read a book about? What was the first topic that came to mind without thinking about it? That topic would be a good place to start.

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  • treb072410

    Definitely a great read, but the main key here is number 6.. 1-5 will follow if you are doing 6.. Thanks for sharing the post!…

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  • Stuart Walker

    Hey Jeff,

    Good post and some great points….

    “The reason why a lot of blogs fail is because the blogger thinks it is a good idea to post about multiple different topics. You should only be creating content about one niche and only other relevant things to that niche”

    Indeed. See so many blogs covering loosely related topics that they think will bring in MORE visitors but actually just scares most people away as it’s not focused enough and doesn’t engage them.

    Laser targeting is key!

    “Always create the best content possible”

    Totally agree. Far too many people posting for the sake of posting thinking they need to constantly be publishing new content EVEN when they have no traffic so all that content goes to waste. I prefer to create the best content possible and post less frequently. Make it REALLY count and so good other bloggers and readers cannot help but share, link and comment on it.

    For anyone competing in niches they aren’t all that clued up on I’ve written a post that I’m sure your readers will enjoy that talks you through how to create great content even in niches you are clueless about.

    Tell me what you think:

    http://www.nichehacks.com/create-content-niche-know-nothing/

    However this was the bit I was surprised to read….

    “You are going to need to take some time and research as much as you can about search engine optimization and how to get ranked higher”

    In this day and age I wouldn’t recommend that new bloggers try and learn anything other than basic on page SEO because it’s so time consuming and ever evolving that to focus on it let alone learn everything you can isn’t the best way to spend your time IMO.

    There are endless ways to get high quality and targeted traffic from forums, blog commenting, social media, video marketing, email, Reddit, stumbleupon, paid ads and so on that SEO is an after thought for me these days.

    As a result most of my sites actually receive a ton of SEO traffic without me even trying from natural ranking thanks to all the traffic, social shares and links I get.

  • bestofshayari.blogspot.in

    Few mistakes that i made in early days of my blogging is like trying to earn very early which is not possible. But as the time passed i have come to conclusion that write about what you like and more passionate about. Yes i agree with your points making money and monetization should be kept on back burner. First need is readers.

  • Okay, I buy the “best content possible” idea — but I’ve got to ask, what’s “best?” Innovative? Nobody-else-thought-of-this? Gets shared a lot? Targeted to your niche (I kinda like that one)? Rhymes?

    I suppose you know good stuff when you see it, but I think that not everyone would agree.

    “Worst content possible” is easier to identify. Spelling mistakes, inconsistent formatting, bad grammar, unintelligible audio, irrelevant, plagiarized, outdated … so does “best” mean the absence of these elements?

    How do you define “best”?

  • Great Information, thanks a lot for sharing it.

  • Thanks for the useful information. I find the blogs I enjoy most are written by people who are real. Who are not trying to be someone they’re not. It can really make a difference.

  • I always think that keyword research should always be the priority that’s why i used the best keyword research tools for my research. This article enlightens me.Thanks for sahring this.

  • I love how the tips focus on the importance of educating yourself as well as focusing on what you enjoy. I recently restarted my blog after being MIA for a long time. Before I restarted I spent a great deal of time really thinking about what I wanted to blog about and why I wanted to blog. I have been focusing a great deal on putting content on my blog that I enjoy and I must say it has made writing for the blog a lot easier. I know if I write it they will come. Thanks for the tips.

  • New Bloggers need simple, clear and focussed information.
    The lessons are all of these and importantly it’s good to see that that ‘gut’ feeling of mine prevails and I listened to it. The number of comments I have received focussing solely on getting that high rank and other stats is I’m sure part and parcel of the blogger’s journey. My aim has always been to write ‘good content’ which I have spent time on and want to share and connect with others. Ranks/stats come and go, and I would like to be hope I’m around longer than the fashion fad status of stats.
    Thank you.