If you are reading this post it means that you are interested in being one of the online world’s successful bloggers! I’ve been blogging for over 3 years now and I’ve learned quite of few things based on my own failures. In the last few years I’ve intentionally surround myself with smart bloggers who are successful. The side effect of this was that my blog became successful and started to see a definite trend in what separates a hobby blogger from a pro blogger. In this post I want to share the top 7-8 habits I’ve noticed that ALL truly successful bloggers practice consistently.
Habit #1- You learn it and then you implement it.
The one pivotal part of my own blogging success was the fact that I started it even though I didn’t know a thing about blogging.
I learned everything I needed to know as I went but to honest, much of the information I collected was not well organized and came from all over the place. Sometimes I was getting soo much info from so many places that I got paralysis of analysis and didn’t do anything. When I was getting my blogging ideas from everywhere, it showed. I wasted a ton of time on worthless pursuits and bunny trails.
As a person who already struggles with FOCUS on a daily basis, what I needed more than anything else was consistent, organized information created by a person I knew I could trust who had proven to be successful already.
Lucky for me, right around year 2, I found an online course called Elite Blog Academy created by Ruth Soukup from Living Well Spending Less. This was great because it walked me step by step through how to make an income with my blog. Following it step by step is vital, no matter how long it takes you to actually complete. Each part builds on the one before. My personality really needs step by step to help me be successful at whatever I’m doing.
When I started implementing what I was learning from this course, is when I really started to see growth. In fact my friend Rosemarie took the course at the same time as me and she went nice and slow. In 18 months she went from making $18 per month blogging to $20,000 per month consistently. (That’s not a typo).
The longer you wait to start, the longer it will be before you see any fruit from your efforts. Just start today. It doesn’t require a computer coding degree since there are so many templates on WordPress now! If you need a little help in that area, see my blog post “How to Start a Blog from Scratch”.
Below is and example of what I mean. This was first ever Thrifty Little Mom logo that I made myself in a publishing software! I’ve come so far in just 3 years! You just have to start and the rest will follow!
Habit #2- You nail down your audience and focus on writing to them.
One main problem that I struggled with early on was that I just wrote without knowing who I was writing to. It worked at first because Pinterest sent me people who were interested in the random topics I was writing about. But the longer I blogged the more I discovered how vital it is to narrow down who you are writing to. It helps you create consistency within EVERYTHING you create from blog posts, to emails, to videos to social media posts.
Most bloggers are able to get pretty specific about who they are writing to by creating an “avatar”. You do this by writing down characteristics about your ideal reader including demographics. Take a look at my questions below and spend about an hour REALLY thinking about these. Then write down your answers and only write to that person for one year!
- Male, Female or Both?
- Money situation?
- Likes & Dislikes?
- What do they struggle with?
- What are their particular pain points in life?
When you know these things you can begin to write about them and draw your “ideal” reader to you! You will attract the tribe of readers you are looking for! When you know who you are writing to you can create content faster and easier. The people who follow you will like you for the long haul!
Habit #3- You filter who you take blogging advice from.
There is tons of information online about blogging. There are many courses out there to choose from. But the most important thing you can do from day 1 of blogging is choose only a few “experts” that you plan to listen to or follow and ignore the rest. Be sure that they are people who are already successful at blogging. Like my friend Rosemaries always says, “If they have less pageviews, less social stats and less followers than you, then you are probably more of an expert than they are.” Keep your money and invest it elsewhere.
I believe to this day that Ruth Soukup and the online course, Elite Blog Academy taught me everything I needed to know to make a full-time income blogging. The course cut down my blogging learning curve because she was sharing everything that she had already learned in building a blog with several million followers. It also shut down all the other voices around me and helped me focus. In fact, each year I take the online course over again just to stay fresh. Once you join, you have lifetime access to the materials!
I highly encourage you to stop here and go signup for Ruth’s EBA email list. That way you know when the course opens and can join yourself in during the super short registration window. It’s kind of a tough course to get in if you aren’t on the email list!
Habit #4- You don’t get stuck in comparing your blog with other blogs.
One thing you’ll learn when it comes to blogging is that no two people make a full-time income in exactly the same way. Elite Blog Academy taught me about various income opportunities and I chose which ones most aligned with what I enjoy doing and creating. Therefore it’s silly and self-defeating to compare any of your numbers to another blogger because even if they have a bajaillion pageviews a month, you could still make more than them in a year with the small audience you may have. It just depends on how you decide to monetize what you are doing. Elite Blog Academy can help you figure that out!
Habit #5- You don’t spend tons of time & energy on social media channels that your audience isn’t using.
One thing I know for sure about my mom audience is that they don’t use Twitter. Therefore, spending hours on Twitter and investing time and resources there, just doesn’t make sense. On the other hand, my people are on Facebook and Pinterest. Therefore I spend lots of time on those channels hanging out with my people!
Figure out what social channels your audience actually uses and show up there. About a year ago I tried to be an early adopter of Periscope. I wasted a ton of time setting those up and my video’s seemed to be watched by weird dudes with terrible things to say during scopes. So I just stopped. My moms weren’t using it!
Now we have Facebook Live and that works great because my people are there!
Don’t waste your time trying to be everywhere with everyone. Keep it simple and blogging will be easier for you all around!
Habit #6- You publish high quality content – CONSISTENTLY.
I can’t stress this enough. If you want your online business to be successful, you have to show up, write and publish every week. Even if it’s just one blog post a week, you have to be consistent or the thing will never get off the ground!
You can be successful if you’ll just decide you are going to start and you will stick with it. Every month I make an editorial calendar where I decide where I’m going to write about each week. Then I simply write those posts and publish them to my site each week. You can snag my free printable FOCUS Weekly Blogging Planner here that contains an editorial calendar for you!
If you feel stuck and unsure what to write about each week, hop on Pinterest for inspiration or flip through a magazine! Just be sure you don’t copy and paste what you find!!!! It’s for inspiration-not for stealing.
Habit#7- You create a freemium to grow your email list & email your list consistently.
Oh man. This was one of my biggest fails in the early days. And even though Elite Blog Academy taught me over and over about how important it is to grow an email list as well as create an awesome free printable, webinar or whatever it may be, I was super stubborn and it really hurt me in the long run. Now I know better!
Create a freemium that solves a problem for your audience. Use an email system like Madmimi or Convertkit to collect emails, automatically send people their freemium.
One of my other fails was hyper focusing so much on content creation that I never actually sent emails out to the people on my list. I would send them out on random days whenever the mood struck. But that doesn’t keep readers engaged! What a difference it made when I started sending an email out on the same day each week without skipping a beat. If you want to be successful you have to nurture the people that already like what you have to say enough that they gave you their email address!
Habit #8- BONUS! You find yourself a good mastermind group and surround yourself with other successful people who hold you accountable!
If you don’t know what a master mind group is- it’s simply a group of like minded professionals who you collaborate with. It might be a Secret Facebook group. It might be a forum of some kind. However you interact, it’s important for you to find and build a team of 5-6 people who will help you as you help them. You share ideas, get feedback and even share your fails. You become a little tribe yourselves dedicated to helping each person excel to their greatest potential!
I hope that you have found this article on 7 Habits of Highly Successful Bloggers helpful!!!! If you have, be sure you sign up for my email list so I can send you a free FOCUS Weekly Blogging Planner! And be sure you get on the Elite Blog Academy email alert waiting list since the course only opens for a short time each year! That way you get alerts and don’t miss out!