Ever wished you could be a successful blogger? Wish you could find the magic formula of blogging tips to take you from “blogging mom” to “blogging boss”? Here’s your secret…the 6 habits of every successful blogger.
Have you ever looked at someone who is doing what you want to do…and totally killing it? Immediately you think, “I want to know what they’re doing!”
We’ve all been there. And it’s awesome to look at others for inspiration.
But if you’re not careful, you can spend too much time looking at their results and not enough time looking at what really matters.
So what is it you should be looking at? Their habits!
Marie Forleo says that “Success doesn’t come from you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.” The habits you do every day may not seem earth-shattering, but they are what shape the course of your life. And in the case of blogging, the health and success of your business.
How To Be A Successful Blogger
In order to be a successful blogger, you need to do several things:
- Choose your niche
- Know your audience
- Create a user-friendly site
- Handle the tech details
- Create content
- …and more…
But before you get too deeply into all that, consider establishing healthy, successful blogger habits right from the get-go.
And if you’ve been around for a hot minute but have some bad habits, it’s time to change! These 6 habits are must-haves for success.
Successful Blogger Habit #1: APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN
One of the biggest pitfalls for new bloggers, and even more experienced ones, is getting caught in the cycle of learning.
If you aren’t intentional, you can become a perpetual student who consumes knowledge but never gets around to implementing it.
But successful bloggers? They learn something and then put their blinders on and put it into practice!
Successful Blogger Habit #2: SCHEDULE YOUR MINUTES
Seriously, successful people account for their time and they take it seriously. And even if you’re not successful (yet!), you want to be. So act like you are by cultivating successful habits.
Habits create success and one habit all successful people have in common is that they manage their time well.
If you have 2 hours a day to devote to growing your blog, you need to make sure that every single one of this 120 minutes is used well.
If you waste 10 of those minutes checking in on Facebook or scrolling through Pinterest, you’re short-changing yourself by delaying your own success.
Consider setting a timer; it helps you go “all in” during your work hours. Be fully present for your business when it’s business time.
Successful Blogger Habit #3: WRITE CONSISTENTLY
Successful bloggers write often. They write and write and write. And then they edit…ruthlessly.
One of the best habits you can start is writing daily. 90% of what you write may end up getting culled when you edit, but by writing a lot and often you are training your brain. The more you write, the better you’ll get and the less time it will take you in the future to write a value-packed blog post.
Write, write, write. And then write some more.
Successful Blogger Habit #4: PROMOTE MORE
Another common pitfall among new bloggers is believing that the internet is a wide-open field of dreams. Just because you build it, does not mean they will come.
You need to promote your content.
You’ve heard of the 80/20 rule, right? In blogging that means spend 20% of your time creating content, and 80% of your time promoting it.
Promotion time includes keyword research and implementation, Pinterest keyword searching, Pin design, sharing on Facebook, networking, and e-mailing…for a start. It can grow well past this, but you get the idea.
You’ve written something valuable, but now you need to get it out there!
Successful Blogger Habit #5: KEEP LEARNING
Don’t forget that there’s always something to learn. Keep learning so you can keep growing.
Algorithms always change, the market shifts regularly, trends are fickle. You need to stay up to date in your field of expertise, but also in how best to market it.
Never stop expanding your skillset, honing your craft, or growing your business. You should be learning something new at least once a month, if not more. It can be reading a book, attending an online seminar, or taking a course. But keep growing!
Successful Blogger Habit #6: STAY FOCUSED
And perhaps one of the most essential habits of a successful blogger is FOCUS. It takes practice to put your head down and do the work.
It might sound elementary, but there is so much awesome information to consume, so many great people to listen to, and so many awesome blogs to check out that you can spend a lifetime being distracted by it all.
Sure you’re learning, but if you don’t stay focused you’ll never get anywhere (remember habit #1?).
Don’t get stuck in the trap of always looking around to see what others are doing. Don’t keep looking to see what new things are happening.
Focus on your business so it will grow!
You Can Be A Successful Blogger
Remember, it’s not about big, flashy actions here and there. Consistent habits are what will lead to your success!