9 Things You Will Quickly Need to Learn to Run a Successful Blog

 

I came across this awesome guest posting opportunity five minutes ago. Literally, five minutes ago. Five minutes later I wrote this post. Why? Well, I will discuss below, as my first line item. You learn things as a blogger, things which promote your success. If you are foolish you’ll ignore these lessons.

If you are wise you will cash in on these lessons. You must be aggressive to succeed in the blogging niche. Digest, and act swiftly. You will quickly need to learn these things to run a successful blog.

Run a Successful Blog

1 – Seize Guest Post Opportunities within Seconds

I remember a few years back. I’d struggled to generate one lead daily. I would write a guest post and 5-10 leads would flow in quickly. Now, since I am human, I forgot my success and stopped writing guest posts. But I smartened up a while ago.

Now I have 7 guest posts out there, either in the queue, or already published, plus this post. Guest posting is the quickest way to reach a massive audience, fast.

2 – Get Ready for Critics

Critics will find you. I have been heavily criticized for multiple elements on my blog and writing style. Why? Because I hit the “Publish” button for the first time 4 years ago and fell in love with blogging.

Do not take criticism personally. You receive opinions, or feedback, and if somebody is nasty, thank God for block buttons or blacklisting.

3 – Check Your Energy

I consistently churned out great content for months. However, critics were my audience. I thought like a failure. Sure, my content was excellent but on a subconscious level I felt no one would show up to visit my blog.

Check your energy throughout the day. Think, feel and act from a high energy, calm and confident place. You must blog with enthusiasm.

4 – Stay on Topic

Readers leave like mad if you change topics. I ran a personal development blog. Then I ran a cash gifting blog. Then I covered like 4 topics. Now I run blogs helping you generate cash online.

By staying on topic, you program your audience to respond to your persistent, consistent message.

5 – People Love Eye Candy

People rarely stuck around my blog until I used images for each post. Then I scrapped the images on each post but posted pictures of myself traveling all over SE Asia, from my top banner through my sidebar.

Images grab reader’s attention, quickly. Use images on each post or paste images all over your blog.

6 – Sell the Dream

Posting pictures is one thing. Selling the dream is quite another. I lived in Bali for five months, Phuket, Thailand for five months, and I hit a host of other tropical paradises over the past 2 years. Stop by my blog. I have pictures of many locations where I visited.

Read my blog. Follow my online cash generating tips. Live the dream like I live.

7 – Write Frequently to Improve Your Skills

As a newbie blogger you want to hide away. You write maybe once every week or two. Well, unless you are a talented writer bump that schedule up to daily writing. There is no need to post daily, but you must write daily to improve your writing skills.

The quality of your posts improves if you improve as an author. Don’t stop blogging. Write posts. Be patient. Find your writing voice. Prosper. Grow your audience.

8 – Write How You Speak

How do you speak? Write like that. Engage readers in a conversation. Be chatty with your posts. Recount your stories. Relate your experiences with your niche, or topic of choice, to make strong connections with your audience.

9 – Become Best Buddies with Influential Bloggers

I wrote for about a year until people discovered me. That is because I wrote for a year without making any friends in the blogosphere. After becoming good friends with influential bloggers, these buddies promoted my content to their audience.

Voila! The traffic started rolling. So that’s where my traffic was, right? Make buddies by promoting people aggressively. Post helpful comments to their blog posts. Build your network. Leverage your presence.

What tips can you add to my list?

 

Former fired security guard and current world traveler, Ryan Biddulph went from having a net worth of a nickel to generating steady cash flow online while traveling to tropical paradises like Bali, Phuket and Hoi An. How does he help you magnetize yourself to cash? To find out Click Here

How to Contribute to a Blog and be Seen

 

Guest Blogging is so 2011.  If you want to deliver your content to another site it is now termed “Contributing”. Contribute to a blog and be seen.  Contributing to a site where many eyeballs view content is important to writers/bloggers.  This is especially true if you’re just starting a blog, or you have no blog at all.  It helps with reach, and exposes you to an audience you just don’t have with your own blog.  There is plenty of opportunity and outlets for inspiring writers to be seen online.

It use to be all about the link, and that still holds some importance, but your motivation should be about getting your content in front of a large audience.

Follow this protocol below and you’ll optimize the experience and results for both you and the publishing site.

 

Contribute to a Blog

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Don’t be Shy

Some sites will openly accept contributors, and others will not.  I wouldn’t shy away from contacting any blog/site about contributing an article.  I’d start with an e-mail, but they are likely on many social networks.  So a tweet or message on another network is suggested.  Don’t go overboard.  Sending 10-15 messages to 10-15 different networks equals scary.  Dial it down. An e-mail and/or tweet should get you a reply.

 

Follow Directions

Some sites will spell out exactly what they’re looking for and what you need to do to be considered.  Two sites in my circle that do this well are Dashburst and itechcode.  They detail the steps you need to take in a clear concise matter.  These are two sites with a huge following and strong Alexa Rank.  I definitely recommend these two sites if you have an interesting piece on Social Media, Technology, etc.

 

Create Solid Original Content

You have the green light to write your post.  You want to put out solid content anytime you publish, but I think it’s imperative to produce something extra special when you’re going to be on a bigger stage.

Don’t waste your time or the blogs time by submitting duplicate content.  Don’t send your article to several sites.  Unless the site is a syndicate, it is expecting original content from you. Do not, under any circumstances, copy any article (or portion), and submit as your own.  This is plagiarism.  Most sites will run your post through Copyscape to make sure your content is original.  Do the right thing.

You’re not in your basement.  Your post is going to get views on a seasoned popular site.  You need to make the very most of the opportunity.  Bring your “A” game.

 

Promote your Post

While the onus is on the site to promote your post through their social networks and e-mail list, you should be promoting hard as well.  Why wouldn’t you want to share wherever you can?  It should be celebrated.  Be proud and let your network know, they’ll be glad you did and share accordingly.

 

Reply to Comments

I know it’s easy to fall into the trap of completing your post, seeing it published, watch the shares grow, and not reply to comments. This is a big mistake on several levels.  If you can’t reply to comments you risk not being asked to contribute again no matter how riveting your post came across.  Replying allows you to possibly create a connection with the person commenting.  Most commenting systems allow you to receive an e-mail whenever there is a new comment.  This is a must for you.

 

Any others thoughts are welcomed.  If you enjoyed the post please share with your network.

 

Starting a Blog? Think Multi-Author Blog

So you want to start a blog? Come on down. There’s plenty of room on the internet. If you are an individual or Solopreneur (yeah I know), and just started a blog or you’re looking to jump into the fray, think Multi-Author blog.

This isn’t 2007.  While there is a high attrition rate in the blogging space, it feels saturated right now.  If you started blogging in 2007 or earlier and have been somewhat consistent you’re probably in good shape with traffic, leads, and generating revenue. Bravo. You had the foresight and good fortune to get in before the herd.

WordPress.com Post Stats January 2013                                                                                                           (From WordPress.com)

As you can see from the chart above, the volume of posts is at an all-time high.  This is data from WordPress, the largest blogging platform on the planet. These are blogs that WordPress hosts, not self-hosted.  There’s a lot more out there, but this gives you a good idea of the landscape.

 

The Case for Multi-Author

Unless you can uncover a niche where there are just a few players, you’re in for an uphill battle.  Now there are a myriad of variables that play into attracting traffic and creating a successful blog, but at the front of the line is content.  If you’re starting a blog today you have zero content.  You have a lot of catching up to do.  The guy that started in 2007 and is still going strong today is laughing at you.

I’ve had the pleasure of contributing to SteamFeed since November. The site kicked off in August of 2012.  SteamFeed is a multi-author blog that delivers solid content in Marketing, Social Media, Business, and Technology.  Daniel Hebert and DJ Thistle set out to build a community that offers its viewership content originated by authors that have achieved results in their given area.

SteamFeed

SteamFeed has an Alexa Traffic Rank of 41,189. This isn’t the place for an Alexa debate, but that number gives you good indication of the traffic that is being generated.  That is an impressive rank in seven months.  Over 300 posts have been published in that time. You would be hard pressed to find many, if any, new individual blogs enjoying that kind of growth.

The Multi-Author model can produce amazing results if managed properly.  The positives are numerous and include:

Multiple original Posts Published daily

Widespread promotion from the Authors

Powerful Networking

SteamFeed is approaching 40 Authors.  There are steps to be approved as an author.  DJ and Daniel are very organized and there is a process to follow.  It’s a team.  The Authors have a say in certain decisions for the betterment of the site.  Authors want to be a part of SteamFeed because of the exposure.  If you haven’t heard of SteamFeed you will.  It’s only going to pick up Steam (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

 

How to start a Multi-Author Blog

Once you’ve determined what your blog is going to be about you’re going to need writers.  Hopefully you’re going to have relationships with 5+ people that can write successfully about your topic.

If running a site (technically) isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll need someone that can take on this role.  It’s important part of the overall success.

Get the authors to commit to at least 1-2 articles per month.  Try to make it the same date(s) each month.  This will become a habit for them and will eliminate any confusion.

Create a Facebook group, or any network of your choice that supports group collaboration.  Ideas can be discussed and announcements made through this platform.

If you can trust others, and can delegate, you are going to make large strides quickly.  There aren’t many individuals that could write 300 solid articles in 6-7 months.  It’s just not happening.

If you’re the creator your voice and ideas will lead the effort.  Input from the authors is important and creates cohesiveness, but in the end you’ll make the final decision.

 

Do you currently run a multi-author blog?  Do you have contributors? If not, is it paralyzing to think of someone else publishing their work on your blog?