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5 Characteristics of a Successful Blogger

Everyone who starts their own blog wants to be successful. New blogs and websites are started everyday with this aspiration. Yet, very few succeed. Most give up without any hope of continuing to write. No one likes to admit that it is difficult to become a well known blogger, but that’s the truth of it.

What makes someone a successful blogger? Why do some bloggers succeed and others fail?

While there numerous factors that come into play in developing a successful blog, I’d like to focus on five key characteristics of a successful blogger. While it may be possible to succeed without one of these, it is that much more challenging.

Patience:

Who doesn’t want to be successful? For all of the success stories on the internet, there are 100 more people wanting to be just as successful. People want what other people have and they want it now. If you are starting your own blog hoping to make thousands of dollars next month, you are mistaken. Earning online money takes time. It takes patience. A successful blogger will realize that the best blog is one who grows gradually. Slowly getting more faithful readers, more visits from search engines, and slowly making more money online.

Passionate:

I’ve heard this said over and over, but it rings true for me. If you want to start a blog, you have to be passionate about the topic. Otherwise, months will pass and you will lose interest in developing it. It may sound like a great idea to earn money while writing about a topic, but will you lose interest months from now? A successful blogger will be so consumed or obsessed with the topic that it’s hard to get it out of their mind. Have you found this topic yet?

Writing Skills:

Let’s get away from the abstract ideas and focus on one of the most important aspects: writing skills. Are you able to write 1,000 words on a one focused topic, while making it interesting, personal, and relate-able to the readers? While there is no one-way to write about a topic, you do need to know some basic writing skills. The best bloggers are entertaining, informing, and have a way with words. This is something that can develop with time, but some are more naturally gifted than others.

Organized:

You may think this is unnecessary, but there are so many things about blogging that require a lot of attention to detail. Someone who struggles with organization is going to have a hard time juggling the many tasks of blogging. Whether it be marketing your blog’s name, sticking to your writing schedule, collecting money from advertisers, or anything else. It all takes time and the better you are with organization, the more successful you will be. Otherwise, you will feel overwhelmed and eventually give up because of the stress that it adds to your life.

Interesting Life:

Okay, this one may be a bit of a stretch, but stay with me for a minute. The best inspiration for blogging that I have found is my personal experiences. Things happen to me every week that relate to finances for young adults and I am able to use my experiences to produce content. A blog is supposed to be personal. Not just boring information that mirrors other news forms. It’s supposed to be a part of someone’s life. An accurate representation of their life and opinions. If you live a boring life, with no excitement or struggles, you might struggle with getting new readership. I know that I can say without a doubt that the most interesting posts are those that use the blogger’s experience for content.

While I don’t mean to say that there is a cookie-cutter image of a blogger, I do think that there are common characteristics of successful bloggers.

What other traits help make a blogger successful?

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7 Responses to 5 Characteristics of a Successful Blogger

  1. I’d say driven but passionate is about the same. The difference is the driven person sets goals and obtains them where as a passionate person just really loves it and may not focus on the end goal as much I feel.

  2. Great tips. I don’t know if you need an interesting life, but you should have an interesting perspective on a topic.

    • Derek says:

      Very true. At the very least, you’d need to be able to think of interesting topics for your posts, but and interesting life sure wouldn’t hurt! :)

  3. The first tip about patience is a good one; when you first start out you will essentially be writing for the fun of it, and it can be a bit demoralizing seeing no visitors on your analytics, however as you continue to create good content your search engine rankings will increase and the traffic will start to flow in.

    • Derek says:

      That is definitely the toughest part in the beginning. You’re essentially writing to yourself and maybe your #1 fan, your mom. It takes at least a few months to get just a handful of people interested in what you’re writing about. Get past those first few months though, and it gets easier.

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