Everybody wants to make their blog successful, be it for financial reasons or personal reasons. Whatever the intention may be, there are certain ways – if you follow them, you can make your blog successful. That’s an almost guarantee! Of course each has it’s own challenges. Let’s discuss:
Before we proceed.. we will assume that you are posting regularly, at least few posts a week. Otherwise, inconsistent posting will effect your blog negatively. You will even end up loosing your existing readers. (Posting too much posts will have the same effect.) You don’t have to be full-time blogger to post consistently, you just have to be little determined to succeed. That’s all.
1. Be Original
Being original and writing interesting posts in your field of expertise, will definitely get you regular readers. Being original here means, writing your own opinions, predictions, ideas and articles in your field of expertise. Just because everybody has created “Make Money Online” blog, you don’t have to create one on that topic too. You can blog about something that you like and still make money. Believe me there are millions of people (out of 6+ billion world population) who would like to read what you write, whatever the field that you are expert in (or at least have vast experience).
Field of expertise is the keyword here, and if you actually like what you do, then it’s even better. Because when you like something, you will less likely to stop it in difficult times. If you blog just because you “have to” then, it’s likely that you will stop blogging at the first crisis in your life. Whatever the crisis may be, it will be enough reason for you to stop blogging.
If you love what you do, it will give you that extra edge. Because when you love something, you won’t have that pressure about finding topics to blog about. It will come naturally. And since you are expert in your field, you can always rely on your expertise.
- Traffic: Main sources of traffic for these kind of blogs are from Search Engines and referrals from other blogs
- Growth Level: Slow but steady growth
- Strategy: Good for long-term blogs who wants to establish a name (brand) or authority
2. Be Collector
Second way of climbing to success with your blog is to choose a strategy that is actually quite easy to accomplish. You just need to create or collect top-lists (roundup posts) and post them in your blog regularly. 100 WordPress Plugins, 10 Vista Wallpapers, Free 39 iPod Tools…etc all are examples of post titles that you see on these kind of blogs.
- Traffic Main source of traffic for these kind of blogs is from Digg and other social bookmarking sites.
- Growth Level: Very fast
- Strategy: Good for short-term blogs, or if you want to flip the blog, or if you want to make money fast from advertising
- Example Blog: http://www.smashingmagazine.com
3. Be News Reporter
The third method of making your blog successful is to be the first to report on something. Usually blogs that are in this category are very niche in nature. They chose a topic that is very narrow, for example iPod, and will monitor the news for that topic. If Apple changes one icon in iPod they will report about that.
If you have a good source or an insider, it will be an advantage. Because posting first before others, is the key here. You want people to know about something in your blog, and not somewhere else. Therefore not everybody can be News Reporter.
- Traffic: Comes from Search Engines, other blogs, and Social Bookmarking sites
- Growth Level: Slow to Medium
- Strategy: Medium to Long-Term
So these are the methods you can employ for your blogs. If you have personal blog, then you can apply one or more of the methods to your blog. However, if you want to get a good result, then you should create a new blog that is targeted for a particular topic and chose the method that you want to use for it. These methods work better on professional blogs, because personal blogs will have ramblings and other personal posts in it. And not everybody wants to read that.