Some years ago many looked at blogging as a career for those that do not have any job and some don’t even believe that bloggers can make a substantial income from the comfort of their homes. Blogging these days is more than publishing contents and waiting for visitors to click on your PPC ads so you can earn some few bucks.
The internet is growing and a lot of things have changed about blogging, the industry has picked up tremendously. In some capacity I will attribute the success of blogging to the massive growth of the social media. The social media has played a very big role to the development of blogging in the last few years.
Blogging is simply more than writing as I said earlier, you really need some skills to succeed in blogging these days as Google and other search engines are evolving the methods every now and then. You need skills such as how to find topics that your readers will find interesting, how to maintain relationship with your audience, how to promote your blog and drive targeted traffic to it, how to keep your blog in line with the required SEO standards etc.
Skills you need to succeed as a blogger
How to find a topic: Some bloggers find it hard to come up with interesting topics always to keep their audience engaged and asking for more. Sometimes it’s not easy to find topics to write about, that’s why some bloggers decide to publish few times in a week but coming up with great topics day in day out requires some skills. So here are some tips that will help you find interesting topics everyday to write upon and succeed as a blogger.
Write about real life problems you encounter everyday related to your niche, for example if your blog relates to relationship/family/marriage niche, you may encounter relationship problems or you may see others with such problems, write about it giving solutions to how such problems could be solved. It could also be in the technology niche where you encounter technical problems always, write about it giving solutions to the problems in the article, that way you will be helping your audience who may have such problems and such posts always brings them back to your site asking for more.
Other methods you could use in finding interesting topics to write about includes Youtube videos, reading other people’s articles and noting where they didn’t cover well and writing on such areas, blog commenting, being active in internet forums related to our niche, spending quality time on the social media interacting with your audience and finding out what types of topics they prefer you to write about etc.
So you need to stay alert, pick up ideas from your everyday interaction with people and nature/things and turn them into something concrete. This is definitely one of the skills you need to succeed as a blogger.
Translate your personal skills to blogging: The way you handle your blog and your audience/clients will definitely decide how successful you will become as a blogger. Maintaining relationships with your clients/visitors is a skill required if you are to succeed in this business. Many bloggers even with all their great reputations in writing fail to achieve their potential, just because they could not handle their relationships with their audience.
How to handle public relationship with your audience is a lesson I have learnt from Ryan Biddulph of Cash With A True Conscience over the months, he is an expert in handling relationships with different types of people and yet still find time to write thousands of articles on the internet.
Build relationships with your clients/audience and maintain such relationships, help them as much as you can afford to and they will always run back to you. Your relationship maintaining skill is one of the valuable skills you need to succeed as a blogger.
How to promote your blog and drive traffic it: Are you wondering if this requires a skill? Oh yes! I see a lot of bloggers ask on social media and internet forums everyday “how can I drive traffic to my blog?” Traffic is one of the main deciders if your blog will succeed or not, even if you write the best contents and no one reads them, then you have definitely failed as a blogger.
So it requires skills to be able to promote a blog and drive good traffic to it. There are so many ways one can promote a blog but the best practices remains quality content first, search engine optimization – SEO, Social media promotion, forum posting, blog commenting, guest posting, content curation etc. The skill required in all these are much and to succeed as a blogger you need to be able to come up with great content as stated above, optimize your post properly in line with the SEO standards so it can rank well on the search engine results, engage meaningfully on the social media networks and keep your audience asking for more etc. This is definitely one of the skills you need to succeed as a blogger.
Many people think blogging is a make-money-quick-scheme, well to disappoint you it’s not as easy as you think and it requires a lot of skills if you are to succeed as a blogger. The bottom line is that to succeed as a blogger a lot of skills are needed. Stay relevant, stay informed, stay on top of things and most importantly stay connected.
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