(This is part 2 of the things successful bloggers do differently, you can check out part one here.)
In part one I talked about some of the more well known habits of successful bloggers. This post is the second installment and these are some habits that many newer bloggers don’t think about. Personally I never really thought about these until I did a lot of research after my first failed blog.
1. Successful bloggers are not afraid of sharing old posts.
This may seem like a no brainer, but a great post is a great post, not matter when it was written. If you wrote a post that received a lot of attention, share it again in a few days, weeks, or months, you never know it could get you a ton more readers the second, third, and fourth times you share it.
Personally, I am always linking to old posts in my new blog posts (ahem, the first link up there is from almost a year ago). Another post that recently became popular was from over a year ago (40 Ways to Know You Are A Labor and Delivery Nurse). I also share old posts every month when I share my most popular posts for the month. I should be better at sharing these posts on social media though.
Think about it, you write for your blog every day or every week and you have a ton of great content to share. There are billions of people in the world and I promise there are people out there who haven’t seen your content (unless maybe you write for the Huffington post or Buzzfeed or a similar publication, in that case you have content that people haven’t see, and could you share your secrets?).
For me, I have over 300 posts currently on the blog, have you read them all? I doubt it, so if I share some of my favorite posts you may find one that you like!
2. Successful bloggers are not afraid to share other bloggers work.
You may be thinking this is crazy right? Why would a blogger want to share someone else’s work? Wouldn’t that just mean I would lose readers while the other blogger gains readers?
Sharing other bloggers work doesn’t cause you to lose readers. Infact, it may help you gain readers. When you share someone’s work on Twitter, they are more likely to reciprocate and share some of your work. Their readers may then decide they like your writing and follow you.
Some of the most successful bloggers I know share work from other bloggers. I try to do the same, any time I write a post and want to reference something I recently read I link to it. I even share things on social media, though I could be a lot better at this as well.
3. Successful bloggers write from their heart about things they love.
I couldn’t imagine if I tried to write a blog about fashion or celebrities. I have no sense of fashion and I can’t stand celebrity drama! It would be a very boring blog for you to read and one that I wouldn’t enjoy writing for.
To be a successful blogger you have to love what you are writing about. You have to enjoy it so you can regularly update your blog (more on that later). If you don’t enjoy what you are doing you won’t do it, and since most bloggers don’t make money from their blog, chances are it’s a hobby you need to enjoy to keep doing it.
Writing from your heart also makes your posts easier to understand. You have a clear point you are trying to make and you know what to say to make that point. It makes it a lot easier for your readers to understand what you are talking about and makes your blog more personable.
4. Successful bloggers maintain consistency on their blog.
There are so many things you have to keep consistent on your blog to be successful. You need to have a regular posting schedule. If you publish on Monday’s and Friday’s you need to maintain that consistency so your readers know when to expect another new post from you.
You also need to maintain a consistent format with your posts. This means you use a similar or the same font throughout your blog, with easy to read colors and your titles are all formatted the same. It also means that you always cite your sources the same way, however that may be. These may seem like little things, but they can go a long way in making your blog look nice, neat, and well put together.
5. Successful bloggers learn about SEO.
This is an area I need to get a little better at, but I have been slowly learning. Really, SEO sounds scarier and harder than it really is. Yoast is a WordPress plugin that makes SEO simple, so if you are having trouble, install it while you are learning about SEO.
Successful bloggers have a lot of readers, I mean thousands per day, and one way they get these readers is because their blog ranks high in Google or whatever search engine their readers are using. They rank high because of they take the time to work on SEO with every post they write.
After researching I learned a lot of things that I need to do differently with this blog to make it a successful blog. I am going to try to implement these habits into my own blogging routine. I have already been implementing most of them, I just need to do them better.
Have you learned anything from these two posts? Do you think you will start doing anything different?
Would you add anything else to the lists? Who knows, I may write up another post and include your tips!