This is all great, but how do you generate and income from blogging? If is by luck like becoming a Hollywood star, you have to first be discovered? Or Simply have a gazillion followers? I’ve seen a lot of great bloggers on here and other sights with GREAT blog stories and thousands of followers, but they have not yet be discovered into stardom.
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Open Floor: I would like some feedback as to what makes you go back to certain sites and why? Be honest. Thank you.
First, if you are Blogging with no aspirations of hitting Hollywood as some would say, then you have already won! Those that do have aspirations of reaching the stars, becoming elite Power Bloggers then pay attention, Jimmy! Stop twiddling your thumbs, eyes up here please, thank you.
“You only get out of it what you put into it”
Think about that adage for a moment, just like certain college or high school classes that we felt demanded a lot from us. remember those late nights studying, taking notes trying to remember certain historical events for an exam. The same principle goes with Blogging. Now granted, some might have been able to persuade a member of the opposite sex to do their homework for them freeing their time to party, but did they ever learn anything other than how to manipulate the system.
How to Become A Famous Blogger | Now give the money fool!
Elbow Grease: You need to put the effort in and not be afraid of hard work. Why did I choose this image? Because fieldwork is back-breaking, hot, dehydration work. Ten hour days in the beating sun. I used to do this when I was fourteen years old in Maxwell. Ca. It taught me a lot about what was truly hard work,
Great Content! I mentioned this before in How to Promote Your Blog. Across the board on every article that you read, having great content is one of the major ingredients for a successful Blog. You have to produce content that brings value to your readers. The content has to make the reader want to come back for more and share your content with others so that it can be exposed to a wider audience.
Know your Audience. I preached this before and this also related to content. “As a blogger and content marketer it’s your job to help your readers, to guide them, and inspire them. Talking about your experiences is fine — it can add color and personality to your posts — but only if it helps your readers become healthier, happier, or more productive.”
Another quote from copyblogger, “Don’t waste people’s time with an endless stream of blog posts. Only write when you have something to say. Your audience would rather read one post that inspires them than 20 crappy posts with recycled content.”
Quality has more weight than Quantity.
An example of one article that made a person respected and noticed, Pete Cashmore’s article, “If You Don’t Have A MySpace, You’re a Lametard.“ he is the founder and CEO of Mashable. This is the one article that made him. Remember this was a 2006 article when he would have been 20 years old and he started blogging at age 19. For Pete it took one year, others will take longer.
Networking and Meaningful Comments:
Jason from Harsh Reality wrote a great piece called, Networking 101 where he hands you the keys on a silver platter.
In many articles searching on how to be a successful Blogger, you will read networking and leaving a meaningful comment. these are two separate terms but leaving comments is part of networking. What does it mean to leave meaningful comments? I’ll provide an example.
Danny from Dream Big Dream Often recently wrote a fantastic article, Are Our Lives Really Better Today Compared to the Pre-Technology Era? I left him a rather large comment. I did not just say, great post or liked it lot then off to siesta village.
Not only was I networking but I also left a meaningful comment that proved to the author that I read his article. Plus anyone that comes by later to read that article, they will see my cute Gravatar and hopefully click on it to visit my Blog. Don’t just comment on Blogs within WordPress venture out to the unknown sea of Blogs, leave meaningful comments and frequent those sites often to build a rapport. It will take time.
Relationships are the key to building a base of popularity for your content. Seek out interesting people and interact with them via blog comments, email, or social media. Look for people that you genuinely want to talk to, and curate their articles. Be professional, be honest, be helpful, be fun. Listen to what people are saying, and be a real person when you respond. You can tell them what you do—but you don’t need to sell them on your services. Besides, their questions, requests, and comments can help you to generate new ideas for content, too!
Be Unique: You have to set yourself apart from the rest of the blogs out there. If you’re into fashion, then ask yourself what makes my Blog different then all the others out there? What can I provide to my readers that will make them want to come back?
Become know in the Blog community. I will call this one Help your fellow Blogger by going out of your way to help them and expect nothing in return. A while back I noticed a problem with a fellow Bloggers Google feed and I messaged her to inform that her post was not set to public shared but private and her only views would come from those in her circle. Another person needed a copyright statement on their blog and other media, so I wrote it out and sent it to them via email. Another person needed a round StumbleUpon icon, so I aided in that. Like Danny wrote in one of his articles, be that person.
Time: Building that certain reputation, getting known as a powerful Blogger will require patience and time. Like the cliche, Rome was not built overnight nor by one person. All of these factors that go with Blogging is important.
I have done the research and have several links on how to be successful and how to make money at Blogging.
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