I have been thinking a lot about how to start a successful blog lately. Most of the people I’ve talked to, who are successful today, started out doing a lot of mistakes with their blogs. Don’t get me wrong. I have done a lot of mistakes as well. But, today I’ll be telling you the 7 features on how to start a successful blog, based on my own experience.
There are many different things you need to understand when it comes to blogging and how to start a successful blog. But, there are at least 7 things I’ll share with you today, in no specific order.
High quality content
I’ll start with what might be most obvious to you on how to start a successful blog. No matter what niche your writing about. No matter what genre. You need high quality content. Your readers should want to read it. Your content doesn’t have to educate, it can be entertaining, it all depends on what your readers are looking for.
A unique voice
There are thousands of blogs with high quality content. You need to stand out from the crowd, by offering something unique. It doesn’t have to be your content. But it has to be your voice. When people are reading your content, they need to understand that it’s you. I’m thinking that every person reading your blog, should immediately understand that you’re the author, and you’re writing to them. It’s hard, and sometimes it will feel impossible. The more you write, the easier it will get to find a unique voice.
Premium wordpress theme
I have been switching between different designs. And, at the moment, I am using a minimalist blog design. I have made the switch because I want to focus more on the words and less on everything else. I am not saying that it’s the right thing to do for you. It all depends on your goal with blogging. But, no matter if you go for a blog with a plain and simple design like mine, or something in the opposite direction, you should use a premium wordpress theme. A high quality blog design makes your blog look a lot more professional.
Keep a schedule of your blog posts
You should always have a plan on how to start a successful blog. Focus on one goal. I write every single day, and at the moment, I publish new blog posts every single day as well. I’m not saying that you need to do the same. And, your goal might be completely different from mine. But, what you should do is always to have a schedule for your blog posts. It works, even if you publish once a week, or even less. Create your topics, do the research, and keep a time and date for when you publish. It makes it easier to finish, and it makes it a better experience for your regular readers. They know when to expect it.
Have fun blogging
One of the most important aspects of how to start a successful blog is to have fun. It’s really hard to do anything great or remarkable if you’re not having fun. That’s one of the reasons why I still keep commenting on blogs as part of my strategy. I recommend that you read 12 best reasons why you should comment on blogs, to get all the other reasons why it’s still important. If you’re not having fun blogging, you won’t be blogging for long. I almost added this as one of the seven things you need to do, but I’m adding it to having fun blogging. You should never quit. It takes time to get good results blogging. Keep having fun, don’t stop, even though you don’t see good results the first months.
Build strong relationships
You need to share value in order to create strong relationships. Without strong relationships; let’s just say that I can’t see how to start a successful blog without them. You need help, you need comments and feedback. If you comment on blogs, you’ll add value, and that’s something the owner and the author will remember. Things change fast in the world of blogging, and you need a team to help you see what’s happening, and you need people to help you build your blog. Focus on building a tribe.
Get social proof
Finally, this is also related to building strong relationships, and comments on your blog. The more comments you have, the better you’re off. People who visit your blog will look at you as successful, because of the comments. The same goes if people are sharing and liking your content on social media. It looks good. People see that there are things happening on your blog. It’s hard for most people to look at your blog as successful, if they won’t see any comments or any shares or likes on social media. Social proof helps you to get more readers and it helps you get more advertisers.
How to start a successful blog. Your turn.
So far, I’ve been doing the writing. I have listed the 7 features I believe you need in order to answer the question on how to start a successful blog. Do you have anything else to add to the list? I’d really enjoy a discussion. Is one of the 7 more important, and what’s your experience?