How to be a Successful Blogger
1. Pick 3 Topics You Know Thoroughly
If you're just starting out with blogging, or you're just starting to get serious with it, take the time now, to pick 3 topics to blog about, that you know intimately. It could be knitting socks, following conspiracies or how to eat organic on a shoe-string budget. Any topics that you enjoy, and can write about easily, without having to do to much research. The best topics, are ones that you are inspired to think about everyday.
Parenting is a great example, as many bloggers are parents, and they find themselves inspired, annoyed, overjoyed and sometimes troubled by their family lives, which makes it a topic that generates easy content and conversations. The important thing though, is that they don't really have to think about what to write, which saves time and adds value for your blog readers.
So pick three topics, then start 3 different blogs, about each topic individually.
Why 3? Because no successful blogger ever became "successful" in the way we are using it, with one blog, and rarely ever is it going to be your first blog. Additionally, it is very easy to get board with the lack of variety you'll get from writing just one blog. With 3 blogs, you give your mind enough options to keep from getting board, but not so many options that it's overwhelming to keep up with them.
2. Plan Strategically
If you're the type of person who has few good blog post ideas everday, and the time to sit down and write them, then you'll be fine. Just pick a time of day when you'll dedicate yourself to your writing.
Now, if you're like most bloggers, fresh ideas might not come every day, and when they do come, it will probably be dozens of them all at once. If this feels familiar to you, then your best bet, is to download Evernote on your computer and phone, then sync them up. Whenever a topic or post idea hits you, write your inspiration down in a note on evernote. If you get several all at once, write them all into your blog when you have the chance, and then post date them for future releases to the bloggersphere. By doing this, you'll attract consistent traffic throughout the week, instead of just getting a bunch of traffic one day, that peaks quickly and then doesn't bring in anymore traffic after its peak.
Which ever way works best for you, make it work within your schedule. Blogging needs to be consistent throughout the week, especially if you want that blog to be successful.
3. Choose ONE: What You Want OR What They Want
It's best to decide ahead of time, whether you are writing for your own pleasure, or for the pleasure of others. If this blog provides information as a service for others (ex: to educate them, wake people up or inform them of specific news), then you are writing for them, and you won't attract the right readers unless you cater your writing style, choice of topics and writing frequency, to what they - your readers - want from you.
It's more than okay to choose to write for yourself though. That kind of blogging attracts a whole reader base of it's own - people just like you. So if that's the way you want to go, then start writing that way. Later on down the road, you can always change things around, to see if the grass really is greener on the other side. Though through experience, I have learned that both sides are just as green as any other, so long as you focus on one at a time and really learn to master it, before moving on to another pasture.
4. Don't Be Afraid to Expand
Once you are consistently writing 3 regular blogs, if you feel like you would like to add a few more to your schedule and you don't feel it will be too overwhelming, then jump out there and add more blogs to your blog-belt.
Many uber successful bloggers, first found that after writing a few blogs, their skills in typing, spelling and creating good content, improved vastly. This gave them the opportunity to author more blogs, and use no more time then they originally arranged for, when they started their first 2-3 blogs.
The basic idea, is that the more quality blogs you can produce, the more chances you have to capture attention from expansive audiences. Obviously, you don't want to go overboard and just create a bajillion blogs for the heck of it. Doing it that way, will leave you with dozens of low quality blogs, that will get pinged by search-bots and dropped in ranking. No, the key is to produce quality blogs. If you can only do 2, then stick with that, as it will bring you success. If you can do 5 or 6 without losing your stride, then don't be afraid to go for it!
5. Look for Sponsors
Now, there are at least two definitions of a "successful" blogger in my mind. The first, is someone who is a great writer, who has a large and active audience.
The second kind of successful blogger, which is most likely the one you're thinking of, is a blogger who earns enough income from their blogging, that they can cover beyond their regular income needs. Basically, if you can pay your bills with what you earn from blogging, you are a successful blogger. If you make more than enough, then your uber successful.
I think you get the picture.
And since I know my readers well enough to know, that if they are searching for tips on how to be a successful blogger, then it is most likely because they want to make it their main career choice. If you recognize this in yourself, then know that the best way to achieve financial success with blogging, is to seek out sponsors - people who want to pay you to blog about their business or cause.
Some businesses will also like to advertise on your blog, and finding blog advertisers, is one of the best ways to earn a decent wage with your blogging.