Updated: May 20
Do you want to become a successful blogger? Obviously yes, but how?
In this post, I am sharing some tips for you to become a successful blogger. You could say this is the ultimate guide to becoming a successful blogger. It is also a guide to help you start a blog in 2023 and beyond. So if you already have a blog, you can skip the steps from the table of contents.
Becoming successful in the blogging industry is not as easy as it used to be. There are over 1 billion blogs which means the competition is very tough.
You may ask yourself am I able to become a successful blogger? The short and simple answer is yes.
From reading the success stories of various successful bloggers and my personal experience out there, I have written this post. So let’s start.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Find your Niche
Blog writing is a time-consuming process. To write a blog, the first thing you have to do is to find your interest. Then, based on your interest, you need to find your niche.
It will be more effective if you focus on only one niche. It will rank faster on Google than on multi-niche sites.
When your niche is defined, start researching and gathering more and more information about it. This will help you to write an in-depth article on your niche. The most successful bloggers write detailed articles on their blogs.
Once you decide to write a blog and find your niche, your next step will be to find integration for your website which is our next step.
It will be better if you use WordPress
So it might be possible that you will get confused about which one to use.
But which one should be prioritized for a faster ranking?
I recommend you use WordPress over any other platform because it gives you a lot of flexibility. You can literally do anything with the help of WordPress.
Wix is also a capable platform but it will not give you as much flexibility as WordPress can at a low cost. The main benefit of WordPress over Wix is that there are many plugins and themes out there on the market.
WordPress provides you with that much flexibility with the help of its themes and plugins. To create a successful blog, it is more important to choose your theme wisely. Since this is the ultimate guide to becoming a successful blogger, I will explain everything.
Choose your hosting and domain name
So now you have decided to create your blog on WordPress. Now you need a server to host your blog.
There are many hosting providers out there on the market. I prefer Bluehost and Hostgator. These hosting providers offer a variety of features. They are also providing a one-click WordPress install feature.
Purchase any of them. Now you need a domain name.
You need to keep a few things in mind while selecting a domain name. Firstly, it should tell the niche of your blog. Secondly, it is preferable that it should not contain any hyphens or numbers in it. Last, but not least, it will be better if you use .com extension domains.
I prefer to do personal branding, so it is better for me to use the SaurabhKumarSrivastava.com domain. You can see another example of I am a food blog. Here the domain name explains the purpose of the blog.
So, now you know which domain name and hosting are suitable for you.
Purchase it and set it up. After installing WordPress on your server and connecting it with your domain name, you need to customize it.
Choose a powerful theme
Now you have to select a powerful theme. I prefer to use the Divi theme. Divi theme is the most flexible and powerful theme on the market. This theme is the most excellent theme.
If you don’t have any prior experience in coding, then this is suitable for you. It is a powerful visual drag-and-drop builder. The best part of this theme is you don’t need to be an expert to use it. Divi also makes it easier to build a blog, which is why this blog is also built with Divi.
Divi is also powerful because it has so many preloaded layouts which you can use to build an awesome design blog for yourself. This is truly an amazing theme. Just set it up and customize its look.
Now you have customized your awesome blog. Let’s add some plugins to it.
Add awesome plugins to it
You have customized the look of your website using the Divi theme [or any other theme]. Now it’s time to add some plugins to it which will give more power to your blog.
Yoast SEO is a powerful SEO plugin for your blog. Yoast is the second most popular plugin by WP theme detector. This plugin allows you to write SEO-friendly articles. It will also tell you how you can improve your ranking in Google searches. I have also mentioned it in my blogger SEO tools post.
It also allows you to write custom meta-tags and share images for Facebook and Twitter. It will additionally allow you to write focused keywords which is very powerful if you want to become a successful blogger. You will also get suggestions from Yoast to optimize your articles for both users and search engines.
You may wonder how I become a successful blogger in this competitive market.
The answer is yes, and the Yoast SEO plugin will help you to get traffic from search engines. After installing Yoast, all you have to do is to follow the instructions about a particular page or post.
Apart from the Yoast SEO plugin, you can also use bloom and monarch, which you will get free from purchasing a subscription to Elegant themes. Add these plugins and set them up. Now you have installed your required plugins on your blog.
Make your navigation easy
You have to ensure that your navigation is easy. This is part of customizing your website. Make sure your visitors don’t have to search for navigation in both your blog and blog posts.
In blog posts, if they are lengthy, add a table of contents for your visitors to easily navigate them.
In your blog’s main navigation, try to focus on what value you are offering. Don’t forget to add the About and Contact pages to your main navigation.
Also, it is better if you add a footer menu to your website or blog.
Learn SEO basics to become a successful blogger
You need to drive traffic from search engines. You will do it only with the help of Search Engine Optimization. That is why it is necessary for everyone to learn the basics of SEO.
Also, every successful blogger becomes successful by using SEO. So, if you want to dominate the search results, you have to learn SEO.
There are some websites to gain an understanding of the details of SEO. I recommend you these sites to learn SEO for free
Follow their blogs to learn about real SEO information and other Digital Marketing tips too. Neil Patel and Brian Dean are the most successful bloggers and their tips and tricks are awesome.
Enhance your writing skills
Now that you’ve become familiar with SEO, it’s time to enhance your writing skills. In order to stand out from the crowd, you must write a masterpiece.
You have to write in 3 parts. Firstly, you have to write the heading. In the heading, you have to explain what you are planning to discuss in that post and why people need to read your article.
Then you have to write the body part. In this part, you have to create your main content. There are a few tips to write better content:
Use bullet points and numbers.
Write articles of around 1447 words.
Don’t write long sentences.
Use images with alt attributes.
Make paragraphs short.
Categorize your content.
In the third part, you have to write the conclusion and your point.
You have to keep this in your mind if you want to write a masterpiece.
Research before writing to become a successful blogger
Do you want to write an article that will get maximum shares and backlinks?
If yes, then you have to write an in-depth article.
Do you want to write an article that will get a maximum share?
If yes, then you need to write an in-depth article.
But the question is how to write an in-depth article. The answer lies in learning more about that topic. You have to research the topic you want to write about.
Also, you have to research which keyword is better for you, for Google ranking. There are many tools that will help you to find better keywords for search engines.
Here is a list of some tools for keyword research that will help you to become a successful blogger.
Use any tool to find out which keyword is suitable for you. It is important to research both the topic and the keyword.
Always be yourself to become a successful blogger
One thing you have to keep in mind is that you have to be unique. You have to write the content yourself, never try to copy content from any website.
You may make mistakes while writing your blog but try to learn from them. If you post your own content, there are many chances that your content will rank higher gradually.
So be honest with your content and posters if you want to become a successful blogger.
Add quality images to your articles
Generally, people don’t like reading only texts. Adding images makes a post look more professional. It is also beneficial from a search engine’s point of view. Also, people remember what they saw more than what they read. So it is convenient for your visitors too.
Now I recommend you use tools like Canva to edit stock images. Don’t put stock images directly in your blog posts. You can also use other tools to edit stock images.
You can also add infographics to it. Even so, you will get a better result. Add at least 5 images to the blog post of around 1447 words.
Always add a conclusion at the end
You must have to add conclusions at the end of your posts.
You can create engaging posts by asking a question to your visitors at the end of every post.
Or you can also offer some freebies at the end of your blog post to grow your email list and build trust.
Focus on better headlines
80% of your visitors will read your headline – but only 20% will continue on to finish the article. Do you know why because headlines make a massive impact on content marketing?
So you have to write a powerful headline if you want to become a successful blogger. Here are some tips to write better headlines.
Use numbers if possible.
If you are a beginner, start with a question.
Always do A/B testing
These are the tools used by successful bloggers to dominate their niche. You can also do it to outrank your competitors.
Focus on readability like a successful blogger
You will notice one thing in every successful blogger. They focus on their readability score. I told you to install the Yoast SEO plugin on the fifth step. If you installed it, I will tell you about the readability score.
There are also some chances that your users are not familiar with advanced English. So, it will be better if you use more sentences that can be understood by a 9th-grade student.
I use very common English words. That is why I got a high readability score in my Yoast SEO plugin. Are you still thinking “Can I become a successful blogger?”
Hope you aren’t thinking about the same thing. You have gained a lot of confidence in the blogging world.
Post at least three times a week
Don’t make your visitors wait for you and try to post at least three times a week. But keep in mind that quality is also a factor, and people prefer quality over quantity.
Also, I recommend you post on a particular day and time, it will provide more value to your visitors. For example, you can post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 p.m.
You have to be disciplined to do all this work. I can bet you that if you post your content on a regular basis with quality content in it, you will definitely increase your followers.
I recommend you to post in the evening because posts in the evening show better quick results. As soon as you get results, you will start building trust which will help you to become a successful blogger.
Also, according to GDPR, it is mandatory for every website.
Add Email Opt-in
You have to collect emails in order to grow your email list. It will help you to create a brand and gain customers. Since you need to collect email, you have to use email opt-in plugins.
I recommend you use HelloBar. This is the most effective plugin out there for pop-ups, exit-intent, and promo bars.
You can also use the Bloom plugin that comes free with an Elegant themes membership. Bloom is also a helpful plugin for collecting emails.
I am using the bloom plugin for this website to collect emails. Trust me, the bloom also has a lot of features.
I also recommend you use subscribers to send free push notifications to your visitors (in free plan). Subscribers can be easily set up on WordPress.
These are some tools that will help you to bring back your old visitors.
Reply to every comment
You have to reply to every comment if you want to become a successful blogger. You have to build trust. Answer each and every question your blog readers ask. If you respond to every comment and resolve their queries in the comment section, then you will be able to build trust with your readers.
If you interact with others, people think that you are able to solve their problems. They are more likely to become your customer.
This is also one tip for increasing social media followers. So it is mandatory for you to reply to every comment.
Focus on Multichannel marketing
Never put all your eggs in one basket. The same applies to Digital Marketing too. Never rely on a single traffic source. Because there are many disadvantages to omnichannel marketing. Some of them are:
You will be undiscovered by a large number of traffic sources.
If the algorithm changes, you will lose all your traffic.
You can’t become a successful blogger by relying on a single traffic source.
So you have to use SEO, Facebook, Twitter, Quora, Reddit, LinkedIn, and Email Marketing. Etc. To drive traffic. You also have to use push notifications to drive traffic.
So use multichannel marketing to drive traffic. In that way, you can also outrank your competitors.
Check spelling before publishing
Before publishing, you must double-check your spelling. If you publish wrongly spelled articles, it will show your unprofessional behavior.
People don’t like unprofessional people and they don’t prefer to read articles by that type of blogger. So you have to keep in mind that you need to double-check all the spellings.
It is also better if you check at the time of writing and then before publishing.
Share! Share! Share!
Share your content across all social media platforms. Don’t hesitate to share your content on groups, pages, and personal profiles too.
When people come to know about your blog and you share quality content, you will definitely get more traffic. Message them personally too.
This is how you generate traffic for a new blog. Also, contact other bloggers in your niche to build backlinks.
Also, it will be better if you share old articles on social media handles too. I did this for one of my client's blogs and got a 74X increase in traffic.
Patience is the key
Well, blogging is not an instant money-making process, it takes time. You can’t expect success in just 10-15 days. You have to work hard and smart to dominate search results.
Most successful bloggers have been writing and blogging for more than 5 years. Since this is the ultimate guide to becoming a successful blogger, you will know how much time it will really take to rank a blog on Google. It takes almost one month to rank on the first page of Google for a medium competitive keyword.
You have to be persistent if you want to become successful in the blogging industry.
Here I have provided you with the ultimate guide to becoming a successful blogger. If you want me to explain to you the link-building strategy, please message me on my social media links below.