8 Be-Willing-To’s That Will Lead to a Successful Blog

Successful Blogs

On the last day of one of my editing classes in college, my professor gave us a list of 8 things we needed to be willing to do if we were to make it in the world of publishing and editing. As I reread the list recently, I was amazed that they all applied to blogging. So without any further ado, here are 8 things you need to be willing to do in order to make it in the blogging world.

1. Be willing to try new things

If you’ve been blogging for a while and have seen limited success, you should mix things up a bit. Try posting about topics you’ve never covered before. Comment and guest post on blogs that you’ve never been to before and never guest posted on before. Try a variety of posts (video, audio, lists, reviews, etc.). Market your blog by doing something that you’ve never done before. See what works and what bombs, and then keep on going with what worked.

2. Be willing to take it to the next level

A lot of bloggers respond to comments on their blog, but you should step it up a notch respond to every single comment on your blog. Likewise, respond to every DM tweet you get. Spend that extra time and effort crafting absolutely amazing content. Pay someone to create that perfect ebook cover for you. With so many mediocre blogs out there, differentiating yourself with outstanding content and personal interactions will help you rise above the mediocrity.

3. Be willing to express your opinion honestly

People read the news to get facts; they read blogs to get opinions. Infuse your personality (including your likes, dislikes, views, and opinions) into your blog  and you’ll be able to provide more entertaining content while connecting better with your readers. Expressing your honest opinion will have people either standing up and applauding or rising up with pitchforks. Either one will drive more traffic to your site!

4. Be willing to accept criticism

You’re not perfect, so don’t be offended when someone offers you constructive criticism or even bluntly rips into you. Think of it as a learning experience, and use the opportunity to improve the quality of your blog by taking the feedback into consideration.

5. Be willing to work with others and give them credit

Let people guest post on your blog, especially after you’ve enjoyed some success. Karma is very much a real thing in the blogosphere! You can collaborate with others to develop content and products. Also, be generous with your linking and others will be generous with theirs. If reading someone else’s blog gave you an idea for a post, say so.

6. Be willing to ask for help

Millions of people have done this whole blogging thing before you, have made the same mistakes you’ve made, and have gone through the same growing pains. When you’ve got questions about something, don’t be afraid to ask a more experienced blogger. It will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run, and you’ll be growing and nurturing useful relationships at the same time.

7. Be willing to work

I think I’m going to add on to this one a bit by saying that you should be willing to keep working until you either collapse in an exhausted heap or until you see success, or possibly both. Work, work, work is the secret to successful blogging, and no blogger has seen success without it.

8. Be willing to sacrifice

Building a great blog takes a lot of time, and you’re going to have to give up some things if you want to succeed. Never give up important parts of your life like spending time with your family, but you can definitely give up watching The Office or playing Starcraft online. It’s all a question of priorities; do you want a successful blog more than you want the other things?

Sure, some of these be-willing-to’s force you to step out of your comfort zone, and some are more difficult to do than others, but that’s what it’s going to take to take your blog to the next level. Do you have any more ideas of things bloggers need to be willing to do in order to have a successful blog?

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Article by Tristan Higbee

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  • Mitchell October 25, 2010, 3:28 pm

    These are some solid tips. I’m definitely going to implement some of them into my blogging toolbelt!

  • Jasmine October 25, 2010, 8:16 pm

    Oh, these are great be-willing-to’s that every successful blogger should have! Nice sharing. 🙂

  • Mathew Day October 25, 2010, 10:22 pm

    Nice list, be willing to adapt constantly is very important for blogging.

  • Richard October 25, 2010, 10:30 pm

    Great list of characteristics. Definitely every Blogger should have these to-dos in order to be successful.

  • Tristan October 25, 2010, 10:33 pm

    Thanks for the comments, guys! Got any other ideas of things bloggers need to be willing to do in order to be successful?

  • SEO October 26, 2010, 3:47 am

    Some of the most valuable tips I have ever gone through, You have said so many thing in one post.I think these are 8 tips that every blogger must know and practice them as well.Truly wonderful writing Tristan…Keep it up…

  • Tej Kohli October 26, 2010, 4:50 am

    Very well thought out. These are some crucial characteristics which every blogger must possess in order to be successful.

  • Keywords to websites October 27, 2010, 1:07 am

    Its kind of like a grocery store having to clean the floors EVERY damn day to be successful, regardless if his prices are solid, and his marketing was done to perfection. Ya gotta work it from ALL angles.

  • Anne October 27, 2010, 11:54 am

    These are the best tips I’ve ever encounter. I would like to stress out something, replying to every comment on your blog surely entice your readers to keep on coming back. Coupled with interesting articles, your blog will surely be successful. Thanks for sharing this one. I have not implemented some of the tips but I will surely follow this for my blog.

  • used tires October 27, 2010, 3:38 pm

    You absolutely do have to be able to take criticism, it’s the only way you can improve and get better. It’s tough sometimes hearing the truth, but the truth can only make you stronger.

    Till then,

    Jean

  • Software Development Company October 29, 2010, 7:33 am

    Good tips about the successful blogger. Sometimes we learn new things from their reader’s comments.

  • Gabriel@ make cash on the internet November 3, 2010, 4:35 am

    I think one thing that bloggers should definitely be willing to do is actually sit down and define what success and failure is for them on an individual level. The purpose of bloggers can differ drastically depending on who you are talking to, for example: increasing readership/follower to 10,000 by the end of the year, or maybe increase blog earnings to $500 dollars by the end of the month. Whatever your goal is I think people should honestly do themselves a favor and make their goal something that is both measurable and attainable. Great Post Tristan thanks for sharing your insight 🙂

  • Naples luxury homes October 9, 2011, 2:12 am

    Great points Tristan! The path towards a successful blog is bumpy. Sometimes it can be frustrating and demotivates you but it’s how it is. You need to sacrifice a lot of things and willing to work hard. Nothing is easy in reaching your goals and you should take the consequences if you’re not able to reach them.