6 Traits of Successful Bloggers

fish Let your individuality be shown in your content.  Write with confidence and conviction about what you know best and let your audience know what you think. After all, they came to read your blog so be sure that you don’t leave “you” out of it.

1.   Passion Provides Purpose and Propulsion

Successful bloggers are passionate and purposeful writers. Blogging begins with a passion for something that matters. In-depth knowledge of the topic you are writing on is required to attract readers. The more you know about your subject and the more invested you are in it, the more you have to write about,  and the more you want to write.

2.   Research and Read Other Blogs

Successful bloggers are skilled researchers and readers.  Reading high-caliber blogs is one of the most effective ways to improve your writing. What you read fueled your imagination and shapes how you write so learn from styles that differ from yours.  Reference: Better Blogging: Powerful, Persuasive Writing 

3.   Learn SEO and Secure Targeted Traffic

Successful bloggers attract targeted readers who become regular readers/subscribers and commenters. Targeted traffic is composed of readers who know exactly what they are looking for based on keywords found in  indexed content. Freshness as well as relevance is what search engines are aimed to deliver. Learning basic SEO, structuring reader and search engine friendly blog,  using keywords and tags effectively and appropriately are the traits of succesful bloggers. References: 12 Step Blog Evaluation; Minimalist Blogging: Strip it!

4.   Write Well and Publish Frequently

Successful bloggers have something original and meaningful to say; they say it well and they say what they have to say often. The content you write is what will attract readers to your blog and keep them coming back for more.  Compelling error-free content is what people expect when they visit a blog and once they have visited they expect to return and read more regularly.    Reference post:  Top 5 Informative Writing Tips for Bloggers

5.   Commenting and Creating Community Counts

Successful bloggers invest as much time into commenting on other blogs, as they invest into content creation, promotion and creating community. Writing in a way that sparks  conversation helps build readership.  Respond to comments submitted to your posts to affirm that you value reader interest and opinions.  Create new content based on reader needs and interests expressed in feedback.   References:  Comment BaitingEncouraging blog readers to comment

6.    Effective Time Management

To create an effective and successful blog the blogger must become a prolific writer of quality content that calls readers to action.   Successful bloggers are organized and  manage their time well.  Scheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it through social media and social networks, answering comments, locating similar blogs and reading and leaving comments on them, link building and relationship building requires strong organizational skills and commitment.

There are many bloggers in the blogosphere buts every one  is unique. We all come from different backgrounds and have different interests. We all have experiences that set us apart from one another. Don’t leave the authentic person you are out of your blogging.

Related posts found in this blog:
4 Things My Blog Taught Me
What do you look for in a blog?
Blogging: Starting Over
Is your blog a failure or a success?

55 thoughts on “6 Traits of Successful Bloggers

  1. Hi there.

    Oh found your site as I looked up for help with disappearing traffic.

    I am absolutely new to all those thing ..

    But I have to say I seem to get a bit friendly with those technical thing.

    i will come back more often to learn what I am actually doing o my blog or what I messed up again..

    Thank you for these tips..

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  4. Hi there!

    Sorry to trouble you but I can’t find a solution on the forums. Stuff on the web seems to be for older WP versions.

    I was trying to load Google webmaster tools but couldn’t get beyond verifying the account . None of their suggested options worked for verification.

    I have an analytics account which I also cannot activate. I can’t understand where to place the piece of HTML script which they ask to copy/paste. Same for the webmaster tools.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance.

  5. Thanks for the tips. I always find valuable information here. I haven’t been able to maintain the discipline to publish frequently and often post in spurts. I made the unfortunate mistake of not maintaining ownership of my domain name and lost most of my site traffic as a result. I nearly gave up at that point, but I’m trying to get going again. Part of this process is learning from talented, resourceful bloggers like you. Thanks!

  6. After reading your posts, I have gain insights about blogging. It certainly gives me a better and clearer view of how to be a better blogger. I would try and take up your advices although I not sure whether I can do it. Nevertheless, I would try my best :) Thanks for your information!!!

  7. I didn’t think I’d be back so soon but can’t find answer in forums. I used the “press this ” button in the share section for first time. It gives me summary post on top of my full post and I don’t like this.
    How can I remove the summary post?
    And what is the actual purpose of this button?

  8. Much appreciate you taking the trouble to reply

    Thanks a lot

    I may nag you again in the future

    PS You are SO right about the stats checking. It’s becoming an addiction!

  9. Just a question from a new blogger ( one month)

    How many site visits could I reasonably expect, in this time frame, for my political commentary specialist blog – given that I haven’t yet mastered the rudiments of SEO?

    Is the answer “how long is a piece of string?”

    appreciate any feedback

    • This is a question that’s frequently asked by new bloggers. There is no answer I can provide as there are as many different blogs, in as many different niches as there are bloggers, and apples to oranges comparisons have no value. orever, I don’t collect stats on blogs other than my own blog so what would I base any numbers on?

      New bloggers tend to spend too much time fretting over stats rather than on creating high quality original content and commenting on similar blogs in the same niche. If they devote their time to content creation, commenting on blogs within the same niche, and promoting their posts they will gain followers.

      When it comes to SEO the basics are easily learned and it’s of import to recognize that in any language repetition of keywords in any piece of writing is a natural occurence. Don’t get into keyword stuffing as the search spiders can detect it and as doing so is a reader turn-off.

  10. Hi there!

    I just imported my blog from blogger to wordpress. It feels very overwhelming since I’ve started blogging very recently. I am trying to make a Table of Contents for my posts. Can you make it in wordpress.com?

    Thanks.

  11. This is going to be a sticky post for me TT, having a full-time job and side projects made me an irresponsible blogger. Will make a journal of regular posting asap.

    Thank you for sharing this again.

    • I know what you mean by having a fulltime job and also making time to blog. I have the same balancing act going on here too. We have a small business and I also do contracted work. I’m in need of a break before I break. lol :D Best wishes with sorting this and thanks for letting me know you found this post to be useful.

  12. Timethief thank-you for your helpful hints to good blogging. Your posts have been very helpful as I began blogging for the first time this past spring, and they continue you encourage and motivate me to keep trying! My Best, joni

    • Hi Joni,
      I’m so happy to hear my posts are helpful and that they motivate you. Your blog is a unique blend of art and personal development. I love the way you are interweaving the two. Blog on!

    • Making time to blog and retain a healthy offline life is a balancing act. Posting regularly is important and maintaining one’s offline relationships is important too.

  13. As a graphics person, I must say I liked the green goldfish to emphasize your point that every blogger is unique… : )

    There is a 7th trait of successful bloggers: reading the Time Thief to help one stay motivated!!

    • Hi Mark,
      Aha! I thought you might appreciate the graphic. As a blogging tips blogger I’m a green fish. Most if not all blogging tips bloggers tend to have monetized blogs, affiliate schemes, do-follow links, comment plugins as newsletters as incentives for their readers to comment. I have none of that. I just blog and because I’m not an “orange” goldfish like the others my posts don’t get backlinks from those with monetized blogs. :( Oh well, I’m blogging anyway.

  14. Your posts always trigger some introspection. Trait #4 is an oxymoron for me as I haven’t been able to “write well and write often”. I have to pick one, so I shoot for writing well and found that a weekly post works for me. I feel that consistency is more important than quantity. If subscribers and visitors see that we post on a regular basis they might be more apt to reward us with their loyalty. I am always shocked when someone subscribes to my blog! I also find myself reading other random blogs more often than writing my own. (see Trait #6) However, for most of us, this is recreation and not our job. So it should be fun, not a chore. Sometimes I think we focus too much on numbers and stats. I admire bloggers who can come up with original content and thoughtful posts on a daily basis.

    • Hi Alan,
      I agree with your approach. It’s important to write well; to maintain your passion for your subject matter; and your enjoyment of sharing it in your blogging. When blogging becomes a chore the fun dissipates and that’s the rut we must avoid getting into. Thanks for commenting.

  15. Great information – it’s amazing how often the basics are over looked…. I suspect that time management is my biggest hurdle. I want to blog and/or read blogs all the time, and I have to pull myself away because I don’t want to risk burn out.

    ….so says the woman reading this blog in Disney World!

    • Hi Ann,
      For me time management has always been the biggest challenge. In my case working in our business and meeting the deadlines for my contracted work comes first. After that comes my relationships with family and friends and then blogging. I’ve been feeling bad about the comments I have yet to respond to here and on thistimethisspace.com too, so this morning I’m focusing only on that. When I’m done I will be beginning my blogging break.

  16. There are different definitions of success and this applies to blogging. There seems to be a flow of some traffic to all the blogs that I look after and also write (or am one of the writers).

    But not a huge amount of traffic on a regular basis and part of it is the reality I have a full-time job. Traffic activity is some measure of “success” and it’s tough not to notice it all especially for the blog-owner-writer. One thing noticeable is getting more international traffic compared to half a yr. ago. But really it can be hard to know what that actually means –spammers?

    Collectively across 4 blogs, I write, um, enough. But one wouldn’t know it by looking at one blog, because it appears I blog only monthly! But I write best only if I want to and my Muse is ready to burst forth.

    I do some research often for my blog posts but try to keep it light-handed. It’s a natural instinct that I research a bit when I don’t know my topic deeply (ie. places I’ve visited but haven’t read enough on history, etc.).

    Increasingly people reach my blogs through search keywords.

    • Hi Jean,
      You have had quite a year and during the personal issues of moving, getting and new job and coping with your grief over the loss of your sister you have developed four great blogs. I’m impressed with what you have accomplished and I’m grateful that your remain a follower of my blogs and a friend too. Without doubt your research and writing skills stand you in good stead, and that’s not to mention your photography. The fact your blogs are experiencing traffic from search engines is and indicator of your effectiveness when it comes to applying basic SEO. Healthy blogs do get a steady flow of traffic from targeted readers and they are more likely to become regulars and subscribers. Traffic metics are both informative and confusing as the spam we get is a factor and we really can’t see through those numbers to know what they indicate. We can only speculate and surmise. The cyber world is awash in spam. Every time I publish I get spam and I frequently get more spam comments and track backs than those that are legitimate. I appreciate your comments so much. Every morning when my husband sets out on his bicycle ride I think of you and send you my best wishes.

      • Hope he always enjoys his bike ride. More than ever, I do realize there are some personal experiences, things I’ve seen in the past to share / juxtapose against the present for blogging.

        All in good time, but before I forget.

  17. [Apologies about Language and Big Comment]

    Technical students like me are generally writing about Gadgets, hacks and social media etc. There are millions like them which are doing the same! But I chose a different topic and took it as my passion. People doing the same are a few hundreds only. I’m also very happy with my visitors. My google page rank is 4 (of course very good). Googlers find me easily. And I never get tired when blogging ( since It also includes my college works). I blog regularly, atleast thrice a week and I had made an announcement to readers too.
    This post should have been better, if it was riched with some more useful tips.
    I’ve few questions:

    1. 1. Some where I read that browsers read sans-serif fonts easily and those are better than serif fonts. Also blogs with sans-serif have better SEO than serif. Is it true?
    2. 2. I saw a blogger-blog, just started 29 days ago having only few hundred visitors, has better alexa rank than me. That blog has less sites ‘linking in’ and google pagerank of 1. Why is it so? Is alexa rank fake? Note that he has a .com domain and I’ve not.
    3. 3. Math is naturally a subject of problems, formulae and theorems. At least every theorem/problem is available on the web. So it’s very tough to select a topic to be blogged. Consider I wrote a post, just using my mind. Not copying anything. I hit publish. Later I searched with copyscape and found that some professors have already published a similar article on their sites. Now, should I cite them? If yes, then why and to how many?
    • Hi there Gaurav Tiwari,
      I’m going to give you some links to posts I think you may want to read:
      Blogging: Characteristics of pillar posts
      How to Become a Better Blogger
      How to select and use anchor text effectively

      Some new blogs start out with a traffic flow one may not expect as some purchase traffic. Alexa traffic flow stats aren’t “fake”. All metrics are variable and part of the data comes from Alexa toolbar users. I believe Quantcast is more reliable because our blogs are already running the Quantcast script. All wordpress.com blogs are quantified.

      If you edit the post and include links to the article of the professors that implies your read their work prior to publishing your own post as part of your research. The other alternative is to publish a brief post with the links in it (as many as you feel are relevant) and tell the truth about discovering them after your published your post. Use the same categories and tags on the post as you did on your first post. Then go back to that first post edit it and include a link to the newer reference post. Granted some bloggers would jut edit the post and add a reference section. Either approach is available to you. You do the deciding. :)

      • Good. Thanks for the guidance. After reading your response, an Idea came to my mind. I will create a page and write a disclaimer about. Can I copy your disclaimer style (not whole disclaimer)?

        (Please, edit my previous comment and separate the two questions. I used ‘ol’ tags, but they didn’t work.)

        • @Gaurav Tiwari
          I hope the separation I created above in your comment is what you were aiming for. I can’t answer your question about the other blog and blogger. I can advise you not to get hung up on comparison and competition. Many bloggers, primarily males do that and it takes the enjoyment and passion right out of their blogging.

          Yes, you can use my disclaimer as a template for crafting one for your own blog.

    • @Gaurav Tiwari
      I’m sorry I didn’t answer your question on whether or not sans serif fonts are better for SEO than serif fonts are in my first response. The serif fonts have curly bits and tails at the top and bottom ends on the letters are easier to read on paper. That’s why they are used in books, newspapers and magazines too. However, case studies point to sans-serif being easier to read on a computer screen. As this is the case SEO specialists take the position that they are better for SEO. As I’m visually challenged I will weigh in on this and say that san serif fonts on screen are easier for me to read.

  18. One of my blogs takes a lot of work. It is a Christian devotion blog and I write to the best of my knowledge of the topic. But it takes a good bit of time to research and do word studies and write.

    Another blog I started because I found from the first blog that I like to write and sometimes it is just fun to write and share some of my day’s happenings and opinions in a light-hearted way.

    I appreciate all the help you give to us fellow bloggers.

    • Hi Patricia,
      The contrast between your two blogs is an interesting one. It’s great to hear you have a blog you find fun to publish in as well as one that’s more seriously focused. In the first year they blog many bloggers are compelled to start a second or even third blog to separate their interests and help them focus. I’m glad you find my posts to be helpful. Thanks so much for your kind words and best wishes to you.

  19. I enjoyed this post a lot. I think #6 is were Im at right now. Im still learning how to best manage my time. I can do two things well, but the third will suffer. SO I have to take turns doing things well. heheh and I can’t spend much time in the forums. But Ill get there Im sure as it all works itself out.

    • Time management is the greatest challenge I face and I think that may be true for many other bloggers too. I’ve been blogging now for over 6 years and I can’t say I’ve made a lot of progress in that regard. Recently I have been spending less time answering questions in the support forums and more with my friends in the offline world. They will be gone on Labor Day and a year will pass until we can be together again. Best wishes to you and thanks for commenting and letting me know how you are doing.

  20. Great post! I personally get my inspiration from a subject matter that I know something about, or at least have an opinion about. It usually comes to me first in topic form. Usually the following day,I take time to meditate a while and then once the inspiration flows I write. I don’t think that I will ever run out of things to talk about! It has been a fulfilling experience. It has amazed me also how through my titles how many people find me through search engines so that is a great point, naming and tagging the article properly or with good thought. I am still learning as I go. My Twitter following has been growing and it is always real exciting when I get a comment! Blogging rocks! Happy blogging!

    • Hi Rusty,
      I am also a meditator as you will discover if you click into my personal blog. I consider the subject I’m going to write on by mediating, and then mulling over the various approaches I could take before I sit in front of the keyboard and begin researching to flesh out what I intend to convey. I find I’m often inspred by what I read at that stage and then I make my selection on which approach to take.

      The fact that search engines are sending your blog traffic ie. targeted readers is an indication that you are on the right path. I too still find that blogging rocks, but at present I need a break so I can balance my offline and online life and come back refreshed.

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  22. Kind of funny, I’ve been commenting on the topic of organization and goals in two of my blogs. I’m wondering if perhaps I should have had a dozen posts ready before I even began because it’s a lot of work to read what everyone else is saying, comment on the connection between what you’re both doing to encourage someone else’s readers to check out your site, and then write something meaningful as frequently as possible.

    Bottom line, this post is very timely for me. I appreciate the references, too. More to research!

    • Hi Julie,
      I think it’s a very good idea to have a dozen posts ready to publish at the rate of one very two days when one first begins to blog. The Internet doesn’t stop, can’t stop, won’t stop, so they say. It’s this aspect of blogging that can become repetitive and disheartening. Blogging is time consumptive and that cycle of create content, publish, promote, comment, discuss never ends.

      Long ago I tried publishing three times weekly and found that I couldn’t manage that. I’m usually able to manage publishing twice weely in both blogs during most months of the year. But when I’m short of time my personal blog is the one that does not “get fed”. Summer is always a very busy season for our business and we also have comapny straight through until Labor Day weekend, so this is the time of year I find most difficult to manage of all. If I had prepared draft posts and lined up guest bloggers in advance it wouldn’t be as difficult as it is.

      I find setting no more than 3 tasks I want to accomplish in blogging for the day is workable for me.

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