What makes one blogger better than the other? Nothing really, however, they may have better habits. Here are 10 habits that can make you a much more effective blogger.
1. Stay OFF Facebook. A good blogger actually writes, not posting pinterest pics. Facebook is a great tool to share your content, but it can also be a huge waste of productivity.
*Tip to Becoming a Highly Effective Blogger: Don’t view Facebook as a fun way to take a break. As a blogger, Facebook is a marketing platform. Looking at friends’ photos is not going to make you money, or get you traffic. Limit your Facebook time to once per day. While on Facebook, concentrate on activities that will help grow your blog and readership.
2. Check e-mail no more than 3 times a day.
In Tim Feriss’ bestselling book, The 4-Hour Workweek, he explains that checking your email more than once or twice a day is an extreme time waster. Effective bloggers get in the habit of checking their email just a couple times a day… no more than three. This allows them to stay in the zone… not being pulled away with every single email.
*Tip to Becoming a Highly Effective Blogger: Choose 2-3 times per day that you will check your email (ex: first thing in the morning, right after lunch, and around 5 PM). Check your email at those times, and ONLY at those times. The emails sitting in your inbox won’t explode if you don’t read them for a couple hours.
3. Reads RSS feeds at least twice per week.
While they decrease their time spent on Facebook and email, highly effective bloggers increase their time spent reading RSS feeds. To be an effective blogger, they know that they must stay on top of what’s going on in their industry.
4. 1 out of 10 Blog Posts is a Guest Post.
This one accomplishes two purposes. First, it saves time. When only having to write 9 out of every 10 blog posts, this frees up valuable time. Bloggers can then use that time for studying, responding to readers’ comments, reaching out to other bloggers, etc.
5. Reading new books.
Stay current or die. This is one of the top rules to blogging. Bottom line, if bloggers are not constantly giving their readers new content, good content, and new ideas, they will lose them. They will move on to other, more recent and innovative blogs. And once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.
Reading new books not only helps bloggers stay current on their topics, but it helps expand their brains to new ideas and spark their creativity. It also helps to prevent or relieve that oh-so-familiar writer’s block.
6. Builds relationships with other bloggers.
Successful bloggers recognize that they are by no means the only expert within their industry. Successful bloggers also recognize that these other bloggers can become valuable resources and allies within the blogosphere. The concept of playing nice in the sandbox applies very much to bloggers.
A successful blogger isn’t intimidated by another blogger’s quality blog post. They are excited by it! If they notice a good article by another blogger, they love the opportunity to share that content with their readers. Building relationships with other bloggers allows bloggers to share ideas, guest posts, link juice, and readership.
7. Answers every email, Tweet, Facebook message etc. from Readers.
A blog’s readers are its lifeblood. Without them, it will die. Bloggers work very hard to get readers. Effective bloggers understand the value in each and every reader. They also understand that it is much easier to keep a current reader than it is to get a new one. Readers are everything to the blogger who really gets it.
When a successful blogger gets an email, tweet, Facebook message, or any type of communication from a reader, they respond. If a reader leaves a message on their blog, they respond. If a reader asks a question, they do their best to answer it. Blogs thrive on that two-way conversation. Readers like to feel that they are heard and appreciated. And truly effective bloggers make sure they let their readers know how much they value them.
8. Stays on top of up-to-date SEO standards.
The top bloggers stay on top by keeping their blogs relevant. They also stay on top by making sure the search engines are constantly bringing them new readership. The only way they are able to do this is by 1) constantly writing new, high-quality content, and 2) make sure that they know what the search engines are looking for.
9. Very Involved in Social Media.
Constant involvement in Social Media keeps both the readers and the search engines happy. Social Media sites are the search engines’ new measuring tools. A positive review on a social media site can be more beneficial to a blogger than a link, guest post, etc. Effective bloggers are highly involved in Social Media efforts. They use Social Media to build their credibility, increase awareness, create and strengthen professional relationships, and boost traffic.
*Tip to Becoming a Highly Effective Blogger: Understand that search engines and current/potential followers like to see Social Media involvement. So get involved! Start and take part in Social Media conversations. Hold contests. Post pictures. Create a group. Use it to network. Respond to questions. Utilize Social Media as the great resource that it is.
10. Writes ALL THE TIME!
Content is the most important aspect to any blog. Without content, a blog is nothing. Highly effective bloggers know that writing content is the absolute most important thing to building and maintaining a successful blog. All of their other efforts come second to writing content. They understand that, without high-quality, useful content, and a lot of it, their blog will go nowhere.
Highly effective bloggers spend the majority of their time and effort on content. They update their blog constantly. Most of their other efforts are to help increase the quality of their content. They learn about their industry. They brainstorm. They spend less time chatting with friends on Facebook so that they can have more time to write content. They read about blogging. All so that they can write more, and better, content.
*Tip to Becoming a Highly Effective Blogger: Write, write, write, all the time. You want someone to read your blog? Write content. You want to gain a faithful readership? Write content. You want others to link to you? Write content. You want the search engines to give you better rankings? Write content. You want to make money? Write content!! Before any of your other efforts, write content. After all of your other efforts, write content. And then write some more.