by Diana Adams | Featured Contributor
These days, it seems like almost everyone is a blogger. According to Google, “74,652,825 sites out there are depending on good ol’ WordPress. That’s one site per person in Turkey.” If you read a ton of blogs every day like I do, you’ve noticed that some bloggers stand out from the crowd. They have more mojo than the average blogger. They seem to have the magic touch when it comes to attracting readers and attention.
What do super successful bloggers do that is different from everyone else? I can’t claim to know for sure what the answer is; however, based on what I’ve observed from all the successful bloggers I know, there seems to be a trend. There do seem to be some things that are common amongst successful, influential bloggers.
After thinking about it more today, I decided to compile a list of 25 common traits shared by successful bloggers. When I finished the list, I was surprised at how many of these things also mirror successful entrepreneurs. Perhaps it’s all the same mindset and same approach to life. I hope you enjoy this list.
25 Things All Super Successful
Bloggers Have in Common
1. They are laser-focused on their blogging goals. They don’t allow themselves to get distracted.
2. They are visionaries and have a clear picture of where they want their blog to be in five years.
3. They love to write, and they are dammmn good at it.
4. They know how to do social media right, and they have mastered the art of social media self-promotion without being lame.
5. They become an expert in their niche and increase their influence.
6. They project positivity. They have a genuine interest in contributing to the blogging community in a positive way.
7. They take their blogging seriously. They are committed. They become master planners and always make time for their writing.
8. They surround themselves with positive, high energy people. Like @MelissaOnline tweeted, “Your mind is multimillion-dollar property. Screen your tenants very carefully.”
9. They develop a rock solid reputation and build on it every day.
10. They have the necessary blogging tools they need: Laptop, fast Internet connection, blogging apps, etc.
11. They are genuinely likeable people. If they aren’t that way naturally, they learn how to become more likeable.
12. They have a good attitude. They think like a champion.
13. They are persistent and work hard. They are always able to keep moving forward regardless of obstacles, adversity and difficulties that might be standing in their way.
14. They are trustworthy. Their readers depend on them for factual information.
15. They give credit where credit is due.
16. They are friendly and engaging with their readers.
17. They are detail-oriented. They check each post to be sure the formatting, grammar and other details are correct before publishing.
18. They are patient. They understand that it takes time to earn respect as a blogger, and they are in it for the long haul.
19. They are thick-skinned. They can take criticism without falling apart and questioning themselves.
20. They know how to network. They understand the importance of relationship building and its effect on their success as a blogger.
21. They are good listeners and respect the opinions of others (i.e. in comments on their posts).
22. They never stop learning. The blogosphere is a moving target. They don’t get too comfortable. Instead, they stay on the edge of what’s happening each day.
23. They are skilled money managers. This is required in order to give the proper time and attention to their blogging, especially in the beginning.
24. They aren’t trying to get paid for each hour they work. Instead, they think like an entrepreneur. They look at the big picture of what they are creating long term. They are adaptive and open to change.
25. They read a lot and write a lot. Stephen King, one of the bestselling authors of all time, gave advice to aspiring writers at Yale in 2003. He said in order to be a great author (blogger), you have to read a lot and write a lot. There are no shortcuts.
Please let me know in the comments below if you think of anything else that needs to be added to this list. I’m even more inspired to blog now. Thank you for reading my post!
Diana Adams is the founder and CEO of Adams Consulting Group, Inc. in Atlanta. Established in 2001, her company is now an esteemed member of the Apple Consultants Network and is rated one of the top independent Apple consulting firms in the southeast.
She’s written 4,000+ blog posts about technology, social media and geeky innovations. She loves new technology, Java Chips with extra drizzle, and any form of creativity. She’s also one of the biggest Star Wars fans in the world and is a frequent user of the force.
Diana graduated from USC, and she spends most of her time on the east coast. She is a social media addict, and you can find her on Twitter (@adamsconsulting), Instagram, G+ or Facebook almost anytime of the day or night. Send her a tweet and say hello!