I am the ultimate rule breaker guys.
I ignored SEO for almost a decade and own a tiny email list.
But I have experienced a little bit of success along the way.
However, breaking some blog golden rules tends to create long blogging struggles.
Golden Rules of Blogging
Virtually every successful blogger adheres to one or all six of these golden blogging rules.
Rules serve a critical purpose; blogging rules create order in your mind. By following a rule you know what to do to succeed and more importantly, what to avoid. Avoid making common errors to skip painful blogging struggles.
Golden rules offer you guidelines. Follow each to capitalize on pro blogger experience. Pros followed these strategies persistently to become successful. Follow each diligently to mine similar success. If pros share what works just trust success. Follow their advice to become successful.
Rules also alert you as to what to avoid. For example, perhaps you fear losing money. Blogging seems like a good way to make money. But after reading golden rule number 1 below – blog your passion – you understand how blogging mainly for passion yields success, not blogging mainly for money. Knowing this truth helps you to avoid making a common error.
Honor these golden rules of blogging to accelerate your success.
1: Blog Your Passion
Pick a blog topic you love working to:
- be patient
- be persistent
- detach mostly from stats like profits, traffic, social shares, etc
- see work as the reward, and outcomes as bonuses
- enjoy the ride
- lap bloggers in your niche who chase money or fame
This is the #1 golden rule of blogging because your passion fuels your blogging journey through ups and downs.
Sit in a quiet room. List 3-5 passions of yours. Whittle down to one topic that makes you feel most alive.
Tie Passion to a Problem
Tie your passion to a problem.
Solve a core problem through your blog.
I enjoy sharing blogging tips. Bloggers struggle to drive traffic. Publishing blog posts engineered to increase your blog traffic feels fun and solves a pressing blogging problem.
Bloggers why enjoy blogging persist for years. Solving a specific problem connects you with readers who require your expertise.
Blog your passion. Solve a problem. Lay a rock solid foundation for your blogging campaign.
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2: Learn Blogging From Pros
Top bloggers cut years from your learning curve if you listen to them.
Perhaps you deviate from a few of their rules but by following most of their advice you will succeed online.
Follow top blogs in your niche. Read top blogging tips bloggers too.
Take notes on posts. Study the notes. Put your knowledge into action.
Invest in courses and eBooks created by top bloggers. Follow a properly formatted framework for building a successful blog.
As a new blogger you have no idea what you’re doing. Listen to pros. Do what works from Day 1.
Professional bloggers know how to succeed based on their year’s worth of successful blogging experience. Do not wing it when pros can teach you what works and what does not work. Allow these veterans to be your blogging guinea pig. Let them teach you to avoid making common errors to preserve your peace of mind.
- build a watch list of two to three professional blogging tips bloggers
- read their blog posts
- buy their courses and eBooks
- Use Google, Facebook and Twitter to find blogging tips mentors
Learn from pros to avoid winging it. Study advice from the best to follow a successful blogging path.
3: Pick 1 Topic (and Stay on Topic)
Pick 1 blog topic. Be a specialist.
Avoid temptations to niche hop. Niche hopping confuses readers who expect one topic but see another topic. Imagine if this post was about camel mating rituals? I’d lose a few readers who expected a post helping them become better bloggers. My blog name and tag line promises smart blogging tips. Minus the odd travel post – because I was featured on world famous sites as a digital nomad – I post about smart blogging tips.
Develop expertise in 1 niche. Where your energy goes, grows. Honor this rule to become a trusted resource in your niche.
Specialists gain trust. People feel accustomed to dealing with specialists in the offline world. Lawyers give full professional attention and energy to being lawyers. Doctors give all of their work and school energy to being doctors. No one trusts lawyers who sell pizza and drive dump trucks. Why would you trust a doctor who codes and works as a delivery person.
Specialize to prosper. Do one thing. Do it well. Satisfy another blogger golden rule.
- pick one blogging niche
- become a trusted specialist
- avoid urges to add niches for fear of missing out
- do one thing to do it well
4: Create Helpful Content
Create helpful content through:
- blog posts
- guest posts
- live broadcasts
Solve specific problems in your niche to create helpful content.
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Blogging tips bloggers tackle topics related to increasing blog traffic and profits. Self help bloggers dive into how to achieve goals.
Drill down to address reader pain points. Email readers asking what they need help with. Read top blogs in your niche; pros know what readers want.
Write at least one blog post weekly. Publish 1500 word or longer posts. SEO-optimizing blog posts helps for driving Google traffic.
New bloggers can publish 600-1000 word posts to gain confidence but upping word counts by adding more details to content accelerates your success. Google loves details. People love details.
Simple wins. Strip bloat by writing clear, concise sentences. Allow your writing voice to emerge by writing diligently. Stand out from the crowd.
- listen to the needs of your readers
- publish in-depth, detailed content
- aim for 1500 words
- add as many practical tips as possible
- publish a detailed resource
- give ample time and energy to publishing a thorough blog post
- format the post effectively by using short, crisp sentences and frequent paragraphs
- add at least one picture to make posts visually appealing
- link out to trusted blogs from your niche
- link in to in-depth posts published to your blog
- add multi-media like videos to enrich the user experience
Publishing helpful content unearths fears related to worthiness issues in some cases. Some bloggers do not believe that they deserve to succeed. Naturally, some bloggers write undeserving, thin blog posts lacking value. No successful blogger went pro on a foundation of thin, unhelpful blog posts.
Feel deserving of success by releasing undeserving ideas in your mind. Feel good about blogging your passion. Enjoy helping people. Enter a deserving frame of mind by understanding how being generous with your time and talents feels good and positions you to succeed.
Never hold back whenever you create content. Cut the strings of expectation. Generously serve readers to thrive with your content creation campaign.
5: Build Connections with Successful Bloggers
Befriend top bloggers in your niche by doing a few things
- comment genuinely on their blog
- promote them on social media
- promote them on your blog
Ask for nothing in return. Be a friend. Become a friend.
Some top bloggers in your niche mention you on their blog. Other top bloggers invite you to guest post on their blog.
Alonzo Pichardo generously invited me to chat on his podcast, our Sound Cloud chats and YouTube videos registering over 600,000 listens and plays, collectively.
Guys; my success flows through my connections. I connected with friends by helping them without expecting anything.
Do the same to honor this most powerful blogging rule.
- comment genuinely on blogs related to your niche
- promote fellow bloggers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
- promote trusted bloggers through your blog posts
- ask for nothing in return
- expect nothing in return
- allow friendships to grow organically
6: Simple Concepts Generously Applied Create Success
Following the prior steps generously – for years – creates online success.
Bullshit hacks do not work. Only brain dead or desperate bloggers believe shortcuts exist.
Follow simple steps every day guys. Learn from pros. Create helpful content. Connect with leaders by helping them.
Beware employing complex blogging strategies. Complex tactics create stress and lead to failure.
Simply creating and connecting generously for a long time by trusting in yourself and the blogging process promotes success.
What About Monetizing?
Monetizing happens seamlessly if you follow these rules for years. Most bloggers struggle to make money because they skip one or all of these steps. Or they follow all steps for a year or two then panic and bail because they haven’t made millions.
See the journey through.
You’ll succeed by following these golden rules of blogging.
For a helpful blog monetizing guide check out this post:
Wrapping It Up
Have fun creating and connecting.
Learn from blogging pros.
Free yourself to become a prospering blogger.