What don’t successful bloggers do?
I have been blogging for over six years,
wrote a lot of blog posts,
made over six figures,
had over 10+ million page views…
..and realised that there are certain aspects that successful bloggers don’t do.
So this post is for you if you are still trying to become a successful blogger and have had no success, here are 13 things that successful bloggers don’t do.
Update in 2017: I have published this as a podcast version where I go into more detail on each point. If you are a fan of audio click here and press play.
1. They don’t start 10+ blogs at once
I covered this on episode 1 of my podcast; it is quite sad how many people have anywhere from 10 – 50 blogs that they are either trying to rank for or create content for them.
Focus on building one successful blog that you are passionate about and once you get some traction and have built an actual following and have made the income you desire then look at creating another blog.
Invest at least 1 – 2 years before you consider even starting blog two.
In the long term, this will be the most productive and profitable approach.
2. They don’t think that success will come overnight
“Earn 10k in 2 months by following my method! “
“Quit your job in one month by following this simple system for only $97!!”
Thank god for people like Pat Flynn who have been showing how an honest approach to online marketing works 100 times better than what has been portrayed in the blogging world.
Starting a blog is like building a business, it takes time.
Not only do you have build quality content but there is a big learning curve that comes with starting a blog.
You weren’t born with the skills you have now; they take time to learn and develop.
I am not saying you shouldn’t invest in yourself in the form of courses, mastermind groups and the likes but don’t be disheartened if in 6 months you still haven’t made a million dollars and quit your job.
3. They don’t just learn they DO
If I handed you, a book that had the secrets to making 1 million dollars blogging.
If it told you the exact investment steps, exact blogging steps and exact methods from head to toe on how I made my millions.
You read that entire book and thought
Wow, I learnt so much from Steves book!!
What would happen?
Nothing! …. well except you might be a bit more educated ;)
Successful bloggers who listen to podcasts and read books on blogging implement what they learn.
That is exactly why when I quit my full-time job in 2014 I went from $1-2k per month to $5-10K+ in literally two months.
I devoured podcasts and books sure, but I also put in to play the email marketing, affiliate marketing, Facebook marketing and everything else I had learned while listening to them.
If someone told me about a new funnel for Facebook ads, I would try it.
If they said you need to work on building your email list that using a lead magnet, I would try that.
So while learning how to blog it is important if you don’t do what you learn it becomes irrelevant! Or you will not move forward.
4. They don’t fail
This is a big one, so many bloggers are under the impression that if after 6+ months of blogging and getting little to no traction that they have failed.
Successful bloggers realise that this is not a failure but an opportunity to learn.
My first blog sucked, but the lessons I learnt from the two years trying to build the blog helped me get more traction on my next blog and so on.
There is no failure only lessons learnt, and if you take one thing away from this article, it is you don’t fail you learn. Each failure is but a step towards becoming a successful blogger.
5. Successful bloggers don’t start out to make money
All I wanted when I first started blogging was to become a millionaire on my first blog.
I did whatever I could to monetize the sites. Adsense, affiliates, ad networks, Amazon and anything that paid me money.
After many years of trying to do this, I soon realised that it is not the way.
Sure some people get lucky and make a few thousand here and there.
But ultimately it was because I brought value and actually helped people who were moving to Australia that the money followed.
On my blog, I answered questions, created communities, wrote content that helped people and just did everything I could to actually provide value for people.
All the previous blogs I had created, I just wanted to make money as fast as possible. It was the unfortunate mentality that was portrayed in many online marketing forums back when I started blogging.
If money is your number 1 goal before serving other people first, you will find it struggle to become a successful blogger.
6. Successful bloggers don’t turn into haters on other people’s success
Ah, haters. Where would we be without them? Some of you reading this are probably hating right now, stop it.
There will always be the haters of the internet marketing world and in reality, the percentage of genuine people to haters is much much higher.
If you focus on another person’s success and resent them for it, then you will block your path to becoming a successful blogger.
I have found that once I started providing value and a positive message that the haters were far and few between.
7. They don’t pretend to be something they are not
What I mean is be yourself and write content that you know and have researched about.
If for some example you started a robotics blog and just put together some random content that you thought you knew about ultimately you would not become a successful blogger.
For example, you wouldn’t take advice from an overweight personal trainer or someone selling a course on making money who hasn’t made money themselves except via selling the course on making money(this happens!)
The reason I believe I became a successful blogger when I moved to Australia was I did move to Australia. So any article or topic I talked about I had actually done and experienced myself.
Point being is write about what you know or have experienced. Honesty will triumph over all.
8. They don’t think that they are the best writer in the world.
Oh if my high school English teacher could see me now! She would be both amazed, and I imagine proud.
I sucked, absolutely sucked at writing. Now I feel that I am okayish…rite? ;)
Point being we all suck at things when we first start them.
Remember when you learnt how to drive? Haha
Becoming a successful blogger takes 100’s even 1000’s of blog posts.
Even then you might not be the best writer in the world but heck you will be a million times better than when you first started. Keep writing and learning.
9. They don’t rush things
One of the biggest things I have learnt about blogging is patience.
- It takes time to learn how to blog
- It can take a long time before you rank in Google
- Creating content takes time
This may seem obvious, but patience is probably the most underrated of all things that successful bloggers have.
Again the internet marketing space has created this “get rich mentality” that you will publish one blog post and make a million dollars*
*With my secret method for $97!!* Click here to buy now! ;)*
They say good things come to those who wait, and patience is key to that.
You will become a successful blogger, work done with passion and patience will take you to new heights of success.
10. Successful bloggers don’t neglect their health
What does that have to do with becoming a successful blogger Steve?
I learnt a valuable lesson when I listened to Episode 38 of Darren Rowse’s podcast on how important your health is to your blog and it made so much sense.
Think about it; a blog is a direct reflection of you. If you are not performing then neither will you blog.
Darren asks the question: “how are you?”. Not your blog, not your business, but you?
The benefit of looking after your health will have a direct reflection on you if you do or do not become a successful blogger.
11. They aren’t afraid to become successful bloggers
Ironically as big as a fear of failure can be, often people are more afraid of becoming successful.
This is something that most people aren’t even aware of. For some an excitement of success can be close to anxiety.
I hummed and hawed about launching my podcast for over eight months!
It wasn’t that I didn’t have valuable information on what I had learnt about blogging and making passive income. It was that I was afraid of what might happen.
- What if I become successful?
- Will I lose my freedom and have to speak in front of thousands of people about my success?
- Can I still able to walk away and live my previous so called dot com lifestyle?
The list goes on and to some you, it might sound silly.
However, if you want to become a successful blogger, then you have to identify this fear.
It is far more widespread than people realise and the first step to getting over the fear is just doing.
The sooner you start, the sooner the fear will become a thing of the past.
Even now while I am writing this post, in the back of my mind I am thinking… wait what if it gets picked up and goes viral… what the hell do I do then. Eek
But seeing as you are reading this now, I have published it :)
12. They don’t skip their morning routine
Some of the greats Tony Robbins and Oprah all have morning routines that they swear by.
This is something I learnt after listening to Hal Elrod on a podcast episode of EOFIRE talking about some weird thing called a “Miracle morning”.
I ended up listening to Hals audio book and went from doing pretty much nothing in the morning to meditating, writing affirmations, listening to audio books/podcasts and exercising every morning.
While I found it hard to stick to it every morning.
I immediately noticed a difference and my miracle morning has changed significantly depending on my goals and priorities that month.
Whatever you need to work on you can include this in the first two hours of the day.
With every day that passes, I promise it will change your life and help you become a successful blogger.
13. They don’t skip writing their goals or to do lists
I remember when I used just to sit and say okay I am going to blog now..
Or man I have to publish an article its been weeks now.
This is something I encourage everyone to do if you don’t already.
Two important things about goals and to-dos
1) Make a deadline for those goals.
Goals are dreams with deadlines. ~Diana Scharf Hunt
I highly recommend at the start of every month to take out an A4 page and just write down what you want to achieve that month. I can guarantee you that a lot of successful bloggers actively do this.
Specific goals not just “get fit” more so like “I want to do lose 5lb’ or “write two 1000 word blogs posts per week.”
Fill that page not just on what you want to achieve in your blog but your life as a whole.
At the end of the day, your success both physically and mentally is reflected by the goals you set.
For blogging, I would also break those goals into weekly goals.
Here is my A4 page currently for this blog:
One thing I did last year was(and it might sound ridiculous) write a list of 100 goals I want to achieve over the next three months.
I got inspired to do this after listening to Shawn’s podcast with James Swanwick.
Fast forward to the 17 minute remaining mark if you want to hear Shawn’s similar story about 100 goals.
At the end of it, I had a list of which I would never think of unless I had written everything out.
And sure some were not massive goals, but it just gave me this great outline of what I needed to do for the next three months.
Three months after writing the 100 goals I had crossed off about 50 of them!
Which might not sound like a lot but I literally wouldn’t have done half of these goals without realising what I as a person wanted to achieve.
Crazy story about my list of 100 goals
Within literally 2-3 minutes of completing this list of 100 goals, I got a phone call.
One of my goals on my list was to “start a regular yoga practice”.
My friend Ian called me up(he had just started his Yoga business). I had helped him create his website, and he offered me a 10 class pass because of how I had helped him.
I went to my first yoga class that evening, and another goal of mine was to “start to do some sprinting”(health was a big part of those 100 goals), my friend Steve who was at the yoga class with me gave me a lift back home.
We were chatting, and he said “Here, do you wanna start some running or sprinting or something?” :O
Call it coincidence or not, the fact that I had spent hours and hours making this list, and that happened minutes after completing gave me chills.
Bottom line: Get clear on what you want, and the universe will deliver.
2) Write daily to-dos
Before you start any blog post or work day make a to-do. It sounds so simple, but I promise you this will be a game changer.
My advice writes an a4 page list of all the things you want to do today and group into what you need to do in order.
See my tasks for today below I put finishing this blog post as the highest priority:
Conclusion on what successful bloggers don’t do:
So if you are just starting out as a blogger or have been blogging for many years and are still waiting to become successful keep your head up.
Follow these 13 steps that successful bloggers don’t do and you will get there.
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In conclusion, I would like to leave you with a quote of mine:
Life is made up of moments, not by how much money you save, invest or earn.