11 Powerful Blogging Tips To Help You Become A Successful Blogger

How to achieve success in blogging and make money online

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This is a guest post by Erik Emanuelli, who is a successful professional blogger and an active ABC member. He is sharing the knowledge and experience he gained during his five years of blogging journey. ~ Editor

With more than 1 billion websites out there (data updated to February 2014), it is clear that a lot of people are aware the Internet is full of possibilities.

Today, it only takes a few minutes to get a new domain name and build a website.

All this is very attractive and tempting, raising our hopes to be a successful blogger.

However, achieving success as a blogger isn’t that easy.

During the latest 5 years, since I started my online journey, I saw many bloggers quitting.

It was not because they were not good enough, but because they could not reach a full-time income working with Internet (or at least, enough to live with).

You want to receive a good monetary compensation for your efforts (Jon Morrow is making $100k per month).

So the question is: “How to Become a Successful Blogger and Make Money Online?”

Tips to Become a Successful Blogger and Make Money Online

Here are 11 blogging tips you need to consider if you want to take blogging seriously, with mention of resources and tips I found useful during my online experience.

1. Passion

All the most popular bloggers have a great passion for what they do, and you can feel it reading their content.

Without that, you cannot go very far.

Internet is full of blogs with ten or twenty posts (or even less), with thin content (most of the times created with automatic software), just with the purpose to make a few bucks with Google Adsense.

However, the time has changed. Search engines are constantly being updated to ensure a positive experience for their users.

Tip: If you want to make money with your blog and be a successful blogger, my suggestion is thinking about a topic that you would like to write about every free moment of your day (in this way, you should be able to find the right subject for your site).

2. Niche and Keywords

Choosing the right niche, together with your keywords, already affects half of your success as a blogger.

Recently, thanks to a great tool named LongTailPRO, I started a site niche project (to be monetized with Amazon and Adsense later on), for a long tail keyword I found with low competition and a decent amount of monthly searches.

After finding your niche, understanding your audience is the next most important step, in order to be able to create useful articles only for those specific users (e.g. creating content that satisfy their needs or problems).

Tip:  SearchMetrics is a tool you can use for SEO purposes, with many features. You can analyze specific websites, and gather interesting data, such as visibility, back links and more. I like the social ranking option, and the keywords ranking tool is great to find interesting opportunities.

3. Constancy

As many other businesses offline,  also in the case of blogging, you will see the fruits of your work over time.

It took me more than 3 years to start creating a solid income online, while still working full time at another job (I believe that 12-18 months could be enough to create a steady monthly revenue if you can dedicate all your time).

Try to publish your posts with constancy, and you will be rewarded by search engines, receiving a traffic increase.

It is very important that you decide the timing to publish your content.

Think about your duties and commitments, and choose between posting everyday,  two or three times or just one article a week. Then stick with this program.

This is very important, in order to respect your readers and build a solid base of fans.

Think for example of a blogger that publishes a post everyday for two weeks and then disappears for a month. This attitude, rather than retain visitors, will make them runaway.

Tip: I use tools like ViralContentBuzz and Triberr to reach more people and amplify my audience. You do not want just to get more shares for your content, but also build more connections.

A man doing stunts on a bike jumping in the air

4. Personality

As a good blogger, you should have the courage to show your personality and not be afraid of it.

It took me three months when I started my first website, before displaying my picture with my face.

People need to know who you are.

You should explain what YOU think,  expose yourself, and assume your responsibility for what you write.

We may even say that a good blogger is brave.

Tip:  You can learn a lot from experienced people in your niche. Seeing how, you can prove your personality and transfer it in the content of your blog.
Don’t be afraid of guest posting, it is still a great way to increase your audience and improve your authority (creating links through guest blogging should be the last benefit to consider).

5. Connections

Connections are everything. Both online or offline.

As a successful blogger, you should be able to establish a productive dialog with the public on your site.

Involve your visitors within the content, push the comments, ask questions from your visitors, you may even ask them for some help!

Try to respond to all comments, even the critical ones.

As a good blogger, you should share your knowledge with your readers. It is a fundamental thing. Don’t be greedy.

You should give away at first.

Also, take some time to create connections outside your website.

How?

Share other bloggers content, comment to awesome posts, help some people.

From time to time, you should share some of your secrets, or personal tips, something that you have learned with years of experience.

Tip:  I use MyBlogU, to find opportunities to showcase my knowledge. Through the interview section, you can find relevant topics and submit your answers, to be then featured on the blogs of other users. It is great to increase your online reputation and authority as a blogger (and to build new connections too).

6. Quality Content

It is always the same suggestion, the first and most important one.

In a few words, if you want to become a famous blogger, it is essential to know how to create quality content for your audience.

We can say that the content is of quality when it solves a real problem for people in your niche.

Content is the king! 

If you keep writing fantastic content, your visibility and popularity around the web will increase, along with the traffic to your site.

Tip: You should build a mailing list from the day one of your blogging careers. GetResponse is a great tool to use for email marketing. Give your subscribers the best of your knowledge and content, and don’t be afraid to show your personality.

7. SEO

As a successful blogger, you should master the SEO techniques.

You need to know how to optimize the content of your blog, while writing for your readers.

After all, it is pointless to have a blog full of high-quality content, which nobody reads (because they cannot find you!).

Be sure to respect the most important aspects of Search Engine Optimization (on-page and off-page).

Even today, getting links to your blog is very effective.

The more frequently your site appears on the search engines, the more visitors you will receive.

Tip:  Try to write long, detailed posts that mesmerize your readers. This way, they will mention and link to your site naturally (this is called,  link baiting).

What are some effective techniques for building links? Check out Matt Cutt’s video for it.

8. Correct Writing

Your authority or web reputation, also pass through an impeccable spelling, grammar and syntax in your articles.

Writing skills also means knowing how to involve your audience, through a personal and lively prose.

Keep writing, and you will learn how to do it better.

In essence:  your authority on the web depends on the quality of your writing and style of communication.

Tip:  I use Grammarly to improve my content.

9. Multimedia

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Adding images to a post makes your communication more effective.

Remember to optimize the images with SEO techniques. For that you need to use your keywords in the description and take care of the alt text or tags.

Be sure to choose pictures that match your content.

Moreover, remember to use not only images, but also try audio and video files to enhance your posts.

Tip:  Consider using podcasting as an alternative method to communicate with your readers.

10. Design

“There is not a second chance to make a good first impression.”

Design is the dress of your blog. In other words, your theme.

I use Genesis framework for my main sites (plus, some other professional and good looking themes for my niche blogs).

It is your responsibility to find an artwork that expresses your taste, and which, at a glance, perceives the type of communication that you want to create between yourself and your audience.

Tip: Avoid any unnecessary coding on your blog pages, or Java Scripts in the content area, or even worse flash objects.

A basket full of eggs and a blogging tip written on top

11. Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

This is one of the most basic rules for a good investor.

And since you’re investing your time to become a full time and successful blogger, you cannot focus all your resources on one single project or source of income.

I own several websites and I earn through different revenue streams.

Of course, you need to maintain your “main blog”, which identifies you and know where to focus the most of your efforts. This will be also the place where people can find you.

But having different projects, websites, products or services, will give you more chance to be successful.

This year, I want to build 2-3 niche sites (I have already achieved excellent results with the first project) and monetize them with Amazon affiliate program (and eventually Adsense), in order to make at least 500$/month for each of them (stay tuned on NoPassiveIncome blog as I’ll reveal the exact steps which led me reaching success with my first niche site).

Also, since the last few months I’ve built my personal website (domain with my name), where I offer my freelance writing services.

I’m aware, I’m very far from becoming a good writer (I am very picky and I do just enough), but as far as I am concerned, I have accomplished many things in the last 5 years.

My first language is Italian, and I speak Spanish much better than English (even though in the last few months I have improved a lot).

What I want you to understand is that you need to have a plan if you want to earn online (and make it for life).

Think out of the box, be different, and always try something new. If you fail, you would simply have found another way to not be successful.

In fact, I have failed a lot and learned so many lessons until today.

I want to conclude with the motto that has accompanied me during these years online:

Be Real, Be Honest, Be Yourself! 

Conclusion

I hope these insights could help you improve your site or your blogging journey.

Remember, using the right web tools also influence your chances to become a successful blogger.

Over To You –

Do you have any other blogging tip or information to add or any other suggestion, based on your blogging experience?

Please, share your views in the comments below, thanks!

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  1. Craig Wood (Woody)

    2015-03-24 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Erik, very late to the party I know, but just wanted to thank you for the insights, I am very new to this game and hope to be very successful in the future, I don’t have a particular niche at the moment I hope I find that on my journey, but I did find all of your tips a big help to me so thank you.

    Woody

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-25 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Craig,
      it’s not too late to get into the party! 😉

      I hope these tips will somehow help you finding the right way to become successful.
      Blogging is not a sprint, is a marathon.
      So is business online.

      Good luck, hope to talk to you soon!

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-03-25 at 8:04 pm

      Welcome to the blog Craig, and to the ABC as well – good to have you over 🙂

      You are never late on Aha!NOW, as the doors of this blog are always open or anyone, anytime 🙂

      I am sure if you follow all the tips mentioned in this post, you’re bound to achieve success, it’s just a matter of time, so keep the faith! Yes, when we start off, most of us don’t usually have a specific niche (some do), though it develops with time and then you keep making it stronger by working on it.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us, and we look forward to reading your posts at the ABC too 🙂

  2. Carol Amato

    2015-03-24 at 8:59 pm

    Hi, Harleena and Erik,

    Erik: Wonderful to see you here on Aha-NOW! 🙂

    This is a wonderful topic because everybody wants to gobble up tips that will help them to be a successful blogger, so well done!

    You’re absolutely right, it is not that easy to be a successful blogger. I see bloggers quitting left and right because they had “Pie in the sky” ideas about what it takes to succeed online.

    I liked all of your tips, and number four really resonated with me because in the beginning of my business – I was a little shy to show my real personality. Your device is spot on.

    Your fifth point is relevant because we definitely cannot do this alone. I like your point about giving first as this principle is foundational to success, in my opinion.

    It amazes me the number of bloggers who do not do anything to check their grammar or syntax in their articles. There are errors everywhere, and it makes it extremely difficult to read.

    I usually do not go back once I stumble upon an article that has multiple errors because I do not feel valued. If they didn’t take the time to make sure it was legible and actually pleasurable to read, then I don’t think they deserve my presence on their blog. It’s that simple.

    Even if English is their second language, as you so well pointed out, they could use Grammarly to help them be more professional and show their readers they care.

    I couldn’t agree more with your points nine and ten. In the latter part of 2014 during my business planning session, I determined to use as many rich media types as possible on my blog. People consume information in different ways, and we need to cater to those preferences and be willing to be flexible.

    Thanks for sharing this thought-provoking article, and I appreciate you inviting him, Harleena. I hope you both have a lovely day.

    ˜Carol

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-25 at 1:59 pm

      Hello Carol,
      pleasure to see you.

      So excited to be here as a contributor! 🙂

      You’re right.
      Daily, a lot of people are joining the business online, with the hope to become successful right away, only to realize later on the harsh truth.
      It’s really hard to make a steady income with internet!

      It’s a mixture of many things.
      Passion, perseverance, planning, hard work, reputation, authority, etc.

      Yes, Carol.
      I think that many bloggers simply do not check for grammar or spelling mistakes.
      I’m guilty too. I remember at the beginning of my blogging journey, I published posts with many errors.
      I did not even use any tool to automate the process of proofreading (like Grammarly, for example).

      I have to say that with time, I improved my skills.
      Still far away to what I’d to become as a writer but step by step I feel I’m improving.

      Thanks a lot for sharing your valuable comment, Carol.
      I really appreciate your presence at my post today,
      and have a great rest of this week! 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-07-03 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Carol,

      I agree with you there – everyone does want to take the best from these tips shared by Erik, as they’re so well written 🙂

      I think it takes a while to come out in the open and let your personality shine right through, and when you do, you certainly see the difference.

      Oh yes…the grammatical errors are a put off, though I’m glad bloggers have started realizing the importance of editing and formatting their posts before publishing it straightaway. Yes, it’s tough to stay long on such sites, but if it’s a known one, I usually message and let them know of the errors, and if it’s a new blog, I may or may not read through, depends on my time in hand. However, I rarely come across such posts nowadays.

      Grammarly is a wonderful tool and we also highly recommend it to our readers, thus the review and giveaway we’d had earlier on this blog.

      Thanks for stopping by, we appreciate it 🙂

  3. Sylviane Nuccio

    2015-03-24 at 6:27 am

    Hi Erik,

    Very nice post. Sorry for being so late here, but it’s hard to keep it up with it all at times.

    Blog commenting do take so much time, and it’s a job that doesn’t pay 🙂

    All your points are excellent. Success is never just the result of on thing, but many things put together. Everything you’ve mentioned here is vital for success in blogging.

    Great job!

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-24 at 6:20 pm

      Slyviane,
      what a pleasure to see you! 🙂

      You’re right.
      Blog commenting takes much time, and it does pay, in the long period, in terms of visibility and connections (which can be turned later into opportunities to make money).

      Glad you confirm the points mentioned in my article.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment at my post today,
      really appreciated.

      Have a fantastic rest of this week! 🙂

  4. Corina Ramos

    2015-03-24 at 1:11 am

    Hello Erik,

    It’s so nice to meet you. Welcome to Harleena’s blog.

    I agree with all your points here. I’m so glad you listed passion as your first tip. Without passion, blogging can start to feel like a job and cause people to want to give up.

    It’s been my experience taking time out to rejuvenate helps me come up with ideas like what to write about and other ways to add to my income stream.

    I really appreciate you sharing these important blogging tips. And thank you for sharing this video. I watched it and got some great tips from it as well.

    Hello Harleena,

    Thank you for introducing us to Erik and letting him share his blogging tips with us here.

    I hope you both have a great week ahead!

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-24 at 6:17 pm

      Hello Corina,
      nice to meet you too! 🙂

      Thanks to Harleena and Vinay for giving me the chance to contribute to Aha-Now and interact with the several members of this awesome community.

      Glad to hear you confirm the points mentioned in this post.

      You’re right.
      Passion at first!
      Unlike writing or doing proper SEO, we can’t learn how to have passion.
      It’s something inside us.

      Those videos from Matt Cutts are quite interesting, even if you have to understand the lesson trough the lines, as he does not tell the exact thing to do to rank well on search engines.

      I really wish to meet a Google employee, someday, who is going to share with me the secrets of the ranking algorithm (a utopia).

      Thanks for the nice comment,
      have a great rest of this week! 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-03-25 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Corina,

      Just replying to my bit of comment – I am so glad you liked Erik’s post, and happy both of you could meet here too

      Have a nice week ahead as well, and I hope your Mom’s feeling better too 🙂

  5. Nisha Pandey

    2015-03-24 at 12:22 am

    Hey Erik,

    Its great to see you in Harleena ma’am’s blog. Really a great post. From 1 to 11 all the points are extremely relevant.

    However according to me the two most important points that make a huge difference are quality content and SEO.

    If the content quality is poor, nothing can help the blog for sure, and similarly if the SEO is poor your content, however great will not have any visibility.

    Thanks for the extremely informative post. Have a nice day!

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-24 at 6:10 pm

      Hello Nisha,
      thanks for the positive feedback.

      It’s really exciting to be here at Harleena’s place as a contributor! 🙂

      Together with quality content and SEO, I should add reputation and authority too (which, by the way, goes hand in hand with the first two mentioned).

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment,
      have a good one!

  6. Andrew M. Warner

    2015-03-23 at 10:36 pm

    Hey Erik,

    Great post here.

    I think constancy is very underrated. Many people feel that publishing their content anytime is sufficient, but it does a disservice to the readers. It leaves them constantly wondering what day to expect new content, and doing that enough times will ultimately make them decide to no longer care.

    Also, great point on design. May people take that for granted as well. But it’s plays a huge role in the amount of readers you get, how many of them sign up for your list, if they decide to share your posts, etc.

    Lastly, eggs in one basket, I have another site that I’m planning to make mostof my money in for the moment. At least until I monetize my blog. But even when that happens, I still plan to try to make money else where.

    Great post here, Erik.

    – Andrew

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-24 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Andrew,
      good to see you here! 🙂

      I’ve been guilty of publishing without a constant schedule for much time,
      now I always post on Monday on NoPassiveIncome, which is my main website.

      Talking about design,
      I noticed that since when I changed theme on NPI blog, the income and the work opportunities have dramatically increased.
      So yes, having a professional design is indeed very important.

      At first glance, the visitor will decide whether the “level” of the blogger, from the layout of his site (of course also from rankings, number of comments, content, etc).

      I plan to add more projects to my basket later this year, although is quite hard managing more than 10 sites!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Andrew.
      I really appreciated your shares, too.

      Have a great rest of this week!

  7. Atish Ranjan

    2015-03-23 at 3:17 pm

    Great to see you everywhere writing great posts Erik. Well done my friend!

    Passion is indeed the most important thing for any kind of work. If you do what you are not passionate about then chances of success are very less. In other words, You should enjoy what you do then only the passion will be there.

    Other tips which you shared over here about SEO, Constancy are indeed important.

    Writing great & killer content is just the best and the most basic things you need to do if you are writing for people.

    Great write up mate. Keep up the good work.

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-23 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Atish,
      what a pleasure to see you here at Aha-Now! 🙂

      Thanks for the kind words, it’s good to be a contributor on different websites around the web.

      You mentioned passion in your comment, which is the most important thing, in my opinion, to reach success in any field.
      Also good writing skills and SEO are needed, but they can be learnt over time (and with practice).

      But you can’t learn to have passion, right? 😉

      Thank you for taking the time to read and share your views, mate.
      Have a great week!

      • Atish Ranjan

        2015-03-23 at 3:44 pm

        Exactly Erik,

        Passion doesn’t come with practice. It is something you get naturally thus always choose the work you are passionate about.

        • Erik Emanuelli

          2015-03-23 at 6:15 pm

          That’s right, Atish.
          It’s something you have inside, as a strong will to succeed, or to accomplish something.
          It’s a positive attitude, that makes you work even harder!

          Thanks for your reply, mate.
          Have a good one!

  8. Aakash Agarwal

    2015-03-23 at 8:21 am

    Indeed one of the best thing I’ve read till date. From the given tips, I’d like to focus on my Passion of blogging. Without Passion, one can not kickstart anything. Passion can be considered as the very first step for most of the newbies and after getting punctual on this, we can start focusing on other things as well.

    Thanks for letting us aware about all these tips and points which would help every single person to build up a whole new environment in the digital world.

    Thanks once again!

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-23 at 3:00 pm

      Hello Aakash ,
      wow, thanks for the kind words!

      Hope these tips will help you improving your blog.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment my post at Aha-Now,
      have a good one!

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-03-25 at 7:59 pm

      Welcome to the blog Aakash 🙂

      Glad you liked Erik’s wonderful post and could relate to it. Yes, passion is what works best, and it’s struck a chord with many of us, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  9. Ikechi Awazie

    2015-03-23 at 7:47 am

    Hi Erik

    I am very much impressed with this post and I love the way you easily discussed the ways to be successful in one’s blog and make money,

    Each point was so important and I must say that you are spot on. As bloggers we need passion to be able to be persistent with blogging. Niches and keywords help make bloggers so focused.

    Personality makes one stand out and connections area most to succeed. Quality content attracts readers and if you content isn’t readable then it can cause stress for readers.

    I do love the last point about not putting your egg in one basket and I agree with you 🙂 totally. You said everything that needs to be said to create a successful blog. Thanks for sharing.

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-23 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Ikechi,
      it’s great to see your comment at my contribution here.

      You are always giving me a fantastic support, and I thank you for this.

      It’s good to hear you enjoyed the reading.
      I hope the tips mentioned in this post are going to help you improve your blogging journey.

      You listed important steps to be successful in your comment.
      Passion, keyword research, showing personality, writing great content are all part of this big “blogging game”.

      Thank you so much for your continuos support, Ikechi.
      Do have a wonderful week ahead.

  10. Ilka Emig

    2015-03-22 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Eric!

    Congratulations on a great guest post 🙂

    This is great blogging advice! You really covered your own years of blogging experience. And that is the best advice of course. I wish I would have had more advice when I started but I am happy to have found so much help and encouragement now.

    All the best for your continued blogging success 🙂

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-23 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Ilka,
      thanks for your kind words. 🙂

      I really appreciate your feedback.
      Good to hear you enjoyed the reading.

      I do share the same feelings of yours.
      I’d have loved someone to help me find the right path since the beginning of my blogging journey.

      But I’m glad I found it myself.
      It’s a great achievement!

      I wish you the best too and do enjoy your week. 🙂

  11. Janice Wald

    2015-03-22 at 8:22 pm

    Your article is impressive. I found you in the Google communities. I offer blogging advice too. Perhaps check out my blog when you get a chance. Thanks.

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-23 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Janice,
      great to here you landed here from a share on Google communities.

      I visited your blog and I noticed is kinda new.
      You’re doing pretty well, for having just 5 months of experience.

      I find the content very interesting.
      If I may give you a suggestion, it to changing the blog theme, trying to switch to a more “professional” layout.

      Are you still blogging with WordPress.com or a self-hosted website?

      This also would make a difference.

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-03-25 at 7:54 pm

      Welcome to the blog Janice 🙂

      Good to have you over from the G+ communities, though I wonder which one as I share my posts on lots of them 🙂

      I am glad Erik checked out your blog and following his suggestion would surely help you as well. I saw it too and loved your About Me page, hats-off to moms who are managing their homes and blogging alongside, a lot like me! I guess going in for a professional look for your blog would help, if you are sure you want to keep blogging.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  12. Maxwell Ivey

    2015-03-22 at 6:39 am

    hi erik; thanks for sharing with us. this was a solid post that would be great for new or relatively new bloggers. its also a good reminder to those of us who have been at it a while that regardless of all the shiny new tools widgets plug ins etc it still comes down to sharing yourself and your knowledge with your readers. you mentioned new projects. i have been struggling with recording music. i can record my own voice just fine. I have even done videos for youtube. but what i want to do is to find some software so i can record myself with background music and video. not turning out to be an easy one to solve especially being a totally blind computer user. maybe you have a suggestion or know someone who could help me out. thanks again and good luck, max

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-23 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Max,
      what a pleasure to have your comment on my post! 🙂

      I hope the content may help not just new bloggers, but also experienced ones.

      I noticed you are into new projects.
      I still need to dig into “podcasts” or “YouTube videos”.

      I may suggest you to contact Ileane Smith, of Basic Blog Tips.
      She has a wide experience in this field.
      She’s also very kind, I’m sure she’s going to help you.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and share your views,
      have a magnificent week, Max!

  13. Nirmala

    2015-03-22 at 2:00 am

    Hi Erik (as you look young, not mentioning sir, lolz)

    You’ve nailed the topic. Yes, bloggers who wanna get succeed in blogging should follow all these 11 tips which you’ve well-explained here. The most thing I like in your post is your personal touch.

    Thanks for showing some good resources to gain credibility in the blogosphere. Out of these 11 points, quality content, SEO and consistency sound great as they would help us to standout from the crowd.

    Glad you’re using LongTailPro, I’ve recently bought it. But still for the ways to use it in an effective manner. If possible, do write a good post on LTP by sharing your experience, so that the novice tool users can learn some good stuff from your knowledge.

    I’d say that it is an amazing post as usual, thanks Harleena for publishing it. Have a happy Sunday both of you 🙂

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-23 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Nirmala,
      no problem of not mentioning anymore “Sir”.
      You don’t need to!

      I’m so glad to see you here at my first contribution to Aha-Now blog community.
      I appreciate your support.

      Thanks for sharing your views on my content, it’s good to hear you like my personal touch.
      I always try to share some useful tips or suggestions, even some “secrets” from time to time.

      I find popular bloggers being a little “selfish”, when it’s their chance to give away for free really useful tips.
      I think they keep it for their premium products, as eBooks or courses.

      Also, sharing resources is an effective way to help people.
      As I mentioned in my previous comment,
      using the right tools will make the difference while working online.

      What a coincidence, Nirmala.
      I’m in the process of writing a post about LongTailPRO, not just a review, but a guide where I share my experience with it.
      So keep following NoPassiveIncome blog! 😉

      Once again, thanks for your support and the social shares.
      Really appreciated!

      Have a phenomenal week!

      • Nirmala

        2015-03-24 at 12:22 pm

        Agree with you Erik that some bloggers never give valuable tips for free. But I feel good to connect with some amazing bloggers like you who would like to offer their priceless tips without any fee.

        Really? I can’t wait for your post on LTP, would love to read it now 🙂

        My pleasure to share your helpful post for my social followers will do it forever 🙂

        • Erik Emanuelli

          2015-03-24 at 6:23 pm

          Thanks a lot for your support, Nirmala.
          It means REALLY a lot to me.

          Working on that LTP post right now! 😉

  14. Mayura De Silva

    2015-03-22 at 1:40 am

    Hi Erik,

    Nice to see you on Halreena’s place, and congratulations on being first active ABC member to guest post mate. You must be so excited 🙂

    Quite an insightful post, indeed. Speaking through your own experiences and like I’ve said the last time, you’re good at enriching your content with relevant and helpful resources.

    I find this post as a helpful guide for all of us bloggers and wannabes to view blogging from a different point of view too. And for those who think that serious bloggers are making money without doing much online 😉

    I’m with you on being passionate about what we do, and often it’s the key to keep us going. Sometimes bloggers are solely focused on the outcome. Aren’t they? Now they don’t have to learn the lesson hard way.

    You have covered some vital points that have been on debate as well – Relationships, Quality, SEO and Constancy. Guess it’s time for bloggers to proceed beyond debating and experiment themselves to learn what works for them best. Then I hope they can write their own version of this post. Don’t you think? 🙂

    Thanks for your insightful write up and hopefully it will take bloggers to a new level mate 🙂

    Have a fantastic weekend, Erik!

    Cheers…

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-23 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Mayura,
      good to see you too! 🙂

      I’m really excited to be a contributor at Harleena’s place.

      Thanks for the kind feedback.
      I always try to add something of “value” for the readers of my posts.

      I think resources are the best way to enrich the content, as the tools you use dramatically improve your success.

      Also, an explanation of “how to” accomplish a task, or simply a suggestion on solving a problem or issue, is another way to create value.

      As you said, I hope this post will be seen as a useful guide to becoming a successful blogger and make money online.

      Well, if you just focus on earning “fast cash”, then I doubt you will remain in the blogosphere for a long time.

      If you don’t have a passion, your audience will notice it, and even yourself, you’ll lose the will soon to keep working with the internet if results won’t come overnight.

      And believe me, you are going to need a lot of time and efforts to see those results! 😉

      Thanks a lot for sharing your views here, Mayura.
      I wish you an amazing week!

  15. Mukesh

    2015-03-22 at 1:04 am

    Hello Erik,
    Thanks for giving such wonderful post, your 11 tips for blogging is excellent to read and i am sure i will follow all these tips to drive visitors and improve the engagement. I like your advice on making multiple blogs..

    Regards
    Mukesh

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-23 at 2:28 pm

      Hello Mukesh,
      glad you liked my contribution.

      I hope these tips will help you improve your blog.

      Well, having multiple blogs works for me, as I cover different niches.
      This turns into several making money opportunities.

      Thanks for commenting, I wish you a wonderful week!

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-03-25 at 7:46 pm

      Welcome to the blog Mukesh 🙂

      Glad you liked Erik’s powerful tips to become a successful blogger, which are apt, especially for those who are wanting to achieve success with their blogs. I am sure by implementing them, you’d achieve your goals too.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  16. Babanature

    2015-03-21 at 10:42 pm

    Hello Erik,

    Welcome to Harlenas’ blog as a guest blogger. 🙂

    This is indeed a nice and interesting post every new blogger should read if they want to become a “success” in the blogging world.

    As Reginald, I strongly believe that creating a community around you and making/ building relationship will sky rocket you to success.

    I sincerely did enjoy the read buddy…

    Do have a blessed weekend both of you…

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-23 at 2:19 pm

      Hello Babanature,
      thanks for the warm welcome.
      It’s great to be here as a contributor, feeling excited! 🙂

      As you said, I hope this post is going to help some bloggers turn their online passion into a full time income.

      You’re right.
      Building a community around your blog is a wise investment of your time.
      Your readers will be your base of fans!

      Also, improving your audience by working on social media is another good strategy.

      Glad you enjoyed the post, thanks for your comment.
      Have a terrific week!

  17. Reginald Chan

    2015-03-21 at 9:06 pm

    Hey Erik & Harleena!

    Excellent article! For me, successful in blogging requires just ONE thing: Relationship building.

    You can’t go wrong with that and you need to build a community. A community is vital for any success.

    So make no mistake with it!

    Top notch and keep it up!

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-21 at 10:49 pm

      Hi Reginald,
      mate, how are you?

      So glad to see you! 🙂

      Thanks for the positive feedback, it means a lot coming from you.

      You’re right.
      Building connections is soooo important.
      Both for business and for personal life.

      Harleena and Vinay did a fantastic job with Aha-Now.
      A great example on how to build a well engaged community.

      Thank you so much for your support and comment here.
      Have a beautiful weekend! 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      2015-07-03 at 6:16 pm

      Hi Reginald,

      Sorry for being late, though glad to be here now 🙂

      I totally agree with you here – nothing works better than building relationships with fellow bloggers. After all, that’s how we met, and so many other blogging friend’s too, isn’t it? It’s this community of people around us that keeps us going.

      Thanks for stopping by, we appreciate it 🙂

  18. Chery Shmidt

    2015-03-21 at 7:21 pm

    Hello Erik,
    So nice to meet you here o n Harleenas blg I love your insights that you have shared with us to improve your sites blogging journey,especially the little tips on the bottom of each one. Great Job!

    I do have one thing to add and do feel this is important, Juts be yourself, so many people, like myself get started blogging and don’t really know how to act. CThey feel they have to be someone else to get noticed.

    NOT SO! if people follow your advice here and just Be Real they will become Successful Blogger in no time at all..

    Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-21 at 10:46 pm

      Hi Chery,
      that’s exciting to be here as a contributor at Harleena’s place.

      Thanks for the kind feedback, it’s great to hear you enjoyed my post.

      I shared my motto, which includes your suggestion:
      Be Honest, Be Real, Be Yourself.

      I think it’s very important!
      And it worked for me during all my life.

      Thank you so much for being here reading and commenting.
      Have an exceptional weekend! 🙂

  19. Adeshokan Shamsudeen

    2015-03-21 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Erik,

    Nice to see you on Aha-Now, well you’re not new to many here only but this time…..as a guest contributor of the blog.

    My favorite line in this post is:

    “Think out of the box, be different, and always try something new. If you fail, you would simply have found another way to not be successful”

    This reminds me of the great inventor “Thomas Edison”, if he had quit trying at 9,999, “maybe” you and I won’t have had the luxury we’re enjoying today of the incandescent lamp.

    And I like that you already practice what you preach by not giving up on blogging even at when it took you almost 3 years to make something good out of it.

    This is something most people who dabbled into blogging get wrong and just throw in the towel before they even get half way.

    Thanks for sharing your vast experience with us.

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-21 at 10:30 pm

      Hello Adeshokan,
      good to hear you liked my contribution at Aha-Now.

      You’re right.
      I know that Thomas Edison quote too.

      I failed many times in life, sometimes it’s hard to accept it.
      But if you are able to stand up with renewed passion and strength, then you will be already a winner.

      After all, failures teach us how to improve ourselves and not to make the same mistakes.
      It serves as experience!

      That’s right.
      It took me a lot before seeing any results online.
      Maybe because I was working full-time and dedicating just a few hours at a time at my blog.
      Well, I’m glad I did not give up.
      I’m proud of my achievements!

      Thank you for commenting.
      Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂

  20. Abrar Mohi Shafee

    2015-03-21 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Erik,

    You have got me on your first tips “Passion”. I can’t really express in words how important it is for blogging.

    One may have very good knowledge, but without passion it’s sure he can not deliver his 100%.

    I think, passion is not less than a skill. Who is intended to be a successful blogger should come by this skill.

    The other tips are so important as you explained. Thanks for a great and surprising writeup for Aha!Now. 🙂

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-21 at 10:24 pm

      Hello Abrar,
      it’s great you confirm my point about “passion”.

      It’s really important for anything you do in life.
      If you add your efforts and passion in the things you do,
      I bet they will be successful.

      Do keep up the enthusiasm with your blog and results will come!

      Thank you for commenting.
      Have an incredible weekend! 🙂

  21. Umapathy

    2015-03-21 at 11:11 am

    Hi Erik,

    As always your post is excellent. Enjoyed reading it.
    I agree with all the points you have mentioned. Especially love the last one. My father used to tell this point all the time. I have built a new business under his mentorship. Once it grows, I will reveal about it.

    I love the tips and tools you mentioned you mentioned after each points.

    Have a great weekend ahead 😉
    ~Umapathy

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-21 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Umapathy,
      thanks for the kind words.
      I’m really happy you liked the post. 🙂

      Godo to hear your father used to suggest the same as my latest point.
      Not putting all your eggs in one basket is a wise move.

      I’m curious to hear about your project.
      Is that a new website?

      Thank you for commenting.
      Have a productive weekend! 🙂

  22. Ashutosh Jha

    2015-03-21 at 9:59 am

    Hi Erik,

    Congratulation for getting featured on Aha!Now and Nice post as always. Your tips are really valuable and realistic.

    In any field its most important to plan the things accordingly and work on that. Your these tips are really valuable. And yes Myblogu is really an awesome platform.

    Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.

    -Ashutosh

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-21 at 10:15 pm

      Hello Ashutosh,
      good to see you here.

      Thanks for the greetings, I’m so excited to be featured here at Aha-Now 🙂

      Glad to hear you are using MyBlogU too.
      It’s a useful tool to increase your reputation, by sharing your knowledge for the topics you are expert about.

      Thank you for commenting.
      Have a sspectacular weekend! 🙂

  23. Yvonne I. Wilson

    2015-03-21 at 6:46 am

    Thanks for a great post such as this one Erik. I do not blog for money, well at least not yet, but there are excellent points and so much that I can take away from this post. I will bookmark for future reference.

    I love the idea of having a blogging plan and not to put all of your eggs in one basket. It makes sense for good business best practice not to do both.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-21 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Yvonne,
      good to hear you liked the article!

      And it’s great to find someone who does not blog for money.
      You are one of the few ones, I met until today.

      I’m pleased you are going to bookmark the post for future reference,
      this is awesome.

      Well, having a plan and not putting all your eggs in one basket works if you want to build a business online.
      I guess if you want to blog just for passion, you simply need to follow your heart.

      Thank you for commenting.
      Have a stupendous weekend! 🙂

  24. Adrienne

    2015-03-21 at 12:13 am

    Hi Erik,

    Welcome to Harleena’s blog, great guest post topic. If you blog, who doesn’t want to learn more about it right!

    So I agree with all of your points here. I think the reason I was so slow in getting started is because everything I was doing I was just going through the motions. I certainly wasn’t passionate about it, not until about three years ago. I think really enjoying what you’re doing while helping others, well it doesn’t get much better than that.

    I can’t really elaborate on anything you’ve shared here, you have pretty much given what you believe is what it takes having done that already. That’s who we all would prefer to learn from anyway right? Someone who has been there and done that, now is sharing what it took.

    Blogging and making money online is not easy but it’s worth it if you’re willing to do the work. I’ve learned that the hard way too. 😉

    Great share and you did good Harleena with your choice of guests. Thank you both and hope you’re enjoying spring.

    ~Adrienne

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-21 at 10:08 pm

      Hello Adrienne,
      good to see your smile here. 🙂

      Thanks for the warm welcome,
      it’s exciting to be here contributing to this powerful community,
      which is Aha-Now.

      It’s good to hear about your experience.
      You have a great success right now, and it’s important for new bloggers to understand your difficulties during the path.

      I think what it works for me, maybe not working for someone else.
      This is why it’s very important for everyone to make a plan and choose the right niche.

      Working hard is the common thing, tough.

      Thank you for sharing your views and experience here.
      Have a terrific weekend! 🙂

  25. Anoop Gupta

    2015-03-20 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Erik

    Your post is just awesome. I am sure your post will serve as a fantastic guide for newcomers in blogging arena and a great revision for professional bloggers.

    Keep up with the excellent stuff.

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-21 at 10:05 pm

      Hello Anoop,
      thank you for the awesome feedback!

      I really hope the post will help some new bloggers finding the right way to become successful.

      I did my best to share important points to follow, as these have worked for me.

      Thank you for sharing your views and experience here.
      Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  26. Balroop Singh

    2015-03-20 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Erik,

    Nice to meet you here! This is an extremely useful post for all bloggers. I loved reading it and I am glad I happened to come in so late to have read many more extra points being discussed by experienced bloggers.

    I started my blog without any plan, just with a passion for writing and keeping my creativity alive but i am quite satisfied with whatever connections I have made…so many wonderful friends! I have no idea about the technical aspects of blogging and therefore SEOs don’t hold any importance for me. With paucity of time, one learns slowly and I am trying to pick up, that’s why posts like this are so beneficial.

    I agree with the age-old wisdom of not keeping all your eggs in one basket. All tips shared in the post resonate with me. Thanks for sharing. Thanks to Harleena too for inviting you to share your wisdom. Stay blessed.

    • Erik Emanuelli

      2015-03-21 at 10:02 pm

      Hello Balroop,
      good to hear you enjoyed the reading.

      Definitely, if you start blogging without having a plan and just for passion of your niche, I think that you keep learning many things during your journey.

      If you have not the rush to make money with your blog (or if it’s simply not your aim), you can focus on just creating relationships with your audience and building interesting content for them.

      Thank you for sharing your views and experience here.
      Have a great weekend! 🙂






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