A few days ago I reached the del.icio.us front page for the second time, and the results have exceeded my expectations.
Do you know I have picked up 50 new subscribers during previous two weeks? That’s probably not very interesting. What’s interesting is that I haven’t posted anything in the past two weeks! (because of illness) I bet now I’ve got your attention, eh?
Previously, I have written about what on a blog puts me off as a visitor and keeps me from subscribing to it. Today, I am going to disclose what makes me subscribe to a blog and how you can learn from my perspective as a reader to improve your own blog.
Are you a successful blogger? Success, it seems, has different meaning for every person. For some, managing a low traffic blog is a success in itself. For others, it means a lot of traffic, subscribers, and comments. The majority, however, does not know how to determine whether they are successful or not, and what exactly it feels like to be a successful blogger.
Every blogger is full of inspiration and motivation when starting a blog, but this elated condition seems to wane as time passes. The interest simply peters out and the once fun task of blogging seems more like a chore. This all happens because the bored blogger is not familiar with the sense of success.
Usually, since blogging is supposed to be a lifelong adventure, the formidable challenge of blogging overshadows the initial enthusiasm. To get a sense of definite direction and ultimately a sense of success, you need to set down several goals to help you stay motivated along the way.
Ever since Google came out openly with its stance about advertisers and link sellers who try to manipulate Google’s PageRank algorithm, there has been a great deal of unrest in the blogosphere. You can hear angry voices coming from virtually all directions.
I really find it laughable that many of the well reputed bloggers have succumbed to the temptation of crying foul against Google. They think Google has penalized them for selling links, OK fair enough. Wait.. they also think that Google is manually penalizing their site to rank low in SERPs, and that Google has set spies to trawl through the world wide web to catch the criminals red-handed. This is where their paranoia becomes evident.
Do you know where you’re going with your blog? Do you have a plan or are you just making it up as you go? If you want your blog to be successful and make money, you must have a plan. If you don’t have any idea where you’re going, how will you get there? How will you know when you’ve arrived?
We all strive to improve and get better at what we do. In blogosphere, the success of your blog is a measure to gauge the strength of your efforts.
But how do you measure the success of a blog? Simple, by your subscription stats, the number of comments others leave on your blog, and the amount of buzz you create in the blogosphere.
A methodical approach towards making all these factors count in your favor often pays off.
Below is a rundown of areas you need to improve to become a successful blogger (and so do I).