5 Blogging Secrets For A Successful Blog

Update: added, what are pillar posts.

Here are a few tips that I have learnt over the past few months that I been blogging. I think these steps are important for maintaining and keeping the momentum going new blogs.

1. Drafts.

Make drafts of your future posts, collect data and information related to the post and keep working on them. One of the reasons most blogs fail or lose an audience is that they fail to to post consistently. Having a bunch drafts helps you when you run out of ideas and keeps you organized.

2. Become A Feed Ninja.

Read more post less. While you might not be Scoble and have the ability to read 600+ RSS feeds in a few hours, try to keep track of news around your niche and interests, blogs catch up on news faster than news sites. Reading will also help to give you more ideas for your next post. Practice makes you perfect.

3. Engage Users And Build Relationships

I have subscribed to every reader who has left a meaningful comment on my blog this helps me get to know my readers better and what they expect from my blog. Use Services like cocomments etc to keep track of comments.

4. Be Available And Accessible.

One of the key things of building relationships is to be easily accessible. I have added most of my regular reader on Gtalk and chat with some of the frequently (you can add me ajacob[at]clazh.com). I’ve helped some of them out when they ask me for help or advice.

5. Break News, Write Pillar Posts.

If you follow point 1 and 2 you’ll realize there are two types of post you can do. Break news or write Pillar post. Breaking news is hard you’ll need to watch your Rss feeds like a hawk, it has a few advantages, if its important news it will get picked up easily by other blogger. Writing Pillar post will make your article sticky, most of the traffic that I get are from my pillar posts.

What Are Pillar Posts? Source DailyBlogTips

Characteristics of pillar articles:

  • they are longer posts
  • usually above 750 words
  • they offer a clear value to the reader
  • their content is timeless
  • their content is original and unique
  • they outline the expertise of the writer around a specific topic
  • they attract links from other bloggers
10 Responses

Good advice, I should be saving more drafts. It is a good idea every time you have an idea to start a draft save it go back to it when you have free time.

@chris yes thats what I meant. Most of my drafts are just heading with no content, over time the drafts get build slowly and in the end I sit and refine it.

Wow great post…once again. These tips will certainly help many bloggers. I used to do the mistakes you pointed out, however, after getting into pro blogging, I realized them fast and corrected myself. Great tips :)

thank you so much but what is pillar posts? i try to google but still dun have a clue.

@littleslo I added some extra info on what are pillar posts :)

Great tips!

Be social!

I personally feel breaking news wont make you much successful. More over its always difficult to be a news breaker. :D

@Nirmal you are right .. its hard to do that unless you are a full time blogger.

Out of your 5 points i was missing out the first point since i started blogging…last week after reading a similar post i decided to draft my future posts and this is really wonderful….ideas keep coming in and keep making drafts…

Liked your blog and design

This is a great post!! I have been looking for an answer or guide to help me with this and you have given all of the info that I needed. I thank you very much. I do still have a question about pillar articles though. Do you write and post them on the same page, one after another, or are you suppose to make a new page for each article that you write?