Part 2 – Habits 21 to 40
21. Writes timely content
In this point, timely content refers to new and latest information that is much sought after during a specific time period. For example, during the launch of a product there will be a great demand for the latest reviews on that product. Writing timely content is hard, but if you can do it well you will attract a large number of readers.
22. Writes seasonal content
A clever blogger looks for seasonal trends and patterns to write relevant posts. For example, if you blog about Cooking Tips, you can write about Cake Recipes during Christmas time and Barbecuing Tips during summer time.
23. Writes timeless content
Timeless content refers to information that is considered valuable regardless of its age. Writing timeless content has the advantage of attracting readers to a post long after it has been published. Good timeless content attracts readers even months or years after the inception of the post.
24. Keeps a calendar
An effective blogger keeps a calendar on the blog topic. The calendar will indicate important dates on special events, anniversaries, holidays etc. Using the calendar one can write relevant posts on those special dates and well as hold competitions, give ways etc.
25. Great story tellers
Almost all bloggers write on topics that have been written by others in the past. But only some are successful in attracting readers. Effective bloggers are great story tellers. Have you ever heard the same joke from two people, and thought that Person A was funnier than Person B. This is because Person A is a great story teller and knows how to deliver the joke. Similarly successful bloggers know how to deliver a post.
To become a successful blogger one has to be disciplined. You have to devote exclusive time for your blogging activities. Set your own deadline for every task and try to meet it often as you can.
27. Ability to multitask
Blogging is not all about writing posts on a regular basis. It has a number of overheads such as reading and researching, replying to reader emails, upgrading and maintaining various software, social networking etc. Therefore in order to be an effective blogger you should have the ability to multitask.
28. Participates as guest bloggers
Doing guest posts on popular blogs is a good way to build up your image and reputation. You will also get valuable inbound links to your blog.
29. Fact check
Before starting to write on a topic, especially an unfamiliar topic, conduct a good background study. You do not want to loose your credibility by writing something that is factually incorrect.
30. Good knowledge of subject matter
To become successful in blogging you should have reasonably good knowledge on the subject matter.
31. Strives for quality, but not a perfectionist
Great bloggers strive for quality but they are not perfectionists. There are lots of negative consequences in trying to be too perfect. For example, you spent the whole weekend writing a great post, but didn’t publish the post because you could not find the most suitable picture to go with your post. So you delayed your post by a day or two until you found the best picture for your post. The time spent on searching for the right picture could have been spent on writing another post.
32. Writes for passion, not pay
A successful blogger writes for passion, not pay. Bloggers who make lots of money from their blogs are successful because they are passionate about their work. Do you think a pro-blogger would accept a 9 to 5 job for double the pay of their current income? I doubt it.
33. Works hard
This is a very obvious point, but often overlooked by many. Good bloggers are successful because they work hard!
34. Optimize for SEO
Good bloggers optimize their blogs for search engines.
35. But, not SEO obsessed
At the same time good bloggers are not obsessed with SEO and will not compromise on the quality of the content to gain few short term benefits from SEO.
36. Does not count the chickens before they hatch
Good bloggers focus on what has to be done right now, rather than dreaming about the future.
37. Actively moderates user comments
An effective blogger is an active comment moderator. By keeping user comments within scope will allow one to add value to the post. It also prevents comments hijacking where one or more readers writes comments that are not relevant to the post.
38. Writes on niche topic
Successful bloggers have a niche topic and deliver content in a unique way.
39. In for the long haul
Successful bloggers consider blogging as a long term commitment.
40. Attention seekers
With millions of blogs on the Internet it is very hard to get noticed. Successful bloggers are great attention seekers. They use various ways to grab attention, let it be the catchy post title or the really well designed blog template.