101 ways to become a Successful “Blogger” in 2020

According to Lifehacker the average income of a blogger varies from $19k to $79k a year. 

monthly earnings of bloggers

Imagine having an extra $50k in your bank account. 

What would you do with an extra $50k? 

Probably go to Bora Bora. 

Or maybe spend more time with your family.

Or maybe, you’re a very practical person and you want to save and invest for your future. 

Either way.  

You get my point. 

Right? 

That having Blogging as a source of income can bring endless possibilities in your life. 

And that's what this article is all about. 

To help you get started on your path to becoming a successful blogger. 

So you can make all those possibilities a reality. 

Let's begin... 


Fundamentals 


It all starts with the fundamentals. 

As the G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan once said - 

Michael Jordan fundamentals quote

Source: Pinterest

So, lets get down to the fundamentals and what you must be doing as a blogger, no matter what: 

1. Know your KPIs 

KPI full form – Key Performance Indicators.  

If you don’t know where to go, you’ll go nowhere. 

So, from Day 1 of opening your blog, know your KPIs. 

For example, here are my KPIs - Visitors, leads, subscribers, inbound links and social media shares. 

Once you now your KPIs.  

You’ll know what’s working and what’s not working for you. 

And where to put more effort.  

Key performance indicators

2. Know your Audience 

If you don’t know them, how can you help them? 

Right? 

Do extensive research on your audience and readers. 

Know their pains, fears, dreams, hopes, desires, etc... 

What your audience wants


For example, if you’re in Dating niche. Some of the priorities of your audience would be to –  

Get a date, be attractive to the opposite gender, never be a pushover, etc... 

Let’s have a look at Google Keyword planner and look what it suggests :

Google keyword planner

 
3. Use an Editorial Calendar 

An editorial calendar will help you stay on schedule and keep your blog on track. 

Bloggers's Calendar


If you’re in it for the long run, then definitely give it a try. 

4. Improve your Website Speed 

Nobody likes a slow website, not even Google. 

Here’s an official statement from Google.

Site speed factor


Stating that: Site speed will also be taken into account in their search rankings. 

An easy way you can fix this is by getting a premium hosting. 

5. Secure your Blog 

In 2014, Google started recognising https as a ranking signal.  

SSL certificate  factor


So, if you got the money. 

Do invest in an SSL. 

Especially if you’re selling products on your website and have some sort of a payment gateway. 

6. Go for a Premium Theme 

FREE themes are fine but you can’t scale big with them. 

Go for a premium theme if you got big plans with your blog. 

7. Do Link Building 

You’re not going to get much FREE traffic without SEO, more specifically Link Building. 

Google released a video regarding this as well. 


Basically stating that: They don’t just look for the content on your page. But also the external links pointing to it and the quality of those links. 

8. Add your site to Directories 

Most directories offer the free option to add your URL to their listings.  

This will give you a slight edge in web traffic and search engine rankings. 

9. Audit your Site 

A broken link breaks your whole SEO. 

So if you want to stay ahead form your competitors audit your site SEO and technical SEO.  

How to use Siteliner


Tools like Siteliner and DeepCrawl works great for this.

10. Keyword Research 

This is similar to knowing your audience. 

But still knowing your audience and knowing which keywords are going to bring you more traffic are two different things. 

Use Google Keyword Planner for this. 

Google keyword planner


Look for keyword from high to average search volume and medium to low competition. 

11. Quality over Quantity 

I get a lot of questions from people asking me - 

How many articles should I write per week? 

The simple answer is - 

Write as many great quality articles as you can. 

12. Don’t just create. Promote
 

You can’t just create a quality article and leave it. 

You’ve got to promote it as well. 

From the different social media platforms to Email outreach to fellow bloggers. 

You can reach out to influencers using Buzzstream or Hunter.io

use hunter io


13. Build a Network 

There’s a famous African proverb that says - 

African proverb


It can’t be any more truer for Internet Marketing and Blogging. 

And the best way to build a healthy network is to give value first. 

Always think – How can I help others? What skills, value can I bring to the marketplace? 

14. Be a Marketer 

If you want to make money from your blog, then you need to be a marketer, not a blogger. 


Become an Authority 


People listen to you when you’re an authority. Period. 

Now... 

Use these tips to become an authority in your niche - 

15. Interview Experts 

It’s based on the principles of Borrowed Authority. 

Simply, it makes your audience think: If he/she is with them (an expert). He/she must be like them (an expert). 

Plus, interviews give you exposure in your marketplace. 

Read my Interview Series with Experts here. 

16. Do Round Up Posts
 

A round up post is a compilation of expert answers to a single question. 

The more experts and authorities you can bring in your circle.  

The more your authority will rise in the eyes of your audience. 

lions quote

Source: Pinterest

17. Focus on your Positioning 

Positioning simply means: How do you want yourself to be introduced to your ideal customers? 

For ex – Look at Jeff Walker.

Jeff Walker


He’s the Launch guy. 

This is how the whole marketplace knows him as. 

18. Walk the Talk

There are over 500 million blogs out there on the internet. 

Because of which the Internet is going through a serious credibility crisis. 

Meaning it has become very hard for people to trust. 

So... 

Don’t just talk. Show. 

Show proof. 

Show research. 

Write Data driven content. 

As the great Dr. W. Edwards Deming said - 

Create data driven content


And if you’re anything like me, then you don’t wanna be just another person 😉 

19. Publish Success Stories 

Showing your own success story or of your students is just an icing on the cake. 

For example – Look at Pat Flynn’s Income Reports. 

They’re just a treat to read, plus it grows his authority and expertise in the eyes of his audience. 

Pat Flynn income reports


If you also got something like this to show, go for it. 

20. Ask for Quotes from Experts 


If you’re a beginner, then your goal should be to - 

Wrap yourself around the name of other authority figures and experts. 

And asking for a quote is one such way to do just that. 

Here’s an example of how you can do this - 

email

21. Do a lot of Guest Posts
 


Guest posts increase your exposure. 

So, you wanna do as much as you can when you’re just starting out. 

An easy way to find guest posting opportunities in your niche - 

Play around with the keywords, to find more and more guest post opportunities.

22. Get featured on Podcasts 

Podcasts are one of the easiest and fastest ways to gain exposure and authority. 

But, please don’t spam people. 

Be genuine. 

Be authentic. 

And your time will come. 

23. Be The Source 

Original is always more valuable than the copy. 

Whenever you can, conduct your own experiments, researches in your niche. 

Here’s a perfect example of it -

Backlinko - Brian Dean


No wonder Brian Dean is one of the biggest authorities and expert when it comes to SEO and traffic. 

24. Write a Book 

A book is a fantastic brand building tool, can drive traffic back to your blog, and if you really nail a good book launch, can cement you as a leader in your industry. 

And you don’t even need to write your book. 

You can always hire ghostwriters from Fiverr or Upwork. 

Use Fiverr


But be sure to give credit to the actual writer. 

25. Be a Social Media Leader 

This is going to seem incredibly obvious, but it has to be included as one of the most powerful modern-day traffic techniques available.  

If you spend time on one particular social platform and work hard to establish a strong following (just as you do with your blog), it can become the most consistent source of traffic you have.  

If you have 100,000+ followers on Twitter or Facebook, the simple act of sharing your content on a regular basis will drive significant traffic back to your blog.  

Your following also grows more rapidly the bigger it gets.  

But... 

Focus is key.  

Become an expert on one rather than a generalist on many. 

26. Site Branding 

How you brand yourself and your site, plays a huge role in how people are going to perceive you. 

Branding includes - 

Your site’s personality, your name, tagline, color scheme, your logo, etc... 

This is what will differentiate your blog from the seventy kazillion other blogs. 

There’s a study that even says - 

resource

The most important constructs for increasing initial trust in our experimental context are branding and Web site quality.

Meaning if you want your newer audience to stick around your blog and become regulars, you’ve got to focus on branding and the overall quality of your website. 

27. Do Live Videos 

47% of consumers globally say -  

They have increased their live streaming since last year. 

Proof


Plus, this builds instant authority and credibility. 

Cause not everyone can do a livestream. 

You have to truly know your topic to go LIVE. 

28. Write Snipers 

Snipers mean Foundational content. 

It is a 3 to 7 pieces of content that will establish your blog as the go-to resource in your niche. 

It’s content that’s proven to get results — and it’s the easiest and fastest way to build credibility and generate traffic shares, and sales. 

29. Attend Conferences and Events 

Attending events and meeting people in your industry is the single best way to foster relationships.  

Nothing beats face-to-face contact.  

If you attend an event or even just a local gathering with other bloggers or famous people, take advantage of the chance to photograph, record an audio interview, or if you have the capabilities – capture some video of the event. 

30. Join A Mastermind Group 

While masterminds are great for holding each other accountable and solving problems. 

It’s greatest advantage is that - 

It’s the most effective way for collaborations and exposure. 

31. Speak at an Event 

If you like webinars and want to take the next step, get yourself up on stage at a live event. 

Nothing is more powerful in terms of connecting with people and presenting yourself as an expert than crossing that line at an event and talking on stage.  

Once you move from sitting in the audience to being on stage, you gain instant credibility and have a captive audience. 


Grow your List 

The money is in the list. 

Take a look at this - 

Email marketing

Source: Argonyx Marketing 

So, without further ado.  

Use these techniques to grow your list on steroids: 

32. Have a feature box 

You want as many eyeballs as you can on your lead magnet. 

Especially if you have a blog. 

 And feature box will do just that for you. 

Take a look at Yaro Starak for example  - 

Yaro Starak  website


The key is to make sure that your offer is inticing and irresistible. 

33. Create a Newsletter Sign Up Page

Your loyal readers and audience want to be in your list. 

So, it’s better to have a separate newsletter sign up page where they can opt-in and be on the inside. 

You can look at Tim Ferris for example - 

Tim Ferriss


People who know Tim and his work, would gladly sign up for this and more. 

34. The Content Upgrade 

It’s not as effective as the other strategies. 

But hey... 

Something is better than nothing. 

Plus, if you’re putting out, crazy, amazing content. 

Your readers will gladly give you their emails. 

35. Offer FREE Category Resources 

You can offer these from a popup or a sidebar. 

Popups are still one of the best converting places on a blog. 

Especially the exit intent popups. 

36. Do Challenges 

First of all this creates a buzz and gives you massive exposure in the marketplace. 

Avocadu


Plus, after this you can lead with a product launch and make a lot of money. 

37. Giveaway FREE Mini-Courses 

This is one of the best ways to lead with value. 

Plus... 

Grow your list.

Content upgrade by Create & Go


And again.. After the end of the FREE course, you can always offer a more advance paid course. 

38. Do Ad Swaps with Other People in Your Niche

Cross promote by doing ad swaps with someone in your niche.   

Firstly, find someone in your niche with a similar sized email list.  

Lead with value and.. 

Send an email about their opt-in offer to your list. 

Then ask them and they’ll happily reciprocate by sending an email about your opt-in offer to their list. 

So, it’s a win-win for everyone. 


Monetization 

As already stated above, on average a blog makes around $50k a year. 

So, let’s get down to the knitty-gritty of how you can increase your blogging income fast. 

39. Build Blog Sales Funnels

Blog sales funnel


A funnel is only as successful as your messaging and positioning. 

So, keep testing and experimenting. 

And if you know your audience well, you will get it right. 

40. Do Affiliate Marketing 

If you’re not into making your own products, you can go the easy way. 

And sell other people’s products through Affiliate Marketing. 

You can sign up to Clickbank (the best platform for affiliates) and get started as soon as today. 

41. Launch a Product 

This is the mother of all promotions. 

And has more earning potential than anything else. 

But it also takes a lot of work, such as - 

You’ll have to figure out what your readers want to learn about. 

Then do in-depth customer research. 

Plan your course. 

Write the material. 

Film your videos. 

Edit them. 

Come up with a name. 

Get a logo designed.  

Write your sales pages, etc... 

So, it’s a lot of work. 

But the rewards are also huge. 

42. Work on Customer Retention 

According to a research customer retention leads to a profit swing of 25-80% 

It also states that – The value of customer retention is simple. 

A 5-year old customer relationship is worth more than a new relationship. 

And a 10-year old relationship is worth more than a 5. 

Because of the profits it provides. 

So, always be working on customer retention and providing insane amounts of service to your paying customers. 

They’re the backbone of any business, especially an Internet business. 


43. Create an Affiliate Program 

An affiliate program can be one of the best sources of traffic you will ever have because you offer one of the best reasons to drive traffic to you – money. 

Basically, it’s based on a partnership. 

You’ll have to give anywhere around 50%-75% commission to your affiliate. 

It is not a beginner technique.  

You need something to sell – and it has to convert (actually sell), in order to convince affiliates to promote it. 

44. Do a Joint Venture Partnership 

A joint venture is like an affiliate promotion on steroids. 

Instead of just giving a person an affiliate link and waiting for them to send traffic to you, a joint venture is a special coordinated effort between you and your affiliate.  

The key with this technique is a tailored promotion just for the audience of your partner. 

But, all this requires a lot of value giving on your front first. 

45. Buy Blogs  

This is a great technique because you buy an asset that can significantly increase your audience reach overnight. 

You can go to Flippa.com for buying and selling blogs. 

46. Be a Blog Consultant 

Even though, this is not scalable. 

But it’s definitely a positive income stream, if you’re not yet selling your products. 

Do make sure that your terms of agreements and other legal stuff are in order. 

47. Do Paid Reviews 

Offering a service where you charge to review products is easy if you have enough traffic. 

You can also call these – Sponsored Posts. 

Do make sure that you’re cheating your audience and have actually used the product. 

48. Know, Like and Trust 

All sales happen based on 3 factors – Know, Like and Trust.

Selling in the digital age


An easy way to build KLT is to become an authority. 

Which we already discussed earlier. 

And then, genuinely give more to your audience, than you ask of them. 



Traffic 

Traffic is the lifeblood of any online business. 

More traffic means more emails, more exposure and ultimately more money.

Google analytics report


You need it and here are some ways you can get it - 

49. Do a Content Sprint 

It’s only recommended for new bloggers. 

Starting out, when you lack content, go for a content sprint. 

Write 30 post in 30 days. 

Although it’s very hard.  

But most of the successful bloggers I have met applied this in their first year to gain a lot of traffic and exposure.  

I don’t like this for long term.  

But maybe a month is fine. 

50. Create a controversial (yet industry-related) post 

Controversy and sensationalism are old tricks to gain more traffic to your site but they still prove to be the most effective in getting your content shared virally on the internet.  

So, create a controversial post which is industry or niche related.  

Ex – Why link building is Dead, Blogging is dead, etc.. 

51. Create EPIC Posts 

According to medium, long-form content results in 56% more social shares. 

Medium blog


To simply put it - 

Think content? Think crazy. 

Don’t write 5 ways, small guides, etc... 

Write epic posts, 101s, full guides, etc... 

52. Out-Serve your Competition 

Think of it this way - 

You’re helping your readers solve a specific problem.  

So are other bloggers.  

If you don’t add something extra or go the extra mile, why would your readers prefer you over the other bloggers? 

You ought to serve your readers better than your competitors if you want to win. 

Google search result


Look how far I took it.  

That’s how you out-serve. 

And slowly, but surely that’s how you make a name. 

As the G.O.A.T. MJ says - 

Michael Jordan

Source: Pinterest 

53. Add a Translation Widget 

Do you want to attract foreign traffic? 

Traffic from countries you never thought possible? 

Then add a translation widget on your site. 

Google translate


You don’t need to translate in every language. 

Just find out which are your top 5 countries in terms of traffic. 

And then translate your content in their native language for a better user experience. 

54. Be Consistent 

By this I mean - 

Be consistent with your brand, your writing style, your content, your fonts and almost anything and everything else. 

55. Reply to every comment 

Imagine this - 

You ask a blog owner a question to a particular blog topic? 

And then you leave the blog hoping you’ll get your answer soon. 

Chances are you’ll come back to the post to check the blogger’s answer. 

What does this do to his website? 

Repeat traffic. 

That’s what happens when you engage with your audience. 

They come back for more. 

56. Spend Time on Quora and Reddit
 

While a link on these sites won’t likely do much for your SEO, many of the Q&A threads rank really well for very targeted search phrases. 

Chances are questions related to your blog topic are being asked on these sites.  

If you go in and provide helpful answers, with the occasional link back to one of your blog posts for more info, you can bring in a source of highly targeted traffic. 

57. Review Fellow Competitor's Product 

One of the best ways to get the attention of a certain person is to write them an email with the subject line - 

“I bought your product”. 

If you want to get some incoming traffic to your blog, buy a product from someone who has the audience you want to get in front of. 

Write a proper review of it, including pictures and video if you can.  

Then email the product creator showing them your review and asking if they are willing to share the review with their audience. 

Not only will they possibly share the review via social media and their website, since it’s a win-win. 

They might make your review a permanent part of their marketing sequence, sending you a steady stream of ongoing traffic 

58. Customize your 404-error page 

Suggest other content on your site to visitors with a custom designed 404 page. 

This is so that even if they accidentally land on that page, they don’t bounce from your site. 

Bounce rate is very important for Google traffic. 

59. Embed YouTube videos 

This is one of the easiest ways to increase the average session duration of your website. 

Google analytics


You don’t need to create videos.  

Other videos which are related and helpful are fine. 

60. Create a Magazine in the iTunes Newsstand 

The iTunes Newsstand is an underutilized source of traffic for bloggers. 

Magazines are very similar to blogs, so coming up with content for one is not hard.  

As I type this there is not much competition in the Newsstand, but plenty of people using their iPads and iPhones looking for magazines.  

You can reach new people simply by having a magazine in the newsstand. 

61. Create a Forum 

One of my favorite techniques for “passive” traffic is to create some kind of community element as part of your website.  

Of-course the challenge is how to get people to show up and keep using the community tools you offer.  

I suggest you only apply this technique once you have a few dedicated readers.  

A forum can start small – just a handful of regular readers who check in every day can be enough to get things started. 

62. Join Triberr 

Triberr.com is a community of bloggers in different niches grouped in tribes. 

Every time you publish a new post, everyone in your tribe will tweet it to their followers.  

And you do the same for everyone in your tribe.  

This will get your blog off the ground and buzz with traffic in no time. 

63. Post High Quality Comment on Big Blogs 

Too many bloggers take the traffic building advice “post comments” and go and leave nothing but crappy one-liners on other blogs. 

If you really want to build traffic using a commenting strategy you need to make an impact when you comment 

There are two groups of people to focus on when you comment:  

  1. The author of the article you are leaving a comment on, and  
  2. The people who read the article and comments  

To truly impact these people you need to present ideas when you comment. 

Don’t just compliment an article, compliment it and extend upon it by talking about an example from your life.  

If you disagree, explain why you disagree with an argument that makes sense, not just an insult or blanket statement with no evidence. 

64. Comment on Smaller Blogs 

The problem with commenting on the large blogs is that your comment is lost in the flood of conversation. 

it’s a smarter practice to go after the lesser known blogs and interact in the comments there. 

The smaller blogs may not have as large an audience, but when you leave a comment you know it gets read.  

The author appreciates the comment more, and because you are not competing with all the other comments, your comment stands out.  

This results in engagement.

Don’t forget that small blogs grow, and you may find yourself benefiting from all the comments you leave on a site that increases in traffic over time. 


65. Send Email Blasts 

If you already have a list. 

Then sending an email blast everytime you publish a new post is one of the easiest ways to bring a surge of traffic to your blog. 

Especially in the critical early periods of a new blog post. 

66. Create Infographics 

According to an article on Hubspot - 

Infographics can increase web traffic by up to 12%. 


Infographs display a lot of information, usually mixed in with statistics, in an appealing visual style which makes it a magnet for getting backlinks and exposure. 

And all it takes is just one very popular infographic and you will have viral exposure for your blog.


High Quality Content 

While content is king or not, is still up for debate. 

But there’s no debating the fact that: 

High Quality Content brings you more traffic, more shares, more backlinks and ultimately more exposure. 

Now, here are some tips for you to create high, quality, breathtaking content that your readers will love - 

67. Share your Story 

Storytelling is the best way to build a brand. 

Just look at Nike, for example. 


They go to lengths and beyond to tell a story in their each and every new product launch. 

But how can you apply this with your blog?  

Think of any instance in your life that is related to your audience. 

Example – If you’re a blogger. Then a story of how much you failed at blogging. How you were an afterthought once, etc... 

That’s the story you need to share. 

68. Long and Short Blog Posts 

A good strategy you can apply with your blog is make it a mix of long and short blog posts. 

It doesn’t look monotone and helps add a variety of topic in your blog. 

69. Write Evergreen Content 

Evergreen content is content that will always be relevant to your reader, and won’t lose relevancy or interest over time. 

For example – My post on How to write Viral Blog Posts 

I know it’s highly relevant to my target audience and won’t lose relevancy or interest anytime in the near future. 

70. Use WIIFM 

WIIFM means:  

What’s in it for me. 

People don’t read your content thinking – Some xyz guy/gal wrote it. 

They invest their time thinking – What's in it for me? 

Whether you’re writing an article or doing an outreach, always use WIIFM. 

Let them know upfront, what’s in it for them. 

71. Have a Unique Voice 

As Theodore Roosevelt said - 

Theodore Roosevelt


Although, do make sure that you have done extensive audience research and know your audience well. 

72. Use Active Voice 

Don’t do this - 


Do this - 


73. Have a Good Blog post Design 

Make sure that your content isn’t cluttered. 

Break up your content, use a lot of subheads, paragraphs, etc.. 

74. Use Examples 

Not everyone learns with theories, especially at a first glance. 

But examples 

They’re a learner’s best friend. 

 

75. Use Kinda Like 

This is a copywriting technique to explain technical jargon. 

Ex – Suppose an absolute rookie asks you, What is SEO? 

Then, giving them an explanation like this - 

SEO wikipedia


Is not worth it. 

You can say - 

SEO is kinda like the Gatekeeper of Google Traffic.  


Get what I mean? 😊 

76. Be Transparent 

People love transparency. 

Be it showing your real face, to showing your actual website stats. 

77. Use Lots of Visuals 

Let’s give you a reality check. 

Uhhhmm... 

Visitors read only 20% of your content. 


I know. 

All of the hardwork you do to write a content. 

And only 20% of it is actually read. 

But, you know as they say - 

A picture is worth a thousand words. 

One of the absolute best ways I've found to increase the reader’s session duration is using relevant visuals. 

It helps me get my point across, gets them to consume more content and also helps with the analytics. 

78. Be Specific 

Imagine if this blog post was about - 

101 ways. 

You would think - 101 ways to what? 

And possibly won’t even check it out. 

That’s where specificity comes in. 

Use actual numbers. facts and events. 

Kill the generality. 

79. Use Big Fonts 

Take a look at this amusing research. 


Now, website owners and bloggers must always account the mobile users with everything that they do. 

Including the fonts of their website. 

Cause if you pic a small or an ugly font. 

It’s gonna be very hard for the users to read it. 

I suggest anywhere from 15-18 font size is fine. 

80. Cite Other Sources

This is not only morally correct, but this is what’s legal. 

Yup. 

You can’t just steal other people’s studies, research or concepts. 

Plus, citing other sources makes your content more credible. 

81. Focus on Readability 

It’s all about user experience. 

That’s the name of the game. 

So, spend some effort into making your content readable as well as easily skimmable. 

82. Be Honest 

While showing a Lamborghini in your garage might make you famous. 

But, if you ain’t actually got it, don’t fake it. 

83. The Who, Why, When, What, and Where 

If you can answer these questions, you are half way to writing a good article. 

Who is the reader? Your target audience. 

Why should the reader care? 

When can this information be used? 

What is the main idea of the article? 

Where can the information be used? 

84. Write Juicy Headlines
 

According to Moz, 80% of readers never make it past the headline. 

This goes on to show the importance of headlines. 

My 3 favorite headlines are - 

  1. The “How” Headline – How to write Viral Blog Posts 
  1. The “Number” Headline – 101 ways, 69 ways, etc... 
  1. Open Loops – Secrets of a Charmed Life 

 85. The Hook 

This is the first impression the reader will have of your article.  

You could write the most fantastic, helpful article ever, have an average title, and it would never get read.  

This is one of the worst things that can happen to a great piece of writing.  

You can use the AIDA or the PAS in your hooks to make them interesting. 

86. Use Bucket Brigade 

Bucket Brigade are connective words. 

These words keep your paragraphs flowing together tightly and continuously. 

Words like - And, So, Plus, in addition, not only, because, but, once, there's more, again, that's why, that's not all, etc... 

87. Use Quotes 

You can use from authorities in your niche. 

Or celebrities. 

Either way, just make sure that the quotes are relevant to the point you’re trying to make. 

88. Go Omnipotent

In 2020 and beyond. 

Just having a written blog ain’t gonna cut it. 

Go video. 

Go audio. 

Go visual. 


 
Optimization 

Optimization is that last piece of the puzzle between you and becoming a successful blogger. 

Too many bloggers, overlook it. 

But we won’t. 

So, let’s get to it. 

89. Optimize for Search Intent 

Understanding and optimizing for search intent is very important for your rankings and SEO. 

In their recent quality rater guidelines, Google has specifically added Search intent as a very important factor. 


90. Have a Start Here Page 

A start here page is one of the most important pages of a website. 

It introduces you and what your site is about to the readers. 

And what’s the possible next step they should take in their journey on your website. 

It can also be used as a great Email generation tool and even be used to bring traffic to famous and popular articles. 

91. Emphasize your Popular Content
 

Jon Morrow from Smartblogger uses this strategy a lot. 

Smart blogger


It's a great interlinking strategy which also helps with search engine rankings. 

92. Interlink your pages 

This is somewhat similar to the above tip. 

Only difference is – Above you interlink your popular content on sidebar. 

While in this tip – You interlink your content inside the article. 

Interlink the pages on your site as often as you can.  

Just make sure they’re relevant. 

93. Optimize your Blog for Mobile
 

We’ve already gone over and about how mobile is a big part of the Internet now. 

So, make sure that not just your font. 

But... 

Your whole blog appear well on mobile browsers.  

If you’re a WordPress user.  

Then, no worries. 

Most modern WordPress themes today are responsive, which means you may not have to do anything and your blog will automatically format better for mobile. 

94. Model Big Bloggers 

There’s a very famous Tony Robbins saying - 

Tony Robbins quote


You can apply this in blogging as well. 

For example – If a famous blogger, is using Infographs as a part of his CMS and it’s working for him. 

Then you should do it as well. 

It’ll work for you as well. 

95. Optimize your Blog Feed 

The blog feed is a great source of traffic. 

So, don’t let it go to waste. 

Offer your freebie in the above the fold area. 

Collect emails. 

96. Optimize Homepage 

The homepage is the best place for positioning yourself. 

Website branding


This will give your visitors a first-hand look of what you and your blog is about. 

97. Optimize your About Page 

The about page is one of the most searched web pages on your blog. 

And also the most important one. 

Cause this is where you let your visitors know - 

If they should follow your blog or not. 

Just keep in mind that your About Page is less about you. 

And more about how you can help your readers. 

98. Optimize your Blog for SEO 


SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.

In order to optimize your blog for search engines your blog must be properly formatted.

What it does is,

It lets the search engines know what your site is all about so that it shows your content to the right audience.

In order to do this make sure you use subheadings with H2 tag in your article, write proper SEO title and meta description like the picture shown below.

The plugin I'm using is Yaost SEO plugin.

Yoast SEO plugin

 

99. Do Surveys 

You must always stay up to date about what’s working and what’s not for your readers. 

That’s how you deliver them the solutions they need. 

Use Survey Monkey for doing surveys. 

And understanding your audience deeply. 

100. Ask your readers for Feedback
  

If you have an Email list, then from time to time, ask them a simple question in your email - 

What are you currently struggling with in [your niche] right now? 

Some of the greatest customer insights come from these kind of emails. 

101. Measure your Success 

It’s very important that you measure how far you’ve come. 

That’s how you’ll know if you’re on track or not. 

And focus your efforts on your biggest needs. 


CONCLUSION 

That’s it. 

You just read 101 ways to become a successful blogger in 2020. 

And I hope that in 2020, you’ll become one of the biggest blogging names in the industry. 

But, before you leave. 

I’d like to ask something from you. 

What was your favorite tip in this post? 

Are you going to go ALL IN on search Intent? 

Or will you try to model other successful bloggers? 

Or maybe, you just want to ask something from me.(You can ask me anything that’s related to this topic) 

Either way, comment and let me know what you thought of this EPIC post. 


About the Author Shakir Jamal

Shakir is a professional Internet Marketer and blogger who helps ambitious men and women build profitable blogs and scale to $10,000 (or more) per month in 90 days (or less), so they can replace their 9-5 rat race income with a laptop passive income.

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