How To Become A Successful Blogger

I recently wrote about how to become a successful intern, since I am an INROADS intern, but Robyn Tippins thought it would be a good idea to write about being a successful blogger.

I will give this my best shot, but these are characteristics that I currently working towards since they seem to be prominent in most successful bloggers.

How To Become A Successful Blogger

  • Think PASSION, not numbers
    •  Some bloggers start off or eventually participate in the popularity/number contest–AKA your technorati rank
    • Numbers and Ranks are a distraction, instead write about your passion
    • Blogs written with passion are much more powerful, resourceful, and interesting 
    • Shel Israel, author of Naked Conversations, said we should join the conversation by listening FIRST–excellent advice!
    • Listen to what others have to say, start writing your own thoughts, comment on other blogs, and invite them to talk with you
    • Be a good listener and a good contributor
    • Keep your posts unique and resourceful
    • Add value to what has already been said and introduce new ideas and questions
    • Make your posts thought provoking, not just a summary of what's going on
  • Create TRUST
    • Shel Israel said blogging should be like:
      • "Two neighbors leaning on a fence talking about their interests"
    • Create trust by creating an informal and open global conversation
    • Invite others to agree and disagree with you
  • Enable comments
    • Comments are an important feature of blogs, enable them and help keep the conversation going
    • Positive and negative feedback are both good, don't worry
    • The best thoughts, perhaps some you did not think of, come from comments
  • Become the starting and ending point for all conversations
    • You want the conversation to start and end with you
    • First, keep up to date with global trends, news, and innovations and provide your honest opinions
    • Be enthusiastic and raise eyebrows
  • Network with other bloggers
    • Build relationships, do not just sit back and hope things will happen
    • Venture out in the blogosphere, meet new people, and build friendships
    • Commend bloggers for a job well done and help them become thought leaders as well

This is an on-going list that I will continue to update with YOUR COMMENTS!  I would really like your feedback for making this list the resource for all bloggers!



  • Thank you for this. I’m new to blogging having recently started with flickr. I’m really more interested in photos than writing. Even in the short time I’ve been involved I’ve seen that your point about passion not numbers is true. I posted a photo of some old Macs in a secondhand store ( and straight way this photo got a reaction. Technically it was not a particularly good photo, it was taken with a point and shoot – but the subject, the old Macs, aroused passion among the Mac/geek viewers.

    I’ll keep going with your guidelines in mind.

  • Hi Madam,

    Exactly! You have found your passion and I bet that several other people share the same passion as you. It does not matter how many people visit your site each day, but its about finding others who have your same interests. This is exciting and what makes blogging unique.

    As you continue blogging, please visit and keep me updated with your progress. If you find anything that you would like to add, let me know!

    Good luck!

  • Hi Chris, great blog will subscribe…I am reading Naked Conversations too!
    I also have other blogs related to yours, and

    great to see you at minti and see you round in the blogosphere too, cheers rachel

  • Thank you for a very informative and knowledgable summary of what it takes to be a successful blogger. I especially like the concepts of writing what you love and engaging others with thought-provoking questions.

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  • Hello Rachel,

    Thank you very much for your comment! The two links are very good! I will keep checking your sites!

    Take care,

  • Hi Sage!

    Thanks for your comment. I am a strong believer that if I write about what I love people will read my blog. Many bloggers try to right what they “think” others will like, but it does not work.

    Instead bloggers should share their passion with others and wait for others to join in!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Christopher:

    Thank you for posting such great advice. It is especially helpful for noobs such as myself. I agree that bloggers should focus on their passions and not their rankings.

    I am just getting started with my site and blog that I use to both promote the site and to post news about the site, and found that due to worries over rankings I tend to get side tracked and lose focus instead of writing and promoting my passion which is astronomy (with focus on the disabled)

    Your advice is helping me regain my focus. Thanks again

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  • These are some really great points. I have been blogging for about 2 1/2 months now and am still not getting too many hits to my site.

    Any suggestions?

    Any help would be much appreciated.


    Richard Rinyai

  • Very clear and precise. Thanks for the post.

  • maeyo

    I was thinking of this subject and thought I do some research first. So far, this is the most precise and to the point one I’ve seen. I can totally relate to those that you said too!

    Hope you won’t mind if I create a post highlighting your points. I would like to share it with my blogmates. 🙂

  • No problem at all. But please let me know what you have to add. I love to learn more about others’ best practices!

  • wow

  • Great advice. I got so frustrated about my numbers that I lost focus. I think I’ll take this new advice and see what happens. They say you should dance like nobody is looking, so I guess I’ll have to blog like nobody’s reading 🙂

  • Thanks for the advise. I just started to blog recently and im having trouble networking out and driving in traffic. Could you give me any advice on where to find bloggers talking about the same things as me?

  • thanks much, bro

  • Thanks for your excellent advice!

  • That is so awesome starting blogging from today.
    This lesson will be up in my head till my last breath.

    U are so full of knowledge.

    Thank you.

  • Great advice, but there is a few thing to be added here, including create a good content, because as you all know content is the king and the layout is the queen, so if you have those 2 crucial factor i’m sure you’ll become a successful blogger even more

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  • Great comments everyone! Thank you all for your contributions.

    Hopefully this list will continue to grow over time. I am sure many of you have jump started your blogging careers and have many more pieces of advice to give.

  • Great post. what kind of person starts a blog…. and what kind of person makes their blog successful

  • well well welllll what a cool blog…..u must be hell of “‘thinker”

  • SmashingMike

    This is a useful article especially for me who is a newbie blogger! Thanks! 🙂

  • michaelrollienorwood

    chris I think your blog article on being a successful blogger is right on spot. I am brand new to blogging and I have been giving a lot of thought about why I’m writing. I have been trying to do the research about how to drive traffic to the blog but really in the end it is exactly about my passion. I started my blog to write about my family, my core beliefs, the people that have been my heritage and greatest support. It’s about things I want to leave to my children some day. It’s about the stories of life that have meant something to me. If I never make a ton of money or get a ton of comments from the public I still will accomplish my purpose if I stick with my passion. thanks for the perspective.

    • You’re welcome. Please let me know how your blogging career is doing! I’d love to catch up.

  • Yes what a great advice for newbie and even for the pro in blogging industry…

    Well done Chris Salazar you’ve done a very great job

    • Thank you Timothy. Please keep me updated with how you’re doing!