How to Be a Better Blogger: Be a Blogging Student, 8 Ways

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How to be a better blogger: Be a blogging student

Are you interested in discovering how to be a better blogger?

After all, there is tremendous competition for online attention.

It used to be the traditional blog post that competed for readers’ attention.

Now, videos are competing as well.

Celebrity blogger Ryan Biddulph offers 1 important tip you need to follow if you want to be a better blogger:

Before becoming a blogger, become a blogging student. He offers 8 tips to help you perfect your blogging skills.

8 Ways to Become a Student of Blogging

by Ryan Biddulph

During my lean blogging years, I could be found sitting in the blogging corner, wearing an oversized dunce cap.

Like a blogging dingbat.

I was a terrible student.

Heck; I wasn’t a student at all, come to think of it.

I would scan a post, snag a tiny smidge of information and forget it within seconds, only to blast forward through my work day like an uninformed blogging bozo.

I failed horribly.

For years.

Because I was never a blogging student.

I eventually became fed up with struggling and decided to become a blogging student.

Blogging is a skill.

Like any skill, you need to learn how to develop the skill through acquiring knowledge from teachers, taking notes on the knowledge and studying those notes.

After studying your notes you put your new knowledge into action, practice to develop your blogging skills.

If you become a genuine student of blogging, you will cut your learning curve by years like I did.

Follow these 8 tips to become a student of blogging.

1: Read the Entire Blog Post

I only missed a few days of school each year as a Kiddie Biddulph.

I *usually* paid attention to class lectures, from grammar school up through college.

Since I was a present student, I got good grades throughout my academic career.

Reading the entire blog post you chose to read sets the foundation for being a good blogging student.

No skipping.

No scanning.

No hurrying.

If you want a phenomenal resource to get started with blogging read this thorough post on Web Hosting Secret Revealed:

How to Start a Blog (Step-by-Step Newbie Guide)

Just make sure to read every word 🙂

2: Take Notes on the Post

I take notes on select blog posts.

How in the Hades could I recall the rich ideas presented in a 2,000 or 3,000-word blog post?

Unless I have a photographic memory – alas, I do not – I need to take takes to study if I want to be a good blogging student.

Whether you go old school with pen and paper or use an online tool just take notes on blog posts to give yourself ample study materials.

3: Study the Notes

If you took notes in high school or college did you just stare vacantly at the notes for hours on end, with mouth slightly agape?

Of course not.

You studied the notes to allow the new ideas to take root in your mind.

Blogging students study their notes, acquiring new concepts through the practice of repetition.

When I took upper-level math and science classes while studying meteorology at university I patiently had to repeat my notes to myself to remember and absorb concepts from courses like atmospheric dynamics and differential equations.

Study your blogging notes. Allow these ideas to take root in your noodle.

4: Buy Blogging Courses

Buy blogging courses.

Pay your online tuition.

A serious blogging student invests in a premium course to learn to blog in the proper format.

Buying an online course is like paying tuition and sitting down in a classroom to learn to blog in a structured setting.

Learning how to become a professional blogger through blog posts alone is quite difficult because you need to piece together lessons from week to week.

Trying to learn solely from freebie courses is tough because you will never be *all in* until you fork over money for a product or service.

Investing money in a premium blogging course instantly pushes you into a more serious, business-like, committed mode. Because you deeply value that which you pay for.

5: Repeat the Absorb/Take Notes/Study Process

Follow the same process of absorbing a course, taking notes and studying the notes to be a good blogging student.

Turn the course into a tangible, practical tool for building a successful blog.

Do not let the course collect cyber dust by back burning that sucker. Too many aspiring or struggling bloggers buy courses and barely touch them. Or delay diving into the courses for weeks or months.

Whenever I invest in premium blogging resources I dive into the manuals immediately.

Hey; if I’m gonna pay tuition you better believe I’m going to class!

6: Observe Established Pro Bloggers in Great Detail

Big dawg bloggers give glimpses into how you should carry yourself as a blogging student.

I see myself as a blogging apprentice. Even though I have seen some sugary sweet success online I am a perpetual student. Why? I learned this from top bloggers like Jeff Bullas and Jeff Goins.

I observe how top bloggers behave and how they build their blogs in great detail, taking mental notes of how they interact with bloggers and how they create content. By studying these pro’s pros I get a better idea of how I can up my blogging game.

If you want to see a super successful blogger in action look no further than Janice, this blog’s creator and owner.

Check out her list of top 10 posts on this blog. Observe how she creates and formats her top posts in great detail to see success in action.

7: Put Your Newfound Knowledge into Action

All good students put their knowledge into action immediately after acquiring the know-how.

I have few struggles in this area. If anything I have been guilty of diving into blogging headfirst before properly equipping myself with knowledge but have learned to do some due diligence before acting all willy nilly, blogging-wise.

I feel knowledge is useless until you use it. Be a good student. Give your blogging apple to the teacher (by joining Janice’s email list) and use your know-how practically, putting your knowledge into action to see success with your blog.

8: Test Time? Gauge Your Progress

No tests exist for blogging students save your slow, steady progress in the form of increased traffic, social shares, comments, and profits.

Note: profits are generally the last aspect of your blog to increase because like most human beings you probably have weird, limiting beliefs concerning money.

I give little mind to outcomes but do note when my metrics seem to be steadily increasing. I guess I have been passing my tests with flying colors recently.

Wrapping Up: How to Be a Better Blogger

Your Turn

Are you a student of blogging? How can you become a better student of blogging?

About the Author:

Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.

Host blogger’s comments:

Readers, please share so other bloggers know the importance of learning how to blog before they jump headfirst into these extremely competitive waters. If you want to be a better blogger and experience blogging success, you have to be a blogging student first.

  1. Ahmad Imran

    Ryan, all great tips, I specially liked the one around learn from experienced and successful bloggers. They have been there and they have done it. It will be a foolishness not to learn from their experience. Great post, well done and cheers.

    • Julie Syl Kalungi

      Well guess what I LOVED THE WHOLE Cuisine myself lol. Did I say I LOVE Ryan’s style, the dude can write a post about anything! That is SkILL however humbly he puts it.

      “Perpetual student” Here I am. So Janice, Kudos to you for puling another success, this guy is a joy to work with! We are missing you over at Juleskalpauli Bro 🙂

      Thanks Janice 🙂

  2. John Doe

    A little technical problem there. I was saying that Ryan always has great tips in his posts I liked number six which Stated ” observe established Pro bloggers ” they are not successful by accident. Although sometimes you can learn from everyone even if they have less experience than you do

    • Ryan Biddulph

      John both are fab points. Pros give clues, and folks with less success teach inspired lessons too.

  3. Suresha B

    Hey Ryan !

    Cool article Ryan 🙂 I am following you seriously to learn something new in blogging. And I got best advice from you on every post.

    Thanks Ryan

    Suresha B

  4. Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

    I learned how to blog from doing online courses as early as 2008 starting with Ed Dale’s 30 Day Challenge and Rosalind Gardner’s affiliate income membership group. They were both awesome. I ended up learning how to set up blogs for myself and others and it’s been a good source of income for me. It always pays to be a good student and in this world, the learning never stops.

    • Ryan Biddulph

      Both the learning and payments really never end Rebecca when you have the attitude of a perpetual blogging student.

  5. John Mulindi

    Always good to be reminded on the fundamentals of blogging. Informative post. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Pospi O Otuson

    Hi Ryan

    Thanks for the awesome article

    I agree when you said its great to pay for Blogging courses. Sincerely it really helps.

    I am and will always remain a Blogging student.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Best Regards

  7. Vernon Layne

    Hi Ryan,
    These are simple suggestions.
    And that’s the thing it’s easy to complicate the blogging process.
    I had to laugh at number 3.
    Because I remember how I took good notes in class but never really study them.
    I mean what’s the point in taking them right?
    I’m about to go and purchase my first on line course!
    I’ve procrastinating long enough.
    Excellent post!

    • Ryan Biddulph

      Good deal Vernon! LOL on the notes and study thing too. I found myself in the same boat in college. I took good notes that collected dust 😉

  8. Shantanu Sinha

    Hello Ryan,

    Its good to see you here on Janice’s space 🙂

    Great one over here buddy You have always acted as a mentor for the newbies who are willing to rock through their blogs and
    again you have come up with some very helpful steps, through which one can transform them self into a better blogger.

    Following the Pro bloggers will be of great help as, they are not at the top, just by luck, they know what to do and what to deliver
    to their audiences.
    Reading is the key, reading is not an easy task, it needs a whole new level of patience, and if one has mastered this one
    they surely have a win win situation for them.

    Thanks for the share.


    • Ryan Biddulph

      Exactly Shantanu. Folks like Janice did not succeed thru luck or cosmic chance. They worked! Study them closely and you shall learn how to be and act to succeed.

  9. Arvind

    I observe the work of the popular bloggers like John Chow,Neil Patel, Harsh Agrawal etc. to learn more about blogging..yes I have make lot of notes while learning the whole process and today also I feel there is lot of things to learn in the field of blogging…great post Ryan…!!

  10. Moss

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for this informative post. The are great and whoever implements them correctly will surely be ahead of others.

    Number 1 for example, will give you a clear picture of what the writer is conveying to his audience because you took the time to read the entire article. Thus, you will be able to identify areas that needed adjustments and where you can fill in.

    Number 6 is amazing because the “Established Pro bloggers” have learned the rules of blogging. They have in-depth knowledge of blogging best practices, thus are in a more better position to help you in your blogging journey.

    As for number 7, yes, a good student must always want to test his know to figure out what works best for him.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Ryan Biddulph

      Excellent comment Moss. #7 was the difference maker for me. I learned, then acted.

  11. Giotechub

    This has reallly taught me how to be a better blogger…thanks for this wonderful post and i will continue to follow you in your site for more..

  12. Grammy Dee

    Thank you Janice for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I pinned your post.

  13. Donna Merrill

    Hi Ryan,

    Nice to see you here on Janice’s place! I do agree on all points you have given. My favorites are “Read the post” lol.

    I also like the fact that you mentioned to purchase products that can propel your blog AND use it!


  14. Prosper Noah

    Informative Post Ryan!

    Reading a whole blog post is what most people don’t spend time in!

    Instead they prefer scanning or glancing through which is definitely not recommended.

    As a result of this they may not leave good comments because they never read the post to share their own Opinions.

    When I started blogging newly around 2014 I knew I made these mistakes but it’s always good to learn.

    We learn everyday but it’s not actually learning but your ability to practice what you’ve learn.

    Sure, buying blogging courses would help alot in achieving your goals easier and fast as you’d be learning from Pros, probably those who have been in the game before you!

    All other tips you’ve shared here are great too!

    Do have a nice day and awesome post once more.

    PS: you got a mention on my latest guest post on Imbloggingtips ?

    • Ryan Biddulph

      Prosper thanks so much for the shout bro! Heading over now.

      I made the same newbie error too, being in such a rush. Now I read, learn and absorb knowledge.

  15. Adithya Shetty

    Hi Ryan,

    Great post, it’s amazing to see you’re everywhere! For me, reading top blogs is the thing that helped improve my blogging skills!

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  16. Thelma Alberts

    These are great tips to follow. Thanks for sharing as it is very informative.

  17. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    Thanks for sharing your blogging advice with us at #overthemoon,Janice it is always appreciated.

  18. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    Thanks for sharing your blogging tips with us at #GrandmothersBloggingLinkParty and have a lovely day.

  19. Cathy from UWF Textiles

    Studying what other bloggers do is good advice. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Benjamin Ehinger

    Every single time I study someone famous, someone successful or someone that just enjoyed life, I find they were a student of whatever they did all their lives. Even when they became a teacher, they were still a student.

    You’re dead on with post, as usual Ryan. In fact, it has become playfully annoying how I keep stumbling upon your posts everywhere and they are dead on.

    I listened to the book, The Monk who Sold His Ferrari a while back and it talked about emptying your cup. I think every time we take a step back and empty our cup again, we allow ourselves to become students, once again.

    There’s a misconception in the blogging community and in general society that we get to reach a certain place and just relax, kick back and become lazy blobs collecting a check. This is simply not a truth or something anybody should aspire to be.

    Personally, I think retirement (as modern society defines it) is overrated. I want to work. I want to contribute and I want to do both until the day I die. However, I don’t want to work for someone else and I only want to work within my calling/passion/purpose.

    I have read many of your books Ryan and I agree every single time you talk about retiring to the island hopping life you enjoy. You’re retired, but you still pump out content and do things you enjoy doing because you still have something to contribute to the world. We need more people setting this amazing example online and offline!

    • Ryan Biddulph

      Fab comment Benjamin! Robin Sharma gets it; when you are empty, you learn. Then you turn around and teach. Then you find yourself responding to comments at 10:49 PM on a Friday night LOL. Thanks for the sensational insight you share; it is deeply appreciated.

  21. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at #BloggersPitStop, Janice. You always have great blogging advice for us.

  22. Nehal Gayakwad

    Hey Ryan thanks for a amazing article and is useful about blog. I will bookmark your site for future reference!

  23. Estelle Anderson

    Wonderful tips thanks Ryan.Yes I am most certainly a blogging student. I will focus more on taking notes of successfull and highly regarded bloggers. i will study notes I create. This is a great tiip . Too oftenve discarded the notes before reviewing . Thanks again Ryan for the inspiraton and motivation 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph

      Awesome Estelle. Being a blogging student cuts your learning curve dramatically.

  24. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    Another post by Ryan, full of motivation and practical help. The Blogger’s Pit Stop will feature this post. Congratulations on a quality post.

    Blogger’s Pit Stop

  25. Teresa - Aging Like a Fine Wine

    Hi Janice, Thank you for putting in the time and effort to bring us yet again a wonderful, information filled post on blogging. And thank you for sharing at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

    • Janice Wald

      My pleasure Theresa.
      Thank you for coming by to tell me you liked it.

  26. Sara

    Ryan (and Janice) you are both excellent examples of bloggers who work hard, implement, test, and repeat.

    I have a tendency to switch focuses rapidly. Gets me in a lot of predicaments.

    There is actually a scripture that touches on (paraphrased) always learning but never coming to full knowledge. Kind of what I think many in the blogosphere do.

    This why there are millions of blogs and probably 1% make decent incomes from them. (not a real stat.)

    It’s really cool to read how others got the 1,000 page views in 2-hours or how someone turned a six-figure profit through blogging in less than a year, BUT, those are anomalies, not typical results.

    There is always WORK when it comes to blogging as you and Janice can attest to.

    p.s. Ryan, I take notes too on certain blog posts. ^_^

    • Ryan Biddulph

      Great stuff Sara. I appreciate that Scripture quote too; I was that guy for many, many years. But when I chose to learn 1 thing – blogging – and gave my attention and energy to that, predominantly, things began to grow quickly for me.

  27. Prince Akwarandu

    Ryan is on it again!

    Reading is a skill, you go to school to learn it. Football is a skill, you learn by watching others, growing your technical and core competence practicing especially on the football field. Blogging is a skill, you go to school to learn.

    Isn’t that amazing? Yes, it is!

    Being a student blogger is one of the greatest tactics to be a better blogger. I like point two, three, four and five respectively; others are good too. Thanks for this great resource. Keep ’em coming, Janice.

    • Ryan Biddulph

      Hehehe, love those analogies Prince. This is a skill, like any endeavor in life, so we learn, like a student, practice, like a student, and eventually, over years, become professionals. Thanks as always.

  28. Jan Verhoeff

    I think the biggest issue I’ve run into is lack of comments. The number of people driving through is usually good but beyond spam-comments, real comments just don’t land on my blog. Recently, I ran into a group of people who love to leave brilliant comments, but they’re plagued by bad links.

    And I come across this site with AMAZING comments, great links, and some really fun interactive conversation. Gotta find a better blogging clientele.

    Being a student of blogging is a great way to learn better methods for capturing audiences, and comments. Thanks again for a great blog post, Ryan Biddulph.

    Great site!

  29. mehedi hasan

    Following the Pro bloggers will be of great help as, they are not at the top, just by luck, they know what to do and what to deliver to their audiences.

  30. Adeel Sami

    Hey, Ryan!

    I am not the better blogger but I strive to be better at the blogging by the time.

    And you shared the best of the great blogging tips to overcome a great deal of the blogging!

    That ‘taking of notes from the blog post’ is a good idea!

    I haven’t done that but I will do and surely it will put a good impact on me. 🙂

    Oh no… That one of not skipping the blog post, I hardly repeat that mistake.

    And if I do, I don’t contribute to that blog post in the form of comment because surely I did not do my job.

    Reading from the pro bloggers is the must. And that’s the good thing to do right from the start.

    And definitely, you and Janice make a good example of professional bloggers. 🙂

    Thank you for this superb content once again, brother! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

  31. Abdul Muneeb

    Hey, Ryan!
    You shared the amazing tips to be a successful blogger
    Now onwards I’m going to try to repeat the absorb process,

    Thank you for sharing the best tips for a newbie blogger like me.

  32. Danielle

    These are such great tips and clearly look they come from someone with first hand experience. I never thought about blogging notes but now I totally want to implement them. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom!

    Danielle | <3

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