7 Top Secrets That Will Turn You Into a Superhero Blogger in 2016 and Beyond

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Click to see how you can be a superhero blogger instead of an ignored #blogger.How many blogging experts do you listen to?

After all, there are so many experts out there.

Today’s guest author, Theodore Nwangene, is one blogging expert you should list to.

In today’s post, he cites other credible experts who exemplify the tips he shares.

Theodore, take it away:

By Theodore Nwangene

Have you ever taken the time to wonder why some blogs always have tons of readers while others struggle to get attention?

I know you have, who hasn’t? Every blogger on the internet has done this at one point in time. You just rounded up a new blog post, and it’s about to go live now, and suddenly, you remembered the last one you published that did get even up to 5 social shares not to talk of comments.

A part of you is saying you should not publish this post because it will end up being like the previous ones. It further advises you to quit blogging and simply look for something else to engage yourself with, maybe look for a job.

Similarly, the second person inside is insisting you publish the post. Who knows, maybe this one will break the myth. Perhaps it will become the catalyst that will open the doors of influence for you.

Now, which of these two advisers will you listen?

Before you answer, let me tell you a story I read some time ago (Can’t remember from where). May this story will help you to respond to the question above. Here it goes:

Once upon a time, a man was having a discussion with his son and below was what the conversation looked like:

FATHER: Two vigorous and aggressive soldiers are fighting inside me, none of them is giving up, and they both are struggling to win the battle.

SON: That’s absorbing dad, so who among the two soldiers do you expect to win the battle?

(Now, the answer this man gave his son is very hilarious.)

FATHER: The one I feed most.

Isn’t that fascinating? What does this tell you? What lesson did you get from this wonderful conversation?

I’m sure with this analogy; you can now answer the question I initially asked.

But before you eventually throw in the towel (If that’s what you’ve decided to do), let’s give you a shocker:

You’re not alone:

Even Jon Morrow, who is considered to be one of the most influential bloggers on the internet today, has also been in such a confused state before, doubt me? Check this out:

Every blogger has doubts about #blogging

See what I’m talking? So, the bottom line is that it’s not about you; it’s about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.

The good news is it doesn’t have to be difficult to change the way you’re doing it, you just need someone to point you in the right direction, and that’s why I’m here.

Within the next 4 minutes, I will show you the seven unavoidable habits you must adapt to if you want to become a superhero blogger now and forever.

With all that out of the way, let’s get started before my 4 minutes get exhausted.

7 Tips to Becoming a Superhero Blogger Now and Forever

1. Decide What You Want to Be Known For

Ignore this and you will never have a popular blog. If part of your plan is to establish your blog as a sustainable business, then you ought to have an identity; it is simply non-negotiable.

If you intend to build your blog into a passive income source that will potentially replace your day job, then your approach from the onset should be much different from a blog that is striving for an instant result because such blogs are not usually built to stand the test of time.

From an experience, the best blogs on the internet usually have a unique identity that distinguishes them from every other blog in the same niche. Blogs don’t become famous and fruitful by accident; it becomes successful as a result of repeated, focused and intentional efforts.

The rule is to know your identity and then, devise a good sense of purpose that will enable you to conquer every hurdle and achieve your ultimate goal.

As a serious blogger aiming to make money with it, your paths should not be like that of others; you must carve your unique path and follow it diligently until you get what you want.

2. Be Conversational

You should always give your readers a chance to talk and not talk down to them. Let it not be as if you’re lecturing them or as if you’re delivering a sermon.

Your blog should foster a form of a conversation between you and your readers. While writing, the tone of your post should always be more conversational, write as if you’re chatting with a friend this way; your readers will always enjoy your posts and feel as if you’re discussing with them on a friendship level and not as if they’re on a seminar.

3. Make Helping Others a Habit

One of the things that are synonymous with most popular blogs on the internet is that “they help others”.

Isn’t that the essence of building your blog in the first place? Why create a blog if you cannot help your readers with their needs? Let me ask you this question:

Why do you visit any of your favorite blogs?

In case you don’t know, you visit these blogs because they often give you lots of awesome stuff without expecting anything in return. The people behind these blogs are constantly thinking of how they can help you.

Also, think about your friends and the people close to you in real life, why do you often go to them in your dark hours? Because you know, they will always help you even when others turn their back on you.

That is how your blog should be. Make it a habit to always be there for your readers, assist them when necessary and they will love you for that.

4. Stop Blogging and Start Content Marketing

I know this may seem confusing at first, but you need to hear me out first before hitting the back button.

If you’re still blogging in the sense of being a blogger today, then I’m afraid to tell you that it will not go down well with you. Sorry if I sounded harsh, but I need to tell you the truth.

I wrote about this on my blog some time ago, and it attracted many different reactions, but overall, most people ended up agreeing with my points.

There is a big difference between a blogger and a content marketer. A blogger often puts all his focus and attention on writing and writing and then publishing more and more articles on his blog even when no one is reading or listening to him. But believe me, that is a dumb idea, such an idea must have come from hell.

How long do you want to continue publishing those articles on your blog without anything to show for it?

Are you looking at the few comments you usually get? Jon Morrow calls that “vanity metrics.” You might get a few comments and social shares whenever you hit the publish button, but sadly, that will not get you anywhere.

Content marketers understand that posting many articles on their blogs when they’ve not built a sizable audience is crazy; hence, they post less on their blogs and more on other popular blogs in their industry.

Therefore, I urge you to start playing it smart henceforth, unless you already have a huge reader base for your blog then, it’s okay to devote most of your time to engaging with your readers, but if not, start networking and connecting with the influencers in your niche. They are the people who will promote you, trust me.

[Related: How to Explode Your Blog Growth: 101+ Actionable Ideas to Explode Your Traffic Growth]

5. Spend Less Time on Social Media

Social media is a time killer for new bloggers. I understand that social media is good, it’s effective, and you can build a good audience on that platform, but that’s if you have the money to invest in ads.

If not, give it less of your time because you will not get much out of it. Even though I’ve seen many people who build their blog solely on social media, but if you fully depend on it, you might regret it someday.

As a beginner, your time should be channeled on building an email list; there’s nothing like it.

If you’re serious about building your blog into a sustainable business, then you need a list of eager subscribers. It does not matter if you have 10k friends on Facebook, 12k on Twitter, those fans of yours can be taken down one day, and you will lose everything.

While on social media, you should always channel that traffic back to your blog and convert them into long-term fans.

And if you’ve not created your blog yet, you’re making a mistake. You might think that with social media, you can get all the money you want but mind you that it’s not guaranteed. You might wake up one day and discover you’re account has been deleted as happened to Noah Kagan sometime ago.

6. Be Nice To Them

Don’t be a difficult person; you need to be friendly to your readers. Respond to their comments both on your blog and on social media.

Even when a reader becomes rude to you by calling you names or making the occasional foolish remark on your posts, don’t fume up but instead, delete the comment and move on.

Let me tell you something, in life, people usually walk around carrying lots of garbage and looking for somewhere to dump it. If you give them the chance, they will dump the garbage on you, and you will start getting mad at yourself, so please, don’t allow them.

The person attacking you might be having a bad day and is, therefore, trying to share his frustration and aggression with you, but that’s not your problem, it’s theirs, they want to spoil your day, but you should not allow them. Let them dump their garbage elsewhere.

7. Stop Reading, Start Doing

According to Gary Vaynerchuk, you should not always remain a student; you ought to graduate and become an entrepreneur (couldn’t have agreed more).

How many blog posts have you read on the internet since you started? How many how-to and motivational videos have you watched on YouTube? How have many online courses and Ebooks you purchased so far?

Now here is the final question, how many of the things you learned about these products have you implemented? (Seriously, I would like you to answer these questions via the comment section of this post).

I will stop it here so we can further the discussion in the comment section. But I will leave you with just one word before I go……..”Stop reading and start doing”.

Have you launched your blog? If not, go do it now. As Nike always says, ”Just Do It.”

Author Bio

Theodore Nwangene is a freelance writer and on a journey to help bloggers/writers and entrepreneurs build a better and profitable blog, increase visibility and boost their online authority. He also writes insanely helpful guides on blogging and marketing at Topbloggingcoach.com. Get his free report on How to Write Kick-Ass Blog Posts That Will Always Swoon Your Readers.

Host Blogger’s Comments:

In closing, blogging success takes time. While you’re waiting, you might have to consider selling feet pictures.

Readers, please share Theodore’s post so other bloggers know how to succeed online instead of being ignored.

I would love to hear what you thought of Theodore’s post in the comment section. Of all his tips, which one resonated with you the most? Why?

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  1. Hilda Solares

    Great and informative post! It was the reminder that I needed to just keep putting into practice the skills I’ve learned. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Theodore Nwangene

      Thanks for the kind words Hilda,

      I’m glad you found the post infotmative .

      Thanks for coming and do let me know of anyway I can help.

      Theodore

    • Julie Syl Pit Stop Crew

      I totally agree John,

      Janice This post is awesome & so poignant! What we feed expands, grows and takes over our lives…In the same way new bloggers must know that it takes a while for a blog to grow start ranking and become a staple go to resource for others.
      just as no one would by choice go to a newbie doctor as opposed to a consultant with experience under her belt, so do readers. If given a choice between a new blog and an established quality value packed blog…I know where I would go.
      Patience is such a rare characteristic among marketers and bloggers these days 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shari,
      Thank you for your visit and comments. I agree with you; Theodore wrote a powerful article.
      Janice

  2. Melinda Mitchell

    Me, ME, Me!! I wanna be a SUper Slob Blogger!!
    Stop blogging, and start being a content marketer?? Wow, that will be a huge shift in thinking!!
    Thanks, my BBFFJ.

    • Theodore Nwangene

      You Melinda,

      If you really want to be a successful internet marketer, you need to shift from that that old blogging mindset and put more efforts into content marketing.

      It’ll pay off.

      • Janice Wald

        Hi Theodore,
        I have been working on shifting from a blogger mindset to a content marketer mindset myself. Great advice.
        Janice

        • Theodore Nwangene

          Thanks Janice,

          Being a blogger isn’t going to get much apart from the usual praises. We all need a shift in mindset.

          Thanks a lot for hosting me.

  3. Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

    Love the tips. I especially like the one stop reading and start doing. Many people wait for perfection before they ever write down a single post. We all evolve as we write and find our way through trial and error.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Rebecca,
      I have a blogging myth post in the works. One of the myths I will try to debunk is that posts have to be perfect before we publish. They don’t. Thanks for the visit and the comments. I agree with them.
      Janice

    • Theodore Nwangene

      I couldn’t have agreed more Rebecca,

      Perfection does not exist, and anyone who’s waiting for it is wasting time. We ought to get to work and then, learn along the way. There’s nothing like a frontline experience you know.

      Thanks for coming.

  4. Carol Cassara

    My blog for me is simply a means of self expression. I think it’s because I am more a writer than a blogger. But when I launch a business next year, I have to get serious about some content marketing. I found your post helpful in that regard. Thank you.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carol,
      You have a successful blog. For that reason, I predict your upcoming business will be successful. Thanks for writing us.
      Janice

    • Theodore Nwangene

      Happy to hear you’ll launch your own business soon Carol,

      Content marketing is critical for any online based business and once you launch your business, take it very seriously and please, don’t hesitate to let me know of any way I can be of help.

      Thanks for stopping by, and good luck.

  5. Sandy KS

    I write on several niche subjects on my blog. I know I will never be a pro blogger. As I am one, at this time do not have money to put in to my blog to market it other. Thank you for the tips. I love your blog.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sandy,
      I am still so excited you are reading my articles. Thank you for the kind words about them. I do not have a budget either, and I have made a little money blogging. “Never say ‘never'” is my attitude. Thanks for writing and for the visit.
      Janice

    • Theodore Nwangene

      You must never relent Sandy,

      I love Janice mindset “Never say Never” and that is also the mindset anyone who’s serious about succeeding should adapt.

      There’s always something good waiting for you down the road but if you get tired before getting there, you’ll loose it.

      Thanks for coming.

      BTW: Janice, add me on facebook with NWANGENE THEODORE

      • Janice Wald

        Thank you for bringing the articles, Theodore. We genuinely appreciate your expertise.
        Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shamira,
      Great to see you! Wasn’t Theodore’s article amazing? I am such a fan of his.
      Janice

    • Theodore Nwangene

      I’m glad you like it mate.

      Janice is also such a big deal, she rock 🙂

      What an awesome community

      • Janice Wald

        Hi Theodore,
        Thank you so much! I am definitely proud of what we’ve built here.
        Janice

  6. Val

    Nice general rules for becoming a Superhero Blogger, but that’s an OK article ,Theodore. Good job…

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Val,
      Nice to meet you. I agree with you. Theodore’s article was amazing. One of the commenters called it “riveting.” Thank you for writing and for the visit.
      Janice

  7. Stephanie D. Lewis

    I was absolutely riveted throughout this insightful post! I have a question–would the advice differ very much if you are blogging to try and catch the eye of an agent rather than monetize your blog? In other words blogging is more a means to an end result –that being getting a book or screenplay deal? (Cue The Everly Brothers song…. “All I have to do is dream….”) 😉

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Stephanie,
      Great to see you! Thank you for writing us. I have shared with Theodore that you have an important question. I don’t want to guess wrong. Marketing is currently more his area of expertise than mine.
      Janice

    • Theodore Nwangene

      That’s a good question, Stephanie,

      It does not matter if your plan is to generate income directly from your blog via advertising, affiliate marketing or any other way or, if you’re blogging just to get the attention of your clients or land a book deal, the most important thing is to always have a good plan. You need to figure out your big “WHY” like Simon Sinek said.

      Ask yourself why you’re blogging and what you hope to achieve with your blog then, channel all your efforts on that.

      In one of her blog posts, Penelope Trunk stated that Blogging is a great career tool for creating opportunities for yourself.

      You might have to check out her post here: http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2009/04/21/8-reasons-why-you-wont-make-money-from-your-blog/. It’s also very informative.

      Overall, know the end result of your blog. If you want to use it as a tool to expose your expertise so you can land some paying agents/clients then, everything you’re doing from day one should reflect on that.

      Tragedy will only occur when you have the mindset that blogging alone is the business and you will make money from it, you will only be disappointed.

      Check out this post too for more insight

      1. http://www.copyblogger.com/no-money-blogging/
      2. http://www.topbloggingcoach.com/blogging-is-dead-and-buried/

      Hope i answered your question?

      Do let me know of any other way i could be of help 🙂

  8. Patty

    Thanks for all the great tips in this article. I am definitely working toward pro blogging and I don’t see giving up on my future , but, are we talking about continuously asking people to have is as guests and asking them on our blog, commenting on people’s blogs, or is there something I’m missing. Also, my blog is on several subjects that. I love. It seems like it would be harder to blog on one subject. Is that a bad thing?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Patty,
      I am hoping Theodore returns to answer more questions. I am curious to know how he responds to you.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Pam,
      Great to see you! Thank you for writing. I agree. Theodore did an outstanding job with his post. The readers seem quite engaged.
      Janice

  9. Marsha Ingrao

    Great post, Janice! Very great tips, and the “what not to do” describes what I don’t want to do, but have been guilty of doing. Four years ago when I started, that’s what was recommended – post a day. It almost killed me! Recently I’ve had some big hits, and I’ve sent my first email campaign, so I feel more confident and excited than I did a few months ago when I started getting serious about blogging again. The truth is that the statistics have changed drastically in the blogosphere since I started four years ago. It is not nearly as easy to break into it as it was because of the volume number of blogs. Thanks again for all your tips. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Marsha,
      Thank you for writing and your compliments on Theodore’s article.
      You wrote about the overwhelming competition for readers’ attention. I agree. I believe Theodore’s point is that readers respond to a caring, giving blogger. One of Theodore’s points is that it is that selfless attitude that will help us beat the competition.
      Janice

  10. GiGi Eats

    I truly feel blessed to have such a clear cut brand and focus! If I didn’t I would have stopped blogging YEARS ago!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gigi,
      Thanks for writing. Great to see you.
      I am lucky too that I found a niche I love. I changed often until I found the blogging tips niche. It took me three months. Thank you for coming by.
      Janice

  11. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    Thanks for hosting Theodore and the very thought provoking ideas and tips. Stop reading so much and just do it. I like that.

  12. Dr.Amrita Basu

    “Stop being a blogger ,be a content market er”.Very interesting comment.Thas what Brian Dean at backlinko.com says too.
    Having an identity is important. That’s what is branding I think.Great post.

  13. Victoria

    I can attest to #4. As a newbie, without a huge audience, if I don’t share my ideas on 3rd party sites where my audience hangs out, I see little pageviews. However, whenever I do put in the time to submit content to these other sites, not only do I see traffic but I get email subscribers! Funny how that works. 😉

  14. Kristin McCarthy

    Great tips.

    Im pinning this one for a rainy day…or a day where four kids arent crawling up my legs

  15. sue

    Such helpful tips Janice as usual! I like the point about helping others – building relationships with other bloggers and your readers is so important. I also feel torn about social media – there are so many to use and it takes so much time. You end up being on SM more than blogging. thanks for co-hosting another great Blogger’s Pitstop!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sue!
      We were commenting on each other’s blogs at the same time! Too funny! Thank you for writing.
      Janice

  16. Leanne

    Once again, very thought provoking and certainly worth keeping in mind if I ever decide to market myself and my blog. Atm I’m enjoying blogging for the sheer pleasure of connection with others and because it’s fun. I’m not sure I’ll ever be a content marketer or an entrepreneur (I even had to google how to spell that!) I’m just beyond happy that hundreds of people view my tiny little blog every day – who’d have thought?!

  17. Gilly Maddison

    Very helpful tips for people who need to make a living out of their blogs.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gilly,
      Thanks for writing me this week. Great to hear from you. I agree my guest author Theodore did a great job on the post.
      Janice

  18. hamza

    Be a beginner, without a large audience, if I don’t share my thoughts on third-party sites where my audience is retreating, I see only a few pageviews.

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