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The Secret To Becoming A Successful Blogger

Do you want to know the secret to becoming a successful blogger? In this post I will outline the three things that successful bloggers do. Follow these steps, and you can become a successful blogger. But, here’s the kicker – if you don’t do just one, you have failed. In order to become a successful blogger, you have to do all three things. That is why I call it the Blog Success Wheel.

Defining Success

What is a successful blogger?

Success means different things to each and every blogger. Do you want to make a full time income from blogging? Or, you don’t care so much about money but you want to build up a large readership? Perhaps you don’t care about either of these things, you just want to carve our your own piece of the web to hang out on. It doesn’t matter what your definition of success is, you just have to know what it is. Otherwise, you are swimming in the sea but you wont know if you are headed in the right direction, or even if you are close to your destination.

The Blog Success Wheel works, no matter what your goals are. Let me go into detail as to what the Blog Success Wheel is all about.

The Blog Success Wheel

The key to the blog success wheel is that it is a wheel. If you don’t do one of the things on the wheel, well, it can no longer turn. It stops turning, and your blog dies.

If you want to be successful at blogging, you have to do all three things on the blog success wheel. Those three things are –

Consistency, Action, Persistence.

Prowess-Blog-Wheel-for-Success

The Blog Success Wheel is the first step in any successful blogging journey. You really just have to keep at it (persistence) on a regular basis (consistency) and you have to make sure you are doing something (action).

Consistency

You don’t have to start with hundreds of blog posts to launch a successful blog. There will always be someone out there that has more blog posts than you. There will always be someone who can post more often then you. It doesn’t matter. What it takes to have a successful blog isn’t to go gung ho at the start and then sit back to reap the rewards.

What all successful bloggers do is to slowly, over a period of time, post by post, build up their blog over time. If you do a little bit at a time, suddenly you will have hundreds of posts and hundreds of visitors leaving hundreds of comments – or more. It, of course, wont actually be “suddenly”, but when you are there it will feel like it, to you and everyone else.

Stop worrying that there are people out there that are so far a head of you. The key is to consistently build up your blog. You have to choose the frequency of your consistency. But know, post by post, comment by comment, you are taking small steps that add up to something awesome over time.

Action

The other way that people let themselves down is that they never take action. They are constantly learning, observing, making plans, but never acting on those plans.

What these actions are depends on what your blogging goals are. Do you want to build a large community, or as Seth Godin calls it, a tribe? Well, then you need to take action and start doing things that attract a tribe to you. Want to make money? Then you need to come up with how you are going to moneytize your blog, implement it, and then start building your sales funnel.

What ever your goals are, don’t just sit there dreaming about the future. Take action and make something happen.

Persistence

Don’t give up. This journey doesn’t happen over night. In fact, over night successes are usually the result of lots of persistence over a period of time. So keep at it. Don’t stop. Don’t give up. If you stop, you’ll never make it.

What makes so many bloggers give up before they hit the big time?

One thing may be that they don’t blog consistently or they don’t take action – so they don’t see the magic results that they thought were going to happen. So they give up. But not you. I know you are determined.

The only thing that is going to stop you is your fears. What fears do you have that stop you from continuing? Do you have a fear of giving up? Fear of failing? What is stopping you from working at this? Fear is what has held me back in the past. I wasn’t sure that I could do this, that I could make it.

I have been listening to a lot of highly successful people lately and I find it inspiring to hear that they too fear. It makes complete sense. After all, the future is unknown, and as humans we fear the unknown. So, if you are scared, something good is probably about to happen. Find something to help you through it, and just do it!

To Sum Up…

Just do it, do it regularly, and don’t give up.

Complete these three simple steps, and you are already ahead of millions of other blogs out there.

Let me know in the comments what is holding you back from success in your blogging. Is it fear, or something else?


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There are 12 comments .

Jan Koch

Hi Carlie,

when I started my blog, I didn’t even know what I could write about. Why would anybody listen to me, if I got nothing to say?

Then I noticed that all the “big” bloggers started in a similar way. They wrote about their progress in learning, starting a business or whatever progress they were making.

So I decided to use my blog as a medium to let others participate in my progress and now I’m getting somewhat reasonable traffic on that and I can start monetizing it.

You just have to make the first small step, just like you say.

Best regards,
Jan

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Theodore Nwangene

A very awesome post as always Carlie,
Yes, i also observed that the main reason why people never gets to where they want to be is the lack of taking actions.

Just as my favourite author usually say…. Reading is not enough, you must apply. I can’t agree more Carlie.

And talking about consistency, its really one of the main requirements for success. Think about it this way. If you’re looking for a job, and you constantly call 20 people/day for 30 days, don’t you think you will get the job? I think so too.

So, instead of reading all the tips out there, its better we start practising and applying the ones we’ve learnt so far to avoid information overload.

Thanks a lot for sharing and, have a fabulous week.

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    Carlie Hamilton —

    Love your phone call analogy. Sometimes things are a numbers game. Sure, there are ways you can optimize things so that you don’t have to go as long (you could learn from your mistakes, make better calls and land that job on day 15). But even if you are bumbling along, you’ll get a job eventually. :)

    Applying what we learnt sure is hard. Humans are weird. We have all this valuable information, yet we don’t act on it? Well, I guess we’re not weird, just stupid!

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Eric

Well done Carlie. Another great post.

As a blogger my biggest fear is that even if I work hard I will never acheve the audience and success of Neil Patel, Ray Higdon, Darren Rowse etc. But this is feeling is holding me in my dark days only.

Luckily the rest of the time I feel that sky is the limit and word by word, post by post I’m getting closer … and soon all the goals I have now will be checked in my TO DO list and I will be aiming even higher :)

Keep the good work and you would be rewarded!

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Gilbert Samuel

According to your point of consistency, its just like you read my mind, I was once in that shoe, thinking that I’ll should have a couple of post on my blog before launching it in order not to make it look new, I never knew how dumb I was then.

According to Jon, “all bloggers started in a similar way” and most of them have gotten to the peak. Nobody is perfect but try to be as perfect as you can be, it all depends on your CAP (consistency, action and persistence) and you’ll also get to the peak.

Sometime I’ll ask myself this question; where will my blog be in 1 year or 2 years time? Will I get to where those probloggers are? And anytime I’m blogging or writing a post, I have this feeling like, I’m just wasting my time and I’m going no where with what I’m doing BUT thanks to this post, its so encouraging. Its time to take off the brakes from my blog success wheel and make my blog go viral.

Keep up the good work Carlie

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    Carlie Hamilton —

    Hey Gilbert, thanks for leaving a comment. It’s so hard sometimes to see how little blocks can make a big house, but that’s what we are doing day in, day out. And I’m not saying this is the only thing you need to do, but with these three things are vital to making it in blogging.

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Alvin Chadwick

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve read something like this, very original, I must say. As far as consistency, when I first launched my blog, I thought that I should make as many blog posts as I can before marketing but now, I’ve decided to take it slow and limit myself to one post per day. This blog post has very important advice, great work!

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    Carlie Hamilton —

    Thanks for the kind words Alvin. More than one post a day. Crazy I say! Ha. Did you feel like you were creating quality stuff when you were posting more than once a day? I do not think that I could keep up that momentum for long.

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Adithya shetty

Hi Carlie, these are indeed essential blogging steps. . . Sometimes i dream a lot and doesn’t take proper Action on my blog. . I hope to change this. . . Thanks for sharing

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    Carlie Hamilton —

    I think a lot of us dream and don’t take action. One thing you can do is what I have heard called the “focused hustle”. Turn off all distractions, and just do it.

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