8 Explosive Blogging Tips Other Clever Bloggers Won’t Share

This blog post could probably the 10th, 100th or 1,000th that you had read about blogging tips and starting a blog. I am going to tell you that this blog (and this website) is different from any other and here’s why.

Do you really think that most successful bloggers will share their secrets, tips and tricks with you? Take a moment to think about it and I will wait.

Moments of silent…

Welcome back! Guess you figured it out right? Oh wait! If not, don’t worry, let me tell you why instead. Sharing vital information, tips and tricks in blogging with the other bloggers would probably means:

  1. More competitions
  2. Lesser traffic
  3. Less earnings
Most bloggers are successful because they have their own blogging tips and tricks

What are the top secret, high confidential and mind blowing blogging tips for bloggers? 

Makes any sense? Glad it does! We are on the right track here.

So, what makes me (and this blog), tell you the REAL answers on blogging tips? I am tired of seeing bloggers and potential writers going into this industry with the hope of making money blogging but ended disappointed!

I can’t teach you all the blogging tips (and tricks) I know and learned but if you follow my writings here, you will probably figure out all my tricks in blogging and start making a decent living through your blogs or websites.

I am not saying that other bloggers are lying to you but the fact is that not many are telling you the whole truth about blogging and life of a blogger. So, hear me out at least (even though how much you disagree with but do tell me why using the comment form below).

And before that, I would like to share with you some slides which I recently created:

 

Here are 8 blogging tips all bloggers must know

One of the best blogging tips is pouring enough time into blogging

Blogging takes time, devotion and persistent to be successful 

1. Blogging is more than a job. It’s a lifestyle.

If you have decided to step into the blogging industry, then allow me to give you a warm welcome. Now, let’s get into business…serious business.

If you want to be successful in blogging, then you need to be mentally and physically prepared to spend time into this challenging industry. For those who read the blog articles I posted few days back, I said that Sunday is my time off from blogging. Reality is…yes but partially. I promised myself that I will wake up earlier than usual on Sundays and do some backlinks for at least 2 hours a day. Half day work? You can call that anytime, buddy.

What I am trying to say is that if you want to make money blogging, then prepare to devote your time and effort into it. Don’t devote everything you got but at least, give it a 60% of everything you have first for starters.

Blogging tips #1: Everyone want to be making money through blogging but not many want to contribute time into serious blogging. So, which side of the fence are you on?

2. The reality between free blog sites and self hosted domains

It is no secret that there are bloggers who make money through their blogs on Blogspot. Oh yes they do and even one of my blogs on Blogger that is making $10 a day just through Google Adsense.

Differences between free and paid blog sites

Choose your blogging platform carefully when it comes to building a brand for your blog

You are here because you want to make money as a blogger right? How many bloggers out there who are extremely successful using their Blogspot account?

That’s what I am saying, yo!

Let’s see, Darren Rowse from ProBlogger, Jane from ProBloggingSuccess and Ana Hoffman from TrafficGenerationCafe doesn’t use these free blogging sites. Instead, they are using self hosted domains.

Basically, free blogging sites aren’t really free. Bloggers using these sites will be tied down not only to their terms and conditions but as well as the contents ownerships (for some sites).

On the other hand, self hosted domains allows bloggers to be the ‘King and Citizen’ of the site. This means that bloggers are free to do any changes they like and they wished for as long as they want to.

Blogging tips #2: Small time bloggers build blogs. Serious bloggers who want to make money blogging have their own identity, brand and of course, self hosted website.

3. Money is needed to start a blog…at least a little

Investing into blogging industry

Prepare to invest at least a little when it comes to blogging 

C’mon guys! Do you really think that you can earn money without investing a single cent? You probably could and I ain’t joking. However, trust me when I say that without investing some money, you are going to close many doors of opportunities. Clear example is in point #2 (above).

I started blogging years back and I was stingy (even now). I didn’t want to spend a single cent on blogging! I realized that my earning capabilities are very well confined in a small, 4-walls bedroom.

What I mean was I knew I couldn’t compete with the big guns without the help of paid blogging tools. That’s the fact. Bloggers who says that they don’t use paid blogging tools are lying. Okay, maybe they are not lying but check on their page rank, traffic etc. You get the point.

There will be times where you think you need to get a better WordPress theme, SEO content optimization or maybe a premium comment plugin to name a few. That’s when you need to spend money into blogging.

Blogging tips #3: Serious bloggers invest into blogging to ensure they grow and beat the rest…even when their competitors are sleeping.

4. Successful bloggers don’t spend a lot of time on their blogs and websites

One of the best blogging tips is to contribute to guest posts

Want to build good traffic blogs? Brush up on your Public Relations skills! 

Yup you hear me loud and clear (okay, you read what I wrote – my apologies). Most successful bloggers doesn’t spend their whole day on their blog. So, what are they doing? Being a couch potato or lazing in their jacuzzi pool?

The fact is that they are spending at least 50% of their daily effort writing for other blogs and doing internet marketing. Hear any bells ringing when I say guest posting?

Good guest posting will generate enough traffic boost back to their own blogs simply because the sites they are writing for are having good traffic of their own. Don’t forget that this is not a good way but is a great way to increase blog traffic.

Starting a blog doesn’t sound to be that easy at this point right?

Even Darren Rowse (and wrote an eBook about it as well) agreed when he posted this:

Importance of guest posting

One of Darren’s most popular articles published on ProBlogger 

Blogging tips #4: A good blogger plans and strategize. Good blogging strategy will not only drive traffic but also creating good readership.

5. Successful bloggers uses content optimization tools in their blogs

Proper content optimization tools will increase the blog visibility in the eyes of search engines

Onsite content optimization is important to rank well on search engines 

I am not sure about you but I certainly realized this. Do you notice that famous bloggers and websites usually have excellent content?

Okay try this when you have the time.

  1. Pick an article you liked which was written by your favorite blogger
  2. Try to figure out what are the keywords which he or she is using or focusing
  3. Count the density of the keyword(s)

Obviously, this is clear. Out of 10 blog posts I counted, 7 of them have a very good density of keywords and they are very precise. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

I know once or twice could be okay but having like 7 to 8 articles out of 10 with the same ‘modus operandi’ aka M.O.? This is way too good to be called coincidence I would say.

I know there are a few bloggers who are really good and doing all this manually. However, a huge part of them doesn’t. Instead, they turn their heads into content optimization tools or blogging tools that helps them to enrich the article content.

Like it or not, many serious bloggers invested thousands if not hundreds on SEO tools to ensure their blogs and websites survive the cut.

Think maybe that your blog don’t need any SEO optimization? Here’s a free report that you can use to check on your blog’s SEO status.

If you are looking for content optimization techniques, I believe this article will keep you on the right track, The Best SEO Tool For Optimizing Your Website.

Blogging tips #5: Blogging industry is very competitive nowadays. Only those who are really serious in this business will actually grow and be successful.

6. The reality of monetizing a blog or website

I don’t mean to disappoint you but if you think Google Adsense can drive your earning like crazy, then you are wrong. Sorry.

Smaller blogs make money through Google Adsense. Bigger blogs make money through affiliate sales.

I believe I do not need to share with you which blogger is making money through affiliate sales and I certainly know quite a few bloggers who are making not three, not four but at least five digits of affiliate revenue monthly.

You see, I would consider this as the approach of making money blogging followed by different bloggers. Refer below to see on my earnings using one of the affiliate programs I joined:

eBay Affiliate Program is a good way for bloggers to earn money through affiliate sales

An example of my affiliate earning using eBay Affiliate Program 

From the image above, I could easily be earning more using affiliate sales compared to Google Adsense clicks. Makes sense? Go figure!

Blogging tips #6: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t focus making money with Google Adsense. Instead, focus making money blogging with Google Adsense and affiliate programs as well!

7. Traffic above earnings

Most bloggers focus on monetizing blog instead of increasing blog traffic

Traffic is the source of any blog monetization methods. Boost traffic and blog earnings will follow 

Why most bloggers fail and give up within the first 3 months of blogging? This is because most of them have the money sign on their forehead even before getting a stable traffic!

If you have plans on starting a blog to make money, then start thinking how to generate enough traffic first!

Traffic is the core factor which will affect your blog earning. The more traffic you are getting, the better chance of creating a money blog or at least, generating a nice and small income through blogging.

Blogging tip #7: Money blogs are generating money because of traffic and not the other way around. 

8. Control the number of advertisement on your blog

Most bloggers does this same mistake over and over again. As a blogger, you want your blog to be content rich and not advertisement rich. If you have in starting a blog, then make sure you control the limits on advertisements on your blog.

The number of advertisements which Google Adsense allow is only 3 per page. This clearly shows that not only Google Adsense acknowledge the importance of the banners, they also value the importance of content quality.

Blogging tips #8: Too many advertisement and banners aren’t good for blogging business. Reduce them and see traffic grow within the next few weeks if not months!

Increase your blog earnings by placing banners on hotspots only

Placing the right advertisement at the right location will increase click rates

Over to you

So, what do you think of these 8 blogging tips?

Like it or hate it?

Tell me all about it and if you have anything under your sleeves that you want to share. Who knows, you maybe be featured in my post as well!

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Reginald started blogging in 2005 and it soon went from just a hobby to a serious occupation. He specializes in content writing, marketing, social media and SEO. He also tweaks WordPress during his free time. Reginald is also offering paid services and if you need any help, feel free to contact him and check out the services he is offering or check out his latest project, School of Content | Content Marketing Strategies And Tips.
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  • http://www.createbubbles.co.uk Sharon

    I’m at the “building” stage with my blog but have an eye on monetising it when the time is right. Some good tips here thanks :-)

    • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

      Hi Sharon,

      Glad to know you! Since you are starting a new blog or website, you can always monetize it but do it light. Too much monetization might drive your traffic away. I hope you enjoy your time here and hope you will be back for more.

      Moving forward, feel free to contact me if you need any assistance. I will try my best to help you out. You can also sign up for my newsletter and you will also get my free eBooks from time to time (the first batch will be out to all subscribers by next week).

      Take care!

      • http://www.createbubbles.co.uk Sharon

        Thank you for the advice and offer. Much appreciated. Signed up :-)

        • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

          Hi Sharon,

          You are most welcome but isn’t I’m the one who suppose to say thank you? :)

          Take care and have a great Monday!

          More to come … I promise!

          Reginald

  • http://www.aliensmoney.com Qasim

    Hi Reginald,

    This is really one of the best blogging tips I have read with great facts, one of the important things you have mentioned is that successful blogs spend half of their online time writing guest posts and commenting on other blogs as well, Also small bloggers make money online from Adsense but bigger bloggers make money from Affiliate marketing, selling ads directly on their blogs and most importantly creating their own products. Thanks again for sharing your tips.

    • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

      Hi Qasim,

      Hey thanks for the comment. In fact, I done the same mistake nearly all bloggers did. Well, at least I learn from it. Slowly but surely. I hope you have a great time here and thanks for the share as well.

      Reginald

  • http://www.learnblogtips.com/ Rahul Kuntala

    Hi Reginald,

    I couldn’t agree with you more on #3.

    One more tip: Use less sharing buttons on your blog posts, you’ll get more response (I hope this post helps

    P.S: Your headline made me to read your article. The post is full of meat, definitely worth a tweet and comment :)

    • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

      Hey Rahul,

      Thanks for the comment and yes, thank you for your advise. I am certainly thinking of changing some layout on the site. Just need to find time. And yes, nice writing as well!

      Glad you liked it and more to come Rahul.

      Take care,
      Reginald

  • Louis Sanchez

    Nice article. i think like everything else their are two worlds when you talk about anything on the Internet. You have the world of most everything is fake but I want to make millions and the world of those who are real and can make money on the Internet in spite of what ever they do.
    I do not focus on my blog to make money, i focus on my business, because of that my clients know the traffic on my sites are mainly from real people so they choose to advertise on my sites for a high premium. I average $14.00 per thousand impressions by billing directly (just some food for thought).

    DocLou

    • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

      Hi DocLou,

      Excellent words. Actually, I read that before bed and seriously got me thinking! Haha! Thanks for that anyway and appreciate your time commenting.

      Have a great day ahead, friend!

      Reginald

  • http://adriennesmith.net/ Adrienne

    Hey Reginald,

    Well everyone may define their “successful” blog in different ways. What I believe is successful you might not think is so that’s the first thing right there.

    On my blog I tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about anything you want to know about blogging so I sure hope you’re not lumping me in that category of bloggers that don’t share the real scoop! ;-)

    For the most part I agree with what you shared but not all of course. I’m no Darren Rowse or Ana Hoffman so I’m sure most wouldn’t consider my blog as successful as theirs and that’s okay. I’m not trying to accomplish the same thing they are so I think we all have to do what’s best for us.

    I know that guest posting is still highly recommended in order to get yourself out there and I think if you’re fairly new then it would be in your best interest. The funny thing is that I didn’t do a lot of guest posting and I still don’t so I was recognized in other ways. I’m not saying it’s not important but I also don’t believe in giving away all of my great content to other blogs. I know, I’m not like everyone else of course.

    I’m sure others will find your post very helpful . Good tips so thanks for sharing.

    ~Adrienne

    • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yes, each has their own definition of successful. In my eyes, you are very successful! And, I always consider your site as an honest site for blogging tips. You share your journey with your readers and I’m sure they feel at home as much as I do!

      Guest posting is still great and yes you are right. I read it somewhere yesterday that if you are doing guest posting to increase traffic, Google is okay with it. If you’re doing guest posting for the sake of backlink, then Google hates that. So, handle with care :)

      Nonetheless, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • http://www.mayura4ever.com Mayura

    Hi Reginald,

    Now this topic can be viewed with different perspectives :) Especially depends on how someone define successful blogging is. I don’t believe every blogger has the same perspectives though. Bloggers are human beings, eh? Human beings share different views.

    I often surprise finding bloggers who blog everyday while they have no or few comments :) They blog everyday ’cause they know everyday blogging can get more eyeballs? No, not at all. They just enjoy blogging their hearts out and that’s what inspired me, not the bloggers with top rankings though. I know that it’s not everyone’s perspective either.

    “Years of blogging for nothing?” ~ Once I’ve heard that expression from a known blogger :) I felt so sorry knowing that he thought blogging is just a cash cow.

    I’ve come across bloggers who blog about their pets, nature, books, life events, family, son / daughter and I see happiness in their writing Reginald :) I felt it. Gosh… Why they spend hours composing their posts and publish knowing that no one would ever read ‘em? Even no one listen to ‘em, they will keep blogging ’cause they just love what they do :) I believe when the day I can beat ‘em, I’d take control of blogging instead of being controlled by blogging.

    I admire bloggers who earn money, and I’m using Blogger platform too mate. But if they stop blogging just because they don’t make enough money, I don’t think they can fit into Blogger category though :) Probably, Money category be the best for ‘em.

    I’d be blogging as long as I’m finding happiness through blogging mate :)

    You have a fabulous weekend ahead Reginald :)

    Cheers…

    • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

      Hey Mayura!

      Thank you for visiting me! :) It’s an honor indeed!

      Totally agree with you as I realized something recently. I have been blogging for some time now and I always thought I was finding ways to make some passive income. To my surprised, I love writing and blogging so much and I realized that making money, is just a secondary thing for me.

      I’m sure I will be blogging all the way until old age and who knows what will happen there.

      Passion and the love for blogging … that matters most and yes Mayura, you are absolutely right!

      Thanks for coming over again! Appreciate it.

      Reginald

  • http://tiroberts.com/traffic-generation-case-study/ Ti Roberts

    Stellar post, Reginald.

    You’ve shared some really great insights about blogging that’s important for new bloggers to be aware of. I especially like the point you made about blogging being a lifestyle rather than a job.

    I’ve been in the internet marketing space for 8 years now. It took me a lot of mistakes and trial and error over the years to realize that in order to make it blogging I have to be fully committed, doing MUCH more than the bare minimum to get the results I wanted. So I appreciate you sharing you take on the blogging world and what you feel is important to keep in mind.

    This is my first time visiting your blog, Reginald, and I’m loving what I’ve seen and read so far. I’ll be sure to share this piece with my social circle. I’ll also comment and share it with the BizSugar community.

    Keep the great content coming and I look forward to connecting with you more soon.

    Ti

    • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

      Hi Ti,

      You are most welcome. When it comes to blogging, doing what’s minimal will make you on par with the rest (thousands of sites out there) but if you are much more for your website or readers, you will do much better!

      Glad you find this useful and take care. Looking forward to see you around.

      Reginald

  • http://theonlinemoneybox.com/ Martin

    Some very useful tips here which I agree, most people will not share. Technically the most amount of time you need to spend on your blog a day is making sure you are replying to comments, making sure everything is safe and secure and every so often, posting new content.

    I spend the most of the time helping my blog, by not been on my blog. I instead am focusing on promotion, relationships with other bloggers and gaining more and more tips to help me do better.

    You are right, money is needed for at least a domain and a host. Do not expect everything to happen overnight and dedication is key… those are the first simple things I learnt about running a blog.

    • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

      Hi Martin,

      Readers engagement and relationship building is important especially when you want to build your traffic. Nowadays, it is more important to build a brand authority than just plain traffic. With good authority, traffic will follow :)

      Earning side income through blogging is good but it is important not to overfocus on it.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Reginald

  • Bob Rom

    Decent and making sense advice. After a while you should know this by yourself.
    The above was all I wanted to say but the comment form brought me back here for more words.

    • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

      Hey Bob,

      Haha yes I got to agree with you on that! What I always see is that the facts are always in front of them but they don’t take the time to consider them.

      Nonetheless, appreciate your reply and have a great day ahead!

  • http://www.factsnfakes.in Sumanth

    Hello Regi, of all the tips i really liked two of them.
    1) Public Relations.
    2)Content optimization tools.

    These two must be used and practised by every blogger on this Planet.
    Excellent article Regi. Waiting for more From you..@!

    • http://www.reginaldchan.net Reginald

      Hi Sumanth,

      Thanks for your kind words. I don’t know but you are too early! just edited the post with slideshare and a Youtube video coming in soon (thanks to slow Internet connection).

      PR is important mate. Good relationship with bloggers is vital to ensure that you get constant support. You know, some social boost is always great :)

      Also, most bloggers use tools to make them ‘blog better’. Well, that’s the fact. So, use one if you want to get serious in blogging. You could live without it BUT it is always better to have one … if you get what I mean.

      Talk to you soon mate.