How to Build a Successful Blog

What makes a blog successful? I’ve decided to coin a new term to classify the success of a blog: TIM (Traffic, Impact, and Monetization).

I don’t care whether you’re writing to improve the world, for fun, or for cash, building a successful blog means you need to excel in at least one these categories…and preferably all three.

Traffic: You need somebody to read your content right? On-page and off-page SEO (back-linking) are tricky bastards.

Impact: Are you just filling up pages or are you providing useful content? Do people leave smarter after reading your blog? Are they entertained? If your blog is just a squeeze page to capture clicks, you’re not doing the world any favors, and that sort of content is slowly being pushed down in the SERPs.

Monetization: If you’ve got the first two categories covered this should be the easiest part, but it can always be improved upon. This is one of my favorite topics because there are so many fascinating ways to monetize a blog and who doesn’t want their blog to make money?

I’ve learned much about TIM the hard way (and I’m still learning), but I’ll share as many lessons learned as I can in this category of posts.

14 Pro Blogger Tricks You Should Use To Reduce Your Blogging Expenses

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Most bloggers are a frugal bunch, but especially those in the personal finance niche.  I’ve been lucky enough to get to know a lot of these PF bloggers over the past couple years and they’ve taught me a few things about keeping costs down. Here’s a collection of little known tricks used by professional bloggers […]

Why You Need Google Rating Stars and How to Set Them Up

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Google Rating Stars Google Rating Stars are simply ratings on your website that are shown in search results. There are WordPress plugins that will make ratings widgets appear on your posts and pages and allow  users to rate or vote on your content.  This shows engagement on your site, and if you’re lucky, those ratings […]

Building AdSense Revenue: A Google AdSense Tutorial

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This is a guest post from Forest Parks. Forest is a full time blogger and has been working online for over 4 years.  If you want to guest post, check out my guidelines here. As a blogger when you first learn that it’s actually possible to earn money from your website the thoughts of making easy […]

How to Design a Blog: Use a Free Wireframe Tool

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Do you like the design of this blog?  I freakin’ love it, but you could say I’m biased. And if it’s not obvious, I didn’t create it entirely by myself.  I hired a web designer and it cost a lot less than you might expect. If you have your own killer blog idea, consider creating […]

My Honest Review of 99designs

Before you spend money on a logo or a graphic designer, read my review of 99designs. I’ll tell you exactly what I like about 99designs and where the site needs improvement. Let’s take a closer look. 99designs Review Here’s what I like about 99designs 99designs has an intuitive design posting process that helps you present […]

8 Sneaky Social Media Tricks: Are They Worth Your Time?

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Everyone knows social media can provide a huge boost to traffic and engagement on your website.  For many bloggers, the race for votes and “likes” has become just as important as search engine rankings and SEO.  And just like SEO, services have emerged for those bloggers looking to take short-cuts to build followers and get […]

Which Blog Monetization Strategies Work For Long Term Growth?

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Blogs can be monetized so many different ways that it’s hard to figure out which methods will work in the long run.  Choose the wrong strategy and you can scare off your audience.  Choose the right strategy and you can bank some cash and even provide valuable services to your readers, imagine that! You can […]

Dominating the SERPs with an Absurdly Cheap VA Army

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This is a guest post by Freddie from Invest With Passion. If you want to guest post, check out my guidelines here. Can you imagine commanding a large army of workers whose sole purpose is to promote your blog? Now picture everyone in that army working for less than $1 per hour. Sound impossible? I […]

How To Create a Test Blog (on a subdomain)

If you want to run a professional blog, you need to be able to review changes before displaying them to the world. It’s so easy to break things and you want to maintain a consistent user experience on your site.  Nothing shows you’re an amateur blogger more than a 5 hour window of your blog […]

9 Blogging Mistakes That Will Stunt Growth and Kill Productivity

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Before starting  DDIY I made a mountain of mistakes with my first blog.  Growth was painfully slow and it took me almost a year to correct most of these issues.  I’ve learned a few things from other bloggers and I won’t be making these same mistakes twice.  Try to avoid these pitfalls if you want to build a successful […]