8 Rules For Creating A Blog That Stays Successful

So you’ve decided to start a blog. You’ve decided on a name and niche, you’ve chosen a hosting platform, you’ve created the site design, you’ve started writing posts and you’ve established a presence on social media. You’ve done so much! However, creating a blog and then ensuring the success of that blog are two different things. Luckily, CGD is going to share with you some important secrets that will help your blog stand out and get the attention it deserves.

Refine your voice.
When writing posts for your blog, you will notice that you write with a certain style. Perhaps you write in a short and succinct manner or maybe you like to incorporate humor. Take note of your style and refine your voice by ensuring authenticity. In other words, be yourself and let your personality shine.

Ensure original content.
Although posts about popular topics will attract a specific target audience, add some spice to your content. Brainstorm ideas for posts that demonstrate creativity and offer readers something fresh. And don’t be afraid to take risks. You never know what will spark attention.

Don’t forget about pictures.
Regardless of the type of blog that you have created, pictures will be an integral aspect of the site. Even if you aren’t a self-made photographer, incorporating quality pictures into posts will be both visually stimulating and will help readers assign added meaning to what is written (which will keep them coming back!).

Interact with your readers.
The beauty of a blog is that it has the ability to be interactive. Encourage your readers to post comments or to follow your blog’s social media accounts. This interaction will help you get to know your readers and will allow your readers to get to know you. It will add a personal touch that will also enable you to develop content that directly interests your target audience.

Ignore negativity.
Not everyone who reads your blog is going to like everything about it. And some people will be vocal and voice their thoughts. Ignore them! Focusing on negativity has damaging effects and has the potential to cause you to lose focus. Keep your eye on the prize and not on negative comments. Delete them.

Follow your vision.
As time passes, you may be tempted to incorporate content that may not entirely fall within your original vision. Although important to take risks in the content you create, it should still be a part of your vision for the blog. So develop a vision board and keep it somewhere you can always refer to it. This will ensure that all of the content you publish adheres to your vision.

Manage your time.
Most bloggers at some point or another struggle to balance their day job with blogging. Buy a blog planner (Etsy has so many cute ones!). It will help you keep organized. In that planner create a schedule that highlights when you set aside time to write content, take pictures, post content, interact with readers and attend blog-related meetings (see below_ or events (i.e., networking!). Keeping organized will ensure that you meet your deadlines.

Build your brand.
Now that you’ve established your blog and you’re ready to spread your wings a bit more, start researching marketing strategies. This includes contacting companies and inquiring about sponsors, affiliate, and advertising programs. The relationships that you build with others will help you build and expand your brand. It’s also important to create a media kit for your blog, have a look at how other brands and bloggers do it and craft your own that aligns with the design of your blog.

Every blogger has a different reason as to why they wanted to create a blog. Although a great creative outlet, blogging is also a business that takes a lot of hard work to maintain and generate success. We hope these eight tips will help aspiring or current bloggers take their blog to the next level. Happy blogging!

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  • Besma | Curiously Conscious

    Great list for anyone starting out – blogging is definitely worth the commitment!

    Besma | Curiously Conscious

  • Dara

    Really informative post…just started dabbling a little with the world of blogging but posts like this really make it feel like a supportive community. https://champagneinateacup.wordpress.com/

  • Camille Beygui

    Great tips

    Xoxo

    http://fashionbackyard.blogspot.fr

  • Grace

    This definitely makes me feel better about my lil blog :D

    A Millennial Student

  • Danae García

    Great blog tips! They are all so true! thanks for sharing! xoxo

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  • coolenl

    These list are very helpful to anyone who wants or just started to have a blog. Also, very informative for me who just decided to blog regularly. :)

    http://itscoolenl.wordpress.com

  • Arianna

    I started a blog 3 months ago (gooosh, time flies) and I really need some tips from time to time! Thank you so much! I think that the part about building your own brand comes after a while, but it´s anyway good to know!!

    Thank you!

    https://pandaonavespa.wordpress.com/

  • The Curvy Girl

    I needed some new tips and inspiration to get back into blogging…thank you!

  • Chloe Denton

    Really liked this post. I have been blogging almost a year now and for the last couple of months I have been overhauling my blogs design and I am now finding the right schedule etc which will fit with my lifestyle and still allow blogging to be fun instead of a chore! -xo

    http://www.chloedanielle.co.uk

  • Nicollette Moyo

    Great list, I started blogging a couple weeks ago now and its been worth it so far!
    http://www.pieceofinsight.blogspot.com

  • Emmy

    This was so helpful to me. Thank you. I’ve just started to blog properly and these tips are exactly what I needed to hear. You’ve given me a real confidence boost to just get out there. Thank you again x

    Emmyemmychu.com

  • Marie Sophie Petit

    Thanks for the post. The most difficult for me is stretching to my vision (I keep changing my mind all the time) and .. Time !
    Plumspudding.wordpress.com

  • Maryam Nawaz

    Thanks for the tips! :)

    veilsandvanity.blogspot.ca

  • Linda Shobe

    Thank you, this is great! I’ve has started and I still have so much to learn

  • We Packed Our Bags

    Very wise tips and ones we are hopefully following at http://www.wepackedourbags.com :D

  • Edana Brown

    Great simple tips.

  • Fahima Chowdhury

    This was so helpful, sometimes my thoughts are all over the place and I do feel tempted to write about things that are hot topics at the moment and don’t apply to my interests, but its good to know that being authentic is the key to success. Thanks CGD!

    • GirlsBestFriendandCo

      I am ok with a variety of topics. I think the readers fall in love with the voice of the writer. You know what I mean.

  • GirlsBestFriendandCo

    I am not sure what you mean by negativity. If someone disagree with me I am opened to their point of view. I don’t like people blowing smoke, to me that is really inauthentic. People leaving hateful comments, not that’s a different story. When that happens I strongly agree with you. I have noticed Youtuber addressing mean comments. I feel sad when they feel the need to address negative energy. But I strongly appreciate honest feedback. I have left honest feedback and have been shunned for doing so. I understand being polite, but I want honesty. The benefit of sharing and engaging is to get different perspectives. When someone disagree with me, i try to understand where they are coming from. In that way, I actually grow from the experience. You know what I mean? LOL in closing, can I suggest a neat blogging book that I read and enjoyed. Fashion 2.0 Blogging Your Way to the front Row. It is gear toward Fashion Bloggers, but it has great general blogging info. You can get it on Amazon for your Kindle.

    • Lana Ober

      Thank you so much for sharing that book! I’m going to have to give it a go! One of the coolest things I’ve discovered about the blogging world is how everyone is willing to reach out to each other and offer support…at least most :)

      xo Lana
      http://www.decadentdissonance.com

  • Pippi Hepburn

    Really helpful advice. Thanks!
    http://www.pippihepburn.etsy.com

  • Lisa Tran

    Ooh a planner is a great idea to stat motivated! Any recomendations?

    Lisa
    everydayelevated.blogspot.com

  • JANICE BARGER

    Thanks for the tips. I just started my blog last month. I have solo much to learn.
    Gcsuebtx.blog.com

  • Julia

    This was super helpful! I started a blog a month ago and have slowly been trying to figure out how to get people to read it. Trying to set aside my desire for instant gratification and accept that it’ll take time and lots of content.
    -Julia at List Maker, Picture Taker

  • Lemon and Coconut

    Thanks so much for the tips! x

  • RoomEnvy

    I started blogging about a month ago. A blog planner is such a great idea (yes, I already have bloggers block haha)! Do you have any suggestions for growing my audience??

    Thanks!

    http://www.roomenvydesign.com/#!blog/ouis8

  • Dress Up, Chow Down

    I’m going to take Christmas break and really sit down and think about the future of my blog. I just started a month or so ago but I feel like I’m just “taking it blog to blog” without really ensuring I’m following what I want to follow. Just got to make time to do it and stick to it!

    http://www.dressupchowdown.com

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  • Hippie Fish Beach Art

    Lots of ideas here for my next steps with affiliates. Mmmm, thanks

  • Cafebiblioart

    Truly useful! Even after all this time I tend to forget some of these things. Hmm, I should probably have a look at the blogging planners even though I fell like I would never use them. I definitely need a way of ensuring I post more often. Thank you for sharing!

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