6 Ways To Avoid Building A Mediocre Blog You Can’t Afford To Miss

6 Ways To Avoid Building A Mediocre Blog This is a guest post by Hector Cuevas from HectorJCuevas.com

Mediocrity is often the result of taking the road of least resistance. You agree?…

I’m sure you do. Building successful blogs, strong brands and huge audiences is no walk in the park. This process slaps you in the face with resistance ever step of the way.

But it gets worse. Even though you’ve decided to take on this monster of a task; even though you’ve decided to take the road less traveled by building your internet empire, you may still be getting mediocre results. But why? – Are other successful bloggers smarter than you? That’s highly unlikely…

So, what keeps other successful bloggers from building “just another wordpress blog?” What makes their blogs better? I’ve been thinking about this for months now and I’ve compiled a list of 6 things successful blogs have.

My hopes with this post is to share with you the changes I’ve made and how you can use them, too. Let’s get started.

Solve Problems and Meet Needs

The questions I’ve been getting via email, Facebook and Twitter I’ve tried to address on my blog in one form or another. When I was getting questions about post frequency, I created a video. When my audience asked about creating products, I recorded a podcast episode. And when I started getting questions about podcasting, I created a product (Podcasting For Bloggers) to fill that need and answer those questions.

The lesson here is to create the content that your audience wants. Francisco knew that some of you were interested in keeping your blogs safe, Facebook landing pages and getting twitter followers, that’s why he wrote those articles. If you do that, we promise you’ll be fine.

Enjoy the Process

This is probably the hardest thing I’m going to suggest you do – detach yourself from results. In order to build a successful blog, with a loyal audience, you have to think about this as a long term project. The thing about long term projects is that they take awhile to get results, and people often give up and stop making progress.

But, if you try to enjoy it every step of the way, you might stick with it long enough to reap the benefits of business blogging.

Time is The Missing Piece of The Puzzle

You can buy every blogging course, and talk to every single pro blogger for an hour but they’ll never be able to give you the one thing that is essential to a blog’s success. – Time. It takes time to get noticed, it takes time to build a loyal following, and it takes time to start getting good search engine traffic.

The methods, ideas and strategies that we talk about can speed up your success but time will always be the missing piece of the puzzle. I noticed that the more patient I was, the faster I grew.

If it’s Not Personal – Make it Personal

First, my only focus was educating my readers. Then I added my experiences. Then I added personality, then humor and a bit of entertainment. The slight changes in my writing style took place when I started to get comfortable with myself and the things I was sharing.

This process of finding your voice might come natural to you, but for others it might take some time and practice. Work on making your blog a bit more personable, and your readers will find it easier to connect with you.

Never Be Satisfied

Too many people give up way too early. Often times it’s because the results aren’t coming fast enough, other times it’s because they’re satisfied with the results they are getting. The best part about building a blog is that with consistent effort comes consistent growth. The more you do and give, the more you get back in return.

The key is to continue to write, publish and promote content so that your blog passes the mediocre stage and lands on the popular stage.

Sometimes it’s who you know

I’ve learned that building relationships with other bloggers is not only a smart thing to do, but it’s also a critical part of your success. Just like in “real” life I’ll help out a friend much faser than I would help a complete stranger.

Thinking that you can do this on your own will slow you down. So, I suggest you swallow you pride, kick that ego to the side, and avoid mediocrity by collaborating with other bloggers.

On To You…

What are you doing to build a blog worth visiting over and over again? How does your site measure up to the popular blogs in your niche? Leave your comments below and let’s chat…

Hector Cuevas on SocialMouths This is a guest post by Hector Cuevas from HectorJCuevas.com, where he writes about lessons learned through blogging, taking fearless action and successfully building a blogging audience. He is also the host of the Business Blogging Podcast podcast. You can check out his latest project at PodcastingForBloggers.com – where he’ll teach you how to start a podcast of your own.

  • I really like how you’re clearly paying great attention to TIME! It’s huge. With anything, it seems like us funny humans do this funny thing called being completely engulfed in self doubt because we haven’t gotten a result, yet. But the yet is really the answer. Not enough people learn to do something, consistently, for a year without crapping out. Liked your other points too, Hector. 

  • Preston D Lee

    This is some great advice. Whenever I have people ask me what the secret to successful blogging is I tell them “time” and “patience”. Then I show them my search engine traffic over the last few years of blogging. It makes all the difference to have solid content that brings steady search traffic. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great article… we appreciate all the advice and will definitely be sure to implement it!

  • Hector: 

    Nice post.  Very clear.  I especially like what you wrote about how you evolved your writing over time (“First, my only focus was educating my readers. Then I added ….).  In that sense, we can think of our blog as a canvas, that we add to, change around, and, with some parts, wipe clean and start over.  It’s how Picasso worked, so why shouldn’t we?  🙂

    I also like your overall theme of effort combined with patience.  People just aren’t going to get us right away.  A blog is much like a book that we write and post micro-chapters of over time. Before the content bears some semblance to a coherent whole, it may not be terribly understandable. 

    I’ve often wished it were possible to what some of the established blogs looked like in their starting out days.  I think being able to see them in that form would ease a lot of new blogger anxiety.  

    Good writing.  Thanks.

    Susan

  • very nice post and great info ! it has made me realize i am doing lots of things wrong and i have lots of work to do ! but i will not give up i will get there !

  • Dead on on every point! Great tips we all need to follow — and be reminded of! 🙂

  • I am agree with this statement. “If it’s Not Personal – Make it Personal” I am webmaster of web development company and busy with my social media profiles. There are many uses who come up with certain mind bubbles. I like to solve it and transfer feeling like personal. They also like to stay connected with virtual communication. They realize that, it’s highly active community and suppose to get answer with proper manner. You point to avoid building a mediocre blog is outstanding. I want to add one more thing on it. Can we stop bombarding of data on users with social media websites. I always irritate to clean up my inbox with such a silly mail. Hooo.. it’s too much… BTW: great point and on time of social media world.

  • Hector, brilliant post. Unless you blog about something useful, people aren’t going to come to you. I am not against personal blogs, they are fine. But every personal story should have a purpose – a use to the person who is reading it. It might be a lesson, food for thought, a laughter, whatever.

    And what you say about time is brilliant. No matter how much we push, nothing can be acquired instantly. It takes time 🙂

  • Great article. I think it is really important to enjoy blogging. It is time consuming, and for most it takes alot of time to actually start making any money. So if it doesn’t become a passion, and within you there’s a belief that you will succeed you do end up quitting as so many have done already. But to quote your excellent words if you “stick with it long enough” there is a strong possibility that you will “reap the benefits of business blogging”.

  • Jeff Faldalen

    Hey Hector,
    Great article. I really enjoyed how you shed the truth on
    what it is going to take to have success.

    I always tell my clients, the one that detaches from the outcome, wins

    I appreciate your contribution and look forward to more of it

    Best wishes,
    Jeff Faldalen

  • Hi, Hector.

    Really cool post! I am a staunch believer of never settling for mediocrity. I am so into it that I even believe simple things can escape being mediocre if you believe and make them extraordinary. I even wrote a post about it. Although I have to admit that post was inspired by a guest blog post in Lori Gosselin’s site that was written by the amazing Nitty Griddy.

    I am enjoying my blogging journey so far. Sharing the magic of 3D renderings by weaving them into the stories that I tell is what drives me to go on. And, although I can’t say that I have perfectly done all the points you mentioned above, especially solving problems and meeting needs, but I can say that I am getting there. I am not in a hurry. I know it takes time.

    Thanks for this, Hector. Provided me with a great checklist to see how I have been doing. 🙂

    Cheers!
    Kim

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