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8 Best Blogs for Professional Bloggers to Follow

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One way to hone your craft and keep your finger on the pulse of the blogging community is to follow relevant, professional bloggers with large audiences and lots of insights to offer. If you are not yet reading these extremely instructive blogs, subscribe today. As you read their content, you’ll come away with tips and suggestions to help your blog grow.

The Social Media Hat

The Social Media Hat helps readers attract followers by explaining how to market blogs on social media, which can be a tricky place to navigate if you’re just learning. They have handy how-to pieces and more in-depth articles about how to improve your overall social media strategy. Some posts may also help you be a better blogger. For example, in a recent post on image use, Mike Allton discusses how using images that you haven’t received explicit permission for can result in legal troubles. While they’re targeting social media marketing readers, this information is equally relevant to blogs.

Bloggers Required

The next site offers a lot of opportunities to aspiring bloggers looking to make some extra money. Bloggers Required also has an active blog with suggestions, tips, and tutorials for you to put to use on your own blog. Posts also touch on how to make a better blog that resonates strongly with your readers. Tessa Holly talks about the things she wishes she’d known before becoming a blogger in a recent post. One insight she shares is that connecting with the community is important. It helps you become more involved in your niche. If you’re looking to see what popular bloggers are writing or to get more suggestions for how to improve your own blog, Bloggers Required is the site for you.

WP Lift

WP Lift is an invaluable resource for a person who is running their own WordPress blog. It has tricks, tips, and tutorials that help you learn about ways to optimize your blog and manage it the way you prefer. For example, there are times during your blogging career that you’ll want to turn off comments on a particular post. Oliver Dale, a long time WordPress developer, has a post dedicated to teaching you how to do this not just manually, but with a plugin. Most of his posts offer different solutions to tackle common WordPress issues that will make your blog run more smoothly. Check it out even if you aren’t having issues—many of the posts can also guide you to making your blog more elegant or easy to use.

Blogging Pro

To discover how to start a blog, check out BloggingPro. No matter your experience level, the site has information to help guide you on your journey. If you’re starting from scratch, for example, the site’s content can help you decide where you want to start your blog, what you should call it and how to make it your own. If you’re farther along and already have a blog, you can learn to improve it with plugins and stronger, more optimized content. Whatever you need, BloggingPro has the information to move you along in your journey to monetize your blog.

Mike Gingerich

On his blog, Mike Gingerich talks about the products and tactics you can use to market your blog. Better marketing means more readers, so it’s worth checking this one out just to get your name out there. Gingerich talks about many different topics, but most of them are focused on driving traffic to your blog in one way or another. He also reviews different tools that can help you both boost your readership and check how your outreach is doing, and guides you on their use.

WPEka

WPEka is another useful blog for people who are using the WordPress CMS. Keeping your blog up and error free is essential when you want to make a good impression on first time and return visitors. WPEka has lots of articles about how to tackle common issues in WordPress, including database connection errors and the white screen of death. It also boasts articles on useful plugins and themes that can help make your site more useful and visually appealing.

Performancing Blog

If you’re looking for information about search engine optimization, content marketing, or just getting your site in front of more people, look no further than the Performancing blog. The blog has articles about everything from different 404 errors and how they affect your blog to the importance of cornerstone content and how to craft it. Performancing also links to useful sources and studies that make the benefits of SEO clear. Following this blog will give you suggestions to make your site more search-engine friendly and create better content that lets your ideas gain visibility. The articles are lengthy, address topical issues in content marketing, and will offer you a lot of utility as you work to market your own blog.

Peg Fitzpatrick

If you’re not already reading Peg Fitzpatrick’s blog, you’re missing out. The social media author and the speaker has a unique perspective on everything from marketing to using social media sites to connect with followers. Sprinkled among the social-media driven posts is other beneficial content about creativity, technology, and blog design. Fitzpatrick has worked with massive companies like Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn, helping them with various projects. She brings that experience to her blog posts and the suggestions she makes on her site.

There’s no need to blaze a trail all on your own. Benefit from the experience of these popular bloggers and you’ll get a little help on your personal journey. Taking the time to check each of these pages once a week might give you the boost you need to take your blog to the next level. Whether you’re seeking views, subscriptions, or sales, you’ll be able to find someone in this list who has an idea that will propel you to the next level.

Still Don’t Have a Blog of Your Own Yet?

If you’re still sitting on the sidelines and don’t have a blog of your own yet, what are you waiting? Be sure to check out this article on why every CEO must have a blog. Once you read through the article, you will start to understand just how important content creation and promotion through a blog can actually. Take a look at your own personal brand or business and see how a blog can help propel you or your company passed the competition.

David has been working in the online media industry for over 9 years. He writes about technical SEO & content marketing for bloggers and startups and is also a Python coding enthusiast. You can follow him on Twitter @davejonesbkk

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Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?

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Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.

I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier.  But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.

1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It

Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.

10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.

Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.

2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure

Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.

No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.

3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears

Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.

Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.

Be patient.

Time is a great blogging ally.

All you need flows to you over time.

Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.

Success is yours.

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What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?

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I do nothing on my own.

Everything is a team effort.

As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.

One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.

What’s It Look Like?

Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.

How to Grow Your Network

Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.

But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.

Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.

 

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Are You Leveling Up with Your Blog?

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Play up.

Every time I reach a new level with my blog, I notice another level invites me. I do not work harder. I never work longer. I love what I do and keep generously helping people but think of how to go wide as I level up. Think of that one for a moment: consider how to go wide, and what it means.

I write and publish multiple posts to my blog. Each post gains views. Going wide. 4 quality posts beats 1 quality post. But I go even wider by writing and publishing multiple guest posts daily. I speak to 2 or 3 or more different blogging audiences, going wider and wider, increasing my exposure and expanding my presence online. But I go even wider as I level up; I contribute on Quora and on the Warrior Forum daily. Leveling up is uncomfortable sometimes but always freeing. Leveling up helps you see greater success versus hitting blogging ceilings.

Be More Generous to Make More Money and to Avoid Lulls

I speak to bloggers who suffer lulls. One client signed up 4 months ago but no clients signed up since. The appearance of a 4 month client drought, or lull, simply indicates a lack of leveling up and a lack of generosity. Even if no clients signed up during your 4 months of leveling up, your eBook sales would triple. Audio book sales would jump, too. Plus you would open 2 new income streams. This just happens. Be generous and blogging will be generous to you.

Being more generous by helping more folks across multiple platforms feels uncomfortable sometimes. Who wants to go wide when doing so means leaving your comfort zone on a daily basis? I love blogging. But I feel uncomfortable writing my third post on a  train ride to Connecticut. I will go super wide when I reach the destination though, publishing a combo of posts and guest posts to level up effectively, reaching more people in less time.

Most Bloggers Never Level Up

Most bloggers write and publish a post to their blog weekly. Struggles ensue because they never level up after publishing weekly for 3-6 months. Be more. Serve people generously. Go wide. Publish blog posts and guest posts more frequently to expand your reach. Increase blogging traffic and profits.

Why do you think most bloggers never make $100 during their careers? Few bloggers regularly level up, playing small to be comfortable, dodging their fears. Of course, their fears manifest as 0 dollars and 6 blog visitors daily for the next 12 months UNTIL they level up, go wide, be generous, leave their comfort zones and face their fears. This is not a fluffy, pleasant process but we all pay a fear tax to level up and to become successful bloggers.

Pay Up to Level Up and to Play Up

Pay up by spending time and generous energy reaching as many people as possible through blogging. Guest post. Publish more frequently to your blog. See increased blogging responsibility as more fun and freedom and service. I enjoy freedom offline because I level up online. I pay up, level up and play up in higher blogging circles because all top bloggers paid the same dues to reach the top. Why do top bloggers hobnob with one another? Top bloggers respect how other top bloggers pay their dues on this blogging journey and connect deeply with one another, co-promoting each other’s success.

The fun and freedom you experience through blogging is well worth the effort and discomfort of leveling up.

If you need a guide for facing blogging fears, grab my blogging mindset eBook on the way out.

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