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8 Top Pro Bloggers Answer One Important Question

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Top Bloggers Sharing How To Succeed

Growing a successful blog takes hard work. But is hard work enough?

As a blogger today one of the best things you can do to help your blog succeed is being able to adapt, adapting to new tools, new ideas, new behaviors.

Blogging is always changing…

What worked 10 years ago, doesn’t work today.
What worked 5 years ago, doesn’t work today.
What worked last year, isn’t enough today. top bloggers

What worked in the past, isn’t enough to succeed with Today!

To get help on what it takes to be a successful blogger today I went to 8 of the Top Bloggers in the world.

Good people to go to for help.. Right? :)

I asked them all to answer One Important Question!


Top Bloggers Question:

What is the One thing bloggers need to do today to succeed that they didn’t have to do in the past?


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Vladimir Gendelman from www.companyfolders.com says:

“Bloggers need to make sure their posts are high-quality and provide the best answer to the issues they are addressing. Before, it didn’t matter because they could have ranked their blogs with keyword stuffing.”


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Brainy Marketer from www.BrainyMarketer.com says:

“Today bloggers need to be good at a lot more than JUST writing great content. They need to know SEO, they need to know how to use Social Media to drive traffic and build relationships, they need to know online marketing etc… Becoming a successful blogger today takes hard work and commitment..”


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Pat Flynn from http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ says:

“Interact. Before, a blogger could throw up a blog post and that was that. Now, just publishing a post isn’t enough. It is those who respond to comments, interact with their followers and fans on Twitter and Facebook, and answer personal emails  who will create long lasting relationships with readers that will eventually lead to success.”


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Neil Patel from http://www.quicksprout.com/ says:

“Bloggers need to take the time and respond to every single one of their comments. In the past there weren’t as many blogs and the landscape was less competitive. These days you have to focus on building up your community if you want to have a popular blog.”



Liz Strauss from http://www.successful-blog.com/ says:

“Bloggers need to know that it’s more important that ever to focus on a narrower niche — that one thing we do well is more shareable than the 7 things we love to talk about — and to come out from behind their blogs to meet people online and off to share that one thing with them. Writing great content with fabulous headlines will gather a small audience, but won’t get the community, visibility, and traction it once did.

Leaving home to meet people on their blogs, on Twitter, at conferences, and at TweetUps, for example, gets them interested in who we are and what we’re about … interested enough to come visit and to bring their friends.”



Yaro Starak from http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/ says:

“I’m hesitant to give any absolute answers to this question as there are exceptions to every rule, however if there was one area that it pays to pay attention to that perhaps was as important in the past, it is market research.

Understanding what the market wants and working your blog towards those angles can save you lots of time writing content that no one will ever want.

The reason this is more important now is simple a supply and demand issue. Back then there simply wasn’t as much content or blogs competing for attention. With a larger industry comes the need for your work to have a more narrow focus.”


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Tim Sykes from http://www.timothysykes.com/ says:

“Bloggers must be willing to adapt to new technologies and internet trends faster than ever as the popularity of our field is speeding up advancements in plugins, tools, SEO, products and content each and every day.”


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Lisa Irby from http://www.2createawebsite.com/ says:

“One thing bloggers must do today if they want success is learn how to network with others.  When blogs emerged six or seven years ago, it was about writing keyword-focused content and eventually your blog will get picked up by the search engines. While that’s still feasible today, there is much more competition, so if you want your blog to grow and thrive, networking with other bloggers is much more important than it was years ago.

Of course there will be the occasional blogger who writes incredibly well and can build up a successful blog on their own, but the average Joe blogger needs to exercise those networking muscles in some form.  Blogging really has become a team sport.”


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Michael Martine from http://remarkablogger.com/ says:

“The “One Thing” bloggers need to do today to succeed that they didn’t have to do in the past is forget about RSS. What do I mean by that? Syndication technology works great as a background engine to deliver content. It’s beautiful for that. But most people don’t know what it is. Back in the early days of blogging, it was all about getting subscribers through RSS feeds (remember Bloglines?). But as blogging has erupted into the mainstream, RSS reader usage hasn’t kept pace. Sure many tech-savvy folks use readers, and heck, even Microsoft Outlook has a built-in feed reader, now.

But most people prefer to subscribe to content via email. And even though FeedBurner allows for email sign-up and delivery of RSS feeds, my suggestion to you is to just forget about RSS. Your feed will still exist for those who know what to do with it, but you’re gonna be much better off using an email list management service like Aweber or MailChimp. I believe if you really want to make money blogging, the opportunities you get when combining a blog with email marketing is phenomenal.

Another reason to forget about RSS is the advent of social media which has evolved since the early days of blogging. Back in the day, we didn’t label commenting on blogs as “social media.” Instead of trying to find ways to use RSS to spread content, we now have a much more open social ecosystem where the blog is a hub and social media services like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are satellite channels which drive traffic back to the hub. In other words, instead of concerning ourselves with automating the spread of content, we’ve moved to a more social, human and very manual form of content sharing via social media.

Blogging, email marketing and social media form what I call the “Golden Triangle” of online marketing. RSS is not part of that picture. If you want to make money blogging, you have to put energy into your marketing strategies and tools.”


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Dan Schawbel from http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/ says:

“You have to spend at least one more hour writing extremely good content because there’s ten times more publishers on the web than there was five years ago. You’re competing against 145 million blogs, that post multiple times per week, so you have to have extremely good content if people are going to share it. If people don’t share it, you won’t have much of a brand.”


Pro Bloggers from different backgrounds laying out what you need to do to succeed as a blogger today.

I’ve made some changes to my blogging after I read their answers, hopefully you see the power in their advice and make some changes to how you blog today and into the future.

If you have anything to add or to just show your appreciation for the Top Bloggers openly sharing, then let’s hear you in comments below :)

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  • Kim Smith

    Thanks for sharing some of these great insights from the elites.  Good read!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Glad you enjoyed the post Kim :)

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  • Danielle Kogan

    These are great tips.  I would like to add one: Find a good mentor… or several.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Glad you liked the post. and I agree with you.. having a good mentor is important.

  • http://www.logallot.com/ Sonia

    Some people spend so much time trying to be or look like Tom, Dick and Harry that they forget about their own brand and self-worth. Liz Strauss said it best about finding a narrower niche that works for you. One blog can’t be like the other, but it has to offer something to the next person or it won’t add value to me or anyone else.

    I know for myself that it took a year to get where I am now and it wasn’t overnight. You have to be consistent and dedicated week to week to constantly improve and engage with your readers or your blog ends up looking stale.

  • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

    Funny, I see how the topic opened up how blogging is different today than it was years ago, yet the message of “write quality content” and interact, engage your readers is the same message over 10 years, the only thing that changed is the method of interaction and reaching out.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Exactly Justin.. good content, connecting and engaging with your readers wont ever go away.. just the ways you accomplish all that will change.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    You have to be YOU if you want your blog to pop. I agree with you and Liz. Find what your good at, share that and share what supports that too.

  • James Neal

    The RSS is dying. In fact, when I started my blog a year ago, I didn’t even know what that was. Manual marketing is king; and I’m still narrowing my niche before attempting to sell product. Thank you John, and these wonderful people for this peek behind the curtain!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Happy to share James.. glad the post was helpful man :)

  • http://twitter.com/MaaHoda Hoda Maalouf

    Hi! I’m not a blogger, just a faithful reader of blogs advertised through twitter.
    Kindly, let me give a small peace of advice to any blogger: Keep the blog simple, short and straight to the point. Many people like twitter because the ideas flow fast through it, today’s posts ought to be equally graceful & fluid.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul


    A blog is not Twitter.. so the content should not be as simple to take in as it is on Twitter.

    A blog is where you share what you know in a clean, easy to understand way. That can be done in as little as 300 words, or in as many ass 1500.

    Good content is not measured by how fast it is to read. :)

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