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7 Traits Professional Bloggers Must Have

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Professional Bloggers Must Have Traits

You have a great idea for a new blog. So you get yourself a name, a nice design and you put it all together and you finally have your new blog online.

Fast forward a few months, you have been writing content consistently and promoting that content pretty well across all channels and you start to see a nice community growing on your blog and you think…

“Hey, maybe I can make some money with this”

The moment you decide to join the thousands of professional bloggers out here is the moment things will change.


You see running a blog for fun has no pressure, it’s a hobby, it’s fun and laid back.

But once you decide to go Pro and make money with that blog, something changes, like the kids say “Shit get’s real”!

You now have Goals, Expectations, Purpose and possibly Accountability to family.

It’s like a pro baseball player playing the game as a pro, it isn’t as much fun as it was when they played in high school or college.

To make that transition a little easier for you, I came up with 7 Traits that YOU will need if you want to be a Professional Blogger.



Being Passionate trumps everything. Passion will be what get’s you thru the days when nothing goes right. Trust me, you will have many days like that.

You have to be passionate about what your blogging about, if you’re not, it will be hard to get up and continue to write helpful content on a regular basis.



Your blog should be as much about your readers, customers as it is about you.

If you want to succeed as a blog, then your blog has to be VERY helpful to your readers. Your content, your advice and blog reviews have to be helpful.

This is the reason for your blog, to help yourself by helping others first.

Let me say that again for the loud mouth self promoters that read this haha

Your blog should be about helping yourself by HELPING OTHERS FIRST!



Blogging is a journey, you have to stay optimistic in that journey that all the work your doing now, WILL pay off in the end.

Trust in the process, enjoy the failures and learn from them.



The good thing here is, if you have Passion and are Optimistic, then being Persistent will be easier for you.

There will be days when you write a post and it does well, there will be days you write a post and it doesn’t. There will be days when you ask to do a guest post and they say yes, there will be days when they say no.

No matter what happens, all you need to do is keep moving forward.


Keep Learning

Blogging changes weekly, so to be a professional blogger, you will need to stay open to learning the new tips, tricks and techniques on how to blog.

The more you learn, the better your results will be and the more helpful you will be to your readers.

Once you think you know it all, it will all change.  (can you say SEO? haha)


Highly Self-Motivated

I think this is the hardest one for most bloggers, I know it was for me.

There will be days when you just don’t want to do anything, those are the days you will need to learn how to motivate yourself to get to work since no one will do it for you.

There is no boss pushing you to do work.
There is no boss to push you to write blog posts.
There is no boss to push you to be active on Social Media.
There is no boss to push you to drive new traffic.

It all comes down to YOU!


Fail Happily

I’m going to tell you a little secret.

I failed on a monthly and hell even on a weekly basis when I started my blog and I still fail today.

Does failing at something suck?  Hell yes it does, but it shouldn’t stop you from trying again.

This is how I look at it. If I’m failing at stuff, then that tells me I’m doing stuff, and the only way to succeed as a professional blogger, is to keep taking ACTION!

I’m proof of that, I failed my way to a popular blog and brand. :)


Blogging is hard work, but becoming a professional blogger is even harder. But it is worth it, for me, the good most defiantly out-weighs the bad.

If you can develop all 8 traits then the process will be much easier for you.

What do you think?

What traits have helped you in your blogging journey?

Share them in comments below :)


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  • http://ActivePlanetTravels.com/ Ron | Active Planet Travels

    I totally agree with this entire list! To be a professional blogger one must always be very persistent, patient and very optimistic about ones work. If I could add one more to the list, I would have to say one must be a little stubborn to! 😉

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

    Yea, man,, stubborness is a must too :)

    oh, next time you comment, can you ONLY use your name man,… helps keep things clean :)

  • Aleks George

    Hi John, nice tips! I would add, visionary contribution. It’s important to have a vision that extends beyond yourself, this especially helps when you don’t feel like doing the work :)

  • http://www.baldydog.com/ Adam Donkus

    I would add organized. I guess that could be part of the continual learning.

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

    I agree Aleks. learning to do work and share the work is important :0

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

    Thanks for sharing Adam.. wish I was more organized haha

  • http://www.bizsugar.com/ Heather Stone

    Hey John Paul. This is a good list, and not just for bloggers but for almost all entrepreneurs, I think. What I especially like is that this list covers bloggers with a wide range of goals. So, in other words, not just those generating revenue directly from their blogs but also, say, those using blogging for brand building, evangelism, or driving traffic to another business. Thanks for sharing with the folks at BizSugar!

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

    TY Heather,, I agree, the tips most def work for entrepreneurs as well.

    If you want a successful blog, you need to do more then just chase the money. There are so many variables that you have to be good at, that the money isn’t even the focus.

  • http://www.clitical.com Jenne

    Being polite and courtesy in all correspondences, posts, etc has been one of my biggest mottos! The reason is simple, if your rude people switch off and move to the next blog or website. I agree with everything else on the list though, and especially the highly self motivated part. There are so many people who tell me they would love to do what I do, but the truth is it can get real lonely on the web and working from home, and with no one to tell you have too. There are days when my laundry basket is more appealing than my computer screen. If you can’t push through it don’t do it LOL

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

    Jenne, it takes a certain person to be able to get work done, when there is no one around to persuade you. and to be able to ignore the distractions and get things done.

    But I guess that is why not everyone is an Entrepreneur haha

  • Tamarray Cain

    I agree 1000%. One of my biggest fears in life was failure, until I grew up. Passion will help you be successful in just about anything. So, that’s my favorite trait! Thanks for posting! Love, love, love your blog!

  • http://www.praverb.net/ Praverb

    Blogging is a journey, you have to stay optimistic in that journey that all the work your doing now, WILL pay off in the end.

    Great way of looking at things. John, I want to be a professional blogger and all these traits are spot on. The trait that stands out the most to me is being helpful. Thank you for another great blog post, just bought Twitter Dummy as well :)

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

    Thanks Praverb.. the fact that u see what you need and you know this is a process, has u that much closer to being a pro blogger man.

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

    TY for visiting Tamarray, glad u like the site :)

    I agree, I believe Passion is BIG thing, without it, small obstacles will keep you from moving forward.

  • Jimmy The Chin

    Thanks for the great advice. I run my blog part-time as I have a full time job while having a 2 year old and a 5 year old, keeping fit, fixing the house and occasionally keeping THE wife happy.

    It’s HARD work man!!! But I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do. Spose I’m ‘hooked’.

    Just need to pump out more regular post.

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

    Jimmy, it def is worth the time and work, because once you start to see some results, you know YOU did that.

    Yea regular posts each week will help a lot, your readers will know what to expect and it will be easier for you to plan posts.

  • http://alphaefficiency.com/ Bojan Djordjevic

    I believe that apart from having these, it is imperative not to have guilty conscience. It’s imperative to work on the content that you enjoy and deliver the quality, and disregard the quality. Successful bloggers spend 80% time promoting their content, and 20% creating.

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

    Bojan, it is all abotu the promotion, but promotion on a crap content wont go to far. You have to bring good content, backed by great promotion.

    But being a successful blogger is more then good content and good promotion, those 2 things alone will only get you so far.

  • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

    I love this list. It’s real and it’s honest and it encompasses all the aspects of what it takes to KEEP blogging down the road. Thanks. I’m going to share this with my Varsity Blog Squad!

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

    TY Debi for the comp and for sharing. It takes a lot of things to be successful, but if you have these 7 traits it will make your journey much easier.

  • http://kevinhq.com/ Kevin

    luckily, I’m not considering myself as professional blogger , at least for now..But if you think about it further, don’t those traits should be had by everyone who wants to success?

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

    Kevin.. exactly,, good traits to have no matter what you want to be successful at :)

  • Sandy Massone

    Thanks for resharing this post. It’s good advice and great to hear that every blogger faces the same challenges. For me, it’s always been about the “why” I do it and I’ve decided that if at least one person gets something from one of my posts, then it’s been a good day.

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

    That’s a great mindset to have, we hope to help millions, but you have to start with helping one person first.

    The why is something I have looked at a couple times over my 4 yr blogging journey, it has changed for me, but the why has always stayed strong.

    Once it falls short, then it’s time to try something new.

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