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How to Blog Like a Pro in 2019

How to Blog like a pro in 2019If you want to know how to Blog like a pro in 2019, listen up.

In this article I’m going to show you quick steps to

  • blog in the right niche
  • build your blogging audience
  • give yourself the best shot at making a profit

And as a bonus, I’ll even show you my

  • shortcut to success

So let’s get down to turning your blog into the cornerstone of a highly successful and profitable business in 2019.

Blog Like a Pro: The right niche

The first way to blog like a pro in 2019, is to make sure that you’re blogging in the right niche.

But how do you know what the right niche is?

People blog for long periods of time about things they are there interested in.

They can never seem make their blog profitable.

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That’s because many of those topics just are not good money makers.

So many interesting niches don’t have an audience that is willing to spend money on the things that your blog will be promoting.

That’s why I say that the first thing you want to do is make sure you are blogging in the right niche.

That means, be reasonably sure it’s a profitable niche to begin with.

Find a profitable niche

There are many ways to figure out if a niche might be profitable.

One of my favorites is to just look at what other bloggers in a particular niche are doing.

If they have a well monetized sales funnel, and have had good success with it, then you could pretty much figure that the niche can be profitable.

The more people who are monetizing a niche, the better it looks like a good one to get into.

Now, that’s not a really scientific way of doing it.

But really, I don’t think there are any cut and dry ways to know how well a niche might perform.

But seeing if others are doing well with it will give you a good starting point.

Develop a micro-niche

The best niches to try to monetize are in the areas of Health, Wealth and Relationships.

But, of course, you can’t just blog about a broad niche like that and expect to build a following.

Those niches are just way too broad, and ridiculously competitive.

Instead, look for a micro-niche that spins off of one of those.

So, for instance, if you want to blog in the Relationships niche, maybe you would choose Dating.

Getting things even more narrow, maybe you could try Dating for Seniors.

To narrow it more still, maybe The Best Senior Dating Sites.

You see, the more narrow your micro niche, the more likely you are to attract a nice following and not get swamped by heavy competition.

Blog Like a Pro: Build your blogging audience

Let’s say you have found a niche that you think you can profit from.

The next thing to do is to start building an audience for it.

You create a blog in your micro-niche.

Then you put good content on it.

And finally, you try to get people interested in it.

You see, here’s how this works.

Once you get people coming to your blog, you need to find ways to convert them into customers and clients.

But first… you have to get them there.

So let’s say you have a micro-niche site on senior dating.

Here’s some good ways build an audience for it.

Guest posting

The first thing I would do with a new site or even an existing one, is to start guest posting.

Guest posting means that you write articles for other people’s blogs rather than your own.

It’s easy enough to do.

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Simply find blogs that already have an audience like the one you wish you could attract to your own.

Ask the blog owner or manager if you could write a guest post for them.

The wonderful thing about guest posting is that you’re only going to ask to write articles for sites that already have an existing following.

And the people that read that blog are the people that you would like to draw over to yours.

So you don’t have to create an audience.

You just have to put your talents in front of the audience already thriving on the blog you will guest post for.

Want to get started with guest posting?

Well, maybe you’d like to submit a guest post to Donna Merrill Tribe!

Blog commenting

Blog commenting is still probably the most solid way to connect with other bloggers and their loyal audiences.

So get a list of influential and successful blogs in your niche.

In the case I’ve been using as an example here… you would find a bunch of blogs that ranked high in the “senior dating” niche.

Then you start connecting with those bloggers.

Of course, you could ask them if you could write a guest post for them.

That would be great.

But not everyone is open to that right off the bat.

Especially if you’re not well established already.

No problem.

If you can’t write a guest post for them, then just simply start leaving comments on their blogs.

Write comments on other blogs

Read their articles.

Then leave good and thoughtful comments.

These bloggers will start recognizing you as someone worth associating with.

That of course, will open the door to guest posting opportunities in the future.

But more instantly, it will also give you exposure to their blogging audience.

Build your Know-Like-Trust bond

Many of people who see your comment will find their way over to your blog.

When they get there, they will already be familiar with you because of the comments you’ve been leaving on other blogs.

That means they already know you.

And they probably like you since they took the initiative to visit your blog.

Now, you just have to give them a reason to trust you.

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Connect on social media

Now you can take the blog commenting strategy a step further.

Not only can you leave comments on people’s blogs.

But you can also share their articles on social media sites.

So, if you read a great blog post about senior dating, you can tweet it or share it on Facebook, Pinterest and elsewhere.

Do this consistently and frequently.

And again, people will start recognizing you as an important player in your micro-niche.

You will be growing an audience due to your continual exposure via people’s Twitter followings, Facebook friends and so forth.

At the same time, by offering good value to people on your social sites, you will start growing your own social media following.

And the people who follow you will be the people who are interested in your micro-niche topic.

In this case, for instance, it would be “senior dating.”

Blog Like a Pro: Give yourself the best shot at making a profit

To blog like a pro in 2019, you need to blog on profitable topics.

Then you have to share your content with the right audience.

I just discussed ways that you can start doing that.

But the whole goal is to get people to come to your blog, right?

Well, that’s not going to help you much unless your blog is capable of converting your readers into buyers and clients.

That means you need to monetize your blog.

In other words… you must have clear “calls to action” on your blog.

When people get to your blog, you have to tell them exactly what to do.

Build an email list

The first thing you should tell them to do is… join your email list.

That way you can connect with them as often as you like.

When you email people, you can give them deeper value in your niche.

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But you can also offer them valuable products and services that are relevant to your message.

Blogging is usually a two-step sale.

That means people may enjoy visiting your blog, but they quite often won’t actually buy anything from your sales links.

If they see that you have valuable content though, they may be very happy to join your email list.

Once they become regular readers of your emails, they form the core of your “following” or “audience.”

These loyal followers are prime prospects for buying things that you link to inside your emails.

Product and Service Reviews

Another great way to monetize your blog is to write product and service reviews.

So if you have a product or service that will help your readers, then write a review about it.

Tell people how it works for you.

This works best if you can spin it into some kind of a personal story of your experience with the product.

People love personal stories about products and services.

If they trust you…

and if they like you, since they’ve been reading your blog for a while…

they’re very likely to consider buying the product or signing up for the service.

Promote affiliate products

Typically, the pro blogger will promote affiliate products and services in this way.

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It’s certainly not a new technique.

But it’s one that can still have amazing results.

Promote your own products and services

This is also a great way to promote your own products and services.

I think this is really the bigger trend in the use of review posts.

That’s because your own products and services attract a unique audience to yourself.

They can buy affiliate products from anyone.

But they can only buy your products and services from you.

That makes you stand out as unique.

It cements your image as an expert and authority in your niche.

Content Upgrades

An especially effective way to monetize your blog is to build content upgrades into your blog posts.

A “content upgrade” to an article you write will add value to whatever it is you’re talking about.

It will take your readers one step further along the way.

How a content upgrade works

Examples of this are additional resources or information that you might offer them.

So if I’m writing a blog post about senior dating and I want to refer people to a relevant service… I might offer them a free ebook on the topic.

When they join my email list to get the free ebook, I can also immediately send them to a landing page offering a paid service related to… of course… senior dating.

Then I can promote that paid service inside my email list.

Content upgrades must be relevant

Content upgrades are great for getting people onto your email list and into your buyers bucket.

Remember, though…

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So if I’m writing a blog post about the newest trend in senior dating, I could offer a content upgrade about something like “top senior dating sites” or services.

Not about walk-in bathtubs, exercise equipment or travel.

Blog Like a Pro: The shortcut to success

Now some of the ideas I’ve given you about how to blog like a pro may sound like a lot of work.

And some of them are.

In order to find success, you have to expect to take some time.

And of course, it requires effort, too.

There’s nothing simple or “push-button” about any of this.

But on the other hand, you also don’t have to try to figure it all out yourself.

People have already done what you’re trying to do.

So there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

Here’s some of the shortcuts you can take in order to become a better blogger… and to blog like a pro in 2019.

Imitate success

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that “you can tell who somebody is by the company they keep.”

Well, if you want to be a pro blogger in 2019, then hang out with other pro bloggers.

But then take it a step further.

Don’t just hang out with them.

But also, learn from them.

Go to their blogs to see what’s working for them.

Figure out a way to imitate their strategies in your own business.

Sometimes they even have a course or special training to actually show you what they do, and how they do it.

The point is this.

A winning shortcut to being successful as a pro blogger is to imitate the success strategies of other pro bloggers in your niche.

Be a student

Another good way to get things started fast is to find courses that have been created to help you achieve exactly what you want.

Now I’m not talking about a course necessarily on “how to blog like a pro.”

But maybe in your blogging strategy, you have a need to create videos for instance.

Or you’ve decided to build a sizable mailing list.

But you don’t know how to create videos or do email marketing.

There are many courses that you can find that will teach those skills and tactics.

Rather than trying to figure it out from scratch, get the courses that you need, and make it your business to be a student first.

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Then apply what you learn to your business.

Get coaching

By far, the easiest and fastest way to gain success is to hire a coach.

A good blogging coach can show you the ropes in a very short time.

They can consider what you want to do and map out a precise blueprint for you to follow.

Then each step of the way as you hit obstacles and roadblocks, you have your own private coach to help you get around them quickly and easily.

That’s because your blogging coach has already done it all.

They’ve already learn how to overcome the obstacles and roadblocks that are so difficult for you to navigate.

I can’t imagine why anybody would try to figure out how to do everything themselves.

Especially when they can simply look over the shoulder of someone who’s already done it, and knows how.

So, my number one “shortcut to success” tip is always to hire a good blogging coach.

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How to Blog like a pro in 2019

I’ve shown you some critically important strategies to achieving blogging success.

Now, I’d like to hear from you in the comments section below.

Have I given you a better handle on how to blog like a pro in 2019?

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned here, that you just can’t wait to apply to your business?

-Donna

PS: Don’t forget to share this article on your social sites 🙂

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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46 Responses to How to Blog Like a Pro in 2019

  1. Amar Kumar October 30, 2019 at 6:26 am #

    Hey Donna,

    I believe guest posting is the single most important strategy for growing your blog readership and platform. Bloggers make up a large percentage of conversations happening on the internet, especially on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. They can be tremendously influential, which makes them good friends to have.

    By making friends with other bloggers through guest posting, you’re going to grow your influence in the realm of social media, which will ultimately lead to more blog subscribers. Eventually, thanks for sharing your fabulous experience with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar Kumar

  2. Arash Ghaemi February 20, 2019 at 10:55 am #

    Good post!

    I think the most important aspect of blogging like a pro is being a student. Unless you adopt a learners mentality, you’ll be phased out because things change so much in the digital marketing world.

  3. Gail Gardner
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    February 12, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

    Positioning is really important. Josh Steimle recently did a video training on optimizing for LinkedIn which also applies to blogging and branding. I wish everyone could see it, but it isn’t a public video anymore. Basically you have to be VERY clear about what you offer – concise enough to fit in a tag line on LinkedIn (or the header of your blog and your other social bios).

    Find a way to be unique in your niche so that you are a big fish in a smaller pond with less competition. Don’t be a Small Business Marketing blog – there are so many of those few have a reason to recommend you.

    Instead be THE Small Business Marketing blog for restaurants. Or maybe car dealerships. Or horse people. The same applies to any niche and to other skills you may have.

    Make a name for yourself in a narrower segment and you will get more referrals and recommendations because it will be obvious what you specialize in. That makes you unique and takes some of the risk out of suggesting you to others.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      February 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm #

      Hi Gail

      That’s such an important thing to focus on… being that Big Fish in the Small Pond.

      Defining the Small Pond is your first task.

      So many bloggers want to swim in the Sea, but hey… that’s where the whales are, right?

      Once you’ve found that Small Pond, it’s time to focus on delivering that great value and establishing your Core Message.

      Everything should revolve around that, as it seems like Josh Steimle was getting at in the video you referenced.

      Thanks for your great suggestions, here 🙂

      -Donna
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  4. StephanieCristi
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    February 11, 2019 at 5:32 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I absolutely loved your tip on topic clusters! I offer my readers a worksheet to build up a never-ending stream of blog post ideas and topic clusters would be a great way to leverage new ideas for content with improved SEO techniques.

    I love the content you’re creating, I’ve subscribed to your Twitter and Pinterest and I can’t wait to see what you publish for us next 🙂

    StephanieCristi

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  5. VIJAYAN February 5, 2019 at 4:56 am #

    HI
    Awesome Post. Choosing the right niche is very important to become a successful blogger. I always suggest my readers choose something which they are passionate about. Choosing a niche only for the sake of money won’t give you a good chance to stand out as a successful blogger. Thanks for sharing these amazing and helpful tips

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      February 13, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

      Hi Vijayan

      So true.

      If you choose a niche you have little interest in only because you think it might become profitable… you’ll burn out fast.

      Choose a niche you really like and all of the sudden, hard work becomes enjoyable.

      Then you’re on the path to pro blogger status.

      -Donna
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  6. James McAllister
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    February 4, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

    Hi Donna!

    Isn’t it interesting how so many of the audience building strategies actually require you to go out and work on forming real human connections with visitors? I feel a lot of people underestimate the importance of this… it’s no wonder things like blog commenting, guest posting, -real- social networking etc. work as well as they do for building engaged readers.

    From there it’s all about delivering on the value.. I really hope people take the advice you give about content upgrades. My baby product company implemented a few dozen of them this last year and they did more than I expected in regards to newsletter signups. They don’t even have to take a lot of time either…even 1-2 page printable checklists have worked well for us.

    There was a while where we were only putting them up for articles that were getting a steady stream of long-term traffic from Google or Pinterest but I’m going to talk with my team about including them at the article’s release, if a good idea for a content upgrade presents itself.

    Thanks Donna!

    P.S: I’m getting a an error when trying to comment with Commentluv – will send an email with a fix.

    – James McAllister
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    • Donna Merrill
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      February 13, 2019 at 10:51 pm #

      Hi James

      Yes, the internet isn’t a place for being invisible. That’s a big mistake bloggers make.

      Nobody wants to build a relationship with a URL or a faceless article.

      They want to know the person behind the the article.

      So before you can even begin to offer valuable content or content upgrades, you’ve got to get people engaged with what you’re doing.

      You have to get them interested in your blog, and trusting you.

      Then the magic can happen.

      -Donna
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  7. Susan Velez
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    February 3, 2019 at 7:38 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I’ve just recently gotten into creating niche sites, I figure if I can build one site that creates income, why not create more than one? It also makes me feel safer knowing that I have a backup in case something ever happens to one of them.

    Plus, I really enjoy writing about different topics so why not have more than one blog.

    You hit the nail on the head when you said focus on something that you are passionate about. It takes a while to see an ROI on your blogging efforts. If you’re not passionate about the niche, there’s a good chance you’ll just quit before it really has a chance to succeed.

    You’ve laid everything out so that anyone who wants to know what to do to succeed online can.

    Thanks for sharing these steps with us on how to blog like a pro and actually see results.

    Have a great weekend 🙂

    Susan
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    • Donna Merrill
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      February 21, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Susan

      Great strategy!

      Build a niche site that is actually turning a profit, even if it’s a small one.

      Than duplicate that process on other niche sites.

      Each time you create a new site, you increase your income.

      Not only that, but if you do a few of them, you just might stumble across a real winner!

      Then you put much more effort into that one, of course.

      Good luck my this year 🙂

      -Donna
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  8. Mitch Mitchell
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    February 3, 2019 at 12:48 am #

    I wrote two guest posts in 2018 for a couple of friends who asked for them. Turns out that after the initial share, I’m the only one sharing those articles. I figure I wrote them so I should, but it’s benefiting other blogs, so you’d think they’d share them as often as I do, right?

    I’m also making a conscious effort this year to update and improve on a lot of older posts that were pretty good. I did that last week for a post from 2012. I stop accepting comments after 4 years, so this one was way overdo. Seems to be popular now, like it was back then. It works; yay! 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      February 21, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi Mitch

      I’m wondering what kind of traffic you got flowing back to your site from your 2 guest posts.

      That’s the thing with guest posting.

      It’s a great strategy… in theory… but I hear all kinds of different stories as to it’s effectiveness.

      If the people you write for don’t do a lot of promotion, then naturally your efforts will not be multiplied like they would if the blog owner is much more content marketing savvy… and active.

      Might be a good thing to ask next time you consider writing a guest post for someone. “How much will YOU promote the article.”

      I hope this strategy works well for you going forward.

      A lot of people swear by it.

      I just have so little time to fit it in that I very rarely write a guest post for anyone.

      But you can make it work, I’m sure 🙂

      -Donna
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      • Mitch Mitchell
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        February 24, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

        Hey Donna,

        I got nothing coming back from those postings. I’m not sure if it was my article or whether the sites I guest posted on don’t get much traffic. Then again, years ago I wrote a guest post on Ileane Smith’s blog that got over 100 comments, but only about 3 people came from there to check me out. I think it works for Ryan because he’s literally everywhere; for most of us, the return doesn’t come close to being worth the effort, other than the backlink.
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  9. Jamie Smartkins February 1, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    Hi Donna,

    As a new blogger, I find this article very helpful. One needs to be patient to be a successful blogger. As you rightly mentioned building relationships with fellow bloggers on the respective niches is the best way to grow the audience. Your article gives me confidence . Am still in learning phase of blogging world. Thank you for the informative post.

    Regards,
    Jamie

  10. Kaushal Dhawan January 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I am new to blogging world and I was searching on internet about pro blogging tips and I found your article. You have shared such an helpful article. I knew some of them already as I was studying in deep about the blogging tips but here in this article there are many points which are absolutely new to me.
    Thanks for sharing the article.

  11. Moss Clement
    Twitter:
    January 29, 2019 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I love it that you talked about choosing a profitable niche. Although choosing a niche you have a passion for is a great way to build your blog, but I often tell my readers to create a balance between passion and profitability. Yes, your passion for a niche topic will help you do further, but is the niche profitable to pay the bills. So there must be a balancing.
    Guest blogging is also amazing as it lets you connect with and build bonds with other bloggers who will help you grow along the way. But most important, help your build a loyal readership and improve SEO.
    I will have to click your quest post link and apply because I want to write a guest post for your blog.

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      January 31, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Moss.

      So true that we have to create that balance between passion and profitability. I know I have many passions I would love to write about, but they won’t be profitable, even if found lol.
      Once we choose the niche, we have to put our heart and soul into it.

      Absolutely, check out the guest post link because I would love to have you as a guest blogger.

      -Donna
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  12. Vikas January 29, 2019 at 2:33 am #

    Hey Donna,

    Great post, I want to be pro blogger.

    I am still stuck on finding best, profitable & high demanding niche. It’s really very boring and backbone of any worthy blog.

    I have many blogs but all are milti niche.

    Really enjoyed reading your article Donna.

    Thanks,

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      January 31, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

      Hi Vikas,

      As long as you are passionate and believe in your product/service, it won’t be boring at all. When I say passionate I mean that the minute you wake up, the first thing you do is think about what you want to post and message others about it. Money always follows using this method.

      -Donna
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  13. Johanna Galyen
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    January 28, 2019 at 9:20 am #

    Donna,

    After a year of blogging and writing, it is finally starting to be profitable — but it hasn’t been an easy road. It is hard to remember that zeal does not equal income, there have to be readers who are interested in what you’re doing. I’m so thankful that I found friends who stick it out and are so encouraging to me when I’m “in the trenches”. Thank you for all that you have done! ~ Johanna

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  14. John Thomas January 28, 2019 at 5:54 am #

    Hello Donna,

    All Tips are wonderful and surly it would be help new bloggers to improve their blog traffic. Your all post always informative.

    thanks for Sharing.

    Have a wonderful day!!!

    Thanks,

  15. Lisa Sicard
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    January 27, 2019 at 6:05 am #

    Hi Donna, ah yes, excellent points here for sure! I think commenting on other blogs and learning from others is key. Also trying things on your own and testing them, one step at a time. One has to keep up with all the latest tools and tech as well for blogging as it has changed over the years. One minute it is this comment system, another time it’s this one.
    One addition is to hire virtual assistants to help you once you get going. It sure can beat getting burnt out. Another reason to be passionate about your niche as you have stated here. So important!
    I’ll be sharing this one Donna. Hope you are off to a great Sunday!

    Lisa Sicard recently posted… 22 Places to Promote Your Blog In 2019 To Drive Traffic and Engagement

    • Donna Merrill
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      January 31, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      Commenting on other blogs has been my “claim to fame” so to say. When I first started I was fortunate to know this rule of thumb. It has been growing since then. We also have to keep up with all the changes in blogging so we won’t be stagnant in any way.
      Hiring virtual assistants is a great way to beat the burnout blues.
      Thanks for your input,
      -Donna
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  16. Anupriya January 25, 2019 at 8:00 am #

    This Article will surely help many bloggers. The problem with the new blogger is that they leave blogging after few months and the main reason is lack of traffic.

  17. Pedro
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    January 24, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for another amazingly awesome blog post with many practical and actionable steps. There are a lot of amateur wannabe bloggers out there, but only a few blog like pros. I certainly want to be a ‘ProBlogger’!

    I think my greatest takeaway and what I would really like to focus on in 2019 would be networking. And I this regard, I love what you say about guest posting, commenting on other blogs and connecting via social media.

    Here’s what I think: Content may be king, but connection is key!

    One must connect to the authorities and influencers in one’s space or niche. These are the most authoritative people in your space. The power brokers. Bloggers with influence, whose names ring a bell.

    Every niche has them.

    To blog like a pro, and fulfill your potential as a blogger, you need a leg up from one of them.

    But how do you go about building these connections? Well, Donna, you’ve just shown us how to build those connections in this fantastic blog post.

    I am not going to keep it to myself. I’m off to twitter to share.

    Best regards,

    Pedro

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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      January 31, 2019 at 11:13 am #

      Hi Pedro,

      Building connections with others is the backbone of what we do. Be it blogging to marketing, it is imperative that we make connections from the first day we start. All we have to do is be honest and interested in a niche and leave a great comment like you did here! That’s the start …. eventually these connections grow strong and stronger. Who knows what can happen from there……

      -Donna
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  18. Ryan K Biddulph
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    January 24, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

    Dead on advice, Donna. I used blog commenting and guest posting as a powerful 1-2 combo to carve out a niche little niche. Both methods help you make friends by serving people. Plus, any blogger can begin genuinely commenting on blogs from Day 1. If you share your honest thoughts and stay on topic, you will make friends and gain traction through commenting.

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  19. Shane January 24, 2019 at 11:22 am #

    Hello Donna,

    These are indeed wonderful tips to start blog like a pro.

    This site truly has all of the info I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  20. David Lee January 24, 2019 at 6:18 am #

    This Article will surely help many bloggers. The problem with the new blogger is that they leave blogging after few months and the main reason is lack of traffic.

  21. Jane
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    January 23, 2019 at 11:55 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    You have nailed it. Right from conceiving the idea of starting a blog to making money – you have covered everything.

    But I like the “Be a student” tip. No matter how high you go and whatever you accomplish, with blogging and digital marketing, there are always things to accomplish.

    So we must be open hearted to be always learning new things.

    Thanks for putting this awesome post together Donna.

    Cheers,
    Jane.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      January 31, 2019 at 10:57 am #

      Hi Jane,

      Being the student is a must no matter what we are doing. From blogging to marketing to life itself. Once we have that mindset, we become eager every day to learn something new to put into action. I like that because it keeps me motivated!

      -Donna
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  22. Vishwajeet Kumar
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    January 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm #

    Hello Donna,

    Awesome Post. Choosing the right niche is very important to become a successful blogger. I always suggest my readers choose something which they are passionate about. Choosing a niche only for the sake of money won’t give you a good chance to stand out as a successful blogger. Thanks for sharing these amazing and helpful tips.

    Have a great day 🙂
    Vishwajeet
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  23. Marquita Herald
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    January 23, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

    Smart moves all, and I know just who to share this with. I just received a message over on LinkedIn from someone looking for this kind of information and I’m going to hop back over there and give her the link! Oh man, the guest posting thing. I think I’ve said right here on your blog at least half a dozen times over the years that this was on my goal list and I’ve never managed to take action on it. I took a step closer last fall when I was approached to be a contributor to a syndicated website so I’ve had a number of articles published there, but I do want to spread out. Thanks for the advice and reminder!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      January 31, 2019 at 10:46 am #

      Hi Marquita,

      Thanks so much for sharing this link with someone you know that needs this info.
      Yep that guest posting thing. It isn’t easy to find the time sometimes to do it. But in order to spread your “word” around, it is important to do.
      I know…It is very difficult to take action on, but once you put your mind to it, it will be easy.

      -Donna
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