The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

Habits of BloggersHow do you become an effective blogger? How do you ensure your blog gets more quality readers? Does it just depend on your blog content, is it determined by how you market your blog or is it dependent on all of these factors? I believe the trick to effective blogging is not to try and reinvent the wheel but to learn from successful bloggers – people who have established themselves as experts in the blogging arena.

In this post, I present the 7 habits of highly effective bloggers.

Know Your Audience

Once you’ve established a blog and established an audience, it’s crucial to ensure that your blog posts cater to that audience. Readers appreciate interesting information in a well presented manner. I love blog posts which are precise, to the point and provide the information that I’m looking for. In retrospect, I quickly lose interests in blog posts which are personal rants or make aggressive sales pitches to an audience. Understand your audience and write posts that make you understood.

Content is King

If you want to be an effective blogger, you need to serve quality content. My experience has taught me that there’s no substitute for quality content. If you don’t provide original quality content, you’ll never be able to sustain an audience with your posts.


I’ve come across several bloggers who started off on the right note but failed to maintain the momentum. Once you’ve established a bond with your audience, it’s crucial to maintain and nurture with timely posts. Most effective bloggers ensure that they post at least 2-3 times per week. Being an effective blogger requires discipline and regularity.


An effective blogger needs to have a vision for a blog’s future. It’s important to have a vision in mind and then be committed to work hard to achieve it. A blogger who lacks long-term vision may attain short-term success but will struggle to establish himself/ herself as an effective blogger in the long run.


As a blogger, it’s crucial that you establish credibility and a reputation for yourself. An effective blogger is one who can instill trust in readers with his opinions and guidance. Bloggers aren’t born with reputations and credibility; instead it’s all related to what they write and with what credibility they write with.

Out of the Box

Innovation is a key part of establishing yourself as an effective blogger. You can gain monetary success by offering run of the mill content and it would establish you as a financially success blogger but not as an effective blogger. It’s important for a blogger to reinvent himself with time and as per the audience demands.


It requires a lot of hard work and passion to establish oneself as an effective blogger. You need to be passionate about your writing, your readers and what the blog means to you. As they often say, good bloggers are driven by rewards but great bloggers are driven by passion.

Do you consider yourself as an effective blogger? What’s your success mantra? Please have your say by leaving a comment.

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  1. Jon Loomer

    Good work, Douglas! I’ve been striving towards fitting into this category. I have created a very regimented Monday-Friday schedule, am disciplined and have a vision. I have allowed my temporary audience on hot topics to throw me off in the past, but I’m trying to maintain focus on one group going forward.

    I’m getting there. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Douglas Idugboe

      Great work @jonloomer:disqus! That’s what it takes – progress that yield compounded result. Well done!

  2. Marketing Bytes Maven

    I just finished the draft for my blog post that will appear Saturday on the multi-author blog and touch on a number of the same points you have made that make a blog effective. It is good to see we are thinking along the same lines. Here is the conversation that inspired the post about The Most Important Social Media Ingredient.

    1. Douglas Idugboe

      I’m glad we’re on the same trend of thought – it’s always nice to see. Let me know when your post is available.

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  4. ProfileTree

    Good points here…especially ‘content is king’ , really believe that…if you have great content – it makes up for a lot of other points…

  5. Jonathan Nichol

    Thanks so much for the post. Great read!! Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

    1. Douglas Idugboe

      I look forward to seeing you again. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  6. Adriana Johnson

    I am just starting out. Interesting read. Thank you for the inforamtion.

    1. Douglas Idugboe

      You’re welcome @6ee868caadd2cad187ebe3f6fdb8637c:disqus . I’m glad you find the information useful.

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  8. Roger Hoyt

    I think the key for me is passion.  I love to read the responses I get from others.  Especially the ones I inspire.  Inspiration is a big word.  You know you’re on the right track to success when you can inspire.

  9. milkmen

    Excellent points!  I also have to agree with Roger.  I return or subscribe to the RSS feeds of those that are passionate about their writing.  I can see right through posts without insight and passion.

    1. Douglas Idugboe

      Isn’t that the absolute truth? People se through excessive expression of techniques over substance and passion for what you do… and result follows accordingly. 

  10. Lauryn Doll

    Great points. I’m an interesting blogger, but I can’t say I’m maintaining an audience over the long term or effective. I’m reshaping as we speak. 

    1. Douglas Idugboe

      That’s the secret – Find out what’s not working, re-evaluate, and implement. There’s an old maxim that says, “if we are not growing, we are dying”. Reshaping is part of growth @LaurynP:disqus . 

  11. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    Hi Doug, Great points. I especially liked “know your audience”. Beginning bloggers don’t know who will read their content, but experienced bloggers might have a better idea of who is reading.

    Since such a small percentage of readers actually comments on a blog, how can you get to know your audience? Do you try to determine their tastes by traffic?

    1. Douglas Idugboe

      Your audience are more than those that comment or don’t comment on your blog. Your audience is mostly defined by their wants,needs, and aspirations. Find out what those are, then begin to provide it to them. There are so many tools out there to help you identify and cultivate your audience. You might want to begin with Google keyword tool, and it’s free!

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  14. Thad Puckett

    Excellent ideas. I think it may also involve discipline. If you cannot be disciplined in the application of these habits you will not succeed as a blogger.

    1. Douglas Idugboe

      You’re very correct @ThadP:disqus Without discipline, failure in anything is guaranteed! 

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