This is a discussion I’ve been wanting to have for a while, the definition of a ‘successful blog’, I’ve been a bit reluctant to talk about it as I’m sure it could be a tad controversial, but I’d love share my views on the topic and hear everyone else’s, as I’m pretty sure most peoples ‘idea’ of a successful blog will vary from one person to the next.
I would love it if you could answer the following questions below:
What do you think makes a blog successful?
How long have you been blogging?
It is so so so difficult to define, isn’t it? When I first started blogging, I thought that once I had gotten myself 1000 followers, then that would be enough and I could stop actively seeking followers. When I saw blogs with over 500 or so followers, I thought they must be very successful. As my own blog grew, so did the bench mark of what made a blog ‘successful’.
There are so many different ways to judge how well a blog is doing:
- Bloglovin or GFC subscribers
- Google PageRank
- Alexa Rank
- Amount of comments
- How many advertisers it has
- Number of news letter subscrbiers
- How money a blog makes
- How many followers it has over social media
I think for me, there is a difference between a ‘successful blogger’ and a ‘professional blogger’. There are so many bloggers out there that are very well known, but don’t really make a lot of money. I think it is hard to make money with a blog alone, you have to sell something or have a business alongside it.
For me, a professional blogger is somebody that blogs, either on their blog or writing other blog posts and does this for a living. Making their income online.
I think the measure of the successful blog should reside in what goals the blogger has, a blogger may wish to blog every day for a year and then feel successful, a blogger may wish to get 200 followers as their goal and see that as success. That’s the great thing about blogging, you can set your own goals if you want to and make your own rules.
In my opinion, a successful blogger is somebody that is well known as one of their best within their niche, putting out quality content that a lot of people see, engage with and share. When I’m taking a lot of people, I’m talking a readership in the thousands. Although everyone has different goals and everyone has different expectations. I am finding that my idea of a successful blog seems to change every few months along with their goals.
I’m excited to read everyones responses!