How To Make 2010 Your Best Blogging Year Ever

A new year brings with it a new beginning and a new start. You can look at it as the same old same old or you can look at it as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Here are some tips to make 2010 your best blogging year ever.

Post On A Consistent Frequency

Many new people read this blog and think it had always made a lot of money. The truth is, I started just like you did. For the first eight months of my blog’s life, it made zero and barely cracked 1,000 page views per day. It also didn’t look anything like it does today.

If I were to nail down one ingredient to blogging success, it would have to be a consistent posting habit. Most bloggers fail because they want instant gratification and mistakenly think that blogging is the quick road to riches. When they first start, they’ll post like crazy for a few weeks, maybe even a few months. When nothing comes from it, they quit and become a statistic.

The key is consistency. On again, off again blogging doesn’t work. I have averaged over two posts per day since the day this blog was created. In fact, there has never been a single day when there wasn’t new post to read. It is this kind of consistency that will lead your blog to success in 2010. You should choose a posting frequency and make a commitment to stick to it.

Get That Domain Name

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to give your blog a domain name and get out of Blogspot or WordPress.com and into a professional web host. 2010 is the year to build YOUR brand. 175,000 new blogs are created everyday. What are you going to do to separate your blog from the masses? If your blog already has a domain name, then make 2010 the year your blog gets its own custom theme. If you really want to kick it up a notch, have some business cards made up or maybe even some T-shirts.

Start treating your blog like a serious business. A major reason why most bloggers don’t taking blogging seriously is because of its low start up cost – easy in, easy out. If a blog cost $100,000 to start, a lot more people would treat it more seriously. Very few normal businesses can be started for the cost of a domain name and grow into a $500,000 operation in four years. But that is the power of blogging if you take it seriously and continue to work at it on a consistent basis.

Start Your Social Media Support System

Successful blogs are backed up by a social media support system to helps bring in the traffic and reinforce the blog’s brand. If you don’t have one yet, then 2010 is a great year to make one. It is not enough to just set up your blog. You need to back it up by taking all the social media accounts for your blog name.

For example, John Chow dot Com pretty much owns the John Chow name on the Internet. There’s the John Chow blog of course, but it’s backed up by the John Chow Twitter account, John Chow Facebook page, John Chow LinkedIn page, John Chow Flickr, John Chow Friend Feed, John Chow YouTube, etc. This support base of John Chow social media properties has allowed me to dominate the Internet for my name. Do a search for John Chow on Google and the first 10 pages of results are all about me.

Start That Mailing List

I was debating about putting this one here because I’ve written about the mailing list so much in 2009 that I figure everyone must have one by now. However, I know that is not the case. I can not stress enough how important it is for a money making blog to have a mailing list. The list is the number one reason my blog makes the income that it does.

My recommended mailing list provider is Aweber. They are by far the best in the business and have features that put them light years ahead of the competition. Aweber offers a $1 trial account for all new customers. The account is just like a normal Aweber account and includes unlimited email campaigns, newsletter, broadcasts and follow ups. If for some amazing reason, you can’t make the $1 back, then email marketing and making money by blogging is clearly not for you.

Get To Really Know Your Readers

Blogging is all about forming relationships. There’s the relationship between you and the readers and relationship between you and other blogs in your niche. Make a commitment to get to know them and form that relationship.

In addition to getting to know your readers, you should have your readers get to know you. If you haven’t done so yet, then make 2010 the year to create your about page and tell your story. Where did you come from? What are you goals and dreams? Introduce your family members. The more the readers know about you, the more they’ll connect with you and trust you.

Stay In Quadrant Two

If you ever read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, then you’ll know about the time quadrant. Basically, Every activity we do during the day can be put in one of four quadrants:

  1. Urgent and important (crises, pressing problem, deadline)
  2. Not urgent and important (Relationship building, planning, exercise)
  3. Urgent and not important (Interruptions, some calls, emails, etc.)
  4. Not urgent and not important (Busy work, time wasters, pleasant activities)

Answer this question: What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life? Chances are, whatever you name, it’s a Quadrant two activity.

Quadrant two is the heart of effective personal management. It deals with things that are important but not urgent, like building your blog, forming relationships, long term financial planning, exercising – all those things we know we need to do, but seldom get around to doing because they are not urgent and can be put off until some other day. Well, we all know that someday never comes.

Don’t put off what you know you need to do just because it’s not urgent and you can always get to it someday. For many, someday will turn into years or never. I know people who said they were going to get into blogging years ago. I’m still waiting to see their blogs. The main difference between a highly successful blogger and an unsuccessful one is the successful blogger knows blogging is not urgent but it’s important enough to actually get started and keep going.


73 thoughts on “How To Make 2010 Your Best Blogging Year Ever”

  1. Tom says:

    Post consistency is the one thing I know I am going to struggle in, but I have decided to make it my priority for 2010!

  2. Good list. In addition to “Get to know your readers”, I would add Get to know everyone/anyone else in your space (topic). Network with other Bloggers who write on your topic. You may find many opportunities for collaboration & inspiration.

    1. This.

      I always make an effort to email everyone that strikes a conversation with me and have a good conversation with them.

      You would be surprised at how many valuable networking opportunities you pass up by not caring to get into contact with your visitors.

  3. Jina says:

    Thank you for the list. Your blog provides me with lots of great ideas.

  4. John,
    I’m the one who needs to start a mailing list! I finally have products of my own that I’ve put hours and hours into (plus cash). So I’m motivated but still for some reason stalling!

    I’m developing 1ShoppingCart for my online store – how is the email list that comes with it?

    Can you link to posts that give any advice with “how to” information? How to automate your mailing list, etc. You’d think I’d know this but I’m resisting this change. Maybe because it’s one more thing I need to maintain consistently.

    Thanks
    Janet

    1. I think Aweber is pretty much the service of choice when it comes to mailing lists. John and most of the other bloggers I follow all swear by them, so that is a pretty strong reference imo.

  5. Very nice post, maintaining blog posts frequency is the biggest issue for me and i am trying to over come it.

    1. Yeah, i see that many bloggers have this issue , including me.

      1. ibnujusup says:

        me three … πŸ™‚ consistency is the key…..

        john chow ‘s story reminded me of multi millionaire internet marketer in Asia….. have you ever heard about irfan khairi…. he get his first million when he was studying in UK, doing advertising business….

        about a year, he didn’t get the result he want….
        after a lot of reading, trial and error, he finally managed to get his first million when he was just 25… πŸ™‚

        that kind of story really inspiring………………
        consistency… simple word, but hard to apply..

  6. Man your On Fire πŸ™‚ I love post like that Thanks πŸ™‚

  7. Thanks John for a great blog. My blog is a little less than 2 months old and I am very motivated. I view my blog as my lifeline. It’s not making any money yet, but I do believe I am on the right track. As I was reading your blog I was looking at it almost like checklist of things I must do to be successful and I am doing all of them. I am so excited fro 2010. This is the year of the Blogger…

    1. ibnujusup says:

      correct me if i’m wrong..
      this is the year of Wordpres-sing… πŸ™‚
      just a joke….huhu

      1. Fique says:

        Yes..you are wrong. WordPress can’t sing if you not put a music widget on it. This year is for blogger who made bank and sing about it. πŸ™‚

  8. Vince Cianci says:

    Too true John.

    I think most of us here have seen you reinforce these things so many times over the months/years but the question is, WHY don’t people actually DO it instead of just reading about it?

    There is a missing key somewhere here that if discovered could be one hell of a post/article or product.

    The time to take Action is NOW. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has its own problems. If everyone took just 1 small step right NOW they would be that little bit close to getting whatever it is they are trying to achieve.

  9. Mahesh says:

    Hey John I wanted your FeedBack on this.
    There are rumours about Apple I slate.
    http://bit.ly/8N5zEv How much truth is there in it

  10. chester says:

    One of my blogging goals is to post twice a day and to include more personality in my writings.

  11. The recent holiday season hurt my consistency, and i am still trying to get back my blogging rhythm.

  12. Great Post John. While we only started 3 months ago, we have found that in order to keep up consistency is to schedule posts per day. Sometimes the writing bug hits us at one time and we will write up to 5 posts in one sitting as the creative juices are flowing. Scheduling posts is a great way to keep the blog fresh and look like it is updated.

  13. I agree with consistency of posting being the number one thing you can do.

    There’s a plugin for WordPress called Google XML Sitemaps that sends Google a link to your updated sitemap every time you post a new article.

    But ever since I’ve been posting daily, I don’t even send Google a notice, and Googlebot still comes around every day.

    The fact is, the search engines latch on to the fact that you are updating consistently, and increase their indexing of your site to match.

  14. JR says:

    nice information john, sorry im late to come and visiting here, happy new years john

  15. Good advice on blogging Sir John. I have not yet started my own blog but your blog is really inspiring me to at least take the first step.

  16. Diabetis says:

    posting consistently is the one thing that I am going to have aproblem since I have lots of blogs.

  17. Custom Essay says:

    Posting regularly is important or SEO purpose as well. Google rank you higher, if your website updates fast. Try to update on weekly basis or daily when possible. Your website will jump 10-20 ranking instantly.

  18. hi….
    is my first time to visiting here, wow ur site is nice john, please telme about make money online….thanks

    1. ibnu says:

      like john said “the biggest mistake any blogger can make is not reading johnchow.com ”

      welcome to the club dewi..

  19. Sorry, gotta disagree with the whole premise here. Backlinks are a lot more important than posting everyday.

    Don’t think so? Just see who’s number one for “make money online” and then check to see the last time he made a post. It was Dec 1, 2009. Things that make you go hmmm…

  20. Jason says:

    Can I ask john whether your web design is from Theme wars and then edited or have you had it custom made? would love to know some details πŸ™‚

    Thanks, Jason.

    PS loving the post.

    1. John Chow says:

      My theme was custom made by Unique Blog Designs.

      1. Jason says:

        ah ok! their price is pretty high for any newbie πŸ™‚ might look into it though, although do you know any others who make good designs for cheaper.

        1. Jason says:

          never mind I found weborithm, they created johncow.com which seems ok, they don’t charge too much but I can’t go with Unique Blog Designs yet, the amount it cost would hit me too hard πŸ™‚

  21. Getting that domain name is so important. For a few dollars, not only are you telling the world that you’re serious about your site but you’re also telling yourself.

    That small monetary commitment can really motivate you to take the blog a lot more seriously.

  22. Stuart says:

    “barely cracked 1,000 page views per day”?? Try 30. And I know right now I can’t cover $1, much less the $19 it’ll be the second month.

    This sounds like great advice. I wish it would work for everyone.

  23. Rommel says:

    Hi John. Hearing you is like reminding myself again. What you said is right. Totally agree. I love blogging, and so I must be consisent with it.
    Thanks for your great blog! Learned so much from it.

  24. mmo says:

    Procasination should be avoided, coz that is one of the reasons for failure.

    1. ibnu says:

      it is hard though…
      one of my to do list this year

  25. Great list,, I need to work on #1 and try to stik to a 3 post week.

  26. Travel Blogs says:

    I’m sure this will be my year

  27. Linda says:

    Good timeless advice John. But getting to know your readers has to be the best idea.

  28. George says:

    Definitely agree with the Quadrant 2 science. Most people waste their lives dealing with stuff that is unimportant and urgent! Actually, when I read 7 Habits, this was probably the most memorable thing I read!

    Now that 2010 is just starting, it is a great time to take action to make it the best year ever!

  29. Jason says:

    Great post John I agree Aweber is the best Email service provider out there bar none! There options are sweet way better than the competition. Great post…. Lets rock 2010 by making some serious money Entrepreneurs!

  30. Nick says:

    Great post, John. My blogging goals is to post every day and promote my blog post to social media like Facebook, Twitter and so on.

  31. Shirley says:

    I must say that blogging on a frequent basis really helps build your blog in terms of subscribers, traffic and its community as a whole, and also if you want to be a successful blogger you must set goals and make sure you complete them and also avoid procrastination.

  32. Melvin says:

    The tip staying in Quadrant 2 is pretty new to me and I really would try to implement that this year.

    Thanks

  33. Steve says:

    Great stuff. It takes time to be successful, aka work. Posting frequently is something that I struggle with that would make a big difference.

    1. Yes most people don’t have the patience ever to be successful blogging.

  34. Wow.. very inspiring post. As a newbie in blogger these tips are so useful to improve my motivation and persistence. Blogging is not instant success

  35. Peter says:

    John

    Great post as I am new to Blogging. I will make use of many of the tips that you offer.

    As an avid fitness buff who is over 50, I have developed a passion of helping other folks over 50 lead a healthy and fit lifestyle.

    I expect that I can learn from you and spread my message.

    Peter

  36. Dinesh says:

    These tips are good and i wanna utilize them to grow my blog.

  37. Chigo says:

    Chow, I got u. Thanks 4 the start up. Got more blog optimization tips for 2010 at http://www.chigotoday.blogspot.com Its called blogging to riches

  38. Sean Smith says:

    Very logical and important information John. All of which isn’t all that difficult to do. Blogging is more about living a happy prosperous life and simply sharing that experience and knowledge with our niche market as well as others who are interested.

  39. Inspirational thoughts for aspiring bloggers, especially building a mailing list part, which i think should be a must in this business

  40. Wilson Usman says:

    Thanks john I really appreciate all the post you been putting out but I have a quick question say I dont have anything to offer yet for signing up for my newsletter what should I do?

  41. I try to maintain 1 post per day on each of my blogs. I do need though to start prewriting articles though for days when I am out mostly. Otherwise they never get posted.

    1. Ya I try 5 posts a week, works so far.

  42. Donny Gamble says:

    I think that 2010 is going to be a very
    good year for me because I have laid
    a solid foundation and 2009 and things
    are just going to get 10 times better

  43. You have to prioritize. If you aren’t keeping fresh content on your site, you will lose traffic. Keep up the great work.

  44. Quadrant 2 is where it is at. I aspire to inhabit that space, and working from home is the first step towards that for me. It gives me time to tend my plants and veggies and make my own healthy meals during my breaks. You can not stare at a computer screen nonstop, that’s for sure.

  45. All Recipes says:

    Hey john, some nice points!

    I am personally looking to start some viral campaigns as for 2010. It’s simply a beauty to see a blog going viral.

    Ev.

  46. Great tips for 2010

    Thanks

  47. My target for 2010 is to drive some good quality traffic into my new established site. Working a lot on this.

    1. Ditto, 2010 is going to be a great year for all of our blogs thanks to the help of john.

  48. S Ahsan says:

    I have some great plans and ideas for this year. Thank you for the post, cheers

  49. Bidet says:

    I agree being consistent plays a big role in the blogs success, it allows the readers to follow the blog and know when it will be updated.

  50. John, nice list. I especially like that you mentioned building relationships with readers. Other bloggers in your niche also help and make it a lot easier to post daily. Being relatively new to my niche I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how welcoming other bloggers have been.

  51. Heath says:

    I am trying not to be overwhelmed by the whole process and find the best way to connect people to the resources they are looking for to live a better life. This blog has been a huge help in getting me started.

  52. I am for starting over and starting fresh.2009 caught me by surprise. I don’t know why 2008 wasn’t very good either. Guess in the back of my head I thought we had hit bottom in 2008. Now I wonder if we have hit bottom yet? Still gonna start fresh 2010

  53. Kate says:

    John this is a great list you made. My goal is to get a lot of targeted traffic, have great SEO and lot’s of great keyword rich content for my visitors!!

  54. EraseBoard says:

    Learn something new everyday. Been lurking around on your website for a little while now…
    Just thought I would hit you up on one of your threads to let you know I’m here.

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