10 Essential Traits Of The Best Bloggers Out There

There are many blogs that are phenomenally successful, providing a fun and fulfilling way for their owners to make a living. However, the vast majority of blogs are completely unprofitable. So, what separates the victors from those eager bloggers who never quite make it? Here are ten traits possessed by the best bloggers in the industry.

A great blogger…

Best Blogger#1 – Writes consistently.

The exact amount of updates seen in popular blogs varies from several posts per day to one or two per week. The key here is that they update consistently, prompting visitors to check back in on a regular basis.

#2 – Demands quality content.

Quality writing isn’t something that happens spontaneously or instantly, even for the best of us. Rather, it comes through vigilant effort, an insistence of proofing and revision, and lots of practice. The top bloggers create excellent content because they demand the best out of themselves with each entry.

#3 – Has a personality.

Dry business blogs written in an academic tone rarely succeed, while personal or professional blogs written with a fun, humorous style will hook readers. Hyperbole and a Half, the Google Blog, and the Oatmeal are just a few great examples.

#4 – Stirs conversation.

The most successful blogs aren’t the ones that remain safely on the sidelines, evading controversial topics. Rather, they’re the ones who leap on — contributing ideas and getting people talking.

#5 – Puts the user first.

Many would-be pro bloggers create a site overflowing with advertisement in the hope of generating some fast cash. This counter-productive method is one of the fastest ways to scare users away. The successful blogger uses ads with subtlety, and never lets them interfere with the user experience.

#6 – Fills a niche.

There are countless blogs that cover “anything that’s on my mind.” Rather than having a limitless topic, however, the really successful blogs tend to fill a precise niche — and whether that’s digital scrapbooking or news on the finance industry doesn’t seem to matter so much.

#7 – Makes a visually interesting site.

There are some great writers who’s blogs aren’t successful, despite being filled with well-crafted sentences. It seems that interesting images, visual displays, and other media are key ingredients to blogger success.

#8 – Networks constantly.

Rather than viewing fellow sites, blogs, or resources in the industry as opponents, the successful blogger reaches out to network with anyone in the field that they can.

#9 – Constantly seeks to improve.

The professional bloggers don’t remain stagnant. Rather, they use everything from analytics programs to online survey software to see what’s working and what isn’t, and they constantly fine-tune their site.

#10 – Loves what they do.

If there’s one thing that hooks readers fully, it’s passion for the subject of the blog. Beyond that, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with this demanding world without a real love for what you’re doing.

While each pro blogger takes a different approach, the items above make a foundation for success. For most, these traits won’t come naturally or instantly, but must be cultivated as habits for success over time — a pursuit which, while difficult, is entirely possible.

7 Simple Tips To Enhance Your WordPress Blog Security

WordPress SecurityAs one of the most common blogging platforms, WordPress is the home for many bloggers all over the world. With simple implementation and a wide range of features, it is a no-brainer for many to go with WordPress.

Security for any website or blog is always a concern, and finding a solution is not necessarily simple. While you should definitely consult more than one source regarding security implementations for your WordPress blog, here are a handful of tips to keep your blog secure :

#1 – Protect your Admin Folder

Hackers can attack your blog efficiently by aiming at your wp-admin folder. While you can limit the IP address that can access this folder, you may want to look into WordPress plugins that can help here. Such plugins will require a second-layer password or lock someone out with failed attempts, and so forth.

#2 – Keep up with the Basics of Security

Just like your computer, staying up-to-date can be a simple and effective security step. Keep your WorkPress, theme, plugins, and other aspects of your blog up-to-date with the latest versions/updates. Back up your site regularly in case something happens as well. Check this Simple Guide for WordPress Backup or you can also use Dropbox for WP Backups.

#3 – Use your FTP Uploader Safely

When you are using FileZilla or any other FTP uploader for your blog, make sure that you check your files and destinations before uploading. Double-check locations before uploading any files – the wrong place can be a great security risk.

#4 – Change Your Passwords

This is most evident when using the default WordPress passwords; of course they should be changed. Even then, though, using a complex password (10+ characters mixing letters, numbers, and symbols) is a good idea, as well as changing it every once in a while. This also goes for your hosting company with regard to your login information, as a security breach there is just as devastating. Check the tips for Creating Secure And Strong Passwords.

#5 – Use SSH Instead of FTP

SSH as opposed to FTP is encrypted. Disabling the latter and using the former can add another level of security to your blog. Make sure you have an uploader that can handle this.

#6 – Block your Files/Folders

There are simple lines of code for blocking search engines to your WordPress folders, blocking access completely to your admin folder, and so on. With a line of code a piece, take the time to put these valuable clips into your blog to keep out the threats.

#7 – Delete your Version Number that is Visible

Either by plugin or in text editor (Meta Tag), you need to get rid of the visible text that many WordPress themes display in reference to the version number. That is a gold mine for hackers.

These are some of the primary tips that you should definitely implement on your blog. Certainly there are plenty of others that should be considered. Be sure to check with WordPress, your theme, and your plugins – as well as other valuable sources online and in literature – for more steps to increase the security of your blog. But please do remember, nothing can substitute a good hosting. So always use Trusted Webhosts.

Guest Blogging: So Why Should You Care?

Guest Blogging: So Why Should You Care?Last week I was pointed to a great post by friend Jane Sheeba titled You Blog. Should You Guest Blog?. While most commenters seemed really excited by the concept and the idea of guest bloggers, there were still some people who questioned the benefits of the tactic.

I am not an experienced blogger. Neither am I an experienced guest blogger. I started my blog about a year ago and have been experimenting with guest blogging for about 7 months only.

But I fell in love with the concept from the very first time I heard about it from Ann Smarty running My Blog Guest – the community connecting guest authors to blog owners.

While guest blogging is viewed increasingly in terms of link building nowadays (and that advantage is quite obvious), I decided to try to list other backlink-unrelated:

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