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How I Built a Successful Blog in 8 Months

build a successful blogOn the 2nd of April 2010 I made one of the most important decisions of my life; and that decision was starting this blog. 8 months later, I’m proud to say I have built what I can call a successful blog.

Building a successful blog is easy and at the same time complicated. Building a successful blog isn’t what you can just say with your mouth and expect results to come; you must have some traits, you have to do some things and you have to follow some principles. There are millions of blogs in the blogosphere and a larger percentage of them fail because most bloggers are not ready to follow the principles of building a successful blog, they want success to be brought to them on a golden platter.

Everything in life has principles, everything that has success attached to it has rules and this post will be giving you tips that helped me make this blog a success in only 8 months.

Be Prepared

If there was one thing I will say was the best thing I did to help me achieve success in my blogging career, it is being prepared. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme but a lot of people are not ready to believe that, they want to achieve easy success and this ends up costing them far more than they are prepared to give.

When I started blogging, unlike the average blogger, I realized that blogging success is not easy to come by, I realized that it takes time, effort and determination and I was ready to give it. I worked on my blog for several months without getting any real result, yet, I was determined that come what may, I will not leave this blog until I succeed.

Many bloggers fail before they even start their blogs because they start their blog with a mindset of succeeding in no time. I know this might sound ridiculous, especially to someone who believes in the power of the mind to help you make wealth, but the only way you can build a successful blog is by believing that you might not get any tangible result for the next 1 year. When I say you should have this belief I’m not trying to tell you to be controlled by it or to be using it as an excuse for you to introduce laxity into your career but I’m trying to tell you that you should believe that even at your best, true success takes time.

If you’ve been following me ever since I started blogging you will have noticed this trait in me. I wrote hundreds of guest posts without getting results yet I kept on working hard, I kept on giving it my best and I never for once entertained the thought of quitting because of lack of results.

Follow Your Passion

It is very difficult to keep on working on one thing for a very long time without getting results if you don’t have passion for it. People will call you names and give you a lot of new definitions but the only way you can make sure you never quit no matter what is by following your passion.

A lot of blogs are created everyday, a large percentage of bloggers end up quitting in their first month and new bloggers keep on working in the same cycle. The reason for this is that many of these bloggers are ignorant of the key to blogging success and they only want to make quick cash which they eventually discover is impossible to make.

If you take a look at the blogosphere you will notice that a large percentage of the blogs created everyday are in the blogging tips or make money online niche yet those who started these blogs have little to no experience when it comes to making money online.

I didn’t start this blog because of my passion (I’m sorry to admit) but when I realized the importance of passion when it comes to succeeding in life I made this blog my all and I developed a great passion for it. I became “addicted” to my blog and I was ready to give it all it takes to make sure it succeeds…it was only a matter of time before I knew that was the best decision I made in my blogging career.

Passionate people are not normal because normal people find it difficult to succeed. It is your passion for something that will make sure you give it anything it takes to make it a success. I can still remember spending over 10hrs online every day to make sure my blog succeeds, I can still remember writing over 6 guest posts a day to make sure my blog succeeds and I can still remember doing all those crazy things.

If you think life is a bed of roses then you’re mistaken. Life is not a bed of roses and that is why you need to have a strong passion for your blog so that you can do the extraordinary to make sure it succeeds.

Have Goals

While I’m somehow crazy at setting goals I’m proud to tell you that I know the importance of setting goals before I started my blog and I utilized this from day 1. A lot of people are greatly motivated by other successful bloggers, some are motivated by books they read and others are motivated by their achievements but my major source of motivation is my goal. That blogger you’re looking up to can stop blogging one day, you might end up getting tired of that book that always motivates you and your achievements might end up becoming nothing to you. When this happens the only thing you can look up to is your future and that of your blog; how you want to be highly successful, how you plan to quit your job and live the life of your dream through your blog and how it will help you change the world.

It is easy to lose motivation as a blogger and in cases like this it will be difficult for your achievements to motivate you, it will even be worse if you have no achievements but the only and best way to make sure you never fail is to have goals. Let your goals be your guide.

A goal is so powerful that it can kill and make alive; the goals of many people led them to success and the goals of many people destroyed their career at a very tender stage. Don’t think because having goals is important you can just go about setting goals anyhow you want.

When trying to set goals your goals must be S.M.A.R.T. Your goals must be:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

Once you’ve set your goals based on the above criteria it will be easier to carry it out than just setting a vague goal.

Have a Plan

I’m guilty of not having a plan when I started my blog but I started realizing its importance in the middle of my blogging career. While it is great to have goals you should also realize that you need a plan to carry out your goals.

If your goal is to get 1,000 subscribers in your first year of blogging you shouldn’t just go about doing things anyhow but you should make sure you plan out everything effectively. Try to visualize your goals, write them down and read it daily, research various ways you can achieve it and create a comprehensive plan to help you achieve it. One of my major plans to help me build a successful blog was to effectively utilize the power of guest blogging and it ended up working for me.

Be Positive

Here is the killer of them all.

No wonder Henry Ford says If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. A lot of bloggers fail despite implementing the above tips and more because they don’t believe they will succeed. I’m sorry to say this, but it will be very foolish of you to venture into blogging and give it your all if you don’t believe you can succeed.

Your mindset says it all and as long as you’re positive about succeeding you will definitely succeed if you do the right thing.

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76 Comments on "How I Built a Successful Blog in 8 Months"

  1. Ding Neng | InterNetwork Marketing Specialist says:

    Hey Oni, you definitely earned the success of your blog, cos you worked hard for it! I believe that anyone who really want to succeed in blogging, or anything else, Must follow their passion, as you have said it, passion is what keeps you going on and on and on without stopping πŸ™‚

    There’s definitely a lot more to learn from you. Keep it up Oni! Look forward to your another milestone!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Ding,

      Exactly! Hardwork is always backed-up by success and I’m so glad I got results. It’s a great sign of encouragement and a proof of the power of the web.

  2. joel Kumwenda says:

    This quite a good post I have learnt a lot from it. Keep it up with such posts from which a number of people we are learning a thing or too every time you post. I envy you Onibalusi.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad you loved it Joel πŸ™‚

  3. This is really great bro. My blog is 9 months old and you have gotten alot of success than me. Thanks for this post. I guess I need to take a page out of your book, or might be the whole cool itself. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the tips

    • Onibalusi says:

      My blog is also 9 months old and this post is in no form trying to depict its age. All I’m trying to say is that my blog got to a point where I could call it a success in “only” 8 months.

      I’m glad you loved the post.

  4. Samuel says:

    Nice one bro! Hard work pays. Glad you made it through. Sure, to build a successful business empire, you must follow your passion. Thanks so much for sharing. Have fun.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad you love it bro πŸ™‚

  5. Pumama says:

    I totally agree. I am new blogger and I am trying hard to make my blog popular. And I think you are a Successful Blogger because You bring a lot of valueable content to readers. I always subcribe your blog.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m still trying to make my content more valuable but I’m so happy that you see it to be valuable πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Oni

    I agree that it takes hard work and being consistent with all aspects of blogging to see an increase in traffic and business income.

    Perseverance while building up the readers, writing quality posts and interacting with those who visit are essential components also.

    Setting attainable goals and having direction will help motivation as there will be specifics to be achieved and distractions will not occur as often.

    Patricia Perth Australia

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly Patricia,

      True success takes time and failure begins with impatience. As long as you’re ready to give it what it takes and also wait for results you will get what you want.

  7. Success is a journey, not a destination. Keep it going Oni.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha! That’s true and so cool to hear.

      Thanks so much for the encouragement bro!

  8. Jack | TeenBusinessForum says:

    Onibalusi,
    I would love to hear some of the SMART goals that you set. Did they turn out like how you planned? What were some hiccups that came along the way? And was there anything you needed to change about the SMART in order to achieve the goals?

    I think being able to see them will help a lot of us out.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha Jack,

      One of those goals was writing over 200 guest posts in 2010 (I more than achieved that) while another one was getting to 1,000 visitors everyday (I didn’t achieve that though, but it had an impact on the results I get).

      Concerning changing something about my goal setting, yes, I do set goals that are too big so I need to come down as far as that is concerned…either way, it was really a great experience.

  9. TsarShu says:

    You have managed to make a great blog which is a real pleasure to read. Very informative. Very interesting. You are really working for people not for Google πŸ™‚ Your passion is great! That’s why you have succeeded.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, it’s so cool to hear that πŸ™‚

      I hope that were always true, though. πŸ˜‰

  10. Andreas says:

    Congratulations on building a successful blog. It takes determination and persistence to create a successful blog in a crowded niche but still can be done as you demonstrate.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly Andreas,

      It truly takes tenacity.

  11. DiNaRa says:

    Without having vision of what you want to achieve, the success can’t be gained. By the way, what is your goal? Did you change it in the course of this time?

    • Onibalusi says:

      Yeah, vision is really important.

      I didn’t change my goals even though I did not achieve them all but you can see those goals at here.

      • Marvs says:

        I totally agree when you said about being “addicted” to your blog. When I started my blog, it’s just for the sake of having a blog but now I’m “addicted” in making my blog successful.

        Thank you very much for sharing your experiences so that others may benefit.

  12. My Friends Forum says:

    Bookmarked*** Well! I found it the best Post that I have gone through. This is something really interesting. thanks For Sharing

  13. Dave Grimes II says:

    Oni,

    Great advice! Another thing people should consider in the early stages of their blog/website is whether they are providing something people will find useful. You can write all day about what you like best about garden gnomes, but if no one finds it interesting or useful, you will never get anywhere.

    Any thoughts on how you can properly gauge the value of your content prior to posting it and waiting for feedback? Thanks!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly Dave,

      There is no point in writing if people are not ready to read it so it is important to make sure your post is as valuable as possible.

      I gauge my posts with traffic and traffic only – if a post goes viral on social media and it brings a lot of traffic I consider it great even if it has no comment.

  14. Stuart says:

    Ah, you never fail to motivate me Onibalusi! I like the SMART idea, it’s great for keeping the discipline whilst generating the motivation.

    Hope you’re good πŸ™‚

    • Onibalusi says:

      That’s cool to hear Stuart,

      I’m glad you loved it πŸ™‚

  15. Oni

    Its great to get your perspective on what make s a successful blog. It’s worked extremely well for you and i know this is just the beginning for you.

    I could not agree more with your points. In particular, I like the fact that you mention that you were prepared to work hard and put forth all the effort to see you blog succeed. I think that when starting a blog or starting a business it’s important to make the commitment to move forward and burn any bridges behind you. In other words, once you’re in the only way way to move forward is to make progress.

    Awesome Stuff Oni! I am really happy to see you are doing so well!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly Hector,

      I’m also certain this is the beginning.

      Working hard and being prepared for the worse is a sure-fire way to make sure you get the best results.

  16. Mudanças residenciais says:

    You will always be successful in life if you put time, effort and determination in everything that you do. A blog will surely get recognized if it talks about something unique or something which people find interesting to read. So I just want to say congratulations on your achievement. Keep up the work!

  17. toko online says:

    I think. if our blog has an interesting article and blog we get the overflow traffic from SEO. will quickly succeed

  18. nice article brother, you have grown tremendously in these 8 months period. Your guest posting is the main strength for the growth, and also blog commenting.

    I wish more success in the future as well

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly bro,

      MY guest post contributes to 80% of my blogging success and I’m glad I focused all my efforts on it.

  19. Cool….i just love learning new things, thanks for the good instruction that i have found here.

  20. Vuong says:

    Your words encourage me very much Onibalusi. I remember that last year you interviewed Tran Tinh as one of your strategy blogging. Do you know the translator into Vietnamese is me?

    Hopefully at the same time next 360 days, I can write something like what you have just expressed here. Great job!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha Voung,

      That is so cool. I never knew you were the one who translated the interview and I must commend your efforts; you did a perfect job πŸ™‚

      I’m glad you enjoyed this article too πŸ™‚

  21. LoveChic says:

    My congratulations with the first big step in the life of your blog. Although I wasn’t commenting the posts, I’ve been reading them and should say that some of your posts gave me ideas to my own posts! Thanks a lot! and all the best in future.
    By the way, what do you start early – your own blog or guest blogging?

  22. It’s a great journey for you. I think the points which you have mentioned in this post are essential for the success to any business. Keep it up. πŸ˜€

  23. entrepreneurs startup says:

    thanks for sharing your experiences. its really helpful for me as a start up blogger. i am not a pro blogger but could manage to write some posts daily. your instructions will helpe me visualising my blogging career. thank you onibalusi.

  24. chemashie says:

    You have been showing exceptional character and churning out good articles here. I am glad am one of your readers. Keep the work going!

  25. Karan Labra says:

    Inspirational!

  26. Adesoji Adegbulu from Make Money Online Nigeria says:

    Good work bro… Keep the flag flying

  27. Eleazar says:

    Oni, I’m amazed of your passion in the things you loved to do. Your story in starting an online business is very encouraging. I love the way you open up and share your experiences in your online journey. And I think your tips are great lessons to learn, not only for the beginners but also for the old bloggers as well.

  28. Rahul says:

    thats gr8 tips for newbie like us.keep encouraging us.
    thanks

  29. Tantan on Hilya Media says:

    Hi Oni, you are one of great success stories, could inspire many people out there who want to make money with their blog. Btw, I want to ask one question, I saw your biggest earning is come from service, what kind of services you are offering?

  30. Caleb says:

    Inspiring indeed. You’re a huge encouragement to us building our own blogs and trying to make things happen! Kudos to you man.

  31. coool posting… i hope i can follow your success story…

  32. Christina says:

    I am starting to experience my own success with my site and it’s exciting. yYour tips are very helpful and I look forward to reading your blogs daily. Keep up the good work : )

  33. Iroko@Cheap Laptops Deals says:

    Wity your success and your explanation both here now and in your report so far, I am really trying to take a cue from your hardwork, though I know that the road to your successful blog wasn’t easy, thanks for the heads up!

  34. Mike Hirst says:

    SMART Goals. Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely goals. I need to print that out and paste it to my mirror! Great insight and I’m glad I’ve found your blog.

  35. Alex says:

    Hey Oni,

    Being successful doesn’t just happen, you do have to work hard for it and many don’t understand that because of all those gurus that sell bad copies of “Get rich in one week by blogging”. I think people should know that like almost everything in life, success is not easy obtainable, and no way is it obtainable in one week with no work.

    If most people who want to start a blog would read this post, I bet there will be a wake up call for them and many would abandon the idea, but those who would continue would know what’s ahead and make plans to pass those hurdles!

    I am glad you manage to make your blog successful I think there is nothing that you can’t do when passion is involved!

    For your success, Alex!

  36. silpada says:

    Every success is because of endurance and I have seen your 2010 progress report. I can declare you successful blogger of 2010.At the end 2011 hopefully I will be also in the same row in which you are presently standing.

  37. Tinh says:

    That is why you have been successful in blogging within 8 months @Oni. With all that said, everyone have second chance to win πŸ™‚

  38. Melvin says:

    Very inspiring. I think I saw this blog in its early stage and I really like your work ethic in working your butt out and making this blog successful.

    You have to be really really proud of yourself because only few people can achieve this in less thn a year. Keep it up!

  39. Dave Lucas says:

    Keep Kickin’ Butt!

  40. ronny@caralluma fimbriata says:

    Hi Onibalusi

    Here are a few questions for you?

    Did you started with blogging or something else?

    How long you start your online journey? I mean a year or if possible, to be exact…

    How and what method you make $3k per month…

    Care to explain where did you get the inspiration and from whom you decide this is it… I will make a living out of this …

    Thanks. Hope it is not to much to ask..

  41. greatjulius says:

    Nice work. Keep the fire burning.

  42. suraj says:

    Yes, blogging is amazing and I think world’s most enjoyable work. Stories like yours really inspires, after 10 months I am satisfied with my blog only problem is I never thought about how to monetize it very well, let’s hope I will find a right track for it in upcoming days πŸ™‚ Best wishes!

  43. Zenith @ payroll service says:

    I’m gonna congratulate you on that.Thanks for this new blogging tips. Actually, way back in school my mentor really taught us to have that sense of direction and purpose.It’s knowing your purpose you can achieve success.You develop a sense to know where you’re going.I guess,..you are on the right path.Keep it up.Godbless!

  44. Wrongful Death Lawyer says:

    I like what you wrote about SMART. It makes me remember my College professor who also told me the same thing and with the same meaning abbreviation. Yes it’s true, in everything that we do, we need to set one goal for it and make it as an inspiration. Through that, it’s not impossible for any aspiring writer/blogger to get what they want to target in blogosphere community.

  45. Josie@E Cigarette says:

    Nice post! As a person i strongly believe that with determination and proper preparation would lead you to reach your goal. And indeed your write up inspires me to be a successful blogger. Keep posting and be an instrument to awaken the hidden talents of some inspiring blogger as well.

  46. Bennix says:

    First of all,Thank you for this post. You inspired me. I am a Filipino blogging guy, started blogging last years and for about 8 months now I wonder why I haven’t have the PR. My blog has at least 900 visitors a day and got a hundred of inbound links. I have submitted my blog to a lot of popular Directories an do some backlinking techniques but still my PR is 0.What can you advise to me.Please check mu blog and I’ll wait your recommendation..:)

    May thanks in Advance.
    –bennix

  47. Are you sure that you are in your teens? You write with wisdom and a depth of character that I admire. Can I ask you something? When writing guest posts, are short 300 word articles embraced with appreciation or should my guest post be long? What was the shortest article that you ever submitted as a guest post?

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Kissy,

      Sure! I’m only 17. Thanks so much for your awesome words, they’re really encouraging!

      I think it doesn’t matter what the length of your article is as long as it is great and to the point. My articles are in the thousands of words but I have submitted guest posts as short as 400 words.

      If you need more clarification on the subject you can download my guest blogging guide, or wait till I launch my guest blogging consulting service soon.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

      -Onibalusi

  48. Layla Cream Herbal says:

    great Blog….thanks for Information

  49. Great post!!!!!
    Thanks for all the detailed information you’ve given..
    I’ve also been in blogging world from 2years back but I’d never thought all about it.. SO i failed!!!!!!

    Now, by your tips I’m gonna get to success!!!

  50. Thanks for sharing about how you created your blog and the patience that came with it. You are so right most people throw up a nice looking blog and a month later they are wondering around “Where Is The Money?” It takes time, hard work and patience just like you so clearly pointed out. Thanks for sharing.

  51. Jess says:

    Love this article! Like your idea of s.m.a.r.t.

  52. Rahul says:

    You inspired and motivate me 5* ,Awesome article.

  53. Mohan M says:

    Great post.. Thanks for all the detailed information

  54. Shubham says:

    I am in my initial stages of blogging, I will definitely follow all the above things. Thanks for this post. You have inspired me a lot.

  55. James Hannan says:

    Hmm.. Oni you worked really hard and I know how many guest post you posted on top blogs. So, You are here.

    Thanks

  56. Hung Pham says:

    Hi Oni! Your posts very great. I agree that We must have passion to overcome difficult everything and achieve success.
    Thanks for your sharing!

  57. saimohanreddy(funinphoto) says:

    hey. what a post!!!! its shows your hard work as a writer. i like the concept of guest blogging. could you please tell me the best platform for guest blogging?

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