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How I Really Built a Successful Blog in 8 Months

It has been estimated that a large percentage of the bloggers fail within the first year of starting their blogs and that it takes an average of 1 year or more to really build a successful blog, I was able to achieve this in exactly 8 months and this post will be giving you some insights into how I did it.

I’d first like you to know that my blog isn’t the most successful blog online, in fact, there are tons of other blogs making a killing than I ’m making and there are several other bloggers who command far more authority than I do but the reality is that Rome wasn’t built in a day and every great act has a small beginning. I have wanted to write this post for a while but I see there is no point in delaying it when there are several people who need tips to help them take their blog to the next level.

I would also like you to understand that there is no specific measure for success as a blogger and there is no specific result you must achieve before you can be referred to as a successful blogger; your success is defined by you and your readers. In other words, if your main aim as a blogger is to be able to work whenever you want while still being able to live the lifestyle of your desire or if your main aim is to be making a particular amount of money from your blog monthly, you can be called a successful blogger when you achieve this.

I Knew What I Wanted

A lot of people start their blogs only to be changing its theme and domain name over and over again. You won’t be able to attract readers to your blog if you don’t know what you want.

I started this blog to help young entrepreneurs succeed online and I have never changed course since starting it. It will be a very terrible thing to do if you’re always changing the name and theme of your blog. Know what you want; know which audience you want and focus on making things work for you.

I Followed My Passion

You would have read the above statement several times on so many blogs online but many people neglect it and decide to do what they want. The real key to blogging success is following your passion, because succeeding as a blogger really takes time and hard work and the only way you will be able to give this is by being passionate about what you’re blogging about.

Being a passionate blogger doesn’t necessarily mean you should start blogging blindly because you think you’re passionate about a subject; if you are already passionate about something and you see another thing you so much love and would like to blog about you can work on building a passion for it. We are not always born to have a strong passion for something so passion is always developed; if you’re not sure what you’re passionate about try to develop passion for something and focus on blogging about it till you succeed.

I Was Myself

I wasn’t John Chow or Darren Rowse and I also wasn’t Pat Flynn. I knew a lot of successful bloggers before I started blogging and it would have been easy for me to copy them because they were making serious money online but I didn’t, I was myself and it paid off.

The blogosphere already has one Darren Rowse and it has no need for another so focus on being your true self and your success will come at the right time.

I Had Goals

What do you want your blog to be in the next 1 year? If your main goal for your blog is the vague I want to build a successful make money online blog then your blog is already doomed. There are already so many people who want to build a successful blog that help them make money online and it is always difficult for them to differentiate themselves from the crowd, your goals are what set you apart so you should focus on developing strong goals that bring results.

I Planned and Followed Through With My Plan

The beginning of failure of your blogging career is irregularity with your blogging plan. While there is nothing bad in modifying your plan when you see something better or when something can be added or improved it is really dangerous to have an inconsistent plan.

Right from the onset I determined I would follow the “monetize later” approach for my blog and I wouldn’t really monetize my blog until it is successful. I never tried to change this approach. Know how you will build your blog from the onset and follow through with this.

I Was Hardworking

A lot of people will love to skip this but it is impossible to skip. Being successful in life is not about sitting down and expecting results to come, you have to be hardworking, and you have to be determined.

In 2010 alone I wrote over 300 guest posts for several blogs thus making me the highest guest poster in 2010.

Sometimes success is “very difficult” to achieve because if it was, everybody will be achieving it. You have to sacrifice a lot to succeed as a blogger and trying to skip this sacrifice is the beginning of failure.

I Used Social Proof

I never really noticed the importance of this until recently but it was my real turning point; I needed to get results to have social proof and I needed social proof to take me even further.

After writing my post on how I wrote over 270 guest posts in 8 months I started getting a lot of emails, interview requests and I started noticing significant impact in my blogging career; in fact, it is that post that led my present client to me and ever since I’ve learnt the importance of using social proof.

You really need to prove to people that you know what you’re saying and it no longer take words to prove yourself, but results.

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

  1. Robert Dempsey says:

    Great stuff Onibalusi and a great addition to your previous posts about how you have built this blog. I especially like your point about being yourself. Many of us see the very successful blogs and fail to realize the years it’s taken for those sites to get to where they are today. We can’t immediately jump there and shouldn’t try. Though it can take a bit for someone to find their true “blogging voice” it’s harder if you’re trying to be like someone else.

    So be yourself, and the right people will find you.

  2. Mahendra says:

    Being your self is most important most of the people just imitate others

  3. Manuel says:

    You’ve made mention of some very important things here Onibalusi. The “monetize later” approach helps you focus on creating a good blog, this sets the foundation for rapid success in the future. Thanks.

  4. Shaun says:

    Nice post and well timed. I need to work a lot harder at promoting my blog and writing more, but time is certainly a factor with a young family. Completely agree about the social proof too, without it no one is going to listen!

  5. Well done, Oni. You’re my ideal kind of blogger. You started from scratch and after some hardwork you’re way up there.

  6. Andreas says:

    You are the best proof for newbie bloggers that hard work really pays off. One of the keys is guest blogging and exposing yourself to your target audience in many different channels.

  7. Iroko@Bloggers Blog says:

    Following a plan, that would really be for somebody that has sat down to look at the end from the beginning…and like the expert would say…WORK back from your destination and really plan your moves…am still learning from you sir!

  8. Samuel says:

    Nice one Oni, hardwork pays big time. Being a successful blogger is not a day’s job. Sticking to your plan and following your passion is the best. Nothing beat that! Keep up the good work bro. Rock on 🙂

  9. John says:

    Hey Onibalusi,

    I agree with your point that passion is the real key to blogging success, because when you hit those rough times it will be your passion for what you’re doing that gets you through the dark days.

    Wow, I didn’t know you were the highest guest poster in 2010, that’s pretty awesome. Keep up the good work Onibalusi, and keep posting inspiring posts like these. Thanks for sharing.

  10. semmy @ Make Money Online says:

    Wow I’m very impress with your word “Rome wasn’t built in a day” Yes I agree with you business wasn’t build overnight too. It’s take a time.

  11. It’s really cool to read how you build your blog successfully in 8 months Oni. Just today, I read the blogpost by Glen which you shared, and the topic is how he build a successful blog too 🙂

    You guys are magnificent out to change the world:) Love both posts I have read.

    Enjoy your Valentine’s Day today Oni!

  12. Real world advice from a creative machine Oni, thanks for sharing.

    Getting clear on what you have to offer and sticking to it is key. You can become an expert if people don’t know what your expertise is.

    As for the hard work part, you are right in saying most people want to skip it. They want the sweet without the sour. They want to be handed things on a plate. Doesn’t happen that way. Those who make it keep at it in the face of difficult circumstances. They work when they don’t feel like working and more importantly they keep working when a little success comes their way.

    Champions continue creating like champions without letting success get to their head. You stand out when you are successful and keep persisting, for those who don’t rest on their laurels are the legitimate world changers.

    Funny note about social proof; we hone our tools over time of course, but many of us put out really good content on a consistent basis. When you persist, more people simply find out about it. You hadn’t changed much but your reach did.

    Thanks for sharing your insight Oni. Have a powerful week!

    RB

  13. Joseph says:

    Hard work they say is the key to success! Great post.

  14. silpada says:

    Because of your hard work dedication and knowledge you have got a respectable place in blogging and I think you will be consistent on your way.

  15. Another great post! Congratulation

    Yes, people will have bigger chance if they put passion on their blog, so you have to choose the right keyword for your blog and the keyword has to be one of your passion.

    I like your web design, it’s awesome.
    would you like to share with us
    how to make about me widget on the right of your blog? is there any plugin in wordpress to make that awesome “about me”

  16. This is a tremendous story. You should really be proud. Only a few can succeed within 8 months, it usually takes years and I’m quite serious.

  17. Onibalusi, nice one man. This is very impressive. I’m really proud of what you’re building here. I wish you continued success, and look forward to becoming an active commenter on your site.

    I’d love to tell your story on NaijasMostIncredible.com as well! We should rap.

  18. iphone 5 says:

    Its embarrassing to say but I used to be the one who kept on changing the theme and domain name to attract people.. its now that I have found out that looks really don’t matter… what matters is the thing inside

  19. Hi Onibalusi,

    Really inspiring post. I’m damn sure whoever read this post must get confidence that he can achieve his/her goal if they work with focus & determination.

    • seenu says:

      Of-course oni is inspiration to many bloggers. He is boosting our confidence with his articles. Something I learnt and made me to think is that he writes 15 quality articles per day. He have to improve a lot by learning from him.

  20. fred loya insurance says:

    You have exact planning for your blog and you have also interest in your niche that is secret of your success.

  21. Carla says:

    I wish i have your succes on i was on your age but never is too late. Keep your determination and you will succeed more.

  22. DiNaRa says:

    Again and again I wonder how hardworking you are! But where do you find time for living and studying?

    By the way, not all bloggers start blogging for themselves. Most bloggers want to get money at once from their blogs. They don’t care about the quality. You did another thing: you made your blog successful and only then started getting money from it.

  23. Jan Rossi says:

    I have been helping my customers on their social media so much that I have neglected my own site at times. Good to schedule blogging and know your audience. I am just starting – thinking about trying to be less wordy! Thanks for a nicely written piece. Good advice! 🙂

  24. Oni

    I dont think there’s any question that you’re a hard worker my friend. I love the fact that you said that you were yourself. At the end of the day, people want to interact, communicate and connect with other people. The only way you can do this is by being sincere in who you are and being sincere with others about your mission.

  25. Very informitive. I think I learned a few things I can utilize with my blog. Thanks.

  26. Jon says:

    You planned and followed through with your plan. That’s the bulk of it right there. We all just have to remove the self-limiting beliefs that “it won’t work out” and focus on keeping at it; day in, day out.

    Being yourself is also very important. I like that you pointed out that the internet already has one Darren Rowse. Very true, man. We are all unique and no two pasts are the same. We’re an enterprise unto ourselves – we just have to market ourselves the right way.

  27. Indian Blog says:

    really awesome man… hope i can be as good blogger as you.. 🙂

    Regards
    Indian Blog (XiNZ)

  28. Great Work brother 🙂 You have done a great job with this 8 months old blog, Alexa 15k, is just awesome

  29. blog set up says:

    Congrats Onibalusi! Great job. Having passion and following it is really important.

  30. Hi Oni,
    It’s really a great inspiration for us. You have made things possible for you through your hard labor. As a blogger life isn’t easy now as one is to face a huge competition. 300 guest posts, sounds really huge task. But you have done this. Nice job. Will you reveal the secret of your writing power. In this sector I am very weak. Please email me your tips as I subscribed. Thanks for sharing your valuable experiences with us.

  31. Tim at IMM says:

    Rafique, read his related post, “How I Wrote 270 Guest Posts in 8 Months.”

  32. Tinh says:

    All of these bring you to a higher level success in a very short time 🙂

  33. Johnas says:

    This is a really cool story, well done! (found you from smartpassiveincom)

  34. fizer0 says:

    nice post, Being yourself is very important I think….

  35. Gon says:

    Mate, your story is amazing. I really agree with you. The key of success is to know what you want and work really hard for it. Thanks for inspiring us. Keep working

  36. U r giving me a rightway to go. Now will u please suggest someting for my blog?? U can see my blog address on my name.

  37. I love visiting this blog for more ways to grow my website! I’m pretty sure your massive amount of guest posting has helped more than anything – I found your website through two fairly popular blogs b/c of it.

  38. It is hard to believe that you have been blogging for just 8 months.From your style of writing you look like a matured professional blogger who has been blogging for years.

  39. zammax says:

    That’s right that we have to know what we want and stick on it..

  40. Benny says:

    You can definitely feel the passion you have for this blog in your writing. 300 guests post is amazing. I’m hoping to get started with just one! I’m going to look if you have a post about how to guest post. If not, please share the best way to approach bloggers about guest posting.

  41. Liberty Reserve says:

    I have started blogging from 2 months. I have been waiting patiently from longtime to achieve success.

  42. Hardwork leads to success, this is important .I wish you success ahead.

  43. Xerox toners says:

    Are you really 17? Wow

  44. Trung Nguyen says:

    Hi Onibalusi!

    It takes a long time I finished reading your article, because my English was poor and I really found your article helpful. It helped me by guiding how to develop their own blog. 8 months is a pretty short time to achieve your success today. I also began to start blogging my way not long ago and hopefully I will be able to achieve the goals that I set out just like you.

  45. I like all the tips that you have listed here. Sometimes it’s hard to stick to your plan when you’re not seeing immediate results. Patience and hard work is definitely key. It’s impressive that you’ve built all this in only 8 months!

  46. Thanks for giving me hope that my blog can become successful. I’ve been blogging for a few months now. It’s slowly coming together. It’s stories like this that make me want to keep going!

  47. Ivin says:

    Thank you for your tips bro and congrats!

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    These Tips are Excellent. It is really hard to build a sucessfull blog in 8 months.

  49. pravakar says:

    Thanks for writing a great article! i totally agree with you.According to me choosing the content and link building strategy is the major stapes of making blogging success

  50. Great post. Makes me see I have a ways to go however you have worked really hard. I am very impressed
    300 guest blogs. Wow!

  51. I’m really pleased to see here that you simply individuals are discussing many plans around.They are really impressive that has been enhanced the understanding.Appreciate this discussing.

  52. Vera Wang bedding sets says:

    I think 8 month isn’t too much time for any blogger. But you succeed just for your passion and hard work

  53. You are right about not to change the theme, I started hitting 30’000 visitors a day with good earnings and so decided to invest some of the money back into the site and bought a more professional theme. After installing my visitors dropped down to 6000 a day. 🙁

  54. Meghan Lane says:

    Great insights! Thanks for sharing concrete steps that you used to build a successful blog in 8 months!

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