7 Keys to Becoming a Prolific Blogger

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The word prolific means producing abundant works or results. As bloggers, we want to be able to produce a plethora of useful, meaty articles about topics within our respective niches.

I want to be able to produce well written articles on blogging and website design that are so dynamic that people flock from around the web to read them. I want to be able to produce article after article that meets needs, delivers information, teaches blogging and web design principles, and reaches out and grabs readers driving them to come back again and again for more.

Yet it’s so difficult to keep up with an aggressive writing schedule. One award-quality post per day is really what it takes to drive people to your site by the thousands but how in the world can we begin to keep up with a schedule like that. Sure we know a lot of information about our subjects, but that doesn’t mean that we know enough to keep pouring out an unlimited supply of information to our readers. More often than not, bloggers very quickly reach the end of their supply of wisdom and instantly begin scaling their article production rate back.

So what are the keys to producing quality articles on a consistent basis? What are the principles that the most proficient online authors practice in order to maintain a steady stream of posts on their sites? The simple answer is hard work. The more accurate answer…well for that you’ll have to keep reading.

Read expert blogs about blogging.

Each day I read several articles from others who blog about blogging. I read articles that cover every topic related to this subject including search engine optimization, professional design, creative writing, link exchanges, traffic building, and more. I have several blogs that I visit nearly every day in order to ensure that I am practicing every last principle that may influence the success of this blog. Here are a few blogs to get you started: Problogger, Daily Blog Tips, Copy Blogger and of course this blog, Site Sketch 101.

I highly recommend that you subscribe by either email or RSS to each of these blogs and that you devote time each day to read each article. These will fill your mind with ways to continue growing your blog into something that will reflect expertise in your field.

Read expert blogs in your niche.

I have heard it said that our mind is like a barrel with holes. As we take in information about a subject it is like pouring water into that barrel. As you pour the water in some of it begins to leak out just as we tend to forget things that we have learned or as we use that information in articles.

As you climb closer to having the barrel filled with water you have to increase the amount of water that you are pouring in to compensate for the increased amount that will be leaking out. The same is true with knowledge. As you increase the amount of information that you are pouring out to your readers, you need to increase the amount of knowledge that you take in so that you can keep up.

You need to keep learning enough about your subject in order to have enough expertise to continually write new posts and keep up with your readers questions.

The best way to take in information in your niche is to read and follow other bloggers. This is also a great way to build relationships and even further establish you as an expert throughout your niche.

Take lots of notes.

We all forget things. For most of us we probably forget more than we remember. Because of this it is vital that we write down everything that we read or think of related to our blog. If you are mowing your yard and you think of a great topic for a blog article, pull a pen and notepad out of your pocket and write it down. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, you should always write down information that can help you grow your site.

This principle goes hand-in-hand with each other principle in this article. As you read blogs about creating a successful blog, write down notes in a notepad. As you read other people’s information about your subject matter, write down and maintain organized notes. As you come up with ideas for your site write them down before you forget about them.

Always have your project in mind.

Keep your blog or website in mind as you go throughout your day. At every place that you turn you may find inspiration for your project if you are actively looking for it. Look at the designs on the cereal boxes when you are walking through the grocery store. Pay attention to the most appealing television commercials when you are watching TV. Look for inspiration for ideas in everything you do and everything you see.

Seek and accept criticism.

I have found that more often than not it is my critics who help me grow the most. I have received bitter emails complaining about something on my site or criticizing something I have done.

Always make sure that when they come after you that you don’t allow them to rile you up. Always keep your calm. Always work to see their point of view and try to give them the benefit of the doubt. When you are able to do that you will be able to learn from them and begin growing as both a person and as a blogger.

If someone criticizes the layout and design of your blog, don’t dismiss them. If someone critiques your writing style don’t just dismiss it with a passive “well that’s just the way that I write!” Be willing to listen, consider it, and change if necessary.

Dare to be different.

It’s pretty much a universal principle that the one who can set himself apart from the rest of the crowd in a positive way has the greatest potential for rising to the top. Do something that makes your blog different from all the others in your niche. The only limitations that you have in this principle are the limits of your own creativity. The sky is the limit so go wild. Be bold and original!

K.I.S.S. – Keep it simple, Stupid!

Don’t use a lot of jargon in order to impress your readers. A lot of people chase their readers away as a result of doing this in their writing style. Always make it your goal to put your information out in as easy a manner as possible to understand. Always imagine that you are writing your articles for a group of Jr. High School students.

Putting these principles to work for you at your blog will lead to amazing results. Although these principles create a beautiful foundation for developing yourself as an expert in your field, they are only just the beginning.

If I were to ask you what the number one principle to growing as an expert blogger would be, what would you answer? Would it be something on this list or is there something else that you would mention?

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  1. April 29, 2010

    Spyros said:

    I’m actually doing these things as well. I’ve actually been into blogging for a couple of years and have read lots and lots of things about online marketing, blogging tips, seo and much much more.

    There are two principles that you discuss which i find really valuable. The first one is about taking notes. I do this all the time. And actually not by using my computer but rather a notepad that i always have around.

    The second thing that i try to do is be different. As you know better than me, being different, especially when you are on a competitive niche, really matters.
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  2. April 29, 2010

    Nathan Hangen said:

    Too many old school bloggers, and too few willing to take risks. Blogging has changed, and it’s time that people like you and I spread the word.

    Love what you’re doing man, keep it up.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: How to Quit Your Day Job and Build an Empire =-.

  3. April 29, 2010

    Manav Dhiman said:

    Nice article there Nick! I would say that, if you love your blog and the effort you are putting in it, I am damn sure that everything will go smoothly. But if you take it as another 9-5 job, then you should stop what you are doing right away.

    Many people think of blogging as a “time-pass”. Well, it’s not even close to that. We have seen bloggers like Pro Blogger and others that manage to earn a whole lot of money through it.

    Definitely you should have some skills, but they should not at all stop you from doing what you want.

    If you keep these things in mind, and the things which you suggested, then we can surely have a successful blog. 🙂
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  4. April 29, 2010

    Adam @ Selling Manager Ebay said:

    I know you’ve been doing it here and it works out well for you. But, you really don’t need to create blog posts in daily basis.

    As long as you offer quality content and useful information, you will build readers around your blog and they will come back and read your blog as long as you produce quality content.

    Also, I don’t want to sound as I don’t agree with Nic’s tips. They are also very useful to create great content.
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  5. April 29, 2010

    Onibalusi Bamidele said:

    Wow! Great and detailed post.
    I do write lots of guest posts (about 100 this year) and still make it a point of duty to give quality regularly on my blog. I am faulty because I only read when I wish but as a result of this post, I will begin to read a minimum of five different blogs every single day.
    As you said, criticism is very important and should not be neglected, in fact, criticism helps someone grow but you should be aware of people who just hate you and are never satisfied with what you do.
    Great! Great! Great! post.
    Thanks a lot,
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  6. April 29, 2010

    Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing said:

    I’m not sure if this is a disagreement, but keeping your work (yes work) in the forefront of your mind *every single solitary second you’re awake* is not something I’d advise on a grand scale.

    I think it could just as easily lead to burn-out and giving up as it could to being the #1 blogger in all the land.

    That said it is in my forefront ALWAYS, lol. But yea, sometimes it’s just annoying as well.

    I wholeheartedly agre with note taking; fortunately i get all my ideas (98%?) sitting right here at the keyboard. Everything gets “drafted” the second it hits…my blog admin is always open.

    Anyone reading my new blog since inception knows I accept ALL feedback and critique, lol.

    Overall, excellent article my friend. 😉
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  7. April 29, 2010

    John Paul Aguiar said:

    lol Keep It Simple is my motto man.

    I agree that to be better you need to follow and learn from people above you where you want to be.

    Great list..
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  8. April 29, 2010

    mark said:

    Great questions Nick –

    What you refer to as “Dare to be different” (product differentiation) is one tool that I intend to use to grow my brand in the long term.

    But, there are still things that I do not know, and my brand is still a work in progress, so I will not start really differentiating until I have built up a large enough readership.

    “Seek and accept criticism” is another really good one you mention here. Being able to accept it, from people better than you *and* worse than you at your craft, is especially important.

    That is, you should not just accept it – you should question it and understand why someone else would say what they are saying.

    At some point after that, you should have enough of an understanding about the pros and cons of the critique to be able to make a decision.
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  9. April 29, 2010

    Joe Boyle said:

    Nick, I am quite disappointed in the fact that you forgot one MAJOR thing you must do – be passionate about what you are writing about. In order to put out articles that are any quality (good or bad), you must be passionate about your niche. Too many people go with the popular niche, not the one they’re fond of. By doing this, you are making it impossible to write because if you don’t care, you won’t be willing to study and learn more, furthermore improving your website. Just some food for though 😀

  10. April 29, 2010

    Mars Dorian said:

    Especially the “Dare to be original” and the “KISS” ring my bells –
    Your blog can be a blast if you know how to do it – great design, unique ass-kicking content and

    I’d also say – find your own voice. Most people don’t have a unique writing style, it’s generic and boring.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: How to Rock your Audience (and create an electric emotional connection) =-.

  11. April 30, 2010

    Ron Leyba said:

    For me, I loved to follow the footsteps of a successful blogger. But, I see to it, that I will put my own twist when entering the same path. What I am trying to say is, try to copy those traits that makes a person a successful blogger and making sure, to make it something different. In this way, you will have your own identity and not just a copycat trying hard to be like someone else.
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  12. April 30, 2010

    Bruce Teague said:

    I think dare to be different is key. There are probably hundreds if not thousands of other people blogging in whatever your niche is. Why read you over them? How can we be different?

    Be you! We’re all different human beings. I recon one of the keys is to put enough of your personality into your blog. I wouldn’t say it’s the only way to be different, but a good place to start. Too many people rehashing the same content with out any personality or perspective changes.

  13. April 30, 2010

    Keith Davis said:

    Hi Nicholas
    “One award-quality post per day is really what it takes to drive people to your site by the thousands”
    How depressing is that!
    No way could I achieve that, absolutely no way.
    What I can do is to start visiting more blogs… guess I’ll start with this one.
    Thanks for getting me revved up.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Flying in formation =-.

  14. April 30, 2010

    Derek Jensen said:

    Three items that I have found to be very beneficial for me are: staying on top of other blogs in my niche, taking notes, always having the project in mind.

    But, I will admit I tend to forget having the overall project, goal, or vision in mind. Losing focus is certainly not good, so I am pushing myself to get everything figured out and get to the next levels to accomplish the vision I have.

    In regards to taking notes and being different you can take lots of notes and either take them, learn from them, and be different or do exactly what you have just noted. Courage will only tell and your personal will.
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  15. May 1, 2010

    Jasmine Henry from System Fail News said:

    Something that I find really useful for remembering things, particularly practical tasks or tips is simply by going over them. It’s great if we can all read articles on “getting more traffic” or “how build links” but it’s another to actually carry these tasks out. By spending 5 or so minutes practising the things that you’ve learnt,you’ll find it easy to remember them for a really long time.
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  16. May 1, 2010

    Elisha said:

    I do take notes when ideas suddenly pope up into my head. I’ll usually write it down using my mobile phone, which is much handy. But one thing I haven’t practiced yet is to write down notes while reading articles or blog posts. This would be one good skill and habit that I MUST start practicing.
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  17. May 9, 2010

    Nem said:

    Do you think it’s a good idea to try writing a test or practice blog? Or is it not worth the effort and it’s better to go with your “main blog” right from the beginning?

    • May 13, 2010

      Shikhin said:

      Hi Nem,
      My main blogging theme is photography. However I first started a test blog on extinct animals at wordpress.com. It really helped about telling my potential and time in blogging. I suggest first doing a test blog
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  18. May 13, 2010

    Shikhin said:

    I suppose your list covers it all. I am very good on taking notes and I always carry a notebook with me to take notes on my thoughts for future posts and implementations. I also maintain a diary in which I carry a record of my posts.
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  19. June 13, 2010

    Jean at The Delightful Repast said:

    Nicholas, I am really enjoying reading all your blogging tips. I decided early on (well, really, it’s still early on; I’ve only been blogging since February) to post just once a week. I thought it was a schedule I could stick with, and it seems to be working. So I post every Friday morning. I’m a food blogger who is much more at home at the stove than at the computer!

  20. November 9, 2011

    Mel Melhado said:

    So many sophisticated gadgets and electronics got released but using a pen and paper is still very much in use. Scribbling down is always quicker. I think its a great idea to scribble down and then later on select the topics.