Becoming an authority is one of the biggest dreams every blogger out there has but to be sincere, no one can become an authority blogger overnight. If there is one thing that I have learned about blogging, I have learned that overnight success does not exist in this blogging trade. Let us see about the Traits of Authority Bloggers.
If you are dreaming to become an authority bloggers, one of those things that can help you to achieve your dream quickly is to understudy the Top Bloggers, try to understand what they have done, what they are doing and why they are doing it. If you can understand them, you can be like them.
According to the great business coach, Brian Tracy, in his book Titled “THE 100 ABSOLUTELY UNBREAKABLE LAWS OF BUSINESS SUCCESS”, he said and I quote
“The best news of all regarding business success is that nature is neutral. If you do what other successful people do, you will get the results that other successful people get. And if you don’t, you won’t. It is as simple as that”. – Brian Tracy
I so much agree with Brian Tracy on this and this is one of those reasons why I love to understudy what other bloggers are doing and the impact it has on their blogs.
So in this post, we will be doing a quick understudy of the Authority bloggers. I will be sharing with you some traits they possess that have helped them in achieving their blogging feat.
6 Traits of Authority Bloggers
Trait #1 – Hard Work
The #1 trait that I have discovered in all top bloggers is “Hard Work”. Authority bloggers are those bloggers that work hard both night and day, they go to those extra miles an average blogger won’t be willing to go and they do the extremely hard things most people will avoid.
Taking a close look at Pros like Darren Rowse, Brian Clark, Pat Flynn, Neil Patel, Ileane Smith and a bunch of others, you will discover that they didn’t just become what they are today by luck, they are where they are as a result of hard work and labor.
Most of them used to and still write daily; you see them all around the web in forums, and various blogging communities interacting and adding values to people. They treat their blog like an office job and they do it with great commitment.
If you truly want to become an authority blogger, you need to embrace hard work to the fullest! What are you waiting for? Start treating your blog like an office job!
Trait #2 – Value before Money
It saddens my heart because these days, bloggers now place more priority on making money than adding value to their readers.
Taking a cue from authority bloggers from every corner of the web, you will discover that they usually put value first before any other thing. That is why they keep delivering great content without selling anything or decorating their blogs with ads.
I am not against you making money from your blog, in fact, it is a “must” that you make money blogging but I am against you putting money ahead of value.
I am against putting ads all over your blog and making it hard for people to find and enjoy your content. I am against copying or spinning articles to be published on your blog.
I usually tell bloggers this, “Add value to your readers consistently, and they will willingly and consistently give you their credit card whenever you need it”.
Have you heard that people buy from people they know and trust! So, if you really want to sell something to them, gain their trust first and the only way to do that is to create valuable content that helps them for FREE.
If you can create value and impact knowledge into your readers, the money will surely come.
Trait #3 – Helpfulness
Most authority bloggers that I know and have interacted with are always helpful. They go out of their way to help other bloggers without expecting a thing in return.
Authority bloggers like Darren Rowse, Neil Patel, and Pat Flynn, do research, perform experiments and then release the result to the public with a step-by-step guide or blueprint that every Tom, Dick, and Harry can use to duplicate their success and that is what I term being helpful!
If you have a dream to become an Authority blogger in your niche, you need to start helping people, get closer to your readers, interact with them, find out their problems and help them as much as you can.
Trait #4 – Consistency
I have found out that authority bloggers are consistent with what they do and what they say.
Most top bloggers deliver great content on a consistent basis. They interact on social media sites and blogging communities on a consistent basis and they give valuable tips and advice on a consistent basis.
Consistency is one trait you can’t do without if you really want people to take you seriously, Your readers and followers will start believing in you if when you deliver great content, insights and case-studies consistently.
People will automatically tag you an authority when they see that you are consistent in all you do and say. So if you want to become an authority blogger, be consistent in terms of creating great content and adding values to your readers.
Trait #5– Networking/Relationship Building
One of the interesting things that I have discovered about blogging is that your network determines your reach! How extensive your network is will determine how viral your content will go!
If you take a close look at authority bloggers, you will discover that they have a strong extensive network with other pro bloggers within and outside their niche. They know the value of building relationships and they will do anything to connect with other bloggers.
From my experience, I have also discovered that the number of people that knows you also has a great effect on your blogging success.
So if you want to be an authority blogger, start moving with authority bloggers, follow them on Twitter, add them to your Google+ Circles and mention them when necessary.
It does not matter if you are a newbie blogger or a veteran blogger; it doesn’t matter if you have ever interacted with them before, just connect with them and start a conversation.
Trait #6 – They Understand their Audience
Another great characteristic of Authority bloggers is that they understand their audience. They know what their audience likes and they give it to them. They try to find out their audience problems and they proffer a solution to it.
Know your audience is very important and it is the most important step to satisfying your readers. You can’t satisfy your readers if you don’t know them.
Becoming an authority blogger in your niche will surely take some time coupled with dedication and hard work, but I believe the traits of authority bloggers that I have shared with you will help you become a better blogger.
No one becomes a superstar overnight, but you can always become a superstar blogger by following the traits of authority bloggers.
Remember, “The best news of all regarding business success is that nature is neutral. If you do what other successful people do, you will get the results that other successful people get. And if you don’t, you won’t. It is as simple as that”. – Brian Tracy.
What is your view about these Traits of Authority Bloggers? Do you have any of these Traits? Kindly share it with us in the comments.