We all understand the definition of blogging, which means to regularly update a blog, but here’s a more inspiring way to define it, “Blogging Is Sharing”. And anything that is shared is given free without expecting anything in return. There are hundreds of inspiring bloggers who write about their own experiences and publish what they have learned on their own blogs. So the best resources for bloggers who are just starting out with their baby blogs are actually free on the internet.
After blogging for some time, I’ve found dozens of blogs that teach and share detailed information about how to grow a blog and turn it into a business. I’ve tried most of their advice but only a few worked for me. And only a few of them have truly been continuously inspiring bloggers and have made significant impact with me and my blogging.
I want to share them with you with the hope that they inspire you, too. I’ll also be including specific posts and courses from them, which are the exact posts that I took to change and improve my blogging ways. You can also implement these to grow your blog faster.
Neil Patel from Quicksprout and Neil Patel
Neil Patel is one of the greatest content marketers out there and I’ve been following him for quite some time. His blogs are full of thousands of article that you can dig up and find most of them applicable and useful for your blogging. Neil Patel is actually the blogger who inspired me to write my articles longer. In his post from Quicksprout, How Long Should Each Blog Post Be? A Data Driven Answer, Neil explains why a longer article is usually better. Ever since then I’ve never published an article on KOL Blogging or Start With A Peso that’s less than 1K words.
Sure it may be harder to write and publish longer posts, but it has driven me to be better. I’ve started writing articles that barely makes one thousand words and it really consumes time. But it has pushed me to do more research to have more details in order to create longer content. Soon I was writing my 1K word articles in less than 2 hours, and lately, I’ve noticed that I was hitting over 2K words easily.
Although Neil Patel has a lot more to offer than just teaching about the length of a blog post, this is the biggest impact he has had on my blogging. He is one of the best inspiring bloggers I’ve known since I started to get serious with my blog.
Other blog posts from Quicksprout that I recommend:
Adam Connell from Blogging Wizard
Adam Connell has built one of the biggest blog communities on the internet. Blogging Wizard has contributors coming from all corners of the blogging industry, like experts of social media marketing, content marketing, freelance writing, online business and so much more. It is the biggest resource for bloggers that surely there is at least one article that’s applicable to your blogging situation. They cover almost if not everything on the blogosphere.
One of the blog posts from Blogging Wizard that has made an impact with me was this infographic, 25 Smart Ways To Grow Your Twitter Following Fast, from Adam himself. This is the post that I turned into a checklist and gained myself my first 1K followers on Twitter. And today, among my social media accounts, Twitter is the biggest traffic driver to my blog.
I’ve even used some of the applicable strategies here on my other social media accounts and they have shown a lot of improvement. And I’m still continuing to grow my Twitter with the tactics from this post. It’s really effective.
Not only did Adam help me gain my first 1K followers on Twitter he also inspires me to make connections and build my own network of Bloggers. Sure, KOL Blogging isn’t that successful yet, but inspiring bloggers like Adam motivates me to keep on growing my blog.
Other blog posts from Blogging Wizard that I recommend:
Melyssa Griffin from Melyssa Griffin
I’ve found Melyssa Griffin when her blog was still The Nectar Collective and I immediately fell in love with it. She is like The Mother Of Bloggers (you’d find it funny if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones). Her blog, which she now calls by her name, Melyssa Griffin, is filled with her own experiences and learnings from just a couple of years of blogging.
Melyssa is such an inspiring blogger to me because of her background story. She was a teacher in Japan who pursued her blogging career to live the laptop lifestyle, and she did that in less than 3 years. Now she’s making thousands of dollars from her blog. She’s sort of like an actress that I look up to and I keep saying, “When I grow up I want to be just like her.” Of course, my blog may have a different course because of the type of business I’m trying to grow from it.
Melyssa was able to affect my way of blogging by inspiring me to find my niche and build my brand. I can’t really remember which specific post from her blog inspired me to do that but because she has been saying and writing about it a lot of times, she had me convinced that my blog will only grow and earn money if I have a niche.
So I went from writing about everything to writing only about blogging on KOL Blogging and personal finance on Start With A Peso. This is a very big change for me and my blog, but this change is a huge improvement.
Other blog posts from Melyssa Griffin that I recommend:
Dana Fox from The Wonder Forest
Dana Fox is one of the inspiring bloggers out there who owns an eclectic blog. Now I know that I just said Melyssa changed my blogging way by helping me find a niche, yet now here I am inspired by Dana Fox who writes about so many different things. But Dana doesn’t just write about anything. She writes posts and articles for women bloggers and that’s how she made it work. Most of her posts are very actionable, especially her articles about growing a blog. She also has a lot of published tutorials that are really easy to follow.
Although Dana wasn’t able to convince me to stay on blogging eclectically, she has affected my blog big time by this post she published on how to migrate from Blogger to WordPress. I started my blog on the best free blogging platform that I know, which is Blogger, but I learned that if I want to be successful with my blogging, I need to own it and break my chains from all those limitations. So when I had enough money to finally make the transition, I did it. And this blog post helped me go through a very smooth migration.
Before I made the transition, I’ve already been following Dana on the Wonder Forest and she has this really cool and actionable 7 Day Blog Bootcamp that I loved so much and I wanted to share it with you guys. It’s going to work wonders for you, especially if you’re a newbie blogger.
Other blog posts from Dana Fox that I recommend:
Elna Cain from Elna Cain
Elna Cain is one of Blogging Wizard’s inspiring bloggers. It’s where I found her and her blog. She’s a freelance writer and she is the one who gave me the little push I needed to turn my blogging business into a freelance blogging business. I’ve thought about it a lot and realized that my passion is writing. So when I made the decision, I told myself, “What the heck. I might as well make money out of what I’m passionate about.”
By following Elna Cain, I’ve realized that although I’m very passionate about writing, there are so much more that I need to learn. I need to improve and I need to do it fast. And to get started on my freelance business, I took this free 6 Day Email Course from Elna. My biggest takeaway is learning how to pitch potential clients. If you’re a freelance writer, you’re going to benefit from this course, too.
Other blog posts from Elna Cain that I recommend:
Blogging isn’t all that easy. Starting a blog and making it successful, for most of you who don’t know what to do, is nearly impossible. It’s most likely that you’ll give up on your first couple of months of blogging. But what you don’t know is that most successful bloggers also had their fair share of hardships. They made it because they were persistent and motivated.
The biggest source of blogging information is on the internet. You can learn so much and get almost every blogging tool you need for free. But know that the internet is not just a source of information but is also a source of inspiration.
So take advantage of the internet. Find your inspiring bloggers and follow them. Let their journey help you become successful. Take what they have to share and stay motivated with your blogging.