Blogging success isn’t going to come overnight, and it most likely won’t happen in a couple of months either. Successful blogs are backed by several months, if not a couple of years, of hard work and dedication. Profitable blogs with strong readerships and excellent advertising were created through everyday posting and careful calculations. Their owners ran them like a business, and because they did so, succeeded.

If you want to become a professional blogger, or at least own a blog that brings in some supplemental income each month, you need to carefully monitor your blog. Without this careful consideration, you will likely miss out on great opportunities to gain the attention of readers and advertisers which are both needed to turn a blog profitable. Three easy ways to spur your blog’s success include:

Finding Similar, Yet Already Successful, Blogs

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours?” Well, this definitely applies to blogging. You need to start associating yourself with other successful blogs which feature a similar type of content and have a readership similar to the one you wish to attain. In essence, you want to consort with blogs that will complement your own. By associating with like-minded blogs, you will be able to mimic their strategies for success, and you will be able to offer guest posting.

Guest posting, like what I am doing now, is a great way to get your name out there, and it is a great way to attract attention to your blog when you have writers from other successful blogs posting on your site.

Incorporating Social Media

If you want to reach a larger audience with your blog, forget the traditional marketing campaign. It is 2011, you need to be promoting your blog on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and you need to be adding these sites into your posts. If you find a great video on YouTube that fits your site, post it and then write a short post about it. Not only will promoting your blog on these sites allow you to reach greater audiences, but it gives you a higher chance of going viral and will help increase your overall page rank. And the higher you rank in the search engines, the more likely you will attract well-paying advertisers.

Poll Your Readership

The best way to determine whether or not your blog is successful is by turning to your readers. Is your readership eager to respond to your questions or comments? Do they constantly provide positive feedback or praise? If you have an audience that is eager to engage with you, then you are definitely on the right track to a successful blog. However, if you want to take polling your readers to the next level, you can always utilize survey software. Survey software will let you get more specifics on what your readers love and what they would like to see more of allowing you to better cater to them and attract new readers as well.

Content is what makes or breaks a blog, but if you don’t plan for your blog’s success, your content alone won’t bring you into the forefront of that success you so desire. Don’t let your great ideas, time, and energy go to waste. Strategically create a business plan for your blog, and map out where you want to take your blog and how you want to get there.