Blogging is getting more and more competitive.

It makes total sense, as blogging does bring huge benefits for individuals and online businesses.

Due to the increased competition, it's becoming a little harder to grow a blog, but it's definitely not impossible.

In this article, you will learn 11 tips for bloggers that will help you grow faster. These tips cover everything from SEO to mindset.

11 Tips For Bloggers To Grow Quicker In 2020

1. Having The Right Mindset
In order to succeed in blogging, you need the right mindset. You can't just purely be in it for the money. Why?

You will probably just get discouraged in the beginning, despite being on the right path.
When you just focus on the money, you never reach that mindset that you need to grow a blog. Have the right mindset, be patient and you will succeed (assuming you are putting in the work).
2. Good Keyword Research
If you are constantly writing without keyword research, you will probably never rank in Google. That would be a big loss.

Google is a huge source of traffic for successful bloggers. In fact, for most bloggers, it's the biggest source of traffic.

Research keywords, find keywords that you can rank for and your traffic will increase a lot. If you don't know how to do keyword research, read this guide.

It will also teach you how to steal your competitor's keywords, as well as their backlinks. 

3. Promote Your Own Content
The easiest way to get off the ground is by promoting your own content. If you don't promote your own content, it will take much longer for Google to find that content and Google likes ranking popular content. By promoting your content, you can often make your content more popular.

There many different ways you can promote your own content such as:
  • Quora
  • Medium
  • Social Media (Especially Pinterest)
  • Forums
  • YouTube
4. Be Consistent & Frequent
Writing a single blog post will never get you far.

However, if you are consistent & frequent, you are bound to start seeing significant amounts of traffic. Aim to post high-quality content frequently and on a consistent basis.

By doing this, you increase your chances of success a lot.

According to Financial Samurai, the average blogger who posts 3 x per week for 5 years earns between $100,000 and $250,000. Their statistics also state that in the first year, the average is only between $1,000 - $10,000.

So, pushing past that point where it's hard is definitely worth it.
5. Content Ideas

Once you start writing a lot, there is going to be a time where you run out of content ideas.

That's totally normal, but that's also why you should have a system in place to come up with new content ideas.

Otherwise, you will find yourself wasting a lot of time, or even not putting out content just because you can't get content ideas.

If you need help finding content ideas, I recommend reading how to find free content ideas for your blog.

6. Network With Others
If you want to grow, you need to network with others. Why?

Because you can do guest posts, get tips, and help each other grow. There are many different benefits of networking.

Check related forums, look for relevant blogs, and connect through social media or blog comments. It's a pretty easy way to grow a lot quicker. 

7. Technical SEO
Technical SEO plays a huge role, but many bloggers ignore it.

Technical SEO includes: 
  • Site Speed
  • Site Map
  • Fixing Broken Links
  • Site Relevancy
Optimizing all these things will help you rank better in Google. If you rank better in Google, you will get more traffic. 

8. Monetization
When it comes to monetization, you should try to diversify.

For example, you shouldn't just rely on ads. With a blog, you can have a variety of income streams.

You could have:
  • Ad revenue
  • Affiliate Products
  • Your own products/services
  • Sponsored posts
They all work great, so don't rely on one stream of monetization. This will limit your profit.

9. Stay Away From Black Hat SEO
Black Hat SEO can ruin your blog forever.

It's really not worth the risk. If you get caught using some of these Black Hat methods, your site could be taken off Google, overnight.

Why use Black Hat methods, when there is a clear path to success without them? I don't know.

Avoid these methods and just put in the work. 

10. Engage With Your Audience
The best way to keep your audience engaged is to engage with them.

Sounds obvious, right?

Well, a lot of bloggers ignore this. A lot of readers love it when blogs reply to their comments. If you do this, they will often come back and write more comments in the future.

11. Be Persistent
Remember that stat we spoke about earlier?

"The average blogger who posts 3 x per week for 5 years earns between $100,000 and $250,000. Their statistics also state that in the first year, the average is only between $1,000 - $10,000." (Financial Samurai)

If you give up in your first year because you aren't making the money you desire, you will never reach that level of success. However, if you stay persistent, you are pretty likely to hit that level of success.

So, be persistent!