How your reputation as a blogger helps lead you to success

This is the first in a series of articles in which I hope to share with you my knowledge of how and why Technology Bloggers has been so successful, so fast. Learn more about this series by reading our Technology Bloggers success article.

When starting a blog, website or forum there are two ways you can do it. In the dark, or with a reputation. 99% of the time, it is better to start a site with a reputation, as I have found that your online history can significantly affect the success of your next blog.

History provides you with many things; especially experience, reputation and knowledge. When I founded Technology Bloggers I had already run a technology blog for almost two years. This had given me a lot of experience in the area, specifically things like where to get ideas from, keywords to use to help my articles get found in the SERP’s, how to write interesting tech posts (I hope!) and many other things.

Christopher Roberts Technology Blog had also given me a reputation. This reputation has been carried with me to Technology Bloggers, so people who liked my writing before are likely to have follow me – give me a shout out if you did 🙂

The reason that I said 99% of the time it’s better to start with a reputation, is because very few people manage to get themselves a bad reputation, sometimes unintentionally.

Tracks in the Snow

We will forever be known by the tracks we leave - our reputation

Apart from blogging, another way to build up a good reputation is as a commenter. I comment on loads of blogs, as I think comments are very important. If you have had me comment on your blog or have seen me comment on a blog, then you will probably know that I have a reputation for challenging the author, and sometimes writing almost article length comments.

Challenging the author gets you to know people better in the blogosphere as those sort of comments jump out at people much more than ones like “Great article, cheers!” do. Don’g get me wrong though, I only disagree if I don’t agree with the author. If I like your content I will congratulate you too!

Commenting also has another element. By placing your link on other peoples blogs you are getting some effectively free publicity. People read you comment, like your style, check out your blog. It’s that simple! Sometimes 😉

If you are new to blogging, don’t worry if you have no reputation, look for blogs that you enjoy reading, and ones which also write in your niche and comment on them, that should, in some way help to build up a good reputation for yourself – providing they are good comments.

I have been into blogging for just over two years now, but I have also built (and currently maintain) many websites; these have further advanced my reputation as a writer. Some people may not know me from my blog, but as the ‘maintenance man’ for the Royal Marines Association, City of Wolverhampton Branch’s website, for example.

My social blog and philosophy blog along with my website have also advanced my ‘audience base’ and they have hopefully also strengthened my reputation as a blogger.

By the time I started Technology Bloggers I had (and still have) a lot of powerful contacts within the tech blog industry. These people can be fantastic resources in times of crisis and trouble, one of the other reasons that I highly recommend interacting with other online.

Basically what I am trying to say is that it is actually years of building and preparation that is part of the reason why Technology Bloggers has been successful. If you are new to blogging you may find that it can be hard to start with, but by guest blogging, commenting and interacting with other bloggers, can get you there!

13 thoughts on “How your reputation as a blogger helps lead you to success

  1. How many years (months) have you been blogging and commenting on other blogs? I mean, how much time did it take you to build your reputation?

    • Christopher (admin team)

      To date it’s around two years at the blogging, and about 1 on the commenting. You comment on many blogs though Anna.

      Something you may not notice is that bloggers usually (well I do and you should) check out the sites of their commenters.

      With your’s there is not much to comment on and the content is of a website, not a blog, but if you did run a blog, no doubt I would pop over every now and then!

      I am not meaning to slag of your site which is what it may sound like I am doing, I am merely saying that a juicy blog has a lot more on offer to me than a business site 😛

  2. I found Technology Bloggers through searching for some help with adding an e-mail subscription box to my WordPress blog. I had tried several different options that all failed, but then Christopher’s article here fixed it all. For me, the proof was in the pudding 😉

  3. I can understand how having people vouch for you can speed up the process.
    But if you never had a website it’s kind of difficult to know webmasters, unless they’re offline friends of yours.
    Still, becoming faitful to a few blogs and being active on articles fixes this problem pretty fast.

  4. Actually, I was able to read Technology Bloggers success and reading that article inspired me. I totally agree with you that your reputation is very important. I mean, with your reputation you could attract more people to read your blog.

  5. You’re dead right here, Christopher. As the saying goes, experience is definitely the best teacher. That is why I encourage people not just to go out there and read what others are doing but roll up the sleeves and do something. As you do that you pick up a little knowledge here and there and with time you become more seasoned!

    I’ve only ventured into blogging for about 2 years now but my years of niche and bum marketing has given me much knowledge about marketing online that I now use most of that to run my blog. Those just entering the blogging business must understand that the competition is now more fierce than before. A reputation online is something that will definitely help you as a blogger and experience of what online marketing is about will help you build that reputation.

    • Christopher (admin team)

      Good to here that you agree with me Chadrack 🙂

      Thanks for the comment m8!
      Christopher – Admin Team

  6. Having reputation helps with almost anything. Especially for blogging since its pretty much their bread and butter, aside from having great content which also leads to future popularity and better reputation. I like the way you get people’s attention by disagreeing with the author of the article, definitely helps open up others minds and showing them what you have to offer.

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