Learn from the best for success in blogging

This is the sixth 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.

Ever heard the phrase:

Learn from your mistakes, but if possible, learn from others mistakes.

Well, this can also apply the other way around.

Learn from your triumphs/successes, but if possible, learn from others triumphs/successes.

If you learn what works from others, you can be successful much faster, as you can avoid all those newbie blogger blunders. What lovely alliteration 😉

Homer Simpson slapping his hand to his forehead, whilst shouting 'D'oh!'

Learn from your mistakes, or better still, learn from others mistakes

So who did I learn from? Many great bloggers that I have been following for some time, as well as myself. I had run three blogs (and still run two of them) before I started Technology Bloggers, and I had learn a lot about what works and what doesn’t in my time.

For example, my ‘recent commenters’ widget on my philosophy blog showed me how important competition is. A lack of comments on my social blog and now retired technology blog taught me that not giving readers the ability to comment was probably a bad idea. My comment enabled, WordPress powered philosophy blog affirmed this.

But as I mentioned earlier, most of my leaned ‘success strategies’ are from other bloggers. Justin (from Dragon Blogger) taught me how it was important to create a comment policy. Justin and Ari, (from AriHerzog.com) taught me that GASP (Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin) is one of the best anti-spam plugins available.

Chadrack (from Web Income Journal) runs a monthly top commenter contest using a ‘Top Commenters’ widget, this showed me that it would be wise to add a ‘Top Commenters’ widget to Technology Bloggers to thank commenters and encourage competition. Chadrack and Diana (from Elephants Eye) showed me the importance of reading your commenters responses and replying to them if you feel their comment needs a reply.

Lillie (from Lillie Amman’s Blog) compiles a list each month, thanking her readers for their comments, I used a similar method to thank our readers in my the importance of comments post.

One of the most important lessons I learned is that you need to be kind to your readers and writers. For that reason, Technology Bloggers is a dofollow blog. We have dofollow comemnts and use KeywordLuv luv to help you get the most out of your commenting experience. We also use dofollow CommentLuv 🙂

A whole host of great blogs, as well as past experience has shown me that it would be wise and fair to be a 100% dofollow blog.

You are not on your own out there, their are other bloggers too. Find the successful ones, learn why they are successful, and then use this to make yourself successful.

Over and out!

16 thoughts on “Learn from the best for success in blogging

  1. Hi Christopher,

    Indeed learning is something we should do all the time. Being open to learn knew things is just the right way to stay “green.” Once you think you know it all and there is nothing for you to learn, it means you’re already “ripe” and like every ripe fruit, you’ll fall off the tree! For me I’m always learning.

    Thanks for the mention. I appreciate!

    • Christopher (admin team)

      Loving that metaphor Chadrack 🙂

      As I said to Lillie:
      You are welcome.
      You have a fantastic blog, hence the mention 🙂

  2. What you said in this article applies not only to blogging but in everything you want to do in life. We must learn from the mistakes of others and from the successes of others if we want success.

  3. Blog is really about comments and discussions. That is why blog is some site that people likes to visit rather than a static website (which promotes stuff or whatever it does). Given the opportunity to join everyone here is something great to me as I am new to blogging and learning how to make a blog that is active. The do-follow strategy is a good one and perhaps I will give it a try once the PR of my blog gets better.

    • Christopher (admin team)

      Give it a try now, Technology Bloggers was dofollow from the start and is now a PR 2. My philosophy blog was dofollow from the start and is now a PR 3. What do you have to loose?

  4. It is a superb idea itself, but most people don’t understand it and as soon as they see somebody’s success they become envious and arrogant and they don’t want to realize that it can be a stimuli to succeed for them.

  5. Off course this is very important factors to be honest with the readers. As you are giving away do follow back link against your visitors’ comments then it is obvious that your link juice will surely leak out. Then how will you maintain your page rank.

    • Christopher (admin team)

      Part of my answer to Alan answers your question Ross:
      “Technology Bloggers was dofollow from the start and is now a PR 2. My philosophy blog was dofollow from the start and is now a PR 3.” – Dofollow (in my opinion) does not leak PageRank.

  6. Competition is indeed an interesting concept, i just don’t know if it’s smart to place it for comments. I believe it’s hard to keep a high level for comments if people compete for a top spot.

  7. Hi Christopher,
    I ave to totally agree with you on that. Whether we admit it or not, we learn most things from other people. Take my blog, I basically built and maintain my blog with lessons I have learned from absorbing other blogs and bloggers. So, we all owe each other a big thank you. Thank you!

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