How to Think Like a Successful Blogger

I started blogging in 2005, when my first goal was to make $33 a day.  It took me over 2 years to become a 6 figure blogger and when I hit that mark, my next goal was to hit 6 figures a month and go on a hiatus.  About 3 years ago, I was coming up on that goal and I decided I had earned my hiatus- I did what many of you have told me you would do;  I went on an extended vacation!  I gave myself a year to travel the world, spend whatever I wanted, and do whatever I wanted.  I have photos of me riding a camel next to Harry Dent in Egypt, watching the Australian Grand Prix from the garage of the Pramac team, and lunching on the Nile in a falluca (how do you spell falluca? why doesn’t WordPress have spell check yet?) courtesy of Tony Robbins.  I took private jets, private helicopters and limousines.  I drank warm wine in Dubai, shopped in London, and spent a month on Tony’s island in Fiji before touring Australia… and then I rented a summer castle on the coast of California.  That one year hiatus, turned into 3, and it has been the most amazing time of my life… and the most eye-opening, with insights as to why I was able to work for such a short spell, and automate a system that has made me millions while I continued to travel the world.

My biggest revelation was realizing the real reasons I became so successful.  It’s not because I mastered complex blogging strategies, and it’s certainly not because I know more than God and Google about the internet.  It’s simple;  I have a specific set of belief systems that lead me to some very impressive results, and I don’t just mean financial.  It’s the way I approach blogging and internet marketing that is the real magic and it’s really all you need to be a successful blogger yourself.My top 3 Beliefs that Make me a Successful, 7 Figure Blogger

1.  Goals are a necessity.

At least once a day, I think about the type of life I want, and then I set a monetary number that I would need to have that lifestyle.  Back when I started, that number started at $33 a day, enough to cover my rent (I was living in Puerto Vallarta at the time, rent was cheap)  Now, that number is over $1,000,000 a month. Every time I hit a goal, I raise the bar.  I always make sure my goals are positive, and I repeat them as often as possible to stay focused.

2.  It’s all about serving.

My 80/20 principle:  I believe it’s 80% about serving and adding value, 20% about making money.  This is my magic formula for making easy money blogging while feeling that warm tingle, knowing you are helping millions… and the latter becomes more fulfilling than the money.   When you really understand what your readers want and need, everything becomes easy; quality content flows causing raving fans to increase… and they’re eager to buy or subscribe because they know your intentions are genuine and you would ONLY offer something that would truly serve them.  This principle alone is without a doubt, the most important blogging strategy I could ever offer.

3.  There’s always a way.

how-to-bloggerOne of the great things about blogging, is that there really is always a way to make something work.  Earlier today, I modified 3 WordPress plugins to make my blog do something after realizing there wasn’t already a plugin to do that.  When I realized the plugin didn’t exist, I didn’t say, “oh, damn, there’s no plugin for that” and give up.  I asked myself, “Ok, no plugin exists so how I can I make this work anyway?”  WHEN you hit a road block, don’t stop and don’t turn, go right over the fricking thing!  Get in the habit of asking the question;  “How can I make this work anyway?”  There is ALWAYS a way.

These are just a few of my basic principles that have served me well.  I have been asked to write a book covering this topic and believe me, I could write pages.  So, until I have that “how to think like a successful blogger” book out, I recommend applying these principles to your own blogging strategies to get started.  Feel free to let me know how they are working out for you and as usual, feel free to ask questions below- always happy to answer comments or email.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”  -Albert Einstein

Happy Blogging!

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Jeni Hott
Professional blogger, entrepreneur, speaker, humanitarian.
My name is Jeni Hott. I'm a professional blogger and entrepreneur. You may have seen me speak, heard me on an interview, or know me from the movie Living Dot Com, where I was featured as the very first 7 figure blogger, and recognized for crossing 100 million visits back in 2013. I am honored to be considered a pioneer of the blogging world today, and one of the very first "Super Bloggers.” On a personal note... I love sushi, my son London and jet-setter travel… and I happily share my 7 figure blogging tips in exchange for frappuccinos and good conversation. Have a question? Feel free to ask- jhottinc(@) gmail. Happy Blogging!

77 Replies to “How to Think Like a Successful Blogger”

    1. I prefer ads, simply because there is little to no work involved. It’s practically turn key once the code is up and running. However, I am implementing more and more affiliate programs and a lot of direct advertising which is of course a LOT more money- I’m just working out a few wrinkles in automating these systems. Well on the way though and I’ll be sharing my strategies for this in the very near future.

  1. An extended vacation sounds good. Anyway I agree about your points regarding serving. If you provide real value to your readers you will be rewarded. Thanks for sharing your story.

    – Robert

  2. Blogging for money has always been a hard job. I sometimes thought I would give up because it took like forever to get more than what I spent. But with passion, I keep going and your article gives me more motivation!

    1. You can do it AnhLe, I promise. Especially since you mentioned a key factor here… passion. Follow your passion and keep making those 2mm changes in your approach- it wont be long before the money starts flowing.

    1. You know, I have just agreed to create a blogging course that will be taught in Universities across the US and potentially world wide. It’s been interesting, just creating the outline, I’ve had to find balance between mindset and strategy. Both go hand in hand, but mindset is the foundation. Making money online is completely fluid. It is an art, not a science. There isn’t one exact formula that works for ALL cases so we require the mindset to design the strategies that work for us individually.

  3. Blogging is one of the popular profession now a days. It is very important to maintaining some special things to getting successful on blogging. Thanks for sharing those special tips.

  4. Very Nice article. Though these are basic things that everyone is supposed to know and follow but its these that we so often miss or neglect and that’s what, i suppose, differentiates a good blogger from a great one! Thank you for this lovely piece of information.

  5. Hi there!

    As a blogger, I feel it is always tough to compete with the rest of the big guns. Nonetheless, your point #1 about having goal is important.

    Most of the successful bloggers I see nowadays used to ‘contribute’ and ‘serve’ with their blogs instead of making money. Maybe that’s what makes them special and popular.

    Good karma huh.

    Either way, good writing and thanks for sharing!


    1. You bring up a great point Reginald. I think the difference is massive when we read someone that is genuinely sharing just to help, rather than sharing to make money. When we read a blog, we instinctively judge where the author is coming from and I certainly feel a sense of gratitude when I know the person is coming from the heart with good intentions. Of course we want to read more, right?

  6. Thanks for such an inspirational article.Its really important to set up a goal. I also keep in mind to serve people so that they get the best thing in the web.
    And finally we should not give up as there is always a way.

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us.

    1. You know, I dont remember exactly why I chose $33, but it has since become my lucky number. It’s interesting that it comes up often for me now too- My condo at the mgm was on the 33rd floor, my business phone ends in 33, etc. I like to think it’s a sign that I’m on the right path.

  7. Great post and definitely which I recognize.That is such a simple truth.I definitely give away alot more information than I do trying to sell to my audience though.It should be able to communicate its core ideas clearly to the broadest audience possible as well.

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  10. Hi Jeni,
    From my home in Holland I watched Dave and Dustins videos from the summit. Going through them I saw you on stage. I have seen the video now multiple times and Í am so happy you shared your principles.
    I’m letting it sink in now and start working things on it. Who knows, pass by if you ever come to Holland!
    My motto: my home is my hub, the world is my playground

  11. love the rich text and your own thoughts and story you shared with us! as they all say patience is a virtue and i think blogger like us should get inspired by this! thanks 😀

  12. Good success story. It was interesting reading. The point about making easy money was a joke I guess. Nowadays it is really hard money. You are so luck that you had necessary knowledge in the 2005. I wish that I could travel back in time with knowledge that I have now and make them work in 2005 – W would definetely be making millions too 🙂

  13. Hello,

    What a awesome tutorial on how to think like a successful blogger. There are many webmasters who share this kind of tutorial but don’t share in a good manner. They make things complicated. I love your style how you shared everything in a good manner.

    Keep up your good work!

    Have a nice day !

    Mohd Arif

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