10 ways you know you have made it as a Blogger
1. You get hundreds of emails a day
As far as I can tell the successful echelon of bloggers all have this in common. Us mere mortals wanting and begging for their help, advice, traffic, business and wasting their time with our petty request. So if you are getting hundreds of emails (excluding spam) its a fair sign that you have made it.
2. You don’t have to write any content
Similar to the first point, one of the sure signs you have made it is if you get inundated with people wanting to write guest post for your site. Not having to write content whilst still posting extremely high quality material on your site must be satisfying particularly since you still receive all the proceeds of your site. I would imagine this to be bloggers version of early retirement.
3. Your bank balance is greater than 0
If you are making a profit than you are already beating 90% of bloggers out there. I guess you have truly made it as a blogger is when you blog for a living as opposed to a hobby.
4. You have advertisers not adsense
Even if you are making a profit you cant really claim to have truly made it if you are profiting from adsense. Real bloggers have direct advertisers committing a certain amount of funds a month who approach them.
5. People know your name first, your blog second. (Exemption: blog owners who use their name as their URL)
When people refer to you or your blog and they use your name first you know you have made it. For example, when people start to refer to this site as Adam Divers blog instead of Scribble Scratch than I have made it as a blogger.
6. You proudly display your feedburner stats
As soon as you show the number of subscribers you have made it. Well maybe not as soon as you show them but as soon as you are proud to show them off. (myself excluded as I am proud to have 40+)
7. People actually buy products you recommend
If you recommend a product to your readers (I mean truly recommend) only to check your affiliate stats to see you have 0 sales from 100 visitors, I’m afraid you still have a long way to go. A real blogger is trusted by their readers and making sales becomes far simpler.
8. People link to your work as an industry resource
You know you have made it when your content is used as a resource and people link to it instead of writing their own. You have definitely made it if people are too afraid to disagree with your opinions in the fear of looking ignorant.
9. Your traffic stats include more than one unique visitor
If your traffic fluctuates depending on how often you visit your site then its safe to assume that you have not made it as a blogger.
10. You have received an email from me
If you are getting emails from me in an attempt to build an online relationship with you, then you must be doing well. I am a web leach trying to steal some of your credibility for my own selfish purposes.
So there you are guys 10 sure signs you have made it as a blogger. Print that out and stick it next to your computer so that you can work towards these illustrious goals.