How To Become A Credible Blogger That People Trust

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These days, blogs are more influential than traditional, non-informational websites. Why? Because we all relate to personal experiences better than we relate to corporations and brands.

Earlier, I shared about how to increase the trust factor of a blog. This is something you need to do, especially when you are operating a blog under a brand name. You have to turn yourself into a credible blogger.

When I say “credible blogger”, it means that people should trust you with each and every word.

A credible blogger has a lot of people saying good things about them, and very few people saying bad things.

The biggest problem is how to become one of these bloggers.

Becoming More Credible

Well, first, you need to start by being a credible person.

Yep. You heard me right.

  • You need to become a credible person in order to become a credible blogger.

When it comes to blogging, it’s not enough to become a credible person only; you also need to become a credible leader. Either you have it in you, or you need to work hard to become one.

There are two very common traits of credible people:

  1. Consistency
  2. Persistence

Let’s explore how to become a credible person, and ultimately, a credible blogger.

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Think Beyond Personal Profit

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Money is one of the top motivation factors for blogging, but to cross that line of “being stuck”, you need to think beyond money.

When you are working on building a quality blog, money making opportunities will keep coming, but you should never overlook the aspect of community building.

This means that, at times, it’s good to let go of a few monetary offers which may hurt your current readership. For example, it may be better to reject certain paid reviews.

You need to prioritize high-quality content over content designed to make money.

If you’re running a group or forum, you need to work as a moderator to encourage healthy engagement and a supportive sense of community. Similarly, on your blog, you are responsible for community building, and with a pro-active approach, you can easily achieve that sense of community.

Always Stand For What’s Right

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One of the biggest traps in life is “right vs. wrong”.

The more you think about something being right or wrong, the more you start running away from what’s “right”. This is because humans are inherently more focused on pleasing themselves more than others.

Especially when working online, where you can’t physically see another person, make sure you’re standing up for what’s “right”.

Part of being “right” is also being authentic.

In blogging, don’t blindly follow what others are saying or doing, you need to have your own view and opinion. It’s OK to disagree on things, but disagree in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone.

And when blogging, make sure all of your thoughts are backed up by logic.

Make Every Word You Say Count

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One of the good and bad sides of working online is that you don’t get to see the people you’re talking to. We read words; this creates an idea or impression about the person behind those words.

So what we write on our blogs, what we say on our social media profiles, and how we interact with people online all plays into our overall credibility.

Make sure your words are meaningful, and make sure that your interactions are valuable. Don’t use social media as a crutch to entertain yourself when you’re bored. Instead, use social media to create genuine connections with your readers.

This is usually where social media gurus recommend cross-checking what updates you are posting on each social media site. This makes you appear consistent and professional.

Ensure each of your profiles reflects your personality and stays updated.

Become Likable

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We all like to talk about things we like or believe in, and it’s this which will help us become consistent. And when we become consistent, we become likable.

Another thing that will help is giving things away for free.

Now, it should be obvious why this makes us likable; people like getting things for free. But more than that, people respect altruism more than they respect greediness.

Think about which one of these scenarios is more “likable”:

  1. Getting $100 for doing some work.
  2. Giving away $100 to a poor person who has not eaten in days.

The person who willingly gives away is always liked, and that’s the reason why professions related to medicine and education are always seen as highly credible lines of work.

Similarly, if you wish to become a credible blogger, you need to have the mindset of giving back to the community.

Always remember:

  • The more you give, the more you will receive.

Also remember that it doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are; what matters is how you give away your knowledge.

Be Confident

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Confidence is an attribute of successful people, and success is a great measurement of credibility.

Make sure you are always displaying confidence, and create a mechanism for yourself to be more confident in times of need.

Here are a few things which will help you become more confident:

  • Exercise daily: If you can’t do it for long, start with 10 minutes a day.
  • Meditation: Like exercise is useful for your body’s muscles, meditation is useful for your brain’s muscles. If you’ve never done it before, I recommend you try Headspace.
  • Travel: Traveling helps in opening up your limited beliefs, and it is very handy for self-growth. If you always find yourself waiting for the right time to travel, imagine how many travel opportunities you have already missed. Just get up and do it! It’s much easier than you think- especially if all you need for work is an internet connection.
  • Fight your fears: Make a list of all the fears you have and pledge to fight one fear every day. The more you fight your fears, the more confident you become.
  • Work on verbal communication: When you speak, speak with conviction. Really say what you mean and convey the fact that you know what you’re talking about.
  • Work on nonverbal communication: Nonverbal communication is the first impression, and it should be the cornerstone of your communication efforts. Stand tall. Sit tall. Be relaxed and in control of your environment. Nonverbal communication also includes how you dress and behave. There is no excuse for dressing or behaving inappropriately. Follow social norms and decorums at all times.

Do remember, “good” is a synonym of perfect. Focus on becoming “good” first, and perfection will soon follow.

Strive For Peace, Not Happiness

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I often thought happiness was what really mattered, but after learning about what makes me happy, I learned that “being at peace” is what really matters.

I was at a stage of my life where I had everything. And I was happy, too. But eventually, that feeling of happiness turned into sadness and emptiness.

Because the thing with happiness is that it exists along with sadness. One can’t exist without the other.

However, being at peace is something that can exist on its own. 

If you really want to be the person that people look up to, you need to learn & understand the higher meaning of life. You need to learn how to be in the moment & how to be at peace with whatever life is giving you.

For me, the changing moment was when I read these two books:

What happened after I read those two books was magical.

Anyway, this is the takeaway:

  • You are the only person responsible for how you feel.

If you spend a lot of time worrying about the past or the future, waiting for acceptance, complaining about things, getting angry, or feeling like you need to fix something ASAP, then you will surely create an environment of unnecessary stress.

If you really want to feel OK with your life, you need to create an existence which doesn’t always cater to the fear of missing out (FOMO). You need to level up yourself.

My best suggestion is that you start living in the moment. With practice, you can learn to become more and more peaceful every day.

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Becoming A Credible Blogger

The last 2 points are more “life hacks, but like I said, being a credible blogger is about being a credible person. And you shouldn’t use becoming credible as a “trick” to make money. You should see the real value here- to live life more authentically in order to become more successful.

To make your blog more credible, make sure it’s professional, work on its image, and build up your brand. It takes time, but it’s completely worth it.

If you find yourself getting into that rat race of making money forever, you will miss out on enjoying life. Build up your authenticity, and your blog audience will respect that.

When that happens, making money is right around the corner!

What are your tips for building credibility as a blogger? What do you do to make sure your readers know that you’re trustworthy? Which one of these tips are you going to start implementing today? Let me hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

36 thoughts on “How To Become A Credible Blogger That People Trust”

  1. Renuka

    Thanks for the great article Harsh. love the positive vibe that you are creating in your blog. Have a nice day πŸ™‚

  2. Manjit

    Hi Harsh sir, no doubt how informative your site as well as the blogs you delivered to us. But I m superbly infulence by the nature of yours. You do care? As many of the bloggers were try to follow your tips shared in Shoutmeloud.com ; many of them may face failure. But your supportive nature inspired us and gain the energy to never give up on what we started.
    Thanks

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Manjit
      The least I could do with my learning is to impact others life. Everyone’s life is going to be 100% theirs, however if my opinion & advice even move someone one step closer to his/her goal, that’s a moment of satisfaction for me.
      Appreciate your comment.

  3. Sitanath

    Another set of valuable tips for beginners in the Blogging world.
    Thank you again Harsh for these critical ideas……helps us greatly in creating authentic blog contents.

  4. Robinsh Kumar

    Hey Harsh, thank you so much for writing this guide to become a credible blogger. I think I need these type of motivational content to keep going and become a good blogger someday.

  5. shalom palencia

    thanks! harsh, I always find your blog helpful.

  6. Nisha Malik

    Thanks for sharing so valuable tips. I am too a newbie and its been just few months since I started my blog. Right now I am really trying hard to create quality content, no monetary terms in my mind. Whenever I need motivation I come here at your blog and your posts put me in direction. Your creative work is a good help. Thank You.

  7. Vishwajeet Kumar

    Great Post Harsh,

    These tips will definitely helps me to become a credible blogger. I think confidence and hard work will definitely lead us to success. Awesome tips. Share it on my Social Media.

  8. Ngan

    Need to say YES to everything, from blogger meet ups to events. Marketing is important…. i think so, to build up the reputation.

  9. Globex Outreach

    Great Article,

    Spread Your Knowledge. Guide Others. Don’t run for the money.

  10. Mintu

    Thank you Harsh

    The points that you explained is going to be much more beneficial

  11. Pankaj Konwar

    Dear harsh I am a new blogger..I tried my best to get trust..Your suggestion will help me and I am always follow you..The main thing is my failure..So I am feeling like a looser. plz give me reply with your valuable suggestion..Thank you..

      1. Pankaj Konwar

        Thank you very much Harsh for taking time out of your busy schedule to reply me via a video. I will follow your advice & will never give up

        1. Saeed Jatoi

          Ty Harsh, Even you Boosted my confident level through this video! well Pankaj Bro GREAT things take time so dont lose hope !

      2. Arjun

        Dear Harsh Bro,

        Really, you’re great in your speech. I think there is nobody who unlike it.

        I’m also facing some problems. I can write but can’t talk properly in public place. In fact, I can’t say what’s on my mind on the right time. Now I’m a University student reading in Computer Engineering. My friend says, when I’m gonna tell matured words it’s look like child on a adult’s words! Most of the time I try to speak properly, it’s gonna like a teenager/child on matured words. But I have enough confidence. I know why this is happening to me, but it’s unknown to me how to cover that up. I missed all of child job in the right age. This is why, these all happening to me till now. Still I like to behave like a children!

        Another one depressing cause, I’m blogging from the middle of 2016 inspiring you. But I haven’t seen a single success! I don’t know what should I do now? How can I place myself on the right track? Please, give me your suggestion. You know, believe is matter. I believe you. I’ll overcome these according to your suggestion.

        Thanks

  12. Sascha Rutledge

    Blogs are a great way to build trust and credibility online. But this does not mean that just create a blog will add credibility automatically. Some of the factors contributing to building a blog credible and trustworthy.

  13. RAHUL KUMAR

    Awesome suggestions Harsh.as i am a new blogger for me these suggestions are gold. Keep doing the great work and keep inspiring.Thanks a lot.

  14. Anuradha Chawla

    Hey Harsh

    These are terrific tips, Harsh. Although we want our post to be real & authentic, reflecting our voice & personality, it should still be professional if you want to be a trusted, respected “brand” as a blogger. Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

  15. Ravi Chahar

    Hey Harsh,

    The power of consistency is what people need to understand. It’s all about how you manage to keep the harmony with your persistence.

    People want the content which is worth reading. The right or wrong can’t be decided until you dwell your mind into something you have passion about.

    It’s more likely growing your writing skills to be likable. I totally agree with your point of being confident.

    That’s one of the keys bloggers need to embrace for becoming a creative blogger.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
    ~Ravi

  16. Danvas Kegesa

    This is yet another excellent article Harsh. Your content is marvellous. Is there a way I can target web visitors from a specific company without living in that country?

  17. Zahid Ahmed

    Yes, you are right, winning credibility of your audience/users is not an easy task, be it any field. It is a nice inspiring post but the ground reality is that becoming a credible blogger takes time; it means you need both – consistency and persistence.

  18. Filjun Tejano

    “The more you give the more you will receive” nice quote I’ll keep this in mind:)

  19. Karan

    Than you Harsh.Good points and useful

  20. Sudipta Kumar Maiti

    Hi, Harsha, Thanks for sharing such an incredible and inspiring blogging tips. The last one is very much true and effective thought for life. Yes the more we give the more we receive…!!

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