More than funds I think dedication is needed.
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What do you think it takes to make a monster blog like maybe..Tech Crunch..or..Problogger?
I think you need funds, which are the most important.
Also please share some tips!!
Time. Not months, years. Actual, invested, well-spent time.
I think I read a post once about RWW, and the owner said two years of constant blogging. I have recently set a personal goal of trying to make 3 posts a day. My reasoning? I'm guessing my regulars won't read all 3, but will at least find one that they will like at least a little. Once post a day equals they do or not. Get a few nots in a row, and it could mean goodbye subscriber.
The reasoning is simple. Though I try to keep on topic, not everyone likes the same stuff. For example. Let's say you like to watch comedy movies. If I only crank out comedies for adults, and your a kid you won't like my movies. If I make some comedies for adults, some for kids, and some for teens I capture a larger audience.
There is another reason as well. The more pages on your site, the more traffic generated from search engines.
I think if we blog on a regular basis and write good content then we make it to the top.