Blog Mistakes? We all make mistakes in life. However, along the way we learn, we correct our mistakes and we improve. Mistakes are one of the best lessons for us to be successful.
Looking back to when I was a new blogger, I did a lot of mistakes. At that time I didn’t know much about building a blog and was quite lost when I started. But thanks to all the information that was easily found on other blogs, I was able to fix all my blog mistakes and continue blogging until today.
What Are The Blog Mistakes That You Should Avoid?
Here are my lists of the 5 major blog mistakes that I have made in the past. I wished I avoided them from day one. But then if I did, I won’t be able to share this article with you today.
Blog Mistake 1 – Not Self Hosted
I started blogging on a free service website. I believe this is the most common mistake that most bloggers do. In the beginning, it was just for fun but along the way especially when I plan to monetize, that’s when I realized I made a mistake.
Blogging on a free service site has very limited features. First of all, you don’t have full control of your site. It is so difficult to optimize your blog for SEO. There is no way you can install plugins and the most difficult part is to create a brand for yourself.
Today I have no regrets for having a self hosted blog (2 to be honest). You have to spend some money to be self hosted, but in return you get more than what you have spend when you start monetizing your blog.
Blog Mistake 2 – Zero Content Plan
To be honest I still make this mistake sometimes. Creating informative content is never easy. You need to do some research before you start typing. In fact, it takes a couple of hours to publish a good and complete article.
Planning your content in advance makes so much difference. You are more prepared when you sit and write your post. I have noticed that when I try to blog without planning in advance, I tend to spend long hours in front of the computer. And usually, I end up only drafting the post because I am not satisfied with it.
Now I plan my content one month in advance. This gives me enough of time to do some research, prepare the pins and enjoy typing the post instead of getting stress when I suddenly get an idea block.
Blog Mistake 3 – Not Using Social Media
Social Media is a great way to build blog traffic especially at the beginning of your blogging journey. Traffic is one of the hardest thing to build at the beginning of your blogging journey. With just a few posts, search engine will not take your blog seriously. There will be days when you will have zero page views because your posts (no matter how good it may be) will be like a needle in a haystack.
You need to promote your content to bring in the traffic. Social media is the easiest way to get your content out there. By sharing your content to social media frequently, you are increasing the chances for more people to see your post.
When I first started blogging some few years back, I didn’t share much of my post to social media. My page views were very low and that got me frustrated. But when I build karenmonica.com, even with only one post at that time, I was already able to bring in the traffic by just sharing my post to social media. Google didn’t even recognise my blog yet at that time, but my audience did. Social Media is a great help if you use it the right way.
Blog Mistake 4 – Never Optimize
It takes some time to rank on Google but that is not a reason for you to ignore Search Engine Optimization (SEO) from the very beginning. I am not a SEO expert but trust me when I say that every blogger must at least learn the basics of SEO.
Start optimizing your posts from day one. Well if you haven’t, then you can always start today. You will not see results tomorrow but after some time, you will be glad that you had spent some time to optimize your blog.
I did mention that Social Media is the easiest way to get traffic but organic traffic (traffic from search engines) are the best traffic. If you have high-rank pages, then you can expect a much more consistent daily flow of traffic from search engines. SEO is a long term investment for your blog. It may be difficult to learn to optimize at the beginning but all your efforts will pay off.
Blog Mistake 5 – Not Monetizing Your Blog
Why do something just for fun when you can earn something from it instead? Blogging may be just a part of your hobby. It was mine too at the beginning. But then one day I read a post about some bloggers that were blogging as a source of income.
Blogging will not turn you into a millionaire overnight. It takes hard work, tears and sweat to start earning from your blog. But when you do start earning (even just a few cents at the beginning) it will motivate you to continue to build your blog.
Try not to believe all those wonderful stories of overnight achievement. NO, monetizing your blog is not as easy as how some successful bloggers say. But YES, everyone can monetize their blog even from day one. And YES, blogging can become a full-time career as long as you are ready to put in the effort.
These are the 5 Major Blog Mistakes That I should have avoided at the beginning. What are your blog mistakes and how did you fix it? Do share your views on this topic in the comment section below. I would love to hear what you have to say.