There are several common blogging mistakes that new bloggers make. Often it is just because they are new and excited about getting their new blog going.
Can you blame them!
Blogging can be an exciting way to make an extremely profitable living. There is nothing better than earning money, writing about what you love.
Although many new bloggers quit just as quick as they began, blogging is much harder than people initially think. There is so much to do and never enough time.
As a new blogger, you are going to make mistakes, and you will make a lot of them, and that is ok. It can be frustrating and causes many people to throw in the towel. Don’t do that just
Instead, let’s look at the mistakes most new bloggers make. Hopefully, then you can move forward as a blogger after correcting those common mistakes that every new blogger has made.
It’s All About You
It might be harsh, but it’s the truth.
Most new bloggers write about themselves way too much.
People don’t want to know about your dog, a dream you had, or your mother-in-law. They want to see how you can help them.
That’s right; it’s not about you. It’s all about the reader!
You can include a personal story in a post if it relates to the bigger picture. For example, you are writing a post on how to overcome fear; it would be appropriate to include a personal story about something you are terrified of and how you faced your fear.
Just keep in mind your reader wants to know what’s in it for them. You always must make sure it relates to the reader.
Think of WIIFM Radio. What’s in it for me?
Common Blogging Mistakes-Visually Appealing
Has this happened to you yet? You write a killer blog post.
It is a post you expected to go viral, but it never happened. The only views you got on it were from your mom.
In today’s world, people love visuals. Don’t have a blog post with words only.
Break it up with a few images. Amazing pictures will draw people’s attention, who may not have wanted to even read your post in the first place.
The fantastic pictures grabbed their attention and enticed them to read. Then they realize, wow, this is great.
One source for free graphics is Pixabay.com. You can find almost any image you need there, and there is no charge for the photos or danger of breaking copyright laws.
Another common blogging mistake you do not want to make is using a professional blog layout and theme. Your blog should be easy to navigate and packaged well.
In other words, if your blog looks like a hot mess, the viewer will log off before they read one word. It must be visually appealing, or it won’t get the traction it needs.
WordPress is the theme of choice for most bloggers today. Be sure and use a
responsive theme that automatically sizes to the device that’s viewed by others.
It means your blog looks perfect on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. The reader does have to use their fingers to adjust the size.
It is essential for your readers, but it also important to Google. They say 90% of all searches will be done on a mobile phone soon, so they will not rank any blog that is not mobile-friendly.
You may as well use a responsive theme as well in case someone is viewing your blog on something other than their smartphone!
Do Not Rush to Make Money
I know many of us blog today to make money. Here is the problem new bloggers make.
They focus on how they are going to make money before they get quality content on their blog. Therefore, it’s essential to choose a niche for your blog that you can be excited about adding content.
You want to get a blog of at least 10 to 20 quality posts set up before you start worrying about monetizing your content. Put the focus on the quality content first and the money second.
This way, when people do come to your blog, they’re going to be me impressed with the content and more likely to follow through on the action you want them to take.
Another thing to keep in mind is if you’re going to monetize with Google AdSense, they are not going to approve you unless you have quality content first. They’re not going to let you set up an AdSense account for a blog that only has a couple of posts on it.
New bloggers do not think they need an editorial calendar. They think they should write about whatever pops into their heads.
Newbies often post every day for weeks because they have a million ideas. Then they post nothing for over a month. There is no consistency. It will result in your blog, losing followers, which you need.
People like consistency. Readers want to know what’s happening. If you post a new post every Thursday, that’s fine.
If you post every Monday and Friday, great, if you post once every two weeks, that’s all right, too, if you keep it consistent.
Use the feature in your back office where you can set the publish date in advance. This way, if you are in the mood to write, you can pre-publish and always have content showing up consistently in the times where you do not feel like writing.
Mistakes Most New Bloggers Make Summary
We have just reviewed four of the most common blogging mistakes most new bloggers make. Now that you know the most common mistakes new bloggers make, you can either prevent them from happening or fix the errors that have already occurred.
Once you have consistent, visually appealing great content that focuses on your reader, the rest is sure to follow. A new blog will gain more traffic leading to email subscribers, which ultimately can result in you making money.
Remember, learn from your mistakes instead of repeating them.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions On Common Blogging Mistakes Made By Most New Bloggers
What are some things you should always avoid while blogging?
I can break this down to 3 common mistakes.
A. Blogging inconsistently.
I talk about this above in the article, but let me go more into detail. Here is the common cycle. The blogger is excited and starts off like gang busters.
Depending on their available time to work on their blog they may publish everyday or at least several times a week. They are excited and check their traffic stats and income stats over and over.
When nothing, or very little happens, they eventually slow down to once a week, then once a month, then maybe even a couple of times a year until they quit altogether. Go into blogging with a long term approach.
Manage your expectations and work towards finding a consistent plan that works for you. Have short term goals, intermediate goals, and long term goals for your blog.
Consider outsourcing. This is where you pay someone to work for you on a freelance basis.
Of course the most common is to hire a blog writer. Get some posts written for you so you always have something to publish all of the time.
Schedule out in advance so you do not have to remember to publish. Work in your business this way and you will always be moving your business forward.
B. Keyword stuffing.
This is where you use your primary keyword over and over in a blog post. If Google likes this keyword, they will really love it if I say it 10 or 20 times in a 500 word article, RIGHT?
Use your primary keyword in the title, first, and last paragraph. On longer articles use it a couple of times in the body.
Then just write like you talk. Conversational writing beats structured keyword writing everytime.
If someone comments on your blog post respond. This is a form of updating your content, plus it is a way to build relationships with your readers.
The other thing is comments on other bloggers posts. Write meaningful comments. People read these and they are going to click on the url you leave and end up on your blog.
How can I make my blog popular?
To me this is simple. Write high quality interesting content.
The best way to do that is keep on eye on what is trending in your niche and write about that. Here are a couple fo sources for that.
1. Google trends. Go to https://trends.google.com/trends/?geo=US and type in a keyword.
You can start digging into this in mulptiple ways. One suggestion is to create subscriptions for topics you want to be updated on the trends in.
Set you updates to weekly or monthly and Google will tell you what is popular. Then you can blog about it.
2. Facebook groups. There are numerous advantages to joining Facebook groups in your niche.
One of the biggest to me is to get blog content ideas. Watch what people are talking about and then write blog articles on them.
How do you write a blog post for beginners?
If you are a beginner do a Google search for blogs in your niches. See what the topics blogs are talking about and write a few articles of your own putting your own voice into them.
If your market is beginners just keep it simple. This is easy for you to do when you are new and becomes harder the more experienced you become.
Here is the thing about writing blogs posts in my opinion. If you write for people and not search engines you will always have readers if you are in a niche where people are trying to learn something!