On this article, you will learn about major blogging mistakes made by new bloggers and how you can easily combat them.
If you do not make mistakes, that means you are not trying new stuff. So making blogging mistakes is a good thing it shows that you are trying to do something amazing.
When it comes to online blogging, the rule here remains the same. You will defiantly make mistakes. All of the Pro Bloggers today made mistakes in the past. But they fixed it up before it became too late.
If you are new to the blogging game, there are possibilities that you are making some mistakes, but it is OK.
To assist you with this, I am going to share some common mistakes done by new bloggers as well and their solutions.
Major Mistakes Made By New Bloggers
1. Starting A Free Blog
Maybe have a plan in your mind that you will switch over to paid web hosting once you make some money. But it might be too late.
Read a blogging story from today’s pro blogger.
“I created my first blog on Weebly.com. It was making some cash via referral and affiliate programs. One beautiful morning, I discovered that Weebly had erased my site because of some so-called TOS issues. Then I decided to start a WordPress.com, and I had the same kind of fate.”
I have never tried the free hosting services. But I heard so many horror stories about free hosting. That is why I do not recommend free web hosts.
To fix this, you have to invest some money to create a self-hosted blog. If you are on a budget, then you can buy a domain and web hosting service from Namecheap. It will cost you about $25. But if you want to invest more money, I would recommend you to go with Bluehost. They are one of the best as long as hosting is consigned.
2. Choosing A Wrong Domain Name
Choosing a perfect Domain Name is very crucial to every blogging success. If you look at most popular blogs’ domain names, you will observe that most of them have a good domain name. Just because of the unavailability of most desired domain names, new bloggers make mistakes on choosing the wrong domain name.
Domain Blogging Mistakes
- Selecting the wrong Top-Level Domain extension,
- Choosing a long domain name,
- Choosing a domain which is very difficult to spell or remember,
- Using hyphens in your domain name,
- Trying to make your domain name look like another domain name in other miss lead people.
To fix this, you will have to choose an easy to spell domain name.
3. Choosing the Wrong blogging Niche
To succeed in the blogging business, you have to choose a blog niche (topic) that you are passionate and well-grounded on. It is sad seeing lots of bloggers choosing their niche based on profitability and traffic records.
There is nothing wrong with choosing a well profitable niche. But if you do not have good knowledge or let’s say you are not passionate about that niche, you might end up failing.
Blogging is not just about money-making. It is also about helping people to solve problems, also about inspiring others to do something and making the world a better place to leave in.
To fix this, you will have to choose a niche you are very passionate about, and as well make sure that it is profitable and it has a good audience.
4. Not Being Real
I have seen a lot of new bloggers trying to imitate Pro Bloggers and failed miserably. It is not wrong to follow them. But it does not look real when you try to make yourself look expert on something that you aren’t so familiar about.
Do not write about making money online when you have not made any penny yet. You do not need to write about pro blogging when you are just a new blogger. You do not have to write a review about iPhone X when you have never even seen iPhone 7 lol.
Please never fake who you are.
5. Not Having A Good Blog Design
Your first impression matters much. If your blog fails to impress your first-time visitors, they will hardly come back again. New bloggers like to use lots of widgets, colors, and advertisement on their blog. Sometimes these make the blog very annoying.
You need to have a good looking and simple blog design to impress your blog visitors. And as well, your blog has to be mobile responsive too.
6. Not Writing Quality Contents
Content, we all know is the king and key to the success of most bloggers.
You must have the right amount of quality contents that can attract lots of visitors to your blog. You have to spend over 80% of your blogging time on creating quality contents and promoting them as well.
7. Publishing Copy Paste Content
Copying other blog posts is a common mistake made by most new bloggers. It could be a reasonable mistake that you like the post and ended up copying and pasting it on your blog. But at the same time, it is a violation of copyright.
The major problem with copy and paste is that Google hates it. You will never get a good rank with a copy and paste post. Even if you end up getting the rank, the original writer can appeal to Google to remove the copied content from Google Search.
Try to stay away from copying other people blog post. Instead, you may consider using a blog post as a reference to strengthen your blog post.
8. Not Promoting your Blog and Posts
When you start your new blog, only your family and maybe friends know of it. But they aren’t much to make your blog successful. You need to reach more people out there. Most new bloggers sit and wait for Google to send traffic. But it takes lots of time to get rank on Google and get good traffic.
To generate good traffic, you need to promote your blog extensively.
No traffic = No income
Try to promote your blog posts on Social networks. Or if you have a good budget, then you can as well advertise it on Google, Facebook, etc. You can as well join Quora and forums that are related to your niche and promote your blog posts there.
9. Not Using Proper On-Page and Off-Page SEO Techniques
If you can properly do your SEO, you will get the right amount of traffic from Google and other search engines.
So you must be careful while doing SEO for your blog. Especially, the Off-Page SEO. Many bloggers do get penalized because of using wrong Off-Page SEO techniques.
When you start your blog, pay more attention to On-Page SEO and at the same time, start learning about the Off-Page SEO techniques.
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10. Not Building an Email List for your Blog
This is the mistake that most Pro Bloggers did in the past.
Over 80% of your new blog visitors may never come back to your blog. The best way to keep them as a regular reader is to collect their emails address.
Join an email marketing platform like GetResponse or MailChimp.
Making Blogging mistakes is just a part of your blogging. By making mistakes, we learn new things, and by the same mistake, we grow for better tomorrows’ blogging.