Everyone makes blogging mistakes in the starting phase.
So, making mistakes is not a problem. But if you don’t fix it then it will ruin your game.
Blogging is all about learning and implementing.
In my earlier days, I make tons of blogging mistakes. I had figured out late.
So, I don’t want you to make the same beginner blogging mistakes that I made!
So, save your time and efforts by checking these 10 beginner blogging mistakes and improve it as soon as possible.
Beginner Blogging Mistakes
I had listed 11 beginner blogging mistakes that I made in my earlier days.
Learning but never implementing
This is one of the BIGGEST points you have to keep in mind. Most of the people just grabbing the information from here and there.
But, never implementing it in the real scenario. Don’t worry! I also did the same mistakes.
In 2016, I graduated from engineering and waiting for my results. I have free time so, One day, I started searching on Youtube How to make money online.
On that day I almost watched 20+ videos on the same topic. Actually, I loved the topic.
Day after day, my interest increase to find a way to make money online. I used to watch more videos and read blogs.
For the next 6-7 months, I continuously consumed content on the same topic.
Now, you will be wondering learning a new skill is perfect, How it will be a mistake?
Let me clear you.
I wasted 7 months into learning but never implemented a single thing in reality.
I wasted 7 months only grabbing the information but I never started a single blog.
Like I said blogging is a practical game. If you don’t practice it, you don’t get results.
If you want to learn blogging, then you have to start your blog first.
…and then implement all the techniques in your blog, that you’re learned.
For starting a blog, not rocket science required. Within some clicks, you get your blog live. Even if you don’t know about coding.
For BloggingShala reader, Bluehost offer you hosting for only $3.95/mo with a free domain for the first year.
The wrong niche selection
Niche selection will decide, you get success or not in the blogging journey!
You can’t write on the general topic if you want to do long term blogging. Blog on specific content gives you more opportunity to grow.
Choose a niche that you love to write. It will be anything, home decor tips, tech and gadgets, cooking recipes, travelling, fitness etc.
Why I said, choose a topic that you love!
Look, If I told you personal finance is a profitable niche to start a blog. But you don’t like this topic and somehow you manage to start a blog on it.
The first 2 months you will work on it aggressively. But after some days you’re getting bored to write content on that topic.
You lost the consistency. You felt bored. You’re not enjoying what you are doing! So, you start to quit your blog and eventually you FAIL.
If you don’t want to fail in your blogging journey, then start a blog on a topic that you love to write anytime.
Please don’t stick in the traps. Choose a niche that you love to write and see if you provide values to others or not!
If you provide values, you will sure monetize it in the future and make money out of it.
Go with a free hosted platform
I started my first blog on the free hosted platform(blogger). I had written 20+ blog posts. I had done SEO too.
After 6-8 months, no traffic. I got frustrated and thought I selected the wrong niche.
Again, I started a fresh blog on a free hosted platform and the history repeated. No traffic.
I felt like, blogging is not my cup of tea. After the first 2 blogs failure, I wondered if everyone is making money, then why I’m NOT!
I started to find a solution. I searched on google “blog income report” and check their blog.
From my research, I found that almost every blogger who earns a decent income has a self-hosted blog.
In 2018, I purchased a domain and hosting account. Install WordPress and start writing the content. I monetise my blog through Amazon affiliate program.
I implemented all the techniques into my blog, that I learned.
After three months, I got the first sale of $0.80. That feeling was amazing, I can’t express it in words.
After struggling for a year, somehow I found the way to make money online.
Look, I’m not saying the free hosted platform is bad. But if you want to make some real CASH you have to start a self-hosted blog.
Let’s understand by example:
You plant a tree on someone’s area, he gives permission that time. You give proper water, fertilizer and take care of a tree.
Now, a tree becomes big, now fruits are coming on it.
The landlord of the area decide to take all the fruits, then what happens?
You can’t do anything because the place is his!
The free hosted blog is the same as the landlord’s place. He has power. He can change his policy anytime.
So, better to start with the self-hosted blog for real cash. Where you can do whatever with your blog.
Never focusing on writing skill
Ah! Writing QUALITY content is a real pain point for any blogger. I struggled a lot, English is not my native language.
Grammarly tool helped me to find and fix my grammar mistakes. I just installed their plugin into my chrome browser and done. It’s a free tool.
In my earlier days, I used to write like a SHIT! Even I don’t like to read my content.
But day after day I fix it via practice. If you reading till here, I can say my writing skill get better than my earlier days.
Writing a great piece of content is a skill. You can sharpen your writing skill by practice. Use google doc. and write every day.
Write a short paragraph. 2-3 sentences in a paragraph look clean. Add proper headings and sub-headings.
Read blogs on your niche. Check, how they are writing their content. Believe me, It helps ALOT.
If your content is easy to scan and read, you get the HUGE traffic in the coming days.
If people love your content they spend more time to read your blog, google thinks your blog has high-quality content.
So google try to push you up in the search results. More you up in the search results, more organic traffic you get.
Never Perform Keyword Research
In my earlier days, I write blog posts according to my preference. That means I didn’t perform keyword research.
I write blog posts as per my need and waiting for the traffic like a lottery system. I’m not blessed to get a Lottery.
After 8-9 months I discovered, that keyword research exists…
…and after that day, I never looked back. I always do keyword research first before writing any blog post.
And believe me, This strategy alone make my blog ranked in top results with industry leaders blog.
That’s why almost every PRO blogger knows that Keyword research is the foundation of the SEO campaign.
If you didn’t perform keyword research, I highly suggest you invest your time to find low-competition keywords.
If you want to know, how to find the unlimited keyword ideas in your niche then I had written an in-depth article on beginners guide to keyword research.
No schedule, never treat a blog as a business
I know, blogging is your hobby but when you take it as a business you see massive earnings growth.
In my first year, I’m not consistent and I don’t have any schedule to write content. First-year I write only 11 articles on my blog.
After 8-9 months, my traffic got a spike. I got the sales almost every day.
Those days, I think If I used to write more blog posts in the beginning I get more money.
Then I start to take blogging as a business. I prepared the work-week plan for my blog and try to complete it.
If you’re working from the home wearing boxer that doesn’t mean you can’t stay consistent.
Make a plan or schedule. Stick to it. Simple 🙂
That’s why they said:
Consistency is the key to success
If you stay consistent in blogging, definitely you will taste the success.
We are in an era of social media. Everyone uses social media from your mom to your cousin.
Start sharing your content on social media. So, people can see your content.
According to TechJury, 4.4 million blog posts published every single day. How would you stand out!
Social media will become your good friend. Share your blog post on your social media network.
I don’t know the power of social media in my earlier days. I totally neglecting it. I lost most of the traffic and sales.
I’m not telling you to be active on every social media network. Promote your posts where you hang out more.
It could be Instagram or Facebook or anything.
I’m more active on Instagram. I can talk 1 on 1 to my readers and try to solve their problems.
You can also DM me anytime: @bloggingshala
Pro tip: If you want traffic in your initial days, make an account on Quora and Pinterest and start sharing content related to your niche.
If you stay consistent on these networks, you will get HUGE traffic from them for sure.
Chasing the money only
Yeah! I know. Everyone is here for making money.
But for making money, please never misguide your readers. It affects in long term branding of your blog.
If you promoting any product on your blog, make sure that product is best for your readers.
Don’t promote a waste product for only getting a high commission. You will make money, but you lose trust.
On BloggingShala, I promote the products that truly beneficial for my readers. Because I also came from the path that you’re on right now.
Most of the amateur blogger paste ads everywhere on their blog. The readers get confused and exit the page.
It reminds google, that your blog post is not worth reading. Google pushes you down in the search results.
I’m not saying showing ads is bad. But showing ads everywhere is a bad practice. Do in a certain limit.
Poor mindset and lack of patience
I just want to give you single blogging tip, If you have patience you will dig a big chunk in Blogging.
Every pro-blogger gone through this phase. You can call it patience phase.
In the patience phase, you see no traffic, no sales, no comments, no shares to your blog.
But you don’t have to QUIT blogging if you’re working on a profitable niche.
Traffic will come, sales will happen. Just gone through patience phase and keep working on your project.
I personally felt this in my blogging career. I started my self hosted blog to learn basic of blogging.
And after a year it became my asset, till date I make passive income from my first self hosted blog.
In short, If you want to start blogging. Please stay consistent for a year and never Quit anyhow.
If you’re working on the profitable niche and you stay consistent for a year, definitely you will taste the SUCCESS.
Focusing on Quantity over Quality
Do you hear it?
Blogging is a game of Quality.
Yes! It’s true.
I highly recommend you to make a high-quality post rather than low-quality many posts.
In my first year I published only 11 articles, but High-quality one. That’s why I’m able to make passive income from it.
Check your competitors and find where their content is LACKING. Now, Put more thorough information than your competitors.
Now, You’re all set with a more thorough and quality post.
Not Building an email list
The email list has REAL money. The email list will become your asset. So, start making it from day 1.
In my first year, I never started list building and I lost most of the revenue.
If you practice email marketing properly, you get $44 ROI per $1 spend. That is HUGE.
You can learn email marketing by practising itself.
First of all, you have to capture the leads (the traffic on your website). For capturing leads you have to give away some valuable content for exchange of a person’s email address.
The lead-magnet will be anything that provides values to the reader. It could be a checklist, cheat-sheet, video-course, e-book anything.
If you want to learn more about list building, this blog post could help you.
As I said, everyone is making mistakes. But you have to fix it as soon as possible.
Now, you had read the whole post. You get a LIST of blogging mistakes that I made in my earlier days.
Try to fix any of the blogging mistakes you are doing. If you find no mistakes in your blogging journey, cheers to you. You’re going great.
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Which beginner blogging mistakes currently are you making!
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Hello Blogger, I am Hardik Sonawala from India. On this blog, I will help you to learn Blogging, SEO, and Affiliate marketing from Basic to Advance level