Are you planning on starting your journey as a blogger? Chances are, you have been on the internet for hours now. Searching and looking for tips, suggestions and even tutorials to help you figure what blogging is and how to be successful at it.
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That’s a great thing actually because we discovered and even some of the silly mistakes new bloggers make in the early stages of their blogging careers.
Therefore, we decided to compile and gather information that will help new bloggers in their journey.
Let’s get started with the list of silly mistakes new bloggers make – our top 5.
1. Obsessing with having a fast (loading) blog.
There’s no way you won’t find a post (on any blogger’s blog) that doesn’t talk about the importance of having a fast loading blog. Every webmaster or blogger that writes about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and driving traffic often feel the need to cover this part. While the importance of having a fast loading blog is unquestionable, you should not get carried away and strongly focus on that.
I still remember a few things I did when I started blogging. Some of the things I did were: avoiding complicated themes, looking for the simplest-lightweight sharing plugins and even avoiding adding widgets on my blog.
The aim was to have a simple and fast blog. Not having unnecessary widgets, codes or any add-on would result to fast loading blogs. This is very true, because more add-ons equals to more scripts. More scripts result to slower page loading times – basics.
Having the simplest ‘everything’ won’t cut it though and can’t be the solution. Here’s why:
- Using a really simple theme can affect your blog’s user experience. Most simple themes are unattractive and they tend to bore visitors. Not sure what a simple, boring theme is? Let’s take for example, a simple theme consists of two colors only (black and white). That being a white background, then the text being black and nothing fancy (like a colorful header or link). What I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t choose the simplest theme – let it have that thing, you know?
- When it comes to social media sharing buttons; you need to have ones that encourage your readers to share your content. How do you encourage your readers to share your content, you ask? It’s simple, really. Add floating (sharing) buttons and ask your readers to share your content at the end (or bottom) of every post you publish.
- Don’t let them see only one content or post at a time. If your theme supports widgets and sidebars, make sure to add them there. Use that blog space to introduce or direct them to other useful, informative and engaging content or products. Anything related to what you will be sharing at that time and even content that you think they will like, will do here.
2. Not sharing your posts on social media as often as you should.
I see a lot bloggers complaining about how they hardly or never have time to share their content on social media platforms.
This is understandable because WOW! Being a solo entrepreneur (solopreneur) isn’t really easy. How you have to focus on SEO, do some keyword research, design graphics, write blog posts, share on social media and everything else, can be quite overwhelming at times.
However, there are ways you can easily share your content on multiple social media platforms without breaking a sweat. There are plugins and services like the Jetpack plugin on WordPress and Tailwind that make sharing content very easy.
The Jetpack plugin has a publicize setting that allows you to share your content (instantly) to sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn after publishing your posts. You have to connect your social media profiles to the setting to use it. Tailwind on the other hand can be used to schedule posts to share on your Instagram and Pinterest accounts.
People who use Tailwind to share their Pinterest pins claim to have massive growth in traffic to their blogs. This isn’t just a claim, it has been proven on a number of occasions.
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3. Not growing your email (newsletter list).
Uh! This is the most common mistake every new blogger makes. I believe some will still avoid growing their mailing list even after reading this post. This is so underrated and I think it is mostly because of not having much or converting traffic to their new blogs.
I know the mentality of most new bloggers (because I have been there) who probably think ‘I will start building my mailing list as soon as I start receiving thousands of visitors’. I can’t stress this enough but start working with the little you have. Collect the emails of the few readers who already visit your blog and you will bear the fruits at a later stage – guaranteed.
Additionally, don’t play yourself and think that people will start signing to your mailing list as soon you’re done adding the opt-in form or newsletter plugin. Believe me, that’s never the case or outcome so you will have to take your ‘patience’ pill. In a nutshell, just be patient.
4. Blogging about everything (Not sticking to one Niche).
Oh, boy! This is another common mistake new bloggers make. In fact, it is the reason most bloggers fail to run a successful or even build a creditable blog. Blogging about everything seems like a great idea because you won’t run out of post ideas and all that. However, you will always confuse your readers.
Imagine someone visiting your blog because they loved a post you wrote about food/recipes and having to end up reading about guns/weapons when they look for related content. I think it is quite obvious that they would love to (or rather) read more about food/recipes and even BAKING!
This is usually the case when you blog and write about everything. So, I strongly encourage you to find your niche and when you do – make sure you stick to it.
Tip: If you want to blog about different topics, just create different blogs and do that. There’s really no need to complicate things. In fact, you can host three to unlimited websites with Namecheap’s Blazing Fast hosting.
5. Having high expectations (instant results).
Reading this point just makes me think of the quotes “Great things take time” and “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
That just summarizes everything, right? No, maybe? Well, all I can say is that don’t expect much at the early stages of your blogging journey. Don’t even expect a flood of visitors to your blog after you shared one post (literally) on social media. Not only that, don’t be quick to throw a towel when you fail to get even a single organic reader also.
Don’t be too hard on yourself though. Allow yourself to make mistakes, just as long you get to learn from them. A bit off the topic but with the mistakes I made when I started blogging… I can gladly say that, I’m now able to get my blog’s Alexa Rank below 100k in just two months.
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