I don’t generally write on blogging tips, for it is neither my forte, nor my niche. However, after making so many blogging mistakes over the years, I felt I deserved the right to warn new bloggers on the block. I have been blogging for 9 years now. My parenting blog is in the 6th year and my fiction blog in its 8th. Before that I was on Blogspot or Blogger, I don’t even remember which one. So, yes, you can call me an old-time blogger if not a veteran. Having said that, you would think my blog has broken the Internet or is the go-to blog for all your parenting issues. No, nothing like it. It’s a humble blog with a few followers. I have made a few mistakes, and hence I am writing on blogging tips for beginners to help you avoid them. 6 blogging mistakes every new blogger makes –
Thinking you can pinch money
There are many blog platforms that offer you free blog space. I was on free WordPress for 5 years. Wow, I saved a lot of money, didn’t I? Well, I was a fool.
Yes, free blogging saves you money, but it also costs your blog Big TIME! I will tell you how. With paid WordPress or self-hosting, you get access to many tools like better design quality, SEO, spam blockers and an option to run ads.
I can understand, you wouldn’t want to splurge when you are new to blogging and don’t know if you are serious about blogging or just testing waters. My advice is to not take a long time in deciding what you want to do. Three to six months should be enough to give you a feel whether you are cut out for blogging or not.
Even if you are on free blogging space, at least register a domain name, so that you get your desired domain and your blog is eligible for Domain Authority. Some brands ask for high DA before they give you paid assignments.
Thinking you will be a sensation overnight
Well, I actually thought that when I was launching my parenting blog, and say what, after 5 years, all my delusions have been put to rest, mightily. It takes a lot of time, patience and consistent effort from your side to make a successful blog.
Also, try to understand, it’s your blog, your baby and you are the only person who will be the most excited for it. Your friends and family will be happy for you and will read your posts too initially or through loyalty, but you can’t expect them to jump in joy every time a new post comes out.
So, be excited for your blog, love what you are writing and believe in yourself. Success will follow!
Thinking you can fly solo
This is a classic blogging mistake that most new bloggers make, I made it too. I thought I just needed to create beautiful and helpful content, and readers will flock over to my blog. Readers, did come, but they didn’t flock but trickled, sometimes 1, if I was lucky 2 and sometimes none. Yes, I just cared about writing posts, and not engaging with my community.
Result – I lagged behind. There are many bloggers who started years after me, but have successful blogs because they did what I didn’t. They built and engaged with their community regularly and thus increased their readership/followership.
- While creating good content is important, there is more to blogging than that. You need to build your community or be a part of one.
- Listen, no man is an island. Even blogging is not. Blogging alone doesn’t work, you need to be present on social media and give a shout out to your posts and draw attention towards yourself. Click To Tweet
- Engage with your readers and strike meaningful conversations with them.
- Visit other blogs and leave genuine comments on them. Most people return the favour and gradually, you build a loyal readership.
Thinking niche blogging is not important
A very important blogging tip for beginners – it is that every blogger must find herself a niche. Click To TweetYou want to blog on parenting or book reviews or cooking, good enough. But in today’s blogging world where there are millions more thinking the same as you and are competing with you in the same space, how would you mark yourself different?
That’s where niche blogging comes in handy. When I began, I wrote on pregnancy, new baby care and toddler tips, because my daughter was small then. I wrote what I experienced on a daily basis. However, now I feel redundant. My daughter has grown, and I don’t have enough material or the willingness to write on those topics anymore. Also, there are so many new mommy bloggers who are writing on the same topics, and their content is more fresh and valid.
Hence, last year, I pivoted into health and wellness. Over the past 5 years, working out, eating clean and homemade food have become my passion. So, I thought to make my passion into my blogging niche. I know I should have done this sooner, but then you know, better late than never.
So, I would urge you to find your blogging niche. Cooking is good, but think more specific – can you blog on vegetarian, vegan or Keto recipes?
Thinking you can write whenever you feel like (and then not write for months)
We have all been guilty of making this blogging mistake. Initially, you are so excited with your new venture that you write and publish 2 to 3 posts a day (don’t roll your eyes, I have done that too).
But, as the initial fervour dies down, you don’t even feel like touching your laptop, let alone write a whole post. I call it blogger’s block. However, your blog has a readership and you owe it to them. And believe me, people forget you after a while. Yes, it’s a fickle world – out of sight means out of mind.
If you blog consistently and visit other blogs regularly, your blog ranking goes high, which helps your blog in getting the recognition it deserves.
My golden tips for such days/weeks
- Whenever you are in writing mood, prepare a few posts together and save them for the rainy day.
- Refurbish your old posts and repost them as new. I have started doing this recently. I have started revising my old posts (some 5 years old) which no one remembers, preparing new images for them and reposting them.
- Still be active on social media, so that your followers and friends don’t forget you.
Thinking of monetizing too early
You won’t believe this, but I met a young lady executive in a mall yesterday. She helped me find a few products I was looking for in a particular aisle, and we started chatting. I told her I was a blogger, to which she replied, she was a YouTuber.
I was pleasantly surprised, a full day work at the mail plus a toddler at home, and she still managed to post videos. However, the next remark left me disappointed.
She asked me, “I want to monetize my channel. How do I?”
She had 2 videos so far and she was already looking for avenues to earn money. I told her to build some content and viewership before she could consider this step.
Much as we love blogging and putting our heart out there, we look for avenues to make some money out of it too. I was into my 3rd year of blogging when I actually earned some money from it. These days, the scenario has changed. Brands fiercely seek out good bloggers and shell out fat sums too.
So, these are the 6 blogging mistakes I wish I didn’t make. Knowing them beforehand would have helped me tremendously and I would have been further in my game than I am right now. If you like these blogging tips for beginners, do give me a shout out!