Newbie blogging mistakes and how to avoid them
If you are a person who has recently discovered blogging and planning to go seriously about blogging then you should definitely read this post. They say about acting that anyone can act. Similarly anyone can blog. All you need is the ability to write something about something in a coherent manner. So if you can write you can blog.
1. Not starting your professional blog on wordpress
Blogger is a great platform but only for beginners who don’t know anything about blogging. I started my first blog on blogger and the non technicality was great. Blogger is simple and there’s nothing much you can do with it or about it. But with wordpress its different. Amit agarwal of digital inspiration often says starting a blog on blogger was his greatest mistake. Shoutmeloud was born on blogger but then Harsh realised his mistake and migrated to wordpress. Every now and then bloggers light upon wordpress from blogger and realise what they wwere missing. What you are missing aare great seo optimized themes, the coolest plugins many of them free which have the potential of taking your blog to the next level, you are missing a great community, ability to design your blog and redesign it, detailed stats on all your pages and above google loves wordpress. The pain of migration from blogger to wordpress can sometimes be very bitter if you don’t do it right. Sometimes you lose all your existing traffic as it happened in the case of my friend.
2. Not opting for custom domain
Have you heard the phrase ‘being penny wise and pound foolish’”. We all laugh at such nut cases but guess what, sometimes we end up doing it ourselves. You go for an additional .blogspot or . wordpress tail untill you get some traffic and then you decide to change to a custom domain. What happens is that yo lose a great deal of traffic from the loyal audience who had recognised you as the .blogspot guy. As an additional disadvantage you lose all the Facebook likes which you had painstakingly gathered one by one for your blog. Remember the first like which was not yours. painful. it costs as little as $5 per year
3. Free hosting has a limit
When your blog expands in number of daily visitors and page views and when you are incorporating data at a limit when your free host even it be blogger the great itself gets exasperated then boy its time to move out. If you had done it in the beginning you could have avoided the loss in visitors on the day you choose to migrate
3. Not having a plan
Not having a tangible well thought out plan can sometimes sound the death knell for your blog. Because if you don’t know where you are going then you’ll never get there. For no reason at all you will get depressed because you don’t know where you are heading and you do’n’t know what to expect from your blog. To set tangible goals entails in keeping realistic dreams and working towards them like getting into the top 10k of Technorati ranking, like achieving a page rank of 3 within 3 months, earning $5 per day with yu blog etc. You cannot break the one million dollar barrier within a month of blogging. It takes time and can only be done if you have patience and common sense.
4. Blogging only for money
Money is the driving force behind any blog. Passion doesn’t pay the hosting charges by the way. After studying many blogs I came to the realisation that many successful full time bloggers today started blogging without realising that money could be made out of it. They wrote their content for helping out people and not for search engines. After some months when they saw their huge success and crowd popularity they finally started monetizing it. Well knowing that we can money from blogging is not a bad thing but blogging only for money is bad for the longevity of your blog. Why? Because as soon as you start up on the blogger way you expest money and fame but blogging is so slow and shitty job that even before traffic came to you you may call it a quit.
5. No pictures on your blog
Initially when I blogged I seldom used pictures but when I went around watching other blogs I would go wow! The pictures they used on their blogs made perfect sense with their posts and their ingenuity amazed me. Later I too started blogging with picture, used alt tags with my pics which added to the seo benefit and somehow posts with pictures brought more traffic. You are not writing content for robots but for people. They are the ones who make or break you. When I write this post what I think is how it can help, how it can save you from the mistakes which hindered me and other bloggers from success.
6. Not building an e mail list
I cannot emphasize more upon the importance of building a list. Its a medium of earning for you and even if your blog goes under one day you would still earn if you had made a list starting from the first day of your blogging career. For those who don’t know a list is a collection of e mail addresses to whom you send e mails regarding your products. Many successful internet marketeers build their lists by giving away something for free when they ask someone’s e mail id. It can be an e book, plr products( e books which you can give to others for free), a marketing course anything which can be useful or related to your niche. Giving away something is the greatest marketing strategy used effectively since ages.