It doesn’t feel like I’ve been blogging for long, but it’s been around 3.5 years since I started. From what I’ve heard, that makes my blog almost ancient in blog years, as most bloggers end up quitting after just six months.
In the beginning, I made many blogging mistakes. We all did. Hopefully you can learn from some of the common blogging mistakes that I have seen many make (and some that I made myself).
Below are four blogging mistakes you may want to avoid. No, the blogging mistakes below may not apply to everything in the blogging world, but overall these are blogging mistakes that some make without realizing.
1. Blogging even though you hate it.
As most of you know, I publish online income reports each month. This means I often receive e-mails a few times a week with people who tell me that they hate the idea of blogging but want to “get rich” from it.
Most people will not get rich from it, and I highly suggest that you actually like to write and blog if you want to start one. There’s a lot of work that goes into blogging, and if you do not like it then it would be very hard to create a blog that is worthwhile.
If you write and blog even though you hate it, it will most likely show in your writing, networking, and marketing. Blogging is usually a very personal hobby/business, so enjoying what you do at least somewhat is usually an important aspect.
2. Posting too much or not enough.
There is no right or wrong amount of posts to publish each week. However, I always recommend at least one a week. This helps keep your blog in your reader’s mind, and it also keeps your blog fresh. Posting consistency is key when blogging.
Now, how many times you publish a new blog post depends though. Realistically, you can do as many as you want but they should all be of high quality. There really is no need to crank out seven blog posts a week unless you have a team of writers who can help you keep your quality up and your readers wanting to come back for more.
In the beginning, I sometimes published two blog posts a DAY. Some were just random posts about things that were on my mind because back then I didn’t take blogging seriously. However, when I look back, even though I was enjoying it, I wonder what the heck I was doing! I’m sure my brain dumps were annoying and didn’t add much value.
3. Not having an “About” page – A BIG blogging mistake.
Whenever I find a new website that I like, I usually click on over to the about page first. I like to know more about why the blogger is writing, what the blog is about, and more. I know I’m not the only person who enjoys About pages either, so you should spend your time to carefully craft the perfect page. Skipping this step is a major blogging mistake.
4. Thinking of other bloggers as competition.
I have had some people ask me (and I’ve heard of readers asking other bloggers as well), why they are friends with other bloggers. I’ve even had someone flat out tell me that other bloggers are competition and that I shouldn’t be so nice.
I just don’t see it that way. The blogging world is HUGE, and seeing everyone as competition just wouldn’t make much sense. I love the blogging world, I love networking with other bloggers, and they give me great motivation to improve myself and my blogging skills.
What blogging mistakes did you make in the beginning?