4 Blogging Mistakes You May Want To Avoid

5 Blogging Mistakes You May Want To AvoidIt 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?

 

4 Reasons You Should Try Self-Employment

4 Reasons You Should Try Self-EmploymentAs you all know, I love being self-employed. Sure, there are a few negatives to being self-employed. However, I believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives.

Self-employment is something I am 99.9999% sure I will never want to leave, as it has been going very well so far.

While self-employment may not be for everyone, I do think that there are at least a few people out there who might need just a little extra nudge to at least try it out.

Below are four reasons for why you should try self-employment out:

1. You want to be the boss.

If you want to be the boss one day, it would be very hard to ever feel that way unless you run a business of your own. Being your own boss can be a great thing, and it’s something I never want to give up.

There are many reasons why being your own boss is great.

  • You are in control.
  • You can decide what you will work towards and what you want to sell.
  • Your income potential has no limit, it all depends on how badly you want it.
  • You can set your own hours.

2. You have a successful side job.

Turning your side job into your full-time business can be a great next step.

If you have a successful side job, then you may be thinking about leaving your day job to pursue it full-time. This can be a great reason to try out self-employment, as you’ve already tested out your side job and you probably believe that it will work for the long-term.

There’s also a little less risk this way as you have probably already figured out if you like your side job or not, you know if you can make enough income doing it, and so on.

Check out 12 Best Ways To Make Extra Money if you are interested in making extra money.

3. You desire a flexible schedule.

I’m sure there are jobs out there where you can have a flexible schedule, but as a self-employed person you can definitely have a flexible schedule.

This is a benefit to being your own boss, as you can decide what schedule works best for you, when you can take a vacation, if everything is done for the day or the week, and so on.

4. You want to pursue your passion.

If you have a passion that you want to pursue, then most of the time you just have to pave the way and make your own path so that you can reach it. That often means venturing out on your own and starting your own business.

Are you interested in becoming self-employed? Why or why not?