If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you already know that I already started a blog back in 2018 that failed miserably.
I was fairly new to blogging back then, spent 6 months researching blogging and learning all the tips that were out there, but still, the reality is nothing like theory.
Fast forward to 6 months, I started my blogging career, and guess what I’ve expected?
I’ve expected the views to drop on my blog like it was the HuffPost.
Safe to say, it never happened. Not in the first month, not in the second month, and not in the third month.
And to be honest, I wasn’t that consistent either.
Before I started my blog, I’ve already written 10 blog posts so I can share them all at once.
I thought that by having 10 blog posts on my blog, visitors wouldn’t get bored and will have enough content to look through.
And, guess what, that wasn’t the case.
Those who came to my blog to read one post didn’t return and didn’t bother looking at other posts.
I also set up an email list since day one, and no one bothered to sign up, and even when someone signed up, they never received anything from me.
I already bet that you’ve caught up quite some blogging mistakes from all of the things I’ve said so far, but guess what? This is just the beginning.
So, by the end of that year, the question stuck with me, to blog or not to blog?
I’ve asked myself this question many, many times.
And finally decided, that I should blog.
Why do you ask? Because I’ve learned from my blogging mistakes, and now I’m able to make a full-time income with this blog.
To help you out, I’ve listed all the reasons why you should be blogging, and all the mistakes you should be avoiding in order for your first blog not to fail.
Just remember these tips, and you won’t suck as I did! 😉
To Blog Or Not To Blog?
This is the question that has started this blog, and my previous blog.
And the short answer is, yes.
If you want to start a blog and are passionate about it, then please do it.
A lot of people ask me whether to blog or not to blog and I always say “DO IT”.
Life is too short to stay in the dark and to not be in “the know”.
If you want to experience something, go ahead, it doesn’t matter if you’ll fail or not, what’s important is that you’ll experience it.
Before I started my previous blog “creativelancing”, I had people tell me “blogging is dead” too many times, but I didn’t let it stop me.
And even though it failed, it didn’t stop me from starting this blog either.
So, if you want to blog, then just DO IT.
Blogging Is Fun
I personally think blogging is fun, and I’ve always had people tell me it isn’t, but it just is for me.
I love writing, and when I’m writing for my blog, I just feel this inner peace and comfort that keep me going.
Blogging is also fun because it has helped me learn a lot of new things that I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t try it.
Not only this, but has made me meet new people, make a lot of new friends, and even speak to my blogging idols that I never thought I would have the chance to talk to.
Blogging Is Cheap
I’m not sure if you know this or not, but if you’re a beginner who has a limited income, then you can afford a blog.
Up until now, I only spend $15 on my blog.
Yes, that is right! That is because I chose Avoori as my blogging platform, and honestly, it has been the best so far.
I also only use free SEO tools and free Google tools which if you want the link to, just scroll down to the end of my blog.
Blogging is cheap for those who want it to be like so, and expensive for those who want it to be like so.
I’m not going to lie, now I’m considering investing more money in it, just because I can.
Blogging Is A Business
If you’re committed to your blog, then you know that it’s a business.
I had a lot of people belittle my blog by saying:
- “oh it’s way too easy”
- “You make an income from that?”
- “I bet I can do it”
And so on, but the truth is, blogging is not easy, and blogging is a business.
If you can’t handle being a businessman or a businesswoman, or a business gender-neutral person, then you won’t be able to handle a blog.
For your blog to succeed, you’ll have to give it your all and be serious about it.
Be ready to give it your all and more, because that’s the only way you’re going to make it work.
Blogging Is Money-Rich
This adds up to what I’ve said before, but blogging is actually money-rich.
Since blogging is like a business, you can actually make money from it, just like I’m doing.
There are a lot of ways you can make money blogging which are:
- Sponsored posts
- Affiliate links
- Selling products like courses, eBooks, t-shirts…
These are the main ones, you can also make money by setting up another business aside like:
- Social media management
- SEO counselling
And so on.
I have personally made money blogging by ads, affiliate links, and sponsored posts.
By the end of this year, I’ll be offering my courses and Writing & SEO services.
So, to blog or not to blog? Definitely to blog.
But before you do, here are some mistakes I did that I want you to avoid as well.
Mistake Number 1: Not Blogging For Six Month Straight
I’m not sure if you know this or not, but when you first start a blog, Google puts you in a sandbox.
Because you still can’t play with the big boys out there when you’re just a beginner.
That’s why you have to prove Google wrong and start being committed.
By being committed for at least six months, Google will pull you out of the sandbox and you’ll start ranking better.
I have a lot of blogger friends who had amazing results after six months of blogging.
I also have a lot of other friends who have seen an insanely boost in their ranking after one year of blogging consistently.
So, start being committed.
Mistake Number 2: Wanting To Do Everything
It’s quite normal to want to do everything yourself when you’re just a beginner.
I tried to do the same with this blog but I finally came to my senses.
Wanting to do everything by yourself is a big, big mistake.
You should concentrate on one thing so that you avoid spreading yourself thin.
If you want to rank better, then concentrate on posting content consistently.
If you want to have a better online presence, then concentrate on Pinterest.
If you want to bring an audience from other blogs, then concentrate on guest blogging.
Give one your all so you don’t spread yourself thin, and you’ll surely see results.
Mistake Number 3: Not Using Incentives For My Email List
Honestly, we humans won’t give anything if we’re not expecting something in return.
That’s just how things are, and that’s how blogging is.
If you want people to give you their email address and subscribe to your newsletter, then you should give them something in return.
This can be:
- An infographic
- A free course
- A free eBook
What’s important is that you should give them something so that they can give you their emails.
If you don’t, then don’t be surprised if your email list doesn’t grow.
Mistake Number 4: Using WordPress
Believe me, I’m not trying to shade WordPress, but I’m quite very stupid when it comes to hosting and coding languages.
WordPress was exactly how I thought my nightmare would be.
It was so hard to use, and even a year after using it, it was still unclear to me.
And the worst thing was, the website got so slow because of my plugins and how many content & images I had, and I didn’t know what to do.
It became so slow and unbearable and I simply couldn’t use it any more.
So, honestly, if you can’t afford a web developer, and don’t have a lot of coding knowledge, then just opt for a website builder.
It’ll make it easier for you to blog.
Mistake Number 5: Attracting The Wrong Audience
This one happened to me, and although I’m not proud of it, it did help me learn a lot of things.
I had a page of 20k followers, and I changed its name to my blog’s name and started using it to post about my blog, and guess what? I only got 2 clicks.
That’s because its audience is the wrong one and it’s not the one I should be targeting.
I kept investing time on my facebook’s page even though it was a lost cause and it made me waste so much time I could’ve invested in a brand new one.
So, please make sure to avoid attracting the wrong audience.
All About Blogging Mistakes
Blogging mistakes are bound to happen every now and then.
But what’s most important is that you should keep moving on.
Stop asking yourself whether to blog or not to blog and go ahead!
A lot of people out there can use your experience and thoughts.
Just make to post consistently, attract the right audience, and stay passionate about what you’re doing.
You’ll surely become one successful one day!
So, when which mistake of these have you made before and which ones will you be avoiding?
Let me know in the comments, and let me know if you’ve got any other advice.
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