I made many mistakes as a newbie blogger. In fact I am still struggling to find proper footage in the wild jungle of blogging.
There are millions of blogs all around the web world. Yours is a molecule in it. You have to wait for a long period before you see some success.
I thought my blog would be an instant success as soon as l launched it.
I was wrong.
In the initial stages as a newbie blogger I was completely put off when my posts sometimes never had a single viewer.
So it takes time to be noticed. It takes even longer period to succeed.
Be prepared to wait.
Top 10 mistakes a newbie blogger makes – My experience
1. Comparing yourself with other successful bloggers
I often compared myself with more successful bloggers. I felt miserable that I was not even near their achievement.
I now realize it was wrong.
You never know the hard work that went behind their success.
Never compare yourself with others – Topmost mistake as a newbie blogger.
Work at your pace.
You too will have your own level of success.
2. Not having your own domain name
Your domain name is your unique identity in the cyberspace – more like living in your own home.
It gives professional touch to your blog.
Search engines like blogs with their own domain name.
Your own domain gives you credibility.
3. Not being consistent
Your viewers want new content. Search engines also want fresh content.
Have a schedule.
You can write once a week also. But stick to the routine.
If you are posting on Friday be sure you do it. Don’t skip it.
Don’t write sporadically.
4. You never communicate properly
Is your writing very prosy and a jungle of words?
Your viewers hate it.
They want easy reading.
Write with proper spaces.
When you are conversational your viewers like it. You immediately connect to them. It makes them come back to you again and again as they like your style of writing.
5. Your title is not specific
Viewers have no patience to read your content fully and come to a conclusion whether yours is the article they are searching.
Your title should instantly convey what your post is all about.
Is your blog about relationships?
The title ‘how to have good marriage?’ is too generic.
The tittle ‘How to overcome fights in marriage? – It is more specific
The tittle ‘How to self-improve yourself’ is too generic
‘How to be confident in your work place?’ – This title is specific.
Choose specific title which tells the viewer yours is the article he is searching for.
6. Your content is not original
You have to write original content. It puts off your viewers when your article is a perfect copy of the post they have already read in another blog.
You would also be penalized by google for plagiarism.
Write what you know about. Write your own stuff.
7. You never proof read properly
Unless your post is free from grammatical errors your viewers never like to read it.
Logical slips also makes viewers wary that you do not know what you are writing about.
Proof read again and again.
Edit ruthlessly unwanted sentences. It makes your blog post crisp and very readable.
8. Not having an about page
The viewers are curious to know about you and your blog. An about page is an absolute must to show them that you are an authority in the topic you are writing about.
Don’t go blah-blah about your personal life. You are not that famous that viewers wants to know about you.
About page should show them what your blog is all about.
They instantly make up their mind to come back to you if your blog fulfills their expectation.
9. Writing low quality content
Today the viewers are very clever.
They know what they want.
If you write low quality content they instantly realize that you have started the blog just for sales purpose. They instantly bypass your blog.
Write quality content. Write with passion.
10. Not choosing your niche
Do you write just about everything?
Write what you know about.
I know nothing about technology. So I cannot write about it. But I know the intricacies of relationship\parenting and self-improvement. So I concentrate only on it.
Choose your particular niche.
Blogging is big business. True. But it needs tons of hard work. As a newbie blogger you have to be consistent and patient before you reap the huge benefits of blogging.